Mysteries of Lisbon
Director: Raúl Ruiz
Cast: Adriano Luz, Maria João Bastos, Ricardo Pereira, Clotilde Hesme, Afonso Pimentel
A big hit on the festival circuit by the looks of things, Mysteries of Lisbon looks quite odd in it's acting style and use of music, but utterly gorgeous. I'm not familiar with Raul Ruiz's work but from what I gather he's a bit of an experimental filmmaker who's films can divide opinions. It's been garnering a lot of praise though and I'm intrigued by the visuals alone, so it should be worth a look.
The Ides of March
Director: George Clooney
Cast: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood
We discussed this in the podcast, but I hadn't seen it yet so I thought I'd check it out for Trailer Watch. George Clooney is in the director's chair following up the excellent Good Night and Good Luck with another politically charged film, this time with more of a thriller feel. The cast is incredible and from the trailer the film looks pretty solid, although films like these tend to look a bit cheesy in trailer form and can go either way afterwards. I'll certainly be checking it out.
Suing The Devil
Director: Tim Chey
Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Rebecca St. James, Tom Sizemore, Corbin Bernsen, Shannen Fields, Bart Bronson, Ros Gentle, Jeff Gannon
Wow. When I read the synopsis (law student sues Satan) I thought this sounded a bit silly but intriguing, but good God it looks awful. It looks as cheap as hell, the score sounds like stock royalty free music and the acting is beyond atrocious. What Malcom McDowell is doing here I'll never know, although he's crap in it too. The fact that this got made is just staggering.
Avoid at all costs.
The Darkest Hour
Director: Chris Gorak
Cast: Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Rachael Taylor
It's alien invasion time again. Chris Gorak follows up the sleeper hit Right at Your Door with this extravagant effects-filled blockbuster. I'm a bit bored of alien invasion movies these days, but this has some nice touches. It's set in Russia which makes a change and we see a lot of people (and animals) get killed with little mercy (and a nifty disintegration effect). The cast doesn't blow me away and some of the effects look a little low rent (mainly just the 'alien-vision') but I'm not dismissing this.