What can we say? This is exactly the case when you go to see the movie and you do not have any expectations at all... Then it suddenly surprises you with everything, everything and everything: sensational music, amazing main cast )especially the young main character - charming Gioia of course (sorry I could not ind the full cast for this movie anywhere), camera, humor, very common problems in families: parents are expecting their child to do certain things but she has something else on her mind: more ambitious plans and a more colorful future. Why would she want to get married to someone her father likes very much? Why would she want to be imprisoned for the rest of her life when she wants to film the movie and to be in cinematography together with Woody Allen...serious...
The common issues on nationalism are played around so smartly and so lightly all you have to do is to laugh at those who separate people on "something" and "not something" ... all we have to do was to "haha" bit not only that... we enjoyed the movie very much - it was charming (but not too sweet), innocent (but not naive), honest (but not dry) and incredibly well done - sometimes you see immature can be a real gem!
With some movies I simply do not understand the point... They are about something and they are about nothing. They do not solve anything, they are just out there somewhere. They do not have any moral, nor they have a bottom line - they end up in nothing, like Australian desert - endless, red, boiling hot and dry... We both had very high expectations considering Nicole was there and she is usually a divine talent, but I seriously felt sorry for her taking this role...I was catching myself thinking: how incredible she is - she is giving all of herself in this movie that is many heads lower than her talent...
Again, stepping aside, we want to love the movie very much, but can not find what for.... just no point... Alex rudely called it at some point of our discussion: "empty psychological snots..." which I had trouble to agree with... But at some stage I started thinking: people will definitely go to see Nicole in this movie and plays amazingly in most episodes of this picture. Matthew, her husband who is a pharmacist is a character played by the actor who is unlikely to be a believable pharmacist: he looks more like a typical criminal rather than a guy with descent and noble medical profession. IMHO, a bad casting call in this part too... Not the movie that we would be highly attracted too to be honest no matter if I wanted to write this honest opinion or not...
Again, I always highly recommend our readers to read our view, to digest it but to go to the movies and see it for yourself to get your own opinion to compare with ours. We are not all the same so will allow some of subjective view on art work (especially when we talk about ART work). Nicole Kidman and camera from the helicopter and landscapes - my personal score is 10/10 for this movie...
SONG ONE NEW website RATE: 8/10 review by Julie Dargan
Staring Anne Hathaway, but do not let that distract you. This is a movie that is the sum of its parts. Every actor plays their part in this wonderful movie. In saying that Anne Hathaway delivers a raw performance in this movie that is certainly one worth watching.
Anne plays the part of Franny, who rushes back to the states after her brother, Henry, is injured and hospitalised in a coma following a car accident. Her brother is a musician, while she is an archaeologist studying for her PHD. Two very different lives that now become one as Frannie copes with her own turmoils of shunning Henry’s life.
Frannie finds herself wanting to know more about the life of Henry that she was not aware of which is the basis of the movie.
This is a slow moving movie, but make sure you go along for the ride with a glass of bubbly or red wine at hand.
This is a beautiful, slow journey where gaining a university degree or making it big goes out the window. Family, friends and enjoyment of life should come first. France discovers another world she would never have been exposed to and come out the richer for it.
Music is a wonderful accompaniment to this movie. Makes you want to laugh, to cry, to want to stop the clock and take stock of life.
My score 8/10
WE ARE YOUNG, WE ARE STRONG NEW AUDI FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS RATE: 8/10 website review by Julie Dargan We are Young, We are Strong.What a strange name for a movie, certainly young, but I would not say strong. I would call these young germans weak and preying on those less fortunate than themselves who are desperate to get their lives in order. Set in Rostock (Formerly East Berlin, set 3 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall) August 1992.
This movie is all set in black and white photography which only adds to the bleakness the situation. It is hard to imagine a country like Germany so soon after the horrors of the Holocaust, watching history repeat itself. Based on a true story following the events at Rostock, Asylum seekers are seen to be blamed for the lack of work amongst idle young Germans. If they are anything to go by in this movie, the young Germans were simply self-orientated, self-focused and blamed any scapegoat they could for their own lack of success.
Foreigners ARE THE SCAPEGOATS OF THE East is a catch phrase in this movie. Just as the Jews, Polish and gypsies were scapegoats in WW2, in the Rostock made the asylum seekers the scapegoats.
I found myself wanting to deck the perpetrators myself while watching this movie.
A compelling movie and could not say that I “enjoyed it” but the movie is very powerful in relaying the situation. Sound track is perfect and the characters play their part with great conviction.
My score 8/10
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK NEW website review by Tamsin Korr
Orange is the New Black: Season 2 Review by Tamsin Khor ** warning: contains spoilers **
There were plenty of cliff-hangers to accompany the Christmas festivities at Litchfield correctional facility at the end of season 1. Red’s been kicked out of her own kitchen, Bennet and Daya are finding it tricky to keep their prison pregnancy a secret and Piper has lost both Alex and Larry, and the last we saw of her, she may or may not have beaten Pennsatucky to death.
With a cracker first season under its belt, season 2 of Orange is the New Black did not disappoint. Known for its witty punch lines, strong female characters, and colourful cast, season 2 further explores some of the relationship dynamics, while maintaining its fresh take on sexuality and pushing boundaries. The season opens with Piper being transferred to an unknown location – presumably for killing Pennsatucky. However it is soon revealed that both her and Alex are there to testify against one of Alex’s drug bosses. After a long discussion, Piper ends up perjuring herself on the stand while Alex is able to cut a deal and get out of prison.
Much of this season focuses on Piper’s development without Alex. We see the effect that being in prison has had on Piper through interactions with new inmate Soso, who is as Piper was when she first came to Litchfield; scared and overwhelmed. Rather than taking Soso under her wing, Piper tells her that she’s a “A lone wolf who rips out the throat of sheep.” Meanwhile Polly and Larry continue to grow closer in Piper’s absence.
A new antagonist also appears in the form of Vee – who, as we find out was Taystee’s mother figure, and also happened to be head of a drug ring. Vee’s main rivalry however is with Red, as the two compete to be top dog at Litchfield. Vee’s influence infiltrates all the groups at Litchfield but doesn’t affect anyone more than Suzanne aka Crazy Eyes. And this season Uzo Aduba really stole the show with her Emmy Award winning performance, she brought hilarity and humanity to her previously comic relief character.
It’s not all drama though, there are still plenty of laugh out loud moments including mock job fairs, plumbing problems and secret tunnels. The cast and crew have really managed to bring life to all the characters in the show which is one of the things that sets Orange is the New Black apart. In sum, if you loved season 1, you’ll definitely want to check yourself if for another term at Litchfield!
ENCHANTED KINGDOM NEW website review by Alice Slamani
It is hard to find the worlds to describe the personal voyage one travels when watching Enchanted Kingdom. I love nature documentaries, but this one is in a league of its own. The magic and mystic of the wilderness captured on film in this documentary is second to none. You really feel like you are watching some make-believe science fiction type movie, travelling through the depth of imaginary landscapes and terrain. I couldn't begin to understand the thought processes that went on behind the ideas of the cinematographer in this movie. They have perfectly captured the souls of unique animals that you come eye to eye with. My eyes were opened to animals I had never heard of before. This movie is not just for environmental advocates, but it sure could convert you to one easily. Well done.
WOLF'S HALL (TV SERIES) NEW RATE: 8/10 website review by Julie Dargan
This is a 6 part mini series following the time of Henry VIII’s need to dissolve his marriage to Catherine of Aragon and be allowed to marry Anne Boleyn in the hope that he manage to produce a male heir. It is a story we are all (well mostly all) aware of.
The series more follows Thomas Cromwell’s involvement at this point in time.
Set in England in 1520’s the movie set is stunning. The attention to detail has me feeling that I am living right back in 1520. Minute details such as the candle lightening, the costume set, sitting at a meal table without cutlery, wiping a glass before drinking from it gives the viewer a major insight into the idiosyncrasies of this era.
Knowing the Henry VIII story from a story book is very different to watching what potentially may have happened behind the scenes.
This is a an enjoyable series I would highly recommend anyone to watch.
My score 8/10
STATIONS OF THE CROSS NEW Kreuzweg AUDI FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS 2015 RATE: 6/10 website review by Julie Dargan
Stations of the Cross follows the story of young Maria whose family are followers of a strict Catholic branch. Being a Catholic myself I found the movie very intense and wonder what others would think of the movie if they are not Catholics or Christians or are atheists. My advices if you are an atheist, do not brand all religious followers as such strict and rigid as the religious ethos depicted in this movie.
Maria is a naive 14 year old and very impressionable. Other young teenagers may be influenced to drink alcohol, or dabble in drugs whereas Maria delves deeper into her religion taking it all the way in order to save her brother.
The stations of the cross are what Christians re-enact at Easter and this movie shows a parallel in Maria’s life and her sacrifice. Intense settings, intense storyline. This movie is not one with a glass of wine but one with an open mind to try and understand, perhaps, the characters deep convictions and faith. They live by their faith and die by their faith.
My score 6/10
GEMMA BOVERY NEW RATE: 9/10 website review by Sylvester Kroyherr and Rachel Sandey
Backlot Studios, Southbank (11.5.2015) A very engaging and enjoyable movie! Director Anne Fontaine cleverly adapted Posy Simmond's romantic novel of the same name. British couple, beautiful Gemma Bovery (Gemma Arterton) and her husband Charles (Jason Fleming) move from London to the French Country Side, a village in Normandy - the same village where Flaubert wrote his literary classic masterpiece, "Madame Bovary" a hundred years ago. The local baker Martin Joubert (Fabrice Luchini) happens to be a literary expert, who cannot help himself, but to draw the parallel between Gemma and the heroine of Flaubert's novel, whose life ended tragically. His attempts to help her in sorting out her affairs were not very successful. She dies of a freak accident, choking on a piece of fresh bread, which Martin brought to her earlier. Despite the sad ending, the movie doesn't leave a bitter aftertaste but gives us the true flavour of French provincial country life, with its picturesque tranquillity, interesting characters, sensuality and witty humour. It’s a must see movie!
Our score is 9/10 Rachel Sandey & Sylvester Kroyherr
SONG FROM THE FOREST NEW AUDI FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS 2015 website review by Irina Kazhavets This movie “Song from the Forest” is not that kind of movie we use to watch on TV, it’s kind of biography – documentary movie about an African Man Louise, who used to live somewhere in the central Africa between Cameroon and Uganda but moved later to America.
The whole film is actually about his unexplained spiritual love to his isolated lifestyle he had when he was a little boy and later a young man and even throughout his all life. After he moved to America, sometimes he used to come back to the forest and live for a few months in the” tribe” with his relatives, friends and other people, enjoying his own music, and actually enjoying to be away from the civilization. There is no electricity or clean water, no hospitals and of course no internet or other parts modern life we use to have in our daily life at all. All people in that tribe: Old, young, woman, men, and teenagers enjoy spending their quality time together and actually they are so happy, and they don’t need anything, they are happy with what they‘ve got. It’s their world and that its their way of enjoying this life an be happy! That’s their happiness! They don’t understand what money is for…
During the whole movie there is a little boy, his nephew Samadi, who Louise brings to America and of course you can see how that little boy is amazed with everything he can see around, But what amazed me the most is when they were planning to get their bags and go back home little boy was very specific about the present he can bring to his tribe: he can’t bring toys, they need real things: clothes, weapon, medicine etc. (which I doubt you will ever hear from any 5 – 6 years old boy in our western world)
In general, I must say, this film is not that type of movie you will enjoy watching on Friday evening with you mates or girlfriend unless you enjoy this type of movies in general.
I would recommend for solo watching and trying to get the sense which editors and film makers tried to bring to us about the contrast of different lifestyle and what does the actual happiness means for all of us!
SAUDADE NEW SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL 2015 website RATE: 6/10 review by Julie Dargan Loneliness, nostalgia, yearning, that is what Saudade means in Portuguese. This movie follows young Miguel coming of age at the age of 17. His father leaves him to seek his once estranged mother (who left him when he was 2 years old). Miguel sees his world falling apart and thus creates a new one for himself. All this is happening at the same time as the true-life major economic downturn in Ecuador.
Filmed in a very pastel setting, this is s slow moving movie with a tenderness and yearning in discovering what the future is all about once the innocence of youth is no longer a possibility.
My score 6/10
THE CIRCLE NEW Der Kreis AUDI FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS website review by Irina Ivanova
The Circle - is an interesting insight into the life of gays building their living in Germany and visiting more culturally progressive Switzerland in the 1950’s-1960’s. Zurich was considered the most open-minded city at that period. It was a time of flourishing liberation from the oppressive and judgmental social boundaries. Adult homosexuality was not a criminal offence in Switzerland that made the country so attractive for young people to come and have fun at the famous gay clubs like Barfuesser in Niederdorf. There was no need for gays and lesbians to hide or defend themselves, so they could feel free expressing their inner tendencies and life choices. There even was a Friday flight set up by Lufthansa bringing party-goers from Frankfurt to Zurich every week. This “special trip” was called the “Queen Hansa Express” – how good is that?!
The movie is partially documentary including interviews of the characters of the story, which is very romantic with all the sweetness and greatness inherent to a young love. The characters belong to a special club, “The Circle”, which holds regular meetings and publishes its own magazine with rather frivolous – hence very catchy – contents. They meet, make new friends, find new channels to build their career through the support of same-minded individuals.
It has never been easy for gay people to prove their moral right to be happy and get understanding from those considered to be “normal” by society. However, luckily, the mindset of many nationalities in the world evolved from the wary and neglectful towards accepting and more morally mature, that allowed the minorities to find their peace of mind without struggle and trial.
DUST ON THE TONGUE NEW SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL 2015 website RATE: 6/10 review by Julie Dargan
Thank you for the opportunity to review the movie Dust on the Tongue. A movie very different to the other movies I have reviewed from the Spanish Film Festival.
The storyline of this movie is a story about an abusive family patriarch who asks two of his grandchildren to help him die in return for access to his land. Most people were scared of this grandfather and his brutal ways and it was amazing to see his grandchildren still interacting enough even to talk to this megalomaniac.
This is a very bizarre movie, slow moving. This is the type of movie, much like a book, you want to watch when you want to immerse yourself and use your mind to absorb what is on the screen; watching the strange twists and turns. My score 6/10
KUMIKO NEW RATE: Alex: 7/10 Natasha: 10/10
There are some thoughts:
Alex: I did not understand the movie Natasha: you just try to find associations with something that you watched before on screen but masterpieces are like this: they stand alone, there are no attachments, labels or associations from what you previously saw in cinematography of any kind: it is just one kind of picture. You just need to answer your own question: did you like it? Alex: No Natasha: did you enjoy it? Alex: I expected more, but I did not enjoy it that much... There are my thoughts: life can be boring on so many levels: your job sucks and you simply do it because otherwise you will be hungry; your friends are idiots (well, most of them), you do not want to spend time with them; your parents do not understand you and they keep asking you the same questions over and over again: when are you going to have a boyfriend / a husband / a wife, when are you going to date someone; or worse: when is your next work promotion comes? when will you find a better job for you? Your home surroundings are so dull and so monotonous you do not see the light even in coming back home from work anymore... You simply stuck in the routine, in the darkness around you... But you have one obsession, some blink of bright light that makes the difference, that keeps you afloat and going, that gives you strength and seeds love sparkles in your soul... For different people such dreams or obsessions can be absolutely different: for one girl from Tokyo it is a treasure in Minnesota, USA that she believes is real and she devotes all her life energy , all her thoughts and intentions to find it...One day she drops everything burning down all the bridges behind her: with dumb boss, with envy work colleagues, with hypo-energetic friends who seem to have everything right in their lives which makes you almost vomit; you get rid of a sim-card from your mobile so your mum can not reach you pestering you with annoying questions - and you leave home for your dream... You meet guides on your way who play certain roles in your life: for a day, an hour or two they help you on your way... Natasha: don't you think such guides just try to trap you in their own reality more than assisting you in finding your dream as all "guides" do - they do not know better - as they also try their best - how they see it - to help you... With these helpers you almost feel like that pet-rabbit in the cage you used to have in Tokyo and you remember: one day - you also let him free - one day just on your way to your dream... Alex: Yes, guides are also like this: they show you the way without asking if you want to head this way... It seems right to them but it might be right to you. Anyway, your destination is finally reached and your dream is fulfilled - how wonderful, how exciting - we almost buy it, the unbelievable has all happy-ended... but may be it is a pseudo-happy-end ? american hollywood dream of a suit case full of money is never going to materialise? as the dream remains in your dream (?) The movie director tricks us all... The ending is not to be revealed, but to be seen with our own eyes: to believe or not to believe... Natasha: so it seems you liked the movie?.. Is it original and unexpected as you said - it would not be nice if you got what you expected - surprises are always better in movies?.. Alex: I still did not like it... She will never come back home I think... I gave it 7/10 Natasha: I laughed at some scenes: on average American mentality when they think Korea, China and Japan are all the same country, on stupid Tokyo boss and on those graceful Japanese jokes, I loved the main charactee played so gently but powerful - all perfectly done; very good touching drama for it all: for laughing and for crying best from what I saw in the last year... My rate is 10/10
THEY ARE ALL DEAD NEW TODOS ESTÁN MUERTOS SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL 2015 website review by Julie Dargan
Here is my review for They are all Dead:
This movie is told from a 12 year olds perspective on his life. Pancho is a straight boy with a recluse mother who was once wild in her young, rock music heyday.
The storyline is a wonderful mix of a mothers struggle to see her daughter embrace life again and to be there for her son (Pancho).
"Imagine having a stutter and being unable to say the things you want to.” How many of us are unable to say the things we really want to but struggle to say them? This movie is a gentle reminder to us to say the words when we have the chance to say them because one day we may not be able to. Photography is this film is fantastic. I have loved all the movies I have seen from this years Spanish Film Festival for their attention to detail in portraying lives as they really are. No Hollywood dramatics, actors without make-up, pure reality life.
And the music! Never before have I enjoyed rock music but in this movie I am nearly tempted to go out and buy the sound track (not too sure if the Spanish do that either).
A wonderful movie, that will leave you feeling uplifted and wanting to get out and enjoy life me. You never know opportunities will come you way, and in the most surprising way.
My score 8/10
THE UNEXPECTED LIFE NEW LA VIDA INESPERADA website SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL 2015 RATE: 8/10 review by Julie Dargan
thank you for the offer to review THE UNEXPECTED LIFE:
Life takes unexpected twists and turns. At a point in our lives, what we thought was important and had to be successful at, may be a dream that has to be shattered. Juan wanted to be an actor and not a shopkeeper like his father. He moves from Spain to live in America to pursue his dream.
Juan’s cousin comes to visit and it looks like he has everything. This come to him easy but rather than embrace each success, he feels unworthy his accomplishments and runs away. Runs away from love, a great job, into the arms of a woman who will make him miserable, but with not expectations. That way he does not let himself down, or anyone else.
Which cousin follows his heart, learns to take risks and starts living life? You must watch this movie to find out.
My score 8/10
EASY SEX, SAD MOVIES NEW SEXO FÁCIL, PELÍCULAS TRISTES SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL 2015 review by Irina Ivanova
is at some point a softly floating story and partially – a crazy joyride describing the intricate process behind the creation of a sentimental romantic book, whose author Pablo is desperately trying to revive his own marriage and return to the harmonic state.
The movie reveals two intertwined love stories of couples (fictional – Victor and Marina, the characters of the book, and real – Pablo and his beautiful wife Valeria) whose relationships – like it usually happens in real life – start with a sweet romance and ground-shaking passion, selflessness and impetuosity, and later overgrow with doubts, fears and precaution burdening the lovers from making powerful, life changing decisions or leading them into the path of deceit and betrayal.
This story proves that life purposefully feeds us with complicated situations with plenty of possible outcomes. It gives us as many choices as we need to find our way, our life partner, our career and everything else that we surround ourselves with. All the sudden changes and unexpected turns that couples face put them into unstable positions which they maybe decide to escape just by running away from them or maybe, if the author decides so, overcome with all the courage and dedication that can be only brought into the world by true love.
TANGO GLORIES NEW FERMÍN, GLORIAS DEL TANGO SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL 2015 wevsite RATE: 10/10 review by Julie Dargan
Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to watch the movie, Tango Glories.
In three words brilliant, brilliant and brilliant.
This movie is hauntingly stunning, music so uplifting, the tango was inspirational, a movie that has to be seen. I will not go into the storyline as it is so woven into the music and dancing it is difficult to dissect. I had to stop the movie half way and fetch myself a glass of wine in order to become at one with the movie. I have to take up Tango lessons and follow that with a trip to Buenos Aires where time seems to have stood still in this wonderful world of Tango.
A must see at the upcoming film festival. My score 10/10
WHO AM I - NO SYSTEM IS SAFE NEW AUDI FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS 2015 website RATE: 10/10
1. the movie is not a thriller but a psychological action movie. 2. actors are so brilliant we have not seen anything like this for a long time 3. camera, make up , styling, soundtrack details, the plot - on every aspect the movie is on the top - no loose points, even the titles are made with so much creativity! 4. we also believe may be if the real hackers would watch it they might laugh at some points, but for an ordinary people who do not know much about the cyber world this movie is an action where James Bond is resting quietly and shamefully in the corner... 5. a total pleasure to watch which was done in one breath.
AUDI FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS 2015 NEW media opening night - kind invite of Miranda Brown Publicity and Goethe Institut wevsite
I need to first admit that this type of movie is just not my thing. I'm more of a Rom-Com cliche. So, it's a rainy Sunday afternoon, I am snuggled on the couch and begin what I think is going to be a 'chore of a movie' to watch. But no! I judged way too quick. The first thing that caught my eye in this movie was the amazing special effects based on technology which is predicted for the future. The imagination and skill to bring this concepts to life, on the screen, are epic. The idea that people can be 'SlipStreamed' into the future in itself is mind blowing. The idea that they can be broken down into almost data pieces and transported electronically is powerfully portrayed in this movie. Set in the hostile future of high unemployment and desperation (circa 23rd Century) biological agents, alien forces and a superior group of burly men off to fight the bad guys. Actors in this rare Aussie SciFi show talent and passion. Although I saw no familiar faces in this movie (yes, I didn't pick up on the Helmsworth), I will be sure to keep an eye out for future projects staring them. Their commitment to the characters was evident and I am sure they will continue to do Australia proud on the world stage. A rare find which has the feel of Mad Max and Aliens with the complex futuristic ideas of the Matrix.
WHILE WE'RE YOUNG NEW RATE: 7.5/10
For some reason Alex did not like the movie at all. He just did not understand the plot that he found quite confusing and he did not understand the point of making such movie. I loved the movie. I found the whole dialogues very charming, the idea - cool and the actors - fantastic. I found generations apart interactions very organic and naturally created, especially Ben Stiller and Adam Drver's conversations. One of my discoveries: I could never realised that older people can be envy of young ones in their own way... It looks like success and luckiness just sticks to young people more often than it blesses the older ones. The younger seem more careless, more at ease , more interesting and flowing through like like a bicycle though a row of cars stuck in a traffic. These young people are just a breath of air for the older ones for whom life is just a sad reminder of their age every single minute from their physical bodies, their actions or their thoughts. Oh those young people... they seem so generous and so genuine... Aren't they?... They never have any hidden agendas - they are just the best ever... Aren't they? The movie is just anther reminder how friendship be fragile and how it can change shapes in a blink of an eye... The soundtrack is sensational... Well I give all my thumbs up for all four major characters in this movie
SPANISH AFFAIR NEW OCHO APELLIDOS VASCOS SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL 2015 website RATE: 6/10
The movie is a bit childish and for our taste is a bit long and sometimes pretty predictable. We did not know before about Basques and Andalusians arguments but it s probably similar to northern and southern regions of Russian people misunderstandings and fathers who do not want their daughters to marry a guy from the "other side"... The movie is a strange cocktail of everything: a proud father, a daughter who is unfortunate with the guys, a guy who does want this girl and lots of other strange things around the story... It was a bit "not believable" in some parts and even boring; sometimes I was thinking: does the film director know what is going on in his movie or he simply let it go and the actors play as they like? ... We have seen better Spanish Films and we know they are out there with the life that is easy with the eyes wide open... yes~ But enough of negative points from me... what about the things I liked about the movie? Clara Lago was a real discovery - very beautiful young actress who acts so well and natural... good music/soundtrack, singing, flamenco dancing opening the movie, some very funny moments. Spanish nature picturesque landscapes and colorful medieval buildings, breathtaking views from above the city and some very brilliant camera solution... The message of the movie is quite clear at the end: no matter who you are or where you are from love and human nature unites us all... Well let's put t together: it is light and simple romantic comedy that is excellent for entertaining and good for uplifting your mood for the evening indeed!
CARMINA AND AMEN 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
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 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 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 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 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 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! 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 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 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 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 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 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 media preview - kind courtesy of Rialto / thelowdownunder website RATE: N/A
THE AGE OF ADALINE 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 - NOMINATED THE BEST MOVIE OF THE MONTH 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 - 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 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.