François Marin is a young teacher trying to inspire and guide his class of disaffected youths in a troubled Parisian neighbourhood. The pupils, however, see him as intolerant and disrespectful. The daily clash between students and teachers takes its toll on both sides.
Fancy going to the cinema this week? Well, if you do, here’s our usual pick of this week’s new releases. A comedy caper, a superhero film and a drama. There’s choice for you.
Exit Through the Gift Shop is, ostensibly, a documentary about street art. As with all creative endeavours, though, scratch the surface and there is something more. It is introduced as a film by Banksy, the often controversial Bristol-born artist whose work has crossed over to the mainstream in spite of the artist’s very public wishes to remain incognito. Banksy, it seems, is all about the juxtaposition of marketing and mystique.
Regardless of the fact that a lot of us have had a few days off over the past couple of weeks, the fact that it’s Friday still sends a wave of relief and excitement. Friday also means it’s picture quiz time. This week we turn our attentions to books.
Aron Ralston (Franco) is a self sufficient, highly independent adventurer. His love of the great outdoors and extreme hiking pushes him to some of the most spectacular landscapes in America. But one such trip is about to change his life forever. As he squeezes through the enclosed canyon, a boulder is dislodged and crushes his arm. Now, having spent many years refusing the help of others, Ralston will find himself needing aid more than ever. But with no one around, the only hope is self-mutilation.
Looking back over the past year, it’s apparent that 2010, overall, was a good year for movies. There were of course some shockingly poor releases – I’m looking at you, Clash of the Titans – but what would a year in movies be without a good ol’ fashioned stinker of a film or two?
Seeing as everyone is trying to get back into the swing of work, school or whatever it is you do to fill your days, I thought we’d ease back into things here at ScreenDemon with a fairly easy picture quiz. We are revisiting faces this week as it proved to be popular and annoying first time round.
First of all, let me say welcome back, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and all that jazz. Apologies for the short break but as you may have read I was on the verge of death (okay, so that may be a slight exaggeration but it felt like it). Anyway, let’s get back on with the show…
Nev, a photojournalist based in New York, begins a long distance friendship with Abby, an 8 year old girl, after she sends him a painting of one of his photos. Abby’s talents bely her age and as a result, Nev’s brother and friend – Ariel and Henry – decide to document the friendship. A friendship that will see them travel hundreds of miles to fully understand. But virtual friendships aren’t always what they seem.
As Christmas approaches and wallets get thinner, going to the cinema may be the last thing on your mind. If you are venturing out to a place of moving images, however, here are three of this week’s releases to consider.