Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Release Announcements

So in the first week back after our lil hiatus, I felt the need to repay you all with some nice little tips on upcoming releases to check out... scratch that, need to check out. Well, unfortunately, sometimes I fall in love with films that have already been released... but that doesn't mean you shouldn't ignore them! Three excellent films hit theaters around the U.S. (sorry non-Americans we are unfortunately U.S. focused for the time being, I'm not proud of it, it's just how it is) and two films slid into DVD shelves around the globe. So, go! Quickly check them out, before you find yourself missing out on the latest Water-Cooler Gossip.

- Young at Heart
Coldplay, the Clash and Jimi Hendrix will never sound the same once you've heard the Young@Heart chorus, a group of Massachusetts senior citizens who thrill audiences worldwide with their unusual -- and unusually poignant -- covers of rock songs. Stephen Walker's humane and heartwarming documentary, which premiered at Sundance in 2008, follows the elderly ensemble as they prepare their new show (NetFlix).

- Bra Boys
This documentary focuses on the history and struggles of the Bra Boys, a notorious surf gang from the Australian suburb of Maroubra that's earned a reputation for being legendary partiers, rebellious thugs and incredible big-wave surfers. Continually at odds with the authorities, the tattooed and often criticized Bra Boys have had to rely on one another to survive in a society that would just as well see them displaced (NetFlix).

- Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden
In his directorial follow-up to the breakthrough hit Super Size Me, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock gamely tries to one-up the U.S. government by finding Osama Bin Laden. The wry documentarian reportedly shot more than 800 hours of footage while scouring every nook and cranny of Afghanistan and the Middle East in pursuit of the infamous leader. The film had its much-anticipated world premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival (NetFlix).

- Clash Documentary
The Clash Live: Revolution Rock is an electrifying new performance documentary film, compiling an extraordinary range of peak live concert and live studio performances and more from the Clash, the groundbreaking British band that defined and expanded the power of punk rock in the 1970s, 1980s and beyond (PBS).

- War Dance
Set in civil war-ravaged Northern Uganda, this Best Documentary nominee for the 2008 Oscars follows the lives of three youngsters who attend school in a refugee camp and find hope through a rich tradition of song and dance. Coming from a world in which children are abducted from their families and forced to fight in the rebel army, these kids give it their all when they travel to the capital city to take part in the prestigious Kampala Music Festival (NetFlix).

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