Kenicky’s Official List of Films to be Excited About:
Plot: Another planet Earth appears in the sky. The main character is driving a car when she sticks her head out of the window to have a look, then crashes. She goes to prison, but enters an essay-writing competition for why she should be sent to the other Earth.
Early reviews: Fairly, but not overly, positive.
Kenicky factor: My new favourite genre: sci-fi for people who don’t like sci-fi.
Drawbacks: The trailer looks too sentimental.
Release: It came out in America a few months ago, but I’m here in London where it hits cinemas December 2nd 2011. No DVD release yet…
Damsels in Distress
Plot: Some hipsters (I’m guessing) run dance classes to help depressed students.
Early reviews: Can’t find any.
Kenicky factor: It’s Whit Stillman’s first film since 1998. Whit Stillman wrote and directed the Kenicky favourite: Metropolitan (10/10, y’all).
Drawbacks: Greta Gerwig is one of the leads.
Release: Not even a trailer yet, but filming’s completed.
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Plot: Something to do about escaping a cult.
Early reviews: Extremely positive. It’s been a favourite at every festival screening. It has one of the Olsen sisters (yes, there’s a third one) who only wants to do serious indie films.
Kenicky factor: I like the title.
Drawbacks: The trailer makes me worried there’ll be points where people wake up and the previous scene was all a dream.
Release: October 7th 2011 in America; February 3rd 2012 in UK.
Plot: An asteroid destroys the planet and ruins a wedding (what a horrible way to die, celebrating the happiness of others).
Early reviews: It depends: some call it a masterpiece, others say it’s too slow and long.
Kenicky factor: It’s a collaboration between Kenicky favourites Lars von Trier and Kirsten Dunst. The trailer looks impressive, particularly a shot of Kirsten shooting electricity out of her fingers.
Drawbacks: Can’t think of any.
Release: It’s been out for a few months in Denmark. The UK release is September 30th.
Plot: A young couple go missing, so the sheriff and some parents look for them.
Early reviews: I think it’s still in post-production.
Kenicky factor: It’s the new Wes Anderson film with Bill Murray in the lead role.
Drawback: It’s a Kenicky factor AND a drawback, but previews don’t make it seem too different from Anderson’s usual style.
Release: Next year.
Sound of My Voice
Plot: Two documentary makers try to expose a cult, but find themselves absorbed by their subjects.
Early reviews: Positive.
Kenicky factor: When someone says, “I hate the sound of my voice,” you can defend the film, to which they say something about being Jeff Mangum.
Drawback: It’s another cult film about cults.
Release: It was shown last January at Sundance, but there’s still no release date.
We Bought a Zoo
Plot: A family move house to look after a zoo.
Early reviews: Can’t find any.
Kenicky factor: It’s about a zoo.
Drawback: It’s been eleven years since Cameron Crowe last made a good film, during which he has embarrassed himself with Vanilla Sky and Elizabethtown. And it stars Matt Damon.
Release: December 2011.