27/03/2015 new movies short reviews by Natasha and Alex
WHILE WE ARE YOUNG NEW RATE:
CARMINA AND AMEN NEW CARMINA Y AMEN SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL 2015 website RATE: 7/10 review by Julie Dargan
This is a very witty film. Carmina gets a shock when someone close to her dies and we follow her for the next 24 hours while she tries to delay the announcement of his death.
Some very funny scenes in this wonderful movie. The sight of Carmina on the back of the motorcycle is still etched in my mind.
A moving movie between mother and daughter , acting is very surreal. I feel like I am in the living room with this lady.
The ending was a little unexpected but in the usual aplomb of Carmina leaves you thinking of life and how we should be enjoining it to the full.
My score 7/10
AUSTRALIAN SCI-FI THRILLER ‘INFINI’ TO BE RELEASED EXCLUSIVELY ON DIGITAL SAME DAY AS US, SUPPORTED BY Q&A SCREENING & TOUR NEW
Entertainment One are thrilled to announce that Australian futuristic sci-fi thriller, INFINI, will debut to Australian audiences digitally on May 8, available exclusively to rent or purchase on iTunes, Google Play and other digital platforms. This will coincide with the film’s US digital release date, allowing Australian audiences to access the film without having to wait, at a competitive price.
INFINI writer, director & producer Shane Abbess, along with other cast and crew, will support the local release via attending a public cinema screening followed by a Q&A session, and via Sydney interviews, ahead of its local release. Lead actor Daniel MacPherson is also available for interviews.
The final trailer launched April 21 on iTunes Movies Trailers in the US.
Louise Balletti, Head of Digital at Entertainment One Australia said “It’s rare to be given the opportunity to release such a high caliber locally made sci-fi production across digital platforms. The fact that INFINI has been afforded such a high profile release in the US is testament to its production values, and to be able to make the film available the same day as the US release in Australia is exciting, as it gives Australian consumers a legal and affordable option.”
Set in the dark reaches of space, INFINI is the story of an elite search and rescue team transported to a distant mining station to save Whit Carmichael (Daniel MacPherson) who is the lone survivor of a freak accident. Using Slipstream technology the team must transport into a hostile environment and quarantine a lethal biological weapon, which is set to arrive on Earth within the hour.
Filmmaker Shane Abbess is best known for his 2007 fantasy action debut, Gabriel, which is one of the most commercially successful independent Australian films of all time. The INFINI ensemble cast includes MacPherson, Grace Huang, Luke Hemsworth, Kevin Copeland, Dwaine Stevenson, Harry Pavlidis, Louisa Mignone, Tess Haubrich, Bren Foster and Luke Ford. Filmed and post-produced in New South Wales, the film is the first project from Storm Vision Entertainment, the joint venture label of Storm Alley Entertainment and Eclectik Vision media group.
INFINI premiered at 2015 Gold Coast Film Festival on April 12, with Abbess, producer Matthew Graham and co-writer/composer Brian Cachia joining MacPherson, Huang and Hemsworth in a Q&A following the screening. Select talent also joined Supanova Pop Culture Expo panels in Melbourne 11 April and Gold Coast 18 April. Internationally, INFINI enjoyed its World Premiere at Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival that same weekend, with other international film festival announcements to come.
LASA AND ZABALA NEW LASA ETA ZABALA SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL website RATE: 8/10 review by Julie Dargan
Based on true events in 1983, tells the kidnaping and the murdered of Lasa and Zabala. This was a most difficult movie to watch due to the graphic torture but surely one that had to be seen to be believed.
The acting is superb, perhaps too much realism for me but most definitely such graphics is needed in order to understand the families heart break at the disappearance of these two boys to be found some 10 years later and the subsequent inquiry.
Innocent people killed while trying to bring the perpetrators to justice, men thinking they are above the law, all add to the mix.Thank goodness one man was able to allow justice to be sought by telling the truth.
Not a movie to watch if you are on a date or want something light. It is a movie to be watched with friends to discuss issues afterwards.
After seeing the movie Samba yesterday, makes me ever so thankful to be living in Australia as an Australian. Lucky to have the freedom to do as I please, when I please.
My score 8/10
FINDING GASTONE NEW BUSCANDO A GASTÓN SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL 2015 website RATE: 8/10
There are a couple of thoughts that strike: 1. the good cook should have ears to listen (to the recipe) but more to that - the greatest cook should have a rhythm and you can not teach it - it is like a harmony of the dish. The rhythm you can not write on the paper nor you can explain it or learn how to do this - it is just there in every great cook... 2. if you have true love and passion about something this is where you will find a success and fame... One can be taught to be a good lawyer but if one does not like what he does he will never be on the top of his job... The life line of Gaston is a bright example of this: he was forced by his father to be a lawyer but he ran away from the school on the third day and learnt cooking instead; he brought home a diploma of a chef instead of a lawyer, but Gastn became a national hero only because of his passion to his profession and only because of his love to cooking... When you love you learn everything about it... and when you learn you start loving it even more... Good, light in colors but inspiring documentary of one legendary Peruvian chef and his extraordinary life story.
FLOWERS NEW LOREAK SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL website RATE: 8/10 review by Rachel Sandey
"Flowers" (Loreak in Spanish) is a very emotional drama created by directors Jon Garano and Jose Mardi Goenaga. It takes us into the depth and complexity of human relationships. Ane is the first character, which starts the story. She is childless in her mid forties learning, that she is having an early outset of menopause. This news takes her by surprise and crashes her hopes. Her marriage to Ander is lacking warmth and good communication, so, instead of sharing with him the bad news and her fears, she is pretending, that everything is as usual and keeping it all to herself. Then something happened, bringing some mystery and a glimpse of romance in her otherwise monotonous life. The beautiful bouquet of flowers is delivered to her door without a note. They continue arriving once a week and to avoid Ander's annoyance and questions Ane hides them to take next morning to the workplace, the office on construction site, where we meet the new character, Benat, the crane driver. His marriage to Lourdes, tall traffic controller, is not a happy one either, poisoned by his mother's constant disapproval of Lourdes, although they have a son, Mike about 5 year old. Benat is a warm hearted man, who loves flowers and grows them on his balcony. His feelings towards Ane is purely platonic and he doesn't have any intention of revealing them to her. So Ane doesn't have a clue, who the flowers come from. Next we witness the seen, where Benat is driving the car and talking to his mother on the mobile phone, who is hanging up on him. Upset he is losing concentration and crashes the car, getting himself killed. After his tragic death Ane's flowers deliveries stop and she figured out , that he was the one sending them to her. We also discover, that he donated his body to Medical University and it'll take a four years before the family gets his ashes. So people who loved him brought the flowers to the crash spot on the road and Ane starts bringing there a bouquet of fresh flowers every week. His wife on the other hand cut off her connection with his family and never brought flowers to the place he died, but when she found out, that the other woman does it, she decided to find out, who she is and why she is doing that. Eventually they met and she realizes, that Ane never was his lover. In the conclusion I'd say, that love in human relationships has so many facets and it's so important to see and appreciate the goodness in people close to us.The flowers are not just a beautiful decoration, created by nature,but they symbolize human emotions, like love, joy , gratitude, sadness, remembrance. This movie is slow at times, but it makes a deep impression. My score is 8 of 10.
TRACES OF SANDALWOOD NEW RASTROS DE SANDALO SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL 2015 website review by Irina Kazhavets
After watching the movie traces of Sandalwood, I have been left with a very confronting feeling...but in a very good way. The start of the movie was quite sad and started nearly as a documentary which we can see a lot on Discovery channels where we are shown lots of poverty, endless, grief of how easy and unfair you can loose your loved ones, when you are so young and unable to protest and defend yourself, but there is always a white light in a tunnel. And all over sudden, after few minutes, it turned into an amazing story with huge contrast of Europe and Bollywood , style and wealth, and of course love and respect in a family, which you wont see too often in many wealthy families nowadays unfortunately, especially among wealthy kids. I am absolutely amazed with the actresses and their roles. How deep Paula (Zita) expressed through her feelings, emotional expressions; those things she did to understand who she is, and the way she did, I found amazing. How it's important not to judge people especially towards curtain nationalities as some of us do, you may be one of them at the end. (The moment she said to her colleague in the laboratory about who is her boyfriend, but actually been supported in that instance as she showed and unreal happiness). And I need to say Mina is an absolute model of the older sister with her love, patience respect and intelligence. This movie is about how your life can change and turn up side down when you wouldn't expect just by simple visit to your work place. Overall I did enjoy it as its' quite easy watching, maybe a bit teary at the end, good for a family watch, couple or with friends. Unfortunately there is a true part about the contrast of poverty and wealth but this is a topic for different story.
GENTE DE BIEN NEW SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL 2015 website RATE: 6/10 review by Julie Dargan
Thank you for the chance to watch the movie Gente De Bien. This is a story about a ten year old boy, Eric, who has to be move in with his estranged father, who is battling making ends meet. Eric is exposed to the richer side of life (and some accompanying bullying) from the well-to-do family of a client of his father. People with money can be very altruistic and think they are doing the right thing by helping out those less fortunate but unbeknown to them, they may be making the situation worse by making the person feel so inadequate.
I found the movie perhaps a little too slow with many scenes to be taking for ever to move onto the next scene with no added advantage to the movie. Acting was fantastic and had me feeling as though I was a part of Eric’s life and feeling his pain and insecurities.
My score 6/10
SUPER JUICE ME! NEW DVD by Jason Vale website DVD - kind courtesy of Julie Dargan RATE: 7/10 review by Sylvester Kroyherr
REVIEW OF “SUPER JUICE ME!” (The big juice experiment) – JASON VALE. By Sylvester Kroyherr (19/4/15)
This documentary film which is set at the Juicy Oasis Portugal explores and documents a 28 day journey and beyond of a cross selection of eight people sporting a total of 22 types of diseases ranging from obesity, lupus, asthma, Crohn’s disease etc. The presenter Jason Vale who suffered from asthma and a serious skin disease is vibrantly enthusiastic to point out that the effects of juicing fresh fruit and vegetables have had an unbelievable effect on his own health – which is obvious when shown what he used to be!
The intensive health experiment is well monitored with health professionals and regular progress captions from the participants. How can anyone survive on just juices for 28 days? Initially there is scepticism within the group with some food withdrawal symptoms, nervousness and stress. However, after about a week, the participants settle in with appropriate exercise and they begin to show noticeable improvement. The key issues addressed that cause disease are TOXITICY AND DEFICIENCY. As in a fishbowl, if the water is polluted, the fish experiences disease. Once the cause is known a cure can be formulated – in this case utilising the richness of juices to remove toxins from the body.
The film introduces various health professionals and experts to highlight the dangers of processed foods combined with fat, salt and sugar that are lacking in ‘life’ – the results of manipulation by food manufacturers. Quick fixes to diseases highlight the fact of trying to treat the symptoms with the resultant side effects. If it is said that “A PILL FOR EVERY ILL, AN ILL FOR EVERY PILL”, then how should we view ‘diet and lifestyle’? Seemingly its toxins out and nutrition in, flavoured with exercise.
In conclusion, the experiment is a success with substantial improvements in all participants who are able to come off most of their medications and continue a healthy lifestyle. A factual, uplifting, revolutionary, honest and uplifting film. (Running time: 90 min) (7/10)
REDFERN NOW: PROMISE ME NEW DVD screener - kind courtesy of Roadshow Home Entertainment website RATE: 8/10 review by Sylvester Kroyherr
REVIEW OF ACCLAIMED ABC DRAMA “REFERN NOW: PROMISE ME” By Sylvester Kroyherr (19/4/15)
Set in the run down and poverty stricken inner city suburb of Redfern in Sydney, this last episode of the series explores the interaction of indigenous families including discrimination in various forms around King’s Cross. Although violently raped, Robyn does not report it to the police, even though her father is a policeman. She insists for her father not to tell – “Promise Me”, and destroys all the evidence.
Robyn also has a young daughter and as the story enfolds, the various facets of family dysfunction is interesting to observe along with the other families in the story – mainly missing or unfaithful partners. Lorraine, Robyn’s aunty (who lives nearby) is also raped by the same man but has the courage to report the incident. The tensions are intense, noting that Lorraine was not told of Robyn’s plight especially when they apprehend the suspect. With the court case building up momentum, Robyn is still unable to come clean, however Lorraine has an inner sense of knowing,
whereas her father holds to his word with love and trust.We see prejudice and lying from the defence and suspect (Daryl), but eventually justice prevails. This is a dynamic and insightful movie, well directed and shot, combining powerful acting and of contemporary significance. (Running time: 105 mins) - (8/10)
BLUE LIPS NEW SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL 2015 website RATE: 7/10 review by Julie Dargan
This movie is about six people from different cities with a past that has caused them to give up on their lives. Unable to cope they are lost without direction. Each of them converge on Pamplona during the Running of the Bulls festival.The characters collide and unique relationships from brief encounters help them fact their conflicts.
There were many missing pieces with this movie that confused me. Watching the movie for enjoyment sake did not disappoint. The acting was haunting and beautiful, music sensational and another wonderful step into Spanish culture. If you are feeling down, this is an inspiring movie in the sense that always be on the lookout for help when you least expect it. Random interactions with someone you have never met may change the way you look at life forever.
My score 7/10
INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED - NO SE ACEPTAN DEVOLUCIONES NEW SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL 2015 website RATE: 7/10 There are two major thoughts: 1. you might be a bit disappointed for the first 20 minutes as you might start thinking that this is the movie created for someone who never saw movies before - so slow and strangely trivial it starts... But please do not give up as after 40 minutes of watching you will be surprised how unpredictable the plot develops and turns from a comedy to drama and back then after and it sways back from one to another till the very end which is more unpredictable that you expect...
2. the subject is very interesting and it develops surprising you as it reveals the details of the modern world life, inhuman laws and its rigidity as it does not take in consideration that there are people involved in the system, not machines; robotic life style of such machines is shown and what results it can bring. The family issues topic is very sensitive.
NATURAL SCIENCES NEW CIENCIAS NATURALES SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL 2015 review by Julie Dargan website RATE: 7/10
This movie is about a young girl, Lila, who is 12 and is wanting to meet up with her father, who she has never met. Her mother is against it but Lila is a persistent young person. A teacher is roped into the fascination of finding her father and we are taken on the journey of discovery.
This is a beautiful movie. Slow moving following Lila travels over 24 hours of near misses and finally being united with her father.
Acting is superb, unpretentious and realistic. A journey into Spain but not a Spain that you would recognise. The landscape is arid, money is scarce. We are not sidetracked with beauty or gorgeous actors trying to look poor. This is realism at its best. A simple story line to follow and that is all.
If you want to immerse yourself out of present Australia and go on a journey into remote Spain, this movie is for you.
My score 7/10
CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA NEW media preview - kind courtesy of Pinnacle Films/Ned and Co website RATE: 8.5/10
1. Maria Enders is a world famous actress on the top of her mountain, her career. But the plot reveals not a happy woman but rather a bird that is lost in the thick mountain clouds, a fly that is trapped in the web. The more she resists the circumstances that are giving her the unwanted roles, the unneeded personal and family set us the more she gets wrapped in the web, the more confused her life becomes... She can not let go off the past and her youth - it follows her like her personal assistant - everywhere. She still lives the roles she played in her past... no matter what the messages around her tell her: sudden disappearance of her assistant, the reminders from the young actresses etc. The dialogues are complicated as they are a perfect mix of theater within a theater: she is rehearsing the lines from her new role, she is saying what she is suppose to say to the public as per her role as a famous actress and please do not forget (as we did so natural the performance was!) that this IS the movie! They all play three roles in one. no matter what the surroundings are: Swiss Alps, London hotels or remote mountain house - the dialogues are the main attractions of this movie and they are powerful as the theater should be...
2. There are three powerful and dynamic characters - and they are all women - shown in the movie: Maria and her growth from the first line she says in the movie to the very last facial expression shown... Juliette Binoche's performance is as seductive and as brilliant as ever! Her hair getting shorter and shorter reminds us of her letting go off the past and forgetting who she was - just seeing the future revealing its clouds in front of her... The second character - her personal assistant is played remarkably well by Kristen Stewart - so believable you will forget you are watching the movie... and I could clearly see Mia Wasilkowska in this role too... There is a third woman played by Chloë Grace Moretz and she will be playing Maria's theater role that brought her fame in the past. She will play together with Maria, who will be portraying an older woman in the same play this time. Chloe perfectly plays a seemingly shallow woman who acts manipulatively to get Maria on her side and finally she betrays her by rejecting a small but vital favor Maria is asking her to do. More to that - the Chloe's character, young actress seduces a young novel writer whose wife guesses their relationship by multiple internet posts picturing her husband and a young actress. This brings the writer's wife to a suicidal state. What a perfect Hollywood set up that brings those who play their life best up and those who do not care - right down... What a blend of Maps To the Starts, Mulholland Drive, My Old Lady and Venus In Fur in one movie! - I wrote this list with one purpose - I got reminded of these movies and I was not the only one in the audience who noticed that! But this does not diminish Clouds Of Sels Maria in any way... It was just a thought... There is one more female character, as a shadow, but a powerful one - who burns her famous husbands archives after his death with no regrets - Rosa; no matter she is shown some minutes only her brave action speaks for itself. 3. Why Clouds Of Sils Maria? Sils Maria is a beautiful place in Switzerland where Maria and her assistant turn to be and where Maria learns her new theater role. The clouds are to be avoided, they are tricky and you can not drive on the weather when they fell down from the mountains. the clouds surround Maria, there are some many things unsaid and read between the lines in the movie it will take us some time to digest it, but certainly there are many meanings in the title alone. 4. Just to note: that male characters are done very weak on purpose for the women to shine their roles through... Remarkablly well done!
5. good selction of classical music!
IT FOLLOWS NEW media preview - kind courtesy of Rialto / thelowdownunder website RATE: N/A
THE AGE OF ADALINE NEW movie media preview invite - kind courtesy of eOne website RATE: 6.5/10 (5/10 and 8/10)
We had two different opinions on this movie which does not happen often with us. Natasha. I really enjoyed approximately first 1/3 of the movie till the second main character appeared or may be there were some nasty comments at the media preview cinema that helped me changing my positive view on the movie. There were even nasty laughs forget about the rude remarks... The overall impression: week, too sweet and made for women who love romance no matter what is happening on the screen... When Mr Indiana Johns appeared in the middle of the movie I thought it was a real joke... The whole movie was like one sweet joke, one tasty lollipop, too fairy tale-ly to be believable... O simply did not buy it... I gave it 5 out of 10.
But as I said Alex's opinion was diametrically different: we were even fighting (on words of course) trying to prove each other's point while discussing the movie....
Alex. The story line and idea of the movie are fabulous: the woman who does not age (everyone's dream - who (does not) want to live forever?) and the consequences following such life style: you get chased by the police, by the FBI and god knows what and who else... Your kids age and there is nothing that you can do about it. You have to hide from friends and move every 10 years to a different place so no one notices that you are still 29! What an incredibly interesting concept and what a horrible life! You do not allow yourself to fall in love as you do not want to hurt that special person next to you with lies and with the truth... But how everything can change with only that special one, who is able to turn your life upside down and make it blossom! He is intelligent and he becomes everything in your life... but... are you ready for this change and are you ready to tell him the truth about yourself and to reveal your darkest secret...? Would you also run away from him? The actors are perfectly selected for this movie and the main character (Blake Lively) plays beautifully and spotlessly, the rest of the cast is also not bad... The movie is very romantic and develops very smoothly. what Alex liked the most: the main character is facing her life decision which is more like "to be or not to be" question. It was a very enjoyable experience. Alex gave it 8/10.
SAMBA NEW movie by Transmission films website RATE: 7/10
1. Immigrants... No one wants them and everyone needs them... no one wants them when they bring problems - rebelling, protesting and asking for something they can not get by current law... everyone needs them when the country is looking for a cheap labor professional enough to do the job, extra cash fished out of people who live in the country illegally and using such people to play political games.... Everyone needs them and no one wants them...The law can be twisted and played around with, passports and ID can be forged and the looks can be changed to desired and socially acceptable... It s harder to change your heart and make it more loving and caring....
2. The actors... should I comment more when I mention Omar Sy and Charlotte Gainsbourg ? No!
3. It is an interesting juice or should I say it is a spicy blend of sad, romantic, frightening, sentimental, light and dark moments beautifully put together in this film. Examples: NY eve when everyone forgets their issues and becomes dreamers and conversation goes so effortlessly well... when two topless guys dance samba in front of the window hanged in a windows cleaners roller for sky scrapers (Coca Cola moment)... Oh, well, light moments... Please go and see the rest of them for yourself... You will have fun 100%... there is love there also BTW...
4. PS. breathtaking music, soundtrack and camera!!!!
THE LIBRARIANS NEW DVD screener - kind courtesy of Roadshow Home Entertainment review by Alice Slamani
What an amazing concept and adventure show! The fact that history and academics are the super heroes, make this series something to look up to. For those not old enough to get into The Walking Dead or too terrified of American Horror Story, this is simply a happy medium. Action, adventure, intelligence, problem solving whilst using actual historic facts and research captures the audience's attention. It even had my 11 year old son googling afterwards King Arthur and Knights. I can only hope that more shows can promote education based entertainment. The DVD collection is the first 6 episodes, and I look forward to the next 6 being released sometime during 2015 with more scheduled for 2016. I highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys the likes of Merlin with a blend of Nowhere Boys with the adventure trails of National Treasure.
1. it is surprising... We thought we went to a documentary movie about Mr Dior. It was not only about Mr Dior but about "I" a new appointed "Dior", a fashion designer of the Dior fashion house. It is a movie about Dior contemporary life with some glimpses back to Dior himself
2. It is stressful... In the way the movie is structured: a new appointed fashion designer and his work backstage. We had no idea how complex it is and how it works, how challenging the work of a fashion designer is. Not only his work but the work of the whole fashion house: one person might be taken for a fitting for a client overseas, to NY and the whole place can not continue to function properly as it is like a missing but important button on the coat: the whole design is falling apart without her...
3. It is stressful... As we are shown how a new collection is prepared from the top (ideas) to the bottom (fitting on a model); how this task is not that easy. The newly appointed designer offers 12 Dior rules to follow; the sketches are prepared, there is one and only that one person who makes one item from the whole collection; the masters are taking one item each - the ones they are inspired of and the ones they believe they will complete on time. The time is given is very tight: 8 weeks; the outfits get prepared from the first day to the last hour - when the collection is out for the fashion show The idea get materialised finally and turns to be a couture dress or a winter coat, or a jacket...
4. It is inspiring... It is art, it is about art and the collection is inspired by visual art pieces... It is a celebration for the heart and for eyes... Beautiful but hard work and grateful audience...
It is Dior... It is also You, who is talented and creative!..
ANNIE NEW website RATE: 5/10 DVD - kind courtesy of Roadshow Home Entertainment review by Julie Dargan
thank you for the opportunity to review the movie Annie - the Iconic character that we all love and know so well. This movie follows the theme of orphan (now a foster child) Annie and her interaction with a rich tycoon (but running for Mayor).
At the first song I was rolling my eyes, a song already. By the second song I was hooked. The songs worked will in the movie and were quite upbeat, modern and entertaining.
Cameron Diaz makes for a great Miss Hannigan and Jamie Foxx is brilliant. Annie was well picked with her upbeat face and self assured nature makes us all ponder at our lot in life and it is what we make of it rather than moan about what we DO NOT have.
Another movie for the family. A fun movie for all to enjoy.
My score 5/10
INTERSTELLAR NEW website RATE: 8/10 DVD - kind courtesy of Roadshow home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures review by Julie Dargan
Thank you for the chance to review the movie Interstellar. This was a movie that has us following the team into space and beyond. Not a movie I usually enjoy but I thoroughly loved this mix of earth time, and the travels through space. The cinema photography was stunning in parts and very realistic, especially towards the end when the director portrays his take on time travel. That five minutes of footage had me mulling it over for a good few hours afterwards. That is when I know I have enjoyed a movie. The movie length is rather long, over 2 hours, so getting this on DVD is a must for someone like me. It was a movie I enjoyed watching with the family. My son is a space buff and every now and again we would stop the movie and he would explain a few things to me. Not that it was needed, you can enjoy the movie without the narrative, but this made the movie a very interactive one the whole family would enjoy.
My score 8/10
THE CAPTIVE NEW website RATE: 8/10 DVD - kind courtesy of Icon Films Distribution review by Carmen Issifu
A thrilling story line set amongst the glowing snowflaked foothills of Ontario, Canada. The film will lead you through emotional twists and turns once you get your head around the introduction that unravels Reynolds' character as a father that never gives up. This thriller shows despair and love between a young family that lose their 9yo daughter to a syndicate. A father's innocent act that many parents do on a daily basis turns their lives upside down into a spiral of misery. There is hope when a task force is formed to crack down on a growing issue, it's made up of outstanding performances by Rosario Dawson and her team. As they gain momentum and close in on the syndicate you will be on the edge of your seat! Giving the young family hope that they will be reunited with their daughter after so many years creates a stronger bond between them - but there is no rise without a fall. Enjoy the ride!
MOOZ-LUM NEW website DVD - kind courtesy of Rising Pictures review by Alice Slamani
I could not imagine a more poignant movie for myself to review. I am married to a Muslim, an immigrant to America, who lived in New York during the 9/11 tragedy. He lost his business, his sense of community and eventually his family scattered throughout America, one at a time. There was more loss during that time, undocumented by the media. Mooz-Lum brings light to another perspective of that time, that place and the grief and tragedy that shocked the world.
Evan Ross should have been nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Tariq. I saw my husband's eyes through his character. He nailed the performance, standing strong and catching the emotions of each scene. Commendable performances by Nia Long and Summer Bishal makes this Indi movie cohesive and relatable journey through a delicious movie.
This story should become a high school required reading. It should be studied and discussed for many years to come. One thing is for sure, 9/11 changed the lives of not just Americans, but many of us throughout the world, Mooz-Lum and otherwise.
GALLIPOLI NEW website DVD release date - March 18 2015 book / DVD commemorable pack - kind courtesy of Roadshow Entertainment) review by Crystal Corocher
Gallipoli commemorative DVD pack Review – By Crystal Corocher Heart-achingly honest - A must see for all Australians. A stellar cast and superb acting bring to the small screen the story of Australia’s engagement with Turkish armed forces on the shores of Gallipoli. The enormity of the task that fell upon the shoulders of our soldiers will forever be marked in our nation’s history. This series humanises the events that now mark a 100 year anniversary. Director, Glendyn Ivan, acknowledged that “Gallipoli needed to be operatic in scale, but intimate and ultimately very human in nature”. He and the cast and crew involved in this project have done just that. It is graphic at times, as one would expect, it is after all a depiction of one of the bloodiest battles in our nation’s history. But there is restraint in the direction such that this series neither leans toward ‘gory’ or ‘shock-factor’ in nature, nor is it overly dramatised. Such a balance is a measured one and it is admirable that the story, whilst historically factual, could be dramatised modestly and humbly. The commemorative DVD pack is beautifully presented with a collection of images and four DVDs offering the full series presented by the nine network and screen Australia along with a special ‘making of’, ‘behind the scenes’ and ‘photo gallery’. This pack is the perfect ‘coffee table book’. It is a well-executed series and the addition of images and quotes throughout the book make for a real conversation starter to keep the memory of Gallipoli alive particularly now as we mark the centenary as a nation.
BLACK SEA NEW media preview kind courtesy of eOne Entertainment website RATE: 9.5/10
the movie is a shiver-sending-down-your-spine thriller, galvanizing and keeping its characters on the edge together with the audience for the whole two stirring hours.
your physical body has heart, stomach, brain and many other organs that makes it work perfectly and in unison like a well tuned machine, like a ship or like a submarine. Jude Law (playing the captain captain Robinson and the left brain hemisphere) and Konstantin Khabenskiy (Blackie and the right brain hemisphere) - they both work like one well serviced vehicle on the mission that can bring them and their team millions of dollars in gold. If one of them is gone the body is not under control anymore: it misses its most important functions but it can still work moving closer and closer to the purpose. The things get changed when the heart, the engine and the person who is responsible for its work is murdered, Zaytsev, played by Sergey Puskepalis... and as in your real body some organs that look useless from the first glance, like young and inexperienced in marine life Tobin (Bobby Schofield,) whom the audience tends to love the most out of everyone on that boat at the end of the movie) actually, some organs turn out to be not so useless after all. from the other side the characters (or if we compare them with human body parts and organs), the characters who seemed absolutely impossible to go on this mission without turn to be the ones who caused troubles and the ones who will turn so well functioning body into ruins by poisonous thoughts and evil actions. They are viruses the body does not recognise first and does not need at all, If the team (or the body) is functioning well one person-virus can unbalance the whole system, the person that is called DESTRUCTOR. one word, one movement, one unexpected knot of intrigue and the right hemisphere of the brain is dead, then the heart is diseased and so on so on till there is nothing left from the body but its soul...
there is one more detail: communication between the body organs. as some of the team members speak russian or english only or both languages the right message delivery is vital.it reminded me of a current situation in the world: understanding and the ability to find the common language that everyone talks is the must for the physical body to function.. on a planetary level there are some interesting associations to this idea too...
the movie is great but horrible. is there going to be a happy ending after all? please see for yourself to find it out...
ANITA'S LAST CHA-CHA NEW - MELBOURNE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL 2015 Ang Huling Cha Cha ni Anita RATE: 8/10
If we were asked to come up with three thoughts about this mesmerizing picture we would say: - the plot is quite twisted - the reality is revealed only at the end of the movie; you are kept intrigued till the end for the last accord if the truth - it is very hard to find the small kinds who would be excellent actors and who would act naturally. The kids in the movie are some brilliant gems the director found! they are so natural and so believable you do not know whether they play or live... - there are three boundary planes in the movie that are plated into a imaginary-lie reality-past-present and present-real-imaginable so talented you would never say where is what and where the dream turns into the truth and vise versa... One word - this movie is a must to see for it is an art in one of its most extraordinary forms...
NASHVILLE S2 P2 NEW screener - kind courtesy to Roadshow Entertainment review by Alice Slamani
release date on DVD - 15/04/2015 I have seen the adverts for Nashville on tv and put it on my 'maybe' watch list, so I was a tad excited when asked to preview season 2 on DVD. I am a bit picky when it comes to dramas and can quickly decide what is a yah or nay, more often giving up on something quickly and tossing it into the nay pile. Nashville quickly became a binge watching program. I am lax to admit I watched the first 7 episodes back to back (hey, stop judging!). I loved the characters but more importantly I loved the music. I've never really been a fan of Country Music, except for those favourite contestants from American Idol I saw come up through the ranks. Kelly Clarkson, Kelly Pickler and a few others. This show has captured their energy and the motivations of the masses wanting to get into music, with the passion needed to be a country music star. Show favourites include a has-been singer, a naive quiet small town girl, a country music matriarch and the handsome hotty struggling with his sexuality. I can see how people might get a little scared of another musical based drama in the shadows of something like Glee, but this is more like Glee meets Dallas. It's not hot and heavy and quite suitable for my 15 year old daughter to watch, in fact if my 10 year old would be interested he could follow it too, quite easily. Nashville is fun, light hearted, easy to watch and upbeat. It is everything you would ever want in a drama with an amazing soundtrack I can't wait to get my hands on.
X + Y - NOMINATED THE BEST MOVIE OF THE MONTH (media preview - Ned and Co and Pinnacle Films) website RATE: 10/10
this is an incredibly well crafted masterpiece, a gem you should not miss... I loved it first of all because it was about maths; and about relationship and choices. The movie is genuine and truthful to every single moment of it.
Starring Asa Butterfield as Nathan (what a character and what a pair of deep and brilliant eyes!) the movie shows the challenges of a kid who is a genius. His family goes through some very tough time and there are lots of lessons to learn on way. It is running the parallel stories on Nathan born with autism; he is a gifted child who experiences life stirring events as one part of the story and there is one more part: his mum Julie (Sally Hawkings), caring and cooping, struggling and supporting and everything else mums are... It is a movie about your potential in life and how you open it up to the most and what can stop you on your way.
That must not be a long story for me to share with our readers as this one in particular IS "to watch yourself" movie. All the actors are selected with care and they play as one solid unit so breathless and so effortless I believed till the end of the movie that the main character (Nathan) played himself in real life.
The movie portrays the Asian (Chinese) family values (which are so close to Russian family expectations, unneeded sacrifices and unbearable demands - some episodes made me burst into tears) as very often the countries bring up emotionally broken children who lately project the same nonsense on their own kids sometimes even breaking their lives forever. No, we were not forced to participate in International Mathematics Olympiads but studying maths at Uni with its internal and strict rules was enough for many pupils to go mad literally before the exams. Such children do not usually have time for their own life giving it all to their study or to their work later as adults.
It is a very significant episode when Nathan is asked in front of the class in Taiwan, the class that is preparing to the upcoming Maths Olympiad. he is excellent in solving problems finding the graceful solutions - it is "0" or "1" the solution has a deep and true meaning: so beautiful, in harmony with the Universe, but the real life is not about "0"s and "1"a - it can be about 2-s and 11-s and even X-s and Y-s.
Would he be able to solve the real life situations and find the right resolution? Has not he been challenged enough in everything else in his life: his health, his family loss, bulling at school etc etc? Is there a place for someone between the formulas and the +/:/ signs? How can the formulas change our lives?.. and do they?
People who love us - yes , they add value to US, living as their love adds and brings us up and upper... When they are gone so their love get subtracted from US, making us smaller in value... like in maths... x+y or x-y... or should you take in the account, in the equation your own love that grows with years in your heart?
...and where is the place for evil and envy in these formulas?...
Adding to the movie some funny moments, great sound track and fabulous director's work = MASTERPIECE!
THE LIST OF MY DESIRES - ALIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2015 LA LISTE DE MES ENVIES website RATE: 6.5/10
this is quite an unusual movie as we realised it was something we did not expect at all from the movie about winning a 18 mln euros lottery ticket. It was not an ordinary French comedy nor it was a drama , none of this... Alex even said it was a movie of some new genre. The plot has so many unexpected turns that at the end you would not know what will happen next. Will the money change the person who get them Will they change the people around her? May be they will change the whole family... We all think that the money will makes us happy but this is not true - they will change you for sure but you do not know in what way... You may loose so much you will never want them or you may gain...but certain,y your happiness will not be measured in the amount nor it will be equal to this figure... What would you do if you won the lottery? Woul dyou tell your friends and your family?...
Thank you for the chance to review the DVD’s The Hobbit, the Battle of the Five Armies.
To anyone who is a Lord of the Rings fan you will not be disappointed by this third DVD (the last of a Trilogy). Set in Middle-earth 60 years before The Lord of the Rings it tells the story in its usual convoluted way that escapes me to try and explain. Let me just say I was as entranced as I was watching The Lord of the Rings. I will not spoil the story line for you but rest assured I know that you will love this DVD.
I love getting lost in the world of these movies. Time stands still when I watched each video. I was so engrossed in the storyline I felt I was walking amongst the Dwarves, Elves and Men, in their battles and everyday lives.
The special features of seeing how each army was conceived and realised is awesome. It is amazing to think that the whole series of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings took a total of 17 years to bring to the screen. They are like an aged wine, definitely well worth the wait to watch.
Storyline, screenplay, soundtrack and acting are all first class.
A gift the whole family would certainly enjoy watching together, even if they have never seen Lord of the Rings.
what a perfect depicturing of French Canada - I have never realised that French can also be Americans: and I mean the language, the manners and the outfits... If we picture the above mentioned as a landscape, the surroundings, then is it easier to imagine what love is in such environment?
It is the love of a stranger, the love of a neighbour, a mother, a son and a friend... It is quite challenging to watch it though: every instant you question yourself - have I loved my own children enough, have I given them all they deserve?
You will find some of the characters in this movie behaving so unpredictable and crazy, and not as they are... Craziness is on the boundary of the reality we know and we all have different boundaries. If you remember The Flight Over The Cuckoo's Nest - it is just a different world where people do not realise and follow some socially acceptable rules and where fun can be as dangerous as playing with death. The society rules though can be cruel when you hear: "your son is not yours anymore as you signed the papers..." and whom do you call crazy now? As a matter of fact you can not understand who is more mental in this movie and who is more challenged by their relative behaviour: the mother or the son... People are either afraid of them, laugh at them or they love and adore them and share their fun.
It is crazy to watch the family story enveloping in front of your eyes: they scream at each other, the glasses and bottles get broken, the heads get smashed with heavy items, there is blood from injuries and from open veins, there is smoke and alcohol, your head starts to spin as the stress is building up... It can be released only one way as the nature can not stand such motion: sometimes there is more freedom in death and in is in life...
The camera work is incredible: you do not watch the movie - there are just glimpses of life - the rest - you have to think and guess... The actors are amazing! Soundtrack - so suitable and so fabulous! One is better than the other and I can not praise them enough!
One small hiccup: at one stage I just realised I want this very well filmed madness to end soon... I could not take it anymore no matter how well done emotionally it was...
The Day Hollywood Died is sure to be a Cult Classic. The soundtrack really had me mesmerised and asking me for more. At first, I had a difficult time getting my head around the plot. But as I continued through the film, I developed a love for each of the characters, cheered for them and laughed to the dark humour. With a bit of google research, I was blown away with the background information about production. It really is hard to believe that this movie is by first time director Ronnie S. Riskalla. His vision for this movie appears to be complex and has been executed in 9 days with a budget of $5,000. I was quite impressed with the character development through the movie and it was interesting how each character had a distinct accent. Albeit a little confusing initially, but by the end of the movie it was unnoticeable as the accents just blended in with the character development. If you love the dark, thriller cult movie genre, then this is not just a must watch, this is a movie to add to your home collection.
DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT website media preview - kind courtesy of eOne ANZ RATE: 7.5/10
This is one of the best action movie for young people done since DIVERGENT 1 and probably Matrix. The major cast plays sensationally well. You can not take your eyes of the screen for the whole movie full of breathtaking digital graphics and special effects any computer gamer can only dream about.
Some interesting aspects of social consciousness and social evolution are the major part of the plot and its ideas.
It is a good really movie from the point of entertainment but would not suit a complicated taste viewer who does not like highly sophisticated computer games. Such critics would find even some downfalls like a bit naive emotions and rather banal sentimental scenes. The idea that is much stronger than it seems prevails: the outrageous society individuums are in reality the salvation of the society that works like a precise clock (that need a bit of a shaking from time to time), they are not a problem - they are a solution, they are the bricks the newborn generation will feed their ideas from.... Generally speaking we loved the movie very much.
If you still eat candy, sweets, cream, white breads and sugar cakes, soft drinks, chocolate, just pure sugar (any kind: white, brown or raw) this movie is not for you. You should continue doing what you did before... as most likely this is what your parents taught you to do and your parents are always right - no questions!.. :) Eat and watch your physical body de-composting with years... You will need another life time to understand and to wake up!
But if you (by any chance) were convinced some years ago that fats are bad for you and you should stick to a strict diet with no fat added, but only healthy things including breakfast cereals, your sweetened yogurts, your snack bars, healthy protein shakes (plus all other this kinda crap that is advertised so much), sweetened sauces during lunch time plus your lovely processed food and some sweet drinks for dinner then maybe I would recommend this movie IS for you to watch - I highly recommend it as you will have a chance of changing to even better things in life...
That is so simple to figure out: if the food is advertised it should be GOOD, right? The companies who are doing it - they look after our health not after pure profit... RIGHT? Coca Cola included! Fruit juices - included! bottled teas - included! The list will go on and on... Yes, why would they advertise an apple? Or probably it is the wrong way round: one tasty apple does not need any advertising... (?) It is just there and the apple knows exactly what it brings into your blood stream. Do you know?
But if you are already figured it out for yourself: THE BEST FOOD IS THE ONE WHICH IS CLOSER TO THE SOURCE: nuts, legumes, all sorts of leafy greens, whole grains (not bread of course) and seeds, herbs and sprouts, berries of all kinds, onion families, cabbage families, fresh fruit and vegetables (preferably raw), meat (skin on please!) and animal organs...eggs, fish and fresh sea food / unprocessed sea products right from the ocean on your table - there is nothing else really but the colors and the varieties of such foods are endless... so if you already figured that out - it is a movie for you to reassure you - you are doing the right thing and you are on the right way... start showing it to your friends, not by words but by your actual food choices when you go out and when you are at home.... this is the only way to teach them. Start eating the whole avocado at work and have a look how your co-workers will react - they might think you are crazy. Add flowers to your diet and they will place you in a loony bin... They probably still think that sushi is a healthy food...
Do I need to comment? Well, yes, it is not your ordinary boring movie about nutrition : it is witty as we laugh at ourselves mainly... To make it even more sarcastic: I forgot about middle part of the supermarkets a long time ago and in many months that same day we watched the movie we decided to buy one bottle of Mountain Due - I do not know why... probably we were thirsty and it looked green. But we threw it out of course right after this movie... add to this our friends just ate very sweet meal at San Churos before the picture: hot chocolate, thick chocolate and Spanish donuts - san churos themselves... I think our friends were close to throw up at the end film...
...and I liked Freddie Mercury at the end :) Watch it PLEASE! and "Thank you for choosing '40 Teaspoons Of White' over '50 Shades of Grey'" in advance :) BOOK TICKETS
THE NUT JOB website RATE: 5/10 review by Julie Dargan
Hi N, thank you for the opportunity to review of the movie The Nut Job. A bit of trivia on this movie is that it was made with a budget of $42.8 million, making it the most expensive animated film c0-produced in South Korea. While I enjoyed watching this movie with my son, I had trouble finding how could one movie cost so much.
I enjoyed the storyline. I had some trouble working out which animal was the hero and which was the baddie but I often have trouble with that with real life actors!. The voice over lacked something for me. Usually when I watch an animated movie I get engrossed in the movie that I get caught up and think the animals are real, but not in this movie. Liam Neeson and Katherine Heigl Did nothing for me and would be better off on the big screen.
Other than that I enjoyed the movie. I could see the correlation of fat cats in our society and who is it we can really trust. Perhaps I was looking too hard to the meaning behind the story? A happy ending as always and one I wondered how they would be able to create in a positive way.
My score 5/10 (not really into children’s movies but enjoyed watching with my son which is a big one for me)
HUMAN UNIVERSE (with Prof Brian Cox) website RATE: 10/10 review by Julie Dargan
Hi Natasha. Thank you for the chance to review the series of The Human Universe. Presented by Professor Brian Cox this series was fascinating to watch. Titles such as Apeman Spaceman , Why are we Here, Are we alone , A place in space and time and What is our future? All had me intrigued.
This man so loves the universe and where we have come from and where are we going are some of the topics he loves to question us on. Subjects such as space travel , cosmos , black holes, and relativity are covered in an interesting manner. He had me captivated. I loved Prof Cox's simplistic yet very informative presentation. He so loves these subjects you could only be swept up in each subject he was covering.
Yet again my travel yearnings have been piqued from Petra to perhaps the Global Seed Vault with seeds from every country of the world should any country be wiped from the map! Proving Einstein and Newton theories and how space travel has been possible due to the discoveries by these two great minds.
A great series that the whole family will enjoy. Schools would do well to suggest these programs as part of homework studies. My children loved the presentation and learnt so much from the series.
GRAND DESIGNS AUSTRALIA S5 website RATE: 6/10 review by Julie Dargan
Grand Designs Australia showcases some of Australia's most ingenious designs for those willing to take risks and bold decisions. I found myself drooling at the magnificent designs and how unique in many ways.
Would I want to create such designs? Not really. But I sure loved watching what other people have the ability to do and what willing to pay to do. If we all built within the safe framework of everyday mediocre what a boring world we would be living.
I enjoyed a glimpse is a life and home I would never be able to see in real life. Thank you to this series for bring it to my living room. And to think they are on Australian soil is fantastic.
THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY website RATE: 9/10 review by Julie Dargan
With much thanks to Natasha of bohemian Rhapsody club for a review of the DVD Mockingjay Movie part 1. The family watched this together. Two of us have been following the story from previous movies , two of us had not. This did not matter. We were all enthralled with the movie following the lives of Catnis and her fellow 13 inhabitants.
The movie has you enthralled from beginning to end. A storyline that is not predictable at all. Fantastic.
Watching the DVD was great. There were parts I did not pick up in the movie theatre but did when watching the movie at home. Also , the DVD set has wonderful interviews with Lorde who wrote some of the soundtrack including the haunting Come to the Tree.
A great DVD set the whole family will enjoy whether you have seen previous Hunger Games films or not. If you have not you sure will be after watching this one.
GEMMA BOVERY - ALLIANCE FRANCIASE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2015 RATE: 9/10 website
Is it a drama? a comedy? a thriller? or may be all those in one perfect blend?.. full of aromas of fresh backed bread, French country side forests and Gemma Bovery's perfume - exactly like a real French movie should be... full of love, lust, jealousy, infidelity, suspicions, romance, affairs, provincial life, dreams, family life emptiness, and light and playful mood - exactly like French novels (and for that Flaubert's masterpiece) should... full of unsaid words, dark desires, untold mysteries and unfulfilled obsessions it is not exactly what you expect from a comedy and for the same reason - from the drama and possible murder (?) is the new girl in Rouen just another modern life spin of Madame Bovery? or the whole movie is just all happens in the dreams of an old baker in love?.. a good literature is usually judged by its unexpected ending - the ending of this movie is not plain , and definitely unexpected: the suicide becomes (in reality) - a murder not by one but by three people... Someone who played a passive role of an obsessive observer turns into quite an active actions facilitator! .. and no, not every art (literature) can become a reality... as Gemma says: "I am not her, I am me, myself.." There is a beginning of a new unpredicted story actually at the end... it is tragic but light, it is witty but ruinous... adding Fabrice Luchini and Gemma Arterton perfect work in my collection (not to mention the others' also quite spotless performances)... plus well matching music selection and sound engineering is a sensation!... it is not a perfect movie but it is extremely good! the atmosphere of a complete boredom in the country side with the conversations ,mainly rotation around cheeses, markets most of the time and family is reflected very well too... the movie finishes... Alex asks me: "do you know what was the most significant part of this gem (ma bovery)? the two adorable dogs playing with each other..." I also did not get his comment - was he joking or was it just something he niitced reflected in dogs' lives too as the characters develop?.. one more mystery for me... and for all of you who will watch this movie soon... it is UNMISSABLE!
LOVE IS STRANGE RATE: 6/10 media preview - kind courtesy of Rialto Film Distribution website
Love is really strange... and you can not teach it. You can not teach something that you already ARE. Love is what is making you... and us... It is different from one person to another, it is different from one couple to another, it makes us cry with tears of joy, it breaks our hearts more often than it knits laces of pleasure, it is humble when it is real and it is tender and innocent when it is true.
The movie is like a visual piece of art: it surprises you, it is seemingly unfinished, un-pronounced and under-pronounced but it is still a piece of art.
It is full of beautiful classical music too..
As to my taste it was not "complete" so to speak... but if it was only thought through more carefully it would probably be a real and outstanding master piece...
It is still a good picture but I felt like I wanted much more of it... more art brush strikes so to speak and more colors...
"When you live with people you know them better than you care for.." ... should I say more? - John Lithgow (Ben) is coming up with sensational actor's performance in this film...
there are some interesting parallel story of love to observe: while gay couple (George and Ben) love each other and are forced to live separately Ben's nephew and his wife life next to each other and seem far apart than any physical distance can make you... or may be it is like this: the value of love is understood only when you loose it... (?)
on the funny note: ...and how can you watch Marisa Tomei without thinking about George Costanza? :) on the serious note: Marisa Tomei was acting stunningly well!
adding to that: NY city shoots were done to perfection!
THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL RATE: 7/10
The movie certainly serves the purpose: to entertain you and to make you laugh, to say more - you can not fail with such a great bunch of actors involved: mega-stars Maggie Smith, Judi Denc, Bill Nighy and Richard Gere. Add to this the fire of Dev Patel and Tina Desai and you will be on the top! the audience was very happy from what I could hear... I was also happy to see the "old friends" as we remember them from the first part of the movie. the second part is not worse to see if you are after some light fun and good uplifting and warm mood sensations... The addition of both Tamsin Grieg and Richard Gere love story was interesting but lacked strong feelings IMHO. I also loved the colors: bright shades of orange, yellow and red made the movie so exotic and so pleasant for the eyes any shades of grey would simply spoil it... I also think the movie will be very entertaining to watch by the older generation as it has lots of jokes to connect with this audience not that any other generation would not understand them either... But the movie is far from the perfect if you have the taste in good movies, but again: it serves the purpose of fun, loving and yes, "make it "exotic"... and ending the movie with some hot Indian dancing - what is a better way to end up any party!
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING RATE: 8/10
I think that Eddie Redmayne's performance was the center of galaxy around which the celestial movie was rotating.. It was incredible beyond any of our expectations. If the plot did not have some smallish holes the movie would be 10/10 and the credits would still go to the main actor. His transformation is happening in front of our eyes, his eyes are so full of emotions and to expressive it is beyond any words of appraisal. I left the movie with the words: HE IS AN OSCAR winner and then in two days we hear about Eddie's award. Sensational work!
As to the plot like some of the parts seemed a bit made-up and far away from a reality but it is understandable that in such movies you should expect some private things not to be revealed as the real facts is no one else's business.
I was also astonished to observe the will power of the man who was struggling with his disease that was destroying his body; I was even more astonished to see the love and the will power of his wife supporting her husband with all her heart. We are not the ones to judge any personal choices made but I believe that the audience understands why they were made - it is so shown so clear... We could only judge if we were ourselves in such situation. What can we do? We can simply adore Stephen Hawking for what he did for humanity and for science.
The more we watched the more biography details got revealed to us: the most surprising was Stephen declining the knighthood. Heading to the end of my writing I have to worm many: bring your handkerchief as it is not only the life of Stephen that will bring you to tears but the high level performance of Eddie that will take you away...
SEX, LOVE AND THERAPY- ALLIANCE FRANCIASE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL TU VEUX OU TU VEUX PAS RATE: 6/10 website review by Rachel Sandey
France and Belgium production. The title of the film speaks of itself. This is a romantic comedy about all these things. The director is Tonie Marshall. There are two leading parts in the movie. Lambert is an ex sex addict, who after a course of treatment underwent a transformation and chose a new occupation, as couples relationship therapist. His role played by handsome Patrick Bruel. But he needs an assistant He is interviewing a few candidates for this position and eventually hiring Judith, a very attractive young woman with beautiful body and enormous libido. She is determined to seduce him and to add another victory to the long list of victims of her charm, but he appeared to be very firm in his decission not to have sex without deep feelings, which we call love. His resistance made her to fall in love with him. Her part is played by one of the most charming actresses Sophie Marcean. So, as you can guess, both our heros are falling in love in the end, and this is a very happy end. I'd say, that director and a cast created a sweet, witty, funny comedy, which is easy and pleasant to watch. I'd rate it 6/10.
THE LAST DIAMOND - ALLIANCE FRANCIASE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL LE DERNIER DIAMANT RATE: 8/10 website review by Julie Dargan
I loved this quirky, adorable movie. Simon is a thief on parole who accepts a rather large job of stealing the mythical diamond the “Florentin”. He endears himself to the one woman who can allow him to achieve this and that is Julia, a diamond expert. Of course throughout the movie I was waiting for the time he would turn and show compassion and fall in love with Julia but this is not a Hollywood movie. Instead the movie had me entranced from beginning to end with the many twists and turns, sprinkled with dry humour and a subtle yet very moving sound track. Do your self a favour and see this movie, immerse yourself with the characters and enjoy. By score 8/10
There is an interesting question raised in this documentary: should the forbidden nazi propaganda films be in open catalogues for everyone having equal opportunity to watch them at any time ... I have only one answer to that: may be historian and the psychologists can benefit from the positive answer to this question, but imagine there is a bottle with a poison: everyone drinks from it, but some people have good immune system so they do not even feel they were poisoned, the others are vaccinated, but there are still people who do not have any defense against it: such small group of people might be enough to get into power and start it all over again ... There is not way that bottle can be exposed to the public.,, But looking at this movie I have a strong feeling my opinion might be supported by minority of votes...
this movie absolutely blew my mind away... so good! 1. Mark Ruffalo - sorry I think I always underrated this brilliant actor! His performance in this movie playing such a complex character is absolutely , absolutely , absolutely naturally SENSATIONAL! Forget about the fact that he reminded me of my own dad with his eccentric personality, his: "tomorrow we go on holidays. I bought tickets, you have 2 hours to get your things together", with his "useful" things collecting all over places, books, books, books and well, thanks god he did not drink.. BUT coming back to Mark Ruffalo: applause! 2. it is your mo vie about parenting and family values. It is usual from one perspective as it reminds us about US, and it is unusual to the degree that IT IS TOO MUCH... but it is beautiful "too much" 3. the movie is excellent not for adults but for the kids as well: no sex scenes; some episodes are so funny ("this is Boston; they are practically expecting us" - the dad and two of his daughters go to see their never seen before relative uninvited - I feel under the chair laughing...) 3. father's childish behaviour - as sometimes kids do not hear you unless you start being THEM... (the episode with the pot thrown on the floor) 4. yes, the father is eccentric but he is a complete in his personality and he is amazing... It is 9/10 from me and 8/10 from Alex THANK YOU , Mark!