BBC FIRST BRITISH FILM FESTIVAL 2015: THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY NEW website RATE: 0/10
review to come up soon...
BBC FIRST BRITISH FILM FESTIVAL 2015: YOUTH NEW website RATE: 10/10
The great chef-d'œuvres like this do not come to the screens much often but when they do they leave the invisible trace in your soul similar to a touch of true beauty.
From a director of The Great Beauty, Paolo Sorrentino starring Michael Caine, Jane Fonda, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weiszand Paul Dano, this very Fellinian and very Italian (at the British Film Festival Australia?) master painting can be watched 100-s of times for you only to discover more and more about life itself, life where dramatic and comic situations are simply the part of the divine and what we make out of them emotionally.
The plot is simple: two friends are spending time of vacation at a luxurious hotel in Swiss Alps. One of them is aging orchestra conductor and the other is also aging movie director. They are surrounded by guests and celebrities of every possible kind: ex-football player, still famous and most likely exaggerated copy of Diago Maradona, super models, rich Russians, famous actors and not so famous actors of any kind. Past , present and future is blend together here in the undrinkable cocktail of reality: some of its layers are revolting and some are extremely attractive, there are fantasies and statements, dreams and memories brought together in this cocktail, there are break ups and newly carted lovers, the painting seems to not have boundaries at all in both imagination and the flow...
There is no one insignificant moment or a scene of disappointment in the film: it all goes so well you start thinking: it is so simple, why did not I create something like this? Talents are like this always: they want to be copied by many.
The movie is so warm you want to be part of the landscape at least if not to bathe in the hot spa with the super model. I caught myself having a mountain-dream about the movie and inside it the very next night after watching it.
Do we know what old people think and talk about? Do we want to know? Perhaps not if only we did not know how funny and fascinating they are but who cares about them. But would you know that the old people might not know who they are or can they simply forget about it not because they never found out but because of their memory loss?
There is another aspect of life touched: how do you want to be remembered? What will ideally identify you and trigger someone else's memory to say: "I know this guy, he created this and that..."
I mentioned that the plot is very rich in ideas and lines - you will want to see it at least twice to remember and fully understand. There are messages hidden in movements, phrases and glances. there are some very significant, thoughtful and lush details and symbols that you will love to get indulged by...
I would not even mention the actors' brilliancy as for such level movie you do not expect less but I will mention the music that will bewitch even the well spoiled (by gorgeous sounds of course) ear...
Love is so present in this movie as breathing itself - it is like the most powerful force of the living universe without which we are dead and broke.
Do I need to mention philosophy that strikes in this film, the quotes that will be remembered and the dance by Luna Zimic Mijovic, the masseuse that you will want to repeat when you are back home.from the movie.
"...I have to choose, I have to choose what is really worth telling: horror or desire? And I choose desire. You, each one of you, you open my eyes, you made me see that I should not wasting my time on the senseless fear..."
Lena Ballinger: You know, sometimes when I'm asleep at night, he watches me... and last night he stroked my cheek for the first time in my life. Only I wasn't asleep... I was pretending to be asleep. Mick Boyle: Parents know when their children are pretending to be asleep.
THE QUEEN NEW ON DVD website review by Julie Dargan
Thank you for the move The Queen to be reviewed:
The Queen stars Helen Mirram who makes for a very realistic portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II.
Set at the untimely death of Princess Diana, we follow a very personal journey behind the scenes of Buckingham Palace.
Most viewers are aware of how distant the Queen is to “commoners” and was not ready for the outpouring of grief. Especially when most of the world knew of her distaste of Princess Diana.
As the storyline unfolds, we see the Queen come out of her gilded cage and be touched by Princess Diana’s death in a way she never thought possible.
She finally concedes to the people’s wishes and the people respond in kind.
A great movie to watch on a Sunday afternoon with the family and discover that the royal family are just like any other family. They grieve in their own way but in the end realise that their lives are never really their own, but always at the will of the people.
DAN IN REAL LIFE NEW ON DVD website review by Bryanna Reynolds
Film Review: Dan In Real Life
I am a massive fan of Steve Carell’s and especially love his humour expressed in the TV series The Office. In saying this I was expecting some of that comedy to shine through in this movie. However this did not happen, but it was surprising what you saw instead.
The film: Dan In Real Life, is as beautiful and truthful as the title suggests. The title character Steve Carell takes the audience on a journey through life as a single parent to three girls. It is over the course of a weekend where he comes together with family for a reunion that we see there is a touch of romance still left inside Carell’s character Dan Burns. The irony behind the storyline is that Dan Burns is an advice columnist and yet his life is not on track and simply isn’t perfect or what he expected it to be.
The Film explores the truth behind family and its flaws. I think the thing I love most about the film is how real it is, and how refreshing it is to watch a comedy that has a real relationship storm going on at the same time. Carell’s character is funny but around him, he is surrounded by chaos and still making sense of this world as an adult. It is completely relatable to most people.
This film really showed off Steve Carell’s ability to adapt and perform as an actor. It wasn’t your average comedy film. There were moments of tragedy and heartbreak that the audience learn offend it was beautiful to see Carell show off a lighter and vulnerable side to his usual chipper self.
It was easy to identify with the film and the dynamics instilled from the moment you watch. There isn’t a dull moment and you wont find yourself loosing interest in the quest for Dan Burns (Steve Carell’s) character in finding love.
I would recommend this film to anyone on the lookout for love again. It is a beautiful comedy that allows you to see the lighter side of life and be confirmed that you are not alone in this world.
LAST CHANCE HARVEY NEW ON DVD website review by Bryanna Reynolds
Last Chance Harvey
Last Chance Harvey is a beautiful and timeless classical love movie set in modern times. Harvey Shine (Dustin Hoffman) an American jingle songwriter takes a mere couple of hours away from work to attend his daughters wedding in England. The audience feel the emotion that Harvey feels to being absent from the past few years of his only daughters life and the impact of new people in her upbringing. This is juxtaposed against the life of Kate (Emma Thompson) who is stuck in a moment in believing that disappointment is to be expected from relationships. Their paths intertwine and the result is beautiful to watch unfold. In a way they are both as equally as alone as each other and looking for the same thing in life, which is simply to be loved.
Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson are two of my favourite artists and I was so excited to watch this film with them together. Their on screen presence is just effortless and it feels like they are genuinely in the same place emotionally with their lives. I only wish I could see more of them working together, maybe in the future. It is also great when you have a lead actor and actress from different countries because of the diversity it brings for the audience to relate to, It also makes the chase for love across countries as a much bigger hurdle.
The cinematography throughout the film is just gorgeous. Throughout the first half of the film (Harvey and Kate’s) life is actually intertwined through scenes where they do not know the other is actually mere seconds away from them. This gives the audience insight to the characters lives and makes you feel you are a step a head of the narrative.
The soundtrack to this film is beautiful and really captures the warmth of the characters. The element that works really well is Harvey’s dream of being a pianist and this is intertwined towards the end of the film. It is that transitioning between reality and dreams of what they (Harvey and Kate) both expected to have achieved in their life. A classical soundtrack is prevalent throughout the film and keeps the narrative on track and moving. When I measure weather a soundtrack has worked for me I look at the emotion felt at specific parts of the film in which there are no words, simply music telling the story. And this worked beautifully.
I would recommend this film to anyone who feels stuck in a rut. If you want to watch something that is going to inspire you and warm your heart this film is for you. There wasn’t a moment where I drifted off and wished it to be over, I actually wanted more. And when you are watching something and you feel invested in the relationships in the film, I think this is a sign of a magical film that has truly captured your attention. For anyone on the look for love, this film shows that maybe instead of chasing love, you should just let life happen because you never know whom you might meet along the way. Secondly though as the name suggests if you find that someone it could be your last chance to make a dream reality, so don’t give up.
What do you usually do before buying the DVD with the movie that you like to watch? You listen to your friends, read the reviews online or watch the trailers. I do not think that any of the above will work for this movie. It is quite underrated IMHO online, your friends most possibly did not watch it and the trailer will not tell you a thing. When I got the movie from Icon Films I thought: oh, no, not another pirate movie. I watched once a long time ago "the pirates of the caribbean" and I promised to myself that I will never downgrade myself to such awful subject anymore nor I watch anything made about pirates as so many movies are total crap.
Episode 1 of season 1 went well and I thought: "How could John Malkovich do it to himself? There are no more pirates in this world who can play actors... sorry wrong way round" Episode 2 unfolded and I was glued to the film and watched the rest of season two in two days - 8 hours want like 30 min and I was hungry for more.
Clever, mind-gaming, unpredictable movie about a new country idea without a king but actually with a the king who can be named a king of kings. John Malkovich owns every scene, every movement, every blink of an eye in this TV series.
Stepping back to the history: The series is a fictionalization of the life of the pirateEdward "Blackbeard" Teach who is still alive in 1729. The show was created by Neil Cross, James V. Hart and Amanda Welles.The series is based on the book The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodard .In reality the ideas of Blackbeard were never eventuated and he was captured by British before he started his small Island empire. It is different though in the movie as we witness the flourishing of the Blackbeard state n all its beauty and ugliness. He rules without mercy and he mercies without any rules or laws. His people are pirates, free slaves, thieves and prostitutes. His head is desired by the British crown and the man named Tom Lowe ( Richard Coyle) is sent to the island as a spy to kill the governor and the king, Edward "Blackbeard" Teach ((John Malkovich) ,
Filmed on Costa Rica exotic shores the movie has it all: beautiful surroundings, the ocean, finely built ships, realistic set and everything that the pirate movie should have plus a mystery part: Tom Lowe is a physician with the mysterious powers apart from his doctor's skills.
I also found the rest of the cast so good and so in place
As I mentioned already, watching John Malkovich performing is always such a legendary delight: he is not the captain of the pirates as you imagine him to be - he is original, unexpected, his text is amazingly smart, the words are wise, the mindset of a genius and the his ideas are marvelous. With the plot unfolding finely John shows his best actor's sides: acting is superb indeed!
My rate says it all but I would like to add that the film was very much entertaining as well as clever which I really value in cinematography and I also hope that my readers know my taste... although we, intellectuals (or pretending the ones to be) might seem boring but we good good quality entertainment and this movie fits in beautifully in those frames.
There is only one downfall: I could not find any news if season 2 is coming soon... I miss these TV series already.
Blackbeard: Here's my creed. I suspect that God is a clockmaker. He wound Creation up and now he sits back and watches it unwind, whether to his pleasure or otherwise is any man's guess. Tom: That's a cold theology. And is there room for a Devil in it? Blackbeard: Of course. The Devil is an Englishman. Tom: Are you not an Englishman? Blackbeard: No longer. Tom: Then what? Blackbeard: A fellow who no longer wishes to be governed, inspected, indoctrinated, preached, taxed, stamped, measured, judged, condemned, hanged, or shot. I'm not the Devil, Mr. Lowe. I have cast out the Devil, that deprived distinction between rich and poor, great and small, master and valet, governor and governed.
Tom: I don't fear death, Commodore. Blackbeard: If Mr. Nightingale dies, I'm afraid death is what you'll be pleading for, and it is exactly what you will not be granted. Not all those unflattering legends about me are untrue.
BBC FIRST BRITISH FILM FESTIVAL 2015: THE DARK HORSE NEW website review by Ashish Bakshi
The Dark Horse - was a truly, lovely humble story of a beautiful horse with a passion to strive and the local community of the town who would do anything to see it succeed. An immensely well directed & enjoyable movie; it is a great motivation for race horse lovers. The Dark Horse movie was truly insightful, passionate and touching. All the locals of the township (part owners) were so ernest with their facts and as if it was happening today. We absolutely loved the story and would recommend anyone who love 'The rags to riches' ideology/thought, must watch this movie.
It is a less believable movie than we wanted it to be, Can it so true and people can really e so greedy?
What would not you do in order to feed and look after your family and kids? Where is the extend of your humanity when your family faces home eviction and poverty one day and the next day you are offered the job that can make you a criminal from the FBI books and the person who lies to your neighbours/ How much are you willing to do for bread, for the roof over your head, for he school for your kids, for you mother's happiness and finally how much are you ready to do for the good money?
We hate the police who stop and fine us, we hate parking inspectors who also place big fines on our cars for standing in the wrong spot. We hate these people but they are only fulfilling someone else's orders. They are doing their jobs to feed their families. Should they be guilty for doing this? Should they all stop because this job is heartless and it is a job of a parasites living on someone else's blood, sweat and bones. Such jobs do not produce any goods. They are created to extract the energy out of those who earned their honey honestly. But there re lots of blood sucking parasites in our society.
The values of the society is based not upon GOOD DEEDS that the citizens do and it does not praise the good deeds, the values are based on CHASING AND JUDGING THOSE WHO DO WRONG or simply those who do not follow the stupid laws created by parasites. If you crossed the road in a wrong spot no one cares about your life - you did the wrong thing, even if you did not know that you should not have done it, ignorance or not knowing the law does not excuse you from the law and its judgement. You never get flowers from the police for crossing the road in a good spot. The controlling of the society is based on the wrong values.
The major character, the boy who loses his job and is thrown in the street with his family looks like a scary tale from yesterday. The system does not have a heart... and there are vultures out there who use the downfalls of the system in their own favour. The major character seem week and uncertain on his new assignment the day after his worse life disaster - would he be able to prove to his family that he has a value, then prove to his boss that he can do anything to earn money and finally rove to his friends that he can defend his and their truth.
Not everything is so clear with the "vultures" (Michael Shannon portrays Rick Carver, the real estate agent with the teeth for 1000-s of investments). Rick also has his own reason and grounds to heave the way he behaves. Many of us can understand him: he also was a poor boy scared of loosing his only father who supported the family. Is it bad to wanting to be rich?
Watch the movie to understand yourself please.
RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL 2015: SOULLESS 2 NEW website RATE: 7/10 review by Julie Dargan
I really enjoyed this movie thanks and here is my review.
Soulless 2 is a story of a successful Russian entrepreneur on the run in Bali. Rather than face the courts, he escapes Russia and finds solace in Bali and surfing.
But his life takes a twist when he is framed for something he is not a part. He is then unwittingly transported back to Russia to be a snitch.
This movie was complicated in parts due to the fact of it racing so fast, trying to read subtitles and being caught in corporate world jargon but you will find yourself following along to the theme of the story.
A fascinating insight into the corruption of new Russia. You will wonder just who you can trust and who is the good guy in all of this.
Yes there is a hero, but I will not spoil it for you by saying just who saves the day,
Watch this and enjoy.
My verdict 7/10
JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2015: SERIAL (BAD) WEDDINGS NEW QU’EST-CE QU’ON A FAIT AU BON DIEU? website RATE: 6.5/10
We found this movie to be a bit weaker than we expected it to be. It is funny when you think it is funny to laugh at someone else' nationality and on racist remarks, but it was not that very funny for us to be honest. French usually make very good comedies but this one was not that 100% there. I would not call the movie boring though, it is quite entertaining and the audience was laughing out loudly. May be we do not get these kind of jokes or may be we do not have a sense of humor. Perhaps our issue is that we are way too realistic and we hardly believe that something like this (hating all your daughters' choices of husbands one of which is Muslim, the other is Jew, the next one is Chinese and the last one is happening to be black) could take place in real life, may be the actors were overdoing it too much. I can not find the reason why we did not like the movie so much but it definitely lacked something that makes a good French comedy unforgettable: a charm perhaps. We also did not find the acting sparkling but rather very average: something the actors would be in between the very good roles assignments. We also though that having such a plot the director and the actors could have done something incredibly good. Was feeling sorry that we did not find anything in this movie that would make our review to sound more positive
RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL 2015: BATTALION NEW БАТАЛЬОН website RATE: 9/10
This is a very disturbing but brilliantly done movie that we recommend everyone to see on the big screen. When you watch the movie please pay attention to the following detail: how the war changes people (in this case gorgeous women) from individuals that all have their own private and very interesting lives - all different, but all so distinctive and how later at the battle field you hardly recognise who is who from these women who are lost their individuality not because their heads are shaved, not because their uniforms are all the same, not because they turn their heads all in one direction but because of a different perspective of life during the war: life that does not cost a cent anymore, where everyone is the same facing the death: wealthy and poor, peasants and high society, the Death does not choose whom to take next - they are all the same to Her - one face, one person, one woman, one collective mind and one united action. I believe that this was the task of the director and it was shown amazingly well! Many became one.
The acting of ALL the crew members is simply astonishing! Even now when I start to remember the movie again the tears fill up my eyes. Every movie episode was played so well as if we were witnessing the reality unfolding in front of our eyes. There are no stars or famous actors in this movie apart from Marat Basharov but one can observe that there will be many new, stunning and rising stars to be born based on this film. If I could tell "the famous" do not disturb you - that would be about right, as during the movie you do not think about how do they fit in this role with their previous bright portfolio, but on the contrary: you concentrate on the movie idea
Historically this movie is very significant. I think it was the first time the subject of women in World War I was touche with such powerful message behind. The Battalion of Death is not a myth but it was a real historical fact.
the camera work is simply fabulous: you simply feel like you are located in the middle of the battle field so realistic and so genuine it is!
I do not reveal the plot as this is not my task - the story can be read online and it will be better if people who read this review do not know it before they see the events taking place.
RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT 2015 NEW
if you heard that Russians are coming do not believe them - Russians are already here, there and everywhere! Russian Resurrection Film Festival 2015 opened yesterday November 5 atACMI, Federation Square with The Battalion movie screening and grand reception accompanied by beautiful music that went well together with traditional vodka shots, cranberry juice and some yummy snacks... and I told you before: we never smile
RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL 2015: SNOW QUEEN 2 NEW СНЕЖНАЯ КОРОЛЕВА 2 website RATE: 7/10 review by Julie Dargan
Snow Queen 2 is, of course, a sequel to Snow Queen 1, but do not let that worry you. If you did not see the first instalment, there is a quick synopsis of the trolls travels which allows the viewer to comfortably understand the background and immerse themselves in this family orientated movie.
Another great aspect of this animated movie is that, despite being a Russian movie, there are no subtitles, so do make sure to make this a family event.
In this adventure, the Snow Queen has cast a curse on her mirror making people see the worst in themselves. A rather in deep movie if you wish to get caught up in the message the director is trying to convey. Orm is the main character and is was a little confusing in the beginning when he appeared to be wrestling with himself with “the negative Orm” (the Orm reflected in any mirror he comes across).
A play on society, where so many people wrestle with their inner demons and low self-esteem, resulting in lies and embellishments trying to improve their status in society. In the end, Orm realises, and we are all supposed to as well, that the truth always wins. And when you tell the truth people will respect you and tell the truth back.
This would all be beyond what the children will see. They will enjoy the wonderful animations, lively journeys and cheering for the underdog. Orm does not get his princess but does get to live in the palace after all.
My score 7/10.
BBC FIRST BRITISH FILM FESTIVAL 2915: DARK HORSE NEW website RATE: 4/10
I believe some documentaries can be made 15 minutes long with the idea given instead of talking about nothing for such a long time. The audience could have fallen asleep easily and would miss nothing. IMHO it was the most boring film I have seen in the last couple of years. I also do not like those sports where the animals are torched and used to boost human ego; they are not the movies I would go to if I had a choice. There are so many excellent quality movies screening at the BBC First British Film Festival 2015 this year that this particular film is simply lost compared and having mentioned much better ones. But we loved the company we were with, the bubbles and the mood that Palace Cinemas Como kindly created for everyone to enjoy the upcoming Melbourne Cup. It made a difference to our entire evening. I also believe if you like races, horses and the history of some particular champions in races than this is a must see and adore, but this was simply not my cup of tea.
THE HECKLER NEW website RATE: 7/10 review by Julie Dargan
Thank you for the opportunity to review of the movie “The Heckler”
The Heckler may be touted as a comedy, but in reality is one man’s revenge on hecklers that comedians face every day.
I found the movie took on another role, and that is one of misconceptions of perceptions of people in the media. We may call “famous people” megalomaniacs yet they are human, they still have bills to pay, their time is just as precious as ours and it takes a megalomaniac mind to be able to perform to the calibre we expect of them.
The Heckler involves a death, switching bodies, and egos being bruised. It is also one of discovery. loyalty and family.
And yes, I was laughing out loud quite a few times, which is what I need in a comedy.
Set in Melbourne, my favourite city, and loved the play on “Rocky” run up the steps to Southern Cross Station.
My score 7/10
IRANIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2015: RISK OF ACID RAIN NEW فیلم سینمایی "احتمال باران اسیدی" Risk Of Acid Rain website review by Elmira Navid Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to Chabtel Keogh for organising the Opening Night visit for our crew and for the opportunity to review the festival movies.
The main character of " The risk of Acid rain" is a man in his late 60s called Mr.Rahnama. He lives in a town on his own with no friends or relatives. He never married and he is simply one of the loneliest people you could ever imagine. He is a man living his everyday life with a strong sadness and regret appearing on his face from the beginning to the end of the movie. Therefore, it motivates the viewer to become curious about where all the sadness stems from.
He decides to go to another city to find his old friend Mr.Davani. He is very determined to find him so he packs a suitcase and travels to the new town. He accommodates himself in a motel while he is searching for his friend. It has been a long time since he lost contacts with the friend. They used to be friends 30 years ago. And guess the reason he had come all the way to find the friend? It could be all about a girl who lived on the same alley back in 30 years ago. His friend was in love with that girl.
On the journey of finding his friend he meets two young people at the hotel who become his only friends. One of them is a young man who works there as a receptionist and another young woman who illegally lives in the Motel. The girl who has left her home and has no close friends gets into some difficult situations and she didn't have any friends to seek help, so she asks the old man to play different roles in front of other people or lie in a way that helps her win the problems. And yes surprisingly he does play roles to help her, and worked well for all the troubles she faced.
In the return of all his help the girl and the receptionist helped Mr.Rahnama to find his friend who has now become a millionaire. When Mr.Rahnama decides to go and see him at where Mr.Davani works, he decides not to take any further steps. He stops, thinks and changes his mind, never saw the friend and returned all the the way he came! What's the reason he suddenly changed his mind from meeting the old friend considering all the effort? I believe the reasons were more than one, but definitely all the regret and the shame he had carried during the movie must be one of them!
This movie is about the religious clashes and family traditions that prevent two young people who fall in love with each other to stay together and get married.
I have to be honest: I had laughed and the movie has reminded me about my own family and the way my parents did not trust my own choice and how they were against my marriage and what it took us to prove that we actually had Love and nothing else on mind. I really felt sorry seeing the young couple was falling apart because of their families different background. The idea of the movie is marvelous and we saw in many movies before how it is solved and how ridiculous people look when it comes to their belief system: I am this and you are that. They never say: we are this and we are that. they think that if they belong to some particular group of people : be it geographical, national , religious or race distinction they become better and unique. This is not what makes us better and unique. the separation makes us smaller and less significant. If we share our cultures - this is what makes us rich and united. But somehow and somewhat there are those ho want us to be different and they play on our feelings...
The idea of the movie is fantastic . How this idea is implemented - is a totally different thing. A good movie can make such idea flourish, but the average movie can kill the idea. The rude and ax-like humor can destroy the delicacy of the cinematography art The primitive jokes can spoil the experience; the banal story line can also degrade the director's efforts.
But will the actors and the main characters make it ? What is happening at the end? We all want to know...
This is one movie for you - not to watch once but twice and please treat yourself with a Gold Class. Alex was a bit skeptical going to a "girly" movie like this, but I have to say he was impressed ore than I. In a couple of words: super amazing actors (all of them!), sensational camera, fabulous plot, excellent director's work, gorgeous soundtrack and much much more. The movie is very engaging, not an ordinary story, it is a farce of course but a very well made one indeed!
We have noticed something very interesting: if the movie titles appear to be good than the whole movie will be terrific. The well done titles are like a book cover where the author put his love into as well as into the writing itself. If you do not think it is significant I would say: it is significant the same way the woman's dress is important as well as what is inside that dress and under her skin.
The soundtrack of the movie is beyond any expectations (and I mentioned that already)
The story line is what we call a puzzle that gets revealed bit by bit like a well twisted detective novel: you do not know what happens around the corner - even the major character can die easily so unpredictable it is. What is it - a drama, a comedy or a nice mixed up and thoroughly blended juice of both in one? The drama is deeply emotional but the author does not give you that candy to suck on and immediately engages you into a humor; what a funny funeral and what a dramatic smile... !
To say that Kate Winslet appears in the movie as a mega super star will mean to say nothing: her talent is bewitches you and does not let go... She is simply the one there! She simply turns from her real life British origins into an Australian talking glamour girl as easily as she dresses those Australian country chicks into her haute couture designs turning them from draggle-tail-Cinderellas into bright and sparkling princesses and irresistible queens.
The art of dressing is put on the plate of discussion in the movie. I can be a good witness to tell you all that my dress changed my life too once when I got married: the dress my husband to be saw me in for the first time in his life he could not forget for many years... One great feminine dress can take you on a journey of your lifetime...
The dresses in the Dressmaker are incredible - all made by a famous Marion Boyce (the costumes for Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries ) . The gowns in The Dressmaker are to die for!
The humor in the movie is intelligent, light and smart - we enjoyed it so much! Such humor is hard to copy as it is so unique. Thank you, dear script writer!
I am adding the location and the landscapes in the movie to the past age but not least as they are as great as the camera and cinematography of the whole movie.
Should I say: they tricked us all including the director, who just make is the best and beyond our average expectations. Pleaes go and see it...
Our rate tells it all - this was just one absolutely excellent film!
IRANIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2015 OPENING NIGHT AND RECEPTION: WHAT'S THE TIME IN YOUR WORLD? NEW در دنیای تو ساعت چند است؟" website RATE: 8.5/10
This movie is one superb gem and a must see. We called in "Iranian Ameli "make version so delicate, so clever and so exquisite it is. The story line is simple: a woman returns from Paris to her home town and finds out that she does not remember the rather important things and events that took place there before she left. She is followed by a stranger who who seem to know every step of her life while she was away as well as remembers her past. The stranger is probably the rightest word to describe this man as he simply lived her life together with her and as one of the movie character said "could get a PhD in the subject of his Love". Well, let's put it this way: how many people do you know who googled you and all that you are doing and all tat you have done so far? Are they scary? Probably yes if you do not know them enough. He simply might have been that boy who sat on the back seat of your class starring at you all the time.
If you ask me: what are your favorite parts of the movie? I would say" French lessons in reality and in Farhad's head. They are sowell done they reminded me that "London is the capital f Great Britain" which is harder to forget that any other lesson we went through at school. This I will never mixed up: London is!
When you watch the movie I ask you to please pay attention on how the pursued becomes a pursue and vise versa. they say: follow me and I will leave you; leave me and I will follow you - that probably should be the love credo of any couple. The connection between two: Leila and Farhad reveals like a mystical middle eastern flower. The stolry like is beautifully blended with lots of Russian songs, Russian traditional items, food and drinks that makes it so flavorish yummy and even more strange and adorable.
Love has so many faces and it is not plain, and if it is than may it is not love.
I also have admit that the movie is highly artistic, dream-like, poetic graceful, sentimental, and meditative (sometimes I run out of adjectives to describe how much I like something) . This is exactly as I thought the Iranian people should be.
As to the Festival Opening Night I also have to confess I have not seen so many handsome men and gorgeous women and attractive crowd since the past year Russian Film festival opening night except the Iranians do not dance, do not drink and do not make as much noise as Russians.
RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL 2015: GHOST NEW ПРИЗРАК website RATE: 7/10 review by Julie Dargan
One great aspect about The Russian Film Festival is the diversity of the shows.
I also reviewed the movie Ghost. This was a delightful movie and one that the whole family will enjoy.
Yuri was an aircraft designer, a ladies man and one step away from personal triumph when he is killed in a road accident and remains on earth as a ghost. Year 7 student Vania is a victim of his mother’s overprotectiveness and a target of schoolyard bullies.
Yuri, the wondering spirit, comes in contact with Vania, the only earthling who can see him. Ghost is not a traditional Hollywood storyline. Just when you think you know where the story is going it goes in a different tangent.
I loved the ending. Vania finds his inner strength to break away from the corner he has been put in. (Perhaps this is why there is reference to Dirty Dancing? Be sure to look at the pictures on the wall of Vania’s bedroom!)
A fun, quick witted movie. One to sit back and simply be entertained.
My score 7/10
RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL 2015: ONCE UPON A TINE NEW website RATE: 7/10 review by Julie Dargan
From November 5- 15 the largest festival of Russian Cinema anywhere in the world (outside of Russia) returns to screens in Melbourne at ACMI where 18 wonderful new films will be showcased at the Russian Film Festival 2015.
I was fortunate enough to be a part of the pre-screening of the festival last week and I must say it is going to be difficult to decide which movie to make an effort to see as there are so many wonderful ones to choose from.
Once Upon a Time is a story that follows three high school kids who become entangled in a series of events that lead them to discover love, loss, deception and betrayal.
This movie did have me wondering where to look at times with a screening that left nothing to the imagination. The three young men in front of me had a good laugh at many times as it is a story told through the eyes of pubescent boys with scenes of masturbation and full frontal nudity of a young woman. Some of which I did not need to see, but did allow a great insight into the turmoil of a youth’s mind.
Set in country-side Russian in 1970 the detail to authenticity to time and place is perfect. Cinematography splendidly had me enthralled with following the lives of these three young men.
How can you control the society and the minds of its people? Yes, by putting in some restrictions and permissions and laws that should have been given to us all anyway just because we are humans, just because we are all the same and just because we are all equal in the face of God. The Freeheld is another good example of such " mind controlling "games: of those in power. The movie reminded me of so many movies we have seen in the past year: like Dallas Buyers Club, and Holding The Man. The movie portrays the journey of a female police officer (perfectly performed by Julianne Moore whose body language in this movie is as significant as her voice tembre: when she plays a police office you so so so believe her! AMAZING!) who falls in love with the much younger girl. They decide to stay as a family neglecting the facts that the police offer career in case their relationship are revealed would be almost over. Ellen Page, is also performing so strongly: they are the body language (gestures, poses, she is so doing everything well!) and her voice again: it broke once when she could not hold her emotions anymore - the feelings just opened up such a beautiful feminine soul. She is fabulous! But back to the story line. The journey of two daring women takes them to the life situation where the truth start to speak: will they remain as a strong union till the end and what this union will bring to the whole community of their small town and to the whole state very soon - this is the beauty of the discovery that I am going to leave untold - for you to find out and get deeply touched by the ending. Beautiful picture, powerful story and worthwhile battle to get your God's rights back from those who took it away.
The Last Witch Hunter is not the movie that would appear on my "let's see it" list as I am not the lover of the dark forces and their fighters. the movie was well done though.. a bit naive to my taste even so these kind of pictures but very well done: I caught myself constantly thinking: gosh, what a technology and what are those lucky actors who just have to perform in the studios now not in the fields and the rest is all done for them on the computers and through amazingly perfect fractals and digital.
Having said that let's go to and look at the main cast: Bruce Willis type of a hero will have it always on the wining side no matter how much he suffers from injuries and endless battles with the evil. The world of fantasy is there for men so they will fell that familiar: we are the champions after taste when the movie is over Perfect!
Love. Yes, there is should be a fragile but powerful girl who look very ordinary but pretty. The typical role model for all modern girls who want to commit to a witchcraft. She will encourage them for sure. She will also show them that witchcraft can be very entertaining as at the end she will find a man of her dreams at her feet, powerful and rich with a fast car and a load of money he accumulated in the last 800 tears of his mortality. Excellent!
I think I have you all incredibly interested now... There is Frodo... I can see surprises on your faces and I should tell you he is just an actor, not a hero from Lord Of The Rings, but there will be no fantasy movie crafted without him. He blends in perfectly although I could see behind the scenes his climbing up the mountain with Bilbo and being afraid of spiders significantly. He failed in the movie plot all the good expectations but he played very well.
I will not talk about any imaginary and scary creatures as they did not add to the richness of the movie. I sort of liked it and yes, I was scared to death... but found some episodes were not truly believable and a bit face.
I loved the flat of the main hero - the type of the apartment we would all love to live in: marble walls, Egyptian halls museum antiques and collectables, the doors that are opened by the move of the ring on your finger and the Apple technology.
Please pay attention at the messages behind some scenes as they get implanted into the brain very easily. Please pay attention on the symbols that are used in the movie as it will tell and reveal to you a lot of hidden messages that are not pronounced. Please pay attention also on how the church is shown to to the public as this is one of the major points in the movie.
I trust the movie will be extremely entertaining for the teenagers but I would talk to my on kids after the watching if I took them to such movie. It will also be good for a family entertainment.
LOVE AND MERCY NEW RATE: 9/10 website review by Julie Dargan
Thank you for this wonderful movie to review, The whole family enjoyed it which was great. Here is my review:
Love and Mercy is the story of Beach Boys lead singer Brian Wilson. This is a must see movie, even if you were not a Beach Boys fan (if a non-fan even exists).
Based in Wilson’s autobiography, the storyline line ventures in both timeframes of the successful years and the black years of Wilsons mercurial life.
Paul Dano plays young Wilson of the 60’s while John Cusack plays the Wilson of the 80’s. Both are superb in their portrayal of Wilson.
Often we wonder what parts are played in bands downfalls and Love and Mercy allows us to delve into the history of the Beach Boys and their ultimate decline. But that is only a minor storyline.
The major storyline in Love and Mercy (which takes its name from the opening track from Wilson’s 1988 solo album), for me was the mental illness that Wilson suffered and how he was abused by those he trusted. In the 1980’s Wilson is a broken and confused man who is condemned to a life of 24-hour scrutiny by a unscrupulous therapist Dr. Landy. It takes a woman, Melinda Ledbetter, played by Elizabeth Banks) as well as Wilson’s housekeeper, to see Dr. Landy for what he is and assist in breaking Wilson out of the hold that Landy has on his life.
My verdict 9/10
THE BURNING PLAIN NEW website review by Bryanna Reylonds
The Burning Plain was a surprisingly beautiful film that just kept you waiting on the edge of your seat to find out the truth. This was in due part to the set out of a non linear timeline that followed the lives of several different people all dealing with their own struggles.
The film was definitely a drama without a doubt and I love the fact that this was made obvious from the start, there was no doubt in the viewers mind what type of film they could possibly be watching. While this was obvious from the start, the actual connection to the stories being shown to the audience was not, and this worked extremely well.
The star studded cast all brought stellar performances to the film but there was no touch of diva or Hollywood limelight anywhere throughout the film. This was great because you were able to connect with the down to earth and relatable characters they were portraying.
Charlize Theron who played Sylvia a restaurant manager hiding her depression and suicidal thoughts from the world was the icing holding the story lines together. She was a fantastic actress and it could possibly have been my favourite portrayal she has done in a film. There was a side to her that you could feel, you could step into her life with her and you felt the terrible guilt and emotion she was feeling.
One of the major themes in the film was family and this was evident through the non-linear timeline flicking through to different families in different eras. I wouldn’t say it is a film for families to watch together but personally I think anyone watching the film would be able to relate to one of the characters in the film as they do to someone in their own family dynamic.
An issue that was explored throughout the film was the concept of the dysfunctional family and the role it has on everyone. Throughout the film we were able to see the effects an affair a scandal and a death has on a family.
One thing that was missing from the film was a soundtrack. For me they either make or break a film and this would be one time that my own views have proved me wrong. There was no music in the film and surprisingly this added to the intensity of the film and the emotions you felt towards the characters. I did not miss the addition of music, which is surprising especially for a film surrounded by drama.
I would recommend this film to anyone to watch on a rainy day. The film makes you think and re evaluate the choices you make in life and the possible outcomes. It also goes to show that not everything is as it seems and shows the lifelong effects one bad mistake can make on you. All in all I really enjoyed watching the film and was pleasantly surprised.
RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL 2015: ONCE UPON A TIME NEW ОДНАЖДЫ website RATE: 7/10
This is the movie about our youth and about us so it is a bit nostalgic but some of you will find it too far away from the truth and on the contrary some will find so many connections there. .Take love: we all fell in love when we were teenagers: some found true love, some were disappointed. The girls were innocent queens and princesses, the guys were all knights on the white horses who would fight for us no matter what. There was no sex though at that time in the USSR: we fell in love but holding hands and kissing on the lips was way too much and was already considered as a sin of all sins. WE were not thinking about politics, red flags and parades, they were the adult toys; the girls were thinking about he boys and the boys were thinking about study. We were too serious and we were too naive at the same time. The atmosphere of the time was shown perhaps well enough in the movie that showed provincial boys and girls but I could not compare as we lived in Moscow and it was a totally different story and totally different state. There were no "villagers" and no massive fights in the streets. We were surrounded by art and music, mathematics and smart people, we were surrounded by boys' attention and we started to thinking of getting married way too young. It was our time. We all discovered loss too at some point : be it love or our friends betrayals... It was there . We were Don Quixotes of our times. I also think this movie would be interesting to see for our kids so they will see the true feeling of that time of 70-s and beginning of 80-s. The movie is romantic and the ending is quite unexpected. I liked it but it was not 100% mine.
DELPHI BANK GREEK FILM FESTIVAL 2015: MAGIC MEN NEW website RATE: 8/10 review by Julie Dargan, the Juice Master
I enjoyed this review very much and here it is:
Magic Men follows the pilgrimage of a 70+ Greek Holocaust survivor (Makram Khoury) and his Hasidic rapper son (Zohar Shrtrauss) as they embark on a road trip from Israel to Greece in search of a magician who saved the father’s life during the Second World War. Father and son have been estranged for many years, and their trip is fraught from the start. Like any good movie, they sort out their differences and barriers are dropped to allow them to rediscover the close relationship they once had. Some very funny scenes, mixed with some tender moments which shows that their is compassion in the old man still. Scenery is magnificent and acting spot on. I found myself immersed with the two men’s travels and wondered just how the journey would end.
This is the movie about women getting their votes in England. The main character is very well developed, Carey Milligan is sensational in her performance and creates the right mood through out the whole film. The movie is a bit unbalanced considering it is too much concentrated on the feminine part of the society. Most of the men are shown as either evil or weak and unable to support their wives movement towards the liberation. All women can not possibly be so good and devoted, this is a total extreme. The story in very valuable from the historical point of view as it opens to many of us the facts that I trust many people have not heard before. The thought is scaring me: you should do something really dangerous and mortal to be heard in this society. In order the laws to be accepted, created, changed or corrected the powerful of this world have to be touched on this first. If the message is not heard by them nothing will ever change; but it should a;so touch them in the dangerous way: humiliation, facing the death or their relatives being hurt or threatened. Ordinary people can not say their word loudly as they simply will be ignored. But if they are noticed by the powerful the media will surround them and will not let it go. Should I say: this is strange indeed or not?
JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL2015: FELIX AND MEIRA BEST MOVIE OF THE MONTH FELIX ET MEIRA website RATE: 10/10
Sometimes a year passes by till you see something like this movie: a perfect gem. The film is directed by talented Maxime Giroux.
Characters: Meira/Malka (played by the actress Hadas Yaron) with the eyes not to die but to live for, so expressive they are, she can play without saying a word. She is a woman, a wife and a mother from a highly religious Hasid family. She is a woman in doubt of her life truth and values. She is in search for herself, and she finds the world she lives in and knows so well is not enough for her as it limits her rich and playful personality; there are way too many "must"s and "not"s in the way her family lives she can not take anymore; no, she is not bored, no she is not desperate, but she feels there is inside of her that her current situation of being a caring mother and a loving wife can offer. Her falling in love with a stranger from another world is almost a culture shock for her. As she tastes the other life of more freedom and almost no limitations, she is torn apart between two "worlds" and two men in her life: the father of her child and the love of her life. What will she choose? Will she be happy with her choice? Will she start living or will she be spiritually dead? Does her life and her conflicting way of thinking actually depend on whom she will choose or will she be always in search for herself?And will take over in her life: love or tradition? Felix (played by Martin Dubreuil) is preoccupied with the thoughts about his father who just passed away and who did not accept him till the end of his days as a member of the family. Felix's love for Meria is so high and so spiritual the scenes of intimacy are shown in the way that any physical manifestation feels out of the place and not required as you can sense the passion and there is nothing else needed to be shown. But how does Meira change him, how does his love to Meira change him? Will he finally accepts his fathers last words and will he forgives his father ever? As our worlds collide meting the people we fall in love with, meeting with friends or just some strangers in the street we learn and teach the others; we always open some unexpected sides of our personality when we meet new people, no matter how deep our connections are ,we get changed , we discover something new about ourselves we would have never discovered if we did not let ourselves be free with the others and let them into our worlds. Felix character is very well developed as the director shows his growth. Meira and Felix's love changes the lives of the people around them, be they the closest ones or the ones just passing them by... The movie is made with such a light, tender and beautiful humor you will want to watch it again and again... If only all couples in the world be like those two... The movie ends in a very unpredictable way: the couple is sitting in gondola that is taken by a gondoliere through beautiful Venetian channels into the unknown life... what it will bring:happiness or disaster? Love or disappointment? The symbolic images in the movie strike and leave you with their powerful suggestion almost naked. The images grow into a strong emotional picture in the mind of the audience that will not leave anyone untouched. The plot is written in six (?) languages (I noticed Hebrew, Yiddish, French, Italian, English and Spanish) takes us on a journey throurgh Montreal, Brooklyn, and Venice, Italy . The music choice is superb in this movie; it would seem almost perfect and IT CERTAINLY IS: powerful and deeply touching art!
DELPHI BANK GREEK FILM FESTIVAL 2015: WEDNESDAY 04:45 NEW Τετάρτη 04:45 RATE: 2/10 website review by Julie Dargan
Wednesday 04:4 is an Athens-set crime film following a nightclub owner's most desperate hours. Stelios, who the movie centers on, is a lover of jazz music, whose dream of running a music venue is crumbling during the onset of Greece's debt crisis. He owes a fortune to a seedy character referred to as The Romanian. Stelios is torn between keeping up the façade of family life/successful business mad and he other life of trying to come up with the outrageous amount of money that he owes The Romanian. A rather boring and overly drawn out film. Sorry but this is one cinema screening that I will not be promoting. But a story line for the seedy/dark movie goers. By score 2/10
IRANIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2015: WHAT'S THE TIME IN YOUR WORLD? NEW در دنیای تو ساعت چند است؟" website review by Elmira Navid
What is the time in your world" is an Iranian movie that starts with some French conversation in Paris by Leila Hatami. She plays the role of a woman who has left her homeland many years ago to study in Paris. She was born in a very wealthy family at north of Iran (Rasht) and never went back since then. Finally she decides to have a trip back to her homeland to reconnect with all of her childhood memories and for so many other reasons.
She goes back after her parents were both no longer alive. When "Goli" left Iran a few guys were madly in love with her but she wasn't aware of any. When she comes back, Farhad, one of the lovers with his endless love that had received the title of "fooled guy" in the town hardly gets the chance to reveal all his love that he had carried throughout all these years. Farhad shows Goli many of her old belongings from that had become his only happiness in the years of not having her.
The movie brings us back in the old days when Goli was in Paris and that Farhad used to go to Goli's house to have conversations with Goli's mother all the time about her, clearly indicates how much passion he had for her and how true he was in his feelings.
I definitely would love to watch this movie again as it has got so many soft and nostalgic scenes. As an Iranian viewer that have spent a bit of my childhood in that city, I found all the scenes very touching and well related to my old memories.
RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL 2015: LOVE ME, LOVE ME NOT website ЛЮБИТ, НЕ ЛЮБИТ review by Julie Dargan
Love Me Love Me Not is a movie being presented at the Russian Resurrection Film Festival.
The plot revolves around Alex and Alana who became engaged in romantic Paris. A with every quirky love story, at the same time Alex meets Irina, a famous journalist, whose chaotic lifestyle makes Alex wonder what life and love actually is.
With Alena is calm and security, yet with Irina is adventure and wonder.
There are lots of laughs, twists and turns in this three way love plot. Many of the twists are not as predictable as you would think which makes the storyline fresh and vibrant.
Set against a backdrop of mesmerising St.Petersberg and Moscow, with a cameo of Paris, the movie showcases the wonders of modern Russia.
A delightful film that has you wondering who will Alex choose and will there be justice and happiness for Alena, or Irina?
My score 8/10.
LAVAZZA ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL CLOSING NIGHT SELECTION: THE CONFORMIST website review by Marina Skliar
The Conformist is a movie based on a story that took place before Second World War. The movie is about strong political believes which sometimes take one's soul and become much stronger than love, human feelings and life, The movie is about betrayal, convenience and most of all disappointment in everything you believed in. It is about sacrificing the well being of your life and your family. The movie reflects one of many life that religiously believed in the goodness of nazism and had allowed the nazi party to destroy human face of the person and all we love including dearest of all - family.
He named me Malala is a very special movie we had an opportunity to watch.
The movie is structured so beautifully. Especially we loved the documentary blend with the animation; that was done so clever and so tender.
The main character is the girl to fall in love with: her heart , you simply feel it, it is not fake, there are no hiding, no faulty promises, no fake believes. She is so true to herself in every word she pronounces.. Many of us should learn from this young and beautiful little woman. When you watch the movie please make sure you keep observing Malala's eyes: they never lie as the truth is seen from the purest source there; I can not forget these eyes full of love and can not remember them without without tears in mine. We could also see Malala's names is used for some political purpose: for and against - both, but looking in her eyes you realise that she also knows about it but she is in the honest game to gain so much for the people. Her politics is not political so to speak and it makes her figure even more attractive. She lives beyond any laws and policies: she lives following one law: human.
There are so many details that are supporting the plot, you simply do not feel you watch a documentary so rich and so filling the story is. The plot doe snot look plain or as just like another propaganda movie.
There are so many thoughts that will visit you unexpectedly after watching the film. It has as strong aftertaste in a good meaning of this word.
THE BEAVER DVD - kind courtesy of Icon Film Distribution review by Bryanna Reynolds
The Beaver isn’t the type of film you expect it to be.
I tend to judge a DVD by its cover but hear me out first; because I think this time I have been proven wrong. I like to analyse a cover before I watch a film to get a sense of what I think a film will be about as opposed to what it turns out to be. I thought that the film was going to be a light-hearted comedy that didn’t really delve into anything specific. But I admit I was wrong in this case to assume any such thing about this tantalising film, which focused on mental health in an interesting context.
The film revolves around an unsettled dysfunctional family who just don’t have anything going for them. But the audience are shown happier times which gives a sense of hope. The father Walter played by the talented Mel Gibson is depressed and in his darkest hour finds hope in the form of a Beaver hand puppet.
The audience are taken on a journey through the life of depressed father Walter who willingly becomes controlled by a beaver hand puppet. His wife played by Jodie Foster is put at ends as to how she best help her husband but it seems there is nothing she can do, to detach her husband from his new best friend, the puppet.
You may associate American actor Mel Gibson with films such as Braveheart, Lethal Weapon and the Mad Max Franchise as an action hero but after watching this film he has once again proved that he can play a multitude of characters. We see his character go through a roller coaster of emotion through suicidal thoughts to the mega brainy ideas to get his toy company back in business.
I think the film is trying to say that in our deepest darkest hour sometimes we wish that someone would step in and just take over our lives. Sometimes we search for something, anyone or anything to help and in this case it was a Beaver.
One of the best surprises at the end of the film was finding out that Jodie Foster actually directed the film as well as starred in it. I always find this impressive because it displays a sense of attachment with one person throughout the film who has worked on both sides of production. Meaning I appreciate when actors take a step onto the wild side behind the scenes and work on the technical side of the film. Although in saying this Mel Gibson is no stranger to the world of Directing he has even won an Academy Award: Best Director for Braveheart in 1995.
I would recommend this film to anyone who has room in their heart to be inspired to learn a little more and take a step back in life and realise what is really important to them. This film teaches us that you can bounce back once you have hit rock bottom, and most importantly teaches us that you should always believe there is someone out there thinking of you.
ANOTHER YEAR DVD - kind courtesy of Icon Film Distribution review by Bryanna Reynolds
Another Year is a film by Mike Leigh.
As the film title suggests “Another Year” is simply about a year and follows the life of some work mates and friends who take on some extra challenges.
The main characters are a happily married couple close to retirement that have decent jobs and are just good, down to earth people. The wife is a counsellor and the husband a geologist.
One of the main themes was discovery and help. What the main characters taught us was that there are always going to be people around you, willing to help you out when you need it.
I was however conflicted with the film by two things.
First of all I noticed the all-star cast that were going to be in the film. Upon watching the film and seeing all these fabulous actors and recognising them from other work such as Harry Potter and Bridget Jones Diary, I was a little disappointed in the film or was it sadness I felt?
Although this could also be a sign that the film was indeed doing something right because it did make me feel emotion and question things. In the end this is generally what I use to measure weather I have enjoyed a film.
There were elements that I did enjoy and could understand but the issue was probably that I was not the intended audience for this film.
If I had to recommend this film to an age group it would be people in there 30’s and early retirement. This group of people I feel would absolutely be able to relate to the issues that were discussed in the film such as a grown up family.
The concept that the film evolved around a year of seasons was quite lovely and I liked how the audience were alerted in the change of season because it helped move the story along.
I feel that if there was a soundtrack also the films emotions could have been much more intense than how it came across. This is just something I found personally.
To conclude I feel that the film was missing something, or maybe I just missed something. This also just goes to show that we cant love every movie, but we can learn something by watching a movie and seeing what works and what doesn’t. If we liked everything then we wouldn’t have anything to measure our own hopes and dreams and I think that is ultimately what I took away from this film.
If you are in the age group I recommended I think you will really like this film and be able to enjoy it as intended.
IRANIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2015: TIME TO LOVE RATE: 8/10 website review by Julie Dargan
A Time for Love , written by Roya Mohaghegh, directed by Alireza Raisian and featuring Leila Hatami as a divorce lawyer whose world is turned upside down due to a client seeking assistance, who is unaware of her role in the resulting chain of events that unfold.
Do not be fooled by the title of this movie, this is not a story about love but is a story of betrayal and revenge.
It is a wonderful insight into Iranian lifestyle and culture of not only the elite but also the common class. Leila plays the role of wife, mother as well as a successful professional with ease and compassion who does not deserve the treatment she receives indirectly from disgruntled clients.
An amazing insight into marriage, family life, fashion and roles the woman plays on modern Iran. A few slights on their view of the Western world makes for an interesting twist.
I thoroughly loved this movie and was engrossed from beginning to end. Has Iran on my list of countries to visit for sure!
If you go to see this movie with some one I bet you will feel very uncomfortable to the extend of being revolted by some scenes.
If the director tried t show his vision of sex I can see that he is a bit of a sick person to put it i a soft way. The episodes with people experimenting with love and making love with close ups to the cameras look on a boarder of a pornographic movies. Such episodes take 90% of the film. I do not see the sense of much scenes as they do not add the artistic value to the movie. The story is very weak not to say almost primitive. The young couple is experimenting with sex trying all there is offered in this world. Eventually the guy impregnates a young 16 year old stranger and has to marry her. He seems to be stuck in his thoughts about his past with his girlfriend, the love if his life that is gone forever. I kept asking him during the whole movie: why do you suffer, as the mistakes are all created by you and no one else but he could not hear me and kept blaming himself for all the years he lived and still lives.
I loved the lights in the movie and some good director's solution and "time travelling" jumping from the one to another episode in the past to the reality in front of him.
I also loved the music that suited the depressive mood and the erotic actions.
I found the major actor Murphy playing to be not very believable in some parts of the movie and it needs to be worked on (Juan Saavedra) Aomi Muyock was ok, but not 100$ perfect.
Apart from that the movie did not tell me anything knew nor I discovered any fresh thoughts or ideas. Boring: no, but way too long for the point the director wanted to deliver.
If some one asks me : so what are the good erotic movies about sex that came out after the famous Empire of Passion s the movie where the couple also makes love for the entire film, I would say: Roman Polanski's Venus in Fur and Little Death by Josh Lawson are very cleverly made, funny, no unnecessary suffering - just pure passion. There are a couple of other good movies about love, sex and passion but I will leave you, our dear readers with this for now...
This movie is all about acting, acting and acting and the actors are incredible. I personally believe that this was Dev Patel's best role so far and he is owning every episode in this movie with his incredible performance. His roommate, Vincent a guy with sensational eyes is also amazing in acting as well as Marie. So big standing applause for those three teenagers. All characters are very well developed as it should be a good quality prose.
Really loved the plot that was so unpredictable you would not be guessing not the ending but where the next two minutes of the movie will lead you. It was very well shaped and not plain at all.
The movie has a good healthy, not vulgar but very well balanced sense of humor that made the cinema audience laugh many times.
The complex problems are discussed not lightly but in a very intelligent form, but you can not also say that the movie was not deep enough for such complicated subject: the teenagers with different behavioral and mental disorders. Not boring, but very harmonically made movie.
It was incredible to notice how the director managed to include some slices of nice nature, psychological drama, even some detective elements without going overboard but making it mixed very harmonically like a well designed mosaic with intrigues and twists.
Really loved the movie
IRANIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2015: I AM DIEGO MARADONA من دیه گو مارادونا هستم website review by Julie Dargan RATE: 7/10
"I am Diego Maradona" is a movie from the Iranian Film Festival. The storyline starts with an event, like most events, a small incident that escalates beyond being reasonable and brings many issues to the surface.
A small pebble is thrown at a window without incident, soon becomes a rock nearly killing a man lying in his bed. What follows is an amazing insight into the lives of an Iranian family, extended way the typical 2 adults and 2 children Australian family.
There is some reference to Diego Maradona, but not in the way you expect. I found myself with a headache at times with all the tension transpiring on the screen, and moving with passion following Maradona on the soccer field.
A film with great passion and a rare insight into family life (extended and all) of Iran.
My verdict 7/10
INFINITELY POLAR BEAR on DVD/blu-ray and digital website
review by Bryanna Reynolds
Infinitely Polar Bear, released in 2014 has an all star cast to provide a heart warming and entertaining down to earth dramady about the dysfunctional family. Interestingly the film was written and directed by Maya Forbes and is semi biographical in that the film draws inspiration from her childhood, growing up with a father with manic depression now known as Bi-Polar Disorder.
The film takes the audience through the ups and downs of mental illness and the effects it can have on a family. I love how the film dealt with Bi-Polar Disorder. It didn’t follow the journey of a mental illness but instead focused on a man who just happened to have a mental illness.
The story focuses on a father played by Mark Ruffalo who has to step up and take care of his two children when his wife moves interstate to pursue a M.B.A. The story is beautifully connected to the themes of family, relationship and health.
Mark Ruffalo was fabulous to watch and he proved he can just about step foot into anyone’s shoes when it comes to acting.
The film explores the effects of mental illness in the 1970’s. It was interesting to see the differences time had on the treatment and discussion of mental illness, which I found fascinating.
I love how the film reminds the audience that just because someone is diagnosed with a mental illness, this does not mean they are any less of a person because of it and can do anything they set their mind to.
The films soundtrack was absolutely beautiful and complimented the journey the characters were taking. There was a mix of blues and jazz, which made you feel the emotions along with the characters.
The film is relatable in the fact that we all have some sort of dysfunctional element of family that we live with. The film reminds us that we all come across challenges in life and just to remember that there are most definitely people out there who are going through the same things as you.
Learning to Drive is a pretty symbolic title as it can be understood in many ways: learning to drive a car and learning to drive your life. This is exactly what we see in this movie: while learning to drive the main character, a middle age woman who has just been divorced following the initiative of her husband who decided to leave her for someone different. It is very hard to find yourself after such separation as life seems to loose its move, its force and its drive... Then suddenly the right person comes. He is not the one you would have relationship with, she is just very fond of him, he is extremely honest and kind, he is her driving teacher and even more. He is that force that will assist her to get out of her lost state of mind.
The movie is very well structured: it has the slow development,culmination and resolution. It is very harmonically built. The plot is written with wit, sincerely and intelligently. It flows like a smooth road.
The characters are all well developed and their growth is seen very clearly from the beginning of the movie till the last title. There are no unnecessarily episode shown or silly word said: everything has its weight and significance.
It is also very interesting to observe the different cultures and acception of one by the other. Would you ever marry a person you have not even met once in your life? We sometimes fail to build the true relationship with the ones that we know and see, try to do it with someone you have never seen in your life.
From all the episodes we discussed one: when the new wife of just married Indian couple puts way too much spices in her dish she cooks for her husband. There is a lot of symbolism in that small episode. It is both funny and very deep.
It is very light and enjoyable movie to watch an perhaps learn...
RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL 2016: YOLKI 1914 website review by Julie Dargan RATE: 9/10 Bohemian Rhapsody Club is grateful to Ned and Co for the opportunity to review the RRFF movies prior to their screening
This is a wonderful, witty, funny yet meaningful piece of entertainment.
The plot revolves around one soldiers desire to have a Christmas tree in Russian 1914. The problem is that the Mother Country would like to have it banned because they consider it a German tradition.
So many storylines that weave in and out of each other you wonder which direction the director is going to take. My advice is to sit back and be swept away from the story. You will not be disappointed.
Just when you think it is just a comedy, it has a depth to it that brought tears to my eyes and brought a deeper appreciation of the power of the people, and the power of Christmas.
A must at the upcoming Russian Movie Festival. This showcases Russia in its glorious 1914 heyday.
My score 9/10
GREEK FILM FESTIVAL 2015: AGORA FROM DEMOCRACY TO THE MARKET website Αγορά: Από τη Δημοκρατία στις Αγορές review byNick and ANgela GOtzamanis Bohemian Rhapsody Club is grateful to Asha HOlmes Publicity for the opportunity to review the festival movies before their official release date.
Agora is where it all began, the foundation of just about every Modern Democratic Government today, where citizens would gather, trade goods, discuss politics, where laws were posted, courts were held, announcements made. Some of the greatest minds as Aristotle, Plato, Socrates frequented the Athenian Agora floating new ideas about science, philosophy, nurturing new theories and lecturing students in an informal and casual manner. Pythagoras the mathematician and Hippocrates the father of modern medicine who's oath is still sworn upon to this day by graduates of medicine, would also socialise and share ideas, teach at there their own city's Agoras.
Which now brings us to documentary in question and the filmmakers challenge of portraying this Greek tragedy, the deeply emotional atmosphere, the hurt the pain, frustration, tension, betrayal of people and the nation as whole to the audience. I will not give too much away, but what makes it especially intriguing is that these events are taking place in modern European country that is not at war, yet I felt at times I was watching scenes reminiscent of post world war 2.
The filmmaker has done a great job of simplifying a very complex subject of breakdown of Democracy and society by using a timeline of events that occurred, based on facts switching back and forth by interviewing politicians and prominent figures blatant false claims to the stark reality of the situation at hand, capturing the complete disconnection of the government and the people.
With austerity measures implemented for the granting of relief funds from the Troika In the guise of a bailout with 98% going to directly to the banks and only 2% left to the people. Pensions are cut, jobs are lost, hunger, food hand outs, families falling apart, suicides increase by almost 30%, homeless increase of middle class & educates by 25%, clashes and riots entail.
The film delves deeper into an almost surreal atmosphere, bringing rise to a Neo Nazi Party by frustrated voters, with the party seizing on the people's vulnerability and xenophobic fears, targeting migrants with acts of violence and supporters of the party taking out political executions only to be met with retaliatory executions from newly formed groups.
The country now falling into further chaos with harsher austerity, politicians only concerned about gaining or staying in power. The film also captures many moments convincingly engaging many emotions. Amongst all the misery & misfortune with acts of human kindness, people sharing food and medication.
The Agora is where Democracy was born and now where the forced impoverished scavenge for food scraps.
Can you really change the world or this is just your ego talking? What challenges can you possibly face when doing this? Well, I remember that one person actually tried it and he was crucified. It was 2000 years ago. Isn't the result very obvious? Are there any rules when you go on that road of changing something on this planet? The Greenpeace started with stopping nuclear tests in Amchitka, Canada and eventually grew into defending planet Earth from destruction of many kinds: be it animal defending or protecting wild life. We know now that if it is green it is Greenpeace. It started with brave pioneers who were looked at as national heroes. the film describes what actually was happening inside the organisation, how it developed and what were the issues its members and the great minds faced. What are they now and what was achieved and where were the weakest links - it is all discussed in this movie. I recommend everyone interested in the environmental factors on planet Earth to watch this movie.
Smart People is a down to earth, damn right funny film. It reminds you that we are all humans learning from our mistakes and simply living in a world where circumstances can change at the drop of a hat.
The film stars Dennis Quaid in the role of a father who is simply an unhappy miserable man, which the audience come to realise is the result of his late wife’s passing.
The film doesn’t have a simple beginning, middle and end which works well because it evolves as a continuous journey for not just Lawrence Wetherhold (Dennis Quaid) but for the cast as a whole. It is easy to relate to the characters and the events that are happening also in their personal lives.
Self-discovery is a major theme of the film, particularly for the daughter (Ellen Page) who evolves from a young, over achiever who is often taken for granted by her family since the death of her mother. It is with the help of her fathers adopted brother (Thomas Haden Church) that she protrudes from her shell and learns to live a little.
With the introduction of legendary actress Sarah Jessica Parker playing the love interest of Lawrence Wetherhold, whom he meets after a bang to his head and visit to the ER. We finally see the grumpy man let down his guard and learn to love again.
The films all star cast work magnificently together to create a comedy that a range of audiences can relate to.
It is always enjoyable to sit back and watch a film like this one, where characters evolve and teach the audience to self reflect and take a look at your own life. The film makes you question what truly makes you happy. In the end it comes down to the people you surround yourself with.
The soundtrack was beautiful and laid back, with special credit to Nuno Bettencourt a talented musician whose music adds a touch of romanticism to the film as a whole.
I would recommend this film to anyone looking for inspiration to move on or get back to a time in place where happiness was their main concern. The film makes you want to be the best person you possibly can. It teaches you to surround yourself with positivity. But at the same time shows the effects of negativity in the home.
MISS YOU ALREADY website RATE: 8/10 Again: I am full of disbelief when it comes to movies about cancer patients, so mine Alex's positive attitude went separate ways this time again. While he found the actors' performance on a very good level, I could not be sadder in my frustration about their interpretation. Alex adored the story line and found it very natural and organic, while I was very disturbed by the strange feeling of "fragmentation". The mother character I found more than absurd. Alex's main thought:very true story filmed showing the life with cancer from different angles: inside the family with issues with kids, husband and the rest of the family; people's reaction at work place; friend's acceptance and assistance. Natasha's main thought: Drew Barrymore is a very cute actor, good and talented, it was the first time I saw her on screen and she did not disappoint: very unpredictable performer with her heart in cinematography. The same I can say about Toni Collette - sensational in most of the episodes of the film; the aspects of friendship challenged by difficult circumstances, self sacrifice towards relationship and decisions made on the shaky edge: family or friends; some scenes are more than painful to take in, some are extremely funny, some just dull, some are heartbreaking and full of tears, but Drew's smile is so healing and it dominates. My 7 and Alex's 9 gave it 8/10.
CZECH AND SLOVAK FILM FESTIVAL 2015 CLOSING NIGHT: THE MAGIC VOICE OF A REBEL Magický hlas rebelky RATE: 7/10 website
People love their freedom. No matter who is in power: Russians, Czechs or Germans, they do not like to accept the fact that someone is conducting the show. To rebel is also a feature of any talented artist, musician or entertainer. For them freedom is more important because you simply can not created if you are limited by someone or something. Art exists beyond politics but it is often political as it can be related to a nation or it can express certain calls and feelings related to politics. So it is finally political, As long as there is politics everywhere there will be art that will be rejected for different reasons: it is not reflecting the main aim of certain party or it is simply too revealing or etc or etc. There are just some thoughts...
There is also another thought: the singer shown in this movie is so talented and so charming. I can only compare her with Anna German. Who could ever think such a gem was living next just door: in Czechoslovakia. Marta was loved by the whole nation.
This is what we forget when we live and take everything Earth gives us for free: plants, animals, air, water, natural resources, warmth and sun. We never treat this given for free with respect - we take everything for granted. Those who talk to the animals and talk to the birds we call crazy; those who talk to the water and treat it like you treat your mother - with love and care - we hardly ever met. Such people all disappeared from the face of the Earth one day and water just became something that serves us. When we take we never think we have to thank and give back in return. But the bill is accumulating slowly: there is no more credit line. Water is connecting everything on this planet as you as a human being in the first place are made out of 90% of water. Water particles talk to each other as small living creatures and mini-universes. What we say to ourselves - all the springs and waterfalls, all lakes and oceans know the same minute. They know what we think and what our intentions are. They read our thoughts and they are still innocent servants of ours as their love is unconditional; it is there for us in abundance and it is not based on how much money we have to pay it back. Water surrounds us from the sky to the soil from one side of the river to the other and from our birth to our last breath.
But it is not the only part of our being-ness. What strikes me in this film is the history, the knowledge of the generation that we so easily forget and choose not to learn , not to take with us on our journey and not to hear. It is not much of that knowledge that is left. The knowledge is not in building the machinery for mining that destroys , but the wisdom of life and living. Do you remember last time you saw someone of your grand-parents or relatives making fire or rain or showing you how to find the right path in the woods, how to build a shelter and how to feel healthy. When was the last time you gave your child a real medicine instead of something in a plastic wrapper from the local pharmacy?
The movie shows a journey of one man and his tribe over decades. There are episodes of their life filmed many years from now and the today's living. Yes, we change, but I would also like my kids to remember the right way of treating the nature and the people around. They will be making mistakes like everyone of us but there is a certain unbroken god-like core inside all of us that is unchangeable. It is so deep you are scared to look close into it as you feel you might get lost inside of it. I would love to see people to be the leaders of themselves and to be truthful to themselves looking inside their inner being. Only this way they can find their true identity, only this way they will feel they are not lonely and they are comfortable, happy and not bored with their own company, alone with themselves.
Kurtal is a source of water and life for one Australian tribe, This is the place where the new born come from and this is the place where the spirit goes when people pass away. It is the source of joy and the essence of life for these people. But it is much more than that. This is the place where people make rain and where water creates people and their souls.
The story was very emotional for me as I remembered my own water place far away from here, pure and clean like a reflection of the best part of Self and so cold you almost can taste the stones and ice of the places it was coming from. The film was very touching I could not even put a rate on such movie. There are no numbers present ,just silent words... Thank you!
SIMSHAR website RATE: 10/10 media invite - kind courtesy of Lido Cinemas PR and Marketing Team and Erin Jameson
Our mind simply works this way: we often cling to the negativity of something too much neglecting life's simple beauty in everything that comes. It is poisonous from one side , but from the other side you do not know what can be worse. And it CAN be worse. If you thunk the situation is bad, it can be much worse. You are without the boat in the open sea with your son and an illegal immigrant, no water, no food, no people around to hep you... It can be worse: your only helper is gone now - the African immigrant who assisted you in every step of this survival is gone now; now it is only you and your son on two pieces of plastic miles away from the shores and your son is injured... but wait as it can be even worse than that! We should appreciate what life give us every moment and stop complaining about small and insignificant things as life is much bigger than that small spot on your face - loosing your child will never bring you back to what it was when he was alive... Let's appreciate each and every moment we live caring!
Amazing actors too especially Clare Agius, very natural acting and this is neglecting the fact that many people were actually playing themselves.
Although the movie started off 7 years ago nowadays the painful subjects of many aspects touched in the movie are even more ACTUAL.and FACTUAL. We appreciate the braveness of the director, Rebecca Cremona and her beautiful and sharp mind that takes us on, the viewers on such a realistic journey. She looked in the future definitely when she started filming many years ago - this is the mind of a real genius and we say it without over-valuing this as we heard Rebecca speaking after the movie screening at the Q&A session and appreciate her genuine soul. As a matter of fact we are still under the impression of her sometimes silent but very powerful messages to all the humanity. The questions raised are not simple, the subjects discussed and sometimes not pronounced loudly are complex and the plot is more like a Russian doll (matreshka): it has many layers and each one is revealing itself with more painful thoughts and surprises than the other.
The movie is like a life: the tragedy and the comedy are mixed up there with philosophy and love, and it is hard to distinguish one from another. Despite the Stanislavski's famous words you want to scream out loud: : "I BELIEVE!" but would it change anything? When in the big picture (in Rebecca's words) people are seem like a grey mass and only when you come up closer you start seeing faces and differentiate their personal problems - this is when the society becomes personal, this is ho w you see people making and influencing history development etc. It is right to say: we see in this world animals have more rights than people, especially someone yells at you up in the middle of the street and you can not say anything in return because you know the person is not right and there is nothing to say in return and you also know: THERE IS NO RSPCA for people to defend you.
Rebecca stressed that this is partially a fiction not a documentary, but the story based on real events.
The film is very well structured: two separate story lines are mixed and balanced very well and watched in one single breath although I have say:this is the movie not for everyone to watch. Like someone from the full cinema audience said" " Rebecca, I wish every Australian watched this movie and understand this" Yes, it is more important than James Bond fake, exciting but tasteless adventures.
Big thank you for Rebecca whom we saw as a great master even this is her first long film created. The movie is very well balanced as we mentioned: it is not very smooth, nor it is mixed up - it is just the right blend for a good and appreciative viewer.
There is last paint brush in our review: it was very exciting to see life of Maltese community - this is not every day that we go to see Malta and its people.
23 Russian films, including 18 premiere titles, will screen at the Melbourne season of the 12th Russian Resurrection Film Festival, to be held at ACMI from 5 to 15 November.
And in commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of Victory Day, the 2015 line-up will feature a stunning selection of new and classic war films, for which Russian cinema is internationally famed.
The 2015 epic historical drama, Battalion, which was a huge box office hit in Russia, will launch the Festival’s Melbourne season. Set in the spring of 1917 at the height of WWI and based on a true story, Battalion is the tale of the First Russian Women’s Battalion, led by the peasant Maria Bochkareva. The battalion was formed with the idea that women warriors would shame timid soldiers into resuming their combat duties. Battalion is directed by Dmitriy Meskhiev, whose 2004 film, Our Own, is also part this year’s war film programme stream.
Said Festival Director, Nicholas Maksymow, “Our 2015 line-up is particularly strong and will hopefully create a deeper understanding of Russia. Through a varied and uncompromising presentation of Russian culture, we hope to provide audiences with the diversity of voices and ideas that are present in Russian society, as showcased by our cinema which is continually evolving and developing.”
This year’s Festival incorporates an eclectic slate of dramas, comedies and romantic fare, with highlights including Battle for Sevastopol, Teacha, Soulless 2, Sunstroke, The Man from our Cemetery, Yolki 1914, Divorce on a Whim and the beautiful animated features, Snow Queen 2 (3D) and Extraordinary Adventures of Serafima. For full details of the 2015 line-up please refer to the Press Kit accompanying this Release.
The Russian Resurrection Film Festival receives the support of the Russian Ministry of Culture, Russkiy Mir Foundation, Event Cinemas, ACMI and Rialto Cinemas and will screen around Australia and New Zealand as follows:
Auckland NZ Rialto Cinemas, Newmarket 21 – 26 October
Sydney Event Cinemas George St & Burwood 23 October – 4 November
Brisbane Event Cinemas Myer Centre 28 October – 4 November
Canberra Greater Union Manuka 4 – 11 November
Melbourne ACMI 5 – 15 November
Perth Cinema Paradiso 12 – 18 November
BORGIA FAITH AND FEAR SEASON 2 BEST MOVIE OF THE MONTH website RATE: 10/10 Bohemian Rhapsody Club is grateful to Icon Films Distribution Australia for the opportunity to revie wthis movie and for the support of our work
I have to admit I started watching the Borgia story from s2. I loved it so much I had to watch s1 and then I re-watched s2 and I could not stop: s3 had to follow. I was bewitched in my core self by the powerful characters, I was poisoned to the bottom of my soul with their deeds and mis-deeds, I was charmed to the deepest corners of my heart by the talented script of Tom Fontana (whose works sound like works of group of people rather than a single writer) and more to that: I can not imagine my life with out these people who surrounded my whole household for so many days and hours for the last couple of weeks. They speak from every corner of my rooms, I can hear their voices and the Borgia's series soundtrack lives within me for ever now.
The story got me so seduced I had to learn as much as possible about this time of history: I read all possible material that I could find in wiki (I would love to get to some sacred archives but I think I am not the one who is entitled to do so as this must be the privilege of the historians who assisted in script writing and to the people who keep the Vatican seals). I had to know more, I had to know what was true and was falsification in the movie; I guess it was hard to figure out to the writers themselves: and for god sake, this is a movie so we should expect some fiction there no matter how close to the real life it was created there is always the room to the imagination! The more I learnt about the family and its life the more curious my mind became: I watched so many videos on youtube with the speeches of Borgia times analysts, the lectures by famous modern historians and endless interviews with those who specialise in this particular era.
What a movie! I guess every character has to be spoken about separately but at the same time should be collectively united as not only they belong to the same family tree but because of the powerful characters they inherited.
Alexander VI. As we all know by now, those who are currently in power, they are the ones who write the history, so what we know with all the documents that are available on hand for our attention might not be about the reality of the people in focus - those who lived more than 500 years ago. Apparently his cruelty was famous but is it all that we know as the people who inherited the Pope's throne after Alexander VI (aka Rodrigo Borgia) might have changed so many facts of his biography. Julius II who ruled sometime after Alexander VI was his worst enemy. Not only Rodrigo's grave was destroyed but I trust many of important documents were gone at that time. I also believe the more powerful the ruler is the more positive (as well as the more negative) actions he will be accused of. Envy is the mother of many gossips. But from this historical window let's go back to the widely opened window of the film itself. What I loved about the series that it showed both sides of human nature of this historical figure: his weak and kind sides and his strong and evil half: light and dark is present in all of us. Many thoughts were disturbing me while watching the s2: to get the power of spiritually governing the country is one very hard task, but to remain in power is another totally different and much more laborious duty especially when you are surrounded by enemies who watch your every step and every fall down,who try to accuse you in all possible sins to get this power in their own hands. Not you have to be very powerful but you have to be smart, cunning and wise in both politics and diplomacy. Surrounding yourself with devoted people will not help you as eventually they all play their own games and they all live their own truths. The trust is a feeling that does not belong to this house where betrayals, lust and back stabbing will bring you an advantage in your enemies' eyes. WE can say more or less, the fact remains untouched: Pope Alexander VI was one of the most outstanding popes since St Peter.
Cesare Borgia, legitimate son of Pope Alexander VI and his long-term mistress Vannozza dei Cattanei. According to some historians, Borgia family originates from Jewish Spain, and one of the most distinctive Borgias, Cesare was perhaps the most sharp-minded figure when it came to war, victories to win women and victories in politics. "You are more powerful then the legends about you say" - one of his servants and soldiers said to him once. The dialogues in the script created for Cesare and his friends or opponents are the most significant, full of deep philosophical ideas and enriched by the talented performance during the acting. Italy at that time was divided by dutchies, small kingdoms, Roman independent provinces etc and surrounded by enemies and more powerful governors in France and Spain; the dangers could also come from Ottoman Empire and many other countries: the wars as we know them are not only about the women, land and gold, people who work on that land, they are also about the religion as if you own the spirit you own the nation an your people. Cesare is even more complicated figure on that chess board of political, diplomacy and international intrigue. He is also the master in everything he does: be it winning the hearts of women, heading the fights or seducing the minds of legendary kings. His main ambition is seemingly simple: uniting of Italy but what is inside his heart, his head and what is in his mind, truly and genuinely? Do we know the real Cesare Borgia? Like a golden coin in his father's chests he also has two sides: head and tail, good and evil are so closely live together inside of him he, himself does not know who he really is: or perhaps he is just a a man with a Christ face and the Satan's eyes. No matter who he is we can always see ourselves in his narcissistic reflection in the mirror: while he lives, sins, suffers, merciless kills and genuinely forgives to best that he knows. We live all his inner feeligns with this character: we drink wine at his party and we do not know if it was poisoned, we love his women, we dance flamenco on the wedding day of his sister and we are disgusted when e sets on his bulldogs on those who laugh at him.
Lucrezia, a legitimate daughter of Pope Alexander VI and a courtesan, Vannozza dei Cattanei. Lucrezia seems to always be a victim of either political games of her father, brothers, lovers or husbands; she is always under the circumstances when she has to marry the men for strengthening her country and building alliances with powerful families, to enhance her family's international positions or simply following her family mercantile interests. She would be the most powerful out of all Borgia's family due to her feminine nature in addition to all the other natural powers Borgias had. Lucrezia is a spiritual core of Borgias. Spirituality enriches us, the religion limits. Her role in the family is more than significant, she is a face of forgiveness itself and an opposite in her believes to Cesare. While he is solving the arguments with wars and violence, Lucrezia is using all her diplomatic maneuverings to settle up the enemies' battles. Her femininity is winning the most dangerous games of Borgias. But is it all about her? What is hiding behind her angel's looks? Does she also have hidden desires, does she also play the same games as men do?
If we start the talk about all the other characters in the series we will not have enough gb space in our pc - the characters are all well depicted and developed in the series' plot; all the actors performances are beyond any imaginable expectations - just brilliant. You live and breath the century of inquisition, renaissance, church dominance and crusades together with the people who created the movie. I really was enchanted by many things I saw in these series: the most fascinating was some scenes set up: as if they were taken from the renaissance paintings of the greatest masters : the colors, the surroundings, the angles and the perspectives. You catch yourself up thinking: is it still the same now: the time and the people? Are the ecclesiastical and political affairs of Borgias in the 15-th and 16-th centuries remain the same: the icon we all look up on and the example of modern rulers' behavior? Are the crimes, including adultery, incest, simony, theft, bribery and so on govern our lives or our values have been amended by the more spiritual ones? Are we still been lied to by those in power? Do we still learn from what to do and what to avoid, to war or not to war, do we have the same values or have we changed? The Borgia family tree might give you the answers but not to all the questions.
The last paintbrush stroke from me: while watching the series one will have a chance to observe most sacred Vatican traditions of that time of which some still remain in power. I also loved some of details captured of the everyday life of that time: the lives of ordinary people, markets, streets, plazas, dresses and gowns, food and drinks, even houses furnishing. You can see that a lot of work has been put into creating a true atmosphere of that time with seemingly insignificant details but a glove on the hand of a courtesan, a bird in the cage, some white grapes on the table, strawberries in the bowl, black wine bottles, the smallest mirrors, frescas on the walls, laces on the collars and sleeves of the aristocracy, rabbits and dogs, blood on the poor and rich clothes, curtains in the Mediterranean windows give it all out as your eyes capture small details on the subconscious level while you watch the main story and your belief in that story unfolding in front of your eyes grows stronger and stronger. You do not have a present time anymore - all your being-ness is devoted to the Borgias times whose offsprings all have throned more than half of the Europe after Pope Alexander's death and some of them are stil remain in power. This was one enrapturing and delightful time spent with Borgias. Thank you!
INFINITELY POLAR BEAR website review by Alice Slamani Bohemian Rhapsody Club is grateful to Icon Films Distribution Australia for the opportunity to revie wthis movie and for the support of our work
InfinitelyPolarBear captures the difficult world of mental illness, specifically bi-polar disorder. Mark Ruffalo takes on the challenges to portray Cameron, and mentally unstable, father of two. His outstanding performance really captures the struggles and liberates one that is trapped in a world of despair. His leading lady, a love her or hate her character, is Zoe Saldana. Her character, Maggie, is written perfectly. She makes you laugh, she almost brings you to tears. It is a difficult feat, playing a somewhat unlikeable character, but she does it with ease and the chemistry she has with Mark Ruffalo is obvious. The shining light on this movie are the two daughters of Maggie and Cameron. Their performances steal the show and I am sure we will be seeing a lot of these young girls in the future. Overall, this is a good movie. It touches on some dark areas which might be confronting to some, similar to that of the 2014 movie 'Still Alice'. You don't want to walk away saying how brilliant it is, because it is such a personally challenging story, but still, it gets a poignant message across and delves into the world on mental illness and it's lasting effects of human lives.
CZECH AND SLOVAK FILM FESTIVAL 2015: SNAKE BROTHERS Kobry a užovky website RATE: 8/10
I visited my past today while watching this movie at the Festival Opening Night: the reality which is so vivid, so disturbing and so unfriendly it feels like you are surrounded by reptiles.
There are so many well developed story lines in this movie to follow it feels like a 100-layers cake: - the relationship between a husband and his too-easy-going-with -other-men-wife - the relationship between brothers when one of them is a drag addict and the other one is trying to run an honest business - the relationship between two other brothers when hey are involved in business - the relationship between friends when one is covering for another - the relationship between a loved child and his mother and unloved child and his mother - the relationship at work - the relationship between lovers - the relationship between a granny and her grandsons All mixed up in a woolen ball of strings making the world on its own, rotating, sometimes painful and prickly, sometimes horrible, dirty and unbearable, sometimes dumb and unforgiving and sometimes light and funny.
The movie is greatly made and deserving the attention among the most famous film critics and just ordinary people who go to the movies to watch and entertain themselves. I simply loved the story that ended up not with an exclamation mark, not with a question mark, not with the three full stops but this a semi column: uncertainty on the border of trust.
Beautiful music soundtrack you will fall in love with and many other details of the Western Europe modern life not glamorous but truthful to its very core.
CZECH AND SLOVAK FILM FESTIVAL 2015: FILM ADVENTURE KAREL ZEMAN website review by Bryanna Reynolds
Film Adventurer with Karel Zeman takes us on a journey through the Czech Directors early days as a boy and reveals the truth about his family life and upbringing. I think it is interesting that it is revealed as a young adult that film was something that his step father did not want him to be involved in, instead he was pushing for him to take up a career in Law. Thank goodness he followed his passion.
If you have not heard of Karel Zeman let me introduce you to the man I find myself thanking for letting my imagination run wild. He was a man of many talents and from what ever job he was working he would draw upon these skills and put them into action creating animations combined with live action footage. Combining these elements Zeman created masterpieces that were only seen again decades later in films like Star Wars.
The film is biographical and features inspirational words from present day directors, producers and filmmakers. My favourite guest in this film would have to be the addition of Tim Burton. I can see the similar features between Zeman and Burtons film work in its exploration of fantasy worlds and love for creating out of this world experiences for their audiences.
I personally love watching films where you learn something about the behind the scenes stories of people who have become successful. We learn that the cameramen Zeman worked with on his early works were not well versed with cinema at all but instead were apprentice photographers.
The thing I loved most about the Film was that it gave me hope personally that anything is possible. Whilst Zeman was self-taught in animation the team he worked with as well to create stop motion were all also learning alongside Zeman. This is truly inspirational because many years later we are all still learning as a generation.
I think a lot of people in the film and entertainment industry will be able to relate to this film, as it confirms to the struggling or unqualified artist that anything is possible. There is a sense of achievement and magic capability throughout the film that I myself cannot believe.
I would recommend this film for any one who is a fan of Karel Zeman’s films. For people unfamiliar with Zemans work this film is a beautiful introduction to his world and the mindset he has for creativity and exploring the unimaginable. If you love learning and being swept of your feet in a whirl of creativity then let this film take your mind away.
I look forward to more filmmakers using the genius techniques Zeman used to bring his ideas to life. There is just something so unique and bewildering about the magic in his films that you don’t get from special effects now a day.
CZECH AND SLOVAK FILM FESTIVAL 2015 OPENING NIGHT website
This movie is a heart-stopping experience: perfect life set up shown of 70-s. There is a happy couple we have in front of our eyes: no secrets, nothing to hide, perfect love everyone can be envy about. But apparently the past hides much more than one person can hide. The hidden always gets revealed today or later on. If this past is not as perfect as your partner has in her imagination - too bad. Then your past suddenly appears in front of you in a form of a bad-tempered man. His temper is so out of control he can kill easily and with no regrets. Can such past be accepted now by your love? Looks like an honest job is not that rewarding anymore also and the past somehow attracts more than the present and the future. The dilemma can be solved one way only and this way is full of crime, drama and blood. The actors' performance is above any expectations: it is simply brilliant especially of Pommie's ((Sullivan Stapleton) who simply owns the stage at every scene.
One issue I have with such movies: what do they teach? Why suddenly the criminal becomes the high end hero and he is the lowest rank in the society - why does he win our applauses. Why do we all suddenly trust him more than anyone else? I simply have more questions in this movie than answers.
The movie is extremely entertaining to watch but I hate to be surrounded by hero-criminals.
BARELY LETHAL website RATE: 7.5/10 review by Julie Dargan
Barely Lethal is a movie the whole family will enjoy. Agent 83 is a trained assassin nurtured from the age of 5 (let your imagination run wild here!). After reaching 16, 83 decides she wants to live like a normal teenager. The storyline is humorous yet subtle in the message all teenagers need to hear.
My score 7/10. My teenagers score 8/10.
FOOTBALLER WANTS A WIFE TV SHOW RED CARPET EVENT website RATE: 5/10 review by Rachel Sandey
This is actually not a movie. This is a parody on TV Shows like "Bachelor" or "Farmer wants a wife"
I personally don't like this kind of shows, as it is an artificially created romance and usually men are forced to choose himself a lifetime partner in a very short time frame which can not be real and lasting relationship. Obviously, this is exactly what motivated the the creators to make this parody. The show directed by Jo O'Shaughnessy, produced by Julian V Costanzo & Jonathon Dutton. The parody is created by Ben Nickolas.
As long as this is a parody, everything there is exaggerated. instead of one main character there are three footballers looking for a wife. I am not a Footy expert, but I think they are real footballers. The acting is overdone and I suppose it was done purposely.
It is funny at times, but not hilarious. It is a typical Aussie humor, not very sharp and some times a bit rude. I'd say this type of shows deserve to be laughed at but they are not my cup of tea. My rating 5/10
KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL 2015: CLOSING NIGHT SPECIAL SCREENING MADONNA (마돈나) website RATE: 6/10
The movie is so hard to watch as the disturbing plot is turning and changing its stream so unexpectedly. No, to be honest it is not pleasant to watch the older person in come and almost dead and his son keeping him alive only because of money. It is hard to see raping scenes as there were way too many of them and they were shown too naturally. It was hard to see a woman murdering her own just born child. It was hard to see that no one can protect weak and poor it is even harder to see the people who can say something against such deeds but they keep their months shut. It is sad to see that life does not have value unless there are money attached. There is no light in this movie and there is no escape from a dark reality of he streets, hospitals and some minds. There is only one light though: a new born baby with no parents. This was the saddest movie we have seen in years.
Our opinions on this Shakespeare play's remarkable cinemaographic interpretation divided significantly. While I really adored this highly artistic theater inside the movie Alex mentioned he did not find anything new in this picture and found it rather over-acted by the performers.
I could not resist to think about Andrei Tarkovski's films as the atmosphere of disaster was so vividly expressed.One felt that once mistaken in his deeds committing a deadly sin of killing an innocent person the man found himself close to the mental illness when he could not stop what he started: one murder usually tends to another. If the the murderer personality is soft and weak he is facing a disaster. The logical question arises: should we ever place in power the person who desires to lead as there is nothing on this mind apart from power that is usually based on blood and suffering. Should we on the contrary elect the people who do not want to govern us? Then with such ruler would not we face frequent interventions from the outsiders, from the enemies who would want to enslave the nation with such ruler? Is there a balance in between then? Would not we also face the issue while electing the governors of them being dishonest showing us they do not want to rule but in the deepest corners of the soul he actually would love to do it? The array of questions is endless. But the movie is not exactly about it. You all know the plot of the play more or less well enough.
Macbeth, the wife of an honest and bravest warrior poisons him with the thoughts of killing the king to clear the way of the couple to rule the country. He follows her advice thinking that one murder would not change the world. Not at all, as it never comes without the punishment, with out the act witnessed and without self degradation. The act leads the warrior to more sins and to self destruction as a physical and spiritual being, he was not prepared to commit such crimes but there is no escape from this game anymore. His soul is corrupted and can not be returned to a peaceful state anymore. I only thought the last episode with the last battle was a bit overacted. I found the movie was well done from artistic point of view creating the right dark and trash atmosphere of war and mass murdering. The final scene of a boy running away with a sword is very significant as it shows a never ending story of killing and murdering as long as there are hate and revenge that is in our core intentions. I found the interpretation was quite powerful and the movie is definitely deserves the highest marks due to distinctive format of the famous play delivery. I gave the movie 9/10
I will also write about Alex's opinion. He found the movie very difficult to understand not only because of the complicated language but because he could not connect. He mentioned that the movie is not winning any points as such text should only be delivered from the theater stage with minimum decorations. He also could not find any associations with Tarkovski's best movies and found the artistic part of the movie rather disturbing. He did not want to rate the movie at all saying that he is not in the position to rate something which was not his type of film at all. He also noticed the actors over - playing in many other scenes apart from the final battle.
60 REASONS TO ‘MAKE A DATE’ WITH JIFF 2015 Proudly presenting 60 outstanding international premiere features and documentaries, the Jewish International Film Festival returns to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Gold Coast and New Zealand from late October for its spectacular 2015 season!
Cementing its reputation for delivering stimulating and diverse cinema that engages audiences from within and beyond the Jewish community, Festival Director, Eddie Tamir, has selected a mesmerizing line-up, with every film and documentary an Australian premiere. Both a celebration and exploration of this gloriously, eclectic culture, the award-winning programme will showcase works from as far afield as Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Latvia, Romania, South Africa, United Kingdom and USA with a special emphasis on the foremost films to emerge from Israel in the past year.
2015 feature highlights include Son of Saul (screening courtesy of Sony Pictures), the acclaimed Hungarian drama, which is hotly tipped as a major 2016 Oscar contender. Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, this remarkable piece of cinema follows a father’s quest for moral redemption amidst the horrors of Auschwitz. There’s Natalie Portman’s striking directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, based on the memoir of Israeli novelist and journalist, Amos Oz, whilst renowned Israeli director Shemi Zarhin’s unique tone of dramedy shines throughout The Kind Words, likely to be Israel’s 2016 Oscar entry and the most nominated film at this year’s Ophir Awards (Israeli Oscars). Zarhin’s latest movie follows three siblings who, upon the death of their mother, embark on a life-changing journey into the past. And if you’re craving excitement, Fauda (Arabic for ‘chaos’), the cult Israeli TV series that depicts both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, will draw audiences onto a tightrope of intrigue, drama and suspense.
Experimenter (screening courtesy of Rialto Pictures), starring Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder, revisits the controversial 1960s experiments of social psychologist, Stanley Milgram. Germany’s ‘grande dame’ of cinema, Hannelore Elsner, takes centre stage in To Life! as an aging cabaret singer whose unlikely bond with a dispirited, young man gives both new meaning. There’s also Labyrinth of Lies (Germany’s 2016 Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film), a fact-based drama starring Alexander Fehling (Inglourious Basterds) as a principled young prosecutor in post-WW2 Frankfurt, intent on exposing the conspiracy of prominent institutions and officials who sought to hide the crimes of former Nazis.
Those seeking romance will savour the Canadian drama, Félix and Meira, which depicts an affair between two people who inhabit the same neighborhood yet reside within very different worlds. In the French smash hit, Serial (Bad) Weddings, a prosperous Catholic couple, with Jewish, Arab and Asian son-in-laws, are ‘momentarily’ delighted when their remaining daughter falls for a Catholic. Also from France is My Shortest Love Affair, which shows that trying to rekindle one’s first love is not always such a good idea.
And in keeping with its reputation for screening outstanding documentaries, JIFF 2015 has an utterly thrilling selection. A few samples include the critically feted Censored Voices, which reveals provocative and, until now, suppressed recordings of Israeli soldiers fresh from the battlefield of 1967’s Six-Day war. Latvia’s Beyond the Fear investigates the complex story of Yigal Amir, the assassin of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The utterly engrossing Seed of Life charts a bereaved mother’s quest to make her late son a father through the devoted assistance of a fertility doctor and a surrogate. Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa focuses on the famed lawyer, writer, art lover and freedom fighter. And from Australia we have On the Banks of the Tigris: The Hidden Story of Iraqi Music, an uplifting musical odyssey that uncovers the hidden – and almost erased – story of Iraqi music as well as Pockets of Hope, a film about facing up to a difficult past, whilst creating a hopeful future, through the healing power of music.
The 2015 Jewish International Film Festival will screen as follows:
SYDNEY: 28 October – 18 November Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction MELBOURNE: 4 – 29 November Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick PERTH: 31 October, 1 & 8 November Event Cinemas, Morley NEW ZEALAND: 15 & 22 November Academy Cinemas, Auckland GOLD COAST: November – Dates TBC TBC