Thursday, May 26, 2005

Movies You Might Find Interesting

Terry Gilliam, one of the most creative people in this or any other world, has a new movie coming out in the U.S. on July 29. It's The Brother's Grimm, two brothers who are "rapscallion conmen who lope from village to village faking stunts like exorcisms and promising protection through spells."

Another interesting movie, this one by Warner Herzog, comes out August 12 in the U.S. titled "Grizzly Man." The documentary is about Timothy Treadwell, self-styled bear enthusiast and researcher who enthusiastically gave interviews discussing his unusual research methods, which mostly consisted of getting dangerously close to his subjects. He kept giving these interviews right up until he was eaten.

"Murderball" is a documentary about the U.S. Paralympics rugby team. They compete in wheelchairs, fiercely, and everything I've read about this film suggests that it is absolutely terrific. It opens July 15.

By the way, if you've never seen Jim Jarmusch's "Down by Law," it features the best opening sequence I've ever seen in a film. Ever. It also has some of the best cinematography I've seen in years, made all the more striking by being filmed in black and white. The movie goes off the rails a bit, unfortunately, but that opening sequence is just incredible.

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