Sometimes I think memory is given to us as punishment and blessed those people who loose their memory. When you remember the good times and you know they will not come back - this is one punishment. When you remember the bad times - it is a punishment on its own. When the memory is lost there is nothing else - just the present. The movie is very powerful and it has an unexpected ending. Why do we need to remember about the Nazi and the people who were in the concentration camps, why do we need to remember about those who deserve to be imprisoned but not hidden in Canada's vast lands and why do we need to remember those families whose members suffered during the fascist occupation? Should we accept the past and let it go? Should we forgive those who took lives of our relatives, burnt them alive and starved them to death? Or should they all be found and they do not deserve our forgiveness? Shall we live close to them and let our children play with their children? How does it work? How does piton lives close to a rabbit hole? Does he feel ashamed for killing rabbit's babies? Does the rabbit let the piton inside his hole and serves him drinks and coffee? May be the world is not fare and we should all accept that the fittest and the one with power and more guns should survive and live in luxury, the others who are weaker should serve the ones with guns. Always. I am still wondering that the world accepts so much violence still, nothing learnt from the past : we still kill each other, the killers are not punished and we try to forget - forget the bad that happened in the past. Excellent movie with a very unexpected ending as I already mentioned and many great actors devoted their talents to this complicated subject - JUDGEMENT.
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Today I heard a conversation among some of Melbourne's movie critics after watching Song Of Songs that some of them left the cinema half way through though this movie. I do not know what media outlet they write for and really I do not want to know. I was not disappointed by such comments. I just understand that the diverse culture is not accessible for many Australian film critics so it is hard for them to understand the deep meaning of this film, the characters that we met in real life and this picture's beauty. It is a real pity that some cultures are open to embrace as we understand the good quality Australian art but some Australians (being such a multicultural nation) still can not accept the true and genuine asset of the other culture. It is hard to teach to love something that people never experienced and never knew. But let's go back to the positive writing.
I found the movie to be highly artistic, Tarkovsky in some parts and Kubrick's Barry Lindon's ilke in the other parts though very unique and eccentrically surrealistic on its own. The selection of actors for extras is terrific. I loved in particularly the young Buzya. The grown up young Shimek's part was a bit plain (but that might have been the original plan (?)), but the boy Shimek's eyes were absolutely amazing! The genuine ad poetic love shown in such a lyrical way you almost forget you left the Northern meadows long years ago so lost you find yourself in the quiet concherto of this movie. The artistically drawn masterpieces of the common small town's life look like paintings or high quality still photographs from the past (sometimes their are present of many Russian small towns: dirt or roads, familiar faces, half destroyed buildings and gates, crumbs on the tables, sweet tea for breakfast and poverty everywhere. The nature shown in the movie strikes in contrast to the grey town street with abundance of colors in green hues and blooming and fruitful trees The mulberry tree gifts are almost flt on your tongue.
The film might seem a bit childish for the viewer but t IS about childhood and dreams and his is how we were: imagining ourselves to be princesses and princes but the grown up life showed us a completely different story. Childish turned into a sad void for some of us who did not learn to take what we have in life and fall in love with what we have.
I utterly loved the movie. It is so rhapsodic in some way. It is also so graceful and so expressive only a person with no imagination would not find anything there and would leave half way. I guess some critics are spoiled with way too many high technology movies and graphics so we forget why the cinematography was invented in the first place: it IS ART, let's not forget about it! I also thought: this s such an Odessian movie: I probably was the only person laughing at the cinemas at the jokes the extras were pronouncing passing by the cameras...
SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL OPENING FOR MEDIA NEW TRUMAN website RATE: 9/10
This movie is a riddle. When synopsis was written that the movie is about friendship. I guess there is an important point missing that the director wanted all his film viewers to guess and some us succeeded in it and some one us did not get it. WHO IS A TRUMAN? This is the movie about the friendship of two men. Why would it be called Truman, which is the name of the dog (???) Why did not he call it Two Friends, The Value Of Friendship or True Friendship? What?? Did I solve part of this puzzle? The only true man, true person in this movie is TRUMAN, the Staffordshire terrier. His owner, Julián (Ricardo Darín) is sick with cancer. His life is full of illusions, he is never true to himself, he can not face it, he can not tell the news to his son, they talk about nothing, but never about what disturbs them. He organisers his own funeral and selects the features f his coffin and how he will look like - who cares? Why would you care? Why talk about death when you can not live and be true to yourself? He is trying though, but he will never get the Zen of his dog, the Truman. Truman never hides anything: he just IS - something that many of us are missing He never pretends. His love is pure, his innocence is natural, his emotions are genuine and his behaviour is no lies to anyone. The owner has a long way to go to become Truman no matter how ridiculous is sounds. I am taking Julian's friend now who arrives to support his friend in his conditions. Tomás (Javier Cámara) is a childhood friend. Is Tomas also learning how to just BE? Perhaps he is closer to the BEING-NESS part, perhaps. There are lots of witty moments I am sure the audience will enjoy! Should I add an excellent acting by the whole crew and just one beautiful movie directed by a genius man.
A troubled young man named Jonathan ( Rob Zabrecky ) is a theme park groundskeeper. He had a rough childhood which results with him developing a heavy case of Obsessive Conpulsive Disorder as an adult. After an unfortunate accident occurs on his property, a woman ends up dead and now he is faced with the decision of whether he should report it to the authorities, or befriend his new found corpse. Although, it's only a matter of time before things start to....... Decay!
A great movie, gives you a look into the twisted mind of another. Rob Zabrecky plays the part of Jonathan quite well, as does his mother in the film ( Lisa Howard ).a
What is wrong with us people? Why do we utilise Nature in such way as if there no tomorrow? It gives us everything for free: flowers, berries, fruit and vegetables, grains and grass on which the stock and animals are fed, it gives us natural resources - all for free: gas, oil, gems, diamonds, gold and silver, phosphates and clay; Nature gives us Sun warms and abundant energy for free, almost limitless water and even a pleasure to be close to our origins: Nature. But this is not enough for humans. Our ego does not stand limiting itself to gaining material things only, it howls for more! Now spiritual part is more important. This kind of "spirituality" though is nothing but an illusion. Climb the highest mountain on Earth so you can later tell everyone including your open-mouthed-friends and relatives how you did it and how good you are! This "entertainment" of ego grew into a sort of drug-addict industry: people want to conquer the Nature and the industry provides.
We did not like the movie to be honest. It is a great movie though... Why did not we like it? It shows the conflict between two major sides: sherpas who assist the men who travel up Mountain Everest (the right name from the geography school books grade 7 is actually Jomolungma (tib. ཇོ་མོ་གླང་མ)) and...
[The Tibetan word "Jomo" stands for Holy and respected female; it could be a nun, fairies, female deities, even queens. Lungma, literally means female elephant or mother-elephant. [Elephant is considered sacred in Buddhism; see how the Buddha was conceived]. So, Jomolungma, as explained above, could be interpreted as "Holy Mother" or "Sacred Mother". ]
... and the climbers. The movie shows all additional sides in conflict including government position, the tour guides and the families of sherpas. The movie does not take any sides the sherpas are not happy that they are neglected nevertheless they do the hardest jobs delivering the weights up the several mountain camps, the families are not happy as so many sherpas rick their lives for money and they are not compensated for this job well enough. In the case of accident the families are left penniless. The climbers and tourists are never happy: they stay in this or that camp way too long, their target might not be reached this year again and they will come back home without a victory flag; everything is done for such tourists and challengers there: their bags are carried up, their oxygen is delivered their food is served and their tea is poured in cups with no sugar please, There is the last step left: sheds should perhaps carry the climbers up the mountains on their own Nepalese backs. This would be the ultimate achievement. The tourists should just pay them a bit more dollars (may be 2-3 dollars more). The tour organisers of course have their own point of view: the business should grow and thrive. Soon the mountain will be covered by orange jackets which the climbers must wear for safety. You will ask me: what about the government? Why would they care: they have more important things to discuss. The industry grows like dough on yeast supplying fame and spirituality searching climbers year and after year, month after month non stop, te money river into everyone's pockets. Who cares?
The movie does not take sides as I already mentioned. It leaves you in suspension to make your own decision on who is right and who is wrong. I say: "People. leave the mountain to remain the mountain! stop challenging Her! You will never be the mountain, nor you ever conquer Her! find the peace in something else in this world, something that does not put lives of so many people at risk, something where you can rest and become one with nature. If you need adrenaline rush go and break your legs somewhere else: I heard gyms are very popular for this now! Stop using other people to achieve your goals especially those who carry your weight for you up the mountain! You will never be on the top even if you make it this time up to the summit, there will be someone else better than you - always. If not the Mountain it will be a human being. There will be some one jumping, climbing and diving even better than Jacques Yves Cousteau" As Australians would say in such situation: "Why challenge? Sit, relax, have a beer, mate!" [of course the latter was a joke made with Australian accent!] I see there are so many ways to exercise your ego on this planet: why it should be higher, deeper, faster, better, more drugs, more rock-n-role and more women? What more do we want? But of course, my weak voice will be hardly heard echoed even if by the Himalayas... Back to the Everest... Do you consider such "climbers" to be the honest sportsmen? Of course not! When the summit was reached in 1953 by British Mount Everest expedition the human vs. Nature competition was honest: the climbers carry all the weight themselves, on their shoulders, it was a fare win then! What is it now? Right, back to Your ego! It became easy to climb up. Why? It is more profitable this way. One tourist comes back home and tell the story how he did it and his friends want to do the same as it really seems easy now. It looks similar to the University degree in Australia. The easier it is to get it the more foreigners will come for it next year, the more money will be pocketed in profit by who ever profits from it.
For me such "competition" is one truly dishonest game and it reminds me of shooting the wild animal with an optical handgun - the most disgusting and gutless way of killing your pray. The Nature is word-less for now. It is there for you, people who have less respect for people rather then for animals.
When you watch the movie I suggest to listen to every sentence pronounced and how it is done. There is no weightless words in this movie! Think on it as it will reveal its mystery to you later, just remember the words. Whe will we start respecting the Nature again as we did it ages ago?
NATIONAL THEATER LIVE LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES NEW website RATE: 9/10 At Cinema Nova from April 9 Directed by Josie Rourke (Coriolanus), the cast includes Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Janet McTeer (The White Queen) and Dominic West (The Wire).
It is a live theater. The plot is very well known. It is classical. This particular interpretation is done brilliantly. The act is happening in the renovated French palace (Versaille?) or perhaps at some famous gallery. The decorations are simple and are moved around the stage very fast to change and prepare the new scene and it is done like part of the act. You really feel inside the time: 250 year sago but the feelings are still the same: nothing is changed, people are the same as in the modern days: they love, they suffer, they break hearts, they plot intrigues with each other and they fall out of love. The play is timeless. The audience is located so close to the stage you can see actors breathing on the eyes of their observers. The audience is interesting on its own: very intelligent people who came in theater not because their wives took them; they are thinkers with their own opinions, one can read them; I hope the actors recognise and appreciate this too.
Although the plot is so well known please you should expect the usual ending. The idea was taken and interpreted in the way the screen play writer saw it. The theater is not the movie - one should always keep this in mind. The episodes that were not played right can not be re-shoot: all you see is unfolding in front of your eyes. The actors have to be double good! The main cast is amazing! They are all just simply splendid. There is a wee note though: Vicomte de Valmont was excellent when he played the spoilt aristocrat. He failed to play a man in love: he simply could not bare this part of his role: the weight killed him and his hero became not believable: he simply remained the same. He could not lie to his former lover, Marquise de Merteuil too: his eyes were not full of love that he tried to hide from her. That was a minor failure though compared with the rest of his role.
Above all: the play was immaculate and we recommend everyone who likes good quality theater to see this particular performance 100%.
I always loved Michael Moore's movies as he pronounced the words loudly we were only thinking of. then his movies suddenly turned into an array of annoying pictures with the problems spotlighted, shown to the audience but with no solution offered. We all know our society issues. We are after the solutions more than after the issues. The issues make us upset, the solution may shine the light on the future.
We both loved this new movie. Michael turned into a smart decision offering person. His idea of the movie is brilliant. he travels across the world (the same way our leader suppose to travel) and learns and then films what can be copied into American system from the best of the rest of the world.
Can America learn something useful from the rest of the world? Michael Moore shows that this is certainly the case. The movie is witty not only entertaining but educational and some parts are heartbreaking as you can see not only America but what is going on in the rest of the world, especially in the countries we live in. The idea cover work schedule for factory and various industries workers and their vacations, education system (including the break for meals for children and what is offered for them at the table), prison system,female government system, Strangely the best we have in our countries suddenly disappears and get replaced with something so ugly you hardly believe it is true. Example: new Russian exam system (State Government Exam with multiple choice answers on all subjects) that ruined so well designed system of education Russians copied years ago from France and Germany. Such system does not teach - it destroys minds and I can tell you this with 100% assurance as a person who was in the education system *Russian and Australian system for some years in my past and the degrading of Australian way shocked me compared to what we had in our country. Of course no one likes educated people. It is better to keep the citizens in the darkness. The knowledge is power and no one knows how is can be used. This is what stroke me in the film.
There was the talk about our kids health and the quality of their meals at school (school sold lunches)> I suddenly remembered how my daughter went on her school camping program and protested when unhealthy food was served in her plate. the rest of the kids ate in silence. The manager went shopping with my daughter and bought her fruit and vegetables. The next day the whole school knew about the incident. But what has changed now?
I was also shocked when we came here 25 years ago and we discovered that our vacations are only 14 days and if you are a contractor at work you pay for your vacations yourself. Vacation is not advisable during the contract and then the next contract would come and the vacation never comes. Sad story.
I can see America progressed in producing lots of fat people who love shopping - at least this is the impression from the media we all get from the rest of the world. 25 years ago we had a choice where to immigrate and we had four countries on our list States, England, New Zealand and Australia.We removed the States from our list just because of its not safety for our children and its life expenses for young families Out of all Australia was the best solution and we made the right choice neglecting the wee hiccups with health, education and many other aspects of life. Australia was the best choice.
But back to the movie. What was so lively to see is the array of women's faces Michael showed: such a beautiful real life girls who care and love their countries and the people that live close to them. Fantastic episode!
If you like Mike Moore's films this is one more to enjoy. but be prepared that this is a new approach Mike is making so if you expect scandals you will never see the ones. if you are open minded and like to think after e movie - this is the one for you.
TRIPLE 9 NEW website RATE: 4/10 review by Rachel Sandey
Triple 9 is an American action crime thriller, poorly directed and written by John Hillcoat and Matt Cook, That being said, the film involves great cast which includes Chiwetel Ejiofor (Salt, 2012), Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), Anthony Mackie (Avengers), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Woody Harrelson and Kate Winslet, There are some good performances by Ejiofor, Mackie, Woody Harrelson and surprisingly bad one by an academy award winner Kate Winslet. The story is about cooperation between a group of corrupt cops and some former military men with Russian-Jewish Mob which inevitably ends in confrontation with a lot of shooting, blood, deaths and of course sad ending, But over all the movie might be entertaining for some audience who enjoy fast-pace films with a lot of action of this kind. My rating is low: 4/10
BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE NEW website review by Kieran McNamara
Starring Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman and is about Batman feeling that Superman has been left unchecked and that he should do something about it. The villain is Lex Luthor played by Jesse Eisenberg with Lois Lane played by Amy Adams who is Clark Kent/Supermans love interest.
The movie has a lot of special effects with complicated fight scenes and lots of buildings being destroyed. There are quite a lot of scenes of violence and death and the movie is quite long. It is quite a long movie and there are scenes and situations that don't make a lot of sense to me or aren't explained. One of the car chase scenes is quite long but it does provide ample opportunity for a whole bunch of cars to be crushed and destroyed.
Wonder Woman makes an appearance although I would have liked to see her have a larger role in the movie. I did enjoy the movie as I went in expecting to be entertained. It was quite dark and I'm not convinced it is that suitable for children and it is interestoing to see what toys and vehicles Batman will have to use. I'm sure there will be a follow up and hopefully, Wonder Woman will have a larger role, Overall, I did enjoy the movie.
LONDON HAS FALLEN NEW website review by Kieran McNamara
The movie stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman and continues with the same characters from Olympus has Fallen. The President travels to London and what follows is a large number of terrorists shooting at the good guys.
This was a fun movie with some light humour as well plenty of action and explosions. I wasn't expecting a whole bunch of deep characters and clever writing but I was expecting to spend time in the cinema being entertained. I was entertained and yes, the writing could have been better and the characters have more depth. However, as some light entertainment with some laughs, action and plenty of car and motorcycle chase scenes, it certainly delivers.
As typical in these kinds of movies, the bad guys have plenty of guns and fire plenty of rounds and there are huge numbers of explosions I recommend it as a movie to see when you just want plenty of action and don't want to think too much.
I know a lot of people had been a bit sketchy on Sacha Baron Cohen's last few movies, but I find his idea of humour is often quite funny, albeit gross at times. Grimsby won't appeal to all audiences, but if ur after a funny action movie, with unique humour, this is your movie. Quite a few laughs to be had and a good story line. As usual, he acted his role well and the movie is deffinitely one I'll watch again.
exceptional art is like a fine wine - it only gets better with age... we will review soon Russian Ark (2002) by Alexander Sokurov - the film looks even greater after 14 years of its first release./ will be screening at Cinema Nova exclusively from April 7 retrospective screenings
... The Sokurov's masterpiece did not fade with age, it only grew stronger and became even deeper. It is not a one day movie when you watch and forget. It is like Bulgakov's "Master And Margarita" truth - the more you read and listen to it the more is revealed to you. It is multi-leveled picture in the way that we will only get the full understanding of it after watching it 10 times, year after year, and even then I do not think we will still get the full comprehension. The messages are sharp and some of them are pronounced in half-tone, half-voice , they are almost whispered by the spirit accompanying our journey through the halls and corridors of the Hermitage. The history gets revealed in a light way bit by bit like the flock of the young girls flying through the palace; the history is told unobtrusively but surely with wisdom of the king of cinematography. I possibly can not compare this movie to anything we have seen before as it stands so separately from anything else in art. The historical characters are shown so vividly and so realistic you get convinced with no doubt this was Peter The Great and that was Ekaterina. The epochs change as fats as the cavaliers change their dames in mazurka. You sense the feeling of a grand life passing by.
Would you call this movie a Russian propaganda? No, perhaps not as there way too many things said against Russians (especially political aspects of life), nor I would call this movie -Russian as, again there are so many words said supporting Russian culture and art ultimately compared with an acorn-tree that we all eat from and without which we would be nothing.
I watched the movie with a fresh eye as I almost forgot it in 1 years. It looked like the movie did not forget me though it touched my soul in different places compared with more than a decade ago screening It is alike a magical potion - it caught me at the place where I am now as we never said good-bye to each other, as an old good friend whom I saw yesterday. It was as it continued a conversation with me it started so many years ago, as if it was waited for me to grow to the plane where it was now. We met and we continued our conversation. So much to say! Thank you Alexander for your beauty and your the intelligence of your acorns. I am ready to plant them in the souls of our readers so they will start breathing in in-spiration and i-magi-nation.
About the technical side. It is still so unclear to me the logistics and the methods the director applied to the filming with 2000 professionally trained actors where everyone knew their place and the line to say, where the camera never stopped rolling for two hours and everything was done in one shoot, the work that I find impossible to do. I can also understand what sort of difficulties could be faced with such an idea in mind. I can not say that everything was done the way planned as we do not know what and how it was planned. But it did work so well.
Add to this the costumes alone should get a double Oscar so lavish they are.
...And of course welcome to the Ekaterina's Winter Palace aka Hermitage with all its rare artifacts, dark and sunny corners, winter gardens, candelabras, dining tables, oak doors encrusted with gold, most stunning inlaid parquet floors made out of hundred types of trees with different patterns in every room, Vatican superiors still envy about, enfilade of rooms, paintings by the best European artists, finest music, history happening at every little step on the grand stairs, columns, theaters and candle lights... This is all about a 1.5 km long and all 300 years of Russian living history.
If you live Melbourne and understand its life that is not seen to the naked eye, if you like good sense of humor and are ready to cry and laugh at your neighbours and (and well, at yourself of course) than it is the movie for you! the characters are all strong and well drawn, they develop according to their own pace and oh, yes, the ending is so unexpected. This is the move that will make you hate something that you liked before and start liking something that you hated in the past. What we all see on the surface of the big and colorful blanket that we call LIFE might be only the tip of an iceberg and the light judgement is always not the way to go. Observe and you will be rewarded with fine surprises the blanket pattern might show you: the big and ugly knots on the back side of the seemingly perfect face side or you might also see the clean back side of the embroidered front yard ideal picture. You can not tell until you learn to tell.
The action takes place in one of Melbourne's suburb, Footscray. It takes one whole day of the pawn shop and the bright characters and events built around the shop. The idea is simple but brilliant! There are twelve characters all together. Some of them interact, some - never met. The story line embraces love, violence, care, personal secrets, lies and compassion, last and creativity, beauty and ugliness, unusual situations and routines, thieves and gold diggers, black and white, Asian and not that Asian, loss and new beginnings, girls and boys, happiness and misfortune, wealth and life wasting, honesty and simplicity and much more one day of the common suburb only can shine with. There are characters and music and great camera work. Do you recognise them, the people next door from you?
I add to this a spectacular exhibition of array of great Australian actors and your movie of the month is there... Oh yes, did I mention a great music / soundtrack?
Double thumbs from me! This is a must see for all of us around Australia and overseas!
WISHING FOR A DREAM NEW website review by Elise Pritchard
This movie basically follows the journey that Mika ( Sara Malakul Lane ) and her boyfriend Louis ( Jared Cohn ) have to endure on their way to make it onto the big screens in LA. Mika is a small time actress trying to get bigger and Louis is a small time film producer trying to get his film idea off the ground.
Almost everything seems to be going wrong for the poor pair. But although they are struggling with debts, no money, not being able pay their rent and not getting the movie work they need, they continue to try and fulfil their dreams and they don't give up.
Of course nothing great is ever easy and it takes a lot of time, patience and determination, which is shown in this movie. The concept of the movie was good, but it definitely dragged on a bit and it lacked excitemement. But to be fair, I suppose it makes sense with trying to get you to feel how hard and long the journey is to get to where you want to be.
A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS NEW RATE: 9.5/10 website
Sensational, breathtaking ad so poetic story! Please note: the trailer does not say it all! This is a must see for all people who love and appreciate a real and fine art in the cinematography. There are my thoughts: - mother's stories, words and love stays with us forever, like the air we breath - one very intelligent boy can out-smart the whole gang of more powerful enemies - what is more important: the honesty or the care? the truth or the delicacy? - Natalie Portman is amazing! It s fun to see her speaking Russian and such a perfect Hebrew. But the most amazing actor is the boy - Amir Tessler is adorable and talented! - there are always mistakes, dreams and heroes, love and yes, there is a place for darkness too in our lives - lots of everyday kindness makes a paradise out of our lives - the end is always unexpected and less loves but honored the same as the birth - unforgettable movie!
Yesterday at the cinemas Alex was very surprised to see the brochure about the film in the theater foyer that says: "extremely TALENTED cast" and nothing about the movie. It raised my curiosity too. There are our collective thoughts: - the cast is definitely super talented who work together as one well built team not overpowering each other but knowing exactly what to do: adorable Geoffrey Rush, Everywhere Australian Sam Neill, charming Miranda Otto, so very suitable for this role Paul Schneider, super-starring bright and sunny Odessa Young, sexy-voiced Ewen Leslie and many more. The stellar cast indeed! We would not put anyone higher as all the actors were extremely well suitable for their characters. - the Ibsen play shines through with wisdom, intrigue and complex story line. Everything seems there and together... - the adaptation did not work that well though. The movie would be good if it was a 3 hours theater play instead of a 90 minutes film or... a little bit of a shorter version of Ibsen would work out better if it was shorten up well enough. - some scenes looked like taken from an endless array of movie trailers, trailers and even more trailers...the trailers then were glued together. The movie started "moving" only after good 1/3 of it: we could not understand what was going on.. .way too many things had to be put together but the picture did not seem complete somehow. We could not understand what did not work in that part but perhaps Ibsen was good enough as a classical art work that should not have been cut with the knives and axes. - as Chekhov (famous Russian novelist and play-writer) said once: "If in Act I you have a rifle hanging on the wall, then it must fire in the last act" - it works right in this movie! - excellent symbolic scene with the wounded wild duck! - one small word can destroy a very happy family. what is more important: sensitivity or truth? - the movie is 100% recommended to be watched - but just for the sake of the great cast IOHO
It is a beautiful movie about enthusiastic choir mistress Michelle who travels outback of NWS, Australia to find the talented children to sing in the annual choir performance. The movie shows the whole process from initial auditions and all the way of hard work , practice and exercises to the final year grand spectacular concert. Michelle believes that her work is not only about the choir, music and singing but rather to show the children what they capable of , to open a new world of many possibilities to the young one, to show them the beauty of their own soul. This awesome documentary shows not only the daily routines of the lessons it also shows the Australian nature and gorgeous landscapes through the sun in these children's eyes. It is a very touching movie indeed that I enjoyed watching!
We found the movie to be extremely strange. It is not made for the kids but perhaps made for the adults who think like ones although I met so many mature kids who think clearly and independently.
The theme is similar to the movie we reviewed recently GOOD KILL: terrorists, organising the suicide bomber to be exploded at the major Kenua (third world country) shopping mall, the drone pilot targeting the bomber and trying to kill him before he performs the operation. civilians who are involved into the action and loose their family members, the cabinets of prime-ministers and governor generals and much more including people who give risky orders and those who press the killer buttons. But compared with the Good Kill movie the Eye In The Sky look more like a movie close to the propaganda film rather than the art, the feeling shown seem very fake, the emotions look created rather than "lived through :and natural and each phrase pronounced sound like a line from a cheap media channel that reports following the messages from above. Even my favorite Helen Mirren looks lost and plays as she does not want to act at all.
The movie is scary and will make your blood freeze but t is not a horror movie. It is life. It shows the life with all its ugliness: people killing each other for what?.. I recommend everyone to go and see this picture but have an aim when you visit the cinemas: try to understand who created it and why. You might be able to recongise the hidden agenda if you learnt to think independently. Start thing like a prime-minister, like a colonel, start thinking like a person pressing the drone pilot button, start thinking like a terrorist, like a young poor and innocent village girl selling bread next to the house where the terrorist stays, get inside the situation and you will get the message. It is a scary movie.
BLOOD RUSH (FLIPPED) 2015 NEW website review by Elise Pitchard Flipped/ Blood Rush
When an attractive model Nicole ( Stella Maeve ) and her boyfriend Scott ( Evan Taubenfeld ) are involved in a car accident, it results in them both being trapped upside down inside their car. In a race against time trying escape, Nicole faces many hurdles as she tries everything she can to try and save them. Without any help from Scott ( as he is unconscious ), this proves to be quite difficult, especially as her phone is playing up, so she can't call police, and to top it off she can't move as she is pinned by her legs. In a desperate attempt to try and contact somebody, anybody, she dials random numbers a few times until an unknown man answers. Whilst Nicole is on the phone to this random for quite some time, he assures her help is on the way, and tries to take her through a few tips to try and regain circulation through her legs. Things seem hopeful for awhile but then Nicole soon realises that the person on the other end of the line isn't actually helping at all, rather intimidating her with questions about her personal life and wasting her time. Between wolves, snakes, the mystery caller and other obstacles, this movie keeps you anxious and intrigued the whole way through. I won't delve any further into the movie as I don't want to spoil the ending for anyone, but a great movie with a slight twist/change at the end. At some points you just want to shake the man on the other end of the phone to get him to help her! Overall a great movie. Elise Pritchard.
ANGER OF THE DEAD NEW RATE: 1/10 review by Glen Wilson
A mysterious virus has turned earth’s population into zombies…… Anger of the dead follows the plight of pregnant woman Alice`s attempt to make it to safety to a island free of the deadly zombie virus. Anger of the dead opens with a young child being devoured by zombies and this sets the tone for what can only be described as a shocker of a movie. The plot line is thin and predictable. Alice runs from zombies, meets up with two other men who both meet grizzly ends whilst trying to help her. During the film we cut to a mysterious woman in white who is being brutally raped and tortured and subjected to all form of sadistic torture by men in army fatigues. The woman in white escapes her captors and is relentlessly hunted by Rooker, a particularly loathsome character who fortunately ends up as zombie fodder. The two woman briefly cross paths- the connection to the story is a complete mystery. The film ends with Alice missing the boat to the island and being bundled off into a van by more militia men – presumably to be subjected to endless rape and tortured. Anger of the dead is a poorly written move – graphic and in poor taste. The film thrives on the degradation, rape and torture of women. The movie is a poor attempt to cash in on the hugely successful Walking Dead series – even the DVD cover and opening credits are a glaring rip off. The only saving grace to the film is some brilliant cinematography which could have been put to a far better script. If I had to rate this film it would struggle to score a 1 out of 10. My advice – give it a big miss, even the most diehard zombie fan would struggle to watch this one.
ALIENATED NEW RATE: 3/10 website review by Julie Dargan
This long drawn out film focuses on a couple, Nate and Paige who live in their own unenvious world. They appear to have carved out a life for themselves yet it soon becomes apparent that there are cracks appearing. As the movie progresses, I wonder that the two of them had better stay together as really no on else would be drawn to them. An argument discussing the fact that dishes should be washed in cold water leaves me in a spin of their lives at this point When Nate spots a UFO outside their property and when he tells Paige, rather than share his excitement she is dismissive. As the film progresses the threat of a potential alien invasion becomes secondary to the intense scrutiny that their relationship undergoes. But sorry this is where I lost the plot and found the film frustrating. Just how much of boring house life does one have to watch! This is a story of tortured relationships, rather than Science Fiction, and one to be missed. But that is just my opinion. My score 3/10
THE LIBRARIANS SEASON 2 NEW review by Elise Pitchard movie provided by Icon Films
The Librarians - and the drowned book. SEASON 2
The Librarians are back again for a second season, and what an action-packed season it is! The group of them go on plenty of adventures this season, uncovering artefacts and solving mysteries. Eve and Flynn are seen working closely together here.
A few highlights from this season were: The Librarians team up to protect New York from an enormous hurricane. When Prospero's staff gets broken, he aims to replace it with wood from the great Tree Of Knowledge, which in turn makes a challenge for the Librarians. And, after using materials from Atlantis, a massive computer is built and starts messing up/malfunctioning. Then when the Librarians go on a quest to figure it out, they get stuck in a time-lapse, where they need to quickly try and figure out their way back.
The Librarians' adventures are never short of intense action and sometimes chaos! All in all a great series to get yourself immersed into.
The roles played in this season were a pleasure to watch by the main actors and actress: Mr Jenkins the caretaker- John Larquette Eve- Rebecca Romijn Flynn-Noah Wyle Jake-Christian Kane Cassandra-Lindy Booth Ezekiel- John Kim.
JUDAS GHOST NEW movie was provided by October Coast Melbourne review by Glen Wilson
Judas Ghost – A delightfully awful horror movie… Director Simon Pearce
A team of professional ghost hunters set out to an old village hall to make a training movie, whilst investigating a haunting. The haunting turns out to be anything but “typical” as the team gets far more than they bargain for. The title” Judas Ghost” – plays on the expression Judas Goat – a goat trained to lead other animals to the slaughter house – this becomes apparent as the plot develops. The cast of five comprises of Jerry Mackay – leader of the ghost hunter team, Anna Gilmour – The teams psychic & medium, Ian Calder – the teams techno wizard & Mark Vega- camera man with a dark secret. And of course the resident ghost – Judas Ghost. The film is a simple low budget movie with the whole movie set in one location – the hall. Anyone who has watched any of those ghost hunter or psychic TV series will instantly recognize the tongue in cheek humor – from the hi tech ghost hunting equipment, to the psychic`s attempts to communicate with the dead. The role of Jerry is played brilliantly by actor Martin Delaney, with dry witty humor and lines like “we take no S*#t of the hereafter” keep the movie entertaining. The acting and scripting is awful and witty at the same time, the CGI graphics laughable, and it all works brilliantly to make what has to become a modern cult movie classic. The scene which should be the “Horror part of the movie” where Judas Ghost appears – an actor spewing blood and possibly the worst make up in horror movie history -, bearing an uncanny resemblance to Riff Raff from The Rocky Horror Movie , had me expecting the cast to break out into the Time Warp. Judas Ghost is the second movie from young English Director Simon Pearce and is a fun and refreshing take on the ghost hunting genre – and a must watch for any horror fans. In a vast sea of awful, clichéd horror movies Judas Ghost shines as a unique and refreshing movie.
Release Date: 10 March 2016 Genre: Spy Comedy Director: Louis Leterrier and written by Sacha Baron Cohen Phil Johnston, and Peter Baynham
God knows what I was thinking going to this movie but this time it was not actually as revolting as we thought it would be. I scared to think we get used to the Dictator's vulgarism. Nop! But if "Boradt forever" ever wanted us on his side that will never happen he can trust us! If Sacha Baron Kohen wants us to be so open minded as his plots I can tell him my mind will be as closed for his movies as his way to the Oscars' stage for his prize. Perhaps he should start working on some classics for a change: but I would highly advise to him not to touch any Russian authors... and to add to that sadly I can see how many Australians will see this movie and laugh at it. Another warning: you should not take your mobiles with you (they ask you to leave them at the front doors and collect them after the movie). Perhaps they think that we can copy the great ideas from the movie and start sharing them with our friends. Well, no chance for that! Sacha, you are a handsome actor, you have a beautiful wife, make something nice for us with intelligent humor please! Oh, yes, back to classics: "The Brothers Grimm"
A BIGGER SPLASH NEW website RATE: 10/10 review by Rachel Sandey OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE: March 24
"A Bigger Splash" is a psychological suspense drama with the elements of thriller, created by a very talented director Luca Guadagnino, whose film " I am Love" ( 2009) was highly successful and nominated for an Academy Award. The main character, Marianne Lane, Rock Star, is masterfully played by a uniquely gifted actress and model Tilda Swinton. These two highly regarded artists have been engaged in quite long and productive collaboration. At first, when this movie's idea was born and Luca shared it with Tilda and offered her the part, she was reluctant to accept it as she was going through a difficult time after a death of her mother but after giving it some thought, she agreed and made a suggestion to silent her character, Marianne. As per amended plot Marianne wasn't allowed to talk after the operation that involved her vocals meaning the body language had to be utilised, her eyes, her facial expression and well... should could whisper. That was a challenging role for the actress. There are other colorful personalities played by talented and very well known actors. Matthias Schoenaerts casting as Paul De Smedt, Marianne"s filmmaker and photographer. He is also her lover and he is very caring and gentle. Ralph Fiennes as Harry Hawkes, is a records producer and Marianne's ex lover. He is very noisy, excessively talkative, he loves being nude and attntion seeking taking a splash in the swimming pool. Film takes us to the gorgeous Mediterranean Island with blue sea, shining sun and wild beauty of nature where the couple is taking a refuge from a noisy city life and a crowd of fans after Marianne's operation. They look happy, enjoying intimacy, making love, sunbathing and splashing in the pool. All this gets interrupted by unexpected Harry's arrival. He is accompanied by his newly found daughter Penelope, beautiful, sexy, young woman, played by Dakota Johnson. Their arrival awakens a nostalgic feelings in Marianne. At the same time Penelope's relationships with her Father are quite complex and look like not entirely father-daughter ones. She is seducing Paul, causing an explosive Harry's reaction. There are an array of unresolved emotions between Harry and Paul: love, jealousy and betrayal. The confrontation is inevitable and the ending is tragic. This film is a brilliant work of a very interesting artist, one of those which stay with us for a long time. In addition I'd like to mention that I was captivated by photographic works, amazingly beautiful sunsets, untouched nature scenes and deep blue sky. Brilliant! My rating is10/10
THE HISTORIAN NEW RATE: 5.10 review by Julie Dargan
The Historian is a story of a young man looking to escape a turbulent past only to find himself immersed with people even more troubled than he is. This movie takes quite a while to actually get you hooked into the story line. At times I felt I was watching an extended soap opera. Time length is over 2 hours which could easily be moved into a smaller timeframe. Acting is okay, nothing spectacular, but not diminished either. My score 5/10
FELIX AND MEIRA NEW 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!
WAR AND PEACE TV SERIES 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 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 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.