2009: The year in film: Part Two (Blog)

Category: The Ugly Truth News | Posted by: DaisyMay
Article Date: January 4, 2009 | Publication: Filmstalker | Author: Richard Brunton
Publication/Article Link:Filmstalker

This is a UK blog and the release date noted for tut is the UK release date.

17th April
Låt den rätte komma in (Let the Right One In) : Trailer
A film I really regret missing at the EIFF last year and it's been getting some great reviews since. The film tells the story of a young boy who is feeling a little outcast from the kids around him until he meets a young girl who he finds a particular connection with, strangely though she doesn't come out during the day and acts a little odd. They become friends and he soon discovers her secret, she's a vampire. The film looks powerful and gives a great slant on the idea of vampires in real life.

Good : Trailer
Before I even start talking about the content of the film let me just reel off a couple of names in the cast list - Viggo Mortensen, Jason Isaacs, Jodie Whittaker, Steven Mackintosh and Mark Strong. Wow, I'm in. The story is that of the rise of national socialism in Germany and how good and normal people became part of it all and realise all too late what they have become part of. We see a literary professor's book which examines compassionate euthanasia after events in his personal life, get picked up as a piece of propaganda to support the new Government's intentions. His career is fast tracked and he makes small, seemingly inconsequential decisions which he later discovers has a wider, much more devastating impact. Sounds a powerful film indeed.

Crank 2: High Voltage : Trailer
The sequel to Crank, against all odds they managed to create a sequel from that original ending. Jason Statham is back and this time he's been resurrected from that terrible fall in order to pass his supercharged heart over to a gangster. In the meantime his has been replaced with a mechanical heart, but he wants his back and goes on a rampage of violence and absurdity in order to retrieve it. This promises to be even more over the top and insane than the last one, which makes me want to see it more!

The Uninvited : Trailer
This is the remake of A Tale of Two Sisters, although here the story has been altered slightly so that only one of the sisters is returning from a stay in a mental hospital, to an abusive stepmother, an uncaring father, and a ghost in the house.

State of Play : Trailer
This is the big screen adaptation of the very successful BBC mini-series which gained a lot of praise. This version is directed by Kevin Macdonald of The Last King of Scotland (Filmstalker review) fame, and carries an exciting cast with Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright Penn, Helen Mirren and Jeff Daniels. The story transplanted to American politics sees a congressman's mistress murdered and both the police and an investigative reporter trying to get to the bottom of who is responsible and why, and uncovering much more than they bargained for. If this follows the BBC series then we're in for a great thriller, and with Matthew Michael Carnahan, Tony Gilroy and Billy Ray on the script this could be really well adapted.

The Ugly Truth : Trailer
I had no real intention of seeing this film when I read the blurb - sorry Mr Butler, I really appreciate the personally signed poster I got on the morning of my wedding which is now on my cinema room wall, but I just couldn't bring myself to like the idea - Then I saw the trailer, and the writing and chemistry looked really strong, and I suddenly wondered if this could really be good, it certainly looks like a lot of fun.

24th April
Traitor : Trailer
People keep forgetting this fact when talking about Traitor, but the story comes from Steve Martin as well as Jeffrey Nachmanoff who also wrote the screenplay and directed. Starring Don Cheadle as an ex-Special Operations officer who seems to have turned against the U.S. and is equipping and possibly training terrorists using his expertise in explosives. Guy Pearce plays an FBI agent who is chasing him down and determined to bring him to justice, while Neal McDonough is someone who aides him in his search. Good cast, strong story, this could be very exciting.

The Soloist (U.S. release)
Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx and Catherine Keener would grab your attention on any film, but then there's an aspect to this film I'm really not so sure about, it's based on a true story and would seem to be ready to tug the heart strings at all the right points. I am hoping that Joe Wright doesn't play to the traditional emotional points and brings us a film that is much more about the truth of these two people and the issues that their story raises. Oh, and if you don't know the story it's about a reporter who finds a homeless man and a schizophrenic is actually a Julliard trained musician and he helps him start to get his life back on track and start playing again.

26th April
American: The Bill Hicks Story
I just saw this in the release list and the very name Bill Hicks caught me and I was drawn in. This is the story of Bill Hicks the hilarious comedian, but it's told in a photo-animated documentary and narrated by ten people who knew him the best, including the man himself. Sounds an interesting idea, but I'm just not sure how it'll turn out.