NATIONAL THEATER LIVE: THE DEEP BLUE SEA NEW website RATE: 7.5/10
The story line will be recognisable by many of us in our young years: young man and young woman are trying to find themselves and to build the relationship that are falling apart at their every attempt. Although the main attention of the play is concentrated on Hester ( Helen McCrory ) who is madly in love and her attachment is more than obsessive, it looks sick and crazy. He attachment has no basement as the man she loves does not deserve her but the more he pushes her away from himself the more her madness grows. She is kind but cruel, she is soft but persistent , she is dislikeable by us but at the same time we see her image as reflection of our own obsessions, she is weak but she is determined in her goal. She simply does not understand the major life's rule: if she goes away first he will follow her but to do this she needs a second life or perhaps she needs a good and the other purpose in life - rather than her obsession. She needs to change her focus from Him to something which is more important in her life - perhaps Herself. In her search for love she looses Herself replacing herself with the image of the man who loves her in his own way, but of course not the way she she wants him to love her. Her lover ( Tom Burke ) is a drunker and she chooses him for her husband,a respectful judge when the relationship with the latter turn dull ice-cold and boring. Her lover is drowning himself in negligence towards the woman of his life - he forgets her birthday date but not only that - he is simply the man of a "different wave: to Hester. He lost himself as a professional pilot after the war when his job was his life purpose... But then what should be the life purpose? If not your job and if not the person that you love - what it should be to make us happy? I guess we all have to find this purpose on our journey and it is not easy. I found the acting performances of Hesta and her lover to be ultimately stunning but I would not vouch this for the rest of the cast - quite on the contrary it was a bit weak to our taste. I also believe that this is a must see performance just for the sake of the story and the main characters performance.
As I mentioned in one of my previous reviews: there are horror movies that can chill your blood and make it still like ice. But the real life stories are even ore horrific than the films. This is one of such stories. I gave it 10/10 for the story line told - it is about sick people, drug addicts and murders who come back from jails to the judicial system who kill people in the past but instead of spending 10 (which is small for such crimes!) were let go out of the jail on good behaviour parole ... You will say - what???? It can not be true! It is !! It is a real story that took place in late 90-s in Australian Capital Territory and that shook the world with its cruel violence. The girl drugged her boyfriend to death by manipulative actions , the girl whose sick mind took into this terrible story her friends and her University classmates. But this is only part of the story. I felt very sorry for the boy who let himself surrounded by so many lies of his cunning girlfriend - he was the most innocent and positive person in this story. I felt even more horrified observing the behaviour of the friends who were with the couple almost all the time and many were aware of the crafty plans. Their silence and ignorance killed Joe mainly. There are main characters of the story who created the criminal incident, but there are also the "passive criminals" whose killing tranquility was even more dangerous and in fact pushed Joe closer to his death. Although the story line was sensational and will raise lots of discussions after you watch the film I found the first 2/3 of the movie to be very slow and dull reminding of old Australian boring serials. The film took off beautifully in the last 1/3 of it. I love the acting of the whole cast though - it was absolutely superb and beyond any expectations. Again: the film deserves 10 for acting and story line, but the first part killed it - I lowed the rate accordingly.
THE BAULKHAM HILLS AFRICAN LADIES TROUPE NEW website RATE: N/A
It is almost impossible to put a rate on such film. It is not only about the African Ladies Theater in Australia, where the girls play themselves and their hardship through life and their faith. This film is about the women who suffered in their lives the cruelty of men for many centuries, those who were sexually or physically abused and abused by words. It is about all of us who experienced such abuse in any way. It is a healing journey as well as harmonizing your present life and looking into the future. The women play themselves on stage in one fabulous theater production that many of us will find very painful to watch. I found it very courageous to bring these stories out. If I see this theater is in Melbourne I will go to see it though no matter what I will feel - just to support these powerful girls who managed to assist themselves and are trying to bring the message up to the other women and men. I guess many of you will not find the subject very attractive...well... unless you know the purpose of such project it is hard to judge. I find it is OK to talk about it as soon as it helps you and the others, as soon as the healing takes place and as soon as it might help to prevent the horror of the abuse. Yes, and as I said many of you will find this film too emotional to watch. I also found the work of Rs Horin to be absolutely amazing: honest, simple (but at the same time talented) and without any ego attached she is projecting a free will to the women who experienced violence in their home countries and escaped for their lives - it makes this project a total success and I feel nothing but respect to her amazing work.
CZECH AND SLOVAK FILM FESTIVAL 2016: EVA NOVA NEW website review by Irina Ivanova
Eva Nová Czech and Slovak Film Festival Melbourne 2016
Eva Nová is a debut feature by Slovak film director Marko Škop who has got previous acknowledgement for his documentaries. At the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, this film won the prize of the International Federation of Film Critics. Eva Nová was shown during this year Czech and Slovak Film Festival 2016 that took place at ACMI, Melbourne from 14 Sep - 23 Sep.
Eva is an aging woman, former successful actress, who tries to find new sense in life after being rehabilitated from an alcohol addiction. Brilliantly played by the famous Slovak actress Emília Vášáryová, who does not shy out from the merciless close ups and comparisons of the 62 year old with a young beauty from the poster on a wall, Eva Nova invites the audience in for a reflection on the purpose of life and value of relationships.
Eva’s story is quite typical. An attractive young actress has lost herself playing someone else’s stories and pleasing other people. She’s never had a chance to find out her own personal values. Eva’s life has turned into partying, boozing and sleeping around, eventually leading her into a miserable existence of an abandoned, heart-broken alcoholic.
Neglected as a mother of a ‘bastard’ child in her marriage with director Ringer, she decides to pursue life without obligations of the motherhood and leaves her son Dodo (Milan Ondrik) to be cared for by her older sister Manka (Zofia Martisova). Growing just as selfish as his mother, Dodo cannot forgive Eva’s disgraceful behaviour and poor life choices. When Eva visits her son’s family after being discharged from the rehab, nobody’s pleased to see her, and Dodo cruelly throws her out the door.
Although things are tougher than ever, worsened by the necessity to look for a job and start a completely different work path, Eva tries to resist her addiction and stay afloat. Not wanted as an actress anymore, she finds a job at a supermarket. Off duty Eva changes her uniform for a pretty dress, putting a ridiculously pompous bow on (with which she expressly decorates her every outfit) in attempt to disguise her gloomy thoughts and excruciating emotions.
Škop’s drama observes a good deal of personality crisis, broken expectations and strokes of fate, but in the end Eva finds her redemption, which makes her perseverance all worthwhile.
FRANCOFONIA NEW website RATE: 100/10 (there is no typo here)
This film is a puzzle, it is a Pandora's box - while we open it all the ideas escapes leaving the Hope only inside. Why is a puzzle? The artist (Alexander Sokurov) only touches the subjects leaving many questions opened but some of them get answered in the mysterious ways. It is allegoric like many of his films. It is strong to the extend when you would want to see it once again and once again and many times after to get your questions answered. It is timeless of course as the high art should be. It is not one of those movies that you will forget the next day. I was in tears so were everyone who watched The Russian Ark back many years ago when it was screened at ACMI for the first time. No one knew why we were in tears back then - they are just very fine planes inside our souls that Alexander's creativity touches that we , humans can not explain. His films are far away from entertainment though they are pleasant to watch for all senses. The time passed and when I watched The Russian Ark again the tears were not there, they dried out and the life became more insensitive for us in years. Though more were revealed for me in that after years screening: the film appeared to be even deeper despite the tears vanished. Did we cry this time at the Francofonia? Yes, we did/ Again: with no apparent reason I just could not help it. Art and politics: while one is enriching us the other takes away from us. While one creates beauty and peace , the other... it is painful to say but the people who create - they know. As I mentioned the Francofolia is a multi-leveled picture. Some of us will want to see it 5 or may be 6 times before all the layers get revealed. And even then we will not find out what the director meant by this or that - the puzzle is meant to get opened in years to come. Why is it a Pandora's box? First of all - it is Hope only that is left inside bottled in, jarred in. We need the Hope as life will become hopeless. The ideas are freed though. Also: the film which is about the art and the beauty, the life and the power, the humanity and history , the film is also about the unforgiving deeds, about the sacrifices, about he Paris' Louvre museum which perhaps costs more than the whole France (if the cost can be applicable to such priceless pieces of art). There is just one interesting thought that Alex has shared with me when he said that the film is not really a documentary - is it more like a philosophical tractate or monologue about art and its place in our world. There was the part that stroke also: when the historical figures ( the administrator of the museum and the Nazi art maven ) of that time were seated and they were told their faith in the next forty years: not the form that was also so attractive of bringing this on but also the reaction of these people.... There is one more: try to answer this question: while the art is considered by many governments and authority officials as pointless and not profitable business why do they still take care of it despite their hatred of people who create? What else is there to add? Sokurov is one of our favorite directors, not that his art will attract lots of admirer: it is not for many but this kind of art that He creates will remain forever. If you do not have a spoiled and selective taste in movies - do not bother to go - you will not find what you are looking for in this film - it is not a mass media entertainment. I would not even call this film an art house as many of you know: there is no unstructured mess of things in the middles of the room, naked bodies and rubbish when the film director is an equivalent to the drug addict whose thoughts you will never follow nor understand: on the contrary Sokurov's picture is the art house you can find in art: i is well recognisable, amazingly done and very pleasant to watch. The soundtrack is very well suited - like Napoleon's mundir and his hat - perfect for every episode's battle. I gave the film 100 out of 10 as this is one of fav films in the last years since Faust and The Russian Ark... The last remark to finish my long story: it would be very interesting to read the script separately from the film - the text is remarkable! Art will always remain beyond wars and political ambitions, beyond economics and beyond the changes in the outside world, but it has a price - it can be bought and sold, we care about it as some of the cultures that are gone - their art can not be repeated or copied. Have we learned anything from the losses of the civilizations passed? Is the phrase at he beginning of this documentary: " I failed while filming this movie..." and around which the story line is built - is it in power?
PERSIAN FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT: THE SALESMAN NEW website RATE: 9/10
We know by now that if the film starts with a picture of an empty house with some left overs of the furniture , you should not expect it to be pleasant.
We found this film was quite strong but it was more scary than a mysterious horror film to watch: the realty is always more scary than the imaginary world. The word is cruel, it is more cruel than I ever thought. I even find animals have more compassion and love than humans. Which Gods have created us copying thyself? We all came out to be unfair to each other, greedy as if we live this life forever, ungrateful and demanding. We all turn to be sinful and barbaric to the extend of not feeling guilty for what we have done. Even religious believes can not stop some people from turning into the ugly beasts. The man has sinned in the movie and abused the woman in the most horrible way. We, watching this film can not find the forgiveness in our hearts to let this go - we all want the bastard to be killed for his deeds. We can not understand how these thoughts could come into his small and ignorant mind. He thinks that he can get away with his unjustified actions however the right justice and his faith finds him. He faces his own lies and he can barely take it. The punishment is so clever, so brutal and so sophisticated the audience can not feel for the criminal and now we do not know what side to take: the offender's of the "mediator". We now feel for both... and the theater continues its acts... We can not differentiate now where is the play and where is the reality. The film is a deep psychological drama and we observe and judge it according to our own believes and upraising... There is point to take sides - as I say" life is unfair to everyone and we are ALL cruel.
CZECH AND SLOVAK FILM FESTIVAL 2016: ROSSO PAPAVERO NEW website RATE: 6/10
Once you join the world of magic, illusions and mysterious unknown =plane there is no way back as the curtains close behind you. You taste it only once and you will be taken on the journey for your whole life - you will learn so much about it and about yourself... We all feel like children before these doors that open us the whole new world.. .what is behind it?Only one who was there can tell you but it will be His story, not Yours.
CZECH AND SLOVAK FILM FESTIVAL 2016: IN LINE (V RADE) NEW website RATE: 7/10
When you are standing in line - no matter what you get at the end - it is always an experience and anything can happen along the way: children get born, people fall in love, they grow old and die, they get married and get divorced, they source from one another , they use of another and they ... well eventually they change the lines... In Line is a a very witty interpretation of our our experiences... You will like this short and colorful anime.
CZECH AND SLOVAK FILM FESTIVAL 2016: MILA FOG NEW website RATE: 9/10
Mila Fog is a 10 minutes mystical journey through time and space: sometimes celestial. sometimes earthly it takes us on a gentle ride through Nature's forests following the artist's imagination and accompanied by magical animals and birds, seeds and creatures, human made and unreal objects - the trip is meditative and mythical as life itself. If you like unusual animations with delicate emotions attached - you will adore this small masterpiece of art. I only wished it was a bit longer...
CZECH AND SLOVAK FILM FESTIVAL 2016: THE BALLAD OF SIMON AND TERESA NEW BALADA O ŠIMONOVI A TEREZE website RATE: 8/10 review by Jeanette Russel
Thank you for the opportunity to review this short movie. It is from the Czech and Slovak Festival. This stoy is about Three main characters. Simon Teresa and Matej. At the great war's end Simon returns home from the said war. He has been effected physically and mentally. There are two brothers the older one Matej has asked Teresa to marry him. She doesn't answer his proposal. Upon Simon's return it is clear who she yearning for. Matej catches them kissing and realises that Teresa's heart does not belong to him. He is it seems clearly very upset. He teaches Simon a lesson . As Simon is already very ill it is not a good outcome. Both Matej and Teresa are clearly religious and bear the weight and guilt of the outcome, of Simon's demise. This short film is set in the great war. It has English subtittles . Directed and written by Martin Hnat it is a tragic story of struggle religion and the loss of hope and eventually life. This moving ballad includes beautiful countryside and scenery. Very well done as a short film. I give it 4 out of 5.
CZECH AND SLOVAK FILM FESTIVAL 2016: CHRONOS NEW website RATE: 9/10 review by Jeanette Russel
From the Czech and Slovak Festival, Chronos is a short film about 10 mins in duration. This story starts out with a busines man drinking at a hotel bar. He returns to his room and then the hallucinations begin. Clearly disturbed this man is seeing everything upside down. Apparantly at the same time, time itself is running backwards. . An amazing twist at the end keeps this movie action packed. The director and screenwritter Martin Kazimir has kept this short vimeo video very interesting with great visual effects. There is no dialogue in this film. It won a Phillip K Dick Short Film award. Thank you for the chance to review it. I found it to be quite fasinating. Therefore giving the movie 4 1/2 out of 5.
The Queen Of Ireland film is touching the most important subject we face now: the equal opportunity for everyone in the world and the world understanding of homosexuality. We saw many excellent movies about the subject in the past and some of them were exceptionally well done (Milk and many more). The documentary is quite revealing in some parts, some parts er found extremely vulgar and not to our personal taste but overall we got the point. It is not about the progress in the world about the subject - it is more about the minds of the people (and us) accepting or rejecting such relationship. If there is love - why there should be any restrictions who marries whom/ Why the others should decide whom you CAN love and who not. It is no one business and this is not about marriage and the certificates. Certificates are papers only. It is not about the paper - it is about the state of mind. It is projected on us by the wrong religious believes that something should be this or that way. But God does not have a gender. He/she is not a man no he is a woman. The laws who can marry whom were written thousands of years ago - they are still supported. Although the topic touched in this film is extremely important the movie is not vert well dome, it is based on interviews which are blend with the live scenes from the shows and the meetings with public. It was not done to our taste as we did not see much talent nor effort put into creating the picture. At one stage I thought it is a self-praising movie of something that is not there. This subject is very delicate and it needs a delicate touch not the self-loving, stage and attention loving yelling over-done-with-make-up superwoman aka mother Teresa who takes everything upon herself in the world evil salvation. Life is not only about the stage and the gay bars. There is an important core missing here. We are propagandizing love and compassion here and accepting people as they are not the self -admiring super-woman.
Julieta is a tender story about the life of a woman pictured from her young age to her middle age hours -spring to summer so to speak. Julieta's daughter Antia disappears for 12 years and does not not want to talk to her mother hiding in the spiritual retreat from her. The long time absence of her daughter is explained by the death of her father and Julieata's husband in the accident during the harsh storm while he was fishing in the open sea. First time we meet Julieta heart broken in Madrid where she lives with her boyfriend and decides to move to Portugal. This trip is prevented by a sudden meeting with Antia's girlfriend from her teenage years, Bea, who tells Julieta the story that she met Antia recently and that her daughter lives in Switzerland and has three children. This sudden meeting triggers all the past memories in Julieta's mind about the time she was with her first husband Xoan. Julieta starts writing her story. Will mother and daughter meet again and will they forgive each other?.. What I liked about this film was quite a strong cast, good and emotional acting although the story seemed a bit long and some details were mentioned without any reason.
It is a very well done technically animation. But the story line was not convincing enough for me. I hope the kids at the preview enjoyed it though. I could not help myself but compare this fantasy anime with THE RED TURTLE that we also watched this week. The comparison although did not do any good for the Storks. It seems that I simply could not connect enough with this idea of family receiving babies in packages from the birds. The character were also not that very brightly pictured and I simply can not remember any of them after a could of days. I am fan though of animations in general. Although superbly done and drown this particular adventure was lacking something that the good animation stories all have: a bit of gentleness or tenderness perhaps. Plus the funny moments were also not highly satisfactory. It might be only my personal opinion: the kids noisy at the beginning of the film were enjoying the second half of the anime with great pleasure. Overall I believe the film is perfect for the day out with family, kids and popcorn.
The remake of Blair Witch was a film that ticked many boxes for me and i will definitely watch it again.
I do have to say that i am a horror movie buff and love anything remotely related to suspense and/or thriller so that does sway my judgement a little.
This film is definitely for people out there wanting to feel the creepiness of being in a forest so if you don't like being surrounded by trees, this probably isn't for you.
If you are familiar with the original Blair Witch film i think you will be able to draw upon many comparisons present in both of the films. Whilst this is neither a positive or negative emotion related to the viewing of the film i do think it is important to mention.
The film is much like the original with some of the best moments rehashed. Meaning there isn't a lot of new content or scripting changes.
I would have loved to have some new twists and surprises included in the film but that i will leave to viewer discretion.
When i am watching a remake i don't really want to see the exact same film as the original and at times it did seem to mirror the first film a little too much.
How ever, if you have not seen the first film then you will enjoy it to the max. it is an enjoyable film if you like horror and it is definitely not the worst film i have ever seen. To be honest if there was a Blair Witch 3 i would most definitely see it because i believe that movie franchises can improve.
This type of film is aimed at the younger thrill seeking audience so if that is you i would recommend to see it. Also be careful if you are watching in a dark movie theatre as you will probably feel 10x more petrified.
If you haven't seen the original Blair Witch i would recommend viewing it just as much as this one, so that you can appreciate both films for what they are.
Deep in the depths of hell, Veronica, (Featherstone; "The Zero Effect," "Soul Survivors," "Friends") a young demoness, yearns to visit the world of man. Veronica finds a secret passage and ascends from Hades with her dog Hellraiser, and they find themselves on the streets of a modern American city.
Disguised as a human, she meets Max Barris, a young doctor, and begins living with him. Veronica decides her mission in life is to punish the wicked and evil, and goes about this with a bloody vengeance. She hunts down evildoers and kills them, feeding parts of their bodies to her dog. Finally she tells Max the truth about herself, and despite the fact that she's a spawn of darkness he falls in love with her. But will the separation of mortal and immortal allow their love to last...?
review by Atmiya Patel Movie has quite an interesting start full of those spooky bits as the horror movie admires are waiting for. In the remastered 1994 version I loved the sound, the makeup, the visual and the plot which I found to be a very impressive masterpiece. Overall it was unbelievable expression that is worth watching for sure.
This is one of the most beautiful and poetic animations I saw in the last year. There is not one word pronounced from the screen but millions of words were said and it really felt like we watched not a mute film but the film so full o sound.... I have to admit that this animation soundtrack is absolutely stunning. Please spare some time and go to see this movie. From the first few notes it will put you into a meditative state of mind. The young man is finding a refuge on an island after the ship wreck. He feels lonely and he builds a raft to leave the abandoned place. His raft gets broken from beneath the sea while he is few meters away from the shore. After few attempts he gives up but he wants to find out who did this. It was certainly a humongous power that destroyed his rafts; someone with the power from the deep waters, someone he could not see. In the next couple of days the events on the island develop the way that his life will be forever changed. He meets someone so special that he does not want to leave the island anymore. The island is like your life: deserted an isolated from the beginning it receives its meaning when someone with the inhuman power invades your space. You let the person in and the miracles happen one after another: suddenly you discover a creator inside yourself. The movie is so fine and so delicate it is hard to retell and it is not my duty to do so to be honest... I want every soul to watch it: to find something for yourself inside every sound and every splash of water from the screen... perhaps you would like to sleep under the stars one day too... I was thinking: how Russian this fantasy is... and how Russian the artist was when he was creating this beauty... Not one movement is repeated, not one animal is shown twice, not one joke is misunderstood, not one tear is wasted... Graceful and unbelievable!
She is a business femme fatale: she is a corporate shark who loves challenges as long as they involve substantial amount of money. She is highly professional in everything she touches: gold, real estate, global corporations and men. Nothing escapes her teeth. You look at the brilliant acting of Anna Gunn who plays Naomi Bishop and you totally convinced that this is the real face of the business woman who will never miss what belongs to her. Her work so successful in the past that looks like a solid wall of brick layers suddenly gives a crack: one of her deals she simply looses. She takes another work and it seems that a woman of her caliber will get it right this time but the circumstances are all beyond her reach: her faith catches up with her as if letting her know that she has to stop somewhere and let herself breath. Suddenly the whole world goes against her: she is trying to find the end of this web of lies and betrayals in the world where humans are nothing but money are everything. She game is honest though: she knows how to play by the rules. One thing she does not take into account that everything can be sold and bought - it is the matter of price. While she tries to untangle the maze and define who is who in that game of dishonesty against her she realises that she missed the most important things in life... We feel sympathetic for Naomi, but we also understand that she was the one who pulled the trigger while the gun was aiming at herself... It is good entertainment and it is a great pleasure to observe Anna performing this character so naturally and so brilliantly well...
AICE ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL 2016 OPENING NIGHT: FIRE BIRDS NEW website RATE: 8/10 Take one 80-years old man and three 80-years old women, add a criminal detective to them and you will get a perfect story with the suicide, murder, love triangle and past and present blend together in one bowl. Add some spice: the Holocaust survivors, fake forearm tattoos, private Jewish Holocaust survivors club, filthy rich and old people so poor they have no breakfast to eat no tie to wear to a party and the dish will get even more attractive. You will cry and laugh, laugh and cry, but you will more laugh than cry and you will enjoy this little detective comedy or little dramatic romance. As to acting I can say only one thing: old people play better than young as they do not have to pretend much: it just comes out naturally. When you live for so ling you organically become a good actor: the longer the game the better you play. in it. You will find some good lines and great surprises while watching this film. Although we found some weak points in the film the overall impression was sensational. One good film you do not want to miss.
I am not a big lover of the horror movies even if they are done well. It was also a bit unusual for me to see the movie made in Iran with that horror flavor just as the trailer did not reveal it I have to admit I was not prepared to such events development. The first 3/4 of the movie were ok to watch, but the scariest part started towards the end. I simply closed my eyes and opened them only when the titles were floating on. No matter how spooky the film was and how the entities appeared in it unexpectedly the most terrifying part was the war - if I took all the "scary bits" and say it was the interpretation of war fears that turned into monsters that horrorised the living humans in the house that would be reasonable. I believe this film will find its audience not only among the people who love horror movies but among those who would interpret the frightening episodes in the way I mentioned above.
ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2016: PERFECT STRANGERS NEW Perfetti sconosciuti website RATE: 9.5/10
It is a daring game to play indeed! The long time friends meet for dinner. There is nothing unusual and the conversation is getting boring and loosing its flavour. We only can notice that out of this 7 people gathered at one table (3 couples and one guy who never brings over his partner) , we only notice that one couple is very unhappy. Before attending the dinner they hide their strange and hidden from each activity who knows where: in the bathroom or behind the bedroom doors. Nevertheless our expectations reveal that not only one couple is suffering from lies and infidelity. The very strange game starts at the table in the middle of the dinner just before the desert is served/ They all put their phones on the table openly and will reveal the information from every email, message, text and phone call that is coming through. They will share the nature of the text and the message and explain it in front of everyone. This is when the fun begins and the doors start to slam. To be honest I have not laughed like this fro a long time... They now all know about each other in less than an hour. And when all the cards are open and there is nothing else to say.... the ending will shock you even more... Be prepared to some serious laughs and some very funny drama. Pointless to say the actors are ALL superb. I found only two familiar faces: Giuseppe Battiston (as Peppe) and Alba Rohrwacher (as Bianca) but the rest of the crew is also very appealing and as I mentioned portray their characters immaculately well. My score is 10 and Alex's is 9
When I came home after watching this film I could not stop talking about it: it was very sad to watch some episodes of it, not sad: it was even horrible to watch. It was also emotionally disturbing film as it contained some deep philosophy: how the kind deed can turn into an evil one no matter what your intentions are and how it actually turns into a kind deed after all. I am more and more convinced that this world is far away from being fair. But mainly it is not about fair or not fair , it is finally about what YOU are in this world, It is finally about you and what you do for yourself. At the end many good deeds do - are just for ourselves not for the others.... and this is normal. Finally there is no one else in this world - just yourself. But let's go back to the original film. A teacher and obviously not a very rich gentleman publishes an ad in the newspaper where he is writing that on Wednesday, May the 9th he will give (perhaps, I am only assuming) a large sum of money (approx $30,000) to the person who needs it the most. On the day notified the office were he would run through all the applications - there is a huge crowd of people. How will he decide who is worthy of his gift? Do you think it will be a hard solution? ... and the final questions: why is he doing this? What are his motives? There are 500 people at the doors waiting for his word. The local government is disturbed as they can not understand what is going on? There is no peace on the street and the agitated crowd is surrounded by the police forces. The further the story progresses the more we find out about the lives of the ordinary workers in Iran: their challenges and their dreams, their culture and their religious believes, their fates and their fears, their lies and their truth... We can only guess how unhappy the gentleman who is giving away the money was to start such a campaign. Will the gesture bring him back his happiness/ Will he saves someones life with his fortunate gift? Or perhaps many lives?... I found the movie was amazingly done. The actors all played their characters so well I was thinking they might have found the real people on the street and were filming a documentary. The movie is very emotional, I also recommend many of you to take the handkerchief just in case...
Not much do we know about the day to day life and challenges of the disabled people. The movie shows it so close you can hear the person breathing on you from the screen. I heard a little about the struggles the people with autism and their families go through but I would never imagine how hard it is just to live one day next to the person with such disability. But the film is not only about the confrontation of the illness and the hardship of everyday life. On the contrary: it is about the way out of certain situations though the games, but more precisely: through the beautiful world of animation and its characters. Never leaving the childhood? No, not exactly but I suddenly remembered my mom who taught me not to work but to play to work, not to clean the house but to play that I clean the house, not to do my homework for school but play my home lessons. I earned the most important tasks through the games like a little puppy learns how to hunt by playing with the small rubber ball. There is only one thing was missing: my emotions were real and could not play any games with that. The movie is very similar: the parents of the boy with autism discover that their child learns faster if they include Disney characters in the process that look more like a conversation from the animation story rather than a real life.... Will this help the boy when he is grown up already to deal with his heart and emotions? You will see, This movie is amazingly done and deserved the best rates indeed.
KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA 2016 DONGJU: THE PORTRAIT OF A POET NEW website review by Nadia Pleshkova
"DONGJU: The portrait of a poet" is a historical and emotional Korean movie, depicting the short life and dramatic journey of DONGJU, a talented young man who is passionate about writing poems and dreaming of being published. Unfortunately the circumstances of a colonized country by Japan at the start of World War II dictate a certain harsh destiny for DONGJU and his cousin, seeing them move to Japan to change their last names into Japanese. Not being able to publish poems in his native language, DONGJU seeks ways to print his works by translating them into Japanese and English. Sadly though, being suspected of anti-Japanese activities, he is inprisoned eventually to die from secret unknown injections, given weekly to the prisoners by Japanese authorities never to see his work published. This is a heart breaking story of a world renowned Korean author of "The Heaven, the Wind, the Stars and Poetry" publication, consisting of 19 poems, written during his incredibly brave life.
THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK - THE TOURING YEARS NEW website review by Jeanette Russel RATE: 9/10
Appreciate the opportunity to review this flim/documentary, The beatles eight days a week-The touring years . Ron Howard produced, and directed the film, about the Beatles rise to fame, an impressive job. Incorporated is footage of world tours taking in many countries. America was widely featured including at the end, of the doco, 1/2 an hour of recorded footage from Shea stadium in New York. Captured is the reaction of the fans. Some actors, musicians, entertainers ect have been interviewed on their perspective of the band during the years 1962 - 1966 which adds yet another dimension to the documentary. The Lennon / McCartney songwritting team wrote almost 300 songs together, sometimes churning them out in quick sucession as required by their manager. The camaraderie between the beatles is shown during their touring years. How they formulated their music was featured, as well as how decisions made by the group were at that stage all inclusive of all the band members. Their unique and much sort after talent was showcased during the film. It was a very informative and interesting doco. Suitably impressive I found was how young they seemed, to be handling so many factors and facets of their lives. Enlightenment about the Beatles included many no. 1 hits that stayed at the top for weeks some even months. Details provided in the film/doco were absorbing. To me this film was engaging and thoroughly entertaining. Personally I was delighted by the music, harmonies, and insights into this world class band. I would like to score the film 4 1/2 out of 5. With thanks, from Jeanette Russell.
From wiki: "On January 15, 2009, veteran US Airways pilots Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffery "Jeff" Skiles board US Airways Flight 1549 departing from LaGuardia Airport and take off. Barely three minutes into the flight, disaster strikes, the Airbus A320 hits a flock of geese, which cripples both engines of the A320. Without engine power and no airport within range, Sully is forced to land his ill-fated airliner in the frigid waters of the Hudson River. With 155 passengers and crew on board, Sully, against immeasurable odds, successfully ditches the aircraft, sparing the lives of the crew and passengers and he is dubbed a hero by the press for his actions. But soon afterwards, Sully's life is invaded by reporters and investigators who force Sully to put his job, family and reputation on the line." .. Unique story base do real events that made a hero out of the airplane captain in 3 minutes. The whole word talked about him in 2009 after this accident. Apart from being unique it is also a very sensitive story. Alex was a bit doubtful going into the theater that the 3 minutes pilot trip can make a 96 min movies. He simply said to me: what it will be about? We all know the story - what is more there to tell? Obviously Clint Eastwood is not an ordinary person taking and directing the story on such subject. At the end of the movie Alex simply said: I am surprised to give this movie full 10 out of 10 as it is brilliantly made - not one word is said in vain and not even one episode was captured on camera that was not necessary. Should I also say that this is one of the best Tom Hanks' roles? He is playing the captain of the airplane and we believe him to the core of his essence. We love him being a hero and we want him to win at the public hearing when his actions were questioned. Well, let's say: the pilot has doubted it himself. But being an experienced 42-years in the air skilled pilot all he did was - following his intuition. I have no doubts Tom was the right person for this role and he has done it with all his heart. Well, now back to the question - how the 3 minute experience be created into a 96 min movie? Well, there is the past events and there is the family matters, there is the current situation and dealing with insurances, there is also a most important aspect: the main hero feeling and his nightmares shown. We are all heroes in this or that way saving lives of others day after day. This story is unique though by its own heroes: first of all the crew that saved all 155 passengers and got them live and healthy back home. Secondly because we know about these heroes now and we knew them back then in 2009. I also liked the story as it is so inspiring and so touching - the cinema hall was all in tears watching what the captain of this airplane lived through and how wise he was making his decision in seconds. It was just incredibly amazing what Sully, a USAF Academy graduate, a former F-4 pilot and a glider instructor did for everyone - simply amazing - I should say it is a miracle but no, as the miracle would exclude the human factor which was way too significant in decisions he made! I have all my thumbs up for recommending this movie to the wider audience - for everyone as a must see!
LA CONFIDENTIAL AT BACKLOT STUDIOS NEW website RATE: 10.10 review by Anastasia Lubkova
L.A. Confidential is an American crime film (1997) tells a story of the police corruption in Los Angeles and Hollywood sleaze. The movie is loosely based on James Ellroy's 1990 novel of the same name, the third book in his L.A. Quartet series.
The action of the movie takes place in the city of Los Angeles, which is like every other city, has it’s own unique beauty and its own little secret stories. Interestingly, back in 1950s Confidential was a monthly popular magazine that was selling millions of copies with its seamy exposes of celebrity sex and drugs, and the movie exposes the spectator to the fascinating and sometimes even shocking insights of the city.
Although L.A. Confidential has been ranked by TIME magazine as the best film back in 1997, it feels that it has not lost its relevance nowadays. A diverse gallery of characters played by Hollywood stars, such as Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger and Danny DeVit, brings the parallel realities of Los Angeles to life such as glamorous beauties and ambitious and charming men of one world cross abruptly into the twisted, dissolute and lawless terrain of the other. The storyline describes three very different cops are all after the truth but each in their own style.
One of the reasons L.A. Confidential, that has been nominated for nine Academy Awards and won two, is so good is because this seductive and beautiful movie that has set up the moral tone and pulling a lot of the plot threads not only just for its plot and atmosphere, but because of convincing and sophisticated characters here, that made the movie absolutely timeless. Score 10/10
KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA 2016: ASSASSINATION NEW website RATE: 7.5/10
It is perhaps the best actin film that we have seen in the last month. The acting is also sensational although: again we had issues with identifying who is who (men now) character-wise. The story started to make sense close to the 1/3-rd through. It is intriguing but some parts especially the father not being able to recognise and differentiate between two of his twin daughters is doubtful. The overall impression from the movie was very good. I was amazed how well the atmosphere of the 30-s was captured in the surroundings and the episodes set ups. It also a very valuable film history-wise. We know so much about WWII and who was who and who took what sides however we know little about Japanese invasion to Korea and how the civilians were taking it, how the national independence movement worked and what was the government position. Assassination stays for its name and supports it loyally throughout the whole screening as violent scenes go one after the other countless and in you are into action movies you will not have time to breath. What we found really hard was that the movie was partially made in Japanese and partially in Korean languages. I believe it was an important part of the plot - knowing who is the enemy and who is not. As we read the titles we could not say who talks what language - this was lost for us in translation so to speak. We like the film muchly and would recommend it to everyone who doe snot know the Korean culture to watch it and learn something new. For those who is into the culture already - there is no need to recommend this movie will find you - I am sure - 100%!
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MOONWALKER AT BACKLOT STUDIOS NEW website review by Nadia Pleshkova
The movie "Moonwalker" (1988) portraits Michael Jackson's career through a collection of various concert footages and video clips. As soon as moonwalker's leather shoes appear on the screen, the cinema audience start clapping and cheering in anticipation of the coming craft. Michael himself plays a main character fighting the evil mr Big and proving that kindness always wins. The story has lots of funny parts and great effects to make you smile. The dark sky with millions of bright stars is featured throughout the movie a few times symbolizing Michael as the brightest star out there. His incredible dance moves with every cell on his body projecting the rhythm of the music is a true gift to fans to enjoy his talent on the screen. If you are a fan of this incredible artist, you will watch this movie again and again without failure. You will also, like my friend who mimics MJ's moves, still feel sad these days of such a loss. It was interesting to hear my teen daughter commented towards the end of the movie" It's depressing to realize that MJ would never give anything again to the world". But he did give so much to make the world a better place.
This film will certainly remind you a detective story: it reveals its secrets bit after bit leaving the major revelation till the very end of the movie. We loved the film. I liked the landscape snaps: it is filmed in the remote village in Korea and the country-side surrounded by mountain beauties is absolutely stunning! As to the main characters it was interesting and sad at the same time to observe how the most honest "songs" of very genuine villagers were turned into crimes (they never would commit) by their next door neighbours. The story line will strongly remind you many of our every day life stories. We realise closer to the end of the film what happened to The Mute, the main female character: only then we know why she is so self-absorbed, quiet yes, she is mute and acting like a crazy person, We are shown her life tragedy in glimpses of the past that run down through her mind and when the whole story is built up we can not hide the horror. The Mute and her helper, the young man whom she falls in love with are defenseless: not only they choose not to speak out about their innocence - one because of her physical disability to do so and the other one because he is a noble man but also because they do not want to defend themselves. They simply choose not to speak: the accident happens after the accident and The Mute's husband got killed in the array of such accidents, but the truth is unspoken. The Truth does not need to be proved or defended - it is simply there. They act and play the Truth. If The Truth needs to be approved it becomes a lie, it turns into an ugly lie. But the chosen silence of the young couple obviously does not serve them right in the social world. In the socium it rather leads them to self-destruction (as a rule) - they are now accused in all possible sins and crimes that never took place. Mysterious inside the others scares ignorant people; it makes them get violent - if they can not understand something they kill it (let's remember what happened to Jesus who was not understood and was destroyed). I really loved the selected actors for all the roles, as well as the story and the philosophy behind it although Alex found some of the movie parts were a bit unbelievable: when the crowd became way too violent he thought it was overdone a bit... I can not argue with him - I can only follow my feelings and I felt for the young couple and I truly understood where they found the power to be silent to the very end... Beautiful story - well made, amazingly presented and passionately depictured
KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL 2016: LIKE FOR LIKES NEW website RATE: 9/10
The film consists of three story likes that blend with each other. It concentrates of 6 main character. Firstly (as we are not native Korean people) we thought it would be very hard for us to capture who is who and we were confused as some of the main heroes looked alike. Then we finally managed to figure out who is who and the characters were all brightly pictured and had very distinctive personalities. It is a well done mixture of a comedy , romance and drama - very unique, a bit cheesy but extremely adorable. I believe it will attract people of any age as it is firstly very entertaining to watch and secondly has amazingly talented crew. We have not noticed not even one small mistake in acting - well, for all main characters and for supporting roles as well. It is a "good time: film but it is not empty and it is full of good and deep philosophy behind the lines. Three couples - three different love stories - meaning: you will enjoy three times more than one one love story!
AICE ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL 2016: KEEP QUIET NEW website RATE: 4/10
Should we believe anything filmed by politicians and for politicians? The whole movie sounded for me like a good PR campaign smartly put together. The other thought that visited my mind during this media preview (and please forgive me for this as I might never be invited to the media previews for the AICE Israeli Festivals after this but I can hardly hide it...) : why suddenly our identity is defined by our nationality, the color of our eyes, by the language we speak, by the clothes that we wear etc etc and by our political believes? They are all fake attributes of our identity. We are not that. We are not nationality, religious believes and what we put in the top of our heads - they are again, pseudo- identities that do not sustain the changes that happen to us through our lives. I always thought our identity (or who we are) is not defined by anything meaningful or anything that you can see, touch or hear... Our identity is un- pronounced un- identified.... Let's see:
"WHO AM I?"Who am I?" has no answer to it; it is unanswerable. Your mind will supply many answers. Your mind will say, "You are the essence of life. You are the eternal soul. You are divine," and so on and so forth. All those answers have to be rejected: NETI NETI - one has to go on saying, "Neither this nor that." When you have denied all the possible answers that the mind can supply and devise, when the question remains absolutely unanswerable, a miracle happens: suddenly the question also disappears. When all the answers have been rejected, the question has no props, no supports inside to stand on any more. It simply flops, it collapses, it disappears. When the question also has disappeared, then you know. But that knowing is not an answer: it is an existential experience. OSHO."
The politician is obviously thinking that by changing his believes from extremist Nazi who hates and kills Jews and calls for destroying Israel and that that Nazi camps were all invented by Jews - he changes himself into a Orthodox highly religious Jew (only because he suddenly finds out his parents were Jews) - and he mistakenly thinks it will change his relationship with this world... but most likely will get him more votes... He only lies to himself. Nothing will change. As a child and a teenager I also never knew that my ancestors were Jewish but this is, I only found out when I was an adult: y parents also hid it from me as we all had to keep quiet from who we are - Jews were not in favour in Soviet Union - but the knowledge of my nationality did not change me as a person - I still was the same... again: this is not about nationality. We are all the children of one parent - ONE and only one! How can one be different from the other? His sudden change does not wake up the trust for him inside of my soul. And this is not because he is different but because he was calling for a separation before and he was supporting one nation opposing the other nation before. All that has been changed in him: he just changed the sides. And he still thinks that he is a "selected one" - and again that he is different from the rest of the world. .
From the hating one nation to the loving this nation to the - again - extreme.... no, I do not buy it. Thank you but not! He remains in the same boat for me as he was before as Nazi: as I can see he still can not grasp who he is. We can not divide the world on Nazis and no Nazis, Jews and no Jews, etc etc... It is like dividing the world into smaller groups based on illusion identity - there is not the way of truth. I gave this movie a very low mark only because I felt it was a waste of my time - this politician should certainly first of all learn how define himself as a kind human being - nothing else unless he does not know how to read good philosophy books... But who am I to show him the way - only his heart will show... and this might take many life times indeed.
PERSIAN FILM FESTIVAL: NAHID NEW website review by Elmira Navid
"Nahid" was a woman of constant inconvinience and stress throuout the movie. Sara Bayat as the main actress of the movie is playing a role of divorced woman who is struggling financially and morally in managing her life supporting her son from her past marriage. She is willing to have a relationship with a man, Pezhman Bazeghi, who is very supportive of her, but she has a big concern that she will have her son takenaway by the ex-husband as soon as she sign any marriage certification. The ex-husvabnd is still a big lover and wants her back to his life. There is no sign in Nahid's face and heart to let this happen. There is a big power inside her to refuse the man's propose, and she did refuse multiple times. Pezhman keeps chasing her to hear the 'yes' response from her. He has lost his wife and can ony live with the memory of her, their daughter. Nahid decides to stop the hard life and marry Pezhman. Long very long after the ex-husband finds out about a man existing in Nahid's life. He takes away the son and Nahid couldn't stop him from doing this. Luckily the certificate they signed wasn't a permanent marriage and it was a temporary marriage that could expire in a month. The movie could clearly show the stress and the pressure that Nahid could go through before and after his divorce. I could feel the tension from Nahid's action and I believe she did a great job of acting her role in the movie. It was hard to see how a woman has to go through so many troubles in order to keep being a mother. All she wanted in her life was to raise his son in any circumstances which disabled her from having a quality life. But towards the end of the movie she realized there is much more about life and she decide to stand by Pezhman and create a new life away from all the struggles.
LA BELLE SAISON (SUMMERTIME) NEW website RATE: 7/10
In 70-s and in some countries even now the same sex relationship were and still are not taken as love at all. You can be in love with your dog, your cat or your canary but you can not love some one who looks the same as you. It is upsetting to see the reaction of the villagers when a young females couple ( Carole played by beautiful Cecile De France and Delphine played by Izïa Higelin ) whose chances to meet were close to zero come from Paris back to Delphine's parent's country home. The return is unplanned as Delphine's father had a stroke. She does not have courage to admit her love for Carole but when she does the while household goes upside down and not only the house as the neiboughrs start pointing their fingers at the girls. Will they stay together neglecting negativity coming from the families and friends? Who knows? I loved the acting of both females as well as supporting actors - they are all simply brilliant. I only found the story line to be a bit simple for such a strong cast, but had a great time indeed following the ups and downs of this gorgeous and full chemistry couple.
It is the weirdest film I have ever seen in my life. May be if I was a teenager I would be happy to watch it. But I think even at this age such films were not ion my "best from the west" shelf. There is one positive aspect I found about this movie: the girls play incredibly well - they are both amazing when it comes to acting and I really would like to see them both in the good film about magic. I have no other comments about this movie - there are no good and strong messages in it (only when the girls kill a Hitler-looking-like Nazi). If the movie is about magic and imagination at least it should have a good taste in such aspects of our "un-reality" No comments from me as I might offend people who adore live sausages that look like Hitler and run around you in the zombie-rush... oh yeh, and sh*tty yoga instructors together with Johnny Depp who is completely unrecognisable - apart from that he is a "what the hell are You doing in this???". Well, I might have one word for the whole picture: awful!
LAVAZZA ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2016: THE SPACE BETWEEN NEW website RATE: 7.5/10
The Space Between is part of the Lavazza Italian Film Festival and has a central place at the upcoming grand event of the year for the whole Italian community and everyone (including is) who adores Italian films from childhood. This particular screening was organised for the media and friends of the film director Ruth Borgobellowho graduate from RMIT University. It was a great pleasure to see how many friends and supporters the young director has; it was also a double pleasure to see the photo from the movie was taken for the cover of this year festival. I also would like to highlight it was a world premiere of the film and I hope it will find its wide audience worldwide - it is perfect for the festival screenings around the world as it captures both Australian and Italian cultures so well. You probably already guessed that the movie has a blend of cultures: Italian and Australian, It is a great debut film for the young directors. I will mention the strong sides and will also touch some doubts. The camera work was absolutely incredible with the breathtaking moments of nature and flowers pictured and some beautiful shots indeed including the urban life of small Italian provincial place Udine ( Northern Italy). It is tender and very sentimental - you feel for the main characters and you sincerely understand what they are going through: their searches, pain and deep feelings. I love Australian actress Maeve Dermody that I noticed in Pawno earlier this year 0 she is fantastic! Alex really loved her as well. She has got a bright career in front of her. She plays with a mixture of Australian and European charm and will be excellent for showing different characters: she is like a good diamond : so to speak a multi-level actress with many nice and mysterious sides she still does not know herself. The film has some funny moments which were cute and very well played! OK, now the not so good notes. There is was too many scenes with the cigarettes: practically every episode either finishes or starts with the smoking people. For me, not-smoker it was a bit of an unpleasant surprise, but even Alex who smokes was shocked and found it absolutely unneeded unless... well.. We also both agreed that Flavio Parenti has not done it to the perfection, not the smoking (oh well) but the acting was weak and too plain to our taste to be honest. Hardly can see the guy being successful on his way... and felt very sorry for the choice of the actor. Although he was good in some episodes he failed in some too - would say his part was not that smoothly performed - unless he works more and more on his characters it will be hard to see him in something of this caliber (and the director's expectations were definitely very high). We also found the story line was a bit "un-even" / uncertain,.. well... not that strong, but for the first film/debut it was absolutely excellent indeed .But we saw a very solid potential for a great films ahead - it was a fantastic start and we are wishing the director all th best and are expecting new works of course! I am also publishing some photos we snapped from the event that started with some cute treats: cocktails and snacks - that made everyone definitely happy, relaxed and talkative. Just also wanted to thank the organisers for such an great atmosphere they created before the screening...
It is a 10/10 animation that will tick all your boxes: great story line, funny, don to perfection and well pictured and very rich characters, I think when you go to see it with the whole family after it is over you will start waiting for the second part to come. When I was watching the film I could not resist to compare my own puppies behavioral patterns captured so precise the whole cinema was cracking one witty remark after another. It is fun time to spend with the family and friends - you will not regret it! Recommended for all of us who own cats, dogs and other dragons including kids! The best part of the film that I personally thought was very originally done: the ending when suddenly the pet owners' face get revealed and we observe who is crazy about poodles, cats, parrots, even the pet-eagle (Tiberius).
NERVE website RATE:8/10 Alex 4/10 Natasha 6/10 ALL TOGETHER
As you may have noticed our opinions on this movie got divided Let's start with A;ex's spoon of honey. H found the movie sharp, intriguing and the one that will attract teenagers with the strong message behind (s if they will hear the message while reading the messages on their iPhones!) : be careful with the modern technology as it brings us entertainment and fun games on one side but danger on the other side as we get trapped in the virtual reality so much we forget that the world is not based on the amount of LIKES we get and the amount on VIEWERS that follow us but more like on building the relationship with our closed ones: 2-3 best friends and family. The less we try the others to like us the more we start working on our individuality. Our best friends have the less likes on social media websites but we adore everything them do. You do not many people to understand you , you just need one to be very close to you. Now let's continue with my thoughts. No matter how good the messages between the words we received from this film I found it poorly made with a lack of strong actors in the major cast. The main characters especially Dan Franco as Ian could not play even basic emotions and fail many episodes although Emma Roberts was quite good and basically lead many scenes in the movie. I found the plot to be bit plain for my personal taste; I could not hep but compare the movie with the 2014 Who Am I - Kein System ist sicher - all not in favor of Nerve and would always be comparing computer based films with WHO AM I - the film set up the level such movies should be made on - anything that lacks good script and the good idea implemented - will be a sad failure.
AICE: ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL: EVERYTHING IS BROKEN UP AND DANCES website RATE: 5/10
Everything is Broken Up and dances is a drama about the world changing for many of those people who saw the ugly face of war. The normal life is never normal for them anymore. Even the strongest ones get broken. But it is not about the fear but more about the spiritual state the soul goes in as war murder for nothing is not natural by definition. Nony,a young man who faced his friends and army comrades had talked to him one minute and had been killed the next, saves himself under the mask of the popular rock star Amnon. He is the only one to survive the military operation. Sudden death is always scary and Nony's soul can not rush the full understanding of it: it is slower than a brutal reality. Soul has its own pace. His healing might take years but at the moment he is a burden for his parents who can not take his son's nightmares anymore; he is a heavy load for his best friend and he is a dense bundle for his new German adventurous girlfriend who is obviously with him not to ease his life. Nony's flight is long and he is heading towards the most horrible that can human soul can imagine: self destruction. Can music and his new love for singing save him? Who knows... It is painful to watch but à la guerre comme à la guerre!
The Girl Asleep is a film about the world of the young 15 year old girl whose world is metamorphosing from a child into a teenager. Her older sister told her the right words that suddenly she herself woke up when she was 15 years old and she found an absolutely different soul inside her growing body. I remember this change too: suddenly the whole world becomes so colorful and so sharp it is like start seeing it for the first time in your life. I totally adored the first part of the movie: Greta's parents are hilariously funny and hysterically reminded me of my own parents at that time. Greta's relationship with a young boy who is also shy, positively twisted and not fitting into the frames of the guys bulling him around the school... her relationship with him are awesome. They are like two weird birds found each other while sitting on the same tree brunch. I laughed for the whole first part of the film. The pace of the movie has changed though when Greta went into her dream world completely and I lost it. Even hr glosious come-back did not heal it. It was so speak "started for the health, we finished for the repose" I gave the firs part of he movie spectacular 10/10 and the ending 2/10. Nevertheless I believe this movie will find its grateful viewers among the teenagers: this is no doubt will be an amzing journey for them in order to understand themselves too.
BEN-HUR BEST MOVIE OF THE MONTH NOMINATION website RATE 9/10
I bet after watching this film you will get all Timur Bekmambetov's movies as watch them as soon s you can. He is an amazing artist although I would not say this is his best picture but it definitely deserves to be on your "best DVDs shelves". It is epic and and the graphic is absolutely superb. I have no idea how it is done but the feelings and your blood rush that you will experience watching this film is incomparable. The actors are doing their best. I also just wanted to mention that I read lots of negativity based on nothing about his film. The critics compare it with the old Awards winner from the 50-s. I believe it is pointless to get into the comparison mood and call t a re-make at all. They are just totally different films and this is the only way you can judge both of them - they both deserve their place and I see the 2016th is remarkably made. The movie is based on the historical and dramatic events that took place 30 B C . Two brothers compete from the young years in chariot races. The competition leads them into a completely different planes where they put their own lives on stake. Their competition seems hopeless, facing death and not having any winners till deep and creative love solves it all. I repeat it again: I found this production absolutely wonderful and no comparison is needed for me to understand a true genius of Timur's work. But.. I guess there are some political underwater currency that makes people repeating someone else's opinion and keep comparing it with something that was created 50 years ago! It makes me laugh as it sounds like comparing grapes and apples. You will not be disappointed with this movie - I loved every word pronounced from the big screen. The camera works in the way that you feel yourself in the middle of the battle, between the wheels on the chariot or under the horses' hooves. It made me tremble. Going to this movie I was asking myself: will I feel that I am 2000 years ago? Will it be modern , how will I feel the time? I do not know how people spoke at that time and what was their language - our language changes every 10 years - only immigrants know this when they come back to their mother countries. We obviously do not know how people a that time spoke and how their mimic was different from ours - I only know that I felt the time and the breath of the Israeli land - and yes.the people were different at that time - you will see it in the film, you will just feel it. It was shown with a master of the cinematography paint-brush. The realism is absolutely intense in Timur's version! Add to this movie best and fav Morgan Freeman character and lots of new and very likable faces. When you watch the 2016 film - please pay attention on the costumes and roman ammunition - the details will amaze you! My simple recommendation to our readers: not to listen to the gossips about his film, but go and see it for yourself - you will be entertained and you will also have something to think about after the movie.... and stop comparing it, people - it reminds me of an old wife compering her two husbands - pointless action - : just like both!
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC BEST MOVIE OF THE MONTH NOMINATION website RATE: 10/10
With us stepping further and further away from Mother Nature. there is no chance to give up many new technology attributes and come back to our source: sun, grass, dirty earth and wild animals. We are first of all creatures of Earth and secondly after that citizens of something that they call "countries" . For us as human species it is not a question of creating wealth : getting the best house on the street or getting the best car - it is about our survival as part of nature , as animals - please have a look around us: what have we created? Kids who play endlessly on the computers, lands of supermarkets for obsessive shopping and unhealthy food that follows us like a ghost. Captain Fantastic is about what we are all missing: real true love, away from NY and LA. Viggo Mortensen plays a character named Ben who raises 6 children by his own rules and by his own father's intuition. He simply fallows the rites of sun and the rites of our creator: he raises warriors, smart and ready to face the world human beings... Does he or does he not? Is there anything he might be missing? Did he teach his children everything he could or his experiment of living in the wild was completely wrong? Can his son talk normally and comfortably to the girl his age? Would his daughters understand him and follow his ideas? Is Ben a good parent after all? The film i a comedy although drama is present as well as romance. It is priceless to see the kids who were raised in the total wilderness how they meet with the real people first and their reaction on what they see and how they are shocked with what American civilization can offer them. Should I mention that Captain Fantastic stays for its title - fantastic!
“A must watch film representative of how using modern day technologies can create spine tingling films”
2 Jennifer is a refreshing take on the original concept of horror in mirrored reality. When you think of a traditional horror film you may think of blood, guts and gore but this one will make jump and edge closer to the corner of your chair or seek refuge against a wall.
The thing that makes this film so different to other horror films or what you imagine as a traditional horror is that the film is shot entirely on an i-phone 6. It is actually so amazing to think in this day and age it is actually possible to even do that.
I have nothing but respect and adoration for the people who created this film. Even though it is a horror and scared me a little, I generally love horror films because I don’t normally get scared. For this film to give me goose bumps at times shows just how strong its affect was on me.
I wouldn’t recommend this for anyone who jumps easily. This is definitely a film for all you suspense/thriller lovers.
I think the element that makes it so scary is that it looks so normal because of the quality of the footage, which in turn only makes it even scarier because it looks like footage that you may have taken yourself.
I really do hope that people check out this indie horror flick and it gets the attention it deserves. Such an amazing accomplishment from using modern day technology to create art.
We have an old saying: beauty requires sacrifices. It does. But the sacrifices should be reasonable. The movie portraits the highly dysfunctional family of mother , two daughters and one son. Mother's obsession with beauty and competitions does not know any boundaries. She does not raise the children, especially the daughters: she raises COMPETITORS for beauty pageants. All the girls are thinking about is food and winning, their looks and how much they weigh. Although the disaster is shown in a very comic way, it will make you thinking: do you really need it? What is the purpose of someone being better than the other? And in what way? Looks? No, Dresses? No. We come to thin world not to compete but to be unique and different not only by how we look but what we o and what we think about: our creativity mainly. I feel very sorry for the girls who loose the aim of living a healthy life in the sake of stupid pageants. This is not low, no, it is interesting to some extend but only when it is healthy! I am sure you will laugh at every remark, at every sentence and every episode of this movie. The competition does not end even when the tragic events take place in this house-hold - the mother will never give up till he looses even the crumbs of what is left of their family!.. Good and strongly messaged!
FREE STATE OF JONES BEST MOVIE OF THE MONTH NOMINATION website RATE: 10/10
This film is exceptionally good film you will enjoy watching. The time is set during the civil war between South and North in the States. There are so many thoughts that visited my poor head while I was watching this movie. What we know about the civil war is only a partial truth: please watch every word said (although the accent is pretty heavy) and you will hear the truth and what will be revealed to you between the lines. The message for me was very clear : it was not the war to free the black slaves - the war was about something else. What? I will leave it up to you to guess. Switch on your intuitive mind and have your eyes and ears open and you will hear the hidden message. The wars are NEVER about someone's freedom - they are about more enslavement and all about power and money. There is nothing else. As the Newton said: we are all someone's slaves and we will remain the same. Freedom is only an illusion an it only can be inside your mind - no where else! The violence in the film is so brutal and so true - I had to cover my eyes in order not to see what was happening on the screen. I do not think many people will enjoy watching it - but this is the face of the war, any war. The movie does not show the past only - it also shows the future from that past: which remains almost the same. The Free State Of Jones - the title tells you not only about the freedom of the people but about their state of mind. I believe such movies can be seen not once but many times as they are so multilayered .Pointless to mention that every actor: from the smallest character/role to the main crew are beyond any possible appraisal - they are simply fantastic. I believe that such movies should be shown at our schools together with the Gone With The Wind to teach the young generations the real truth about war and power. I also believe you will be buying this film on DVD as you will want your children to see it too. You will love everything about this movie: the story line is brilliant, the actors (as I said) , the camera, the small details , the costumes, etc etc - the list will go on... When you go to see the movie please take some extra water with you as it lasts for more than 2 hours - all well spent though.
KENNETH BRANAGH THEATER LIVE: ROMEO AND JULIET website review by Jennifer Zaman
Romeo Juliet Cinema Nova, 17th August 8/10 William Shakespeare’s classic romantic tragedy has been given yet another adaptation, and this time it is by Sir Kenneth Charles Branagh, a Northern Irish actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company, with its enviable consortium of talented actors, delivers a piece to be talked about. The theatre was packed with ardent ‘Kenneth Branagh’ fans and patrons excited to watch this modern play based on an epic.The play was actually performed at the Garrick Theatre in London and displayed live at cinemas world-wide by streaming it via CinemaScope within a 16:9 frame. The result of it gave away a feeling of watching a period movie in black & white. The play was given a touch of humour and romance. It was interesting to watch the brilliant combination of comedy, romance and tragedy all shrouded in the original language of Shakespeare, with a twist of modern attire that the characters wore.The drama spell-bound the audience with its clever dialogues and superb comic timings demonstrated by all the actors. The first half of it was more comedy and less romance and felt a little distracted with myriads of seemingly unnecessary scenes and characters. However, the second half was more assorted and cohesive, both in terms of the quintessential romantic connection between Romeo (played by Richard Madden) and Juliet (played by Lily James) which was absent during the first half and the plots. Although, the actors were highly impressive in their individual performances and dialogue delivery, unfortunately, the play, overall, fails to galvanize the lovers of Shakespeare. Lily James’s performance stands out and leaves quite an impression though.Acknowledgment must be given to the noteworthy efforts made by this magnificent team in putting forth and playing live, this act! The massive amount of work and preparations spun together to successfully present it speak out loud throughout the play. Worth a watch, if not two!
Do we need to know the past? Do we need to know the past of our relatives and parents? If it changes your life for better it is good to know; if it will shape you in the way you like to be shaped - this is good of course. We can not judge the "mistakes" of our parents past, we can not praise them either for their achievements as we all know only time can show what was good or not good and what was the mistake and what was the best that happened in their lives. By knowing want worked well for our parents we can also create our own lives. Do the secrets mean to be all revealed? I do not know: there are some secrets that have to stay as they are: hidden from the surface of our knowledge; there are some that reveal themselves sooner or late and there are some that mean to be discovered by our children. The films is more on the reflection of Dorona, one of the siblings of the family who got separated long time ago and whose mother has just passed away.It is not about the discovery of two brothers and one daughter of their mother's delicate secret; it is more about understanding who they are: appreciating the people who raised them and gave them this extraordinary gift: life itself. The film is dramatic but with a gentle witty flavor; some very soft and beautiful relationship between the brothers and the sister. The dialogues with Dorona and her mother (be it in live or ghost state) are priceless; her messages to God are correctly recognizable - many of us talk to our own Gods like this. After some questions that she has are cleared (or not so cleared still) what will she decides to do with her own life now? Will it solve her own puzzles? It is an overall very likable movie although I found some parts were way too slow or unnecessary to show. Would I recommend our readers to see it? Absolutely yes - the actors are all superb, the camera is great and the subject is so touching.
CINE LATINO: HOW TO WIN ENEMIES COMO GANAR ENEMIGOS website RATE: 9/10
Going to the movies and have low expectations receiving a well done film as a prize is priceless! It is a detective comedy so to speak. A young lawyer, Lucas works at his brother's office and meets a young and very attractive girl at the cafe. After some hesitation he invites her for dinner and they end up at Lucas' parents apartment. The young man is shocked waking up in the morning, he can not find the girl nor he can find a stack of cash that he prepared to buy his new place. Lucas like reading detectives, even his dog is named Sherlock. Does it tell you anything? Yes, he is going to find the pretty thief and ask her to speak who she is working for. He is shocked even more when he discovers who stands behind this set up. Let's see how his revenge will work out now! The film is well paced, witty and entertaining in the healthiest meaning of this word. The soundtrack is awesome and the actors play amazingly well - all our thumbs up!
It is dark, it is hopeless - the life of a young woman in the small Scottish farm. Her life as a teenager in the family of an aggressive father is almost unbearable to the extend that she wants to run away from home. But the circumstances are always against her: her mother dies and her brother takes an advantage running away from home to Argentina first without a slight hope of coming back. She is left with the violence and her never happy father. What a Charles Dickens classical story... and w all hope for the happy end as she meets a love of her life and suddenly the sun looks inside her window removing all the old shadows from the darkest corners of the ever gloomy rooms... Will she be able to hold that light - who knows... but the ugly face of the war suddenly knocks into the young couple's doors... You will instantly fall in love with the characters full of courage and ready to survive all the hardship in life. It is a good story about love, hate and courage. You will be surprised by the ending though. It is a classical story well done and played good enough to get inside your soul and break your heart,,. I just would like to add the beautiful songs that are sang by the villagers, the simplicity and the honesty of the lifestyle and the beauty of the nature captured so well on camera.
MELBOURNE. INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2016: WESTPAC AWARDS NIGHT RED CARPET AND AWARDS CEREMONY website review: Jennifer Zaman photos: Kieran McNamara
Westpac, Australia IFFM 2016 Awards Night and Empowerment Concert 12th August, Melbourne Recital Centre
This year’s IIFM Awards Night kept up with its previous glory and was a gala event with an array of popular Bollywood celebrities walking the red carpet. The chilly Melbourne wind could not deter the fans, media and other socialites from attending it; all dressed up to their best, mostly in glittery traditional attires. Right at the entrance of the red carpet were dancers from Melbourne in Indian classical dance costumes welcoming the elite guests. The energy around the venue was intoxicating with everyone trying to catch a glimpse of his/her favourite star.
The Red Carpet was graced by several stars from the B-Town :- talented actor Nawazuddin Siddique, director Anurag Kashyap, actress and dance diva Malaika Arora, actor Radhika Apte, director Leena Yadav, veteran actor and talk show host Simi Garewal, veteran actor Rishi Kapoor with wife Neetu Kapoor, the feminist actor Richa Chadda, Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, actor and producer Rituparna Sengupta, the beautiful actor Sonam Kapoor, and India playback singers Shalmali Kholgade and Suzanne D'Mello. The list also includes popular names from Australian movie industry and social circuit.
The Awards Night commenced with an energetic Indian classical dance performed with utter grace. In the midst of a hall packed with media and bollywood-frenzy audience, late Paulus Henrique Benedictus, the Dutch-Australian filmmaker recognized as "Australia's most prolific film auteur", lovingly known as "Paul Cox”, was remember as an ode before the night took off. The opening speech was delivered by Hon Martin Foley, Minister for Creative Industry, where he talked about cultural ties between Indian and Australia.
Western Union Short Film Competition winner “Out on a Lim” was introduced by writer, actor, producer Damian Hill. The movie entails the story of a visually challenged musician Ritchell Lim and to the utter surprise of the audience she performed live right then and there. The award went to the maker of the film Joshua Walker.
Thereafter, the stage was taken over by the Indian playback singer, Suzanne D'Mello, whose power-packed voice resonated inside the Recital centre making the audience go ga-ga. The Empowerment concert included two Indian and one Pakistani Singers. With intervals for the announcement of awards, the concert went on with great pomp. Shalmali Kholgade, the other Indian singer, too, rocked the stage with her performance. Pakistani singer Sara Haider took the audience aback with her melodious jazz and desi music (Folk). The singers were true representation of female talent, resilience and empowerment. Sara Haider lifted the already euphoric mode of the event by coyly flirting with the handsome Fawad khan, the audience’s favourite. With regards to the awards, director Leena Yadav’s “Parched” was awarded the Best Indie movie. The award for the Best Film went to “Kapoor & Sons” starring Rishi Kapoor and Fawad Khan and directed by Shakun Batra. To the amazement of everyone at the event, a special video clip on Fawad Khan’s work in India and Pakistan was played followed by the star being honoured with the ‘Diversity Award’. The award for the Best Actor Category (Male) went to Mr. Nawazuddin Siddique for his impressive performance in Anurag Kashyap’s “Raman Raghav 2.0”. The award for the Best Actor Category (Female) went to the beauty with brains, Sonam Kapoor, for her unforgettable performance in “Neerja”.
This year, the “Excellence in Cinema” Award was presented to Mr. Rishi Kapoor for his splendid journey in Indian Film Industry by the female co-star of his very first movie, popularly known as the lady in white, Simi Garewal.
The awards were presented by the tinsel town’s stars along with Australian screenwriter Andrew Anastasios, Mr. Navdeep Suri (High Commission of India), director Sue Maslin (Dress-maker), Special Minister of State Hon Gavin Jennings, Scottish actor Paul Ireland, Australian actor Stefan Dennis, and representatives from Telstra, Singapore Airlines and Wetspac, the sponsors of IFFM 2016.
The spirit and excitement of Melbourne audience was applauded by the guests. The star-studded night was concluded by an extravagant performance by the three superbly talented singers Suzzane, Shalmali and Sara.
Director of Mind Blowing Films, Mitu Bhowmick Lange and her team deserves huge applaud for organising the event so efficiently and giving all a night to remember.
MELBOURNE. INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL MELBOURNE 2016 PRESS CONFERENCE WITH THE STARS website photos: Kieran McNamara journalist: Jennifer Zaman
The much-awaited ‘Opening Night’ of IFFM was preceded by a Press Conference attended by the celebrities from the Indian Film Industry. The guest list was as grand as the event itself - the Chief Guest of the festival Mr. Rishi Kapoor, the Pakistani heartthrob Mr. Fawad Khan, director of “Kapoor & Sons” Shakun Batra, the feisty actor Richa Chadda, the talented actor Radhika Apte, director of “Parched” Leena Yadav, playback singers Suzanne D'Mello and Shalmali Kholgade, and last but not the least, Minister for Creative Industries, Hon Martin Peter Foley. IFFM Festival Director Mitu Bhomwick Lange delivered the opening speech and introduced the festival guests to the media present there.
Once the floor was opened for Q&A, questions were directed to the celebrities one after another, especially to veteran actor Rishi Kapoor and to the handsome Fawad Khan. The questions entailed discussions on Bollywood, women empowerment, Indo-Pakistan cultural affiliations in terms of movies, and scope of creating music albums in India.
Rishi Kapoor answered all the questions directed to him in his jovial way impressing the gathering with his simplicity and lucidity. Fawad Khan too, was composed and answered all the questions eloquently.
The conference felt short-lived and came to a closure within a little more than 30 minutes leaving the excited media wanting for more. And before anyone could indulge the Bollywood stars into any one-one conversations or take pictures, they were whisked away by the organizers.
Kudos to the organizers of IFFM 2016 for performing an impressive job of hosting the conference and arranging it at a prestigious location. However, there is always room for improvement. It would be highly appreciated if media is treated in a more professional and civilized manner and questions received with an open-mind.
MELBOURNE INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2016: SPECIAL AND Q&A SESSIONS: RICHA CHADHA website review by Jennifer Zaman
IFFM 2016 IN CONVERSATION WITH RICHA CHADHA BOLLYWOOD & BODY POSITIVITY 13th August, HOYTS Melbourne Central
In an hour long conversation with Bollywood’s feisty feminist actor Richa Chadda, she spoke about the changing definition of beauty through time. Regaining a new height to her popularity with her production “Masaan”, a movie breaking all stereotypes about pre-marital sex in India, she candidly speaks about female equality and empowerment.
With the aid of pictures, Richa talks about the humiliation women have been meted out through ages. Pictures from days of yore were used to depict the idea of beauty in earlier days; veteran actors Rekha, Mumtaj and Sridevi being the icons. She focused on how fuller and curvy women were considered desirable then and contrary to that, in the present days, anorexic and fragile looking bodies have become the norm. According to her, everyone should be happy and content with the way our bodies are; efforts must be made only to stay fit and healthy and not dependent. Bodies should not be treated mere as cloth hangers. The strain on being skinny is disturbing and unacceptable. However, she goes on to add that the idea of beauty is not the same for everyone. As long as a person is healthy and happy, no judgement should be passed on his/her individual choices.
The feminist does not shy away from openly speaking about eating disorders that usually come complementary with failures and that she, too, was a victim of the this phenomenon.
Richa also speaks about the position of females in the Indian film industry, female patriarchy and how women-centric movies are being made today. She mentions, with pride, the box - office success achieved by the IFFM Ambassador Vidya Balan with her women-centric movies. She also talks about the agelessness that has been established by feminist actors like Sarah Jessica Parker and Jane Fonda.
While talking about the sense of beauty in Asia, the actress calls the obsession of Indians with fair skin as “colonial hangover”, a legacy of the British.
The conversation later allowed questions from the audience which the talented actor answered with confidence and candidness.
Richa’s conversation had rich messages for both males and females trying to make it big in show-biz. However, the session lacked preparedness on the part of the actress; the slides on the presentation were disoriented and the topics randomly commenced and ended. Although the subject matter of the conversation was quite interesting, Richa had little new to offer. Also, I reckon that she needs to choose her words correctly with reference to female body parts; using ‘unrefined’ terms does not necessarily facilitate feminism.
Well if it was Peter Greenaway I would ask him if he lost his mind. But this is not Peter Greenaway and this is good as I would loose my mind... .well, I was close to it so was Alex. There is one difference with this film and PG movies: PG movies make sense , and if not they are highly artistic and inspiring . To be honest Alex wanted to give this film not zero but minus one for wasting our time. Sorry. I still can not grasp how such good actors agree on such roles in the movies that pretend to be surrealistic but in reality sounded like "I am trying so hard but nothing happens"...
GLORY DAZE: The Life and Times of Michael Alig website review by Elise Pritchard
Glory Daze is a crime documentary that shows the crazy life of Michael Alig during the period of the 80's and the 90's. He was a well know figure amongst the New York nightlife and nightclubs until the murder of his friend ruined his reputation and career.
I thoroughly enjoyed the movie/documentary. It was quite interesting to see everything unfold and turn out, and also the interviews throughout were exciting to watch - very colourful and real! I would highly recommend the documentary to a variety of people as different aspects about it would appeal to many.
WAR DOGS BEST MOVIE OF THE MONTH website RATE: 10/10
I had very low expectation about this film when I was attending the media session. I also had issues convincing Alex to join me this time - he was way too tired after work.... and you should see us 10 min after the end of the movie driving back home in the car when Alex said to me: "Thank you so much for taking me out tonight. This film not only re-energised me but also I adored it - it was made brilliantly from so many angles! Thank you!" Well,I am not the one to thank here to be honest! It is all Roadshow Films fault and the best actors' performances! The film is made based on true story. I am also pretty sure that many of you (and me including) will start digging out trying to find how true it is and researching for real names and real dates! It is a great story! Two ordinary guys, start selling weapons as freelances... why? because they needed money and also because they could! Names? David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli. Not long after te start of their careers the win a yummy $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America's allies in Afghanistan. There is only one issue: the weapons are all located in Albania: is it colder than in Florida there, they are people of slightly different culture from Americans and well... there are lots of "ands" and "buts" apart from the nasty mediators and apart from David's young family which does not know a thing about what is going on... Are there lawsuits? - Yes, there are lawsuits and lawyers. Are there guns? Loads! Are there betrayals? Many! Are there jealousy? You bet! Are there hurt feelings? Endless! Is the film funny? Yes, the humor is great and intelligent. Will you see loads of money? You will see cliffs made out of money - forget the suitcases! Do people shoot there? I bet they do! But apart from any of that "commercial crap" I would not say one word that would low this movie down the from my original rate. It is made brilliantly: actors, director's work, editing, music, camera, ideas, thoughts, developing - it all comes together like a gorgeous and tasty pie. Everything works so well for a couple of two young businessman... they only forget about one human characteristics: small money do not create greed... with big numbers your greed grows int o abnormal proportions. Greed doe not come in millions - it comes in cents.... and this is how the best intentions fail, best deals get corrupt and ... it starts to smell with death... Pity as we humans can not take in such large energies that come with an 8 zeros numbers; we can consume smaller sums with no issues but the big ones makes our brain go crazy. It is hard to adapt your mind to the vast energies... To add to this: this is Miles Teller's best role so far... Jonah Hill is superb and it is hard to believe that he is playing as you believe every words he says!!!! but as I mentioned all the actors are at their best in this film - even the smallest parts.
All of us probably already know that if Tom Hanks is in the movie it promises to be magnificent. Tom plays not so successful American businessman who travels to Saudi Arabia to sell his fascinating idea - a "hologram skype" to the King of KSA. My overall feeling was: there should be a spark somewhere and I was looking for it for the duration of the movie without a hope or luck to find it. The only episode that clicked in me was the snorkeling which we also did back in 1996 and I was amazed by the underwater beauty that was much more impressive than Barrier Reef wonders. It was simply intense to the limit when I started thinking that we have chosen the wrong environment to live as humans as the underwater world is richer in colors 100 times. But let's get back to the movie. The only best thing about this movie apart from (as I mentioned above) the beauty of the sea world (and the landscapes) is Tom Hanks without whom the movie would simply fall apart like a badly built jigsaw puzzle. I am currently trying to remember what I liked very much about the movie and then I will elaborate on the dislikes. The subject itself it pretty interesting: it is all filmed in the open sand desert many of us know little or nothing about as well as we do not know anything about the traditions of this part of the world. You will learn a lot one episode after another what you can do and not do, what you can say and not say and even where and how you look at something. Sometimes it is funny but most of the times not at all but it could have been made better to look it funnier I think. At some parts the movie gets a bit boring and is just hanging at the edge of failing but suddenly it gets up again. I would not say that the film was slow - not at all, it has a good pace - it is just not interesting in some parts - it is either overplayed by the other actors (not Tom) or not played to the full capacity. I truly believe the book of Dave Eggers was brilliant - you can see it through but the film adaptation was not as good as I expected. I would only go and see this film again because of Tom - everyone likes him no matter what he does. I also believe that if you look at this movie from a perspective of exploration of the world, self-finding and new Tm Hanks assignment you will find something bewitching in this movie as I did...
COPYCAT MOVIE AT BACKLOT STUDIOS website review by Irina Ivanova
Free Screenings of COPYCAT at the Deluxe Backlot Studios
Last Wednesday we had a pleasure to visit The Backlot Studios for a bit of retro movie indulgence. Watching a classic thriller Copycat, 1995, in the luxuriously cozy chairs of this private cinema in the heart of Melbourne, was an ideal midweek getaway. Conveniently located in Southbank, not far from the Crown Casino, the venue provides a free on site car parking, which is a real treasure in this busy area. The movie theater is stylishly decorated with urban landscapes, atmospheric lighting, wall prints and cinematheque memorabilia. It is set in a converted warehouse and accommodates a large 8x4 metres screen with a space of 78 comfortable seats, and a bar/café/lounge area with a good selection of wines and all-favourite ‘movie-night’ snacks. The picture and sound are to the highest standard with Dolby Digital 7.1 sound system used. The Backlot Studios are open in Melbourne, Perth and now in Brisbane and offer original and memorable entertainment spaces for functions and events of all kinds.
We truly enjoyed the welcoming manners of the staff, the ‘casual cool’ and cleanliness of the venue, and I especially liked the speakers located outside the theater transmitting the ongoing movie, so that one could keep up with the storyline even when filling up on wine or having a chat in the lounge – nice touch!
The free 'GUILTY PLEASURE' screenings of American cinema from the 1980s – 2000s are held in the Backlot Studios on chosen Wednesdays during the months of June – December. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. So don’t miss out and book in for your free entertainment at this beautiful city’s hidden treasure!
This was a very weird movie. It is year 1955 and a young and innocent Jewish boy, a son of a kosher butcher from New Jersey is sent by his parents to study to the Ohio's college. His conversations with the Dean of the college remind more like a inquisition dialogues where the winner is defined already and the outcomes are more than predictable: punishment for done and undone is inevitable. His relationship with his roommates and his classmates are no better: he would be better off ignored rather than bullied but both take place leaving the young man without a friend to discuss his fears and life choices. In parallel to these stories he meets a very strange girl, who he falls in love with no matter how abnormal and immoral her actions are: he is bewitched more by her awkward personality rather than he thinks clearly about the consequences. the latter arrive rapidly and unavoidably. To say I understood the movie 100% is to admit that I loved it 100% - yes and no. It is also hard to say what I was MORE under: the spell of these young relationships or under the revolt of the very unpleasant conversations with the college Dean. There was one more side that basically shook the whole unstable structure to its very core to the point of self destruction: young man's family : his father who made a choice of not listening to his son and his mother who started playing dangerous games with her son's feelings for the young girl. One thing is definite: you will not like the ending and my high recommendation to everyone to watch this film. It might not be a century classic but definitely the piece of art that requires an attention with the purpose of reflecting on our modern lives.
If you love extreme sport and people who do it - this is the movie for you! I absolutely adored this film for apparent reasons: - I love travelling and adventures (not the luxury travelling but I like that one too) - I love unpredictable journeys , the ones never done by anyone in this world - I love seeing new wild places - I love challenges and winning of course! 4000km across Australia seem impossible to fly in a motorkite constructed on your backyard. Not only the challenge and the spirit of unknown attracts but the possibility to meet Aboriginals, talk to the tribes about their culture, get the knowledge and learn, learn, learn from them. There are 2 couples on the trip over the most remote areas of Australia: two man ride two motorkites and their 2 partners / women are driving all the way on unsealed roads following the immature pilots: the girls drive petrol for the motorkites to be filled in, food and water. Is the trip dangerous? What do you think? More like daring! You can say: oh, I know these people are just extraordinary... No, they might be your neighbours next door: they are common Australians. They see landscapes to die for: the ones that you can not possibly see even if you drive there: the world is small from the above; the height is not about the distance from Earth but more about the wind, the dangers that air turbulence can create if you fly above the mountains and some machine faults of course/// meaning IT IS SCARY DANGEROUS. Add to this one of the girls is expecting a child and this is not the condition to get on the road and run after your husband, well, may be, but not EVERYONE would do it! The crew of filmmakers is following the crazy two couples as well as somewhat funny four-legged and curious friend. I really loved the cultural part of the film too - it might not open your eyes but it is definitely one of the most beautiful purposes of any adventure. I am pretty sure you will love the movie too.
MOTORKITE DREAMING releases nationally on August 11.
MOTORKITE DREAMING DATES: Thursday 11 August Adelaide SA Wallis Cinemas Piccadilly Friday 12 August Mount Barker SA Wallis Cinemas Mount Barker Saturday 13 August Adelaide SA Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas Monday 15 August Brisbane QLD Palace Centro Tuesday 16 August Byron NSW Byron Theatre Wednesday 17 August Lismore NSW Event Cinemas Thursday 18 August Sydney NSW Randwick Ritz Saturday 20 August Newcastle NSW Tower Cinemas Sunday 21 August Wollongong NSW Gala Cinema Wednesday 24 August Melbourne VIC Lido Cinema Friday 26 August Melbourne VIC Cameo Cinema
I read lots of critics and bad predictions about this movie. To be honest I never watched The Office - not one single episode. I do not know Ricki Gervais that much to judge. I will just tell about this particular movie with a fresh and innocent eye unspoiled by previous experience. It is filmed as a documentary as the camera follows David Brent on his journey... It was very very funny! Not only for me - the whole cinema was giggling for the duration of the movie and they all were doing it loud. It was funny (the movie) and the laughs from the media reps. Ricki Gervais is an amazing actor and he delivered the message. He is an excellent comedian. The plot is very simple: the middle aged office worker who sells mops and cleaning products at Lavichem decides to try himself in the world of rock, song writing and singing on stage. As practically every corporate world the Lavichem office is hostile when you look at it from one office clerk perspective, there is no place for something outrageous and out of this world: you have to be grey and boring to fit in. The personality flourishing is not acceptable. David takes a break from the office work, hires a bus and a rock band to assist him (the band BTW says they will travel anywhere where the money are) and to go with him on a tour to show his skills to the world and to the music loving crowd. Will he tolerate the world so different from the Office? Does he succeed or does he not in his rock star dream - this is the question? Will he find the love of his life? How he will be treated when he gets back to the boring office life? They are the questions. As I mentioned before Ricki is a talented actor and he owns every episode of this movie and leads on and on. For the rest of us who do not sell mops and toilet cleaning products and those of us who never try anything else in life except the corporate world - this is a good message. If I am there to choose the movie to go out with and have a good time and laugh and relax - this will be the one! I absolutely enjoyed it!
To be honest we both (Alex and myself) had very low expectations about this movie in particular. But I guess something just has changed with a pre-word of Libbi Gorr, a presenter from 774 ABC Melbourne .She cheered up everyone at the start of the movie and her talk was hilariously funny. I love ABC now even more with Libbi being there. Burt let's get back to Bad Moms... Bad Moms is the movie about all of us girls and our lives and how we cope (or coped with little kids and homework and school homework and loof partners next to us... I suddenly remembered our friend and our boss from work visited us back in 1997 from Israel and staying at our place.... and how I saw our live from his perspective: crazy mornings when every minute is counted, dropping kids to school, packing lunches,then...thank god so quiet time at work... and back to the crazy kids at 0300pm picking them up from school, homework, dinner, more homework... no time to relax.... He said: I have kids too but now I can also see how crazy our lives are: we just run around with no rest... The movie really nailed it - the time with kids... and the questions we all keep asking ourselves: did we do the right job? Did we do everything for them we were supposed to do?.. Could we have done more or differently? Do we know what is right and what is wrong?... Please. moms and dads, go and watch this movie: you will have 100% pleasant and happy fun time and you will learn a lot too! I loved the movie ABSOLUTELY YES! Please watch the movie till the titles come up at the end: you will have a great surprise: naturally it was the best idea the director came up with: to show the real mothers of all 6 women in the film and their relationship - BEAUTIFUL INDEED!
ARAB FILM FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA 2016: NAWARA website review by Irina Ivanova
Nawara (2015) is an Egyptian drama movie to be presented during the Arabic Film Festival in Australia this year. Starring Menna Shalabi as the main character, the storyline takes us to the period of so-called ‘January 25 Revolution’ that outbroke in Egypt in 2011. Approaching the political situation rather gently, the film is showing the country’s prevailing social injustice through the eyes of a naïve and hopeful young woman.
Nawara comes from very poor origins and shares accommodation in the slums of Cairo with her elderly grandmother (Ragaa Hussein) and countless neighbourhood of the same miserable income. She regularly takes long trips to get to her job at the rich house of Egyptian elite. For her it is a plunge into the atmosphere of a luscious life with neither needs nor hardships. However, her employers live under stress of the imminent ‘judgment day’ and ponder over the ways to escape overseas.
Nawara has been officially married to Ali (Ameer Salah Eldin) for five long years, but they still don’t have a place of their own to consummate their marriage. His repair shop business brings nothing but losses with clients visiting from rarely to not any more. Ali’s father is terminally ill, and his family cannot afford an appropriate hospital treatment, let alone the needed operation. Their situation worsens from the prejudiced attitude towards Nubian ethnic group in Egypt, which they belong to.
The film is written and directed by Hala Khalil, and this is her third feature alongside The Kite (1997) and The Best of Times (2004), which continuously reflect the feministic mood of contemporary Egyptian female filmmakers. In her movies women make the most important decisions and take make-or-break actions. Careerists or poor labourers, they create their own fate. In the end it is also those women who are held responsible in case of bad luck and devastating consequences, – like it was in Nawara, but I’ll say no more.
Nawara raised many significant human concerns of the modern Egypt, and reflected past and ongoing social problems, as well as the inexhaustible optimism of its people and their religious spirituality. To my taste, the movie was a bit too stretched running for 122 minutes with the entire culmination happening in the last five minutes. The smashing finale felt abrupt and unfair, but I guess it was a necessary irony as a metaphor for the crushed hopes of disillusioned crowd in the outcome of the revolution. Ultimately the film is an enthralling melodrama with likeable, naturalistic characters and a bunch of thought-through details that will enrich foreign understanding of the Egyptian culture.
ARAB FILM FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA 2016: NAWARA website RATE: 8.5/10
The time is now: Egyptian revolution. Let's see what it brings to the upper class: they all run away with their money overseas (mainly to London as most of the thieves in power do nowadays from many countries) - billions of dollars get transferred to their overseas accounts. It is a tragedy for them too - they have to leave their own country but at least they not leaving empty handed - they at least steal people's money. Let's see what happens to the media - they still continue to lie and feed people with groundless promises. The revolution does not change anything. Let's see what happens to the next generation who come in power to replace the corrupt elite. They continue doing what their "ancestor" were doing: stealing money from people - but they are more greedy than the ones before them as they need to make up and make their own fortune to run away with next time the revolution takes place. We should all keep in mind that the revolution is not made (and will never be made) by people - there is no such thing - the revolution is always made by the people who stood close to the elite but could not steal as much as they wanted so they become hungry for more... but it always made as if the people make the revolution (again: see the media as it is doing wonders with this part!) May be the life of poor has changed? Never, on the contrary and as a matter of fact it become worse: they need to feed a new system now so they need to work harder and thank god if they are not taken for some "invented by the new system crimes" to jail. The poor still remain naive and ignorant about what is going on around them. It is s vicious circle, we all do not know how to help and break it, but it will never end. The history never changes. We never grow from our patterns. The film beautifully shows this - the time is now and it is new Egyptian revolution... so greatly everything was pictured in this movie: honest and humble people working their hearts of , eating worse than their bosses' dogs , keeping their bosses' belongings and getting nothing in return. My god save me: I am not a communist and will never be but life was supposed to be equal for everyone: natural resources belong to everyone on Earth, water, gas as the Earth and every living creature (apart from humans) giving it all for free to us... but some of us apparently have more rights to everything on Earth than the others and inevitably not by working harder... The cast is amazing in this movie , it is also well filmed as well as finely structured - start, development and ending... Gorgeous film indeed!
Since Iris was a young girl, she wanted to be a filmmaker. Although for the past few years she had been only able to do television series. But when her boss sends her on an assignment back in her hometown of Black Falls, the place where there is an old mental asylum, she tries to use this opportunity to prove what filmmaking skills she is capable of. What happens inside the asylum though is deffinitely not what she was expecting.
The Purgation was an average movie, although I wasn't too impressed with the acting ( it just seemed way too forced for me ) and I didn't find the movie scary at all. The storyline had potential at the beginning and from reading the initial layout, but I feel this movie didn't meet my expectations. When I watched the preview for The Purgation, it seemed like a great horror movie that I was looking forward to watching, but unfortunately the movie didn't deliver the way I was hoping. Hopefully others may find more enjoyment from it than I did. Elise Pritchard
Following the death of Superman, a team of the worst criminals is released from prison to be used in high risk missions. The team is to be used as ``Disposable Assets`` or Suicide Squad.
The team, led By Colonel Rick Flag are Harley Quinn - deranged Psychiatrist & girlfriend of the Joker, Hit man Floyd Lawton, Pyrotechnic Chato Santana, Thief Digger Harkness (Captian Boomerang), Waylon Jones – Killer Croc and Mercanary Christopher Weiss – Slipknot.
When Flag`s girlfriend Dr June Moone becomes possessed by a cursed idol she becomes The Enchantress and proceeds to build a machine that will destroy the earth. Suicide squad are sent in to save the world with plenty of action and destruction.
This movie is fast paced, action packed and a whole load of fun. There is plenty of violence, however most of the killing is demon type creatures getting blown away so it’s kind of fun.
The movie brings together a whole cast of CD Comics hero’s and super villains including Superman Batman and of course The Joker.
Will Smith plays Hit man Floyd Lawton brilliantly, in typical Will Smith style – Charm Humor and plenty of action. Margot Robbie is sensational as Harley Quinn, the cute girl with the piggy tails that may just bash your head in with a base ball bat.
The Movie gives a great back story to all the characters- so we all know where they come from. As the movie progresses you will come to love this bunch of the worst of the worst.
Suicide Squad is a great movie for anyone who loves action and DC Comics…..
If you see the movie DO NOT LEAVE BEFORE THE CREDITS FINISH……. There is a twist in this tale..
ARAB FILM FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA 2016: WAITING FOR THE FALL website RATE: 7/10
It is a Feast In The Time Of Plague. Love is Feast and War is Plague. Love gives and feeds and war takes away and destroys. This film is very strange, a bit fragmented and was hard to watch but is was very moving and painful, witty and sophisticated at the same time. It has a very strong poetic side which I loved - this side was sad and deep. It was also strange , unpredictable and self-destroying. There was the side that was hard to grasp: very messy and spontaneous. I got lost as I could not follow it in messages. It was very foreign to me - it might be the culture though. You have to be prepared to the sudden turns and twists in this film: there is no plot as such but in the most saddest moment 5 or 6 couples get married and sit at the same table to celebrate. I could not help but crying at the end of this movie and I could not even understand why as if the spirituality was murdered as a finale... It was a bit exhausting to watch the ending... I swear I wanted to read something about this picture but I could not find any reviews to give me any clues... I do not know if I liked it or not but it certainly was sentimental and ... mmm/... perhaps sensitive for me.
ARAB FILM FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA 2016: DIALING SHORT FILM website
The war is scary not because people get killed in it but because of the overall damage it brings to everyone - live people included: it s suffering and fear of the unknown, poverty, hunger and endless tears. Why do you think while we all know for so many centuries that the war is bad - why do we still go to it? There is one more thought: we always try to help but sometimes help turns into more damage than assistance. Should we rather remain deaf and blind, ignorant and zen so we just observe what happens around us without getting involved? Can one person by saying the word change the world? Did you see the world change?
ARAB FILM FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA 2016: HOME website review by Jennifer Zaman RATE: 7/10
Home Review 7/10
Away from one's own country and countrymen, even security of life feels worthless! "Home", is a short movie depicting the emotional turmoil an Iraqi refugee, sheltered safely in a foreign land, lives with. The fear of "newness", of an utterly deluded beginning, away from loved ones haunts her every moment. In contrast to her painful dilemma, her son adapts easily into the social life of this new country, paying less or rather no heed to the upheaval his mother is fighting with.
This movie gives us a sneak peek to the troubled life refugees lead, while the rest of the world is oblivious to their sufferings.
EMBRACE BEST MOVIE OF THE MONTH NOMINATION website RATE: 10/10
Taryn Brumfitt is a body image activist who created this incredible documentary about ho we see ourselves and how to embrace your physical body "beauty" whatever form this "beauty" takes. Her photos "BEFORE AND AFTER" goes viral with comments and likes on internet and she becomes famous in a blink of a second just by thinking and acting differently from the main stream ideas of "ideal" body. She now has 100 million followers worldwide of women who are unhappy with their looks , the set that basically should be 99% of all women population. Taryn starts her journey and researches that thought process of disliking our physical appearance and how we got to that point and she inspires many of us, women how we should feel about our looks and our beauty. It turns out that even the glamour girls who appear on the cover of the magazines do not like themselves and they are OT themselves on that photos - they are all photo shops created by the idea how WE SHOULD ALL LOOK which is obviously fake and not natural. She explains how the mass media project the image of imaginary body type into our minds for us to feel always unhappy about our looks, to get plastic surgeries, to get on diets and to hide what we own under our clothes. The message is so powerful it will make to burst into tears - so get prepared and have some spare tissues - even my best half - my husband was crying watching this genuine talk... Girls, take your partners with you , especially those who want to change your physical appearance for this or that reason and who do not love you for who you are but promise you that they will love you if you change your body... I ask: why would I need you to love me beautiful - I would need you to love me ugly too as everyone will love me beautiful - it is easy... loving someone ugly - it is not so easy... I would like to than Taryn deeply for this film as she just reassured me in my own thoughts about myself -not only that - her film changed my husband in these 1.5 hours duration of the movie. Thank you sincerely!
ARAB FILM FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA 2016: OPENING NIGHT HALALLOVE website RATE: 8/10
If you are in relationship this movie is a must see for you and your partner. If you are not in relationship this is a double must see movie for you and you only!
All relationship are different: some are happy, some are just bearable and some are not to get into at all. I found this film was very realistic and so true! The movie pictures some story lines of relationship we all get into and we have been into with a rich, dramatic and at the same time very witty paint brush. These couples and relationship are all filmed in parallel and the director shows how they evolve over a short period of time: some improve and some just fall apart.
There is romance, infidelity, second wives (that are allowed by the law, traditions and culture), love, betrayal, dreams that come true and that do not eventuate, desire, jealousy, religion, desperation, violence, divorce, forgiveness and not forgiven, love from a young couples view, love from a mature couples view , love and sex from the kids point of view, etc etc - the carpet is colorful and beautifully made. The stories are intertwining. We learn a different culture and some unusual rules that people follow that do not make sense from the first sight but actually they do when you look at them closer... Relationship as they say "...they hard at first and then they get worse..." It seems just like a common life of any city and the life of Beirut that we know so little about.
This film is a pure entertainment with a strong message behind it: love is there to be cared about like a treasure, like life itself. It might be Halal Love but it is so everything: it is everywhere like it - just with a small variation may be but still the same.
LOUIS THEROUX: MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE website RATE: 7.5/10
Before I watched My Scientology Movie I was not interested at all in what scientology is all about. All I heard was that church next to our house,all I did was some strange tests at some exhibition with a bunch of weird looking guys, all I knew was that Tom Cruise is there. After I watched the documentary My Scientology Movie I started asked all my friends and relatives what they know about the subject. All they could say was "Well,we know it is a very unusual religion and Tom Cruise is there too..." I read lots of information since I watched the film - just to do my research on what was available to read on google search... But let's talk about the movie. It raised more questions than it answered any of them. What is scientology? Is it a religion or is it a farce? Who are the followers? Are these people way to smart for us to understand or are they all just mad? What Tom Cruise is doing there? Is he on a mission on his own will or is he in some game?Was he fooled around or does he clearly understand what he is doing? And what John Travolta is doing there too? Let's go further... Is there violence incidents that are taking place in the head quarters of the organisation or they are just angry ex-members and ex-believers who are way too angry at something that they have not achieved? Who is conducting the church: is it David Miscavige or there are other hidden powers we do not know about? Are they really that powerful these people who run this church or this is all just a theatre? Louis Theroux movie reminded me of early Michael Moore documentaries, the more I watched the film the more Moore it was for me. Michael in his early movies was like a spotlight: he would identify the problem, laugh at it , make some very sarcastic remarks and some outrageous interviews and would just walk away... This movie was a bit similar. Louis laughs and ironeses but does he solve anything? What he was trying to achieve with this documentary apart from his own curiosity satisfied? Why is he so much interested in this subject? there are hundreds of sects around in USA and in the other countries. Why chase Scientology? There are more interesting religions in the world that has done significant damage to humanity and whose crimes are unforgivable. Why did he choose that particular practice? I guess apart from a personal interest he perhaps wanted to get us interested too... But we will not know even a fraction of the truth does not matter how hard we will try. And who cares? If does not bother many of us what 50,000 people are preaching about - religion should be a personal matter of every human being. You choose your religion according to yourself and your own weaknesses and your own powers. It is as personal as a choice of a meal for dinner. I can only add that I personally respect the people who can draw attention to their own thoughts and believes so much that they can get thousands of followers around the world... If we choose to be interested in some religion let's create our own one and let it be fair and honest, not corrupt and run with dignity and let the others follow your pure thoughts and actions rather than finding out what is wrong with some religions that have nothing to do with who you are. It is similar to cooking a meal for yourself:you like chicken? - have it! You like it spice - add some pepper! do you like it French, Maltese, Kosher or Halal - just do it!.. and be happy and do not waste your time on something that suits the others! As I said the movie made me have more questions than answers. I still do not know what Scientology is or would it work for everyone or not?.. But for those of you who would like to see some rare footage with David Miscavige and Tom Cruise that would be a fun film to see and may be to dig out some interesting information online...
Truman is a 2015 Spanish-Argentine comedy drama film directed by Cesc Gay and co written by Gay and Tomas Aragay The film stars Ricardo Darin, Javier Camara, and Dolores Fonzi . This is a Spanish film with English subtitles.
Truman was initially released in September 2015 and was a major hit. It has won 5 Goya awards. Spain's equivalent /of the Academy awards. It has won the Goya Award for the best film 2016 The Goya Award for the best Director 2016 The Goya Award for the best actor 2016 The Goya Award for the Best Original Screen play 2016
The film portrays two long term friends meeting and having to say one of life's hardest words... Goodbye. This emotional and heart warming film portrays, friendship, loyalty, and raw emotion at its finest. Spanish filmmaker Cesc Gay delivers a moving melancholic ,drama about the tough issues that life throws at us, and though this film definitely tugs at the heartstrings, the film is delivered with such poise and humor that is a definite winner. The friends go on a four day getaway to relive some special moments, spending some final time together tying up some loose ends, and making amends for some less than proud moments from the past. Julian, though bravely facing the inevitable, spends an inordinate amount of time worrying what will become of truman, his loving and faithful companion, thus tirelessly interviewing positional adoptive owners. Julian in the face of terrible circumstances shows such steely, resolve to be optimistic, upbeat and good humored, however we occasionally catch glimpse of the strain behind his well crafted persona.
I was deeply moved and inspired by the attitude Julian displayed as he faced his fears and life's challenge’s head on, and I definitely recommend this movie to anyone who loves a beautiful well made movie, though make sure you have some tissues handy if you are prone to large doses of emotion and as I am .
INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL MELBOURNE:MOOR website review by Jennifer Zaman RATE:8/10
Moor 8/10 Traveling all the way from Pakistan, this is a treat for serious movie lovers. “Moor”, meaning ‘mother’, carries an intense storyline that captivates the viewer in its whirlpool of emotions. It is inspired by true events that may be hard for someone foreign to the dilapidated conditions in this part of the w world to believe. In 1947, at the time of independence, Pakistan inherited 8,122 route kilometers of British railway lines. Of this some railway lines have been abandoned and dismantled since. Money-muggers, in a bid to spin moolah within a short time, indulged into selling off of National Railway properties that included massive piles of steel, iron, land, and the like. This turned several small towns and villages around Balochistan (sharing borders with Afghanistan and Iran) into ghost towns with no public amenity to travel to and fro these places. “Moor” brings forth to the world these untold tales of far off land and the challenge the natives face everyday. And around such a background, the movies unfolds the lives of a father and son duo, both struggling between the temptation to choose wrong and the urge to stick to what is right. Both have the same person pulling them back in the way of the virtuous…Palwasha (the wife/mother). “Moor, also metaphorically used for one’s motherland, projects the difficult decisions one needs to make in one’s life, the reasons one need to weigh on, the repercussions it may have on oneself and family, and essentially one’s moral self. This unique story brings one’s conscious alive telling it out loud that running away from fate and destiny shall yield nothing; you pay for what you do. The flawless performance of the actors under Jami’s direction is worth a watch. The pathetic condition in Pakistan, in terms of survival, is intriguing and questionable. The fact that this movie ends on a positive note is a great relief. However, I wonder on how many instances do the unfortunate tales of natives of this tortured piece of earth actually have a happy ending? A brilliant movie with a mind-boggling story line and amazing music! The only downside is that it seems a little unnecessarily stretched. Overall, it leaves one with heaps of “food for your thought”.
The family of three: a father and his three sons are left under one roof to recall their memories of one important member of the family - the wife and the mother who died in car accident while she was away on her job duties. After two years of her death the family members try not only to create the real portrait of their gone loved one but also to how they related to her and who they are now. I loved and felt the movie to its core and I gave it a higher rate because it was close to my own life:circumstances: my household was left also by a very important family member: my husband and the father of my two children by a disease. But leaving my own feelings aside let's talk about the movie. The young son finds his escape from the loss in writing and he is brilliant in it. He writes about everything he sees and the way sees the world is cool and unusual. He shows his writing to his older brother - no one else saw it before. the do not lack good connection and this gesture is done not to make it better - this is just a new discovery for both. the younger son also finds his escape from the pain in computer games and this is shown so real: the young teenager behavior is so familiar and so predictable. The older brother's issues seem more deep although he appears as very realistic and clearly thinking person. He escapes in bad lies and infidelity. he has to face himself one day. The father seems coping with the loss the best possible way. He played the role of a female in the family sacrificing his own career as an actor to his wife's job as a famous photographer. His attempts to find a connection with the younger son fail at every corner. His attempts to glue the family together do not work. Their mother and his wife's story reveals bit by bit when the find one secret after another. The remaining family also tries to organise an exhibition of most remarkable photos the woman has taken. The situations the whole family unit goes together seem so natural ans filmed so close to the truth I could not find any point where the movie would fail. But will these week together bring them close or on the contrary:will separate them forever... I will leave it to you to discover... It is a good and well done movie. I liked the effects of memory flashes back to the past and to imagination and the magical part of the film which was unexpected but beautifully done.
SING STREET website RATE:10/10 review by Glen Wilson
Sing Street. Director: John Carney.
A struggling family moves from London to Dublin to start a new life. Conor finds himself at a catholic Boys school and is bullied by both the students and Christian Brothers. A young aspiring model Raphina catches Conor`s attention, and Conor starts a band to win her heart and escape the reality of school and home life where his parents are separating. Conor`s big brother Brendan gives him the drive and inspiration to get started and how to win the girl. The story follows Conor’s pursuit of Raphina, the bands growth and rise to school boy stardom, and the close relationship the 2 brothers have, and Brendan realizing his little brother can live his dream. Ferdia Walsh-Peelo plays the role of Conor brilliantly, with excellent acting and great vocals. Raphina is played superbly by Lucy Boynton. Jack Reynor gets a special mention with his excellent portrayal of Brendan, the older brother, music guru, stoner with a genuine and sensitive side.
The movie is a fantastic feel good film, it portrays, love, the underdog coming up on top, life in Dublin in the 80`s , the music the fashion. With a string of hits from bands like The Cure, Duran Duran, Hall & Oats.. (the list goes on) this will put a smile on the face of anyone who lived through the 80`s. This move is a real gem in today’s onslaught of violence, sex and harsh language the movie industry throws at us. Sing Street is a movie that will leave you feeling great and rembering just how good movies used to be. Don’t miss this one 10/10 Glen GW Photography
DOWN UNDER BEST MOVIE OF THE MONTH NOMINATION website RATE: 9.5/10
This is a "Pulp Fiction" of Australia. Brilliantly doe film when the dangerous criminals become funny and when the funniest turns into life and death situation. The movie happens at the time Cronulla riots took place and basically shows the three cars driving to a place of a "meeting" to bash each other up: Australians against Australians, more like wogs against white Australians and white Australians against wogs. The films is not political nor it is nationalistic, it is more to show to the people how stupid they are in their "taking sides" and their choices of who is who. The drive to the destination that is probably only 15 min away takes more than a day when the chance turns into accident and the expected is unavoidable. The movie is so Australian everyone living down under should sign up under its title. There was no one moment in the movie I did not hear the cinema laughing out loud and I joined myself into some loud cracks. the movie is unmissable and highly recommended. Many will think: are we really like that? Yes, we are: it is funny and it is sad. We are like this not in these exaggerated , grotesque forms of course but close to them. The truth is funny but as I sad it is scary as well as the consequences of the decision made are inevitable. What has to happen happens but not they way the three groups expect it of course.You can not tell which group or who in the group is dumber - they all look the same: far away from the intelligent human beings. The interesting think is - no one stops them; even their families and "friends" members either give their blessings for the stupid actions or they simply do not care. This might be the blackest comedy you will ever see. The sound track is fantastic and yes, I mentioned already the whole movie reminds of Pulp Fiction Australian way. It turns even funnier when the guy in the group with Down syndrome appears to be the smartest out of all as from his mouth we hear the words of truth. If this movie does not ring a bell I do not know what will... The bell that all of us must hear as the separation of nations lives inside all of us. I also thought sometimes the best way to deliver the message is to show it in the most comic way so people start laughing at themselves. May be many will understand, may be not...
We see lots of films nowadays that include fantasy horror. But the most horrific things can happen in real life. The Argentinian drama The Clan (El Clan) is a good example of such movie based on true events of a mafiosi structure / family that used to kidnap and torture people in 1980-s. The story would not be that horrific if the police would not be involved but not as an institution that protects people but rather the institution that assists the criminals in their dirty deeds. The film will remind many of its viewers the God Father in a smaller country. The events are similar: it is a huge money extracting machine and the ending is almost the same and predictable: the family drowns itself by capturing the wrong victim and making one mistake after the other. On the surface the family is so very honorable: the father owns and runs the shop, the mother is looking after the children who study at school, she cooks family meals and check on her children's homework. But the basement of this house keeps not such pleasant secrets at all. It is hard to imagine that such family can all be the criminals - all of them: mother and children including as they all know and hide the truth about their father's activity. But some us heard this idea before: children are born to be our mirrors. When we reflect the evil thing in them they seem even more evil, they are also our angels who show us the right way (only if we hear them). Looking at how children are suffering in this story made me very sick: only a person with a very cold and dishonest heart can put their children trough such torture which was literally worse than the sufferings of the father's rich victims. Instead of listening to the voices of angels the father continues his cruel acts one after another. Such suffering can end only one way. I will not spoil the readers' experience watching this film by giving away too much details but will just mention that this movie is definitely worth seeing for many parents.
Directed by David F Sanberg Based on a short film by David Sanberg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fDzdDfviLI Lights out follows the story of a family’s haunting by a ghost from their mothers past. Without giving away too much of the story line, Lights out is an exceptionally good horror flick. Rebecca – brilliantly played by Teresa Palmer, seeks to unravel the truth about a ghost that has attached its self to their mother Sophie.
The story focuses around Diana a childhood friend of Sophie who tragically died in a mental institution and only appears when the lights are out. The story line is credible (as far as these types of movies go) the plot unfolds well with a good back story which leaves the view clear as to what is happing in the film.
The film is refreshing for this genre and original enough to set it apart from so many stereotyped horror movies. The movie relies on suspense and drama rather than gore. There are plenty of jump scares to keep the viewer on edge.
Overall great acting and cinematography, if you like a good scare don’t miss this one.
Star Trek Beyond. Beyond is the 13th in the series of Star Trek Movies
I have to admit I was never a fan of the new incarnations of the star trek series – or the movies. Whilst I loved the original series and lineup, the Generations series failed to impress and was a huge turn off for many star trek fans.
Star Trek Beyond however is brilliant….
From the Producers of the Fast and Furious series comes an action packed visually stunning movie. The crew of the Starship Enterprise answers a distress call and find themselves fighting for life on a distant alien world. The movie recaptures the essence of the original series and goes far beyond…
Chris Pine who plays Captain James T Kirk (The original Captain Kirk`s son) plays the role brilliantly, with charm and humor along with a good amount of super- hero thrown in. The Movie even throws in some of the corny props and sets from the 60`s series just to keep the fans happy. Spock played by Zachary Quinto is back at his logical best and the scenes between Spock and Dr McCoy (Karl Urban) whilst lost on an alien planet are played out like a Laurel & Hardy comedy skit.
I was fortunate enough to see the movie in 3D and it is visually stunning. The producers listened to the Treky fans and delivered what they wanted in a movie that will impress the most diehard fans. Even if you are not a fan of the series, or even hate the series you will love this movie. Si Fi action at its best. 10/10 …… now I’m off to watch the other 2 movies in the latest series.
The Second Mother is a compassionate story about the Brazilan woman who works as a living in servant at a rich house and assisting the very wealthy family to arise their son. She has not seen her daughter for 10 years but was supporting her with the money and constant care on a distance (as good as she could get it) when suddenly she receives a call from her daughter that she will be coming to San Paolo city to sit for her architecture exams for University admittance. When the girl arrives the routine of the well established house is turned upside down: both men in the family get attracted by a young and intelligent girl who arrive from a far away village. From the young girl's side: she breaks every possible rule in the house including some very strict rules. She is innocent but she can not take how her mother was treated at that home. The conflict follows the conflict. But wait as there are more news for the "second mother" to discover as she feels she missed a lot on her daughter's recent updates. I could not resist but thinking that one person can unbalance a well functioning system quite easily , opening up its weak sides as well as unlocking the ultimate truth for all its members. Although the story line was quite interesting and I constantly was thinking: wow, I never knew Brazilians live like that! also putting aside some of my personal thoughts as my late husband visited this corner of the world and this particular city twice on his journey, I was a bit disappointed with the slow pace of the movie and some unnecessarily filmed episodes that did not help to pit it all together in a great flowing state so it seemed a bit fractured. I gave it a higher rate because I made a lot of discoveries about the Brazilian life style and its beautiful simplicity as well as the very earthy nature of its people.