05/09/2014 new movies short reviews by Natasha and Alex
INTERSECTIONS NEW screener: kind courtesy of Icon Films RATE: 9/10 review by Chandra Madanagopal
Intersections, as the title suggests is a story of a honeymoon couple Scott (Frank Grillo - Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Grey, Minority Report) and Taylor (Jaimie Alexander – Thor franchise) Dolan whose lives intersect with a red flagged Interpol convict (Moussa Maaskri – Point Blank), a French woman (Maria-Josee Croze – The Driving Bell and the Butterfly, Munich) with a child, a killer (Charlie Bewley – Like Crazy, Twilight franchise) and a stranger (Rochdy Zem – Point Blank, Days of Glory) who comes to the rescue. Taylor and Scott are on their honeymoon in Morocco where Taylor plots to kill her rich husband with help from her lover, Travis. The plan goes sour when all parties are involved in a bloody car accident on a remote desert road. They escape the multi-car pileup right in the middle of the desert and encounter the group of survivors, including a wanted smuggler, Omar, a French woman, Audrey, with a sick baby and Saleh, a mysterious "repairman". They embark on a journey of deceit and revelation that surfaces as the story unfolds. Written and directed by American filmmaker David Marconi has many twists and turns in store all throughout, right till the end. Thomas Hadrmeier’s camera has captured the rugged Moroccan desert just well enough to reflect the cruel intentions of the lead characters. Producer Luc Bensson (Lucy, Taken 1 and 2 and the Transporter Series) has done a commendable job by backing up such a gripping story. Music by Richard Horowitz, jells pretty well with this edge of the seat thriller. Julien Rey’s editing pulls the audiences’ attention well into the storyline and keeps them engaged. The 101 minutes running time just hits like a flash and keeps the audiences guessing as every twist reveals the different layers of the lead characters. The actors have done an exceptional job, especially the “repairman” character played by Rochdy Zem and Taylor, played by Jaimie Alexander whose looks are exceptionally attractive, yet deceiving. Please beware of spoilers and wait till the end credit roll for some bizarre honeymoon fun. Rating: 4.5/5
it is the movie about family and what is important, relationship in the family - couples, dating, sons and fathers, daughters and fathers, brothers... there are more and more movies on this subject appearing here and there... relationship in the family are basically like everything in life are the reflections of your relationship with god and they are the most important ones - they are the same in their significance as your relationship with yourself... who you see the world will get projected on everything you touch and everything that happens with you in life... it is funny and quite dynamic, with some unique ideas, yes... and great to watch for the whole family!
INCOMPRESA - LAVAZZA ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2014 NEW Misunderstood website RATE: 8.5/10
it is the movie about family values, a child suffering because she is not understood, she is not seen and she is not valued by her family... love of two people first born in the fine worlds of spirituality. a child is a materialisation of that love between two. it s a physical reality of what is unseen by our eyes when you fall in love. if the child is healthy, happy and beautiful so this was your love. when love dies between two the child feels it as he/she is not wanted in this world any more... let's be nice to each other as when you fall in love there is not more two - there are three of you already... when you break up you kill the child who is unwanted now too... the child does not understand why does she/he feels this way: she misbehaves and gets punished so the trauma is becoming even deeper and the wound might never get healed... you might damage your child's life forever... let's be nice to each other, people...
New Aussie TV show “Utopia” is a a combination of well know shows like “the Office” and Rob Sitch’s former tv hit “Frontline”.
Utopia is a satire of the everyday goings on in the government office. How more often than not the bureaucracy achieves nothing, while righteously spending millions on studying the issue, talking about the issue, voting on it, readdressing the issue and somehow never actually achieving the result required.
Starring a who’s who of Australian comedy with Stitch playing the lead role as departmental head Tony, balancing the pressures of pleasing the governmental figure head Jim (played by comedian Anthony Lehmann, aka Lehmo) and his own morale.
Tony is accompanied by the less than competent Scott (Dave Lawson) and the unapt Katie (Emma-Louise Wilson), who are predictably under qualified to assist Rhonda’s (Kitty Flanagan- hilariously funny) decision to redesign the authority’s logo.
Although at times the show is predictably funny, the comic level of the show will keep you entertained. Aimed at the larger market with views of Sydney this show should find itself a winner with the overseas market. Slow to start but definitely worth a watch.
SUN OF A GUN NEW media preview - kind courtesy of eOne website RATE: 6.5/10
the movie you do not want your teenage kids to see... promoting the wrong values and making heroes out of the criminals? may be we are missing something here? it is mainly because of the idea of the movie which seemed a bit plane not to say primitive. from one side and dangerous for some minds from the other side... am i still missing something here????.. the actors are absolutely brilliant there - all of them... the camera is good... but coming back to the story... suddenly you start thinking like criminals... do: you believe that all they are fighting for looks more like chimpanzees fighting for more bananas... it suddenly becomes important and true for you too - what a strange thought to place inside adult's mind... that is why I am worried that teenagers will understand it the wrong way... we, as adults can get out of this game, step aside and start asking questions... i can not write here everything we think as this is not really for publishing but the overall feeling is "wrong", "this is totally wrong"... I am believing it is right but this is wrong... to add to this i did not believe a word of love between the criminal and his lover - a prostitute that suddenly got changed into a good and loyal woman and a future wife and mother... Stnaslavski would cry... "I am not believing it!" and I can not buy it...
LAVAZZA ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2014 - THE WONDERS NEW Le meraviglie website RATE: 9.5/10
for those of you, the lovers of "Italian taste" movies: it has got it all - Federico Fellini's hypnotic meditations on the subject of mysterious nothing-ness - just the exact word - wonders describes it all... the young, hard working and curious Gelcomina who is "in charge" of the farm (played by one very interesting and talented actress) - from one side and her stubborn and strict father who tried to establish the "rules" in the house where the rules will never work - it is full of women - his wife, his daughters and his farm workers - this is from the other side... the movie - it is strange, it is funny, it is everything the Italian movie should be... the life is still and country-side-like-unchanging and quiet... and suddenly the balance is broken by announced Farmer's Competition, that brings up to the surface some hidden and well covered emotions, then the bombs explodes again by the German boy who arrived to assist the Gelsomina's family (he is following the rehabilitation program)... now there is blood (just a little bit), the honey is running out of the bucket over the edge and uncontrolled, the kids are missing, the beauty queens are singing... there are some stupid TV shows no one needs, there are loud sisters and... there are camels... life seems a real mess.... how does she take it, Gelsomina..?
it is one heart breaking story about the family missing a 12 year old boy... you feel hopeless, devastated following his father with your thoughts who travels all around India to find him... not even him... just traces of the people who saw him last. the boy have disappeared but apart from sadness you also see the pictures of common life in India: Delhi. Mumbai and many other places... some people help the family with all their hearts some are ignorant, some rude, the police is hopeless like the whole authority system... the poverty these people live in is beyond any common understanding... the pictures are so vivid you suddenly understand that only miracle will help this poor family...
LAVAZZA ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2014 - SPACIAL PRESS RELEASE NEW INTERVIEW WITH THE FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL GUEST AND RAISING STAR MS. NADIR CASELLI
Nadir Caselli Interview By Max Davine
As part of the Lavazza Italian Film Festival, the Italian film industry has let us borrow one of its premier rising stars; the beautiful screen actress Nadir Caselli.
She comes to us from Tuscany, where she studied English, thankfully for me as I know not a sentence of Italian, and martial arts while working as a model and, eventually, an actress.
Having studied, worked with and been very close friends with many, many actors over the years, I've discovered one thing is consistent about them; you know who’s going to make it long before they do. You don't have to see them work, you hardly have to talk to them. There's just an energy about them. An amazing balance of self-confidence without arrogance, of humbling compassion coupled with blistering intelligence, and of heartwarming sensitivity combined with an almost self-announcing clarity and conciseness. A strong passion, and a certain love for everything and everyone around them. They just have a light about them, and as soon as I heard the sweet voice of Nadir Caselli down the other end of the line, speaking with grace and sincerity unabated by her Italian accent, I knew I was talking to a winner.
Welcome to Australia, how are you feeling?
• Thank you, I am great, I like this country very much...unfortunately I didn't get to see much of Melbourne, though, we came off the plane after a long trip from Italy and I only had two days, before I had to come to Sydney. But I liked very much what I saw. It is a very beautiful city, I can tell.
Nadir is a beautifully exotic name, where does it come from?
• My mother read a book, which she loved, and there was a character named Nadir, who was a princess, and she just loved her so much she decided that one day, when she has a daughter, she will name her Nadir, so that's where it comes from.
What led you to become an actress?
• I started modeling when I was sixteen, and that went really well, so when I was seventeen my agent proposed I go to a casting for a movie, and it was a movie set in Tuscany. I am from Tuscany, so that was easy, and they called me back two more times, and then I got the part. That was my start, and it led me on to do more movies afterward, which I’m still doing.
You're here for the Lavazza Italian Film Festival, what movies can we see you in?
• You can see me in Universitari – Molto piu che amici, a comedy directed by Frederico Moccia, which is all about friendship, it's about these friends sharing a warehouse just outside Rome. There are six girls and boys. My character, Giorgia,, starts out as very shy, and insecure, because she has never received much affection from her parents. Her father is a diplomat, and always traveling around the world, and is never there to look after the family, whilst her mother was also often absent. So she decides to go to Rome and study fashion at a university, but to get by, she has to share this warehouse with 5 others. They all learn a lot about support and friendship, and slowly she learns to let go of her insecurities and falls in love.
• I am also in I Can Quit Whenever I Want, directed by Sydney Sibilia, also a comedy, which was inspired by the economic crisis in Italy, and the rest of Europe, but we wanted to laugh about it instead of being depressing. The movie is about a researcher from a university who has been laid off, and has to find a job, but he can't because the only thing he can do is what he's always done, research! So he and some friends invent a new illegal drug, and they begin to deal it, and get very rich. It changes their lives very quickly, and that gets them into trouble, because they can't handle it, so things get out of control.
Thank you for your time, Nadir, it is very much appreciated.
• Thank you, thank you very much, bye!
images from NADIR CASELLI in her movie, UNIVERSITY: MORE THAN FRIENDS provided courtesy of the Lavazza Italian Film Festival
THE TERROR LIVE NEW website screener - kind courtesy of Icon Films review by Julie Dargan RATE: 8/10
This movie follows one person, Young-Hwa Yoon, for the duration of the movie. It is all centred around him. It is shot in a studio, based in Korea, and follows real time for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Looking back I was so engrossed in the movie that I felt that movie flowed like a stage play without the actors stopping for one minute.
Many themes are brought up in this movie. The main one for me involves what people will do to climb the corporate ladder. Pretending to be delivering news for the people when it is for their own cause.
I found myself many times siding with the "terrorist" when the smug politicians do not understand "the people" which did surprise me.
A fantastic movie which I think I will watch again to try and see the twists and turns ahead of time. I would rate this movie as 8/10.
LAND OF THE BEARS NEW Terre des ours website RATE: 8/10
with all my love to the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic channel and all the movies about the nature and wild animals - this movie was a real piece of art: impeccable technically, full of extraordinary camera work and unique moments of pristine Kamchatka Peninsula life of bears: from the early spring to the late autumn. The movie is made in 3D, it will be a real treat for the whole family. It is meditative, it shows the closeness of the bears to earth, trees and water: they treat them all like their best friends, we have a lot to learn from their innocence, their ability to survive in such harsh conditions and their love to life. absolutely beautiful almost meditative soundtrack!
the movie is slow... it is developing this way too... it is like breathing in life and breathing out death... it is a bout crime and punishment... it is about the environment and our values in life, it is about how light and positive purpose can turn into darkness and fear if you do not really understand what you are doing. you can turn into a terrorist who will be fearing for his life if your plan is to destroy not build, if your plan is short term, not long term solutions... it is a crime that while set there is no way back and for the people involved it turns not to be the saviours and fighters for the clean earth but fearful little creatures who from now on will be hiding in the dens if they are not taken by federal police or not killed by their own crime-mates. the movie can make you deaf so silent it is sometimes... the are the thoughts of the criminal - or the major character who thinks he became one. his and his "friends" actions do not attract attention of the environment defenders - on the contrary their actions make an opposite public re-action: they condemn them as the result was - one man killed after the blown up dam. but every crime is dark not because of the public punishment but because of the guilt the criminal will carry inside of him/her soul for rest of his/her life... there is more to that: one crime usually leads to another and another one - the chain will never end once started from a single wrong deed... what will remain?.. silence and emptiness... there is one last thought: the environmental problems can not be solved by one stupid terrorist act, they can be solved by long term solutions: consumer mind changing... the less material attachments we human beings will have the less environmental disasters we will have , the better and cleaner future we will leave for our kids...
THE LEGEND OF BEN HALL - IN PROJECT MOVIE NEW director Matthew Holmes website website for kickstarter an article by Rick Idak (the camera man and one of the actors)
[This is] ...the behind the scenes story of Ben Hall and how...
Hi I'm Rick Idak, regulars at The BRC may remember me as the event videographer for Natasha at her home. A couple of years ago I went freelance after 21 years of in house filming for the company I worked at "Transpacific Industries" where there were 7200 employees. They did construction, mining, waste disposal manufacturing. You name it. So I did a lot of the inhouse training videos, safety films, catalogs, documentaries, photo shoots etc. On weekends I did live events, small independent films. Where I hired out equipment and sometimes shot them as well.
Well after 21 years and 1 month, my department was made redundant and I received a nice payment. I decided to just do a little bit of filming. (A wedding video here, a music video there. But it got busier and busier. Some of my clients were really angry if I filmed for others. So I decided this is too stressful and let most of it go.
Recently I got a urgent call from director Matthew Holmes. He was about to start filming the film Ben Hall. He needed to hire my sound equipment, generators, lights, grips, and other things like that. Sure I was about to drop it off when Matthew asked if I could stay a few days as someone pulled out at the last minute. So they needed me to run the generators and set up grip equipment etc. once under way a lot of crew got sick and so a few days turned into 7 weeks.
I thought the film was going to be a small independent film. As I knew Matthew was raising money on Kickstarter. When I arrived on set. I saw dozens of extras dressed in period costumes of the 1860's. There was stunt action horse riding and gunfire, recreated towns of the period etc, etc. Matthew apparently raised a lot more money than he asked for. So the film became much bigger and ambitious. Every day on the set there were new actors and extras dressed with period costumes. There were many horse drawn carriages. I sometimes arrived on set thinking I was in the 1860's. I tried to find replacements for me. As I had so many little event videos to film back in Melbourne. But the producers asked me to stay as they were in a fix as now there were investors involved as well a kickstarter pledgers. We also had a representative from New York. He was from one of the investors for the film. So we had a lot riding on this.. If we could meet deadlines, more money was available so Ben Hall was a full length feature instead of a independent short.
The position I originally had was to bring my gear and pass it on to the sound man, and apropriete crew. It turned out I was carrying heavy generators up mountains, and getting up at6am and finishing late in the evening. I was then made still photographer as well. Then I had to shoot interviews with the cast and crew. I was also frozen in freezing weather and sunburnt horribly the next day. We shot all over western Victoria then went to Forbes NSW and other inland locations.
For those that don't know Ben Hall was a outlaw and was the biggest and best known before Ned Kelly. It is a true story as we follow his life as a farmer and cattle owner with a young wife and child. It his his journey from that and how he became an outlaw. After working and aching and swearing not to ever do this again. I find out that the production is going straight into a horror film "Territorial" which will be produced by the producer of Wolf Creek 1 and 2. Peter Jackson is building the monsters and doing effects with his company Weta Workshop. Then they plan to do a science fiction film. Ahhh give me a small independent film shot in Melbourne anyday. Just too old for this now. I so want to retire...
MARINA - LAVAZZA ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL OPEN NIGHT SELECTION 2014 NEW website RATE: 9/10 review by Carmen Martin Issifu
Based in Belgium where migrants fuel the economy of a coal mining town you'll find the Granata family. A bold move by the head of the household Salvatore finds the young Calabrian family migrating to a foreign country divided by nationality and class. The search for greener pastures to fulfill their dreams soon turns for the worst as the Granata family find themselves struggling between love, passion, money and laws that were made to be followed.
This storyline will keep you wanting more as it takes you on a intriguing journey through the eyes of Salvatore's son a passionate young man named Rocco that believes he is worthy of being treated equal.
To his fathers dismay Rocco finds a way to express himself and re-gain a sense of freedom from his routine life through his passion for music. Soon the lines that divide the lower and higher classes become blurred and the hope of dreams coming true are once again restored. In this drama filled movie you will be reminded that following your passion can lead to greatness.
THE LITTLE DEATH NEW movie preview - kind courtesy of eOne website RATE: 10/10
Josh Lawson - thumbs up! The movie reminded me The Manual Of Love from Italian Film Festival a couple of years ago - sensational and unique Australian version full of good humor, frankly told stories put up together by a master hand (mind?) into a beautiful lace of somehow connected events, a bit twisted and a bit unexpected! Can't think of people who would not love it!.. So let's bring up some philosophy first... Is there a connection between a broken back door lock and a broken nose? ...a loud love making and a quiet love making? the tears you enjoy in your partner's eyes and your tears in your eyes? ...between you acting a doctor and being a doctor of your own relationship? ...may be interpreting for a deaf person a sex phone conversation and falling in love with this same person? each of five small stories slowly unfolding in front of our eyes has got its own complication and the moments where you can not hold your loud laughter... they are stories about sexual life of five couples who may be do not know each other but they live in the same neighborhood... their fetish stories are so different but they are all strangely connected ... oh, not this... yes, connected by a total stranger, actually an ex-sexual assault convict who was just released from jail... the sexual fetishes of these five couples are extraordinary - I never heard about some of them, the director looks at each couples from different angles: when such strange fetish stories can turn into life threatening situations , into a total danger and when they are hilariously comical ? the girl who wants to be raped by a stranger could actually accidentally kill her husband, the husband who was looking for something new and fresh in his sexual life can miss some important moment of truth because he is too involved into being "someone else" - he believes now he is a great actor! his wife from the other side can not understand and does not want to understand him... or take this: some sexual fetishes may be could not be revealed to your partner at all - you better walk away, die, admit something you have never done rather than say to her what your fantasy is... there is a bit of tragedy - yes, but somehow death comes when there is no way.to forgiveness, so the plot develops so harmonically logical... no more words and no more philosophy! just - WATCH IT! to add to this review: the movie soundtrack is fantastic. I firmly believe this movie is one more candidate on the best movie of the month... I have not laughed like this fr the last couple of years... first time also I saw Alex laughing at the movies!!! Josh Lawson - thumbs up, genius with your little death! La petite mort, French for "the little death", is an idiom and euphemism for orgasm
SACRO GRA - LAVAZZA ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2014 NEW website RATE: 6/10 review by Julie Dargan
This movie is a documentary focusing on the various people living around Rome’s ring road (the Grande Raccordo Anulare). The director of the movie actually lived in a minivan for 2 years on the giant 70km ring road in order to capture the wonderful diversity and unseen world most people think of when they think of Rome.
The people in the film are every day people and they behave in the movie as if no camera is there. I wondered if the camera was on for many hours at a time and the people forgot it was there allowing us to see their lives authentically.
I loved the slow pace of the movie. I have never seen Big Brother but I assume it would be like that except the people did not care for how they came across. We really had a glimpse into their everyday lives including the small living spaces they had to live in to the life of an ambulance paramedic actually following their call outs.
As with all the Italian films I watched, it is a delight to escape the over the top Hollywood style movies and actually just sit back and let the scene shots move slowly, and let you absorb what is going on.
I would rate this movie a 6/10
STAY AWAY FROM ME - LAVAZZA ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2014 NEW website RATE: 8.5/10 review by Sahara Follan
Stay away from Me is a laugh a minute, so if you need a giggle, sit down and enjoy this. Jacapo knew from a young age he had a knack to figuring out relationships and became a marriage counselor. Through his own trials and trivialities in dating disasters decides to stay single until he met Sara. An hysterical journey of car doors being knocked off by buses, walking into doors, being stuck in lift and dvd mix up's at the Vatican this movie will keep you entertained from start to finish. A catalyst of events that can befall anyone, any couple anywhere especially if your jinxed like Jacapo was from a fateful curse he was given when he was a child from a misunderstanding, this sure is a rollercoaster of fun.
if you like rivers of blood, killing, broken bones, lots of fighting, computer games, cartoons, women that look like sluts, violence and naked bodies than you will find this movie to be a perfect paradise for you. The graphics is sensational in this movie-computer game, the plot is close to zero, but more like primitive. It is a typical commercial movie that I would not recommend the teenagers to watch - it is a psyche breaking and damaging. We could not rate it to be honest as this is just not our cup of tea... I am still feeling dizzy just thinking about this movie... But I am pretty sure that the movie will be very appealing for some grown up men.
SOUTH IS NOTHING - LAVAZZA ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2014 NEW website RATE: 6/10 review by Chandra Madanagopal
Fabio Mollo’s “South Is Nothing” is a story about a coming of age girl Grazia, brought up by a single father, Christiano in a small Italian fishing village with an on and off help from her grand mother. This slow moving story revolves around the teenage girl, whose looks could deceive almost anyone whether she is a boy or a girl. Fabio has used the 90 minutes of the running time very well by showing the strong emotions of both Grazia and Christiano. The urge of Grazia in knowing what happened to her missing brother disturbs the relationship of every single character involved in the story. A strange vision of her brother in the midst of her little nap on her family boat pushes her even further to search for her brother. This leads her in developing a love hate relationship with a fellow youngster who helps his dad in his business. The rest of the story is knit upon how Grazia intimidates her father to reveal the secret of her missing brother. The build up of the music helps the story move along quite well. It would have been better if the back-story had been told clearly. Sometimes it is very confusing for the viewer to actually decide whether the brother is actually alive or dead. South Is Nothing is a brave attempt.
DARKER THAN MIDNIGHT - LAVAZZA ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2014 NEW website RATE: 8/10 review by Carmen Martin Issifu
This movie based in Sicily with it's amazing park lands and gorgeous historic buildings portrays the life of Davide. A 14yo feminine young man with gorgeous red hair coming to terms with his sexuality and having to deal with his ignorant and traditional father.
Davide sets on a roller coaster of emotional highs and lows once he starts exploring the real world where he meets others going through the same emotional roller coaster of being unnacepted and disowned by their families.
He coincidently comes accross the flamboyant Rattore and his posse, they take him in and show him the ropes of the streets. They teach him the bare essentials of what he needs to survive outthere, Davide soon comes to realise it's not all sunshine and smiles.
Get ready for a turbulent movie which is filled with many unfortunate truths that happen in the lifes of many.
QUIET BLISS - LAVAZZA ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2014 NEW RATE: 9/10 website review by Julie Dargan
I watched the movie Quiet Bliss last night. At first I was little worried when I saw the movie went for over 2 hours but I must say it was a wonderful 2 hours. The movie follows the lives of four women from the same family, three generations apart. It is a movie that shows the different ways people react to the challenges in life. On reflection I found it interesting in the portrayal of one of the main characters was that no matter how much we try to create a better life for our children, how we behave makes them make the same mistakes we did. Lucia is trying to create a better life for her family when the family business falls apart. She is a hard lady and every now and again you see a fondness but this is one tough lady who will not allow any happiness in her life. I found the story line just beautiful, the scenery astounding yet simple. Makes you just want to shake the younger ladies in the movie to enjoy the beautiful surroundings they are living in, but then I am a country person myself. A city person may find the movie a little different, but will certainly make them feel like taking time out in the country after watching this film.
I would rate it a 9/10
THOSE HAPPY YEARS - LAVAZZA ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2014 NEW RATE: 8/10 website review by Rachel Sandey
The director, Danialle Luchetti is painting a picture of life in Italy of 70-s, the years he doesn't hide his nostalgia for. The story is narrated by a boy, the son of the artist,Guido, who is battling to make himself a name in the modern art of that time. He works long hours in his studio, but he is not trying very hard to resist his young, beautiful, nude models. His wife, Serena, the mother of two sons, (played by a ravishing actress Micaela Ramezzotti) is a strikingly attractive woman, who, naturally, is hurt by his continuous infidelity. Guido got invited to participate in a big and important show in Milan, where his exhibition proves to be unsuccessful, wounding badly his artistic pride. Guido's agent, a feminist, gives Serena an advice to disappear for some time, take a holiday and join her on the trip to France, which she decides to accept, going there with her sons. Her absence forcing Guido to face the truth and re-valuate his priority in life, love and art. An excellent performance of main characters conveys sincere emotions and warms our hearts. I am giving it 8/10
ANZAC GIRLS NEW RATE: 8/10 website review by Elizabeth Bossong, artists DVDs are kind courtesy of Roadshow Entertainment (Home/TV) Release date: September 17, 2014
Aussie nurses in the first world war have not had a big share in war movies and period pieces, so it’s interesting to see this drama based around the ANZAC nurses. It’s based on the diaries of women who served at the time and as such has a charming authenticity.
As a lover of Downton Abbey I was thrilled to find another series that was full of historical facts and points of interest, as well as plenty of ‘will they get together’ suspense and romance.
The exploration of WW1 through the eyes of these fresh faced girls is riveting as they deal with the stress and speed of trying to keep up with the battle wounded and deal with the politics of Doctors and Matrons.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
THE MAFIA KILLS ONLY IN SUMMER - LAVAZZA ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2014 NEW RATE: 8/10 website review by Julie Dargan / Juice Master Australia
This movie was a delight to watch. It was a very witty movie and had me engaged throughout the whole movie. It takes a, what appeared to be a tongue in cheek, look at the Mafia in Sicily. Many people deny the existence of the mafia which is laughable in its own right. This movie honours the wonderful people who have dedicated their lives to try and release the strong hold the mafia. It is not until the end that we realise that the movie is in fact based on actual people.
This movie helps in gaining awareness of the destroying effects the mafia plays on many innocent people in Sicily.
I would rate this movie 8/10
LAVAZZA ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2014 NEW media opening launch website
Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2014 http://www.italianfilmfestival.com.au/ media opening night at Enoteca Sileno Lygon Street Carltonhttps://www.enoteca.com.au/ tonight was an absolute delight... chocolate block full house - I have never seen anything like this at any Melbourne Festival! - so many people turned up to support this year's festival launch - better than ever with very selective drinks from Enoteca's finest drinks, mouthwatering snacks and hot food including wood fire pizzas... so well organised by the Palace Cinemas Melbourneand PR and marketing team - it was really marvelous also to watch some highlights from this year's program and movie selection: from drama to the best Italian comedies - they covered it all! More to that - you also had an opportunity to buy some delicious products from the Enoteca shop including their amazing cook books every master chef could be envy of... one short word overall: IM-PRESS-IVE! The festival kicks off with an Opening Night Gala featuring Marina movie - tickets were all sold out in Sydney and Melbourne ( Palace Cinema Como) in one week!!! http://www.italianfilmfestival.com.au/films/marina YOu should hurry up booking your tickets as everyone is so excited to see EVERYTHING - the movies are all very very good this year! We will be publishing more reviews (Marina movie will be included too and we will be raffling festival ticket upon receiving them in mail shortly)... Very grateful to everyone involved in organising this event with so much taste, promoting Italian culture with such attention to details! I am publishing this night's photos... and the festival trailer soon to come...
PULP: A FILM ABOUT LIFE, DEATH & SUPERMARKETS website screener - kind courtesy of eOne RATE: 6/10review by Julie Dargan
Hi NM,thank you so much for inviting me to write a review on the movie Pulp. I did not know what to expect which is what I love sometimes when I go to the movies, it is like opening a present for Christmas that you have no clue what it is. In the beginning the movie started off slowly and I thought, oh no, but the more I watched it I found myself being drawn into the characters. Based in Sheffield I believe, it shows the last concert for the band Pulp and they narrate throughout the movie with their insights in life.
I loved the scenes with the every day people. They had some quite beautiful people (not on the outside) and very insightful children that gave substance to the movie,
Loved the music that will make me want to find some music from PULP if it is still around. If you want to see this movie, be prepared to think. It is not an action movie when you are on the edge of your seat at every minute, but a movie where you have to allow time to get to know the people and hopefully fall in love with them in the end.
Do you want me to be 100% honest? ok, I will try... Although technically a well done animation I believe for the Hollywood-high-standards-spoiled-audience that will be a disappointment: poor and uninspiring story, a bit naive (as it looked so strange that the big mine (energy?) and oil corporation was put down by the bunch of monkeys! yes... a bit like avatar but not so touching and with less stars.... or should I say honestly - sometimes dull for my taste...). it will be bought only by the children below 5 years old. I loved coldplay paradise music inclusion too - it was a one unusual real paradise glimpse overall... for the whole film i caught myself thinking: it is way too simple not to say primitive... why the characters move so unnaturally - would not it be better to make a live human version of an old classics or just to make a good quality cartoon instead... my questions remained unanswered by Mr Tarzan who had no beard by the way... or may be he was only 14 years old... I tried to be honest but I still believe there is a hope to watch this movie for the families with smaller kids... to finish it on a positive note... dear guys from Germany who made this movie... please!.. you make better cars...
INVISIBLE OCEAN: PLANKTON AND PLASTIC - ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL MELBOURNE 2014 NEW website A review by Rachel Sandey RATE: 8/10
This is a short, but very impressive documentary, which leads us to the underwater world and introduces us to microscopic creatures, which plankton consisting from. Apparently plankton is responsible for over 60% of oxygen, which is vital for surviving of all life on our planet. We get to meet one of these passionate people, who devoted their lives to researching plankton in different parts of the oceans, One of them is Mara Haseltine. She is a glass artist, and according her words she fell in love with these microscopic creatures and wanted to show people how beautiful they are,as they cannot be seen by unarmed eye. She made an amazing glass sculpture of plankton, affected by microscopic particles of plastic, which contaminated all our oceans. Essentially, this film gives us an important information and a warning for vital necessity to protect our waters of plastic contamination. My rating 8/10
WE ARE THE BEST! website media screening - kind courtesy of New Vision Films and Palace Cinemas RATE: 6.5/10
they are charming ... they might look like boys but it only adds to their charms and charisma ... they are messy, funny, they explore the world of love, freedom, music, relationship, betrayal and much more like three cute little puppies on the journey to adulthood... their parents give them cheese for X-mas instead of electric guitars... they do not understand them ... well, they do... a bit... but it is shown in the movie from a sort of a light way... and yes, these three are the best! - at least this is what they think... and this is the main thing in life... if you do not aim high there will be no tops to conquer for you... we get only some glimpses of their talent: a couple of tunes here and there but the music is for your ears to fall in love with... so is the movie - it is excellent for everyone not only teenagers who love punk, you will laugh your way through this delightful film! there is only one hiccup: a movie is a bit long to my personal taste... I also loved the sound of the language - pure music!
THE 100 TEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT OF THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED RATE: 8/10 website
well, I could not hold myself from laughing out too loud and Alex said I triggered even more laughter because of that in the cinema... some moments of the movie were just so hilarious ... Alex was more reserved though as he found this humour a bit straight forward, not that delicate and sometimes even primitive and rude... I could not agree with him as what is funny is funny... an elephant between the silver birch trees s funny enough for me... well, let's call this movie: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (or Pulp Fiction) the Scandinavian way. Alex called it a bit messy but this is how life is - isn't it? Sometimes you do not know when you meet a president or you end up in a concentration camp, sometimes you meet Einstein (well, not quite right one), sometimes you meet a criminal. A;ex called it unbelievable - but some mo vies should be this way to be funny... and yes, sometimes life is also unbelievable - one day you fly to Bali with your friends and the elephant, sometimes you blow up a businessman with a kilo of dynamite... This movie could also be called Forrest Gump the Swedish way... Alex also called this movie empty... in his I would never ever agree with him - something that you watch in one breath (two hours go like nothing!) and you do not want to end, something that makes you a fracture happier I would never call empty... Alex said it was stupid, the people there were stupid... believe me I saw stupid people too - even worse... I loved it (gave it 9, Alex gave it 7, so the average was 8/10) there is one thing I can not grasp: how did they manage to visit so many countries while shooting this movie: Russia, Sweden, Bali, States, France etc etc... One of the best comedies I have seen in the last couple of years... “Never try to out drink a Swede, unless you happen to be a Finn or at least a Russian.”
NGURRA WANGGAGU - ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL MELBOURNE 2014 website A review by Chandra Madanagopal RATE: 8/10
When nature calls man to join hands, so that Mother Nature could nurture man with its abundant gifts she has to offer its children. Tyson Mowarin’s “Ngurra Wanggagu”(Meaning Country Talking in Australian Indigenous language) is a movie about the sweet talk of Mother Nature to its children about how much she loves them, longs for their company and what it has to offer them to lead a happy and peaceful The short film begins with a gradual transition form a busy city life to a peaceful remote country somewhere in western Australia. Torstein Dyrting, the director of photography has done a commendable job by using some stunning time lapse to create a pleasing view to the audiences’ eyes. The just over seven minute runtime is well handled and used deliver just enough message and some stunning visuals to the viewers. The whole film is a voice over narrated in native Indigenous Australian language. The only distraction in the whole film is the compulsion of reading the subtitles that appear jelling with the camera’s movement. As far as the performance of the actors are concerned, the film does not leave much scope for the actors, as the whole film is about Mother nature and its cry to man about what it has to offer. The ABC production in association with Screenwest and Lotterywest, directed by Tyson Mowarin’s “Ngurra Wanggagu” is an honest attempt.
ONCE UPON A TREE - ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL MELBOURNE 2014 website A review by Sahara Folan RATE: 8/10
A wonderful journey through a child eyes and her perspective of the life of trees, how they are themselves a city but of animal and insects. How people do not take the time to look more closely at the world around them, living in such a tiny space but is vital to the planet. How the trees grow,wilt, renew and have birthday each year like humans but not recognised as such except for her own special Oak tree.Trying to understand why certain trees are marked with a red cross to be cut down they are cut down because they are not right, 'how can they not be right, they are still a tree', she says. See wildlife and nature slowed down, where rain drops bounce off insects backs and take others on a different path and then watch the time-lapsed recordings of nature before your eyes, from birth through to now. A beautiful take on a childs perspective of life and nature, that will make you think and open your heart just that bit more.
WHITE EARTH - ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL MELBOURNE 2014 website A review by Chandra Madanagopal RATE: 6/10
From the Journalist/Filmmaker/Educator Christian Jensen comes White Earth, a short film on lives of three children and a mother living in a God forsaken land located in North America. The short film happens in North Dakota, a vast piece of snow covered desert where one cannot expect anything but Oil and Money which is earned in exchange of ones worthwhile life as well as their wives and children. The short film starts with the narration from an innocent boy’s voice whose life is pitted in an almost lifeless land where barely 500 people live, whose sole purpose is to make money for a short while and lead a better life after their money making stint there. Then the narration passes on to another child’s school life and then comes the story from the point of view of a mother who once looked after her children, now brings home some extra bucks cleaning other caravans and helping other resident workers with their day-to-day duties. The mother has big dreams for her daughter who wants to become a cardiologist. She wants her daughter to go to the university where both the parents have never had a chance to be. Then the story moves on to the little daughter who has big dreams to and gets along well with other children. The director Christian Jensen explores the human emotions of life in North Dakota. We humans go to a certain extent to obtain what is needed for ones life but always at a cost. No mater the cost is ones childhood, ones family life, ones dignity, or event the tranquility of nature itself. The short film could have used the running time more on capturing the dramatic emotions of people living in that part of the world rather than using the time showing humongous oil pumps, pumping oil from the wells. The director has tried well to document the lives as well as expressing his point of view on family values, childhood dreams and nonetheless protecting nature from human hands.
ONCE UPON A FOREST - ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL MELBOURNE 2014 website RATE: 6.5/10
honey beautifully made movie with sensational camera work, amazing digital snap shots, animation included in live shooting, drawings of an artist are also shown, his story told from the top of the trees and some absolutely magnificent moments captured on camera. it is a story about trees, secret life of them so to speak, unknown, hidden life described from a human perspective, messages the trees send to insects, to each other and to animals, the world of stillness, motionless giants of the Earth that own time instead of us and animals who own space... there some incredible thoughts too that some of your will find unique and fascinating... vinegar the film is a bit slow for our pace. [the film would probably be more interesting to watch on a big cinema screen rather than at home as lots of big screen effects get completely lost from a smaller screen - it is a matter of perspective for such movies... it is a good selection though for the opening night of the environmental film festival as it would have its desired affect on the audience: poetic, dream-like and meditative story...] but... I caught myself I was falling asleep at some parts...the same was for Alex... I totally recommend to watch it on a big screen once again as you will have more pleasant sensations and better overall impression of the whole picture... I also found myself comparing the movie with David Attenborough's high quality cinematography (more like his art works) and the rate was given in this comparison... although French are good in filming nature - hard not to agree (The Fox and The Child, The Fields of Enchantment etc) It is also a movie for the whole family to watch as there are lots of messages for our children too...
UNRAVEL– ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL MELBOURNE 2014 A review by Rachel Sandey website RATE: 6/10
The creators of this Documentary, which is only about 14 min, covered an interesting topic of what happens with the clothes which after been worn has been discarded. There is a town in the North India, Panipat, where 100. 000 tonnes of discarded clothes, packed in the huge containers arrive every year from Western countries. We meet these women, working at the factories, in which this clothes get turned back to threads, and then to woven blankets to start a second life. One of them is a beautiful woman in her thirties by name Reshma. She with her husband and 3 children live in a rented room. Her dream is to get to America one day and see with her own eyes all these rich western women, who throw away hardly worn clothes. It's been interesting to see the recycling process and also to be amazed by all these people, who are happy just to have some food and a roof over their heads. My rating is 6/10.
PREMIER AUTOMNE – ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL MELBOURNE 2014 A review by Tamsin Khor website RATE:
There is a tree in the middle of the forest. Its braches, not yet bare, are covered in frost. Snow is beginning to coat the ground beneath it and put the flowers to sleep. This is the end of summer and the beginning of winter. This is the premier automne.Premier Automne, translated into First Fall, depicts the delicate balance of the changing of the seasons and its entanglement with the balance between life and death, told through the innocent eyes of children. Apolline, the child of summer, lives in the forest with her white puppies. All around her, the forest is green and thriving with life. In stark contrast, Abel lives in an eternal winter of delicate frost and snowflakes with his skeleton puppies. Despite the individual beauty of their own worlds, both Abel and Apolline are isolated and lonely, and appear to be unknowingly drawn towards one another. So when Apolline discovers the border between summer and winter, she is naturally curious, apparently never having seen snow before. When the two meet for the first time, it is with the hesitant, yet curious innocence only children have, and for a moment, it seems like they have both found what they were looking for. However, things quickly change. The death of one of Apolline’s puppies in the cold demonstrates the fragility of life, while it’s rebirth as one of Abel’s skeleton puppies shows that death is necessary to create new life. Apolline, fearing this,
attempts to leave and is pursued by Abel. During the chase, Apolline’s summer forest begins to wither as Abel brings winter into her world in what becomes a menacing hunt by Abel and his skeleton puppies. Realising the damage he has caused, Abel retreats, seemingly forever, with each unable to exist in the other’s world, but not before Apolline return’s one of Abel’s lost dogs to him. It is only through their interaction and the discovery of how they affect each other’s worlds that they truly learn to understand nature. At the end, we see the children having found a way to play together in harmony, without damaging the delicate balance between the seasons. Beautifully animated, this simple story is a wonderful way of exploring the delicacy of nature. The film is a demonstration that opposites need not act against each other, but rather help each other in a delicate cycle that cannot exists unless they work together.
it is a sweetly naive story everyone is waiting for - romantic comedy with French-Indian flavour, love and success, success and love, food and challenge, challenge and food... it is entirely family entertaining journey - feel good film with excellent actors (Helen Mirren), fine beauty ( Charoltte Le Bon) and kind humour (Om Puri). you will have great tie 100% watching it as it fulfills its purpose: to make you entire and completely happy... Just one wee:note: it gets a bit boring, slow and fragmented (more like it was taken from different shots on different days with different light etc - seemed a bit unnatural) closer the end losing its original flow and good pace at the beginning - some scenes were a bit childish, unbelievable and not that required at all IMHO as they only get you confused, there were a bit too many characters, some of them were not well developed too... Charle Aznavour romantic song was a sensational and classy addition to the movie. French Alps sceneries and nature, food , pristine forests - were an amazing addition to the movie... Overall impression: light and happy... A bit more on the movie: food wars - do we actually have them and how do they occur? the food wars are shown in the movie is a very funny way... "Food blends cultures and allows us to have just a little peek into someone else's life... It is about a hundred foot divide between cultures" - Oprah Winfrey says, - "It’s about human beings coming to understand other human beings and more importantly, after you get to experience or step into somebody else’s shoes or see them for a real human being, how you understand that you’re really more alike than you are different" there is a great script, there are good actors, there are themes of family, competition, love and food national traditions - this is all good - but how you film it is very more important. there are lots of signs and hidden symbolism in the movie too (in the ply and it the camera) If you watch it twice you will notice some poetry, I would say it is more like a long-poem movie.... the director uses weather to highlight the feelings, he is shooting from the back (like talking in gestures - the scene with the omelette tasting/eating was sensational!) and much more... The scene of awakening and revelation: the main character meeting his Indian friend eating their traditional Indian food in a top class fancy restaurant and how the smell and the taste of this food brings the boy back home, back t ohis childhood and to his mother... Food we eat brings back memories, food is memories.. I believe if I taste some dishes my grandma made for me in my childhood I will start crying too... I could not resist today in the morning and cooked omelette with potatoes, ham and spices too - Alex said he is taking me to work in the kitchen for him!!! :) Quotes: Papa: Is he as good as I think he is? Hassan Kadam: Food is memories.I will turn the music down, but I will turn the heat up.To cook you must kill. You cook to make ghosts Madame Mallory: In this restaurant we do not serve an old, tired marriage, but a passionate affair. Marguerite: Five mother sauces. You must find them in your heart. Then, bring them to your pots. That's the secret. You’re a chef. I don’t pay you to burn things
SLOW FOOD STORY - ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL MELBOURNE 2014 media preview - kind courtesy of festival managers website RATE: 7/10
when i was going to this movie i was thinking: what is slow food? how can it be? food is food... does it not run fast enough so we can catch it? i must be about vegetarians I though as vegetables can not run at all - they are slow then... I got it only when McDonalds was mentioned... and it is fast food - then I realised slow food is something so delicious - it was grown in love, by loving hands, by caring people, small local farmers, with no GM processes behind it, no nasty additions, so natural and grown in soil under the sun with good water... it is also cooked with care and attention, and with lots of love of course like our mum cooked for us, like cooked for our children... This movie is all about it , about the nationally recognised movement against commercial farming, about growing our food in old, authentic way, it is all run by a group of Italian enthusiasts, who care about the future of our planet and about our children's health... they have a positive and fun approach to the issue as they are believers in goodness inside of everyone... watch for yourself and realise what one person can do for many...
THE DUNE - ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL 2014 website RATE: 8/10 (director work: 10/10) review kindly prepared by Teresa Vaz
Note: Interesting movie, doesn't say where it was filmed, there is no details, They should write where and what year about the scenes.
Well it is about one middle age man Hanoch, who lives with his partner I (no name) in a village close to the big sand dunes, where everyday after work (the man has a little bicycle repair shop), he passed the immense gorgeous dunes, talked to them with his mind, like connecting to them and took a bus with his bicycle back to his village where a girl was waiting for him (she is his partner); she talked to him after eating together watermelon, she seemed hot. Lovely scenes, and sad ones too. Hanoch attempts suicide after he decides to leave town and go searching for something. At the end it shows that he is searching for his father that disconnected from him decades before. He was depressed and tried to kill himself with sleeping tablets, and thanks to an old senior friend who played chess with him everyday after work or at lunch time, he saved him and offered him accommodation till he left to France. On the other hand it is shown the story of Vardi (at the end we will discover that he is Hanoch's father), with my intuition and love for movies I knew he was his father. Especially at the café when Hanoch observes father Vardi playing chess, such a virtue that he inherited from his father. Well the scene where Vardi (Hanoch's dad) was introduced is when he is searching for a missing person (writer ) in another town in France, Paris, and this is the part when movie starts to unfold. I was honestly very connected to the film as it is a lovely story, Vardi leaving with his partner (a guy) in an apartment and facing old age, Vardi trying to quit his detective job, and his partner organizing where to live as they were asked for the apartment. It is a lovely and soothing story about social issues, about mental illness and depression some men have, about lack of security (mainly financial), about hectic life in Paris, and every thing else in between the lines... Then there is so much suspense, beautiful scenes in nature, villages in France, your imagination flies.. The enigma of Hanoch life keeps you uncertain until the end.. He has tried to attempt suicide again but could not drown and a farmer (beautiful pregnant girl) notifies the hospital and police, That is when the father and son encounter happens as Vardi (dad) has to investigate why this man from another country tried to kill himself. They discover at the end that they are father and son, and reunite, meet at this beautiful café... For the wjole time Hanoch followed his father to cafes, in the street and never had the courage to confront him. It is a must see film, I give it 8/10 - more details are needed on place/year. But it is great for people who like detective stories, no romance in it though... and the end is positive. It does not tell us what exactly they both decide, but I believe both Hanoch (the son) and Vardi (the dad) will have lots many conversations and catching up to do., The end is promising... Well believe it or not I watched it twice Natasha, as the Dad (70;s) looked like my dad, Vaz. Also similar issues, when the man gets to his old age and there is no family, I was questioning all the time: What did I do with MY life? The old man was lucky his son looked for him. You must see it!..
THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER - ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL 2014 website RATE: 8/10
review kindly prepared by Teresa Vaz I saw the movie: "The kindergarten teacher" it was a bit weird, sad and beautiful at the same time. For sure it shows the problems that are happening now in Israel: all the traumas that children go through - they are copying adults. The movie is presented very realistically: a kindergarten teacher, so dedicated, who had grown up children, a husband and a job she loved. She cares for those children greeting them each morning, helping them to develop their minds. The movie is especially about this little boy, the main character: Yaov Pollack, who had a gifted mind, according to the teacher he was a Mozart in the Poetry field. The teacher wanted to encourage this 5 year old boy so she spoke to his father (a rich restauranteur) and his uncle who was a poet as well. Apparently the boy was very distressed as his mother according to him died (actually she ran away with the man, leaving the kid with his father). The teacher was so attached to Yaov, the little boy that offered the father to take care of him, as she had the inclination towards poetry as well. It seemed she felt frustrated. There is bright mind of the kid, reciting poetry every afternoon, creating a new poem, one after the other... It led her to become interested even more in poetry to the point of plagiarising the kids words and presenting them as if they were her own creations. The end is not very happy though... The kid seemed to be possessed by some force that made him look as if he was older.
I would give this movie 8/10, as it makes you feel for the young boy (not music in the background except for some scenes). The movie shows that Poetry in these people's lives was very important... but nowadays people are not interested in such creations... It was very interesting to observe the relationship developing between the kindergarten teacher and the little boy: how children are so pure and trusting and how much infatuation Nira, the teacher had for Yaovi... The characters are simple, and at the same time very profound.
I personally loved this quote "Poetry must stand and speak, it must dance". It seems the kid was guiding the teacher to unleash her energy and channel her desire for being a Poet. I recommend the film to all opened minded people as it is of great value, specially ABOUT the mind... We never know what people are thinking.. The teacher seemed to be in control of her life and doing the right things by her family, duty to her job, until the end that completely takes you by surprise and shows she puts on a different mask: a different aspect of her personality that would also damage the little boy's life. It also shows the power games this kid played that it is not normally happening in real life. It could be an isolated case of course.
It is an entertaining movie: different scenes about family - party when her son goes away to the Army, poetry reading that ends chaotically, the way Nira presented herself, that was the enigma. You learn to trust this character from the beginning until she disappoints us, the observers...
it was almost impossible for us to rate this movie. it is done so amazingly well technically: the camera is fantastic, some movie moments are just mind blowing... just the story is not "ours" - it is too bloody disgusting and too complicated: the people shown in the movie are perverts, the plot is heartbreaking... the twists and turns of the story line are so unpredictable it feels like moving on a narrow cliff unpaved road at night with no breaks and no high beams with a traffic moving towards you almost blinding you and pushing you closer to the void... I believe that people who love this sort of movies with criminals, police chasing and innocent civilians fearing every little step n their life, the people who are real experts in such movie could value this movie pretty high... it is just not our cup of tea...
There was also a screening of "No More Mr. Mice Guy" 7 min clay animation by teenage brothers Ben and Josh McCarthy from Syndey. RATE: 10/10!!!!
SHADOW IN BAGHDAD - ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL 2014 website RATE: 10/10 prepared by Rachel Sandey
"Shadow in Baghdad" is a documentary film, directed by award winning filmmaker Duki Dror. It tells the story of Linda Abdul Aziz, middle eastern journalist, who was born in Baghdad in 1952 and escaped the upheaval of Iraq in 1972 to Israel. Her father, Jacob Abdul Aziz was a highly respected and well known lawyer, who disappeared without a trace shortly after her departure. In fact, this movie is a chronicle of extinction of whole Iraq's Jewish Community in early seventies. People have been abducted and taken away without any documentation. It's a heart breaking tragedy. During her painful journey, which has taken many years of searching evidence and people for clues , Linda has been contacted by young Iraqis journalist, who was touched by her story and willing to help. It resulted in years of communication and developing friendship. This is a must see film, which won't leave anybody indifferent . My rating 10/10
IN BETWEEN - ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL 2014 website RATE: 5/10
review by Rachel Sandey This is a documentary, which is telling us a story about one young Israeli family, and what kind of problems they encountered and how they managed to overcome them and save their family of destruction. Well, we all know, that every family at different stages of life experiencing some kind of disagreements, but this family situation was particularly difficult. The man quite suddenly decided to take on Judaism and follow all Orthodox customs, including Kosher meals preparation, cloths and so on. His wife, a modern, beautiful woman wasn't ready at all for this drastic changes in her life. There was a moment, when she was thinking of divorcing her husband, but she still loved him and the children, so, she decided that it worth to try compromising and gradually they worked out the solution. In my opinion it's really very hard to change completely your way of life at mature age. The creators of this film have given us an interesting insight on the life of one family, which can be a good example for others, facing similar problems. I think this movie won't be attracting too wide audience though, as a topic is quite specific. I'd give it 5/10
the movie is well done but the story and the plot is quite predictable and well recognised: the main character, a policeman who is after his failure at one important operation is doing cold and some years ago closed cases when he discovered something that he should not investigate. of course his boss and his workmates are against him, nobody likes him, nobody like to work with him, of course there is only one guy of islamic origins, also his co-worker who trusts him, of course the main character does not trust his new friend and hates everything about him until... there is only one part of the story which is hard t predict: the criminal and who he is... this part is rather mesmerizing and intriguing but the overall impression: this is one more now Danish James Bond... also a bit boring... IMHO psychological part of the crime is very poorly done... Alex gave it 4/10 as he found it also depressing, mine was 8/10 as I rarely watch detective stories, but he average turned to 6.10
THESE FINAL HOURS thank you to Classic Cinemas Elsternwick! website RATE: 5/10
the theme is rather familiar - nothing new - end of the Word (Melancholia, 2012, The Road etc etc) what people usually do when they face the the fact that they are living their final hours? existentialism philosophy: part of it studies the questions of death. the real human feelings the real You appear only in front of the eyes of the death. s what will you do: just your ordinary things? cheat on your wife, put a puzzle together, meet your family and friends, go party, drink, laugh? what would you do? the main character is confused , his life is a mess, until he meets his conscious in the image of a young teenage girl when unfortunate circumstances bring them together... she is a reflection of the best part inside of him - she teaches him gently , by her own example... how to love. till he finds himself and makes his final decisions that seem right for him in the situation facing the end of the world... the actors are all terrific especially the young girl and the main character! we gave the movie the lower mark as the subject is not really new...
RITA JAHAN FARUZ - ISRAEL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2014 preview screener - kind courtesy of MBPublicity website RATE: 8/10
Review by Rachel Sandey I was deeply touched by this film. It is particularly close to my heart, as I am Jewish and my daughter married to an Iranian man, who I love very much. I've met his family and the first thing one can see how close and loving they are. This film is a documentary, so there is no actors, no special effects, no breathtaking landscapes. This is a story of Rita, a beautiful, remarkable woman, a talented artist, a worldly renowned singer, whose voice has done more in peacemaking process, than the world diplomacy. The words of the songs, she is singing are a hymn to overwhelming love, which she is generously poring on everyone, who surrounds her and who is listening to her. People of Iran and Israel love her in return. We meet her big family her daughter, mother, father, sister and uncle and all you can feel is warmth, love and closeness. I'd highly recommend to see this movie that will uplift your spirit.
what is your purpose on this planet, at this time (if it is ever there), who is next to you? whom you are shooting and killing? can it be you but in some other "reincarnation"? who are you on this plane? is your destiny heroic? is your purpose love? or if there is no love there must be something else you live for? it can not be with no purpose... but what if you do not have future nor you have your past...? when you kill someone do you ever think you might be killing yourself? it is scary to even think about... just put it this way: we are all one - You and just Me but in the other life... or it might be even simpler if the time is not there... everything on this plane is just YOU! this movie will certainly blow you mind! if you remember james bond movies - they are like not very tasty lolly but it is packaged so well it becomes irresistible not to get it... the wrapping becomes addictive with some movies but they are empty inside... they might have sensational graphics and special effects but the taste is still dull and not amazing at all... and on the contrary nevertheless this movie has a good wrapping too: fantastic soundtrack and sound, sensational actors a (10 out of 10!) and camera, but the lolly inside is so tasty the wrapping does not matter anymore: you will want to see it twice and the third time until you get inside each small detail! the plot is sophisticated, intriguing and so showy, your jaw will drop down and you will be watching the movie in a very uncomfortable condition for more than an hour!.. The intrigue does last till the very end of the movie... There is no more I will allow myself to reveal but this is an entertainment in its best!
NEXT TO HER - JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2014 preview screener - kind courtesy of MBPublicity website RATE: 5.5/10
sometimes you do not know why you are doing certain things: you just must have some mission to fulfill... and it looks like this mission actually can survive without you but you become so addicted and dependent on it this mission becomes your life: there is nothing else out there: your love life, your social life does not exist anymore - the mission takes over everything you had - it eats you up alive... you understand that you are trapped but you do not see the way out... if the mission suddenly disappeared from your life you will be emptied - you might even die without it... the mission can be anything: the so called "work of your life", your dependent relative or your love even... there is something that we all have to remember: we are not our missions, we are greater than that and what ever addiction appears in our life it is not who we are...
KIDON - JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2014 preview screener - kind courtesy of MBPublicity website RATE: 6/10
it's a comedy with the twist... or more like a parody of criminal detective stories... you will never guess the end of the movie ... yes, you right - till the end of the movie... there will be russian and french spies, isralei and uae cia units and very clever agents, guns, prime ministers, phone calls, investigations, diamonds, cheating wives, millions of dollars, cool digital devices, passports made in 48 hours, fake women of the oldest profession, some criminals, people will be killed or may be not,... so the best of its kind... you will have fun...
we did not expect much from this movie thinking that we will be going to see some family drama... what we saw was much much beyond our best expectations... what a journey not only geographically but spiritually... I still have goosebumps even thinking about the mum of the movie director. Helena's story is a story for many movies (and her daughter, Sophia actually made some "fiction" stories using her mum's past only to realise that the real one was never told and she had a chance to make it and tell it to the world). Helena lived so many lives throughout one; a woman of incredible spiritual power, who was able to survive in the situations that would break the most powerful ones. It is not clear from the beginning of the story and we start to place some negative judgmental thoughts about giving away Sophia to the orphanage but as the story unfolds suddenly the truth becomes so clear that the tears will be natural revelation from the feelings you experience towards He;en's beautiful mother's soul... There are lots of political comments (we could only say "ah") and I highly recommend all the people who are interested in finding the truth about the historical background in Western-Eastern Ukraine conflict to watch it so you will know the actual events that took place from the mouth of the people who experienced it on their own skin... politics can be as ugly as the people who make it damaging the faith of the innocent families... But please watch it also without any judgement as the movie shows one and very narrow side of the story - it might seem a bit subjective to some people who experienced only positive outcomes from these time politics... But I am pretty sure you will leave the theater with more knowledge and will be more open minded people than you are now...
SELF MADE - JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2014 preview screener - kind courtesy of MBPublicity website RATE: 5.5/10
the faiths of two women seemingly not connected anyhow - on the contrary, a boarder between Israel and Arabs is dividing them - leads them to meet on 4 square meters inside the cell on the boarder. the reason - small missing screw from a new bed... the strangest movie we have ever seen, the strangest people acting even more strangely and unpredictably... lots of funny situations but overall - we did not get it! :) what stroke us: the relationship between men and women, the rules on the boarder and just different life style from what we used to live... the movie is taking you ... more like to another planet...
BEST MOVIE OF THE MONTH MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT media screening - kind courtesy of eOne RATE: 10/10
another masterpiece by Woody Allen I was so exited to see not only because i was sitting next to Geoffrey Rush but for many other reasons... Woody keeps gently surprising his audience and his fans: he is never boring, be it drama he makes or like this - delightful romantic comedy. the humor is light like the wings of a butterfly and intelligent like main his characters. The plot is interesting .. more like unpredictable and intriguing - you never know what the magician might invent, you also will never know what the psychic is about to say, the camera is a piece of art costumes are more one can wish for, the music is mesmerizing as usual and the scenery - gorgeous as ever for the eyes and fr the soul! You can only compare Woody Allen's movie with Woody Allen's movies. this might not be the best of the best but excellent enough for us! Why magic you ask? is there magic in in the stars, in the psychic readings, in the magician tricks or in love itself? who knows?.. A couple of thing I noticed: I loved that the baby elephant was in the final titles, I loved that Woody always has to include some actors that look lie him (if he is not in the movie himself) Alex's thoughts: Yes, there is magic, illusion, metaphysics and mediums in this movie, but the major magician is Woody Allen, who tricked us, the audience, his film viewers all! We trusted him in the first place that there is metaphysical world, yes, then he destroyed our belief and after all he said there is magic again!.. He is one of the best magicians I have ever met! Living in illusion, believing in metaphysical, having magic in your world can sometimes change your journey as it adds to the beauty of this world, it can heal our souls and make us happier... There might be fake mediums and healers but if they save us from suffering they are doing a good job! At the end: who knows what is real and what is not? In the first glance we might think that Stanley (the main character) was fooled by his friends, but in reality from a grumpy person with a very rational mind and boring attitude he actually turned into a person who started to enjoy life.... or was it the magic of love that actually changed him?
POSTMAN PAT media screening - kind courtesy of Pinnacle Films and Ned&Co RATE: 6/10
I believe the movie Postman Pat is excellent for the family watch (suitable for kids 3-5 yo), beautifully done with a sense of soft English humor, it will be great entertainment for the kids with a strong message "delivered": there is something much more important and beyond efficiency, profits and discipline: people, friends and family that we love and should always look after better...
A SINGLE MAN DVD - kind courtesy of Icon Films Distribution RATE: 7.5/10
the depression is so vivid in the movie you can feel and touch it... it is unbearable, it looks like the whole world is sinking down with the main character. you understand and feel that there is no way out - there is no way to continue with this life as it is too painful to carry on... The actors and the costumes are beautiful; the movie that we intended to see in 2009 but did not have a chance - I am glad we did watch it neglecting it overall depressive feel...
AND WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE YOUR FATHER? DVD - kind courtesy of Icon Films Distribution RATE: 7/10
it is enormously painful to lose someone ... the pain might be so strong that you forgive all the things the person has done to you: his hurtful words, his disrespect and his not so truthful and loyal behavior towards you and your family. i just hope all of us had this power to forgive at such moments...
it is really hard to review this movie after you watched a glorious Gladiator and Troy and many other similar movies. Our rate is based on the fact that we know how great historical movie could be done so our judgemental taste buds got already spoiled by better actors' performances, better plots and better director's work. Just wanted to mention good digital and animation work and spectacular eruption of Vesuvius. The movie can easily be watched by kids as the story is very simple and there are no complex characters... oh, almost forgot... all the "light-and-bright-side" men, the gladiators are men with athletic figures - just such a celebration for the eyes to watch this human body beauty! ... and last but not least - main character - he should play more serious characters, better quality movies as he has got good potential and should on his feelings expression at the cameras...