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Gentlemen Broncos Trailer

Posted by: Matthew Turner 14/08/2009 @ 15:37
Subject: Film

Films seen so far this year: 267
Films seen this week: A Perfect Getaway, Aliens in the Attic, Funny People, The Time Traveler's Wife, An Education, Colin

Flickchart Addicts Anonymous
Damn you, the internets! As a result of spending an awful lot of time on Twitter (currently following 863 people, which is maybe a few too many), I discovered a website called Flickchart that has quickly become my new internet obsession. Unfortunately it's also addictive as hell and has become a massive time-suck. Argh. The concept is simplicity itself – the site puts up a choice of two movies and asks you to pick the one you think is the best. After a few minutes you have a top 20, but if you've only been offered mediocre or rubbish films by that point, your top 20 might include, say, Big Momma's House, simply because you thought it was better than Big Momma's House 2, so you keep going until your Top 20 includes films you can actually be proud of. Similarly, my current number one film is Magnolia, simply because I haven't yet had to rank it against my actual number one film, Vertigo (currently at number 2).

As of the time of writing, I have now ranked 4,638 films and my list contains 1,949 movies. The site also helpfully informs me that I have spent 139 days, 18 hours and 30 minutes watching movies. However, the fascinating thing about the site (apart from the despair-inducing moments where you have to choose between two much-loved favourites, e.g. Fight Club vs Goodfellas) is that you discover all sorts of films that you didn't realise you loved as much as you actually do. In my case, that's Superman: The Movie, High Plains Drifter and When Harry Met Sally.

My other favourite thing to do is to rank as many films as possible over The Dark Knight (not because I don't like The Dark Knight – I do – but because I don't think it deserves Best Film Ever status). Anyway, it was recently knocked off the number one spot on Flickchart's Best Movies Of All Time list and I'd like to think I had a small part in that... Oh, and a word of warning: signing up to the site requires patience, as it's officially still in beta-testing mode and it can take up to 10 days or so for the invite to arrive. Savour those ten days, because once you're in, you can kiss your free time goodbye.

Films I'm Looking Forward To: Gentlemen Broncos
I don't tend to follow 'in development' news as closely as other film blogging types, so it's always a nice surprise when a new film by a director I like pops up. Gentlemen Broncos is the new film by Jared Hess (director of Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre) and even by his standards, it looks very weird indeed. In a good way. Michael Angarano stars as a lonely home-schooled kid whose story gets ripped off by legendary fantasy author Ronald Chevalier, played by Flight of the Conchords' Jemaine Clement. The film looks bizarre enough even *before* Sam Rockwell shows up, but the film-within-a-film sequences look gloriously bonkers. The cast also features comedy staples Mike White and Jennifer Coolidge, but I'm also delighted to see that Halley Feiffer (Jesse Eisenberg's girlfriend in The Squid and the Whale, recently seeing getting “freak-ay” with Bret in a Conchords episode) has landed another female lead, as she's one of my favourite unsung actresses. There's no sign of a UK release date for this yet, but fingers crossed that we'll get to see it eventually and in the meantime you can check out the Gentlemen Broncos trailer below. And remember, adding -anous to something automatically makes it magical.

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
Four new entries yet again this week, with critically acclaimed runaway drama Sin Nombre, glossy fantasy romance The Time Traveler's Wife, poppy teen flick Bandslam and slick thriller A Perfect Getaway all making it into the top ten. Meanwhile, both Public Enemies and Frozen River are nearing the end of their runs, so catch them on the big screen now, while you still can.

1. Moon
2. Frozen River
3. Mesrine: Killer Instinct
4. Orphan
5. Sin Nombre
6. The Time Traveler's Wife
7. Public Enemies
8. The Hangover
9. Bandslam
10. A Perfect Getaway

DVD of the Week: Two Lovers (out now, RRP £15.99)
This week's DVD of the Week is Two Lovers, directed by James Gray.
Joaquin Phoenix (in his third collaboration with Gray) stars as Leonard, a 30-something guy who moves back in with his parents (Isabella Rossellini and Moni Moshonov) following a broken engagement and a nervous breakdown. When they introduce him to a nice Jewish girl (Vinessa Shaw), Leonard begins dating her, but he's also drawn to his new neighbour (Gwyneth Paltrow), whose apartment window he can see from his room.

The performances are excellent and the film is engaging and enjoyable throughout, though it kind of bungles the finale, which is rather underwhelming and not as emotionally satisfying as it should have been. Anyway, here's hoping that Joaquin Phoenix is only joking when he says he's giving up acting, because he's superb here. Also, note to Gwyneth Paltrow: please do more movies. Thanks. The extras package is halfway decent, with a director's commentary and three deleted scenes, though there's no Making Of or cast interviews. Worth seeing.

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