Just got back from seeing SNOW ANGELS, which is probably the best film of 2008 thus far. Devastating film, with two tremendous performances from Sam Rockwell and Kate Beckinsale. I was not prepared for the emotional destruction that this film gave its characters, and while it's a dark, tough film to watch at times, it's utterly magnificent, and deeply affecting. David Gordon Green is four for four now. Rockwell and Beckinsale have never been better. Look for my full review this week.
I was very pleased to see that THE BANK JOB held really well at the box office this weekend. Granted, it will only be a modest success in it's theatrical life, but the fact that it only fell 20% or so in it's second weekend means that the people who have seen it have loved it (it's terrific, the most entertaining film of the year so far) and they've told their friends to make an effort to see it in the theaters. It's a great genre film, with strong writing and juicy characters. It's a sexy piece of entertainment desgined for thinking-cap adults who respond to complicated plots that yields explosive divedends. If THE BANK JOB had a better title, I really think it would have done even better. Still, if it's able to gross $25-30 million in the theaters, that'll be sweet. It'll do a bundle on dvd, a market where films like this tend to do really well.