Every coin has two sides. The coin is not valuable with only one side. The film shows the problem of illegal immigrants who arrive on boats to Australian shores. The film shows the life in the detention centers on the remote islands, the suffering and uneasy uncertain life of such people who escape worse life conditions, war and disasters in their mother country. I was in tears for the entire movie. The film though does not show the solution. It spotlights the issue but it does not offer how it can be solved. We saw many movie similar to this one on the subject and some were dona fantastically beautiful: they showed many sides of the story not only the unbearable conditions of the people behind the fence but also the government position and the attitude of the people who serve such asylum centers. I believe if the government could let all the people who search peace and freedom to Australia they would do it but there are restrictions and limits that we do not know about: there is a budget as such people have to stay on the pension for at least some time, there are other more complicated implications as some immigrants who escape on boats can simply be criminals running away from their countries, they can be terrorists and god knows who. There is a high risk that such people can leak to Australia together with the peaceful civilians from the other countries and it is very hard to trace such cases as they might be very cleverly planned. There are lots of statistics shown in the movie that shock you. I just would like to comment on one of them that accuses Australia on not accepting more than 12,000 Syrian immigrants weather Germany let in almost one third for Syrian refugees. Australia has its limits - we accept not only Syrians but many more people from different nations. It is hard for me to comment on some subjects but I totally agree that the detention centres should be kept in human living conditions, but there is another side for you? Who agrees to work there? The film accuses Australian government on accepting the casual workers, 18 year-olds and students, pensioners and ex-bouncers from the night clubs who might be criminals themselves. But again: who else will agree to work in such centres? The people need to either be paid better money to get a professional personnel or to be skilfully trained, checked on behavioral patterns and ability to work in unusual conditions and away from their own families. Let's say this: it is very easy to blame - it is not easy to come up with a wise solution of the problem and I am sure the government works on it, it is not neglected. I was also surprised and aware of the fact that such movie was released just before the election campaigns... with the purpose of what? Accusing someone not to do their job properly. I would rather hear the smart words of solutions than accusations. But this can be only IMHO. It is hard not to agree that the footage of this film is very powerful and stricking but please offer what should be done and how? I said it before and I will repeat it: please show us the other side - government and what do they know about this issue and why nothing is done to improve the situation or may be something is done and there is no results or perhaps we did not hear about these results?.. This will add the value to the one sided coin!
We had pretty low expectations about this movie but were pleasantly surprised as from a seemingly commercial blockbuster it turned into a movie with some intelligent ideas. It starts slow and "blockbustery"-cliche. There are some thoughts: - the film is witty; I loved the "black Russians now" part - the movie is entertaining; it is more predictable in some parts than we think it should. - the subject of the journalist in the muslim country / war journalist was covered already beautifully by Juliette Binoche, Tina Fey in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot plays good but Juliette is un-copy-able and strong in all her characters. - comparing the movie with Eye In The Sky which covers similar subjects (war against terrorism), we found the "Whiskey" to have more meaning and more hidden sides than the "Eye" . Whiskey is like a complex 3-D not plain geometrical shape: moments to laugh, moments to think, moments just like the hints for us to guess. The director's work is pretty good. - the movie is not scary event it is about war: it is not a soap opera but it is not a thriller either. - on a funny note:I could not resist thinking: Hobbits drink whiskey and follow good looking girls nowadays - so much ha changed since the Lord Of The Rings. They also learnt to hide their hairy feet (the feet are shown only once next to the pool area and quite briefly - I hope no one has noticed) - the Hollywood ending is present of course - good entertaining? very much so!
Just three thoughts to add: 1. it is a complex movie that does not reveal its secrets till closer to the end; it is almost like a detective, intriguing and interesting but not to the point of being commercial blockbuster nor it is boring. It is more of a psychological drama. 2. it touches one of the most delicate and tabooed by society subject, the discussion prohibited on a social level of any kid. We opened our eyes to the homosexuality with acceptance and understanding of the nature tricks, we watch more and more movies about cancer disease that show the rest of the world what some families and people go through but no one ever talked about this prohibited subject touched in the movie. 3. highly praising sound engineers who did a tremendous job with the soundtrack and day to day music that surrounds us: birds, bird, birds and dogs.. and so much more - we adored it! 10+ for the sound and soundtrack music
BETROTHED NEW review by Camilla Wilson
Betrothed is a deeply disturbing horror / slasher movie, about a college student Audra, Whose life takes a terrible turn when she finds herself kidnapped and "bethrothed" to the youngest member of a sick, murderous family. Life becomes a living nightmare for her as she realises that she is being held in the middle of the dessert and this family are bent on torturing and ultimately killing her if she chooses not to comply with their twisted plans. She sets her mind on escape, but is overwhelmed by the prospect of almost two hundred miles of dessert stretching between her and the nearest house. . She must however, overcome and find freedom for herself and never give up , even in the face of terror, helplessness and overwhelming odds, She must keep her will to survive. The movie is Directed by Jim Lane and written by Jeff Rosenberg. The main stars of the movie are Mikayla Gibson, Joey Bell and David Brown. "Betrothed" is dark, sadistic and twisted, and not even a good revenge movie as there is little revenge for such sustained brutality, degradation and suffering. I find the actors are second rate in regards to talent and have no stand out redeeming features. It was a low budget film made for blood thirsty audiences, but fell short of an interesting story line, talented acting and edge of the seat suspense. It delivers in regards to blood splatter and nudity, so if your into that sort of thing perhaps you'd be willing to trade an hour and a half of your life for it, but to me it was a definate thumbs down.
AN (SWEET RED BEAN PASTE) NEW website review by Camilla Wilson
The Movie "AN" was initially released in Japan in 2015, It is filmed in Japanese, with English subtitles Director and screen play : Naomi Kawase Music composed by David Hadjadj Stars : Masatoshi Nagase Kirin Kiki Kyara Uchida Etsuko Ichihara Miyoko Asada Miki Mizuno
The movie "AN" introduces Sentaro, (Masatoshi Nagase) a disgruntled middle aged man who runs a bakery selling dorayakis- pancakes filled with red bean paste called "an" . Advertising for help, his advertisement is answered in an unexpected yet intriguing way; by a woman named Tokue, taking both manager and employee on a heartfelt journey of healing and wholeness.
"An" is beautifully filmed; emotional and very moving, it is a film that challenges our perceptions and prejudices concerning those who live on the fringes of society. A heartwarming performance that stretches our mental and emotional boundaries to see the world through the eyes of joy and wonder. Tokue's simplicity and love of the world around her is enchanting. The statement, People who suffer great adversity often learn to appreciate the beauty of the world around them with such unbridled enthusiasm, definitely rings true in this film.
"AN" portrays the healing and redemptive features of human relationships and how restoring these interactions can be, if we open our heart. Whilst simultaneously exploring the effects of prejudices and the damaging effects on the soul of exclusion. "AN" highlights different peoples reactions to hurts, fear, and tragedy, and shows the healing effects of empathy, understanding and compassion and the rewards of perseverance.
I found "AN" to be a feel good movie, beautiful both in terms of visual effects and by witnessing the life transforming power of realizing ones identity, and discovering purpose and value. At times the story seemed a little slow, but the standout performances, by Kirin Kiki and the lingering sense of hopefulness that the movie left you with were more than worth the wait. I found the movie to be both confronting, and eye opening but with an optimistic overtone."AN" is an excellent social commentary. It portrays the life of two people excluded from society and the power of resilience. It is a beautiful and inspiring film. I highly recommend this film to all who love a feel good movie with an emotional twist.
This movie is a real winner for those who love thrillers and horror films. There is no magic. The plot is very simple: rock band of young musicians sees what they do not need to see and they get into trouble. The should face death or get from the room where were locked alive. The camera is great and it is a very well done movie - of course for those who adores blood, open wounds, stabbing and hands hanging on one string of a skin. I was so terrifies I was sick in the stomach still understanding and saying to myself: "Please do not shut your eyes, this movie is good enough for a thriller..." It is very hard for me to judge this movie although I can compare it to many I have seen last year which were extremely cheaply done. I gave it higher mark only for artistism and good acting, the plot is weak and adds nothing to the cinematography treasury. The movie is screened exclusively at the Cinema Nova. GREEN ROOM opens May 12 and is showing exclusive to Cinema Nova - if it is possible to highlight this in your reviews it would be appreciated.
THE HORDE NEW review by Elise Pritchard
When Selina ( Tiffany Brouwer ) takes her students on a photography camping trip into the forrest, her boyfriend John ( Paul Logan ) tags along for the trip. Although it is intended to be an educational fun filled trip, things soon take a turn for the worst when they find themselves hunted by a horde of ugly, disfigured human-like creatures. Can John - a former Navy Seal, help save them all from this terrifying nightmare?
The Horde was quite a good movie, one I thoroughly enjoyed. A great leading cast and the overall movie reminded me a lot of the " Wrong Turn " films. A lot of action and killing makes for a great watch. Would recommend to those who a enjoy a good horror movie.
TABLOID VIVANT NEW review by Glen Wilson
Tabloid vivant is one of the most bizarre films I have seen yet. It’s an avant garde style movie with a mix of cinematic styles ranging from hand held shaky home video, to classic Cinerama and blue screen.
The film is categorized as a horror/thriller. The opening scene begins with a graphic re-enactment of the Black Dalia murder – the connection to the rest of the film is a total loss to this viewer. The story line follows a young upcoming artist Max and Sarah a narcissistic art critic. As the story unfolds their relationship develops – a relationship based on using each other for personal fame. Max has a talent for creating works of art that come to life and take on the life form of the viewer – draining the life from the unwitting victim. A sort of Portrait of Dorian Grey in reverse. As Max strives to create the ultimate work of art sleep deprivation and the painting takes a toll on the couple. The movie falls short of delivering what could be a very promising story line. If you are in to the totally bizarre (One reviewer likened it to Twin Peaks meets Frankenstein) it may be worth a watch. Personally i’d give it a miss.
This is the strangest film I have ever seen... It show the birth, life, growth to the full perfection and death of an Australian String Quartet. The ASQ consisted was the collective of some finest string musicians in the world that were supported by the charitable and noble deed by the owners of Jurlique Natural Skin Care company, Ulrike Klien and her husband who love and appreciate the good quality and good taste classical music.
Highly strung is also a documentary story about love for music. love for art and love for unique and high quality string instruments. The violins shown and played in this film are more than 250 years old and they were created by the best masters from Cremona, Italy. After all Italians are amazing in wood crafting and finding the right singing forests ( remember Pinocchio (pine seed) made out of log? - the wooden boy could even talk) . Italian are son good in singing even the wood sings when it is touched by their hands and spirits.
The two couples who play in quartet have ears that hear the finest vibrations coming out of their instruments, their fingers and their strings. The investors who hep them raise even beyond their best dreams are ready to spend millions of dollars to split the musicians with best-est available instrument-wise.
What stroke me personally in this movie were the words by one of the musicians: when you start playing the finest instruments on earth made by the grand masters you feel you do not play the instrument, but rather the instruments plays you: it dictates to you how to move, what to do next and what to play. The instrument owns the musician. It sounds like in every art., almost in every art: when you start writing a poem it leads yo to the ed - it starts telling you what it wants in itself - from the first word you put on a paper you do not own the poem, it owns you. It is the strangest feeling... But I can also understand the excitement of such ownership - you turn into a trace and it is hard to get out of it unless you follow its path.
You will also see how greed and lust can own and possess you; and how money corrupt the finest musicians making them into the thoughtless consumers. You will see how the most delicate parts of the instruments are created and how much work is involved into the "carpentry" of musical instruments. You will also hear the most beautiful music pieces ever played.
SHOCKWAVE DARKSIDE NEW review by Jennifer Zaman RATE: 4/10
The movie opens up amidst immense promises of another time-less sci-fi movie based on a rare concept of colonies in the moon. However, the excitement is only short lived. Half an hour into it, one would still be grasping to understand which way the movie is going. The story is apparently based on a futuristic plot where a few people from earth are abandoned into colonies set up in the moon due to religious differences, or so I believe. However, war breaks out between earth and moon dwellers over the resources available in the moon. Five survivors from a crash struggle their way to the rescue point solely with the support of the limited oxygen in their rather poorly designed body suits and liquid food they carried along. The poor quality of the movie makes it a huge chore to be able to understand the narrative. The dark back drop, probably used to give an impression of the darkness surrounding the lifeless moon, makes the movie a pain to sit through. The bare dialogues that pass between the actors from behind their ill-construed space suits failed to tie the utterly disconcerted scenes together.
Shockwave Darside can be categorised as one of the most disastrous creations of modern day cinema. To add to it all, the glorious actors, too, fail to impress or make any impact in the movie. It cries out for accomplished direction, suitable story-telling and impressive technical effects. Could barely wait for it to hit climax!
I was not expecting too much as I watched the trailer before going to the movie this time. Alex was the same - no expectations or low ones. How wrong we were! And it was so nice to be wrong. First of all, we could not laugh like this for years: genuine, very funny, very honest and very organic film! There are some of our collective thoughts: 1. soundtrack is amazing in this movie. If you concentrate on the background music while you are watching the movie you will understand how logically it is constructed. Who ever was creating this sensational soundtrack has done a fantastic job! 2. we loved that the comedy never went into the "light and dumb" side but always was keeping that fine balance between a good and healthy humor and real life situations. I would also say this movie was done in the best traditions of good old comedies, when the funny parts were mixed up with the serious conversations and life solutions, and on the contrary: the heavy part never went into the dark philosophy but always remained very balanced between tragic and comic almost without feeling that boarder. 3. all the characters were well defined and developed beautifully during the movie. The actors' performance was superb! 4. there were moments when the audience was ready to say: oh, I know what will happen next!But it was always that poker game with its twists between the director and the audience - the director has won of course - the film never turned into a Mexican soap opera with predictable "banal moments" 5. the nature as you understand was filmed so sensationally well! and adding to this: YES, it was 6. Lord Of The Rings - two guys were chased by the gang of orks in NZ hills... just kidding! NO! 7. the trailer was very bad - but it might have been done like this on purpose. 8. overall - our rate says it all! excellent!
Felix and Meria is a film about choosing what path in life you want to take. Ultimately it is about love, loss and soul searching. The two main characters Felix and Meria go through a lot of challenge’s because of their different pathways they have chosen to live. Ultimately Meria has to choose between the life she is living currently or the world she is shown by Felix.
The film makes you question your own choices and the pathway you have gone down in life so far. It makes you wonder if you are doing the right thing in life and the most important question weather you are happy with where you are at this stage in your life.
One of the aspects I particularly loved was the set dressing. You could tell that there was passion and meaning behind how everything was placed both for the characters in the film and also the audience watching the story unfold.
The film is in Jewish, but there are English subtitles so not to worry. For people who wouldn’t usually watch a film in a foreign language I would recommend this one because it is easy to follow. As stated previously, visually the film tells the story and when it comes to watching the film as someone who does not speak the native language in the film, this was not an issue one bit. It also shows how the production team worked as a whole to convey all the different elements of the film to portray the story without words. I absolutely love when this happens.
I would recommend this film for an older audience probably 18 years plus. If you love foreign films then this one is perfect to widen your horizons. Due to the film being about self discovery I would recommend it also to people who feel torn a little bit and are looking to open themselves up to more opportunities for love and life adventure.
The film also uses music to convey mood and atmosphere and it helps to effectively move the character and linear progression of the film along. I really liked the music because it was reflective of the cultures in the film.
The cinematography was also delicate and fitting. If a film in a foreign language can effectively tell you the story without words then it is doing something right. The thing that was working so well was the positioning of elements within each camera angle. This comes down to the pre production of the film and organisation, which was very clear throughout the film.
The film features the cities of Montreal, Brooklyn, New York and Venice, which are captured effectively.
The credits at the end of the film were even beautiful following a gondola through canal ways. It was simply beautiful camera work.
23 April 2016 marks Shakespeare’s birthday and the 400th anniversary of his death. There is a very special event called Shakespeare Live! that was held at the Royal Shakespeare Company in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. The event was hosted by David Tennant. We all have a unique opportunity to sneak into the theater and watch this event taking place. My first feeling: this actually taking place and it is so real, I am in this remarkable theater itself surrounded by the crowd of people. The feeling that the event is taking place live was so strong I had to held myself in order not to applaud with everyone in the theater. The sensation of being part of the audience is also beautifully created by the amazing filming and camera sneaking to the corners of the theater and covering every angle, every face expression and every movement of the actors and the production observers. It was a great present made for William Shakespeare and for all of us. The tickets were not sold for this event but rather supplied for free to the theater key members and the supporters. If you love spectacular theatrical, ballet and opera performances, brilliant arrangements and decorations changes, mixtures of different arts (filming devoted to live and biography of the great writer run by "Shakespeare In Love" star Joseph Fiennes, live orchestra, jazz, poetry reading, comedy couplets done by the masters of cinematography, music. dancing, singing and best of best and even Prince Charles taking part in one of the very clever and funny stage act) you will definitely adore this masterpiece. As I already mention let's not forget that this is a stellar production and there are so many stars and super-stars involved in this absolutely splendid special event that you will be having a ball with the talents in action: Benedict Cumberbatch, His Royal Highness Prince Charles Of Wales, Akala (Hip Hop Shakespeare), Roger Allam, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Simon Russell Beale, Ian Bostridge, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Judi Dench, Anne Marie Duff, English National Opera, Paapa Essiedu, Joseph Fiennes, Alexandra Gilbreath, Henry Goodman, the cast of Horrible Histories, Rufus Hound, Rory Kinnear, John Lithgow, Ian McKellan, Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra, Helen Mirren, Alison Moyet, Al Murray, Pippa Nixon, Orchestra of the Swan, Gregory Porter, the Royal Ballet, Antony Sher, The Shires, Meera Syal, David Suchet, Catherine Tate, Rufus Wainwright and Harriet Walter. The event is hosted by David Tennant and Catherine Tate. My personal best performance was English National Opera that made my soul sing together with the remarkable duo. Three words: splendid, splendid, splendid!
MIDNIGHT SPECIAL NEW website review by Kieran McNamara
The movie is about a boy who is on the run with a couple of men from federal authorities and members of a religious cult. The movie has a different pace and feeling as it isn't obvious why everyone is after the boy. I enjoyed the way it was filmed and the cast did a great job with a mix of concern, love and fear. The movie does leave some questions unanswered and to me felt more like it was a slice of time slice and less about building up to a big ending. There is certainly scope for a follow up movie that may answer more questions but I did leave the cinema thinking about the movie and the possibilities and what may follow. The movie stars Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver and Jaeden Lieberher and they were very good. I enjoyed the movie and it was a pleasant change to watch a movie based around a chase but without the over the top special effects of car crashes and shooting.
GRRFF: THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE NEW website RATE: 6/10. We left the cinema with the strong feeling: "We simply did not get it!" I must have been in a slight shock as it took me several hours of thinking and analysing the movie to the get the essence of it. I am just hard headed woman or the movie is absolutely stunning - I better think it is the latter. It is "The Prime" - well, it is about the school girls in their prime, the start of life; they are like young flock of birds flying around their young and ambitious teacher. Her ideas are strong and she is very influential. The girls are all eyes and ears - they follow every word she says. As the story develops the words THE PRIME suddenly start getting a new meaning. This is Miss Brodie, the teacher actually who is in prime. Her views are frivolous and the teaching methods are faraway from the school curriculum. Instead of teaching her girls the school program she talks to them about art and love, about relationship and shares with them her own political views. But what she knows? Her teachings finally turns against her: one of her girls joins the army and dies in the fields; the other girls starts love relationship with the school art teacher and betrays Miss Brodie by reporting her teaching mistakes to the school principal. Miss Broide gets expelled from school of course. Miss Brodie's love life is also far away from perfection. Would you teach love if you know nothing about it? Two school teachers: art and music teachers are in love with Miss Brodie. She of course thinks she is the Queen of Hearts. Nevertheless the music teacher starts dating another woman and marries her - nothing does Miss Brodie knows about such "love" sudden turns. Her other admirer, the art teacher is madly in love with Miss Brodie but he is married and has 6 children and a dog and a wife! More to that , he starts sleeping with Miss Brodie smartest pupil, lolita-like young girl (the latter character is also well drawn and developed magnificently well). Miss Brodie is left with nothing: no man in her life, no career and o followers of her crazy ideas. This is THE PRIME. On the other side there is a strong message to all of us: whom do we listen to? Are our leaders mature enough to preach their truth to us and lead us to the spiritual freedom? May be they are also in their prime? We followed so many stupidity on our way: fascists and communists, he stupid leadership never ends: the leaders just get more and more sophisticated in their aim to fool us. There are lots of other very interesting story lines that run in parallel to the main characters, but I will leave it up to the new observers to see... I did not like the movie that much ideas-wise but I found it very well done and very complex and unusual. It would be pointless to add the magnificent performance of Maggie Smith, we all know how good she can be and how excellent she was in this particular picture - Oscar-speaking.
THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY NEW RATE: 10/10 review by Julie Dargan
This is a true story about Srinivasa Ramanujan, a self-taught Indian Mathematician, who some say could decipher the very fabric of existence. Ramanujan was not only a mathematical prodigy by the age of 11, but could also mentally compute complex permutations in a fraction of a second. At the fact that at the height of his powers, not many could fathom his genius, or where he sourced his answers from.
As the story unfolds, it was with much astonishment to see that a scientific genius such as Ramanujan believed in a higher being, and that it was this higher power that he was able to attain his knowledge.
I laughed, I cried, I was enthralled in this movie from beginning to end.
It's a poignant film in as much as an emotional roller coaster but an extraordinary story told almost a century after Ramanujan's early and tragic death in 1920.
I urge you to put this title into your notebooks as one to watch when it hits the cinemas.
It is a bit hard to step aside and write a review on this particular movie as we just recently watched the marvelous movie called Marguerite film (France, Hungary) The later was so well made that we could not simply compare the two movies that were only one week apart. The story line is the same: a rich and spoiled woman, who devotes her life to charity and art, and music in particular. She is so fond of singing that can not resist but to try herself in it. As many people who sing she can not judge and hear her own voice and she lives the illusion in her talent that is simply not here. People who surround her lie to her including her husband who even living off his wife's wealth manages to sneak off to his younger lover. Florence's story line though is not as intriguing and is not as twisted as Marguerite. Elorence's plot is simple and straight forward, although the characters seem much brighter I personally find Hugh Grant to be too banal for this role. He has played similar parts before - he has nothing to add to his previous performances. Well, let's put it in a softer way: he does not make the movie more attractive. Meryl is brilliant though. Her acting shines through every word she pronounces, she lives the character to her inner core: blind, self adoring woman, who subconsciously understands the world does not love her, but her money. She is amazing (but so is Catherine Frot who plays Marguerite in Marguerite movie). It is hard to compare the leads. I found the characters in Marguerite were richer and they all played on the level of the mains - immaculate! I can not say the same about Florence's crew. Simon Helberg (Big Bang Theory) as Cosme wins and owns all the scenes. He is as superb as the true artist should be! 10 out of 10 from Alex and myself for his performance. Alex even mentioned that this movie will be simply dead without him. I also found the music, soundtrack and singing in Marguerite to be much better than in Florence but this might be only IMHO. I let our readers decide by watching both movies and neglecting small imperfections both pictures are magnificent in their own ways.
This spectacular picture is a MUST to see for everyone who is interested in fashion. This is the movie about one unique event that takes place once a year at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and is organised by the Museum's Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton. One of such events was help in 2015 and was titled: "China: Through The Looking Glass". The work has started many months in advance of the opening day. As I am personally get involved in fashion show organisng I can see and appreciate the amount of work and efforts that are put into it. It is tremendous. The scale of preparation is enormous and the logistics is very complicated. The preparations required not only artistic point of view in consideration but also political, social and collaborative part of so many units. The "china" fashion exhibition was the most attended exhibition in the history of any exhibitions and more to that: it raised millions of dollars in support of the work of the Museum itself and its permanent exhibition. For me as a person involved into the "behind the scenes" work that starts with castings, endless announcements, social communication, work with sponsors and the crew also a months or two in advance the movie was a genuine talk and eye opening on many things. But the more the movie progressed to the end of the preparation work (that is done with high professionalism and immaculate attention to details) and to the opening of the exposition itself the more I got nervous waiting in anticipation for the guests arrival. And was it spectacular? IT WAS! I can say: blessed these people are as they perhaps have the unlimited budget for such luxurious entrances and receptions. When one like me is limited to no budget at all this makes it more difficult to make the right decisions. This event at the Museum of Art is called The Met Gala and the tickets to it are not to be bought that makes them the hottest in town. I learned so much from this movie. I saw the people who are so passionate about their work they do not care if they work around the clock to make things done. They all put their hearts in the passion of their life. The film is so well done on so many levels: soundtrack, changing episodes, the director must be a genius. One can see that the documentary is only a label that does not say anything . If you generally find the documentaries to be dry and boring you should not bother going to see this movie but if you go just let it be and open your mind: embrace every moment of this movie and you will see that the pleasure does not have limits. I find some documentaries are much better than some movies. It is all based on feelings and on the exposure to the useful information that you perceive. I can also see that the people who are not much interested in fashion can find so much about this topic and not only about this topic but about art in general and how do we create and get inspired and much much more. The movie discusses the art aspects of fashion and what is it to us? Jean-Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld and many others directly related to the subject discuss whether high fashion is simply "applied art", if it is art after all or something else that stands alone from art. The Met Ball is the Super Bowl of social fashion events where fashion people, politicians, high society figures, actors, fashion designers and art related people all meet together. If you love art and fashion and you are an open minded person who see the world without judgement on positive or negative, purposeful or empty you will definitely enjoy this film full of love to beauty and creativity!
I am reading all the amazing reviews on the anime thinking: I probably can not get it. the Taeko's childhood though reminded me of my own childhood: so innocent and so full of surprises and revelations. It is also a very powerful thought: as soon as you connect your past, your resent and your future your life starts to make sense. I was also surprised to see the year on the title: 1991? Wow! I am not thinking for this year it was a masterpiece and still is. The anime is about the memories of a young and still unmarried woman Taeko born and grown in a country town and who works in Tokyo now .I loved the soundtrack especially Hungarian songs selected for this animation. It reminded me of Jun M'yake's music. It is naive and childish to some extend but it does not diminishes the beauty of how it is made. I loved the mimics: one would recognise the farmer in the man straight away, a man who meets Taeko at the train station: by his body language - so well portrait it is. It is romantic but not to the extend of the sweet candy. I believe both adults and kids, men and women will reflect in this film very well. Hirota: Rainy days, cloudy days, sunny days... which do you like? Taeko: ...cloudy days. Hirota: Oh, then we're alike. My favorite scene: Taeko "flying" in the clouds when the boy she is fond of tells her what he likes.
CALIFORNIA WINTER NEW review by Elise Pritchard
Clara ( Elizabeth Dominguez ) is a rising real estate agent, trying to get her foot in the door by pushing her clients to take out risky loans to afford new houses. She even advises her father to take out a loan. Although Clara doesn't realise it at the time, these loans actually turn out to be very bad decision. Within a few years, the housing market crashes and everyone is effected. Her fathers house goes into foreclosure and now Clara must do all she can to try and not lose their house.
California Winter was great movie with a good ( and all too real ) storyline. The actors played their roles greatly and made you really feel their stresses and worries. I enjoyed watching this film to see how it would turn out in the end, obviously hoping for the best! A great drama to watch and would recommend to others watch if they are interested in these types of real-life crisis movies.
THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY NEW RATE: 9/10 review by Jennifer Zamman
The Man Who Knew Infinity –Review 9/10
Only a rare genre of movies can dig deep into your minds and leave a permanent impression there; one that would linger in one’s thoughts for a long time to come. “The man who knew...” falls perfectly into this ambit of rarity. Watching it is an experience unmatched with any other. The marvelous story-telling through the medium of celluloid takes one to a notch higher than zenith. The life and work of Mr. Srinivasa Ramanujan (played by Dev Patel; of the ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ fame), the Indian mathematical genius of all times, could not have been better portrayed. The movie brilliantly brings to life the time and conditions that prevailed during WWI both in the backward town of Madras, India and the affluent and advanced Great Britain. It is the little attention to details that catches undivided attention of audience; right from the thatched huts in erstwhile Madras to the mandatory dress etiquette of the west; from the fact that paper was considered a luxury in India while the English thought otherwise; every bit of the movie shouts out the unsurpassed quality of research that went into it. Mr. Ramanujan is well-known in the fraternity of mathematicians, but only accounted few know the tale behind this young man whose poor background and tattered clothes could not encrust the richness of his mind. Hailing from a trodden family and with only basic education or rather without any formal training in mathematics, Mr. Ramanujan worked tirelessly on mathematical formulas and created a large body of work, barely realising what they were actually identified as in the bigger world of accomplished mathematical pioneers. Even with less or no encouragement and a torn pocket, he relentlessly kept going on with the sole support of his determination and passion alone and ended up creating integrals and infinite series foreign to the world. His relationship with numbers was stronger than any he had with human beings, let alone his wife. So, when he gets invited by G.H. Hardy (played by Jeremy Irons), the mathematical frontier at Trinity College, Cambridge, Ramanujan fights all the social and religious stigmas of travelling across seas and arrives in England to publish his work. His fight, however, was yet not over. In England, he was asked to attend classes to learn the formal way of doing proofs before he could publish his works since as per Hardy’s opinion Ramanujan’s work lacked the power of proving beyond doubt. However, Ramanujan was adamant about publishing his work without further waste of time. He believed that his work was immaculately innovative and needed no correction. The movie clearly brings forth the differences between Ramanujan and Hardy, who desired to polish Ramanujan’s magic with numbers and make his work formidable. Although Hardy and his colleague Littlewood (played by Toby Jones) admired his ground-breaking ideas, they opted for stringent ways to make him come in terms with his mistakes.
At Trinity, Ramanujan had to face many more struggles that a strictly vegetarian and religious man from a small town with limited information about the rest of the world could. Loneliness, triggered by the absence of his loving wife and unfamiliar way of life so far away from his homeland, turned him sick during his stay there. After recurring ailment, he was diagnosed with the incurable disease called “tuberculosis”. He continued his work without stop and left no stone unturned to be referred to years later as the trailblazer of modern mathematics. Hardy paid off for his work by doing all he could to obtain a royal fellowship at the Trinity College for Ramanujan. And it was as a Royal Fellow of the Trinity that Ramanujan left for India promising to be back within a year. But what came back was merely a letter informing that he succumbed to his disease.
S. C Ramanjan died at a young age of 35, leaving behind a body of mathematical work that was destined be a shining beacon of the very future of mathematics. Short life span and yet a lifetime of work!!! This movie is a beautiful eulogy to the life and work of this great man who believed that numbers are an art that he sees in everything around him and that it is God who showed him his way with mathematics.
It is a farce and it is very funny. It is brilliantly made and would want to give it 10 out of 10 but it is not enough neglecting the rich assemblage of famous names who took part in it. It would lose every single point in rating if it was not for the last remark which as the climax of the whole movie indeed! When man discovers that he he was doing for his entire life something that he really loved - this is the purposeful life lived. The times of 50-s is shown not with talent but with superb expertise; the feel is there and even more, the absurd of many situations just add more charm to that epoch. The film cast includes four Oscar winners: George Clooney, Frances McDormand, Fisher Stevens, and Tilda Swinton, and three Oscar nominees: Josh Brolin, Jonah Hill and Ralph Fiennes. The movie is very smartly made. You need to turn into a very attentive observer and pay attention to the small details. I also recommend to read the trivia and goofs before you go. Coen Brothers rock - what else can one say? Please note also that George Clooney is finally playing himself in this film! :o)
SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL 2016: PALM TREES IN THE SNOW NEW website RATE: 10/10
I guess Spanish cinematography is just like this: there are very bad movies and there superb movies - there is nothing in between. ... just an observation... Talking about this movie I should perhaps start with our comment after a long :"wow!" when we left the cinemas: this is the one of the best movies we have seen in years! It is simply superb! It is your new modern Spanish Gone With The Wind classic of all years. This is not the movie to discuss but to watch over and over again and embrace the art in its naked and most genuine form. Everything is there: emotions (the whole cinema was crying I noticed!),beyond any human judgement - actors' performance - just the whole crew, beautifully pictured time, history. It is a Spanish-African The Forsyte Saga in its best interpretation. It is the story to learn and tell to your kids and kids of their kids. A story about love, loss, growth, pain, suffering, separation, humiliation, guilt, faith it reminds me of an old Spanish painting by the grand master where every character - big or small is visible to the observer, where the colors are bright but not blinding, dark, but not remaining in the darkness, where the oils are smooth and the lines are crafted to a perfection. It is a colonial romance that will be perhaps be in the top 10 of the most romantic movies of all times. I simply do not have enough words to praise all the people who made this picture! There is no need for me to retell the story that you can read anywhere on the internet. I will just say: go and see this movie as this might be one of the best you will find on the list of Spanish Film Festival this year. The movie is long though these three hours are very much enjoyable. My attempt to say the "Palm Trees.." is the best ever Spanish movie made would perhaps be way too ambiguous as I do not know Spanish cinematography that well, I can only judge based on what I saw so far and my limited knowledge but this might raise our readers interest for sure.
An is an incredibly beautiful film about friendship and dealing with the consequences of love and loss in life. If you are looking for a film to make you reflect on life and the people you surround yourself with, this film will make you question your choices. The film follows the life of a young man who makes pancakes in a little hut. Along comes a lady who changes his life forever. The cinematography in the film is especially beautiful. I really liked the linking of shots between the narrative of the scenic beauty. The nature was used as a resource to keep track of the time and this worked fabulously. I would recommend this film to anyone who likes watching films that make you analyse your life. It will make you see life through a different view point and I think this is something we should all be a part of. Also note this film is not in English but is subtitled. Very easy to understand !
DAVID STRATTON'S GBRFF: THE LADYKILLERS (1955) NEW website RATE: 10/10
Every crime even perfectly planned has a "human factor". Of course it should - as the plan is planned by humans and we are imperfect. I was a little bit skeptic going to watch this media screening as I am allergic to some old films. many seem very naive, the "humor" does not work any more and what seem so perfectly done at that time is not anymore with our "perspective". Oh, and how wrong I was! A gang of 5 criminals has a immaculately thought through plan how to rob the bank, They pretend they are musicians while renting a small room upstairs of an old lady's house and hiding their plan of course. Her name is Mrs W. (Wilberforce). But as one of the criminals says: "There are no plans when Mrs W is around" She changes all the plans, she seems to be so unpredictable and so honest even policemen think she is out of her mind when she tells them her true stories. I guess some old movies are like good golden theaters: they are made to perfection not only in details but in acting. I guess the tape was expensive, there was no time mucking around - the actors had to perform first time right,... and the acting is absolutely sensational! I had to admit I was laughing noising the whole theater and all its corners - the jokes are very good and they are very much unexpectable ... well, put it this way: you know that it will end up bad, but the director and the script writer tricks you around: the event takes place but in the most unforeseeable way. Th element of random funny acting taking place makes the film so unforgettable and so funny. In some way it reminded me of very old English comedies we went to see with my dad on summer holidays in Moscow: The Adventures Of Mr Pitkin in the Hospital. I remember this comedy and how my dad was almost under the cinema chair from laughing out loud. I was just thinking about today's so called comedies made of bad jokes and movies full of digital effects. Those days you would not win the audience by swearing, below the belt dirty jokes and technical effects. ACTING was vital in such movies. ACING should always be VITAL in all movies. The modern actors do not know how to play: they win audience by just looking good and just because they WERE in THIS or THAT movie. The good actors can be counted by fingers nowadays. The good actor can not be created by publicity. the good actor wins the hearts of his or her fans by touching the audience with genuine and superb acting not by "digital jumping" from one train to another in the dark tunnel and a cold emotionless face. Well, back to the movie... the old lady like an innocent full from Russian tales finely got the kingdom, the successful marriage and the load of gems... well. not ALL of that but you understand the allegory I am after! The good old movies also had the unforgettable plots apart from great actors and fantastic director's work. I would like to thank David Stratton personally for his finest selection and for his taste in this particular movie. The 2-ND GREAT BRITAIN RETRO FILM FESTIVAL will be screening at Cinema Nova exclusively this year. LINK
There might be only one phone call from the past required to settle in your present and your future, your lost connections and so much more. Anthony LaPaglia's character is a real estate agent, who is less interested in his work than a hippo interested in the fly on its buttocks. The houses are sold no matter what he does: no effort is made. But this is not the point. There is something in his life that might be more important than selling real estate? Family? Past life mistakes? Things suddenly get changed when he meets an older woman (Julia Blake) that reminds him of his own mother. There is a lesson or some lessons that he will learn from her neglecting the fact that they seem so different like the two door mats: one is facing one way away from the other. One event, one warm word reconnects the main hero with his son. The other word turns seemingly endless journey of a couple searching for a house gets the chance to buy it at last and find their happiness. I loved Adelaide streets snapped on camera so beautifully but should say that the whole movie is so well refined and crafted to the perfection so each word pronounced seem to have an appropriate weight it deserves. I also really liked the comments that are said "behind-the-scenes" by Anthony's voice over describing each and every house with the protocole-following real-estate agent sentences from the newspaper ads. The movie has lots of parts to laugh at, some of them are the ones that we would not admit to ourselves were funny. John Clarke's remarks were the best! This movie may seem to some a bit boring and slow, sometimes even just "surface-touching" in reality was profoundly deep, delicate and finely made - masterpiece IMHO. It is highly recommended by both of us. My rate: 8 Alex : 9 which made it 8.5
JIFF HOLOCAUST FILM SERIES 2016 PRESENTING THE PRIME MINISTERS: SOLDIERS AND PEACEMAKERS P2 NEW website RATE: 6/10
Citizens want peace and nothing else. When there is peace, there is food and water, warm dwellings and safety. There is nothing else more important than peace. Peace can not be made by third party demanding you to become friends. Peace is made my wise decisions. If husbands and wives get divorced and can not solve their conflicts in a peaceful way how can we talk about peace between two or more countries where relationship are more complicated and the parameters that define the "peace" equation are more sophisticated. It seems almost impossible. Add to this that your family/country has ever changing rulers and the new one comes with new conditions, new politics and new demands, the process of peace making seems almost endless. This world is governed by money and power which is basically two same things if you see money as energy exchanging hands. There will never be peace anywhere on this planet until we change our value and our mentality. The movie is boring as politics has never been entertaining in a good way but the movie will make you re-think your own values in life. We should always keep in mind that this world is about nothing else but Us. When we solve our own inner conflicts the world will change to the more peaceful creation.
WHITE CRACK BASTARD NEW website review by Elise Pritchard. Luke ( Rhett Benz ) is a photographer who likes to enjoy smoking a bit of crack in his free time. Which is fine at the start, as he justifies it to himself as not being a problem, but rather a therapy-type enjoyment. Although, unsurprisingly, he soon becomes consumed by it and in turn, his life begins to spiral out of control.
White crack bastard was an average movie, which I did find a bit hard to watch at times. It gives a look into the life of someone suffering from drug addiction and how it can ruin and consume your whole life, while at the same time also affecting those around you. A bit of a harsh eye opener to sit down and watch. I suppose, on the plus side, it gives gives the audience a view of what not to do if you don't want to end up down the same path. I personally didn't enjoy this movie as much as I had hoped to, but others might.
SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL 2016: LONG WAY HOME NEW El camí més llarg per tornar a casa website RATE 3.5/10.
Family is a very fragile structure: when some one goes from the family the whole world falls apart...
I rarely write very bad reviews. Perhaps I was expecting too much from this movie. Perhaps I was more upset that Alex walked away as he was unable to watch how the dog was beaten by the man. I understand that the person loosing a family member can behave inadequate but it is hard to believe that the man can fall so low. I also did not see much point in making such movie as it did not move nor it did not have a powerful point. It was everywhere with no attitude on anything. Camera was trying too hard IMHO. It is also hard to believe the grief should go this way. The major actor was very good though: he was a total mirror of his dog. I was also surprised what the director was thinking. there are only few lines in the movie and 70% of them are swearing. I gave it 5/10, Alex's was 2/10. I guess it made the score but I hope it will not remain in memory.
I truly believe this movie will be very attractive for the older audience: it has very slow pace, it is very peaceful it is very meditative after all. The movie shows the struggling days of life for a young director, her day to day work on stage, her close to nothing personal life and her mother passing away in the hospital. She can not control her actors on stage nor she is in control of her life. The story leaves you in nothingness more than in suspension. I was just feeling that this role was not very exciting for the talented actress, Margherita Buy. On the contrary John Turturro is always enjoying himself and is always happy as if never left Woody Allen's movie... Best part of the movie: dancing John!
Truth as it sounds is a film about uncovering the truth behind a story aired on CBS 60 minutes. The film is based on a true story surrounding controversy with President George W. Bush and doctored military records from his past.
The film is definitely a drama and makes you question every little move you make, it made me see things differently in the world of ethics and journalistic freedom when it comes to choices when airing facts.
Starring Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford and Dennis Quaid these three actors deliver a well-rounded performance. Cate Blanchett was perfect in her role representing the producer, a credit to an Australian actress. She isn’t the only aussie you will see throughout the film, so keep your eyes wide open.
As a journalist myself I felt that Cate Blanchett’s performance was emotional and representative of the everyday ethics one has to abide by. Blanchett’s character Mary Mapes is the Producer of a segment that caused the eventual ending of her career as well as anchor Dan Rather on 60 Minutes in 2004.
I do believe that the film could have been done differently. There was no sense of urgency. Although there was music the film did feel a little stilted. This could have come under cinematography or choices with the actors. I couldn’t put my finger exactly on what didn’t feel right but there was something.
I personally loved the film and the concept that it was based on a true story. One of the best things about the film was that it made me angry. I take this as a positive thing because it shows that I had a reaction to the content I was seeing.
Another fact that is purely co incidental is that currently an Australian 60 minute’s team is currently being held in a Lebanon prison. In comparison it makes it easy to relate to the film.
It is un-nerving to think that simply by doing your job and pursuing a journalistic lead that one can loose their career. This film makes you think about your own choices in life. It makes you question every little move you make and what the repercussions could be.
I recommend this film for anyone interested in politics, ethics, law and freedom. Because the film evolves around the concept of seeking the truth if you want a clear-cut answer then this film isn’t for you.
The audience that would best be able to connect with this film would be people 16 and over. I actually wish this film was around when I was in high school and university; it would have been wonderful to study as a talking point and representation of how the journalism world can turn out.
NORM OF THE NORTH NEW website review by Elise Pritchard
Norm of the North When the Arctic is threatened to be taken over by plans to build houses, a talking polar bear named Norm ( voiced by Rob Schneider ) heads to New York City and tries to stop this from happening and protect his land.
A great children's movie, I thoroughly enjoyed it, graphics were good like most animated movies these days, a few funny jokes and also a good story line. A good movie to watch with the kids.
MARGUERITE NEW RATE: 10/10
Three words: brilliant, brilliant and brilliant! I had very low expectations coming to the preview of this film. It has got more than just what the movie shown us. Much more!
The story takes place in 1920 in Paris. Behind the wealth and public glamour of the baroness, or Baronne Dumont Marguerite who hosts concerts at her mansion, the bitter secrets hide. One of them that she is seeking the attention of her husband who without her knowing about it is having an affair. Her attention seeking grows into her love for music and singing. But such spiritual love is obviously not enough for a passionate woman so she tries herself in the singing performances in front of her noble guests. There is only one "no" here - she can not sing and she does not know about it. The invited to her charity concerts have no choice but pretend to love Margueritte's awful vocal show offs. People laugh at her secretly and no one dares to through the first stone at her. They all have hidden agendas by lying to her: some follow the money trail, some want to be seen by the "society" and some seek adventures. There is no one genuine soul in her salon.
Marguerite lives in the world of fantasy and her whole house operates around this fantasy. What if she knows the truth? She might not have the purpose to live anymore? Would she simply die if she finds out that she is an ugly singer? Who will dare telling her? Her always lying and cheating husband, her servant who seems so genuinely in love with her performances and who photographs her each step? May be the journalists who write feel-happy articles? Or perhaps the finest singers who also perform at her place and who in secret laugh at her too? Should her singing teacher open her eyes? It is like a fake and damn horrible theater around her, the theater full of unsaid and unheard/ May be if someone finds the guts and tell her politely who she is makes her life better: she could have found her self in the charity work or something else. also creative and not waste her and everyone else's time?
Of course the story must end somewhere. It might end when Marguerite decides to perform in front of the bigger audience. It has an expected ending. It is not less amazing. It does not make the movie worse by an inch.
The development of ALL characters shown with a filigrain mastery: major cast as well as supporting actors.
The performance is excellent when is comes not only verbal performance but to mimics and body language (STANISLAVSKI applause here loudly!!!)
I caught myself thinking" Marguerite is a beautiful singer in real life. It is so hard to pretend and perform singing off key so badly and so well badly. One should have a remarkable talent to make it sound so good.
On the other note: the film is surrounded by superb music and the best singing you will ever hear in you life.
The camera work is sensational and all the actors are simply magnificent! They are all so well cast-ed. I have never seen so many revolting, ugly and disgusting personalities in one movie, ever!
As I mentioned before this film is more than a movie - it is a treasure of thoughts: one of them is where our ambitions can take us as well as where our love for someone or something can lead us? Do you hear lots of words flattering you when you honestly know you were not that good? But you still take and buy it!
And one last note: Marguerite's butler and servant Madelbos who seems to all of us so kind and most loving and supporting his lady's ambitions turns out to be the ugliest out of all... how come? It is also hard to observe how the reality disappears when our dreams are not met... and who is left next to you at the hardest moment? Your family!
My choice: MUST TO SEE!
SILENCES NEW RATE: 5/10
I am always very cautious when it comes to a movie about revealing family secrets. They can be bitter. The bitterness sometimes is inside a person who tries to blame everyone for his/her unhappiness.
What I loved about this particular movie: excellent camera work and very nice landscapes filmed in New Zealand and other parts of Australia.
The hardships of living in the family with mental illness are sometimes beyond of understanding of ordinary people. What stroke me was that we start hearing about such conditions more and more and the statistics of such cases in Australia scares with the high numbers and the cases with the families no one would ever think should have anything like this. My friend once told me: the nature pays back the families and their descendants with such punishment for the while people taking over the land from native Aboriginal people unlawfully. This is a crazy thought. But it makes you think that it is a revenge coming from the finer planes on all of us. The balance should be in everything: even in borrowing the land. Te thought of such punishment coming from the nature makes me feel very disturbed. I can not comment on it as I am part of this intervention. I can only see that lots of young families to come to these lands end up having their children bury their sorrows in alcohol, drugs or in mental sickness. There is a different sky here: Southern Sky. These land laws are different from Northern Laws, as different as the sky they are made under. We do not know these laws as our grandmothers did not make them. We should have some here with the purpose of being friends and learn these laws with the people who made them on this land.
This is just my perspective of looking at this movie - one grander view.
What I did not like in this movie: the issue is not solved. the story is told, but there are more questions remained than answers. The movie also seemed to both of us a bit immature, like the one made for a good diploma project, not the movie from a director who has done many good movies before but this might be only IMHO.
RAMS NEW RATE: 7/10
There are two rams on the narrow bridge of life. They are stubborn of course as all rams are. No one wants to give up and let it go. They will do anything- even kill each other despite they are brothers. They are even prepared to die but not making peace with each other. They are so hard in the head they spoil hiding something important and make one mistake after another. They are both so mirrors of all of us. They are extreme but they are us.
It is also very interesting to observe that one of the brothers likes his horned animals more than he loves his own brother.
There is a harsh but funny humor, there are lots of material to think about. Excellent movie for me, ok for Alex although he does not like stupidity in people...
HOW TO BEAT A BULLY NEW website review by Elise Pritchard
When Corey and his family move to a new house in a new neighbourhood, adjusting to their new life seems a bit tough. Corey's new school is different than what he is used to and the kids all bully him. So, in an attempt to deter the bullies, he lies to them and says his Dad is in the mafia. It's only a matter of time until Corey's lie reaches the REAL gangsters and then all hell breaks loose!
How to beat a bully is a family comedy, and would appeal more to younger/teenage viewers. I think I expected it to be really funny, but it only had very minor humour in it. It was mildly amusing and I personally probably wouldn't watch it again, but in fairness, I appreciate the storyline of it and the message it tries to teach the young ones- instead of fighting bullies physically, think of other ways to deter them.
When Ellia ( Sarah Bishop )'s father is tragically killed at their family inherited vineyard, it seems like an unfortunate accident. But when Ellia's mother gets brought in for questioning on suspicions of murder, things don't seem to add up and it looks like it might not have been an accident after all. Could it have been her mother? Or maybe her uncle is responsible? Only time will tell what really happened behind the mysterious death.
Crushed was an exciting Aussie made thriller that keeps you guessing. The filming on location of the vineyards in NSW is very nicely done and the acting cast each played their characters roles almost perfect. A great Aussie thriller to watch.
RATE: 8.5/10 eOne website Allegiant is the third movie from the Divergent series. Although it is "commercial" and so digital, I can not resist watching it and keep waiting for another series to emerge. How good is it? Excellent from so many perspectives: director's ideas, plot, sensational graphics, talented actors, it never disappoints you. I was sitting in my chair breathless, so did Alex, You survive with the main characters, you re-live their feelings and you trust everything they do. They might end up in victory or failure, but the act does not let you go: you are there in the land created by the genius mind of the writer. Why is it so attractive. We remember even Matrix 3 failed, ever latest Star Wars neglecting all the excellent reviews from media - failed. Why does Divergent survive? It is a mystery for me but I believe a group of very gifted people is working on it. Thanking them greatly and waiting in anticipation the next adventure.
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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!