Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (trailer)
Director: José Padilha (Elite Squad)
Personal Interest Factor: 6
A few years back, Nick reviewed the first Elite Squad, and now we have the sequel, about massive police corruption, which is apparently burning up the box office in its native Brazil. Anyone seen this yet and have an opinion?
Director: Steve McQueen (Hunger)
Personal Interest Factor: 9
I admired Hunger a great deal and am looking forward to this as well. It’s the first NC-17 movie released by a studio dependant since … Lust, Caution, I think? Granted, a lot of indie movies get unrated that would be NC-17 if distributors submitted them (Tykwer’s 3 is an obvious recent example). Which, come to think of it, probably wouldn’t be a bad idea. If distributors were required to submit movies instead of the system being voluntary, like in the UK, the NC-17 probably wouldn’t have such stigma and the country could take one babystep closer to acting like actual adults about stuff instead of reactionary puritanical morons.
Director: Paddy Considine
Personal Interest Factor: 7
Jeff Wells has been promoting this pretty hard over the past few months, to the extent that he paid for media screenings to try to raise its profile. In fairness to him, Strand (the distributor) is an only occasionally useful outfit, but at the same time, Wells’s judgment is highly suspect and everyone knows it. Still, I respect him for stepping up and championing a film he cares about, and it does look pretty good. Nice poster, too.
Also this week:
America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments (trailer) – backlash against fat backlash
Answers to Nothing (trailer) – Beats me. Crash ripoff or something.
Kinyarwanda – film set against the Rwandan genocide
Letters from the Big Man – a woman meets a Sasquatch
Passione – John Turturro-directed musical