Thursday, January 22, 2009

What, When, Where this Weekend - California Dreamin', Donkey Punch, Inkheart

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- The Academy Award nominees were announced. What are your thoughts?

- A bunch of said nominees have released their screenplays as free downloads. You can get 'em while they're hot here, here, and here.

Opening this week...

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN', written by Cristian Nemescu and Catherine Linstrum, dir. by Cristian Nemescu

Premise: A railway chief delays a NATO train transporting military equipment during the war in Kosovo in 1999.

Playing at: IFC Center

The description is pretty bare, but this Romanian movie has been getting some rave reviews since it played at the 2007 Cannes Festival. Based on a true story - looks good. The director was killed in a car accident before the editing was finished at the tragic age of 27.

DONKEY PUNCH, written by Oliver Blackburn and David Bloom, dir. by Oliver Blackburn

Premise: A botched sex act turns a hedonistic Mediterranean cruise into a deadly fight for survival when two girl friends face off against the group of boys who invited them aboard their luxury yacht.

Playing at: Cinema Village

Okay, Leaguers, you can stop snickering about the title already. From what I've read, this sounds like it could be a cross between Shallow Grave and Knife in the Water. I dig both of those movies. Count me in.

I'll admit, though, I'm a bit curious what kind of traffic the keyword "Donkey Punch" will bring us from Google...

INKHEART, written by David Lindsay-Abaire, dir. by Iain Softley

Premise: A little girl rallies her friends -- both real and imaginary -- to rescue her father, a bookbinder who can bring characters to life by reading aloud, from the clutches of an evil-doer.

Playing at: All over.

Y'know, this looks fun to me. It's also one of those ideas that's so good and so simple I wish I'd had it first. The basis novel is pretty popular, so we'll see if this gets that audience and their parents in this weekend.

What are you doing/seeing this weekend?

1 comment:

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