Leftover Theatrical Releases:
For the first time since I started writing a Leftovers post for each month, there are theatrical releases that I didn't get to tell you about that are worthy of note. What's more, there are a slew of them. We begin with Hesher, an American indie from first-time feature Director Spencer Susser. It's the story of a family of Three; a stoic, constantly bullied young boy (Devin Brochu), his pill-popping, layabout father (Rainn Wilson), and a steadfast, angelic grandmother (Piper Laurie), who all have their lives turned upside down when Hesher (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) starts squatting at their house. Hesher is a long, greasy-haired, foul-mouthed metal kid who loves to tell vulgar jokes, blow things up, and occasionally offer a twisted parable or Two. The culture clash that occurs between Hesher and the family is both hilarious and intriguing, Susser using Gordon-Levitt as heaven's most wayward guardian angel. It's a movie that takes many risks, including some odd casting choices (Natalie Portman as an average-Jane grocery store clerk?), and some outright cruel treatment of its protagonists. But even if Susser and his crew don't roll Seven every time, there's a real sense of vitality to the movie, and it's anyone's guess where the thing will end up right up until the last moments. Hesher is a daring movie that once more confirms the greatness of Gordon-Levitt, and marks the brave Susser as one to watch.
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Limited Release Date: 3-2-2011)
Incendies (Limited Release Date: 4-22-2011)