Often the only movies that get any kind of media exposure are the $100 million flops! Some large movie company will put a huge amount of money into publicizing some sorry bit of celluloid that no-one wants to see. Some flashy and well edited 30 second trailer seen on TV is supposed to make up for some damn awful movie that no one in their right mind would willingly part with their hard earned cash to watch!

There is a completely different side to the industry than what is displayed in the local newspaper, there are foreign movies, and there are Indie movies. Very occasionally one of these movies make it to the mainstream, a good example would be Brokeback Mountain. Most though are relegated to the world of DVD’s, reel space in theatres is even harder to obtain than shelf space in a bookstore (Ask any author about that!).

There are a few mainstream companies that do try and help the smaller movie makers, and one of them if Fox Searchlight. This is a company that genuinely seems to want to promote these lesser known movies.

There are two movies due for limited release, and they both look interesting.

DAY WATCH (DNEVNOI DOZOR), the follow-up to 2006’s instant smash hit NIGHT WATCH, is in theaters on June 1, 2007. Night Watch is a Russian movie, and the first one to break $30 million in sales. This is quite a feat. 

In part the press release reads:

Director/Writer Timur Bekmambetov, has created DAY WATCH (DNEVNOI DOZOR) it is the next installment in the best-selling sci-fi novels of Sergei Lukyanenko. When the previous installment, NIGHT WATCH (NOCHNOI DOZOR), was released in its native Russia in July 2004, it became an instant smash hit breaking all film gross records in post-Soviet history. A dazzling mix of state-of-the-art visual effects, amazing action sequences, and nail-biting horror set in contemporary Moscow, DAY WATCH (DNEVNOI DOZOR) revolves around the conflict and balance maintained between the forces of light and darkness — the result of a medieval truce between the opposing sides.

There is a web site http://www.foxsearchlight.com/daywatch/ that has all sorts of interesting information, and a clip that you can view.

Also coming up is Once, this is an Irish movie, set in Dublin. It looks like a tear jerker, this is one you should go and see with your Wife/Girlfriend/Significant other. Featuring Glen Hansard and his Irish band “The Frames,” ONCE tells the story of a street musician and a Czech immigrant during an eventful week as they write, rehearse and record songs that reveal their unique love story.

Once is slated for a May 18th release. You can find out the locations, explore the web site, and view the trailer at http://www.foxsearchlight.com/once/

There is more to life than “Harry Potter”. Get out there and try some of these fine alternatives.

Simon Barrett


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