We do not know about cricket that much to judge the political situation in this sport administration. The only comment to add would be: when any public entertainment becomes a business the artistic and creative part of it definitely becomes missing when the money prevail. When the entertainment or sport becomes a billion dollars business with huge profits, the business that fools around the audiences with sparkling tasteless shows, the business with false icons and idols, that leads not to soul fulfillment but to rather fake goals, merchandise sell-outs and empty and blind mass-media values it turns into a criminal affair. The more people get engaged in it (the more fans this or that entertainment gets) the more it becomes corrupt. It is like a successful government of the rich state that does not see the country true spiritual growth but sees only the multi-million dollar banknotes in stacks on its office desks. When any institution turns into such "organisation" greedy mafia hands would not wait to appear there too in what ever form be it legal or underground control of a visible power. Again, we can not judge as we are not part of the game, we are not professional in cricket as only professionals would judge. All I can say is that I could observe a very sad picture of the organisation that rules the big and beautiful sport falling apart in that documentary. It is always sad to observe a sickness in any organism. If you would like to express your opinion or support the movement you should visit the link
The Gift. “Just Because you’re Done With The Past Doesn't Mean The Past Is Done With You.” Simon & Robyn after moving house are approached by a man claiming to know Simon from high school.
Simon doesn’t recognize the man until he identifies himself as Gordon , Gordo as he was known at school. Gordo begins dropping Gifts at the couple’s home and random visits from Gordo follow.
As Robyn seeks out the truth behind Simon & Gordo`s relationship, a horrible secret is revealed about their past. Robin soon realizes she knows nothing about the kind of man Simon really is.
The Gift is a refreshingly brilliant take on the on the Horror/Suspense/thriller genre. With plenty of Jump Scares and a twist in the plot that will leave audiences speechless, The Gift is a must see.
This is a brief review – I don’t want to give away to much of the film, as not knowing is what gives the film its appeal – right through to the closing credits. For anyone who has ever been bullied - or been the bully at school, this is a movie that will leave you wondering – I hope I didn’t upset any one in my past.
And as the movies tag line says “Just Because you’re Done With The Past Doesn't Mean The Past Is Done With You.”
MISS POTTER NEW RATE: 8/10 website review by Julie Dargan
Miss Potter is a delightful movie following the life of the famous children’s novelist. Renee Zellweger plays Beatrix Potter splendidly: along with the supporting cast this is a movie that flowed rather like a Peter Rabbit novel.
The storyline of Beatrice Potter is one that many people were not aware of. My admiration for this wonderful women is ever so stronger now that I watched the hurdles she had to go through in order to be accepted for her true purpose in life; that being bringing animals to life in characters such as Peter Rabbit, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and Squirrel Nutkin.
Finding true love and losing it must have been difficult, but Beatrice took it all in her stride and managed to achieve so much. A wonderful woman, who donated most of her earnings to the protection of the Lake District in the UK.
An enchanting movie, one for the whole family to enjoy once the hype of Christmas settles down.
My score 8/10
Julie Dargan RN, ND, BHSc
THE TREE OF LIFE NEW review by Bryanna Reynolds website
The Tree of Life is a film for people wanting to watch something aesthetically pleasing to the eye as well as emotionally attaching you to an interesting story. The film stars Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain in a film dealing with philosophical thoughts and escapism through cinematic soundtracks and cosmic nature landscapes.
Within the first five minutes it is obvious there was a lot of love put into making this film so beautiful. I attribute this to the legendary director and writer of the film Terrence Malick.
Aesthetically the film makes the smallest of elements of nature such as water and mother earth appear to be a character in the film engaging every one of your senses. It was amazing to see a simple time lapse of water rolling and waves mesmerising you into a sense of calm and appropriate scenarios within the films stages.
The soundtrack was absolutely beautiful, like one was being transported through time and space to another life. I think the orchestra like and choir voice accompaniment throughout the film adjusted appropriately to the era the characters were living. I would happily listen to the soundtrack over and over. I think this is a sign that the music has worked accordingly, when one can simply listen to the music and remember a single moment.
Before watching the film I didn’t know much about Terrence Malick, I must say after watching the film I couldn’t wait to find out everything about him. This visionary film made me want to escape into his art and this was something I had felt before when watching other great directors from the past.
For anyone wondering what type of film to expect when watching it, word of advice would be to just roll with it and explore the film as you would a piece of art. It isn’t your average film and it doesn’t stick to a linear narrative. The truth is the differences in this film are what set it apart from everything else.
I would recommend this film to anyone who loves watching a film that challenges your own personal thoughts and philosophy on life matters, love and death; it really deals with a lot of emotion. This film is definitely for an older crowd and I feel like people would be easily able to connect with the family relationships in the film.
STAR WARS EPISODE VII - THE FORCE AWAKENS NEW RATE: 5.10
For those of us grown up with the original Star Wars movies, followed many years later by its prequels, and now Episode VII - Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I'm saying it honestly being an opinion of Alex and myself: it is hard to full us withe the good old characters, amazing computer graphics and the weak plot (or should I say, the copy of the ideas that you have seen already, nothing new - just a good but tasteless chewing gum). You and your kids though will love to see all your old adorable heroes but I believe even Harrison Ford probably said: "This time guys please make sure you kill me as I can not take these same lines anymore..." Written - badly, characters shaped - poorly! All the situations, all the locations - ticked and seen before... nothing original, all borrowed just shamelessly - such a downfall for the great movie ever created by the Lukas genius and look at it now... eh... Should I say: it is action-packed right from the title sequence; and you will find a good time during the movie if you do not want to think at all. The movie is nostalgic but for us it is a like to say: "They tricked us again by false believes that it will be something extraordinary and new ideas-wise" so sad... Ar one point I started thinking: are he makers are so desperate for money that they did not even re-think what they were filming ?.. They might be relying on their loyal fans who would swallow everything they are shown... May the force be with you while you wait for the official opening...
BECOMING JANE NEW website RATE: 5/10 review by Julie Dargan. DVD provided by Icon Film Distribution.
Becoming Jane was a slight disappointment for me. I usually love Anne Hathaway but direction was sorely missing in the first half of this movie. Storyline was slow yet difficult to follow..
The second half of the movie gained momentum and started to draw me in. A great insight to the person behind the pen. The great Jane Austen.
It is certainly a very entertaining movie for the teenagers and the adults who do not judge the movies very highly, who love below the belt jokes, young people swearing in front of their parents, "closet" humor, cheap, not funny and already used jokes and much more fall downs. It is sad to see as I remember the original version of the movie with European vacation an it was very funny and good. I also tend to not pay my respect to the good actors who utilise and downgrade themselves in such movies. Sad, but true...
JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL 2015: BAKUMAN NEW website review by Maria M
Bakuman Friendship, struggle, triumph! High school buddies Moritaka (Takeru Sato) and Akito (Ryunosuke Kamiki) have few ambitions when it comes to the life-path trodden to dust by countless graduates before them – college, a job that calls for a tie, a corporate ladder that reluctantly rewards effort with an annual raise, the trudge of days barely punctuated mediocre successes …
No, these two young lads look to the skies whence fame, fortune and romance beckon to them. Seduced by the promise of having their manga published in Shonen Jump, they team up to create the next smash hit manga series. The rapport is instant – Satoh and Kamiki are the perfect partners in crime. One writes, the other draws. Together they take on their rivals one by one – driven by the motto Friendship, Struggle, Triumph!
Bakuman is a film visually faithful to the medium that inspires it – rich with gesture, beautifully framed shots and charmingly exaggerated characters. It is inventive, aesthetically ambitious, at times playfully cheesy. It is a delight to watch, and possibly one of the most thoughtfully shot films I’ve seen in a long time. It is little surprise that the film was number one at the Japanese box office on its opening weekend.
Bakuman opens the 2015 Japanese Film Festival, showing in Melbourne at ACMI and Hoyts Melbourne Central - 26 November – 6 December.
Our opinions were divided on this movie although we agreed on the major thoughts that the movie reflects on. Alex gave it lower than 7 while I thought it deserved much higher mark.
The movie touches the very basic human negative feeling: greed and shows how greed can push you down from the top of the mountain that has been climbed so hardly. Alex did not like the overall feelings he experienced while watching the movie that is why he lowed the rate. I found the movie to be a good learning experience for many who think they do not have enough, for those who love hatred,jealousy and greed and how these feelings can lead you to a self destruction not only as a physical being but also as spiritual being. We talk not only about one human individual but about the companies that surround a super hero and support the greed.
Imagine you won three sport world records in a row - year after year. You are the best! Would it be enough for you to create another record in history and retire? No, seven years! Seven years is a presidence already - the record that is unique for any sport and was for Tour De France! Lance Armstrong was our family raw model for everything: when my husband got cancer he was looking up at him saying: "I can do it if he can..." Lance gave people hope to look forward to in life... and suddenly the shade replaced the sun. His figure was very convincing for many observers but obviously not for the experts.
Human capacity in sport has reached its peak. We all know that there are certain capabilities of human body no one can go beyond. The world records are all set. We can only observe that there are some better records and sometimes (as my professional friend in sport said: "the countries start to compete in drugs they can still not detect..." As soon as you are not caught you appear clean - only some suspicious records that show 20% better results than last year can show the experts that something is going on... All the countries cheat and use drugs for their sportsmen but the one who is caught got the blame for the whole team.
Lance was disqualified for life sue to some unforeseen circumstances: first his friend and team member was caught.using performance enhancing drugs, then his ex-wife told on him, then his doctor was convinced and then the whole can of worms got opened up to the public.
Did not we all got disappointed, we who always want more from the sports people : better records, better performance and entertainment, entertainment and entertainment. We are part of this what is given to us: we are part of the greed based world.
It is very hard to observe the deteriorating and degenerating of the human being and how Lance turned from an innocent looking and cycling devoted sportsman to a snake-looking bulling the other sportsmen animal with a greed in his eyes (BTW, the actor's, Ben Foster' performance is amazing!!!) and an urge for more money and fame. He can not stop anymore: the drugs that helped him to reach the tops of the tops finally started to take their expensive toll: they had to get back what they gave him - his drug damaged brain turned him from a modest hero into a materialistic mafia-like-behaving monster who forgot what his life purpose is. He pretended to be something he never was before... He was a bad actor obviously.
His dramatic failure took down many around him who fed on money and fame hunger too. How shameful... How shameful and how good that we all know about it now and can learn what not to do in life: some of us have to tell to themselves that enough is enough... Good lesson!
Now... Why the program? The program is a special procedure the sportsmen go onto to achieve special results. They invest money into it and get the stunning results. Should we all be aware of what programs we have installed in our minds?.. It is never late to change them and start living afresh.
I wold absolutely recommend this movie for a nice Friday family watch, easy going with lots of action, love, adventure and make sure you have enough tissues with you!!!
Even my husband, the toughest man I know said: wow, what a great movie! It’s all about an absolutely amazing, Faithful German shepherd, who was serving in a war in Afghanistan, friendship and love. After a very unfortunate and unpleasant situation in that family life, Max was brought to that household, with an amazing young boy, Justin, who is just like me and you and like any normal teenager: ambitions and full of life, not even realising how his life is going to change after Max starts leaving with them. It's also filled with great love in the family, relationships are the key, respect! From the beginning, I thought it’s all about the war, but keep watching…, a lot of sense in that movie! Some of the actions are absolutely breathtaking!
Sometimes in a life, there are certain things which meant to happen to change yourself and the way you live this life.
An Absolutely amazing Dog and a FRIEND!!!
JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL 2015: MISS HOKUSAI NEW website review by Julie Dargan RATE: 7/10
Here is my review for Miss Hokusai Set in old Tokyo (then called Edo) in 1814, this is the story of a daughter of Tetsuzo, arguably Japan’s most famous artist from the late Edo period. Third of Tetsuzo's four daughters and born out of his second marriage, outspoken 23-year-old O-Ei has inherited her father's talent and stubbornness, and very often she would paint instead of him, though non credited for this. Her art is so powerful that sometimes leads to trouble. "We're father and daughter; with two brushes and four chopsticks, we'll get by anywhere." However, very few today are even aware of the woman who assisted him all her life, and greatly contributed to his art. This is the untold story of O-Ei, Master Hokusai's daughter: a lively portrayal of a free-spirited woman overshadowed by her larger-than-life father, unfolding through the changing seasons. At first I was dismayed that this was an animated movie, but once I realised the artworks involved, the strokes of this master and his daughter were appreciated more with this type of screening. A engaging, lively movie, intermixed with humour and real life struggles. My score 7/10.
THE IRON LADY NEW website RATE: 10/10. review by Julie Dargan.
The Iron Lady: This is a warts and all timepiece showcasing an elderly Margaret Thatcher in the opening scenes. In Britain, it had been an open secret that former prime minister Margaret Thatcher has been sliding into dementia. “Open” because old friends and political allies can all see the changes in the proud woman known as the Iron Lady, particularly since she suffered a series of mini-strokes in 2002 and withdrew from public speaking on her doctors’ advice. And “secret” because no one had spoken publicly about it. As the scene moves from Ms Thatcher talking to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene. I did not know much about this woman but after watching The Iron Lady, I had a greater understanding of her rise to Prime Minister as well as the challenge she faced in this important position. The decisions she made shaped Great Britain to the powerhouse that it is today. Without her determination and thought it may be a very different place to what it is today. Brilliantly portrayed by the wonderful Meryl Streep, this is a must see. My score 10/10.
Set in Nebraska in 1993, the high school kid Charlie Crimille dies on stage in a freak accident, during a school play. Twenty years later the school decides to stage a tribute performance of the same play, called Gallows, despite some rumours that Charlie's ghost still haunts the school. The rest of the plot is familiar. The group of kids get themselves into trouble in the locked school. Loud noises, dark chilling corridors, doors opening and closing on their own.. Trying to create an atmosphere of horror and fear the tactics are borrowed from many similar movies. The acting is not mature enough to make it more interesting. An attempt to scare seems a bit melodramatic. Probably not a bad movie for the teenage audiences who were not yet exposed to the well made horror movies that linger in your memory even after you visited the cinema..
BRAND: A SECOND COMING NEW website review by Marina Breytman
A Second Coming
Meeting Russell Brand in A Second Coming is a bit hectic, to say the least. Never too shy about his own persona, we have seen him as a comedian, on stage, giving the interviews, in theatre and on TV, we can say that he is arrogant and self depreciating at the same time. This man has something to say, at least he cares. In this documentary he takes us back to his childhood in Essex, we meet his parents. This meeting gives us a glimpse into his personality. We are exposed to his life, what makes him who he is today. We hear the conversations with his friends, have a look at his past, drug taking, fame, celebrity status, marriage and his thoughts and ideas.. He is a political activist, calls himself a revolutionary, who wants to make this world a better place. Having acknowledged all of the above you cannot help thinking that he is a bit messed up still searching how to make his mark on the world. Brand confesses to have a messiah complex and that is a big statement. At least he is honest and direct and speaks of his desire to create "spiritual revolution". His political awakening is still a project. He has been criticised for his book, but Brand's passion and sincerity in this documentary is endearing and we can be assured that we will hear what he has to say in the future..
GIRLS NEW TV SHOW SEASON 4 ON DVD (ROADSHOW ENTERTAINMENT) website review by Bryanna Reynolds
GIRLS Season 4
Being a massive fan of Lena Dunham’s (Actress, Creator & Writer) previous work I knew that season 4 of the hit TV series GIRLS was simply going to be amazing.
Like any person in their mid 20’s the title character Hannah played by the talented (Lena Dunham) is completely relatable in the way she is trying to shift between the worlds of being a young adult and a grown up who has to learn to look after herself.
Season 4 as a whole compared to the first three series I think is more about Hannah searching to fulfil her career goals as well as hopes and aspirations for becoming a successful author and writer.
It was beautiful to learn of the life lessons that a young person is going through and how it is something we will all go through. It is the quest for reaching for the stars and trying to do the thing you want most in life more than anything else.
The season also teaches us that we need to make sacrifices in order to follow our dreams, which severely affects Hannah’s personal relationships in the series. Hannah moves from New York City to Iowa in order to do a writing course. What I love the most about this was that the audience see a different side to Hannah and this proves that not all decisions we make are the right one. At the same time though the series teaches us that in our hearts we know what it is that we want and there may be other ways to fulfil our dreams and destiny.
Once again the series has one of the best soundtracks in it. I think it is really important for a series to have music that relates to the intended audience that they wish to watch the series and this was apparent with the choice in music throughout the series.
Lena Dunham as a writer is absolutely gifted and if you haven’t watched GIRLS yet, now is the time, especially if you are in your 20’s. The series speaks to young women directly and talks about issues that are relatable. I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next.
I would recommend this series for any young women from 18 upwards to their early 30’s as they talk about a wide range of topics and issues related to growing up and transitioning between young adult and grown up gradually taking on more and more responsibilities.
What a journey based on the true story of a man named Rex who has been given devastating news of his terminal cancer!
The story line of this movie is simple: a single lonely man who has never left his home town, makes a decision to travel alone in his taxi all the way to Darwin, to get euthanasia injection.
The story unveils of a true spirit of the main character neighbour and his mates. Speaking publicly on the radio with the doctor he confesses to his death sentence and of his plans of travelling down to Darwin to go ahead with this procedure.
Living his home and his dog behind to his long term neighbour, he begins his journey. On the way he meets a young aboriginal fellow who has not yet discovered himself yet due to lack of guidance and an alcohol abuse. The two fellows make a strong bond based seemingly on no ground. The main hero guides the lost young man to reach for his goal to be the best soccer player and play for his town.
During his stay in one of the little towns our taxi driver also meets a lovely young English nurse who sees the need to accompany Rex to Darwin and to look after him.
This is a very powerful story about, life, death, friendship, bonding a discovery of his true friends. Admitting to his long and secretive love for his across the road neighbour before that seems to be to his last day, She tells him that she loves him back. Without much to loose he makes his journey back to his home town just in time to die in his loved ones hands.
This story makes you realise how life and its every second is precious, the fact that we should not withold our feelings, and that we all have a purpose in life, we all have purpose in that wonderful journey.
It is quite often that a stranger can change someone's life for better. Sensational movie - thank you!
What if human consciousness existed outside the body? What if we could shed our old body and live on in a new one time and time again. Selfless is a story of business tycoon Damian Hale, dying of cancer who is informed about a radical new treatment called ‘shedding” where his consciousness is transformed into a new body – a new body grown in a lab. As Damien adapts to his new body, the movie takes on a strange twist with flashbacks to a life Damien has never lived. As the plot unfolds Damien meets Madeline, who recognizes him as her late husband Mark – Mark apparently has sold his body to science to pay for their daughter’s treatment for a life threatening illness. Selfless is a fast paced movie with plenty of action, a fair amount of violence and coarse language. Not a movie I would recommend to younger audiences. The film is a little slow to get off the ground but worth a watch – I thoroughly enjoyed it. The movie concludes with Damian`s toughest decision – eternal life or give back a life that was never his….
JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL 2015 - MIDNIGHT DINER NEW website RATE: 9/10 review by Julia Dargan
Here is my review of the wonderful movie, Midnight Diner. This movie centres around a diner that opens from midnight to morning in a back alley of a shopping district is the main focus of this movie.
People come and go and “master” (the proprietor) watches all and interacts with everyone with dignity. From transvestites to lost souls, you never know who will be popping in. This is the type of place I would love to visit. As the modern world moves towards hiding behind closed doors, it is wonderful to see “master” create a haven for people to gather and share their triumphs as well as their lows.
I was also enchanted to watching life in Japan. I was intrigued with the foods being prepared, such as gingko nuts and yam. Despite the characters saying respect is being lost in Japan, the reverence and respect the characters had for each other truly highlights the humility of the Japanese in this wonderful movie.
Looking For Grace red carpet premiere at Astor Theatre lNovember 24, 2015 photos by Stuart Buchanan at Third Life Photography OFFICIAL SELECTION VENICE 2015 (in competition) OFFICIAL SELECTION TORONTO 2015 (in competition) OFFICIAL SELECTION ADELAIDE 2015 (in competition) Pleased to share this news: The long-awaited new film from AFTRS alumnus Sue Brooks, the acclaimed and multi award-winning director of 'Japanese Story' and 'Road To Nhill' - with fellow AFTRS alum Alison Tilson as one of the producers - 'Looking For Grace' is rolling out 2 premiere screenings one each coast of Australian Nov/Dec ahead of its theatrical release at the end of January (Australian Day). Full details dates and venues are on the Palace website. Follow the link. http://www.palacefilms.com.au/lookingforgrace/ Stuart Buchanan was invied to the movie premiere in Melbourne. Please read our review soon on http://bohemianrhapsodyclub.weebly.com/la-premiere.html #mbpublicity
LOVE THE COOPERS NEW website RATE: 6 from me and 10 from Alex makes it 8/10
As you see our opinions got divided on this movie. I found it a bit too simple and "Americanized", typical ending with happy dancing, typical unhappy moments that come to a happy ending and small family issues where each member in fact loves each other. The story is way too banal and too X-massy for me. On the contrary Alex valued the film quite high: two reasons - he laughed a lot at the screening which does not happen usually and also he said: I would love to watch it again which is even more outrageous for him. Alex's thoughts: - good jokes, stories and expressions; I found lots of similarities with Seinfeld humor - excellent music selection (soundtrack) - it is not your banal family X-massy movie - the dogs are amazing!
JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2015: Shtisel — Series Two NEW שטיסל website RATE: 9/10
That will be the first thing you pay attention to when watching this movie: humor; it is light, unusual, delicate and tender/ It is so specific you can not compare it with any possible humor you experienced before. I loved it , so did Alex. The humor is adorable in this film! Should I mention the actors? They are ALL amazingly talented, graceful to the extend that you surely believe they play themselves, no one else... but themselves. The episodes are all beautifully shaped: the scenery, the set ups, the angles of the camera etc. They again, like the snap shots of some one's real life events. I adored it, Alex loved it too.. The references to the main characters childhood are also very appropriate and very well done. The story lines of many characters are combined and logical - they end up in one place under one roof - well, sort of... The main characters all have their self discovery points so to speak, self realisation or should I say self-re-identification moments, self-re-thinking turn around places - this is shown in the film with a master-craft of a talented director. Did I say the actors are fantastic? Yes, they are.... I want to see more of that series!
MURDER IN THE FIRST NEW website review by Julie Dargan
Murder in the First is an American Series now in its third season. I have been the chance to review Series One first screened in 2015. Before I began viewing the DVD, I thought this was going to be another fast moving, action packed show but was surprisingly mistaken. This series takes a slower pace than other shows. At first I thought too slow, but after 10 minutes watching I realised that this is a program that should not be rushed. After the first episode I was hooked. The pace allows you to get to know the characters and understand what drives them. There are twists in the storyline that keeps you entertained and wanting more at the end of each episode. It is an easy storyline to follow, which is often not the case in the fast paced shows that are dominating our TV sets at the moment. Acting in some parts could be improved upon but on the whole I enjoyed Series One and look forward to the release of the ones to follow.
BBC FIRST BRITISH FILM FESTIVAL 2015: THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY NEW website RATE: 9/10
It was a really unusual role for Dev Patel who played a complicated character of an Indian mathematician-genius who arrives to England to publish his paper and to conquer the world of science by his knowledge and intuitive approach to maths. Dev plays magnificently amazing (as usual).His part reminded us of "code cracking" with Benedict Cumberbatch in its complexity and we found lots of similarities in both "misunderstood" fine minds. Nationalism in "Infinity" sounds very loud while showing snobbish and almost isolated society of British elite scientists and mathematicians who can not accept any other blood or skin color in their royal societies. The theme of "anti-multi-culture-ism" is pronounced and discussed but looks multicultural word is an imaginary picture even now. Nationalism is everywhere: they did this they did that. Nationality is mentioning everywhere and with and without a reason. When in the news you will not hear "Russian did this.." or "Americans discussed that..." or "in India and Korea they..." then you will know we live in the multicultural world when nobody cares about where you come from but rather care who you are. Till the reference is mentioned and stressed in ANY way - remember you live in nation-labeled world. The episode with the soldiers beating the Indian scientist for his being of a darker skin color says it all. This is s shocking episode. We see when one nation is in war and it is angry at another nation innocent people can take this anger of themselves and can be beaten with no reason: we always forget that ordinary people are not responsible for wars: governments are responsible. When anger is projected on ordinary people who are not related to war nor they are responsible for the whole national leader's mistakes and misdeeds - it looks revolting. People. let's think about whom we are killing (our brothers) and what for (for the prosperity of the some governors that take away everything from us - even our lives). We should admit one weak point in the movie that perhaps should not been shown at all or if shown than with the same level of great actors as English shores part - I am talking about "Indian" part of the movie with very weak actors and perhaps some unneeded scenes that did not impress much. The "Indian" part can not even be compared with the "English" part of the film. The movie is brilliant and worth seeing for many reasons apart of two major actors stunning performance: Dev and Jeremy Irons.
BBC FIRST BRITISH FILM FESTIVAL 2015: YOUTH - VOTED BEST MOVIE OF THE MONTH 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.
PS. Just remembered something I missed from my review... You will remember the part when Fred (Michael Caine) is playing with the piece of the candy wrapper that produces certain musical rhythm. The symbolism I see this repetitive sound/game: how are YOU going to be remembered: as wrap empty and senseless by a cheap movie you played in, bag and ugly games with your friends and some commercial super hero? Or may be as a candy inside that wrapper: dull of flavour, deep and tasty...? Is there a difference between if you leave something for this world or not?
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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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? 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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? 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.