Maggie's Plan is a good and light comedy with a romantic flavor. Maggie is intelligent and good looking girl who is doing some funky "bridge between two subjects" research at the University. We have no idea why she decides to have a baby on her own without an old good fashion way involved in the process but instead: borrowing the donated semen from her male friend who apart from donor-ing sells best pickles in town. Sounds like a made up story - so does everyone's life! But this appears to be only a small part of Maggie's (Greta Gerwig) plan as the further she goes with her idea the more complications arise. She might be smart and manipulative with people but there is only one plan that is working in all our stories: God's plan of course. I can not tell you more than that - I do not want to be blamed for spoiling someone's movie experience... I totally enjoyed the film and I believe if you are looking for a good and well deserved fun time spent this is the movie for your evening! Julianne Moore is best ; I love her in any character but she definitely makes the whole cinema giggle out loud this time! I also adore Greta Gerwig since her Frances, Ha! best-est performance. She does not disappoint his time either. The comical drama is not in the "situations" themselves but in how they are pictured; the details and dialogues are very important as if you open your ears you will not stop laughing for the whole movie... The movie is also very well shaped and structured - the story is very well written and delivered in the perfect way. The story IMHO was way too simple and could tell it to my husband in two lines - the details are more important and the value of this movie is I believe in two talented women who play the major parts.
HOTDOCS AT PALACE CINEMAS 2016: MR GAGA NEW website RATE: 8/10
While I was watching the Mr Gaga movie I could not help thinking about Pina movie, also an incredible documentary about the world famous contemporary dancer. I remember that Pina touched me so deeply I started writing poetry and I still listen to Jun Miyake's music - I made so many discoveries through that movie. Pina opened me up like a flower. Although I loved and enjoyed Me Gaga documentary but I thought that something important was missing in it. Not becasue it was just different from what I expected but it was also a touching and breathtaking observation of the work of a genius on so many levels of life: first of all the biography of Ohad Naharin, the world famous dancer, his teachings and his faily as well as his political influence of art and its place in our lives. Ohad is an extraordinary dancer and a man of many talents although I did not get possessed by this documentary's essence somehow as something important was unsaid. Mr Gaga aka Ohad's creativity and innovation in dance is beyond any human understanding. his style of teaching is very intense and I bet that you as a dancer would be blessed if you had such an opportunity to be taught by such master. I would like to make it short and sweet: if you like contemporary dance - you will fall in love with this movie - it is a must to see; if you do not like contemporary dance - this is will be the movie you will fall in love with this dance so there is even more reason to watch it!
BACKLOT STUDIO RETRO-SPECTIVE SCREENING: UNTOUCHABLES NEW BLS website / movie website review by Jennifer Zaman RATE: 9/10
Untouchables- Review 9/10 A movie released way back in 1987 based on the book “The Untouchables”published in 1957 which addresses the events that occurred during 1920s-30s, and watching it in 2016, gives a surreal experience. The story primarily revolves around the criminal acts of the then American Gangster Al Capone (played by Robert De Niro) and the chase and run game played between him/his gang and the Federal Police. Prohibition Agent Elliott Ness (played by Kevin Costner) recruits a team of four which includes elite cops and an accountant to nab Capone and destroy his regime.
Interestingly, the movie has not worn-off in all these years and could easily complete with the best movies of modern times.
“Kudos” to the Blacklot Studios, Melbourne for screening it and bring it back to the audience of today.
EVIL BONG: HIGH 5 NEW review by Elise Pritchard website
When the gang, consisting of Sarah Leigh, Rabbit, Velicity, Larnell and the crazy Gingerdead Man are set upon by the infamous EeBee the evil bong, she needs their help to take over the world by selling her magic weed.
Evil Bong High-5 was a funny, crazy movie. I haven't seen any of the previous Evil Bong films, but judging from this one, the creativity and uniqueness is definitely there! I thoroughly enjoyed watching this movie and had plenty of laughs at the one liners and quirky jokes throughout the movie.
HOTDOCS AT PALACE CINEMAS: CHUCK NORRIS VS COMMUNISM NEW website RATE: 6.5/10
Watching the forbidden movies that came to the eastern european countries in 80-s was a common exercise many of us who lived at that time would remember. These movies were like a breath of fresh air in the closed up jail. We would see and fall in love with Silvester Stalone, Arny, Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and so many movie heroes of that time. We knew the voices that talked and translated these movies in our language and could recognise them and even impersonate them easily. At those times I was thinking: perhaps the people in western europe and america never saw so many films themselves as we did. I would not say the seeded the thoughts of revolution - we all know how revolutions take place, but they definitely were mind opening. You could also feel the power of the visionary world that could change your own. The film Chuck Norris Versus Communism shows such times of change in Romania in 1980-s and through stories and interviews leads us to the logical ending while stating the films illegally delivered from the west partially influenced the change in government. Nothing has changed - the ideas has changed but there is still the same Romania and all other countries where life has not improved even by 1% since that. Let's not talk about the changes. It is still the same government but the ideas they work under and run their propaganda are of course different - you simply can not run the country for 50 years lying to people the same way. As I mentioned the mentality of these nations changed but so the whole world did change. This movie was of interest to me as it showed us and how we were in 80-s , it might not be of interest to a wide audience but this is the beauty of such movies: they are not the mass production and can be enjoyed by those who understand the time and reflect on the actions taking place in the film.
The grief has so many faces. The face of the grief shown by Juliette Binoche is keeping you in suspense for the whole duration of the film: THE WAIT feels like an emotional Hitchcock thriller when you wait for the unknown action not taking place for longest minutes of fear. The wait in this film is not the wait for the physical horror deed but for the words unspoken, unsaid, un-pronounced. It is the silence of the truth not know that makes you feel terrified. For the duration of the movie you do not understand what is happening, who has passed away, what accident took place; it feel like the main character is lying to us and to everyone or if she is saying the partial truth or simply saying nothing. The relationship between two women: a month who is waiting for her son to return home and her son's fiance who unexpectedly arrives to her fiance's house in Italy are pictured immaculately well and projected through the thriving actors' performance of both women. We will not find till the very end what is going on in the house. There are strange phone calls, answering machines, strange people dressed in black in the house... The suspense is almost unbearable. The mystery surrounds everything in the house and outside of it: you wait and wait and wait when the truth breaks in... You think: on this is the time, the boys at the lake will tell the young girl why her fiance is not appearing, the mother will tell, the servant of the house will tell, the guests, the answering machine messages will reveal the truth... but it simply does not happen. Just to mention here too that the soundtrack is sensational in this movie Those of you attending the movie might find it was too slow, no resolution, no action, almost no words, but this is the beauty of it and I believe the director achieved the result with great success. It is more like a two actors' theater or like a meditation that you embrace but if you are not into such movies this will obviously not be the one for you. As to us we highly recommend the movie due to its originality and high class actors' performance. This film we highly recommend you to watch will have you asking more questions than you will be receiving the answers.
If you had a second chance how would you live your life? What would you change or not change? The detective with indigenous background sent to a remote Australian town Goldstone to investigate the incident taking place there with a missing Chinese girl. The town is in real mess and who knows what is going on there: the mayor is corrupt to the bones, the managing director of the mining company is running a suspicious business and bribes Tom, Dick and Harry, the land is taken from the indigenous people unlawfully, there are so many unsolved police cases that it seems that the police is also bribed to the bones or so it seems (?) When Jay makes friends with one and only one local policeman the whole rotten jar of worms is opened up and there is no place to hide so many criminal deeds in this town. The movie is done in a "old good western" way with a spicy Australian flavor of Asian noodles and beer of course... where can we go without an open can? The movie is very well done and yes, we all love when the truth wins even with a couple of dead good guys!.. and Let's see where the corruption can take a human being and let's see if the truth will win this time...
ST PETER'S AND THE PAPAL BASILICAS OF ROME IN 3D NEW website review by Kieran McNamara
St Peter's & The Papal Basilicas 3D The St Peter's & The Papal Basilicas is a 3D documentary on St Peter's and Rome's Papal Basilicas covering their history, architecture, art and spirituality. The architecture and art is beautifully filmed and showcased in the documentary and the 3D experience creates an interesting result when the cameras are flying over Rome and the showing the scale and depth of the buildings and sculptures. There are discussions of the history of each of the Basilicas and the immense scale of the buildings is amazing presented by an architect, art historian and museum director. The Basilicas presented are St Peter's, St John in the Lateran, St Mary Major and St. Paul Outside the Walls along with glimpses of areas that aren't accessible to tourists within the Vatican. Old maps and drawings and represented in 3D which does create an interesting viewing experience. At no point during the documentary, did I feel the 3D was a gimmick or distracted from the buildings and art of such incredible places. I enjoyed the documentary and it brought back memories of seeing some of these incredible places in person in 1989 but without the large number of tourists I'd experienced. These are incredible feats of engineering, architecture and design that are amazing and seeing them presented in 3D with a focus on the structures and art is interesting. What has been created by the architects, artisans and craftsmen is breathtaking and this is displayed beautifully in the documentary and the experience is worth seeing on a cinema screen.
HOTDOCS AT PALACE CINEMAS: A BALLERINA'S TALE NEW website review by Kieran McNamara
A Ballerina's Tale A Ballerina's Tale is a documentary about Misty Copeland who became the first African-American woman to be named principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre. The documentary doesn't look into her early life and upbringing in any great detail. It does discuss the impact of being an African-American dancer and includes interviews with other African-American female dancers and accomplished women from other walks of life. Surprisingly, Misty didn't start ballet until she was 13 but was identified as a prodigy. There is footage of a young dancer as well as footage of her filmed during the documentary to see and appreciate the grace and strength she has a professional dancer. The documentary shows the struggles that Misty and dancers in general go through with injury and pain when Misty is diagnosed with a fractured leg and her surgery and recovery. This isn't her full life story in a documentary but it does provide a glimpse into her most recent years as a professional dancer. I enjoyed the documentary although I'd have liked to have seen more of her background, childhood and early dance career. I enjoyed the beautiful pace of the film, showing Misty experiencing much of her time alone, reflecting her Herculean inner strength. Her body is beautiful and full of grace and strength. The performances are full of wonder and daring. Definitely worth watching to see a humble, extremely talented and hard working dancer go through the ups and down of life as a professional athlete with injuries and the long road to recovery, both physically and mentally.
HOTDOCS AT PALACE CINEMAS: NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU NEW website review by Kieran McNamara
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You Norman Lear is responsible for such shows as All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Stanford and Son, Good Times and Maude as well as many others in the 1970s. He is one of the most successful television producers who at one point was the producer of 6 of the top 10 shows on television. He wasn't only a writer and producer of comedy entertainment but also challenged society to discuss and consider the issues raised in his television programs. On a personal note, it was interesting to watch this documentary with my wife who grew up in the USA watching the shows Norman Lear created and discussing the delicate issues raised in the shows with her family, kids at school and the neighbourhood. Topics in his television shows included the acknowledgement of sexism and the rise of feminism, Vietnam war protests, sexual freedom resulting from the birth control pill, the lack of opportunity and negative representation of African Americans on TV, the pros and cons of abortion and the generation gap. These shows presented these radicalizing ideas to the masses via television through the well developed and fully human characters. The documentary includes a large amount of time with Norman Lear who is 93 so the interviews with him are interesting. There isn't someone looking back at his life and work and discussing, it's asking Norman directly for his views on his work and life. There are also interviews with some of the main actors and actresses from his shows as well as interviews with other comedy trailblazers such as Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner. There is a mixture of clips from the television shows as well as old and new interviews with Norman and others to provide and interesting and entertaining experience. This is a beautifully made documentary that is interesting and shows how talented writers and producers can provide comedy that also discusses serious and sometimes uncomfortable topics that affect people. I recommend watching the documentary to learn about the life and work and mindset of Norman Lear who is someone still causing viewers to ask questions and challenge themselves.
HOTDOCS AT PALACE CINEMAS: UKRAINIAN SHERIFFS NEW website RATE: 5/10
It is a reality show that Beverly Hills Housewives will get envy about. I am just kidding. Everyday life of two sheriffs working in a village located close to the Crimean boarder seems not that easy but looks like they get used to it. I guess this is the movie not only for Russian and Ukrainian community but for everyone who is interested in the real situation and in the real day to day life of their brothers and sisters in this region. ... and yes, if you would like to get depressed and have a sad bitter laughter this is the movie for you. Poverty in this area can only be compared from what I see to the after-WWII life conditions..I have not seen it myself but my mum told me how it was. The only difference is this is not after the war but during the war. There is only difference with the village my mum used to live in that there are TVs, mobile phone and photo cameras nowadays - the rest is still the same: people collect wood in the forest, get water from the wells, plant grapes and potatoes, drink vodka and go fishing; they steal from each other, they blame their own government and Russian government' no one wants to go to war as the people do not understand what they need to defend and from whom. Their dwellings are so bad and poor they fall apart in the wind. There is no light in this tunnel: the salvation is in the smoke of a a cigarette as love is not shown in this movie. It might exist somewhere perhaps... The tragedy is in no seeing the future as nothing is changing, the movement is absent and people take life as it is: no regrets and no emotions. It is a constant meditation where fun is found in simple things: jumping in old puddle full of icy water, feeding a pig, picking up a new born child from the hospital and preserving vegetables. Did I like the movie? I would not watch it again. I think the art should unite not separate people and nations. I did not see much of art in this film: it was still old poor and not that happy country that we left 24 years ago: no matter what you call it: Russia or Ukraine...
HOTDOCS AT PALACE CINEMAS: A LIFE OF ITS OWN: THE TRUTH ABOUT MEDICAL MARIJUANA NEW website review by Irina Ivanova
A Life of Its Own Australia is considering legalising the medicinal use of marijuana
While the topic of marijuana’s legitimation meets many dubious reactions, the stories of people suffering from lethal diseases and using cannabis for alleviation of their symptoms, help push the boundaries of understanding the benefits of this highly potential plant for medical treatments.
The Australian reporter Helen Kapalos has done an invaluable research on the medicinal use of cannabis. Her documentary A Life of Its Own sheds light on how important can be this drug in lives of seriously ill people, and also how difficult it is for them to fight against human prejudice. The legislation of cannabis understandably meets a vigorous repulse in public. Even the academic circles cannot approve its medicinal qualities due to the lack of scientific research. The practitioners who recommend cannabis oil to their patients meet no support and loose their registrations. However, this does not undermine their belief in the plant because its benefits become obvious in myriads of health improvement results.
It is not widely known that there are two main components in marijuana that have dramatically different effects. One, called THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is responsible for the plant’s bad reputation as it is the main psychoactive constituent that causes hallucinations. The other component, called CBD (cannabidiol), is highly potential in pain relief, and can have tremendous advantage in treatment of illnesses like epilepsy, brain tumor, multiple sclerosis, aortic aneurism, palsy, etc. as well as in palliative care for cancer’ and HIV/AIDS patients. Cannabis can be cultivated having prevailing ratio of CBD, so to have the most healing potential.
Still the examination of the medicinal use of marijuana stays scarce. Jerusalem is one place where the research has been conducted for decades. Raphael Mechoulam, the professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has been called the “Godfather” of medicinal cannabis. His work has been funded by the United States for almost 50 years. Dr Mechoulam has been investigating the two types of cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) that interact with cannabis in two distinct ways. The first receptor is expressed mostly in the brain, and the second one – in the immune system. Hence the consumption of cannabis gets quick response in human body and allows treating pain and various neurologic conditions.
In Australia it is illegal to cultivate cannabis other than for the industrial use of hemp fiber. The families with ill children go to great extents to obtain the healing plant. Some start their own marijuana plantation rooms and cook cannabis oil by Google recipes, others reach out to black market. Both ways can have detrimental consequences of quality control issues and inflict health risks. However, for desperate parents it s a no-brainer to use the herb, that does not have obvious side effects and certainly alleviates pain of their suffering children. The documentary shares heart-piercing stories of families with epileptic infants, whose seizures, previously to use of cannabis oil, were on the edge of causing lethal results. With the new cure the lives of these children changed dramatically. Not only the seizures became rare and much milder, their total mental health and quality of life have drastically improved.
Another story of the documentary leads to a rural Australian town Tamworth, NSW, the home of Dan Haslam diagnosed at 20 years old with bowel tumor. Dan suffered from severe nausea and vomiting, and hence enormous weight loss, as the results of chemotherapy. His family did their own research and introduced cannabis in hope to help Dan relieve the traumatic symptoms. To the great surprise of their medical therapist and the whole conservative setting, the effect of “smoking pot” was immense, and Dan’s vitality improved vastly, thus giving him the much-needed strength to fight the disease. Inspired by Dan’s story the Premier of New South Wales Mike Baird supported the organization of local Symposium dedicated to the medical use of cannabis. Baird announced Australia’s first clinical trials of medicinal marijuana in the areas of pain and epilepsy. He also appealed to other states administration to facilitate this cause. Federal government is now considering a bill that would see Australia grow, supply and regulate a national medicinal cannabis program.
David Stevens, the father of Deisha who at the age of three was diagnosed with epilepsy, had obtained great results in treating his daughter with cannabis oil. Unfortunately, his own health undergone a great stress, and in 2015 he died of oesophageal cancer. Just briefly before his death, he left a message on social media saying: “May we continue to encourage knowledge, awareness and clarity surrounding this plant that has had unnecessary stigma attached to it for so many years.”
In my opinion the Helen Kapalos’ documentary A Life of Its Own is an absolute must see. One can never be educated enough and ready for every life event, happy or sad. I believe it is extremely important to spread the word about the possibilities of medicinal use of marijuana, in order to provoke reexamination of the common perception around it.
This movie (the story takes place in North Turkey) has reminded me of my own childhood and youth when the only purpose your family put in front of you apart of excellent education was good and safe marriage. I would be looked at as a failure if I did not meet my family expectations: best school/Uni result and marriage by 20 years old. I was not trying hard I guess as all my girlfriends got married before me. The fear to be left alone on the side of the road pushing many girls to such marriages against their will. I was lucky as my husband turned out to be the best I could have: funny, tall, handsome, kind, hard working, loving, caring and super talented. But it was the game of luck more like a bingo as I did not know what I got until I got it. While watching the film I was thinking: what is the vest for these five girls: to be locked in home-prison conditions or marry the unknown and unwanted man (possibly to get bullied and offended for the rest of her life). All five girls got such a different destinies: one got finally married for love by pure accident, the other - for unknown boring truth, then went the suicidal one who could not barre the conditions she was kept in, then went two rebellions: one who ran away from her wedding day and the youngest and smartest of them all. The story will be an eye opening for many in the Western society who know nothing about the "religious" (more like conservative) way of life of the East and how women are treated. It is a beautiful story. the girls reminded me often of five happy little puppies who know little about life but love fun and freedom. What our families try to keep us away of? Cruel world? Who knows what these girls get - faith is a tricky and moody lady: sometimes marriage for love is nothing and seemingly boring relationship from the beginning might grow into a beautiful and organic marriage... Who knows?... I would like to add outstanding acting and breathtaking camera work. Why Mustang? My understanding was the the horse is associated with love for life, youth, wild nature, energy and freedom. I can not think about any other explanations. Giving this movie all my thumbs up!
ALL GIRLS WEEKEND NEW website review by Elise Pritchard
A group of girls who were childhood friends decide to go for a weekend away in the mountains to try and bring each other closer again. But when they find themselves lost, it's only a matter of time before things start to take a deadly turn.
All Girls Weekend was an entertaining movie and keeps the viewer in suspense. I liked the plot of the movie and enjoyed the excitement of wondering the whole way through how the ending would turn out. The acting wasn't too bad and the effects weren't too bad also. A movie I would probably watch again!
I should always, always watch the trailer before attending the movie... I am afraid that was a horror movie that I am not a big fan of. It might be an excellent picture for those who love this type of movie genre but I do not see the point of seeing lots of killing, blood spilled, bad acting, kids killing adults, ghosts, demons, endless array of decaying corpses and suffering people, I find it funny but time wasting as they do not enrich my soul. The movie was perhaps very very well done and it will definitely attract the right crowd that is hungry to see very disgusting things for different reasons. I am very much sure that they will adore this movie. The cute Korean flavor and humor will make it even more attractive as well as exotic. I personally did not learn anything from this picture but was sick in the stomach after leaving the theater. I did not rate the movie as this is not in my authority to judge. When you do not like something before you even see it - it is better not to see t at all.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS NEW website review by Ivan Lubkov
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows Renewed sequel of the well-known boy entertainment franchise in an action packed package. The film is made taking the key interests of the young boy audience in mind. This makes it hard to comprehend by adult viewers and distinguish from its TV series. The age group is probably the most conflicting with rational mindset. At that age pizza throwing, foul speaking and rejection of authority is perceived as the best way of self-expression. Having to please such an audience will always be a challenge if a goal is set to be fully compliant to civilized boundaries. The creators managed to achieve exactly that, they steered away from any blood, romance and even mild nudity (Megan Fox) and brought out the magic charm of turtles fighting with nunchakus. As common for any kid focused picture the plot is not too complicated or even logical and there is next to no character growth. Surprisingly the antagonists receive a lot of attention and plenty of chance to uncover themselves. The usual villains get to show their true desires and justifications. The evil characters become more human even though in previous presentations they used to be mindless, expressionless villains whose only purpose was to be targets of hatred. This refreshing fact creates a lot of funny moments and sometimes compassion. Having to work on a film that is tailored for the very young gave Megan Fox a chance to practice acting as a mentor not as a cheer leader. While the camera is still taking slow motion shots of her in her best angles, there is slight move towards treating her as an actor. Her presence adds the hi-budget stamp and presents an interest to the mid teenage audience. In summary the movie is a wonderful entertainment for young boys who would have no interest in long conversations or complex plots. The fact that the film is carefully edited to remove a majority of non-child content except for the kid ninja fights makes it a good entertainment for the male part of the family.
MIFF NEXTGEN: THE NEW KID NEW website RATE: 9/10 review by Jennifer Zaman
The New Kid (Le nouveau) 9/10
Based on teenagers, however, has all the potential of attracting audience from all age groups. It is definitely a grand addition to this genre of movies around the world. Spun around the trifling struggles of a new kid at school, it brings in interesting elements into the story that everyone can connect to. It bears close proximity to the “phase” of adolescence that we all go through.
When a shy boy, Benoit, joins a new school in Paris, he finds it a challenge to make new friends. His family keeps pushing him to try different ways to strike conversations with his fellow mates but in vain. His uncle suggests that they organise a fun party which could be a full-proof technique of Benoit coming out as a cool boy to hang out with. Only three of his class-mates turn up at the party, and yet they end up having the time of their lives. And finally, he finds his three best friends in the midst of wannabes.
The movie is a canvas made from little things that are indispensable aspects of every teenager looking for self-confidence in the crowd of over-confident and obnoxious fellow students. The funny innocent dialogues and plots were measured to project the naive silliness that governs those growing-up stages. A simple yet addictive motion picture which unfailingly remains in one’s conscious long after the movie reel is over.
“Kudos” to the acting score. Impressive direction and content!
We were fortunate to go along to The Backlot Studios to see Dark City. Surprisingly, it wasn’t a movie that I’d seen previously so I was looking forward to it. I enjoyed the movie and it’s about a character called John Murdoch that awakens alone in a strange hotel. He has lost his memory and finds himself accused of murder in a world with no sun.
The movie is entertaining with a mix of different characters and the movie did flow nicely even in such a dark setting. The neo noir and tech noir style may not be to everyone’s liking and the concept of reality and perception is interesting. The movie was written and directed by Alex Proyas and stars Rufus Sewell, William Hurt, Keifer Sutherland and Richard O’Brien. Bruce Spence and Colin Friels who would be recognised by Australian audiences as well make an appearance.
I’d recommend the movie for something different and interesting and I enjoyed watching it in The Backlot Studios which is a great venue and nice and quiet environment for a pre-movie drink.
This is the story of Gertrude Bell, who changed the flow of history and was "a traveler, English writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire..." The action takes place at the beginning of the 20th century, the times so well pictured by the director and writer Werner Herzog. The events unfold in England and in Middle East. Alex said after the movie: some make the movies 3D and there is nothing to see in these movies but THIS is the movie which should be called a 3D movie - the nature filming is so incredible you literally feel the breath, the depth and the beauty of the desert. We also were astonished to see Nicole riding camels, standing close to lion cubs and vultures. All the shoots were real of course :) The film has some very strong political messages Nicole Kidman and James Franco acting was absolutely amazing. Add to this stunning poetry of Omar Khayyam read by Nicole and James in love waling in the desert and you will get an absolutely astonishing movie. If we would give the Academy Awards we would give this movie BEST CAMERA work (landscapes shoots), BEST SOUNDTRACK (genuine composed just for this movie) and BEST ACTRESS. This movie will remain on the shelves of classics because of its high quality. If you are a cinemaholic this is a MUST to see!
I had a very low expectations about this film after looking at the trailer, the list of actors and the synopsis. How good I felt after 10 minuted watching this movie when I realised I had been mistaken! There is the synopsis: "A group of aid workers work to resolve a crisis in an armed conflict zone." The events take place in Balkans in 1995 (Kosovo?). There is still a conflict between religious Albanians and Serbs, mixed families and much much more. The situation is so complex no one understands what is going on. You will simply be thinking through the whole movie: thank god I am not there and god save all these people who are not responsible for what is going. Apart from the Aid Brigades there are United Nations' troupes, local peaceful civilians, boys and girls, babushka's and dedushkas, armed dangerous local groups, Russians, prisoners, cows )dead and mined and live), experienced workers and inexperienced workers, dead people, love people, vicious dogs, graves with the 1994 dates on many, hooligans and hell knows what. People make momentary decisions according to the situations : this decisions are either dumb or intelligent. The people all try to make peace but obviously trying is not enough. Seemingly dead end situations get resolved in a blink of an eye just with god's willing hand and simple accident. Suddenly you realise that sometimes the lives of many depend on some very common things in life: a 4 m rope for example or a sausage. You will have a feeling of endless darkness and human stupidity at the same time. the film will be an eye opening though for many. The reality can hit like a mine blowing and the whole film actually feels like a mine: the waiting of an explosion is almost unbearable.
The work of the director Fernando Leon de Aranoa is outstanding and deserves loud applause. One day lived in such place at such time feels more like one year of life. The crew is very well crafted for this movie with the characters growing through the day unfolding and evolving in front of them. Will you laugh? Perhaps but it will a laughter at our own darkness and our own reptilian nature.
Are we actually making a difference by helping someone? Or should the families / countries solve their own issues themselves.
I loved the soundtrack - t was awesome... and I have nothing to add but to tell everyone to go and watch the movie.
THE LURKING FEAR NEW website review by Elise Prichard
The Lurking Fear is based at a town called Lefferts Corner, an area where ghouls have been plaguing for many years. When a man named John arrives to the area to try and get his hands on the family fortune, things get crazy as the ghouls start to emerge!
For an older movie, this wasn't actually too bad. The storyline was good, although the movie was a bit slow to start off with. An enjoyable horror movie brought back to life.
This is a beautiful romantic comedy with almost impossible story line: an older woman falling in love for a younger co-worker who is slowly falling in love with her too. It is light and it is very entertaining. I ca not recall laughing out loud for a long time at the cinema at almost every single episode. Doris is more than 60 and according to the comments in the movie her love just got his drivers licence. Ridiculous? More than ever! But as the motivation from the screen says: "In life impossible becomes very possible so easily" Doris is adorable with her extravagant costumes: she is intelligent, beautiful inside out and rich in character and her interests. I found John (her love played by Max Greenfield) a bit of boring : but he has his age sex appeal and she probably give away all her intellect to be 20-30 years old again to get him, The story line is very simple and I was able to tell it to my husband in 3-4 lines when he asked what this movie was about upon my return from the media screening. This is all in details rather than a story line I believe. A very interesting stories can be built around some common story lines. The talent sometimes lies in simplicity. Sally Field as Doris is absolutely remarkable. She lives what she plays (we remember Sally from Forest Gump mother character). I found John's character a bit under-developed and plain though. I still can not understand why she got interested in him, I suppose these were her young years dreams that she left aside while looking after sick mother devoting all her time to the family and caring after her. Doris is mainly after love that she missed during all this years. Her mother is gone now and Doris is all there with her childish dreams. I believe the movie will attract the middle age women very much as well as the other audience who look for time well spent. NO matter how pity Doris look in front of anyone's eyes she is still adorable to the very core and the movie will certainly touch you!
What is it there in magic that attracts us so much? Unpredictable acts, wonder, surprise, something that we do not expect but it materialises? It is obviously something charming and fascinating that we adore since childhood when we expect the things fall down because of gravity but they move upwards despite the Newton's laws.
Yes, there is something about magic that seems to translate with people and reflect on their day to day lives.
Before you watch NOW YOU SEE ME 2 we recommend you to get the copy of NOW YOU SEE ME and watch it not that the 2 can not be watched without 1 but you will know the history and how it all started.
The movie is pretty spectacular and this is not only the magic and that "ZORRO" and Robin Hood sensation in your stomach but it is more about the fast that surprisingly the blockbuster movies started to get some good messages behind them and the story lines improved.
I also started watching the part 1 only because of the bunch of the super good actors involved in it. And I could not stop and part 2 did not disappoint and was even better. The main crew: Daniel Radcliffe, my fav Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Isla Fisher (only in part 1) , Mélanie Laurent (in part 1 only) and many many more less bright but not less talented stars. The Russians translated the movie "The Illusion of the Trick"
The movie is suitable for wide audience and the people who love good tricks and appreciate the work of magicians will adore this movie very much!
The movie is promising a great entertainment and fun,... and I can not wait to see part 3 already!
What we loved: 1. Russell Crowe himself of course 2. it is entertaining 3. the organic and amazing union of two actors: Russell and Ryan Gosling. It is so unbelievable to see them acting as if they were together for years - you will love it! what we did not like: 4. please do not be fooled by number 1 - Russell Crowe in this movie as he is nothing what you expect him to be 5. please do not get fooled by number 2 - there is nothing special and nothing new 6. we would love to see this couple - Russell and Ryan performing in something really good and deep and very special
I believe this movie will be of interest to watch for all people who love and understand good quality jazz music. Although I had a feeling only a very short glimpse of Miles Davis' life was shown in this picture. I found the movie to be very strange. What I did not like was a very strong language thought out the whole movie. it looked like the music people never speak any other language if they do not play. There was a very strong drug use throughout the film that was almost annoying as every possible was of getting high was shown and I did not see the point, the scenes repeated every 5 minutes. But they did not add the value to the movie nor to Miles personality at all. One episode would be rather enough for us to get an understanding that the musician had a problem, it was seen anyway from his behaviour. It is a real pity to see the mind degradation of a talented man who once found the inspiration in drugs would need to pay them (The Drugs) the interest with his own life. The hunt and the chase after Miles rare music recordings takes place throughout the movie: the chase does not end: there are journalists and the recording studios who all want a piece of him. The soundtrack is breathtaking - the music is to fall in love with. It is an interesting phrase pronounced in the movie that stroke me: "Dead he (his music) is more valuable than alive" - just for all of us to think about of those many extremely talented musicians and singers who died young. And again, not trying to repeat myself - the movie is an excellent entertainment for those who value a good quality jazz music.
I can see that lots of people will find the movie attractive on all levels. I must admit this is not my type of movie: there are way too much cruelty, Steven King's crazy sick people, scary surroundings and disgusting scenes. However there are also people growing from weak and submissive to the ones who have their life principles and life values. Bit by bit as the story evolves and reveals more and more details around the mystery disappearance of a murdered young boy's body we find out about all the characters in the story and the truth surfaces up from downriver to its source. The questions are answered but sadly the future does not seem as bright at the end of the movie: we can see now that the trip s over and we reached the open ocean - so much more to discover about life... I found the movie very well filmed with that mysterious tension in flavor although way too dark, cruel (with some very scary parts) and depressive for my taste. I also can see that Australian audience will love the film due to its plot unfolding on our shores.
There are our collective thoughts: - some blockbusters are very dumb. Bastille Day is not one of them. It is an extremely well done movie with a great entertainment on the surface and some very deep messages in the deep inside. It is more like a russian doll: matreshka: you can only see the one pretty doll on the surface but she carries so much inside. - as I mentioned the first level is - extremely entertaining, great director's work, amazing actors selected - all so right for their characters; the camera is simply sensational. You will keep thinking: it was filmed - yes, but then the editing goes and it took hours and hours of very and work o montage the film in such way that you feel every step and every movement. - now: the main thing: what is inside the pretty doll? When you read the title of the movie you suddenly get connected: BASTILLE DAY is the day of freedom an independence. It is very similar to the Independence Day in America and it is celebrated in the same fashion: freedom and independence for all people living in the country. But look what is happening in reality? The crowd gets directed by the group of manipulative individuals who create provocative bombing of the peaceful civilians, who disinform the crowd through the media, who kill innocent people who know already too much about their action etc etc. This is scary... This movie is the one to see one more time - just to get a clear understanding. I can 100% recommend this movie to all our friends as it is for everyone: just for those who love simple entertainment and for those who like the twisted movies with the deep ideas behind the seemingly simple story.
DR CHEAPSKATE NEW review by Jennifer Zaman RATE: 7/10
Dr. Cheapskate 7/10
Jason Ancona’s comedy flick opens with bountiful of promises with some great actors in the showbiz. Cheapskate Dr. Dana Kelly (played by Ray Rosales) painted a perfect sketch of a person decisively being the miser of all times. A great attention to details went into portraying this lifestyle, like the way he reused the same dental floss for days; the way he ate even burnt toasts without qualms; and how he could not bring himself to buy a new toaster and instead he haggles a used one from a second-hand goods store. Flashbacks brought into picture his ex-wife who was a blood-sucked and stripped him off his house and money leaving him with a life-time of debts and alimony to pay off. Ever since, Dr. Dana sets off in his journey into solitude and stingy-hood, counting every pence he has and spends. The first half of the movie keeps getting interesting when an old friend Scott Dean (played by Beau Silver) makes his entry. He pushes Dana to emerge from his shell and break his post-divorce vow of forced celibacy. After losing a money-less poker game one night, Scott’s friend Hunter (played by Andrew Key), a self-proclaimed charmer who gets his way with ladies every time, challenges both Scott and Dana to woo women to prove their guts or serve him for two weeks as his servant. Scott persuades Dana into visiting dating sites and trains him in the art of winning over women. However, Dana, with his deep-rooted sense of honestly and quest for emotional connection rather than physical, finds it impossible to crack it. The abrupt climax, however, can set one off. It would have been interesting to know exactly how Dana succeeds in ending up with Hunter’s date, thereby winning the bet triumphantly. This light comedy did start with a promising plot; however, the story fails to live up to the expectation as it heads towards the finish line. The common and ordinary end leaves one high and dry. One watch can be risked!!
HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE NEW review by Bryanna Reynolds website
Hunt For The Wilderpeople (2016) Bryanna Reynolds
The film “Hunt For The Wilderpeople” is the story of a young boy who finally finds a place to call home after living in the foster system for countless years. What happens next see’s him living in the bush with an ex-fugitive who just so happens to be his caregiver. As the nation of New Zealand form a manhunt to capture Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison) and his reluctant caregiver (Sam Neill) what the police will never know is what they are really up to whilst escaping in the bush.
I would call the film a dramedy, which is a combination of comedy and drama. There is also plenty of action and adventure throughout the film.
I have always thought that a soundtrack makes a movie that little bit more special and on this occasion I was right. The moment the film starts we are introduced to indie music and quirky little tunes. There is also a little singing to look out for in a birthday party scene, which is sure to make you laugh. If you stick around till the end of the credits you will also hear a wonderful rendition of the birthday song, which leaves you with the biggest smile on your face when you walk out of the cinema.
Cinematically the setting of this film is absolutely beautiful. Because the film primarily takes place in the New Zealand bushland the aerial and scenic shots throughout the film are absolutely breathtaking. It made me want to visit New Zealand and see the beautiful bush for myself.
I would recommend this film to anyone who is a fan of other comedy/dramas such as “Muriel’s Wedding” and most recently the “Dressmaker”. The film explores issues such as love and death but makes them relatable in a way that a young and old audience can connect with at different levels. The film has the same touch of class and comedy that is present in many Australian Films and I think that is why I connected with the humour of the film so quickly.
The film was representative of an on the road movie much like “Thelma and Louise” in a sense that there were two people running away after heartbreak and accidentally getting involved in a major police operation.
There are many comedic moments throughout the film and I even found myself laughing out loud a couple of times, which was great because this rarely happens to me.
You could say that the film is a coming of age story about a young boy who gets involved in a sticky situation and finds out a lot of things about the adult world, specifically hunting that a child of his age would not normally know.
The only negative thing I have to say about the film was that it didn’t go long enough! I wanted to see more. If you leave a cinema feeling like you could watch another hour of the story, I think this is a pretty good sign that the director is doing something right in terms of audience satisfaction.
I would recommend this film to young audiences specifically as I feel they would be able to connect directly with the evolution and transitioning throughout the film. If you are looking to sit back and be entertained then this film is perfect for you.
The Lobster is perhaps one of the best movies you are going to see this year. There are my thoughts: - it is very George Orwell 1984 - screened exclusively at Cinema Nova (and now only limited screenings) not will be liked by everyone - it is a mixture of deep drama art-house move and comedy at the same time which makes the movie extremely bizarre and brilliant at the same time - there are so many thoughts one even one comment (or one dialogue) said by the actors I will be lost to list all of them - the director's work is outstanding, the actors are sensational and everything else that makes a good movie to be an excellent picture is present including an outstanding soundtrack - the movie is as absurd and science-fictional as it is real as it connects us with the realty more than any reality movie - some situations are so ridiculous and some phrases in the movie are so illogical you do not know what to do: to laugh or to cry at the truth shown - the film shows how the socially accepted ideas are made into extreme: we are not taken for humans anymore if we ares single. Single people should be treated like animals as if they are not with partners there is obviously something wring with them. - the ideas in the movie are incredibly crazy and impossible although they are accepted by the "socium" the same way we accept our society craziness - it is insane when the characters get out from one absurd institution and get placed into the other even more irrational surrounding: from the shocking rules of one hotel to the grotesque "situations" of the forest with single only people that has even more cruel rules and from that - to the city with its own idiotic lifestyle. - with all its absurdity the film is not a farce and it is far away from it. It reminded me of some Strugatskis' novels. In these stories - where ever you go - there is a rigid wall that can not be jumped over or waled around - either way you loose if you want to win - the weird movie has a slight depressive feeling with the background laughter - sometimes you do not know really what to think 0 just take it as it is - as the chaos of your own life perhaps - Colin Farrell, Léa Seydoux and Rachel Weisz shine as the brightest stars - no matter how dark are the surroundings there is always LOVE that is the light at the end of the tunnel even if no darkness or light can be seen
some unmissable quotes: Hotel Manager: Now the fact that you will turn into an animal if you fail to fall in love with someone during your stay here is not something that should upset you or get you down. Just think, as an animal you'll have a second chance to find a companion. But, even then, you must be careful; you need to choose a companion that is a similar type of animal to you. A wolf and a penguin could never live together, nor could a camel and a hippopotamus. That would be absurd.
Short Sighted Woman: Back then, he didn't know how much it hurts to be alone - how much it hurts when you cannot reach to rub pain ointment on your back and you are constantly in pain.
Trainer Waiter - Shooting Range: It's no coincidence that the targets are shaped like single people and not couples.
Hotel Manager: If you encounter any problems you cannot resolve yourselves, you will be assigned children, that usually helps.
Short Sighted Woman: He didn't burst into tears and he didn't think that the first thing most people do when they realise someone doesn't love them anymore is cry.
Hotel Manager: Now have you thought of what animal you'd like to be if you end up alone?\ David: Yes. A lobster. Hotel Manager: Why a lobster? David: Because lobsters live for over one hundred years, are blue-blooded like aristocrats, and stay fertile all their lives. I also like the sea very much. Hotel Manager (casually like in the restaurant): Lobster is an excellent choice
Loner Leader: We dance alone. That's why we only play electronic music.
part of soundtrack:
conference in Cannes:
THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG NEW RATE: 10/10 website review by Ivan and Anastasia Lubkov
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, a classic musical (1964) that majority of us have heard songs of in commercials and romantic moments on the background, comes back in restored, renewed format. For people that are accustomed to conventional musical film representations such as Mama Mia, Jersey boys and Glee the initial 10 minutes of the film seem too revolutionary and perhaps even absurd. Having all day to day conversations conducted in songs for some might feel too unrefined. A good representative example would be the character interaction in an auto-motive repair shop on the subject of engine parts conducted in a song. The similarity to classic operas where the whole plot is a single long song eventually becomes comforting and the viewers stop the dismissal. After some time having to hear short question-response tune along “yes.., later mum.., have lunch before you go to work…” starts to be viewed as the induction to the plot to come. The story unfolds in the usual juvenile love story format where guardians protect their loved ones from making the wrong choices too early in their life. The scenes at that stage raise smiles and laughs in the audience. The viewers become engaged and start experiencing throwbacks to points in their lives. But as with any tragic love story when everyone is set to happily live ever after the history long predicament of men comes to play. At that stage of the film when the end of the story seems almost clear the main themes shift to the question of whether the cloud castles and the youthful dreams could survive the test of separation and if they don’t how will the main characters take the fall. The second half is filled with heart touching, romantic and compassionate moments full of songs that had great impact on the modern definition of love and separation themes in modern media. The end reminds the viewer in a tragic form that relationships can be symbolized by umbrellas, objects that shield from the rain and sun, which are a necessity during a storm.
FRIDAY THE 13TH NEW screening at the Backlot Studio review y Kieran McNamara
We were lucky enough to go to the Backlot Studios to see Friday the 13th.on Friday the 13th. It had been quite a few years since I'd watched the movie so it was going to be interesting to compare my memories with the actual movie and to see a very young Kevin Bacon. The movie is quite fun and did get quite a few laughs in the audience with the special effects and acting but it still had shock value. The best thing was the awesome venue with the Backlot Studios providing a surprising venue within walking distance of home without even knowing it existed. The Backlot Studios has a great theatre with very comfortable and cozy seats and a great bar and sitting area to purchase and enjoy some pre-movie drinks and treats before the main movie or to take into the movie. In a tribute to old style cinema experiences, the movie was shown after a Looney Tunes cartoon which was fun and a great memory of seeing movies when I was younger.
Our perception of the West is based on the images from the Times Square, Las Vegas and Hong Kong at night. This is what we saw in the movies back in Russia, this is how we thought it is as the West was marketed this way: the flashing lights of neon everywhere, the glamour of neon advertising and wealth of the sparkling life. Were we disappointed? Somehow at the beginning... The movie talks about neon and why we were all so fascinated by it. We would never thought about the people who created these unique pieces of art, yes, I am not mistaken, it is an art. It is an art that is 3-dimensional, complex structure, engineered by the smart minds who knew all about gas, glass and electricity, about the shapes and about gravity. Not only that they knew exactly how people would see these structures: from what distance they would appear more attractive, there was and still is the whole science. There are also museums of neon art: they are so magnificently designed some visitors refuse to leave them. It is a documentary, but you will be taken away about this seemingly narrow subject. It is history, it is about history, we connect our lives with some neon signs as we saw them in our childhood and they remind us about the candy-lands and the illusion of something sweet and irresistible. We now have something that replaced that form of art , it is LCD: it is not that environmentally friendly but it is modern although I believe some people are genuinely missing the old good neons. I believe the movie is for those of us who love unusual things and love art in all its forms.
GREAT BARRIER REEF (WITH DAVID ATTENBOROUGH) NEW website RATE: 10/10
why do we love everything Sir David Attenborough is doing and why is he so adorable. there are many reasons: - David is trustworthy and honest in his opinion; he is a Sir after all, even the queen adores him, why should not we? - he looks like non-smoker and perhaps even vegetarian as the person who talk and loves animall planet so much should not eat his friends and their meat... - David's films, videos and books surrounded many of us from early childhood (at least myself - yes!) and he does not age; he also never used plastic surgery although he is 90+; - he has been everywhere (many of us might never go): he dived to the deepest ocean waters, he topped the highest mountains and went to the most remote areas similar to Mongolia and even Yakutks (although he admits he does not have a desire to visit an outer space) and yes, he knows it all - Sir Attenborough has all our respect to his vast knowledge: geology, geography (and perhaps geo- everything on this matter), biology (and add bio- everything) , - he has appeared in more movies and documentaries than any Hollywood super-star. We should name one star by David's name. - people love David so much (not only because HE loves animals and we love animals too) but also because of DAVID himself. there should not be any reasons to justify someone's love: I believe that people simply feel that David is very truthful to himself and to the whole world that listens to him. He loves what he does and it shows through. This attracts us. today let's watch and review one more amazing David's film about Great Barrier Reef ( BBC One and Roadshow Films / Roadshow Entertainment ) - the documentary about the GBR facts that were not shown before on television: the life circle of the reef, its geology, its challenges and disasters, its formation and secrets, its legends and its research, its tenants and habitatns and so much more. David will explore with us as an audience the eyes of shrimp and their beyond human understanding vision, The satellite data, modern technology and computer research will show us the facts that were never revealed to public before. The film is simply breathtaking and magical and many of you will have great time of learning more about the world around us and its wonders and ourselves in this world
I really love to go to the movie with a low expectation and to be pleasantly surprised by the story or by the actors' or directors work.
This movie is one of such cases. The story is seemingly simple: the ordinary man saves the life of an ordinary horse. How many people save animals? - hundreds of thousands indeed. But this particular story is very special. It is showing such a beautiful connection between a man and an animal on all levels and all aspects of life. There was (and still is) a large farm on Long Island ran by Mr and Mrs Harry deLeyer or Nederland origins. the story goes far back to 1956 when the women still wore natural fur and genuine diamonds and people in States were interested in extraordinary horses (I really want the story to sound like a fairy tale because for me - from what I heard - it was a fairy tale). Harry bought a very cheap white horse out on the auction. When the man and the horse (Snowman) looked at each other there was a sparkle of light: the horse had very smart eyes and the divine connection was unavoidable. they changed each others' destiny that same day: the horse was saved from the killers that would take her for meat and ham and the man's life was changed forever. It was a thank you message from the Snowman who made a champion out of her savior and who made him world famous. I found this story very simple but at the same time very touching and deep. I really wish all of us would treat our smaller brothers and sisters, the animals the same way: with respect and human attention. But back to the story: the legendary Snowman brought her new owner so many trophies and championship winning the history or horse riding never knew before. This story is dynamic and exciting so many of you will find very connected with it. We highly recommend to see this movie to all of you who love animals.
NATIONAL THEATER LIVE: HANGMAN NEW review by Bryanna Reynolds website
Hangman – “Perfectly Executed”
Following a sell-out run at London’s Royal Court Theatre, Matthew Dunster’s award-winning production of his new dark comedy play Hangmen is now being broadcast live to cinemas by National Theatre Live.
Set in 1963, the second best hangman in Britain, Harry Wade (David Morrissey – The walking Dead) oversees the execution of a man who has been charged with the murder of a young girl. The man is sent to his death protesting his innocence. Two years later, the setting shifts to a pub in Oldham where Harry is something of a local celebrity and has switched the lever of the trapdoor for a beer pump. Harold Wilson’s government has just abolished capital punishment and the press want Harry to give his opinion.
Amongst the reporter and pub regulars dying to hear Harry’s reaction to the news, his old assistant Syd (Andy Nyman – Peaky Blinders, Death at a Funeral) and the peculiar Mooney (Johnny Flynn – Clouds of Sils Maria) lurk with very different motives for their visit. Mooney later befriends Harry’s teenage daughter Shirley (Bronwyn James), who promptly goes missing. Everyone is led to fear the worst.
Although the subject matter of capital punishment, violence and institutionalisation are quite grim, Hangman is consistently entertaining, with expertly delivered one liners. The audience is frequently left drawing false conclusions which mirrors the real world dangerousness of spreading rumours and acting before thinking.
This play is best suited for a mature audience. The prologue begins with a man being beaten and forced to his noose before the floor drops and a hanging body dangles lifelessly onstage prior to the setting change. Although this image quite powerful and symbolic it could be confronting for younger viewers.
The plays protagonist, played by Morrissey, bears a striking resemblance to the pompous over-towering Basil Fawlty. Similarly, the bar-drunks can be likened to the regular hotel guests that are always keen to gossip over a pint. If you enjoy the witty humour and physical comedy of the BBC sitcom Fawlty Towers then this play is for you!
RESTORATION NEW website RATE: 6/10 review by Jennifer Zaman.
A horror flick wrapped around a lovely couple who recently moves into a new house in an unfamiliar neighbourhood. Soon, they started to have unwanted and uninvited visits from their over-friendly neighbours; another couple. Whilst the restoration and renovation of the house was still on, both the man and wife start to sense the presence of someone unknown lurking in the house. They chance upon a diary stitched inside an old tattered teddy bear, written by a little girl who lived in that house long ago. The movie moves on slowly and yet the story gives the impression of it being too fast. No sooner than the wife begins to experience nightmares, the husband is attacked by the spirit of the little girl who was seeking retribution. Thereafter, the quest to find the story behind her unfolds with the couple determined to do all they could to help her find peace after death.
The movie barely has anything new on the plate; it comes out as a culmination of several horror movies mixed together. The sound effects carry the familiar creaky noise safely borrowed from this genre of movies. The narrative is incomplete in terms of clarity; the motive behind the crimes was blurry.
Acting score was commendable although the story fails to capture attention. With a sack load of quality old horror/dark movies to opt from, the new ones need to carefully design in order to be able to mark a difference. With well made horror cinema like Conjuring and Annabelle, “Restoration” falls far below the expectations of the modern movie buffs.
Restoration is now available on VOD - May11. It hits DVD July 5th through Uncork’d Entertainment.
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 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) 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 BEST MOVIE OF THE MONTH 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) 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.