If apes or giant robots just aren’t your thing there are some interesting offerings at your local art house. Richard Linklater’s brilliant “Boyhood” debuts this week along with “A Long Way Down”, based on the even more brilliant Nick Hornby novel, and Sony Classics cries “Land Ho” with the first movie set in Iceland since…uh…since…uh. Never mind.
Director Richard Linklater’s drama was filmed over the course of 12 years with the same cast. Ellar Coltrane amazes as Mason and the film also stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as his parents. The film swept the Seattle Film Festival awards presentation and will be a going concern this week. IFC will release the movie in theatres only (no VOD this week) so look for some huge art house numbers.
A LONG WAY DOWN (Magnolia)
Personally I can read anything by British author Nick Hornby and “A Long Way Down” is one of his best. The film brings four desperate people together on New Years Eve planning to launch themselves from a suicide-friendly (and when’s the last time you heard that phrase?) building in London. The four decide to postpone their freefalls until Valentine’s Day and word of their pact sparks a nationwide media frenzy. The book is part hopelessness, part hope and is an insightful look at how we as human beings frantically attempt to handle daily life, all interspersed with Hornby’s biting yet witty dialogue. Disgraced politician Pierce Brosnan, single mom Toni Collette, wayward Imogen Poots and pizza delivery man Aaron Paul make up the cast. The film opens exclusive New York and on VOD this week with a 7/18 rollout in 7 cities. A must see.
LAND HO (Sony Classics)
Two 60-somethings from the Land Of Bjork set off on a journey through Iceland to try to rediscover their youth. The film was a hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Hangikjot for everyone!