Can you think of a better way to spend part of the potentially crazy-humid next couple of days than with Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx in sweaty Miami? Michael Mann brings his '80s TV staple into the present with Miami Vice, a flick that looks as steamy as its setting. For a less R rating friendly movie goer, there is the animated kids flick The Ant Bully with it's Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and pissed off the garden pests preminse. Also, the hot girls fight back against their womanizing boyfriend in John Tucker Must Die, the newest installment in the ever popular teensploitation genre.
The weather looks especially fine this weekend for comedy in Indie City with the releases of Sundance fav, Little Miss Sunshine, Woody Allen's newest collaboration with Scarlett Johansson Scoop, and the silly gay spoof Another Gay Movie. All three look chuckle-worthy from the trailers which you can view here: Sunshine, Scoop, Gay.
At Film Forum, check out the documentary, The Photographer, His Wife, Her Lover, a story at times salacious and bizarre about the ongoing legal battles between the photographer O. Winston Link and his wife/business manager Conchita. Director Paul Yule investigates a ripped from the headlines story wherein Link, a photographer famous for shooting steam engine trains in the dark, accuses his ex of stealing highly valuable photography prints which she claims he never made. While the subject matter may not seem to be the most movie ready, Yule's fine execution makes it an intriguing story.
The month of August at BAM's Cinematek features a wonderful Western series, "Raising Hell: Sam Peckinpah" devoted to that innovator of the very American genre. If you've never seen his amazing The Wild Bunch consider the Wednesday screening required viewing. The final shoot-'em-up scene is still spectacular and shocking even nearly 40 years later.
The Film Society at Lincoln Center features every year some of the most innovated video work they can compile and this year's Scanners: The 2006 New York Video Festival is no different. In particular, The Sexorcist: Revirginize, a project which weaves together footage of Britney Spears and Ellen Burstyn in a mock horror film about Britney's nymphette behavior, is fascinating stuff. It screens Saturday at 2 pm in the Mediated Media program with Battles of Troy and The Retaking of Pelham One. The fest runs all weekend and each of the programs which feature selections of documentary, animation and art pieces would be worth a view.
A faux documentary with an indie rock edge, Brothers of the Head is a sexy, weird second feature from Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe, the directors of the Terry Gilliam docu Lost in La Mancha. A pop promoter in '70s Britain decides what the music scene really needs is a novelty act featuring conjoined twins and so plucks the Howe brothers, Barry and Tom, from obscurity making them punk stars. Twin actors Luke and Harry Treadaway give wonderful performances as the artistic brothers whose closeness seems like the best relationship in the world and a sure road to destruction. They're multitalented these two, emoting, looking fabulous and singing a number of songs on the equally excellent soundtrack. Even though it's set during the proto-punk period, the reflections on the music industry come across as totally current. Tom and Barry could just as easily be Pete Doherty and Carl Barat, if only the Libertines had been Siamese twins.