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the film criticism aspect of cyber | by maryann johanson

my week the movies: ‘District 9,’ ‘Aliens in the Attic,’ ‘Funny People,’ ‘The Cove,’ ‘Fragments,’ ‘Taking Woodstock’

Did I get to all those screeners and VOD movies I wanted to watch last week? No, of course not. There just aren’t enough hours in the day or the week. If only I could get away with not sleeping, it’d help. But I can’t. And here we are with another week beginning, and I’m even behinder than I was last week. *sigh*

If the impending goofiness of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra weren’t overwhelming me, I’d be official Psyched for District 9 (opens in the U.S. on August 14, and in the U.K. on September 4), cuz I am just a big ol’ science fiction geek and this looks awesome. I’m hoping for a chance to interview director Neill Blomkamp this week, too, for the Alliance of Women Film Journalists — I’ll let you know if that happens, of course. In the meantime, enjoy the short the film is based on.

Speaking of science fiction, it looks like Aliens in the Attic (opens in the U.S. on July 31, and in the U.K. on August 12) won’t be screening for critics in the U.S. (I’m waiting for final confirmation of that before I add it to my not-screening-for-critics list, but there’s not much time left for a change of mind on Fox’s part.) I’ll check it out come this weekend, however. Oddly enough, the film will screen for critics in London — I was invited to that screening, though I don’t think it’s worth a transatlantic flight — but it’s not until after the film opens here, so I guess Fox in the U.K. figures whatever damage is going to be done will already be done at that point.

I’m seeing the Judd Apatow-fest Funny People (opens in the U.S. on July 31, and in the U.K. on August 28) tonight. I’m keeping an open mind, I promise I am…

The Cove (opens in the U.S. on July 31; no U.K. release date has been announced) is a documentary about dolphins, but apparently it’s not the standard nature porn of pretty pictures and such. And it’s rated PG-13 for “disturbing content.” Yoikes.

This is happening more and more, too: Fragments, aka Winged Creatures, is getting a very limited release in the U.S. on July 31 before going immediately to DVD in Region 1 on August 4. (It arrives in Region 2 on September 28.) I don’t know anything about the movie except that it’s a drama with a great cast: Kate Beckinsale, Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Embeth Davidtz. Yeah, all in the same movie. Amazing.

I’m waiting to hear if I’m gonna be able to see Ang Lee’s new movie, Taking Woodstock (opens in the U.S. on August 28, and in the U.K. on October 30), this week. I hope so, because I’m supposed to do the press day this coming weekend, also for the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. It’s hard to talk to people about their movie if you haven’t seen it…



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  • MaryAnn!! Ask Neill Blomkamp about the status of the Halo movie if you get to talk to him! Hopefully the fact that District 9 is getting rave reviews already will help push Halo over the edge of Getting Made.

  • Grinebiter

    I bet you that the disturbingness of the documentary is to do with dolphins’ mating pattern, namely an alliance of males to capture a female and gang-bang her.

  • stephanie b

    The Cove is not about dolphins mating. It does have disturbing images, but it’s a good documentary. I saw it here at the Dallas AFI film festival a while ago.

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