It's Italian Film Festival Time at Palace Cinemas, which means I have been working all week. My one day off this week I watched three films at the cinema; and have spent most of my time cramming in posts in between shifts. I watched Eye of the Storm, easily the Australian film I have liked the least this year. Ever had a film experience where you feel it should be wrapping up and you check your watch and only 41 minutes of the 116 minute run time has expired? This happened. I made up for it by seeing Red Dog the following day, which is right there with Snowtown as the best Australian film of the year.
I also watched a couple of September 29 releases, The Sorcerer and the White Snake and The Whistleblower. One was quite good. There were two films I was thinking about all of last Thursday that deal with many philosophical and existential themes, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives and Stalker. I re-watched both of them. Amazing films. As a result of this madness, I have unfortunately neglected The Decalogue, which is a shame. This must be remedied this week, but with work nearly every day again, it will be a challenge.
But, on with some links for this week:
Alex @ And So It Begins gives an in-depth 2011 Fall Preview. So many potentially great films released between now and the end of the year. Well, for us here in Australia - now and next February or beyond.
The Kid in the Front Row wrote a guest post at Anomalous Material about The Elusiveness of Cinematic Greatness. It's worth a read. While you are there check out a Double-Header of Moneyball reviews.
For another review of Moneyball check out Steven's at Surrender to the Void.
Toby @ Blah Blah Blah Gay: A Movie Review Blog writes a great article on Double Indemnity as part of his Noir-A-Thon.
As part of the LAMB Movie of the Month, Bonjour Tristesse reviews Jean Luc Godard's Bande a Part. I haven't seen enough Godard (not even Breathless), so I am thinking of making him my next personal DOTM.
Thomas Caldwell @ Cinema Autopsy shares a brilliant article he wrote about James Cameron's Aliens called Aliens: Mothers, Monsters and Marines.
Nick Prigge @ Cinema Romantico is having a mild identity crisis.
Sam @ Duke and the Movies reviews Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused.
For great reviews on Tinker Taylor Solider Spy check out Phil's @ Phil on Film, Anna's @ Split Reel and Simon's @ Screen Insight.
Tom Clift @ Movie Reviews by Tom Clift reviews Joint Security Area, a film he watched at KOFFIA. It sounds like an awesome film.
Tyler @ Southern Vision has unveiled his list of 100 Essential Foreign Films.
Jessica @ The Velvet Cafe writes a nice little review about Lillusionniste.
Finally, a great new site I recently discovered is Subtitledonline.com, which specializes in World Cinema.
Hope everyone has a great week!