Now Playing on Sundance Channel: BROKEDOWN PALACE, 3SOME, NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS
This week we’ve got movies to satisfy every kind of thrill-seeker, from the drug-smuggling, Thai-prison drama BROKEDOWN PALACE to the über-realistic relationship saga NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS to the just plain hot Spanish sexcapade 3SOME.
After she was Angela Chase on My So-Called Life but before she was a bipolar CIA officer on Homeland, Claire Danes was Alice Marano in this Thriller Thursdays selection, BROKEDOWN PALACE:
Alice ends up in a Thai prison for drug smuggling… let’s just say it isn’t much fun. Costarring Kate Beckinsale.
BROKEDOWN PALACE Thursday at 9P
What a Hot Summer Nights lineup really needs is a good 3SOME, a.k.a. the Spanish film Castillos de Cartón, featuring lovely young things in a sexy three-way tangle.
Yes, the trailer is in Spanish. But do you really need subtitles for this one? If this film has one thing to teach us, it’s that despite our linguistic differences, art school kids are the same everywhere you go.
3SOME Friday at 11:15P
Any movie with full frontal male nudity in the first five minutes is automatically a winner in our book. And that’s what you get with 2008?s NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS. There are a few über-realistic sex scenes in the film, one of which is so realistic it’s actually painful to watch. That can actually be said for the entire movie, which documents a long-distance love affair under strain: the awkward moments of sharing deep thoughts, throwing adult temper tantrums, engaging in pillow talk nobody else should hear.
Shot very naturalistically, it has that car-crash quality you just can’t turn away from, no matter how cringe-worthy the intimate moments get. Greta Gerwig and Joe Swanberg star, and the two also wrote, directed and produced it together. You’ll wonder if you’re watching a movie or home videos.
NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS Saturday at 11:10P
To end things on a lighter note, we have BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON. This charmer of a movie returns Renée Zellweger to the oversharing role, this time seemingly on the verge of having it all:
Of course, uncomplicated happiness wouldn’t be Bridget’s style at all, and diverting mishaps ensue. Worth seeing for one of the lamest fight scenes ever, between Colin Firth and Hugh Grant.
BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON Sunday 10P