Cinephilia: Opening This Week
Itâ€™s a quiet week for quality releases so you can all go to No Country for Old Men. Alternatively, if youâ€™ve already done that or want a palate cleansing in advance of There Will Be Blood, you can check out comedy-thriller-romance Foolâ€™s Gold at Readings, Regent or Sky City Queensgate. Matthew McConaughey reunites with Kate Hudson (How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days) as an estranged couple who reunite to search for sunken treasure (as you do). Donald Sutherland and Ray Winstone are the good actors lending their name to the project.
John C. Reilly goes from sidekick (Talladega Nights, The Aviator) to front and centre in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Reilly plays the eponymous rocker in a biopic that follows his up and down career across five decades and spoofs classics like Ray and Walk the Line. Written by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up and The 40 Year Old Virgin), Walk Hard opened yesterday (Waitangi Day special) at Readings, Regent-on-Manners, Empire and Sky City Queensgate.
The Paramount seems to be specialising in obscure music documentaries. In the last year or so weâ€™ve seen American Hardcore and Metal: a Headbangerâ€™s Journey and now theyâ€™re offering up a music film where the participants donâ€™t even play! Air Guitar Nation follows several contestants in the first US Air Guitar Championships and their efforts to go to the Worlds in Helsinki, Finland. So itâ€™s actually a sports doco rather than a music one, but none the worse for that.