Cinephilia: Opening This Week
First up is Oscar-winner Ang Leeâ€™s first film since Brokeback Mountain, an erotic espionage thriller set in wartime Shanghai. Already nominated in last weekâ€™s Golden Globes Lust, Caution is a Paramount exclusive.
New York gets yet another terrible pounding in Cloverfield, as a monster of some description rips the head off the Statue of Liberty among other atrocities. The catch here is that the entire tale is told by â€œordinary peopleâ€ with their camcorders, a little like Blair Witch a few years ago. Itâ€™s produced by J. J. Abrams (â€œLostâ€) and directed by another t.v. alumni Matt Reeves (best known thus far as creator of â€œFelicityâ€). At Readings Courtenay Central and Sky City Queensgate.
Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan have been up nights devising yet more sadistic tortures for deserving and undeserving suckers and have come up with Saw IV. Jigsaw carked it at the end of Saw III but that doesnâ€˜t appear to slow things down at all. Youâ€™ll find it at Readings, Sky City Queensgate and Regent-on-Manners: look for the teenage boys trying to sneak in on borrowed IDâ€™s.
Bond villain Mads Mikkelsen crosses over to the side of the angels in Susanne Bierâ€™s acclaimed After the Wedding (Paramount and Penthouse). He plays Jacob, an aid worker who returns to Denmark on a fund-raising mission but instead discovers a life-changing family secret. After the Wedding was nominated for an Oscar last year in the Best Foreign Language Flick category. Finally, a geriatric romance is on offer in Elsa and Fred, from Spain. Described by one critic as â€œsimultaneously heartbreaking and hearteningâ€ this one seems tailor-made for the Penthouse.
Readings, in their wisdom, have decided not to offer the Capital Times any reviewerâ€™s passes in 2008 which makes writing about their films very close to being more trouble than it’s worth. So, Cloverfield and Saw IV may not be reviewed there (and thus also at Funerals & Snakes) next Wednesday but the others will.