Movies of 2008 From Karina Longworth 12/16/08
GRAND RAPIDS, MI--(Marketwire - December 16, 2008) - Just in time for
the end of 2008 and the arrival of so many awards contenders into
theaters, SpoutBlog editor Karina Longworth has chose ten under-the-radar
films that are worthy of being seen. "Some of these titles had
blink-and-you-missed-it releases in 2008, others took the film festival
circuit by storm this and will appear in 2009," says Longworth.
"All of them deserve a slot on your Netflix queue."
"Medicine for Melancholy": Inverting the typical romantic
comedy structure, Jo and Micah meet drunkenly and then share an awkward
morning-after breakfast. Though her first instinct is to pretend like the
night before never happened, Jo is eventually charmed by Micah's
persistence, and the two end up spending the day walking and talking,
flirting and arguing, and exploring the complex social divisions of San
Francisco. Nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards. In theaters and
VOD in February 2009.
"Heavy Metal in Baghdad": Produced by Spike Jonze, Baghdad is
a documentary on Acrassicauda, a Metallica-inspired Iraqi metal band who
are forced to run for their lives when their hometown is upended by war.
Tailored to short-attention spans, it defies so-called Iraq movie fatigue
by making the experience of everyday Iraqis truly relatable. Currently on
DVD and SnagFilms.com.
"A Christmas Tale": This weird but warm, painfully funny
while often heartbreaking contemporary fairy tale of sorts features a cast
full of France's some of biggest movie stars. Christmas stars Catherine
Deneuve as family matriarch Junon, who calls her adult children home for
the holidays upon learning that she's in need of a bone marrow transplant.
Currently in limited theatrical release.
"Paranoid Park": His biopic MILK is getting all the Oscar
buzz, but the visually stunning and disturbing Paranoid Park represents
the opposite pole of director Gus Van Sant's output: small, truly
independent portraits of sad young men dealing with life and death.
Currently on DVD.
"Poultrygeist - Night of the Chicken Dead": From the people
who brought you The Toxic Avenger comes this satire about zombie chickens
rising from a fast food dump built over a Native American burial ground.
Currently on DVD.
"Encounters at the End of the World": From field trips out to
document the undeniable natural marvels of the Arctic region to encounters
with "abominations" like ATMS and yoga studios on the icy
continent's research base, Grizzly Man director Werner Herzog catalogs it
all in his patented, dramatically-phrased deadpan. Currently on DVD.
"Timecrimes": This tightly-plotted Spanish-language sci-fi
thriller was directed by Oscar nominee Nacho Vigalondo. Convoluted and
silly in the best possible ways, Timecrimes takes the concept of
disturbances in the spacetime continuum way beyond where Back to the
Future left off. A David Cronenberg-directed remake is scheduled for next
year. In limited release December 12.
View more information on all 10 movies at Spout.com.
SOURCE: Spout LLC