Release Date: 10 March 2016 Genre: Spy Comedy Director: Louis Leterrier and written by Sacha Baron Cohen Phil Johnston, and Peter Baynham
review to come up soon...
WAR AND PEACE TV SERIES NEW RATE: 7/10 review by Julie Dargan website
War and Peace: A 4 part mini-series adapted from the book of the same title by Leo Tolstoy. I loved watching the first 2 episodes of this series. The mix of history and Russian aristocracy, my two favourite subjects.
The series does not deviate from the original storyline which is a good idea seeing as the book is such an outstanding piece of work.
Scenery, opulence, costume design, and soundtrack are all stunning and will make anyone fall in love with this time period. This series gives the viewer a great insight into life in Russia from the early 1800’s, albeit it from a standpoint of the very few privileged enough to be born into wealth and prestige.
There is also a great insight into the fall of Napoleon. The Russian winter that continues to destroy the hardest of soldiers!
My score 7/10
AFGHANISTAN: INSIDE AUSTRALIA'S WAR NEW RATE: 10/10 website review by Julie Dargan
Afghanistan: Inside Australia’s War: is a great insight into the war in Afghanistan through the eyes of the Australian soldiers fighting this war on foreign soil. It brings understanding of the unknown soldiers that most of us back in Australia rarely are able to comprehend? Ever wondered what it takes to be a soldier, or what is going on inside the mind of a soldier fighting for their country? Well think no more. Purchase this DVD set and feel the rawness and exposure these soldiers endure every day.
Not only on the battle field, but why they are drawn to become soldiers in the first place. Not only during the war, but how they came home. Some are badly traumatised, some are able to come back and lead relatively the same lives as before they left. But in order to know what may be going on behind that thick facade, watch this DVD and I challenge you that you will never look a soldier again without wanting to walk up and give them a big hug and a handshake for what they do.
It is not just fighting in Afghanistan, but a peace effort and a fight for freedom so that others can enjoy the freedom and life that we all take for granted.
My score 10/10.
ALIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2016: COURTED NEW RATE: 9/10 website review by Jennifer Zaman
A slow and easy drama which flows at a particular pace and grace. It is set around the protocols of French Court-room, detailing the prescribed etiquette to be followed by the Judge, the Jury, the convict and the witnesses during a criminal trial, with special focus on the Presiding Judge Michel Racine (played by Fabrice Luchini). Recently divorced and flu-infected, his trots to-fro from his home to the Court wearing a distinct red scarf. The story begins with the trial of a man accused of killing his infant daughter with his combat boots. It elaborates the process of entrance of the Judge into the Court, the swearing in (s), selection of the Jury, and the cross-examination and re-examination of witnesses and the prime accused. At the beginning, one might assume that the story-line is meant to revolve around this criminal case at trial; however, as it moves forward, the serious business of the Criminal Court is intertwined with the child-dish love-lorn reactions of the Judge himself. In the middle of an ugly trial session blossoms a subtle romance between the Judge and one of the selected member of the Jury, Ditte Lorensen-Coteret (played by Sidse Babett Knudsen), who the Judge fell in love with a few years ago when he was hospitalised and she happened to be the doctor. The moment his eyes fell on her, he was awe-stuck and with much effort, carried on with his official duties until he could see her in person. The intense tension between both of them was projected so well by Director Christian Vincent that even with no dialogue; it can penetrate the sensory organs of the audiences. Having built the reputation of an un-corrupt and a stern Judge for himself, he struggled to abide by these ethics once he saw his lady-love in the Court-room. It is interesting how, being a Judge of repute, he could easily violate the codes of conduct when he meets Ditte Lorensen-Coteret in person and delays none before expressing his heart-ache to her. He is seen torn between his duties towards the Judiciary and demands of his suddenly young heart and the conflict persists throughout. Movies set around Court rooms are usually dramatized and are far from realities but I cannot say the same about “Courted”. The Court sequences are not only less dramatized; but they also maintain a close proximity to the real picture of how a trail is conducted in the real-life Courts. There is no cliché Court moment or over-dramatized behaviour and these elements make the movie realistic and attractive; one that audiences can connect to. As far as the protagonist is concerned, one would not fail to pity him and realise the fact that Judges too are fragile human beings like the rest of us and are not immune from the trifle desires of our child-like hearts.
HAUNTING IN CAWDOR NEW review by Elise Pritchard
A group of young adults gets sent to the Cawdor barn theatre as part of a rehabilitation program that sees out their parole period. Whilst there, they are obligated to take part in a traditional play of the Cawdor Barn Theatre - the famous Shakespeares' Macbeth. Little do they know of the cold chilling secrets this masterpiece holds. When a quiet and shy Vivian auditions for the play, she unknowingy unlocks her inner voice, and lands herself the lead role. With Lawrence ( the theatre production teacher )'s help, Vivian becomes more confident in her acting and really sets her frame of mind into her character of the Queen. During her stay at the barn theatre, her former PTSD is re-triggered, causing her to be tormented by memories of her past, as well as new disturbing visions. Vivians new found friend, Roddy, seems like the perfect guy/love-interest for her, but not everything is always what it seems.
In conclusion, this movie has a great plot behind it with an exciting twist to shock you. The acting of Vivian ( Shelby Young ) and Lawrence ( Cary Elwes ) is to be commended, and I recommend this movie to anyone who loves a good movie with a killer twist.
Release Date: February 25, 2016 Genre: Action & Adventure Director: Alex Proyas
Spectacular graphics, good story and very colorful digital views; the movie is full of action lots of your will adore to watch. Excellent music and should I say it this movie is much better that the last Star Wars. It is also an amazing cast: we all loved (the cinema screamed in adoration!) Geoffrey Rush as God Ra, as he definitely is our Australian Sun! Loved the movie! One very good and hard work of all the crew!
ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2016: ONE WILD MOMENT. NEW website review by Irina Ivanova.
ONE WILD MOMENT – French Film Festival 2016
ONE WILD MOMENT is a very cute and romantic interpretation of Lolita's story, brilliantly performed by the masters of French cinematography Vincent Cassel and François Cluzet, and two bold and beautiful muses, the future heartbreakers, Lola Le Lann and Alice Isaaz. Watch those girls – they are magnifiquie!
The story is simple: two friends – middle aged men – go on holidays with their adolescent daughters, and without wives (Laurent is divorced, and Antoine is in a relationship crisis). Both men are elegant and good looking, keeping up their best shape, not only physically but also in their charming manners. It's suddenly becoming so hard to resist falling in love with a skilful, protective, sensible man... So one of the girls is getting all over into a much older father of a friend, and he, off course, has no idea about it (!) That surely creates a problem.
The movie is lots of fun and the characters are just adorable even with, or maybe due to, all their flaws and wrong moves. I totally recommend watching it with your other half as it can make a positive nurturing effect for long-term relationships. Younger audience will love it too as this cast is the epitome of the French beauty and style, so chic and trendy throughout the centuries. Loved it!
WATCH THE SUNSET NEW RATE: 3/10 website review by Julie Dargan.
Director: MICHAEL GOSDEN.
Watch the Sunset could be a powerful movie, once a lot of editing is done. The opening scenes are wonderful. As I am watching the first 3 minutes I say to myself, “Brace yourself for a story with a difference.” Raw and transparent into the life of ice addicts. But unfortunately that is where it stops.
For the next 4 minutes I have to watch a guy drive a car. The ride goes for so long that I have to look away as I feel myself getting car sick. Then the cameras take us to church. Another 5 minutes of nothing really.
The storyline has so much potential. A guy rescues a young girl from being used as a sex slave, only to have his own daughter kidnapped as revenge.
This is as far as I got, Sorry but the storyline is so slow. This is a story that needs to be told but needs to be in a such a way that you will keep audiences in their seats.
Perhaps get back into the editing room, remove what needs to be removed and keep in the movie what needs to stay. Half an hour is better than 1 1/2 of extended time.
My score 3/10.
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THEEB NEW RATE: 8/10 website release date: February 23 Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to Lido Cinemas for the opportunity to preview this movie
Thee b in Arabic mean wolf and he is a wolf's cub: he is smart and he is daring. This word also means manhood in the bedouine language. Theeb takes a trip with his brother that is changing the boy every moment of this journey; he is on his way to grow from a wolf's cub into a strong and honest human being. The time filmed in the movie is around WWI, the story is reveled slowly and powerfully like a mystery box in the magician's hands. The more we find out the more we get tangled inside the story line. We wait for the ending and it comes so unexpectedly and so openly as the truth itself. The story is believable you will watch in it one single breath, you will feel the desert's sun, the coolness of the well, the rough skin of camels, the danger the young boy experience placed by the faith in the hands of criminals. You taste the bread that smells on smoke from the open fire and feel the cold iron of the gun in your hand. It is as real as the good picture can be. The desert shots are beautiful, breathtaking and the camera work is very good too. If you like adventures you should see this genuine movie as it will get you as close to the nature and to the wilderness of Jordan as you have ever been before.
DEADLY FAMOUS NEW review by Elise Pritchard Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to October Coast for the opportunity to review the screener.
Deadly Famous is a film which is based in 2010 in the Hollywood Hills area. Alan Miller ( played by Daniel O'Meara ) is a disgraced Hollywood actor who has been struggling to make it back into the professional acting industry. It has been many years since he has been on the big screen and the more he tries, and fails to make a breakthrough, the more frustrated and mentally disturbed he becomes. He then promotes himself as movie director for a new upcoming movie in order to lure in young unsuspecting females who dream of being famous.
A young aspiring actress named Pamela ( played by Jackie Moore ) believes Alan can help her to become the star she feels she is destined to be. As she slowly begins to make it onto the tv screens as a small time soapies actress, things soon turn for the worst as Alan's psychotic ways come to the surface.
Alan believes there is only one way for people to reach his idea of quality acting - by torturing and killing them and filming their real reactions.
Overall, Deadly Famous was a captivating movie, and keeps you guessing just what is he capable of next. Daniel O'Meara played a great lead role in the film with high praises also for the rest of the cast. A must see movie to keep you in suspense.
Reviewed by Elise Pritchard.
SHE SINGS TO THE STARS NEW review by Lucy Basa
’’Spellbinding" from beginning to end. A marvellous movie that touched on grief, despair, hopelessness, frustration, deceit, ambition, faith and love, without the common use of drama and effects. A truly moving story that evokes in you emotions of anger, sadness, humour, fear, anxiety stress, embarrassment and love for the three characters. The message of "we are all one" was portrayed beautifully, bringing together three outcasts with similar histories of hardship and being controlled, by forces they had no power over, to becoming united by love, affection and hope in the end. Mabel, representing pure unconditional love, was the connection to the source of the love and power, underpinning this extraordinarily, tender movie. It had the "feminine touch” demonstrating that a peaceful, loving demeanour, creates real “magic”. Congratulations to the filmmakers. I wish everyone could watch it with eyes and hearts wide open. lucy
So far you probably heard of political prisoners in many countries all except America. You would not believe your eyes and ears when you while watching this movie suddenly discover that the democracy was also pregnant with that idea and gave birth to many ugly incidents around the country where "FREEDOM comes alive" while the rest of the world is suffocating in freedom depression. What a poor exhibition!
The story line of this film is amazing. You would not know that many most famous Oscars awarded movies like Roman Holidays Exodus, Spartacus, and Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo were all created by American screenwriter and novelist, who scripted these films: Dalton Trumbo, a genius of his time who was imprisoned because of his political believes and was forced to write under a different name after he was released from the prison. We would not know his story and his biography which was utterly encouraging story of a very strong and smart man who was fighting not the people but the entire system itself - a task that could be rather considered as a war than a difficult life and was almost impossible to win but HE WON THE SYSTEM! It was unreal but it was true!
The movie is full of deep philosophical drama and complex psychological tests for the characters: friends, family enemies; friends who turned into enemies and enemies who became friends, managers, bosses - it all looked for us as a detective story with one unexpected ending.
There are many characters but all of them are drawn with a master paint brush: even the characters that had very small, two-three lines roles are played sensationally well, the actors are all beyond any possible expectations, add to this: they are very well matched their characters; there is no one extra unwanted word or line said - the whole story looked so well organised and developed as a great novel to entertain and not leave you untouched emotionally. I loved to see how there was no difference between smaller and main characters - all of them were there for the right input and in place.
There are some quotes that stroke us: "How much money is involved into revealing the spies and none were found"
"We are all afraid to die early , poor or alone"
MORE QUOTES Frank King: Are you fucking with me? Because if you are, I WILL fuck you. Dalton Trumbo: I've heard that line before. [beat] Dalton Trumbo: It sounded better in prison.
Frank King: So, you're saying that you want to give me a script and I'll pay you and you don't want your name on it? Dalton Trumbo: No, you don't want my name on it. Frank King: Okay then.
Louis B. Mayer: Your next deal’s gonna make you the highest paid write in Hollywood, which will make you the highest paid writer in the world. Dalton Trumbo: Where do I sign?
Dalton Trumbo: If we get one big movie we can get all the big movies, and then this whole rotten thing ends.
TRANSITIONS FILM FESTIVAL 2016 PLANT THIS MOVIE NEW RATE: 7/10 review by Julie Dargan
Plant This Movie film is a wonderful insight to how to be more sustainable in this world we are living in. The comment that made me sit up and think was the fact that the biggest size of agricultural land in the USA as well as the biggest drain on resources is the humble garden lawns. Think about it: we water them, we fertilise them, we constantly spray them for weeds. Just now I am sitting and looking at my own lawn that is desperate need of a mowing! The good news is that we are shown ways we can improve utilisation of our land, including areas where you feel nothing can grow. One such project is the Brooklyn rooftop in Manhattan. This is now a thriving community of growing vegetables on a rooftop of a city congested with buildings.
NIGHTINGALE NEW DVD - kind courtesy of Roadshoe Home Entertainment review by Julie Dargan
Nightingale: David Oyelowo Peter Snowden plays the part of Peter Snowden, a lonely war veteran who psychologically unravels ahead of an old friend's impending visit. This is an intense one -man show and character study of a man having a breakdown. After murdering his mother (details of how we are spared) we see him go deeper and deeper into depression, anger and a split from reality.
An intense film, brilliantly acted. Not for the faint hearted. A storyline we may see unfold more and more as people, like Peter play use U-tube to vent their anger and delusions. Without someone to help Peter in his decline, he sinks lower and lower.
My score 9/10 for brilliance, but only 5/10 for enjoyment.
BURNT NEW RATE: 7/10 DVD - kind courtesy of Roadshow Home Entertainment
It is a haute cuisine film that many of us who are into good quality cooking love to watch: there are so many of them out there recently - people can not think about anything else but food and eating (?)
There is a famous chef of course, ad he has challenges, and enemies and friends, and those who love and support him and those who hate him - it is a very common story for many movie like this: the story line is predictable
While the story line is quite simple, it is wrapped very well and it makes you curious: what is going to happen next? The movie has nice characters, the actors are magnificent and the food you can watch only with one condition: you must have a good meal before. The plates are decorated with the taste to art and top end cuisine is splashing from every corner of the screen!
I should admit the movie is excellent and I can not find any weak spots in it.
CAROL NEW review by Julie Dargan
Thanks to [Transmission Films] I was able to view the movie Carol. I found this a rather tedious storyline, but one that had to be drawn out which is what made it so fantastic (which I can only say now that I saw it to the end). Kate Blanchett does a wonderful job portraying the bored, unhappy, Carol who finds herself caught in a heavily scrutinised man's world. Set in New York in the 1950's imagine the outcry of a lesbian affair, coupled with an affair of an older women (Kate) with a younger women (played wonderfully by Rooney Mara). Do yourself a favour and see this at the Ballarat Regent Cinema where the deco is still very retro and 50's. Then go out and venture into Ballarat and let the movie take over you and wander around in a time warp! The ending is spine chilling. I can still see the look on the faces of the two women contemplating a future together, or not!
ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2016: MICROBE & GASOLINE NEW MICROBE ET GASOIL RATE: 8.5/10 website
When two teenage boys run away from home and drive the roads in the car they built themselves ( one leaves his house full of violence and abuse, the other leaves behind lies and boredom), - anything can happen along the way: their hand-made car, but to be more precise: small wooden house on the wheels can get burnt, get drowned; the boys can get abducted by some desperate strange someone else's parents, police and even suspiciously looking hair-dressers... Well anything can happen but this anything will change the boys in the most strange way...
One of the major thought of the movie: it is hard to be different and to be yourself when you are a in this sensitive age: teen-age.
The film is definitely one of a kind: the humor is very light, unpredictable and clever. The movie story line is also hard to predict and interesting to watch. The boys play amazingly well.
The while family will enjoy this movie for sure: it is peaceful though a bit dramatic, and the moment when you expect the banal ending - you will be wrong, wrong, wrong!..
Note Audrey Taotou is tender as always but not enough of her in this movie!
DOCTOR WHO: CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2015 THE HUSBANDS OF RIVER SONG NEW review by Julie Dargan RATE: 8/10 DVD screener - kind courtesy of Roadshow Home Entertainment
Doctor Who Christmas special 2015: The Husbands of River Song I am relatively new to the whole series of Dr Who. My son introduced me to the present series 6 months ago and I must say I am hooked. Some episodes are very dark and deep, while others are more light and engaging.
For me, this Christmas Special was a mix of the two. Alex Kingston makes a return to this Christmas Special reprising her role as River Song. Matt Lucas (Little Britain fame) helps to give some light-hearted moments thus giving a break from some of the series' darker moments while comic Greg Davies makes his Who debut as King Hydroflax.
Some very funny parts, which had us all laughing mixed with some serious downright stupid and nonsensical scenes, had me enthralled from beginning to end.
If you are a Dr Who fan you will not be disappointed, and if you have never watched a Dr Who episode before I urge you to view this movie with an open mind. Dr Who lives in a world that has no rules, that does not follow a specific pattern or reasoning and that is what makes it so special.
Oh and being a Christmas special! Do not expect many carols and Christmas trees. That is what Dr Who is trying to escape on this adventure.
It is the classical and classical can never go wrong. It is amazing to observe the transformation of color in the surroundings and the .life of a young woman who grows from the beginning of the movie from a girl who does not know much about life into a gorgeous woman, This transformation is so organic and smooth though it is hardly noticeable but it feels like gloomy morning, bright afternoon and silky evening. I truly believe it is a film suitable for a Vanetine's Day but not because it is cloyingly sweet but because it is romantic in the most desirable definition of this word. Saoirse Ronan as the main character, Ellis is magnificent: her eyes are "talking" the world for her so expressive they are. I believe she is a raising super star for multiple Oscars. She is simply stunning! The rest of the cast is also amazing and everyone fits in so right creating one whole remarkable and not a cliché picture. Emony Cohen who plays Ellis husband, Tony is also a very impressive actor - his mimics and physical movements are so natural you start to believe all the plumbers in New York should move and talk like him. The movie shows the modest life of the Irish community and the raising States at this time in 50-s. The costumes are so realistic so time capturing and so "my grandma loves them!" I could literally see my grandma in front of the mirror trying them on! The film is very "Jane Austin" and the people who appreciate the good classic would share and understand my excitement about this gorgeous movie. There are lots of funny moments I am sure you will have a laugh at. You will also be surprised by the movie unexpected ending. You will also be consistently judging Ellis for falling in love with another man while she was a couple of days married back in NY. You would also keep asking: if there was not for the gossips by the bakery owner would Ellis ever start thinking about her behavior and make the right decision for herself? Wh knows... Overall it is a marvelous picture and you will love every scene of it.
FOREVER TV SHOW NEW review by Bryanna Reynolds DVD kind courtesy of Roadshow Home Entertainment
Forever is an interesting series to watch and it is even more so because of where it is set in New York City. This may have just been me though.
The series is about a 200-year-old Medical Examiner called Dr Henry Morgan played by Ioan Gruffudd. The Dr is trying to find a cure for his disease of immortality. This is pretty ironic and corny and I personally love this concept and exploration of the topic.
One of the amazing things that is revealed to the audience is that no one is aware of his actual age. He looks just like the people around him and of a man simply in his 40’s. I really liked this because it made his character relatable, he is a human simply trying to cure a disease that he is living with. There is only one person he has entrusted his secret with and that is his best friend
Like all stories there is a villain, but in the case of this series without spoiling to much the bad guy is just like him. I will leave this clue for you to work it out and put the pieces together.
I love the concept of the character being immortal and working in a morgue. This is a central theme that runs through the series as he works with the corpses to try and find a cure for his immortality.
All in all Forever is a light entertainment drama that could be watched by a varied age group, probably best 16+. If you are a crime solving lover of TV shows such as csi and law and order then this show is for you.
THE INTERN NEW RATE: 7/10 review by Julie Dargan
The Intern was a delightful film the whole family enjoyed. It is rare to find movies that both teenage boys and parents enjoy so this one was a real treat for us all. Robert De Niro plays his part wonderfully. As a 70 year old man who is not quite ready to say goodbye to the workplace, De Niro plays the part of Ben who returns to the workforce and teaches the young yuppies of today the value of respect and acknowledging fellow workers. A delightful comedy with just the right amount of sentiment. We all had a good laugh on numerous occasions throughout the film. Do yourself a favour and put this DVD on the birthday list of the next family member’s birthday, and have the whole family sit together and enjoy family time.
I love talking about good movies I love talking about talented actors But most of all I like to talk about sensational movies - this is the one! Tilda Swinton ( as a famous rock star, Marianne Lane) is striking, her silence creates even more electricity in the air than Ralph Fiennes' noisy arrival and even more deafening stay at the quiet Italian Island.
Dakota Johnson (as Penelope) is quiet but her quietness is even more loud and more rebellious than any turbulent teenager's behaviour. She is sexy and greedy in every second of the movie, she is an attention seeker with her mute Bagira's moves. Her character lives without feeling sorry for anything.
Ralph Fiennes is thunderous beyond any human toleration; his seemingly light liberty is nervous though, painful and distressful and his performance is as distinct and accurate as the sharp razor blade cutting out the fish's guts. No one knew he could dance this way!
Tilda's outfits are as magnetising as her own charms.
There are no direct messages , everything is done and said so we have to guess the outcomes that makes the movie even more enthrall.
The director's work is brilliant, the camera is very good the scenery is as splendid as the sun and sea can be in Italy (impossibly beautiful) and the soundtrack is the best I have heard in years!
The whole story line is happening around the water, seaside, waterbeds, the swimming pool; the rain - the water sounds surround the movie all across; the water is splashing everywhere and people are jealous, talkative, infidel, expressive, emotional, loving and fighting with each other like frogs next to the forest pond.
The splash is as big as the names on the cast list.
There is one more note: the ending is not that convincing and should been done 10 min earlier in the film.
The movie story is based on the life of Ted Binion While watching the movie I caught myself thinking: I feel that the actors perform like they are waiting for something else, something bigger to happen on the screen so their poor performance is not noticed, they are waiting for some action or some surprise the audience is close to receive still hoping that their words and moves will be coming insignificant as there is a firework coming, coming... but never happening... To be completely honest I did not find anything new or exciting acting-wise (which was below average) and story-wise that I found rather banal then something the world should know about. However I believe the story was written quite well and if the cast was much stronger it would turn into a masterpiece. I would probably praise the work of one actor: Madsen (The Hateful Eight) who plays the legendary casino owner Ray Easler and even he is lost blended with the rest of the crew. Another thought apart from we only value something that we loose or we can not get: the love adventure is only interesting and gives adrenaline rush when it is prohibited and it is done behind someone;s back, when your cards are revealed and there is nothing to hide anymore the love affair turns into an ordinary experience. I can not comment more as it was not my type of movie perhaps or may be I have seen way too many better ones and I compare.
Michael Madsen stars in “classic” true-crime thriller DEATH IN THE DESERT, coming home this February
Death in the Desert, inspired by the true crime book by Cathy Scott, and starring internationally-acclaimed actor Michael Madsen, comes to VOD February 16 from Osiris Entertainment.
Michael Madsen “steals the show” (Examiner.com) in a “classic” and “captivating” thriller (The Huffington Post) inspired by the real-life murder of casino tycoon Ted Binion.
Legendary casino owner Ray Easler (Madsen, The Hateful Eight) gets more than he bargained for when his live-in girlfriend falls for the hired help. What results is a mystery a deck of cards long, and a finale that’ll shock like the largest of losses.
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Josh Evans, Death in the Desert available February 16 on VOD.
STRANGE BEDFELLOWS NEW RATE: 8.5/10 review by Jeanette Russel DVD - kind courtesy of Icon Fims
Strange Bedfellows is a comedy movie. In the lead roles are, Michael Caton and Paul Hogan. They do well commanded performances, I believe. Parts of the film showcase the actors dramatic acting skills, but most of it displays, their comedic talent. The movie was filmed in a Victorian country town called Yackandandah, which has been featured in many Australian period films. The scenery is beautiful. It was lovely to see the Victorian countryside, that is so familiar. Apparently many of the actual townsfolk appeared in the movie, during the pub and general store scenes. The plot of the movie incorporates two best mates, straight country blokes who, out of financial desperation, declare themselves a "gay couple". They do this in order to take advantage of new tax laws . When a tax inspector checks on them, the "strange bedfellows" suddenly find themselves posing as a " gay couple", in front of the whole town that knows them as anything but. It makes for some fine humour and hilarious situations and moments. Really enjoying the laughs, during the movie and recommending it as a light and easy to watch film. I give it 8 1/2 out of 10.
THE HATEFUL EIGHT RATE: 9/10
I suddenly understood why I love all Quentin Tarantino's movies so much - they all have that "Woody-Allen's" unpredictable turns and twists that makes our lives so interesting. We plan something in such perfection that god keeps laughing at us. When the perfectly organised plan is destroyed by a smart "negro", a nasty blizzard or say, a sign "mo Mexicans or dogs" that is hanged with no apparent reason. We keep laughing at our stupidity and we understand that the movie is damn good, funny nevertheless it has way too much blood, gun kicked out brains.
I almost started yelling out loud from excitement when I saw a scenery with the filmed horses drawn so perfectly in the best quality leather girths: "Leonardo DiCaprio, why are you not in this film? Oh, I see these horses are passing you by when you are dying in Revenant movie next to the same creek and Alejandro Gonzalez is saying harshly: episode 5 part 1 - "Hugh, cross the creek, but please do not freeze, never give up as we do not have any other actor like you!" and Leo yells back at him: "I can see the horses from Tarantino's movie! Should I swap teams?" Or perhaps all the mountains and all the creeks look alike in America...
Please go and see the movie - it is a master piece, a real super western classical plus cinematography! You will not stop laughing and you will leave the theater with the blood on your sleeve - I promise!
One more question I have to Quentin Tarantino: where did he find so much snow, so many ugly people, so messy artificial brains and so many guns? READ THE TRIVIA
I believe there is a certain audience for every movie. I believe this movie was not something that we would like to put on our shelves of "good to see films". The jokes are old, rude and stupid (to put it in a soft way). The language is something that you would like to listen to if you absolutely adore "f" word jokes after each word. That was the first movie in the last 3 years that I simply did not want to continue to see. Alex left the cinema and waited for me outside. The movie is not the one to make your soul sing nor it is the one to make to LOL as I can hardly call it a comedy. I have never seen Zaxk Zaffran in any movies before and I do not think I will ever go to see anything with him. I feel sorry for Robert De Niro as he is a brilliant actor and I did not see the reason for him to participate in something that does not have a plot nor anything else to comment about. Just a shame...
THE BLACK BALLOON review by Jeanette Russel DVD - kind courtesy of Icon Films RATE: 9/10
The Black balloon is a moving story of a family who have a lot to contend with. It is set in the early 90s. There are 2 sons and one has down syndrome and ADD. It gives us a glimpse of how having a child with special support needs effects the family, but mainly it is shown through Thomas's eyes who is Charlie's brother. The film portrays Thomas's journey as he trys to accept the way Charlie is. While Thomas can at times be compassionate and sensitive towards Charlie. He still harbours feelings of anger and resentment towards him. These feelings and the way he deals with some of the life situations seems to leave him feeling guity and very fustrated. Thomas is played by Rhys Wakefield and as it is his first feature film; he does a terrific and realistic job of playing a self conscious teen trying to deal with his family life. Elissa Down had her first experience of directing a feature film and did an outstanding job. She also co-produced and wrote the plot. So many sensitive and dramatic issues are covered in the film. All the actors did a stellar job. Particularly Toni Collette who plays Mum Maggie, and is the epiomy of a mother who is selfless,cares, is so empathetic and relates beautifully and lovingly to all family members. She is the family glue. All performances were great. This is an authentic, at times graphic, and comedic representation of family life. I really enjoyed the film and the brilliant and true to life preformances. 9 out of 10 is what I give the movie.
Be prepared as this movie will send some nasty shivers down your spine. After this movie you might think twice weather to get your kid introduced to a religion that promotes celibacy to its leaders and gods representatives. Dear God! If you could only hear and if only you knew all the criminal acts your appointed "agents" did during all those thousands of years preaching to people being modest and at the same they collected gold in their palaces' basements, they preached to their followers being fare and honest and they were taking away our lands from us, they asked people being kind and they were letting certain countries into disasters of wars , hunger and poverty, they were preaching generosity to us and they were killing our children. God if only you could see - you would fall down from heaven and break your neck! But the point is not in that only Boston region had 279 priests who were caught molesting young boys and girls, it is about the whole corrupt system that goes up to the most respected religious leaders, the system that has not done anything about it thinking they were all above god's laws , who were b=never questioned and judged, nor they were jailed for what they did. Dear God! Te script for this movie was on the shelves for too long... But what I am asking: why all of a sudden the Church tried to show its real face for us? Are their any changes in that lolly-pop of religion that is given to us instead of true and genuine spirituality? Are there any changes they pan to do from inside ? perhaps the name will change but the institution will remain. It brought way too many sweet apples to refuse from its benefits. One of our friends once said: "those who live by the labour of others are taught by religion to practise charity while on earth, thus offering them a very cheap way of justifying their entire existence as exploiters and selling them at a moderate price tickets to well-being in heaven.." How true! You may say: If I can not find peace, spirituality and love in religious institution where can I find it? I believe we all have to look inside our hearts and ask this question again? really...where?
Just for the note: all actors are absolutely incredible , especially Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton are beyond any expectations! Good on you, the whole crew!
QUOTES Mike Rezendes: It's time, Robby! It's time! They knew and they let it happen! To KIDS! Okay? It could have been you, it could have been me, it could have been any of us. We gotta nail these scumbags! We gotta show people that nobody can get away with this; Not a priest, or a cardinal or a freaking pope!
Peter Canellos: They say it's just physical abuse but it's more than that, this was spiritual abuse. You know why I went along with everything? Because priests, are supposed to be the good guys. .
Looking For Grace movie will be released on January 26, Australia Day. This is a great time for this movie to see the world as the film is very "Australian": including good actors' crew and the director. We had a great opportunity to see the media and red carpet premiere of the movie (the event covered by Stuart Buchnan's photos) and to see the producers and the actors of the movie live on stage for Q&A before the premiere. We found however the story line a bit weak and slow, some parts of the acting raw somehow or not thought through well. The movie could be fit in 10 min of a striking short film that would be powerful enough to awake the country instead it was full of unnecessary parts that made it falling apart I would say softly. Neglecting this I gave it 8 out of 10 as I liked the feelings of Australian nature and somehow the drama was so simple as death itself - it stroke me, Alex's rate was 5/10 which made a our total mark. What can I say? The movie will not leave you untouched, but you will be the one to decide if it was good or not so good, so I recommend to go and watch it.
THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED review by Julie Dargan RATE: 5/10 on request from Icon Film Distribution
Frank Martin is a former special-ops mercenary who is now transporting classified packages for some very dodgy people. Franks father gets caught up in the web by being held ransom on more than one occasion.
AT first I found the movie laughable. The acting and scenes were so over the top. In their effort to be slick and chic, the result was nauseating. But as I progressed into the storyline, I found that acting matched the storyline perfectly. Three women with no money or technical know how, somehow manage to pull of the heist of the century against their Russian pimps.
My suggestion, do not over analyse this movie. Go with your teenage children who will enjoy the car chases etc while you enjoy the richness and splendour of France.
My score 5/10
SHERLOCK: THE ABOMINABLE BRIDE review by Julie Dargan RATE: 9/10 DVD - kind courtesy of Roadshow Home Entertainment
Here is my review of Sherlock: The Abominable Bride.
Full disclosure, I am an avid Sherlock Fan. Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are back together again but this time with a twist. We are transported back to London in 1890. Now you have two of my loves being played together, history and Sherlock!
In true Sherlock style, this movie length episode moves at a rapid pace that you wonder if you are ever going to keep up with the storyline. Not only is the movie set in 1890, it also intertwines to present day. And this is done majestically I must add.
The Abominable Bride somehow manages to come back from the dead and kills her husband, or does she?
There is so much more to the storyline that a simple unsolved crime, that becomes solved as the movie progresses. Suffragettes, subservience, cocaine use in the 1890’s and more is touched on.
Humorous parts that had the whole family laughing, mystery abound and brilliant acting. A great movie I highly recommend. My score 9/10
ORANGES AND SUNSHINE RATE: 9/10 review by Jeanette Russel website DVD gift pack - kind courtesy of Icon Films
ORANGES AND SUNSHINE Based on a true story Oranges and Sunshine is the story of children who were poor, homeless or orphaned who found themselves being relocated to Australia. Some were promised Oranges and Sunshine, a better life, which proved to be far from the case. The movie is based on a novel called Empty Cradles by Margaret Humphries, who was the actual social worker to discover the scandel of children being sent to Australia not for a better life but to work as child slave labour in institiutions and sometimes for the christian brothers. Most unfortunately many of the children were abused. Some of the young ones were told that their parents were dead or had abandoned them, which in many cases was inaccurate. Margaret selflessly took on the work of bringing these atrocites to light and reuniting families. Many prize actors are in this film, and several won awards. A heartfelt and emotional story of how some of these now adult children try to come to terms with their ordeals, and also try to reconnect with lost family member across the seas. Believing it to be a story of courage, sacrifice, and showing the strength of the human spirit. I give it 9/10.
SICARIO review by Victoria Serdyuk website DVD - kind courtesy of Roadshow Home Entertainment.
I was looking forward to this movie but was little disappointed. I cant understand why it's received so many positive reviews. To me it was confusing, cliched and pretentious. What was the point of the Emily Blunt character? She might just as well not been in the film. Prisoners and particularly incendies were very good, engrossing works. Just silly. I thought it was wonderfully filmed, and the main 4 actors are all excellent, but God it was as bleak and depressing a film as I have seen for a long, long time. So depressing that it kind of ruined my enjoyment
You can call the sun beautiful, you can call the rain sad. What do you call the fog? The fog is just there: it can be thick or wet but there are no such feelings that we put into fog description. Carol is like a fog - the movie is there, it is not sad, it is not that beautiful either although the emotions are strong and Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are sensational! Alex mentioned that he does not have any comments: there are only feelings in this movie, you can not put them into words. It was from him and 8 from myself. Adding to the movie excellent camera work and very good soundtrack.... but still thinking this is not enough to define the movie...
I believe kids will love this comedy: it has some good laughs, funny dogs and fast moving actors. The idea is brilliant: what if you had a super powers: what would you change in your life? Should you ask the girl you were chasing to worship you? How will it make you feel? May be now you will hate her for this? Who knows? Or may be you ask that girls living next door to you to invite you out and fall in love with you? May be you will ask your boss to like you more? Don't you think we like think world because it challenges us to create and not to get everything we want at the same second. We will never value the things we get for granted/ We rather value something we deserve with our hard labor and persistence. but not easily gained with the magical wave of a hand. the things are always the way they should be and nothing else.
The Program will give you a front row seat into the life of Lance Armstrong, once a 7-Time winner of the Tour de France. Most of you would know of the demise of Armstrong, despite his arrogance to admit to doping initially.
This movie is based on the book by Irish journalist, David Walsh and his book Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong. Walsh was one of the few people who questioned the sudden rise in physique and skill displayed by Armstrong.
Starring Ben Foster (and not Ben Affleck as suggested during the time of Armstrong’s fame) I found myself immersed as the story folded from beginning to end.
This is a story of not only Armstrong deluding the general public and getting away with it, but also the whole bike racing world. Corruptness that allowed Armstrong to do what he did without question. It makes us all look at ourselves and what part we play in wanting only the best of our athletes. After all they are only human, yet we demand records to be broken, goals scored and players to be machines.
Cinema photography was fantastic. Seeing the Tour de France path, with its majestic views and winding roads around mountaintops was awesome.
I found the acting realistic, and the storyline flowed very well.
A must see for all sporting enthusiasts.
My score 9/10
SHERLOCK: THE ABOMINABLE BRIDE RATE: 5/10. website DVD kind courtesy of Roadshow Entertainment
A famous Russian cartoon character from "The Last Year's Snow Was Falling Down": says: "sometimes it's super-fine, but sometimes it's a bad design" ("То вроде лепится, а то не нелепица..."). When it is super-fine may t is the time to leave it alone and start something else - well, the same story as with Star Wars: three times is enough perhaps. Sherlock series were ALWAYS brilliant and not only because of the bunch of superstar actors but also because of the graphics, camera and sensational plot. The actors are all there! The rest has vanished! It turned into a cake where all the ingredients are right but it does not come together no matter what you try...
RABBIT PROOF FENCE RATE: 9/10 website DVD is kind courtesy of Icon Films review by Jeanette Russel
I thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful and at times breathtaking scenery in this film. The actors did a wonderful job, I felt. The three children filmed were apparently untrained and not professional actors. I thought they gave an outstanding performance. Interestingly based on a true story although apparently all the details do not quite match up. The plot follows the book for the most part which was written by Molly's daughter Doris Pilkington. Following the story of three young girls from the Stolen Generation who were transported from a mission (where their families lived) to a training school 1200 miles away. They manage to get away and make the incredible and enduring journey back to their mother and family. It is a very powerful and moving story. I gave it 9 out of 10.
What is there to say? When Leonardo Di Caprio is there every movie should be a winner. We could see him reading the script for the first time, nodding his head saying: "well, te plot is very simple to say it in the most polite way, but I have never tried myslef in this amplua. I will say yes" and he did the right choice, there will be no movie without him. He owns every single scene, the audience's eyes are glued to him thinking: how is going to do that? There was not even one fake moment, not one unbelievable blink in his immaculate performance, he proves with every second of his acting he is the true master of the cinematography art. My memories took be back to my daughter's teenage years when she was so fond of him and the rest of the family was thinking that Leo's childish face and toy-boy manners would never conque our hearts and how wrong we were: the first act that I changed my opinion about him was The Departed movie. Since that he never disappointed and grew so much in his power as a mature and extraordinary actor (perhaps one of the the best actors we know). We should admit all the actors were magnificient in The Revenant but Leonardo was 10 heads higher than anyone else. As I said before there would be no The Revenant movie without him. Wanted also to pay attention to an excellent camera work and the soundtrack. As I mentioned before the storyline is not very exciting and all the credit goes to the main character who makes even the weak plot to shine. IMHO, the movie woul be too dangerous to watch by the teenagers: it contains lots of unpleasant scenes of murdering people, native Americans' slottering, violence, rape and scenes of fighting that would make a even a very strong stomach to turn inside out. There is too much blood and cruelty;there are dead and killed animals, butchering of men by other men which even adults can find quite disturbing. Some of the scenes were impossible to watch so intence they were - you could only watch then with your eyes being shut completely. There is no mercy and no polite outcomes from any fights in this film: there are pices on meat and sharp knives and axes everywhere. The nature and landscapes shown are sensational - Rocky Mountains in winter but it takes time to uderstand what is going on: what year is it, who is fighting with whom and why French are killing English. You should read a bit of a history and what was going on in this region of America in the 19th century before going to the movie. What else to add? Sensational movie filmed in the most unplesant weather conditions is base don a true (hard to believe story) story: " Based on the real life cross country trek of Hugh Glass when he was mauled by a grizzly bear, left for dead, and crawled 200 miles back to civilization in 1823. He vowed vengeance on those who took his supplies and left him, spending the next several years hunting them down."
ALL ABOUT E ON DVD website review by Marina Breytman
How does one define herself? It's a movie that tells you a love story but is not a love story that involves another person it is the journey of searching for your own self, your own identity, your place in the community of people who might not understand you emotionally, might not accept your sexuality and yet you know that inexplicably you belong to them. What if you are a lesbian, Lebanese and an Australian? What if you burnt bridges everywhere you go in order to live fast life? The answers to these questions and much more you will find in this Australian movie which will touch the familiar chords in your heart, search for culture and identity in the beautifully filmed Australian landscape with the great performances from Australian actors the movie manages to be fun and real at the same time.
LAST CAB TO DARWIN ON DVD website review by Marina Breytman
Michael Caton, a well known Australian actor, who made us laugh so many times before,especially in " The Castle" and "the Dish", looks and acts the part of a cancer- stricken cab driver searching for a way out in Darwin, nearly 2000 kilometres away from Broken Hill, his hometown. The wonderful background of Australian outback, the array of good actors, provide a really thought provoking and positive view of the aspects of life we tend not to discuss. This movie will make you laugh and cry, it will open your mind to the social issues and raise such important questions as euthanasia. The real depth on black and white prejudices in country Australia, social problems, the dry humour and spectacular scenery will make you think and remember this movie for a time to come. One of the best movies, not perfect but significant, the movie that we must see for it is enjoyable and superbly played by most of the cast.
Youth is a movie, that will touch your mind and soul. It is reflective and full of energy and vitality at the same time. Joyful and sad - a piece of a multilayered delight of cinematography. It is like a cake that you are going to taste, made from the different fillings some sweet some bitter chocolate, ktasting it one by one you are delighted. Two cinema greats Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel are spending time on one of the most beautiful places on Earth -Swiss Alps. The ancient mountains covered with snow like the grey hair covering the heads of main characters full of life experiences and hard earned wisdom. It is a universal story of how to deal with passing of our life and it's challenges of changing circumstances. The story told with the tenderness, sorrow and serenity. Not much really happens but you are absorbed in the lives and dialogue of the main characters. The desire to remain alive, the longing to recapture the youth, the times of strength and success, is familiar to us all. This film tells you that the most significant experiences can also come later in life, it shows you the melancholy of the time as it passes but leaves you with the sense of hope and joy, the restless energy that is not at all lost if you are a creative person with aspirations. There are certain darkness that makes it all divinely real. Enjoyable experience.
I truly believe some movies that discredit US CIA and government departments should be prohibited to be screened publicly even if they are targeting teenage viewers or people who like messy plots, poor acting, guns, unnatural car exploisions, bad guys, drones, robots, viruses, kids who shoot better than the agents, unbelievable story lines and other unbearable nonsense. Guys please forgive me but I can not follow the aim with what such movies are created: their heroes are fake and they promote the bad taste in cinematography. I also trust the money they spend on creating such films would be better spent on creating real viruses that will kill people who create such movies. Dear teenagers please watch the movies about prices and princesses... even the latest star wars is better than this )and thought it was bad)!.. I still give the movie 4/5 as it would be humiliating to give less - the good actors actually played there.
TWO HANDS website review by Jeanette Russel RATE: 8.5/10
TWO HANDS. Two Hands is an Australian movie with a tremendous cast of actors. The lead role was taken on by Heath Ledger who did an exceptional job of acting in this comedy/action drama movie. Set in Sydney Gangland style Heath's character Jimmy finds himself in hot water. Brian Brown acts as a mob boss. Great in character with his sidekicks they are a comedic bunch. Jimmy needs to pay the mob back money and robs the bank to do so which doesn't go according to the original plan. Made in 1999 it is still a exciting action movie, with some twists that make it interesting and gripping viewing. Enjoyed the movie with winning performances I found it to be engaging, clever,and amusing . I give it 8 1/2 out of 10..
THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES website review by Julie Dargan RATE: 10/10 Bohemian Rhapsody Cub is grateful to Icon Films for the opportunity to review these DVDs
Thank you for the opportunity to review The Motorcycle Diaries. I must admit that I was not looking forward to reviewing this movie. I had started to watch it many years ago and was bored in the first 10 minutes and never gave it a second thought. Before I continue, let me make this very clear, it was my loss to not persevere and make an effort to watch this wonderful adventure.
Based on the early life of Ernesto “Che” Guevara, who was an Argentine Marxist, revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat and military theorist. He was also a major figure in the Cuban Revolution, with a vision to unite the whole of South America and escape the deprivation clutches of the USA.
Based on a true life story, this is an epic tale that is inspiring to all those who watch it. An adventure that traces the youthful origins of Che and his close friend Alberto Granado as they take a road trip on the back of a beat-up motorcycle across Latin America. This is a life changing movie for not only Che and Alberto, but also a wondrous journey for anyone who watches it.
Stunning cinema photography, thought provoking; a journey into lives of people struggling against oppression. An eye opener of people lives experiencing being taken from their lands, begging for food and demoralised by the big corporations.
Make sure to put this your “must see” list, and soon.
My score 10/10
JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL 2015: KAKEKOMI website RATE: 6.5/10
If it is a drama there is no one at all. Women are still mistreated everywhere - silently. If it is a comedy I only found two placed to smile but you can not call it a comedy because of those two giggles. The actors? Not the ones I would fall in love with: neither girls nor men. Some movie parts I found a bit unneeded to show, some are well made. It is fun to watch from a history point of view though: the costumes are awesome and the surroundings of the era is very realistic. It is a tragic story after all: women trying to escape their humiliating lives with the husbands who beat them up and abuse them. They are kept in the temple for two years serving the state or the temple itself and after these years of ascetic life the divorce is granted to them and they are free to go. There is a romantic story of the runaway girl, who falls in love with the temple doctor / writer. But after her two years her violent husband swears he has changed and asks her to come back to him to work at his shop. Would this be an offer she accepts and forgives him or will she get re-married to her new but penny-less love? To add to the above said I believe the film will be attractive to the Asian audience due to culture related references and traditions, unique humor, samurai warriors and the characters.
JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL 2015: LITTLE FOREST: AUTUMN & SPRING NOMINATED THE BEST MOVIE OF THE MONTH website RATE: 10/10
The winter-spring is the second part of the movie called LITTLE FOREST: SUMMER & AUTUMN (2014). the movie is delicate and highly artistic. If you love Japanese water colors paintings you will fall in love with the meditative mood of this film too.
The movie shows the simple life of Ichiko , a young girl in a country town where she lives basically from what nature delivers to her. The technology is present though in a shape of a microwave, but there is no iPhones and no TV, just a nice background music of the movie and the beautiful nature landscapes.
I am pretty sure those of you who like commercial movies will not understand it, but as one of my friends said: "на вкус и цвет товарищей нет"... or "自分の好みに合わせてすべての人"
Note that we publish this movie review with a long delay of four weeks - the time I tried to chase a person who stole the DVD given to us by the Japan Foundation Sydney for review. It took me a while to find the full version of the movie and watch it today for our readers' attention - finally. Sometime the only hope you have is that the high end art makes people better... but probably that was not the case.
SPECTRE RATE: 8.5/10
Our opinions divided: I gave the movie 10/10 and Alex gave 7/10. He thinks it is a good American chewing gum with unbelievable adventures that already taste sour. I think the movie was excellent and served its purpose of entertaining. I was glued to my cinema chair for entire 2 hours and 20 minutes worried about Mr Bond, Yes, it is a good old chewing gum, but it was wrapped beautifully with many new, quite impressive and unpredicted , with high quality special effects and a spectacular and glamorous outfits and super fast cars changes. The bad character of course had to be of Middle Eastern look rough bearded block, the savior should always be a tiny little creature - a mouse and the girls galore should never stop with gorgeous brunette of Monica Bellucci but innocent blonde with a nice European accent. Mr James Bond has 100 thousands lives a mind of a n Apple iPhone 6sPlus with no re- charger and the look many women consider appropriate for a midnight romantic dinner. I liked this particular episode as make me trust again in a good and ever winning James and I totally enjoyed the American papier mâché heros - very well done!. Please note that this is not a must see movie but if you need to put a fat tick on your James Bond books and movies list this is obviously the one. We all have a power to kill or not to kill so we do!
Z FOR ZACHARIAH website review by Julie Dargan RATE: 5/10
Here is my review for Z for Zachariah.
This movie lacked momentum for me. I found myself wondering just when some action would take place only to be disappointed time and time again.
Post wipeout of civilisation (for reasons unknown), with only a “pocket of Eden” left. One woman and two men find themselves as the only survivors. Many religious references are made throughout the movie; one being a shot on an A-Z book of religious names, of course starting with A for Adam. The two men then find themselves in a Cain and Abel situation. Only one lives to win over the love of the woman, Anne.
Rather lack lustre acting. Anne is played by Australian Margot Robbie, and at times she seems to switch from Australian to American Southern.
A rather abrupt ending, which I was glad came rather quick.
My expectations were pretty low when I started watching this film: I do not like movies about army guns and military people. The more I watched the more I got engaged into characters and a complex psychological drama that opened in front of me. The main character is a good family man with two beautiful kids and a gorgeous wife who is fulfilling the secret military tasks at the closed army unit located in Nevada near Las Vegas. He has a well paid job and he has everything an average man can dream of. There is one little disturbing thing: his tasks involve killing terrorists using a drone pilot. From his little air conditioned military cubical in Nevada he and his team workers can observe, chase and snap without any extra efforts any target in Yemen, Afghanistan or Israel. The technology is so good being thousands of kilometers away from his aim he can even see their facial expressions forget about what the people he is to kill carry in their arms and what they drive: everything is seen so clearly as if is next door. The movie is based on real events and it is very much believable. The actors are very good and you can observe the feelings the major, our main character experience while he performs his tasks that usually take some seconds. Everything seems so in place as they all believe that the war is fair and that they simply assist their country in the war against terrorism. It is all good until the ethical part of each "engagement" is questioned by the team members. Not only terrorists but innocent civilians get hurt... and this is when the can of worm opens up and everything is ready to get destroyed in one man's life: his carrier, his quiet and happy family like and his psyche...
TRUE DETECTIVE TV SHOW (S2, EPISODES 1-3) website RATE: 6/10
I am bot a great lover of detectives stories, crimes investigations, guns, murderers, blood and naked women. But the good story is always a good story. I did not find any spice in this particular TV show: the plot is developing way too slow: there are lots of unneeded scenes shown to make it longer. It is cruel. I am against violence in films. Police shown is not perfect, they use drugs and alcohol, they get involved into crimes.... There are no saints. he art should be creative, I did not find a spark of creativity nor anything new that I did not know before in these three episodes. At some points one can get excited though and taken by feelings but only by a fraction of a minutes - the rest f the story is cols as a blood in a dead person. Sorry, perhaps detectives is not my thing...
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 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.