FILM SPOTTING: March 2011 in Polish cinemas


The Adjustment Bureau (USA, 2011)

Release Date (Poland): 4th March 2011
Release Date (worldwide): 4th March 2011
Director: George Nolfi
Cast: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt
Plot: (from IMDb)

The affair between a politician and a ballerina is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.


General Feelings
I really like the bits between Matt Damon and Emily Blunt on the trailer. And the concept sounds kind of intriguing, so I’m in *grin*

Rango (USA, 2011)

Release Date (Poland): 4th March 2011
Release Date (worldwide): 4th March 2011
Director: Gore Verbinski
Cast: Johnny Depp, Bill Nighy, Abigail Breslin, Isla Fisher
Plot: (from IMDb)

A chameleon that aspires to be a swashbuckling hero finds himself in a Western town plagued by bandits and is forced to literally play the role in order to protect it.


General Feelings
I still can’t quite believe I’m spotting it on my main list, but it just looks so hilarious! *grin*
Unfortunately, it’s dubbed for the Polish market, but as it’s Johnny Depp there is perhaps some hope of one or two cinemas in Warsaw screening it with subtitles. And failing that, the Polish dubbing actually sounds pretty faithful to the original (judging by the trailers that is).

The Fighter (USA, 2010)

Release Date (Poland): 4th March 2011
Release Date (worldwide): 10th December 2010
Director: David O. Russell
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo
Plot: (from IMDb)

A look at the early years of boxer “Irish” Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s.


General Feelings
I’m still sort of in two minds about this one… There are factors that intrigue me and factors that put me off ;) In the end I’m going with the good reviews and hype for the acting.

No Strings Attached (USA, 2011)

Release Date (Poland): 18th March 2011
Release Date (worldwide): 21st January 2011
Director: Ivan Reitman
Cast: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher
Plot: (from IMDb)

A guy and girl try to keep their relationship strictly physical, but it’s not long before they learn that they want something more.


General Feelings
I really like the idea of Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher as an on-screen pairing, and I think the hamster line is fab ;) So even though all signs on heaven and earth suggest this is a predictable romantic comedy, I want to see it. It looks fun!

Other Films for Consideration

  • You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (USA/Spain, 2010)
    This is the latest Woody Allen film, which is actually why I’m not that interested ;) I am, however, curious about anything Freida Pinto does post-Slumdog, which is why it’s made my maybe list.
  • How Do You Know (USA, 2010)
    Paul Rudd! I think he’s fab even though I’ve never really seen him in anything :] Or rather I have (as Paris in the DiCaprio version of Romeo & Juliet), but that was way before he found his niche. Apart from Paul Rudd this doesn’t look all that enticing though.
  • The Mill and the Cross (Sweden/Poland, 2011)
    Rutger Hauer in something that looks very weird and has a Polish director. I’m intrigued… but not entirely sure it’s my kind of thing.
  • Sucker Punch (USA, 2011)
    I rather think this will be a lousy special effects film. But the plot is just weird enough and the aesthetics developed enough that I could be persuaded to see it… maybe ;)
  • Periferic (Romania, 2010)
    There’s something vaguely intriguing about the trailer… I like the look of the lead actress. And apparently Cristian Mungu had some sort of input into it.

Special Mentions

  • Never Let Me Go (UK/USA, 2010)
    This I saw at the Warsaw Film Festival last year and it was fab, so I wanted to give it a shout out :) Andrew Garfield (the new Spiderman) and Carey Mulligan are really, really awesome.
  • Ultimo tango a Parigi (France/Italy, 1972)
    Maria Schneider died a couple of weeks ago, which I think is why we’re getting this re-release. I’m not a big watcher of old films, but this is one of my favourites. To me what’s so brilliant about it is how emotionally raw it is and how it doesn’t have that sanitized feel that I associate with older films. Check out this clip - it’s the sort of humour I haven’t seen much of in cinema before the 2000s :)
    And to those having mixed feelings about the sexual explicitness of it - in today’s standards it’s relatively tame, but IMO that doesn’t take anything away from it :)

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