I think this is the day of my bad reviews today so feel very sorry for the movies that I rate and review today. o be honest I have never watched the more boring cartoon than this one. I tried to love it - honestly but with all the love I could find in my heart for Lego as a cool game there was nothing left for the poor Batman, forget about the boring story that involved all the bad creatures the fairy tale world ever invented plus some very strange relationship between the main hero and his girlfriend, a police head officer (??) , his son and is father. "Holly spirit!!!" - this is what I said to myself when I saw the first few minutes of it. Although I must admit the cinema was full of media and many were laughing.... There was a couple of very good jokes indeed. I am sorry dear hero Batman! Sheldon will never forgive me this.... I only hope kids will find it interesting enough to love!
THE DEATH AND LIFE OF OTTO BLOOM NEW website RATE: 7/10
I heard lots of words of appraisal for this film but to be honest could not find the reason why . The man remembers his future not his past. This is very hard if not impossible to grasp. He lives backwards so to speak... The idea is almost similar to the Benjamin Button but Benjamin Button was a close to a chedevre-masterpiece but I was not convinced to be honest by that particular picture: Otto Bloom. The ending of the film was even less convincing than the whole film and was even a bit naive for the film with such a rewarding topic. It could have been done so well and so differently. I also was not impressed by the chemistry between the two lovers Otto and Ada as they were not created for each other. Otto was a charming gentleman but I did not feel for him nor for his relationship... simply like this: for some reason it did not work for me.
ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2017: MAX AND LEON NEW La folle histoire de Max et Léon website RATE: 6/10
The plot of this comedy is very simple: two friends who know each other from their childhood try to escape the front at the World War II. Their adventures do not have an end while they go from one battle to another from one side of the war fighters to another: from the enemies to friends, from French to Germans, from Germans to English, from English to... the never ending escapade! While they move through the map of Europe and even African continent so change their outfits: fro peasants into the German natzi's uniforms, from the bedouins , from the English sergeants into the French undercover partisans. the writer obviously had lots of fun writing this story and should we laugh at it, but I only had a friendly meeting with three of four good jokes in this films. The traditions of the good and old French comedy were missing indeed - it was done a bit too rough for my liking and a bit too dumb on the edges... Very sorry but it could have been a really good picture if it was perhaps filmed with a different crew or even with a different direction... .
This is the film long to be remembered as well as the wounds of WWII. The events take place in Denmark after the war. A group of teenagers who are the prisoners of war are assigned to clear the local beach off the mines thousands of which were dig into the sand during the war time. The young Danish Sergeant Carl is leading the operation. He has 14 boys in his command. He is brutal and unforgiving to the enemies. He hates Germans. The mines are countless, their location is known by military maps but some mines' locations are undefined. They are all buried in some tricky ways too. The inexperienced boys learn life in its most unmerciful face. They meet with death every day. They are Death and they are dead. The emotional journey the movie will take you on is simply unbearable. You do not see prisoners: they are people, young and innocent boys who are simply happen to be under these circumstances. They are not guilty: guilty were those who started the war and those who continued blaming the soldiers while the real criminals were all hidden in the third world countries. Carl's anger for the Germans slowly turns into tenderness and love when he sees the boys as the victims of the events. His hostility disappears and turns into friendship with time he spends with boys. I watched the film and I thought: "even the animals are treated better than people in our world" We hate and we forgive we forgive and we hate again, but the animals rarely kill the pray if they are not hungry. People do. It is an excellently done movie from all the aspects of the movie: directorship, acting (which I found deep and very organic), camera and the story line of course. I rated this film high and believe it is a must see for all generations.
ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2017: LOST IN PARIS NEW Paris pieds nus (original title) website RATE: 7/10
You will find this film extremely unusual in many ways: the way it is filmed, the styling,of the stage and the actors. I understood what the creators were trying to achieve.
Fiona, a young and very strangely looking woman travels to Paris for the first time in her life. She intends to see her aunt Martha to assist her not to move to the nursery home. On her way she falls down the river and meets even more strangely looking Dom, a homeless guy who has no hope in life to dream of (forget getting one!) girlfriend. There is a romance, there is an adventure, but I found the humor was a bit strange too although i some parts it was funny enough to make it to 7/10. The comedy is light enough as well as the romance developing in front of our eyes.
Fiona is ready to meet her aunt when suddenly she realises that Martha disappeared. Fiona has two issues now: to find the place to stay in and to find her beloved relative. But as appears this was only a small part of her troubles which were just ready to unfold.
As I said the characters are strange but this is to say the least: they are eccentric. Every scene filmed looks like a picture out of the 1950-s. I still can not understand how this effect was achieved. It is more to a surprise for everyone how this strangely looking and ungraceful personages fall in love... but I believe with love there is no boundaries with the looks as the major part is "similarities and the characters have plenty of them. They are so like created for each other. Fiona had ti go all the way from the snowy Canada to find the lobe of her life sleeping under the bridge and dipping into the garbage bins for food and drink.
I found the film excellently done technically but the humor had some cliches that made my rate to go down. Enjoyable entertainment anyway!
A MAN CALLED OVE NEW En man som heter Ove (original title) website RATE: 10/10 Ove is only 69 but he is already old and grumpy. He is a president of the condominium association and his rules are rigid ike a brick. A younger family with children and a pregnant wife, Parvaneh moves into the community and this is the day a very unusual friendship between Ove and Parvaneh begins. I loved everything about this film: even the cold weather, the cats, the dogs, the snow and the trees that surround the community block, it was very nostalgic for me. Sonja who plays Ove's wife when Ove has his memory flashes back when she was still alive and young is amazing: her smiles still stays with me like the good Bergman films. It is significant Sonja reads Master and Margarita's book when she meets Ove the first time in her life on the train. It is significant for me, myself and me only.
Ove: "That's not a dog. It looks like a winter boot with eyes". Ove is ridiculous with his comments, he seems harsh but lovable. We all see a great potential in his "coldness" towards the world, we find out bit by bit why he is like this...
Ove: "If you can make someone who drives an Audi understand. Four zeros on the grill and a fifth at the wheel!" Ove isa patriot, he only drives SAABs.
Parvaneh to Ove: "You're amazingly crap at dying". It is a drama spiced with a good and healthy humor that warms you up.
Ove: "One thing is certain though: Whatever we do in this life, no one gets out of it alive". But the humor can get a bit dark sometimes.
As the story develops so our opinion on the "old and grumpy" changes. As our connection to the character grows stronger so we see the drama approaches and unfolds.
Rarely we give movies 10/10 but this one deserves each "one and zero" plus more! It is everything: touching, fun and it is extremely intense. be prepared to drop tears and laughs - all in one go.
Superb acting, superb directing, great camera work and very well suited soundtrack make the film simply amazing.
ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2017: IN BED WITH VICTORIA NEW VICTORIA website review by Eugenia Koulaeva
IN BED WITH VICTORIA, Review for the 28th Annual French Film Festival 2017 - Bohemian Rhapsody Magazine
With Justine Triet’s second film, a candid and vibrant romcom, we are immediately thrown into the midst of Victoria Spick’s all too often chaotic life. A single mother, an astute and canny criminal defence lawyer involved in a bizarre case of alleged domestic violence, and a woman attempting to find emotional and sexual gratification (with a string of amusingly disappointing one night stands and internet dates), Victoria struggles to maintain any boundaries between these personal and professional aspects of her life. Triet’s gender-reversed take on the modern romantic comedy (imagine if Victoria was in fact a man) while at times predictable, is mostly thoroughly enjoyable, and enriched by not only Virginie Efira’s irresistible and enigmatic portrayal of the titular character, but also by Vincent Lacoste’s (much younger) adorably endearing portrayal of the love interest, Sam. Further, the at times absurd turn of events, the crowded and messy apartment, and constant cross-cuts between various parts of Victoria’s life – the courtroom, the psychic, the therapist’s rooms, various clients, exerts from her ex-husband’s blog detailing Victoria’s confidential personal and work situations, and of course her various ill-fated one night stands – seamlessly create a detailed and fascinating world that captivates the audience, while emphasising the inherent chaos for our heroine. Ultimately it is Efira’s performance through a rollercoaster of emotions, together with the editing style that makes Victoria real and relatable, and enjoyable to watch. There are multiple layers to this film, various quite complex parts, as well as social commentary, most of which works, and builds, continuing to enrich the film as it goes on. At times rather analytical and at others digressive, In bed with Victoria is ultimately a wonderful combination of comedy and absurdity in the modern professional world for an ordinary modern woman.
Visit www.affrenchfilmfestival.org to purchase tickets and for more information regarding this year’s French Film Festival, commencing March 8th in Melbourne, followed by further viewings around Australia.
ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2017: A WOMAN'S LIFE NEW UNE VIE website review by Eugenia Koulaeva
A WOMAN’S LIFE or UNE VIE, Review for the 28th Annual French Film Festival 2017 - Bohemian Rhapsody Magazine
Beginning in 1819, in rural Normandy, Guy de Maupassant’s first novel Une Vie or A Woman’s Life, brought to life in Stéphane Brizé’s adaptation, introduces us to a young Baroness Jeanne Le Perthuis des Vaudes (played beautifully by Judith Chemla), eager, innocent and ever hopeful of a promisingly happy life. Through short, sharp sequences, mostly in swift succession, set in a tight frame (with a style somewhat akin to that of the great impressionists), filmed with a hand-held camera, we get an inspiringly intimate and insightful view of Jeanne’s life over the next 30 odd years. Through flashbacks and flash forwards, we watch her fall in love with a young and handsome yet not very rich Viscount Julien de Lamare (Swann Arlaud), marry, suffer betrayal and infidelity at her husbands’ hands and subsequent further betrayals by friends, staff and her own family, before gradually slipping into madness, loneliness and poverty in her older age. Judith Chemla is astounding as Jeanne, equally captivating as an idealistic convent schoolgirl, as she is commanding, heartbreaking and convincing once her illusions are shattered and again at 47. Equally astounding is the level of empathy that Chemla and Brizé generate for this character, which becomes increasingly important as the film goes on. The costuming, the set and of course Garance Van Rossum’s understated make-up as well as Brizé’s constant juxtaposition of light and shadow, and the good with the bad beautifully complement this production. While certain aspects of the original novel have certainly been revised, this adaptation has undoubtedly stayed true to the essence, heart and soul of Maupassant’s ode to “a life.”
Highly recommend a viewing during this year’s French Film Festival, commencing March 8th 2017 in Melbourne, and subsequently in Canberra, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney. For further information and tickets, please visit www.affrenchfilmfestival.org
It was a sneak peek preview of Kong: Skull Island. The movie Kong: Skull Island was impressive from start to the end. It is another Monster movie. This is a beautiful spin on a classic character and a well known story line. It's a great fun and quite an entertaining movie I have to draw the attention of the audience to the good choice of music. I also have to admit that John C. Rielly did a superb job playing a WWII pilot who was shot down and landed on Skull Island. The camera work and editing are both very good and I felt it was amazingly brutal and action-packed film. The story line is fairly standard. The only let down was the quality of the skin/costuming of Kong himself; far too unrealistic for my liking: his size was a bit wrong and his movements were stiff. The overall impression also was that it was closer to the horror movie rather than action or adventure movie. But after leaving the theater I had an impression it is a good film I’d gladly watch again with my friends. It was enjoyable.
Thank you for choosing me to watch it as I really enjoyed it.
ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2017: PENNY PINCHER NEW RADIN! website RATE: 8/10
François Gautier is a French version of Mr Bean: he is so stingy and sometimes silly it gets very funny to observe his acts. Fransois is beautifully played by Dany Boon. The man is lost in his ridiculous habit to save on everything: he use street light electricity for lighting up his dinner table, he buys the outdated products, he never chips in to his work colleagues' anniversaries, he likes freebies and giveaways. He does not have any aim: he saves money for the sake of saving and he does not know why he lives this way. There is one day in his life that will change everything: his daughter whom he knew nothing about appears right on his door step. She turns the penny-pincher's world upside down. After her visit to his house the tight-fister might finally have the purpose to live, but will he ever change his way of life? The comedy is very well done in the best French traditions: it is dynamic and fun to watch.
You will be slightly shocked watching this film as it is based on true story that took place in Virginia where the interracial couple (Richard and Mildred Loving) that got married and had three kids was challenged by multiple arrests for living together (!) I could not believe my own eye and my own ears that one of the characters, the lady died right in 2008, so it is the generation that still had the racist ax above her family's head. The actor's performances are immaculate especially Joel Edgerton: his character is a humble man who works hard and earn his money in the honest way to look after his family. His care about the home, peace and well being of his loved ones is beyond any imagination.... till after going through all the hardships he is close to give up. Joel shows with amazing talent the emotions that Richard goes through. His character is simple but genuine, he is hiding his feelings but his power shows through. Milfred is also played very well but you will want to pay your attention on the lawyers who defend the couple in court. No actors would play these characters better than Nick Kroll and Jon Bass. I think we all to see the justice taking place and the universal laws to get applied on all levels of our lives so many of us will love the film especially its story ending.
Sam is a teenage girl who has her best friends next to her, her boyfriend and her caring family... but suddenly one night everything is changed. The world around her is falling apart, and more to that: this is the last day she will live. Sam wakes up in her death only to realise that she is facing, again, the same day as if another chance is given to her to correct something in her life. But this is not that simple. Sam has to come to an understanding that something is not right in her life. One more chance is not enough, nor is the third and the fourth chance. The mornings continue to wake up Sam with the same alarm clock. May be her friends are not right for her, or her boyfriend does not deserve her or perhaps her family does not worth her attention? What is that change that has to take place to make her life worth living that last day ? The movie might have some fall downs but the solution is clear to the audience. When the corrections are all done the puzzle unfolds suddenly. I believe the film will be worth watching for all teenagers and their families - finally we all have to remember who we are.
ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2017: ELEMENTARY NEW website review by Eugenia Koulaeva
ELEMENTARY or PRIMAIRE Review for the French Film Festival 2017
Devoted to the children she teaches, Elementary explores Florence Mautret’s attempt to renconcile her role as a Primary School teacher, a mother and a young single woman. Sara Forestier embodies Florence’s idealism, dedication, fragility and compassion perfectly. And this is further complemented by Ghillas Bendjoudi’s raw and tormented performance as Sascha, an abandoned child at Florence Mautret’s school, acting out his hurt and betrayal. As we follow Florence’s journey into self doubt, seamlessly interwoven with the stories of each of her pupils and her son, Denis, we see the many obstacles that teachers and mothers face, and that ultimately each of us never really stops learning, that we are all pupils in our own ways. Vincent Elbaz’s comedic timing and the pure joy and cheekishness of the rest of the school children add invaluable lightness to this at times heart-rentching story, while the other teachers ground this school in the real world with their bittingly blunt observations and jokes throughout. Directed beautifully by Hélène Angel, this is a thought provoking and true to life film definitely worse catching at the 28th Annual Alliance Française French Film Festival. Visit www.affrenchfilmfestival.org to purchase tickets and for more information.
TRANSITIONS FILM FESTIVAL 2017: THE C WORD NEW website RATE: N/A review by Irina Ivanova
There is 1/8 of our library devoted to books on health, cancer cure and self growth. The film will teach not only the cancer patients but mainly those who are young and innocent to this word what are the major steps in life you should take to make sure it does not enter your body and what aspects of your life will require cleansing. The film focuses on food, exercises, your mind set (stress related) and . No matter how the film ends there is a hope, a happy life with your family and th funniest and most beautiful moments you will remember forever.
Irina Ivanova 28/02/2017 The scariest C word ever: how can we fight the Incurable?
The C Word is a Documentary by Meghan O'Hara, that she created as A mission to tell the world what it’s like to carry this word, to live with it, to fight it, to survive it, to overcome it and leave it all behind. Hopefully no one of our readers had to deal with this ugly C word, though statistics say that at least in America every second person at some stage of his or her life is unwillingly admitted into the scariest world of cancer, and it’s Not negotiable and Catastrophically sad. People even call it “Epidemical”cancer. I call it the disaster that inhibits our lives without our approval. It comes suddenly, out of the blue, works hard, spreads out quickly and sucks the life out of us. It feels that his power is much stronger than our will, and we surrender.
Although what we should really do is to React quickly. Let's counterattack – bring it on Cancer!! Let's see if you can survive Us!! With such educational movies like the one by Meghan, - a mother and a wife and a sister and a daughter (the one who unwillingly made her family enormously worried), and “Comedy” shows by well-known comedians, who explore the boundaries of people's comfort zones, and books written by men like David S.S. - the unpronounceable surname, sorry ;) - with a brain tumour, and his presentations and happiness to share his story and explanations with the whole world.
The movie is a real eye opener for those who have never experienced this strange, distorting situation in their lives… The film is very practical, down to earth, but one should be very assertive to see/hear/understand and appreciate all the messages that come through. But please-please tell me the truth:
Do You Want to Save the World? To Make it a Better Place to live in? Do you want healthy family and kids? What about your friends, your pets - you don't want them to get sick, ah?.. Do you wanna know what mum’s spraying on her baking tray to make you those colourful, extremely sweet and flavoured cupcakes pop off easily when they're cooked? Do you want the answer on “which Coke is better for you?” or “is it really dangerous to eat junk food”? Cause I LOVE my big mac with chips and ice cream and the largest size of coke please!!
And then, when you are “suddenly waking up” at the oncologist cabinet, it's unclear “why” - and unfair, because what have I done to deserve it?!!..
Where is my lovely daffodil, The one born when There was still hope, The one that closes eyes And never opens them again When death beholds us.
For my beloved Father who died very young, at only 56 years old. We miss him dearly <3
In the Loving Memory of my father Sergey Gorozhansky For my mom Natasha, my auntie Tanusha, and my grandma Lydia
ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2017: PLANETARIUM NEW website RATE: 7/10
Despite a magical performance of the main cast: Natalie Portman and Lilly-Rose Depp (and everyone else) and one of my favorite subjects depictured on screen (not seen anything close to out On The Limb): the work of mediums I found some of the movie parts to be confusing if not falling through, The creators had everything in their hands to make a film that the generations would watch and here we go! I felt sorry for the gorgeous girls and (for god sake!) for the subject so spoiled and shown so inaccurate if not defective. I only raised my rate as loved the actors and the subject chosen but not the broken and difficult to understand the story-line with some blurring references to the past... Just not right! It looked like at the end the story was simply hanging in the air with no logical ending as if the director ran out of breath and let everyone go off the stage...
The Eagle Huntress is the movie about a 15 year old Kazakh girl who despite the negative attitude of the wise men in her tribe that the girls training in eagle hunting technique is a big man's business and it is not suitable for the young girl persist in her goal to learn the hardest hunting skills. She attends and win the torment in her region. She surprises not only her relatives but the villagers. She also steps on the road of live hunting and chasing the foxes in the harsh and low temperatures winter environment of the Kazakhstan outback. The girl is very attractive not only because of her looks but her inner world shows through: her eyes lighten up when she works with her bird that she fetches from the eagle's nest up the cliffs. Her smile is genuine and she reminded me of my daughter's grandmother who was also born in Altai. The women there are like men: they can ride horses, chase the prays and look after the house work. There were some bitter thoughts that both of us had while watching the big ACMI screen: a pity for the animals of course - there are not that many of them left in the wild and pristine environment like Kazakhstan's vast lands. Despite our thoughts the cinematography of the landscapes is breathtaking of course as well as the camera work in general. The story is simple but quite powerful taking in consideration the young girl's tribe was living in these lands for thousands of years if not millions. It is also quite fascinating to observe the country's traditions and new culture in this relatively isolated region next to the border of Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and China. It is also a father-daughter film that will be a good bounding time for the family experience and watching it together: fathers and daughters. Add to this a light humor and you will get the picture right!
In 1992 the group of enthusiastic, passionate about movies, comics experts, led by Roger Corman, got together to create Fantastic Four film. The famous comic stories of four superheroes with supernatural powers Mister Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Thing and Human Torch were created by outstanding Stan Lee and first published by Marvel Comics in 1961. In the documentary: "Doomed! The untold story of Roger Corman's The Fantastic Four"- you are up for a story telling on the emotional, sorrowful but mostly fun process of producing the movie "The Fantastic Four". The row of interviews with the actors, producers, directors will disclose some light on why the creation of the low budget movie has taken place but has always been doomed not to see the real screen. This documentary is great for comics lovers or fans of the Fantastic Four heroes.
DAVID STRATTON: A CINEMATIC LIFE NEW website RATE: 10/10
If you generally love films the "David Stratton" biographical documentary is your cherry on the top of the cake. I always adored this couple of cinemaphils: Margaret and David. They were always the iconic figures for me when it came to the movie world. It was a celebration each time to see their program on TV (well, till 2014 when the program got closed). I miss them a lot now. I also used to check out their website for film rates and for some quick opinions before I went to see the movies. It is not necessarily that their views should be exact as yours, but it was nice to get some guidance and to know what they thought too.
When it comes to criticizing art we all think it is so easy: easier than creating the art. This is not true for being a good critic you need to learn and know a lot in your area of expertise. David watched close to 25,000 films and he started early - as early as 7 years of age. There is no one I guess of this scale in Australia who knows films so well, who can compare and who can put the films on the right shelves together with those that deserve public attention and those we can be missed.
It is so much you will find out from this amazing documentary. I found it to be witty, full of good educating material and informative at the same time. no-no-no... not boring at all...
The film is about the personal journey in the world of cinematography, It is also about how the others see David, Does David talk?Yes, and he he talks a lot! He will tell you a bit about the history of the movies in Australia (and in relation to the world movies), about censoring films, about different genres of films created in Australia and the tendencies in the industry, about what he likes and dislikes.
Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Hugo Weaving, George Miller, Gillian Armstrong and Geoffrey Rush comment about David, they comment on his work and his life. Do they like him? Who cares? David is a giant. He lived a colorful life and he still lives an extraordinary life. The 25.000 films are only the ones that he watched (not re-watched as this number would grow up for sure) . Of course his opinion on some movies has changed in years because he changed himself, the world has changed too, but I believe we all want to live the life like David's: work on something that we love doing and do something that we know best.
David's love to movies shaped and formed David's life - I believe for me it is hard to imagine David doing something else: he even looks like a film critic - I trust many of film critics nowadays copy his look: glasses and beard. He is sharp, he sees and feels the films. He has an opinion on art that we all respect - he is like a war veteran for us, Australians - he is scared with wounds and he is experienced and he has golden stars to give away as rewards for the wining the battles.
I know what it feels like to live without seeing one movie a day - you get addicted to watching films, but it is not as if you live in that imaginary world (not only that!), no, you just find yourself looking at the world with the eyes of the film director or the actors or the script writers and you either love this world shown to you or you don't. It is simply like visiting another universe each time the lights get switched off in the theater... For David it was 25,000 lives, 25,000 universes and 25,000 views... It is rich beyond any other comments.
To add to this: I personally believe in the clarity and honesty of film critics - if I do not like the movie I will never brush it with nice and fluffy words; if I see a true art in front of me - I shape it into the right words and share with the others. It encourages the talented filming crew to continue their work and it might assist the audience to form their own opinions too, to think about the next film they see not from a perspective of a consumer but from a more analytical angle, independently so to speak: how they reflect with the picture, what they find new for themselves and what they could not accept.
Just thanking David (and Margaret) as they were always my guides to see the way of how we should watch the movies: analyzing, sharing our thoughts and firing up the lives of our listeners.
This is the film that should be watched twice or even more times for its brilliant story, breathtaking acting and superb directing. I would like to stop for a while and to praise a wonderful performance of Jessica Chastain, an Actress from a capital "A". Her monologues and dialogues deserve an Oscar of the same large caliber (and note: all Oscars have calibers) as the Oscar of Leo Di Caprio. Have yo noticed that there are more and ore movies released where the women are powerful, leading and presenting us with the most superb performances than men. What is going on on the screens? There is a shining and intense Miss Sloane, Hidden Figures powerful minds girls, inner force of Aquarius leading character, The Dancer movie (French Film Festival), latest Star Wars (Rogue One), Jackie, Nocturnal Animals, Arrival, Elle, Equity etc etc.
QUOTES Elizabeth Sloane: Career suicide's not so bad when you consider the alternative is suicide by career.
Elizabeth Sloane: Lobbying is about foresight. About anticipating your opponent's moves and devising counter measures. The winner plots one step ahead of the opposition. And plays her trump card just after they play theirs. It's about making sure you surprise them. And they don't surprise you.
This IS the great film and I recommend watching it for everyone despite the bad reviews. You will also get surprised by the end of it and the results how the last scenes at the court will go. The movie is a like a good chess game when you do not know till the very end how the game will be concluded. Brilliant film that will make all detective stories your saw this year to rest in shade!
I am not a big lover of rude American humor and tough comedies with multiple swear words per squire footage of the film. Just not within the culture nor I get the idea of the movie showing so many people who seemingly "do not belong to our planet" so to speak. I think this is not my type of the film to judge but Ii can see it will attract many viewers with an average taste to the average films. The humor is weak, the plot is primitive but the camera is ok taking it to a decent level of filming from the technical perspective. The acting is good but the acting does not give the movie any extra points at all.... but the question is: will we remember this film in one year or ... will we even remember it in one month?
ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL: SLACK BAY NEW website RATE: 9/10
The Hercule-Poirot-like local detective investigates the disappearing of people holidaying in a small sea-side village of fisherman and mussel-gatherers while romance between a young bourgeois family girl (or boy?) and a low class fisherman son develops. This was the funniest French comedy I have seen in many years. There is no one single episode you see without a loud giggle. Best actors, flawless work of art on all levels cinematography-wise. It reminded me of early years of Nikita Mikhalkov's films: witty and brilliantly made. The film is a collection of clowns and the acts that make us all humans: we are all crazy but never notice that unless it is shown to us in a grotesque form. When the proportions are dis-shaped and dis-located - this is how we see and laugh at ourselves. The artist (the director and the script writer together with the whole crew) showed the picture in the perfect comical way possible. This is the film you will watch many times and it will not loose its humorous flavour like an orange and poppy seeds cake: it only gets better the day after. But wait... as suddenly the comedy turns into something absolutely unexpected... you should not though let your self fall into the trap of foul scenes which are hard to get out of your mind. There are so many degenerative characters in one film that only a very good film can fit in. They are all out of their minds in their own way. Think: Egyptian villas for the house on the bay, people killed without explanation, cannibals, clumsy (to say the least) and proud of themselves police inspectors, comedy and tragedy in one nest, wigged boy or a girl dressed like a boy (who the hell is it with the angelic face like?) - it is one surrealistic picture after the other and it is a fool after a fool and the list goes on. I am adding to this flying people to complete the madness of the picture. It also looks like the mature and famous actors know what they are doing as they are so happily involved in their characters we believe that we are not in the farce of the creation but following the real life story. Fabrice Luchini's hands are everywhere but never at the right place as well as his head (the episode at the table while he is served a knife and a fork is hysterically funny) and Juliette Binoche screams like a hurt cat on heat plus gets a wack on her poor head by the oar. Two points that made my rate to go down: a bit too long for so much to take and bit too much falling down Charlie Chaplin scenes: less would be enough for a good comedy but overdoing it does not make the film better. I should also ask you to pay special attention to the sound engineering - it is superb! The film will be nothing like you have ever seen on screen before... and while some of you will be revolted many would love it (and I belong to the latter ones).
TRANSITIONS FILM FESTIVAL 2017: WASTECOOKING - MAKE FOOD NOT WASTE NEW website review by Glen Wilson
David GroB Chef & Film Maker
Join David’s journey through 5 European countries in his car modified to run on cooking oil and dumpster converted waste cooking kitchen. He only cooks and eats other peoples waste, including restaurant and supermarket throw out food, bugs and wild grown plants.
David teaches us about the incredible amount of food that is wasted from the home refrigerator to the supermarket and farm. Our perfect lifestyle and demand for perfect fruits and vegetables means up to one third of produce grown is plowed back into the field.
This adds up to Billions of dollars worldwide each year
David’s campaign for waste food cooking is a compelling and entertaining movie which is life changing – for now and the future. His ideas should be taken on a global scale and perhaps we could end word hunger.
This is a fantastic and entertaining movie, one everyone should watch. It is subtitled in English but easy to follow.
Whilst other celebrity chefs flood the airways with gourmet cooking shows, David offers real solutions to helping solve a worldwide food crisis.
Go see the movie, you will love it.
Meanwhile I’m off dumpster diving to cook up a 5 star meal J
TRANSITIONS FILM FESTIVAL 2017: FREIGHTENED - THE REAL PRICE OF SHIPPING NEW website RATE: 9/10 review by Jennifer Zaman
Freightened 9/10 A highly thought-provoking documentary about little things with huge impact that easily goes unnoticed in our daily lives. For instance, we never bother to ponder much about a coat tagged “Made in Bangladesh”. We usually don’t delve deeper into thinking about the interesting and eventful journey it might have covered to reach us aka the unconcerned consumers. But the truth is that this simple coat that we purchase with a mere swipe of our plastic money or otherwise travels across several continents before being assembled and shipped to its destination. Freightened is an outcome of extensive research and gives a great background to the freight industry around the world. The subject-matters run from the issues of “Convenient Flagging” where owners use flags of countries other than their own on their vessels in a bid to dodge sea regulations and evade necessary taxes, to the illegal and easy transportation of drugs and arms without being traced. A major part of this documentary also brings forth the hazards of freight transport and the threat to sea life and air pollution as such. It is a real eye-opener about this industry that we know so little about. In the technical sense, it has been shot beautifully, a lot of scenes can literally take one’s breath away.
TRANSITIONS FILM FESTIVAL 2017: THE CHOCOLATE CASE NEW website RATE: 10/10 review by Jennifer Zaman
The Chocolate Case 10/10
An incredible story that forced a handful of journalists to become successful entrepreneurs and founders of the largest chocolate company in the Netherlands, Tony Chocolonely! This is one of the first chocolate manufacturers in the world to be able to boast of 100% slave-free chocolate, meaning that the cocoa beans used for making it are not the produce of illegal and ruthless child-labour. Although in a documentary style, it almost feels like watching a movie because of the clever way it’s been shot. It feels real and generates genuine emotions. It is a unique story narrating the crimes committed behind the making of such a humble thing as chocolate. It encompasses the passionate investigation conducted by a few journalists into the business of slavery and digging deep into the facts no one much bothered to figure out. The journey takes them into discovering secrets and crimes darker than chocolate itself. It is intriguing how despite numerous stumbling blocks, they pursued their search for truth and kept their determination unfettered. They travel by and large into the cocoa plantations in Africa in the quest to explore and lay bare the injustice done to the poor and helpless farmers and slaves, especially minors within the age group of 9-16. Their exploration ranges from visiting and documenting testimonials in Ivory Coast and Ghana as well as to the corporate offices of Nestle and Ben & Jerry’s. This is a touching story of the quest for truth and unveiling the red-tapism involved in even the simplest things in the world. It is an exceptional tale of activism and journalism combined and how the concoction, successfully, gave the world a piece of slave-free chocolate bar that one would not feel guilty enjoying. The documentary is intensely thought-provoking and after watching it, you would want to question yourself “Am I facilitating child-slavery?” Highly recommended!
Please people I beg you: do not film crap! Life is so full of negativity, fear and dirt that art should show the better way out not the way back into the darkness. Dear Alexander Babaev, please do not do it anymore...
FISTS OF FURY NEW website RATE: 8/10 First Of Fury is your awesomely incredible encyclopedia , a journey with the most gorgeous master of martial arts Cynthia Rothroc, She travels through times and generations and reveals the history of fighting in films. Cynthia shows us the greatest movies of all times that include the mastery of such black-belt-battles. You will see the episodes from ‘Deadliest Weapons”, ‘Magic of Bruce Lee’ and dozens more, The sensei's stories are epic and they take us back in time: it is also a learning experience as we can compare weather the fighting scenes in the movies improved or not. I can only say that I can easily see the audience of admirers for such compilation. There are many of you who would enjoy it. I am not personally a fan of such films but I admire good old cinematography and sincere camera. You will certainly enjoy the film if you ever studied martial arts.
Hunting Grounds is an extremely boring and slow film for the horror movie. I did not find any good acting nor the story was attractive at all. It was not even scary. It was filmed ok though but a plot with a good twist and not so plain would be a winner. A good crew would also make it a super film, but for now: my recommendation is not to waste your time at all on this picture
T2 TRAINSPOTTING THE MOVIE TO PAY ATTENTION TO website RATE: 9/5/10
It is your Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels 2017. It is hilariously funny, it is smashing good, it is unexpected and it is very British. The drug relations sound not so heavy but rather very stupid as they show what idiots of people use them and what comes out of them. What seems a normal reality for them seems rather ridiculous to us who never touched this world. What they think is a "norma" for behavior is a glimpse of life into a broken and wrongly reflecting mirror. I can now see why these people action look so outrageous and inadequate for us . The reality is changed forever for them. The film is very good directed and acted all the way through: brilliant performance from the whole cast: believable as if they ARE their characters. So well done! I have not seen the original film that was doe 20 years ago but I will definitely find it and watch it now To add t this: the digital work is sensational and the soundtrack is the best and second to none! It was also great to see the idea that was projected on the audience and that shined through the film ending I also can see this film to be on your shelves close to CLASSICS.
QUOTE RENTON (sounds even funnier from the mouth of a drug addict) Choose life. Choose Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and hope that someone, somewhere cares. Choose looking up old flames, wishing you'd done it all differently. And choose watching history repeat itself. Choose your future. Choose reality TV, slut shaming, revenge porn. Choose a zero-hour contract, a two hour journey to work. And choose the same for your kids, only worse, and smother the pain with an unknown dose of an unknown drug made in somebody's kitchen. And then... take a deep breath. You're an addict. So be addicted, just be addicted to something else. Choose the ones you love. Choose your future. Choose life.
This film will attract a certain audience interested in horror films but I did not find anything new that I have not seen in horror genre before. More to that the film is very poorly done and would not worth spending much time on it at all.
Do you dream in colour? is a gorgeous film about four blind students. The stories are all so touching. One can not imagine the conditions these teenagers live in word-experiences-wise but nothing would stop them in achieving their life goals. I suddenly thought: some people have everything lie can give them but they would not know what to do with their qualities - they take everything for granted: their health and their wealth. I look at these four students and I think: no matter what life (in limited body facilities) gave them to use in this world they work twice as much as the common people. They are inspiring four stories bound together in one film line. No, I did not feel emotional towards the four students: on the contrary: I was proud of their achievements and attitude in life.... I loved the film very much and highly recommend it to everyone!
It this movie is a comedy than I should say it is vulgar. If this is a musical I probably should listen more of it. The acting is boring and dull. The women all look like they made a come back to the screen from the certain industry. Please dear director, quit filming, this is not yours.
AQUARIUS THE MOVIE TO PAY ATTENTION TO website RATE: 8/10
Clara is a famous music critic, a woman of middle age who lives in a heritage apartment facing the ocean. As the building getting older and older with years the new owners and body corporate management choose a new life for it following their own ambitious and profit driven plans. All the other occupants have moved out and only Clara is (stubbornly) remaining in her old flat refusing any reasonable offer from the construction managers. The film has its own heart beat I would say, slow pace, unexpected episodes and seemingly quiet development line however the inner world of the characters is taking a different way, a rocky road so to speak. Clara ( Sonia Braga 's) is not a very pleasant character as we simply do not understand her intentions. Why would not she move to a better place? Why she is this way and not the other? It irritates and creates a certain pressure as a quiet weather creates some invisible sparks in the air predicting a smashing thunder storm. Sonia's performance is beyond any appraisal - she is a powerful actress when you can only notice the body language and an outstanding acting happening inside the performer. Her inner power shows through, her acting feels more like a lash Brazilian waterfall of one graceful woman; she simply takes us together with her in that emotional ride in her life. The movie is divided in three parts called: Clara's Hair, Clara's Love, Clara;s Cancer. The more we know Clara the ore we fall in love with her. Not only she surprises us with her courage towards the complex situations but also with her love of life, fun as well as her talent and her artistic side. I loved the film as it is very different from anything you see nowadays on screens; it is not commercial, it is very down to earth and very related to many of us living the normal day to day life. This film is about the human being, a woman fighting for herself. Clara's victory is also inspiring and it sounds like a culmination f the whole picture that the movie creators left to the very end. We are left with the victory, but did Clara really won? I got very emotional watching this film especially towards the end my thoughts and my heart was with Clara and her family! What a movie!
QUOTES Clara: It's impressive what people say about lack of education, and they always refer to poor people, but lack of manners isn't in poor people, it's in rich, well educated people like you, the elite, who think they are elite, who think they are privileged, who don't stand in line, you know? People like you who took a "business" course, but lack basic human decency, who have no character, you know? No character, no I mean, you do have a character; your character is money, all you've got is your shit-eating smile; that's what you got.
Clara: So when you like it, it's vintage; when you don't like it, it's old. Is that right? You guys don't know what it's like to feel crazy without being crazy and that the madness is out there, don't you? Another thing that's really crazy around here is that we're talking about money.
After 15 minutes of watching this film I could not understand what it was about. It also has way to much f*** words and swearing on a square meter for one movie than required. Sorry! This film just did not ring the right bell for me.
Gold is perhaps one of the best films we saw in a year when it comes to actors' performance. This also must be the best Matthew McConaughey's role I have seen so far. I always admired his ability to naturally re-live the life of the character given to him, to give his best in any performance. He is simply amazing in every episode of the movie: his charisma fountains on the audience from the screen like the most sophisticated waterfall in Las Vegas. There is no ego in his acting - he is just there as the character requires: he can be drunk as a pig, he can be sweaty, dirty, covered in blood with the most stupid expression on his face, bold, with dark circles under his eyes - he does not care! He reminded me of Freddy Mercury - the mega-star-artist who also gave it all to the public, every ounce of his soul, each ad every breath. Spectacular acting! I should also admit this relates to the whole crew but Matthew especially as the central figure. [Matthew should be Oscared for this role!) The story line also very complex and twisted: the success and the fall downs go one after the other. Seemingly positive situations turn into a dead end and on the contrary: unsuccessful events appear to be happily ending as a result. The story will keep you on your toes will the very end of the film. I guess for such character as Kenny Wells (Matthew McConaughey ) the escapades will never finish. Overall the film is very much enjoyable. It lasts for more than 2 hours but you will never notice the time passing by. You will rather feel you are inside the story together with the gold-diggers. I only felt sorry that the film is screening is very limited theaters and on very limited time-schedule. I could not understand the reason - it should be much more appealing to the watchers than many other blockbusters. There was one and only hiccup that I found in the movie: at some scenes the dialogues are not heard properly, some of the words disappear or pronounced in the way even native English speakers could hardly understand: unclear. Having the information on hand that the film was based on a true story one would question after seeing the film: how would such events take place in a civilized world? How so many people would be such believers? There is one more note: way too much alcohol and way too much smoking takes place on stage. Sometimes it is just not right.
The film would be of interest to the audience that likes horror movies, blood and scary music. I did not find anything that would attract my attention to this film: no actors performance, no director's work. We all have seen this before in better setups and better crews. My personal opinion: don/t waste your time
TRANSITIONS FILM FESTIVAL 2017: PLANTING SEEDS OF MINDFULNESS NEW website RATE: 7/10 review by Jeanette Russell
Planting seeds the power of mindfulness movie is based on a book by Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum village community who wanted to share their some 30 years of wisdom with children. Tina Turner sung at the beginning of this film/ doco, and was very proud to be associated with it. She hopes people and children will use their inner wisdom and mindfulness practices to bring peace and harmony to the world. Planting seeds the power of mindfulness, was inspired by Plum Village's mindfulness education and information formulated for parents, children and teachers. It incorporates exercises for children that can be meaningful for them to engage in on mindfulness There are activities in breathing, inviting the bell, walking, a pebble meditation and another activity called the Two promises. All pertaining to mindfulness. Part of these exercises are to assist young ones in coping with emotions and even to aid dealing with conflict.
Beat and Regula Curti set up the Beyond Music Foundation as they had a vision to inspire and uplift others through music. Thirty children from all different nationalities were conscripted to sing and be part of this meaningful project to sing a song and play instruments in the film. The pebble meditation is one for all and created to remind participants of the freshness of flowers, spacious freedom, mountain solidity, and water's reflective clarity. Thank you for the opportunity to watch and review this movie. I would like to give it 7 out of 10.
What can be said about this film? Michael Pare who plays the major part is actually a very good actor, however the film is a total fall through. Michael is doing his best to save the bad script but all in vain. The whole movie felt like it was invented on the spot or the parson who created the movie was on drugs or which is the most likely it was created by the person haunted b his own sins. Bad? Incredibly so!
TRANSITIONS FILM FESTIVAL: RAW NEW website RATE: 9/10 review by Jeanette Russel
Raw is a documentary about Janette Murray Wakelin who was diagnosed with breast cancer and given six months to live. Mortified Janette wanted to live. Her first grandchild had recently been born. She wanted to fight for her children, her grandchild and husband Alan. Together Janette and Alan embarked on a journey to running marathons around Australia and undertake a Raw diet consisting of fresh organic fruit and vegetables and green smoothies. This inspirational tale sees Janette alive and well some 13 years after the original diagnosis. The couple completely changed their lives placing focus on exercise nutrition and a ultra healthy lifestyle. Overcoming being overweight , addiction to cigarettes and alcohol diabetes and cancer to name just a few ailments,and vices. 2014.Running around Australia in a year they participated in some 50 marathons and averaged an incredible 40 ks a day. Amazing to see was this couples determination through adverse conditions floods, bush fires, heat and other harsh conditions even many insect bites. They were also committed to pushing through the pain of injuries etc. Many people around the world were fascinated by following their journey. Others were inspired to take on a more healthy lifestyles and to diet and exercise by witnessing Janette and Alan's trek. Such an honest,real and heartwarming account of their expedition. I felt it to be engaging, interesting and very informative. The score I would like to give this film is 9 out of 10.
Sorry, Peelers did not even break my record of the min time I spent on the movie - 2 minutes. I am thinking why the director bother even filming anything like this. There are so many vital subjects to talk about on planet Earth.
Good ideas in the film, excellent story but so badly directed. The actors are ok, but not delivering 100%. I simply was bored 12 minutes through the film. I kept watching it because was just curious how it would end. I lost my interest and connection with the characters after 30 min. Ir is someone's story that no one cares about. I felt sorry that the director did not make enough effort for his audience to get excited about everything in this film. I can imagine it could have been done so much better.
This film I could take a bit longer: 15 min through but no ore: it is slow, it is about nothing, it is too dark.
VOODOO NEW website RATE: 1/10 Switched off the sound after 1 min though and switched off the film after 1 min 30 sec through. I should have given this film to someone who likes and understands the horror films but all our reviewers refused to watch it.
THE LOVE WITCH This well produced comical and somewhat raw display of human behaviour when it comes to the treachery and antics associated with love and all things erotica is not one to be overlooked. The main damsel plays her captivating role with a twisted disdain for the male species, yet she is consumed by the idea of love and will go to seemingly any length to ensure she has her fill. Not only that but her ultimate goal and desire......her one true love. Suggestive of the idea that women cannot survive without catering to that of the need of man is a topic cleverly raised within the scenes to get tongues wagging. A debateable topic of the modern day society as we know it. The Love Witch will be known for a movie that sparks the interest of journalists all over town and women keen to voice their opinion that they are quite happily independent. Main character Elaine portrays beautifully how the human heart yearns for that of their true soul mate partner match and how throughout the journey of life, we all either actively or secretively, take steps towards it. Elaine uses the addiction man has to the act and fantasy of sex, to undertake tantalising experimental attempts at finding her own true love. The use of magic with her seductory womanly form, feminine features to die for and quirky ways combined with spells she devotedly so delicately conjures provides for a movie filled with passion, scandal and devotion. The Love Witch shows no mercy when it comes to displaying the true downfalls of human beings and their selfish ways of destruction of another for personal gain. In the spotlight so many a topic for debate it is rich in conversational substance for later on. Truly a sensational modern reconstruction of many a times past ways, depicting the underlying basis of the human races desire for one another and how we stop at nothing to get it.
THE GREAT WALL THE MOVIE TO PAY ATTENTION TO website RATE: 9/10
Just before you listen to my The Great Wall story please make sure you watch this film at the biggest possible screen (iMax 3D). It is spectacular! I have never seen anything of this caliber so far. The images are so real and so vivid you see the ax thrown in your direction and you turn away immediately. I just wanted to see the expressions on the audience faces during this screening. I trust it was wow and the eyes full of excitement. The story takes place somewhen between AD960 and AD1127. It is happening in China next to the great wall as the title suggests. William (Matt Damon) and his Spanish friend Tovar (Pedro Pascal ) are on a great mission from the West: to get the magical black powder that is much more effective that swards , knifes and spears. It also can target and kill the enemy on a distance. The ancient China invention of the gun powder can make our heroes not only rich but famous. Bad luck as they are captured by the sharp-sighted guards. Their destiny as well as their mission aim has to change not only because of the circumstances but also because they learn something new: not all the wars are about money. People and warriors can fight fearlessly for the ideas. The adventures, the sweep-take of the film is striking, the attention to details is breathtaking and the digital images are picturesque. I can see easily why this is the most expensive Chinese film ever made. The costumes very effective too as well as seeing graceful women fighting on the same scale as men. Having said this I have to admit that Andy Lau who plays the army general is simply superb as well as the commander (Tian Jing). I am not a fan of Matt Damon but he was sensational and very well suited for his character. His charisma showed through in the best possible way and he is in his best shape as usual. The film vividly shows that only in friendship and trust of nations, races and gender, only through acceptance, mutual respect and belief the victory in war is imminent as well as any beginning for humanity. As the characters pointed out: we are all not that different as it firstly seem. We loved the ideas in the film as well as its scale and adventure story which is a feast for the eyes. At the beginning of the story we are given a glimpses of history. It is also said that the event described in the film are only the legend told in Asian documents and kept in archives. There is truth in any lie we say, but for those of you who also believe in dragons' past this picture will be a double adventure as perhaps it was all like it was on the screen: green blooded , cod nature and hungry beasts and the humans defending their kingdoms on the other side. To add on the historical part of the film: some documents say that The Great Wall Of China was also built by Russians (there are many writings on the wall done by the construction workers in Slavic language and it is well known to the historians), this way it is more understandable that many white people were living on both sides of the wall. Very well done for the whole crew! We are waiting for the part 2 as a logical continuation of the story.
On Charlie Bucktin Charlie is a teenage boy who grows up very quickly as the array of events unfolds like an ancient Chinese fan in front of him changing his life forever. The trigger of these events is one that could send chills down your spine. His friend, Jasper Jones secretly shows him the dead young woman. Charlie is more than sure that this death is not the result of Jasper's actions and he throws himself on a journey of investigation: was it a real murder, then who has done it? Was it an accident then how did that happen? Was it a suicide then what was the reason? Charlie turns into a detective but this story is far from a fun teenage detective stories that we know: it is serious. It is a turning point in Charlie's life. On his way to discovery he has to turn into a courageous adult to face a suspect the whole town is afraid of. Charlie's first love also takes its most beautiful shape: his girl is an amazing friend as well. May be she knows what happened the night Jasper and Charlie found the dead body? The small NSW town the story takes place in is a nice and quiet place to live in but only on the surface it seems all so calm and beautiful. The story reflect on the aspects of nationalism no matter how ugly its expressions are. Charlie is witnessing not so pleasant scenes of racism on town streets. The bitter experiences do not end and the top of all the troubles Charlie has to undergo is his own family lies and hypocrisy. It seems the cup of Charlie's feeling is overflowing when suddenly the issues get solved, well, at least partially they seem to be solved: his family is broken but survives; the dead body's mystery is coming to an end but the hideous story around it will always haunt Charlie's mind; his love is close to him - hand in hand - at least this part of his life is clear, is it?
On The Story This is an amazing Australian story that you will enjoy to watch for its strong cast selection, exciting adventure like Tom Sawyer's escapade and very well developed characters. You will not have even one minute to relax during this film: it will capture you in its mockingbird's netted nest and will not let go for a long time after the film's end.
TRANSITIONS FILM FESTIVAL: ESTEEM website RATE: 6/10
The degradation of the self is reflected in the degradation on the environment as we are the mirrors of the bigger picture: we are the mini world , mini universe within the planet. When we learn to love, care and treat ourselves with respect so our issues with the environmental issues disappear: the deeper inside of ourselves we look the more we will reflect this transformation on the outside world. We should start measuring everything not from the money perspective but from the human perspective. The film is based on a number of interviews with the people who know about he healing of the self and the Earth in the most profound way. I believe the movie will be a very rare gem for those who seek healing and looking for the roots of the self esteem.
TRANSITIONS FILM FESTIVAL: IN PURSUIT OF SILENCETHE MOVIE TO PAY ATTENTION TO website RATE: 10/10
I am an absolute fan of this film. Find the silence and you will find God and truth. It can be not that sugary as you think it is. Silence turns you into the observer. Silence is something deeper than any words. Silence always fascinated me: it is not easy to describe. It takes a courage to create a film about silence. No silence surrounds us: even in total silence - no birds signing and no noises from the outside you will be still able to hear your heart beating and your blood whooshing through your veins. Does it exist? I guess it is like asking if the absolute power exist and if the unconditional love exists. Silence is the resting place of everything essential: your relations with love and death for example. We loose our humanity when we stay away from silence. As Osho said I say more not in words but in between the words: there are those gaps between the words that matter the most. The longer they are in time the deeper in my conversation with you. Talking is the ego, silencing is the soul Silence is a sound of many qualities. We will appreciate the sound if we learn to like silence. Our world expands when we are silent and our ears are open. You can feel like an ancient animal that you were before in the total wilderness-silence. With the sounds now: there are pleasant sounds and unpleasant ones.When does the simple sound turn into noise? Noise turns into pollution when it is a combination of unpleasant noises. When the noises around us we became stressed and we make mistakes at work (for some professions like doctors it can be vital). In most of the cities in the world the noise is harmful to our health. The film is so much about our identity. It is so intense - every word in it has a weight and a learning point. Silence lent is done for the sake of self-discovery and self-expansion. There might be other reasons but this might be the main. Silence returns us to what is real from the noise which is a desert. We can talk so much about silence but silence is not about the talk about it. Silence, please ! (it is free!)
Not only boring it is also disgusting. The story is simple to the extend of being primitive, the acting is below average and the the person who wrote the script is perhaps a good one but his thoughts are more than revolting.
TRANSITIONS FILM FESTIVAL: RIVERBLUE THE MOVIE TO PAY ATTENTION TO website RATE: 10/10
I believe all the people who are into fashion industry should watch this film just to realise the cost of the fashion on our environment and especially on the rivers in some third world countries. In this picture: the most beautiful (well, long time ago beautiful) rivers of the world are visited and the stories are told about what they have become. What happens to our most desired commodity: water? Why can't we drink it from the rivers anymore? Why can we not swim in such waters like we used to? Why there is no good fish and other water creatures in our rivers? Mark Angelo travels around the world from India to Indonesia, from China to Africa, from England to Los Angeles, USA to investigate what has been done t o our rivers in the past, what is their present (some sad, some promising stories) and what will happen to our river waters in the future? The darkest sides of fashion industries are revealed. I guess you will never keep buying from some famous brands unless you make sure they are doing the right thing while producing their fashion items....but even if you see that everything is done right there is no guarantee that such industries are not doing some "secretive" business hidden from the eyes of the reviser commissions. Unless we raise our own consciousness level we will not be able to protect our children's future: we should buy less, use what we already have in our wardrobe, dress modestly and not follow the fashion trends; we should buy from the manufactures that are using the environmentally friendly technology to make the clothes. This is the first step to save our health and our future. no matter how brutal the pictures of the damaged eco-systems are shown at the start of the film there is always a slight hope: the solutions are offered at the end of the film. We will find out how some fashion brads take care of the manufacturing process and making sure the toxins are not going inside the rivers and inside the soil as the result of their factory activity. This is a hope, always...
After watching these cheap film I start thinking that Borat was not that bad of a movie but wait.., it is not scary but there are some good jokes in that pile. The film reminded me somehow Adam's Family but a worse version of course.
TRANSITIONS FILM FESTIVAL: A PLASTIC OCEAN THE MOVIE TO PAY ATTENTION TO website RATE: 9/10
Now journalist, Craig Leeson was dreaming to swim with the blue whale since he was 8 years old. In some 40 years his dream turned into reality: he was there in the ocean filming the blue whale. It was a breathtaking experience for Craig facing a creature that was three time more than triceratops. It was the most memorable experience of his life. But the more memorable was something that stroke him: the environment the blue whale was filmed in with so much plastic debris about a meter or two deep inside the water, the rubbish that looked like a collection of oil and leftovers of fishing ropes, nets and bottles. Craig was sure his meeting with the blue giant would be in the pure and pristine ocean waters but on the contrary: he was forced to see something so unpleasant that he could not get it out of his mind. The documentary talks about plastic that we literally walk on, swim in and breathe in. It shows what damage it is already done to the environment, how the marine life suffers from the consequences of the plastic pollution and what happens with plastic over the years. The picture is more horrifying that the nuclear war. All I was thinking of while watching this film: we tend to leave our lives oat the mercy of the people who run countries and never care about recycling but caring about personal profits and just today, not tomorrow's existence. I remember when recycling was first introduced in Melbourne and we carefully placed each garbage item into different container teaching each other in the family where and what should go in the bags and what can remain in the garden. What reality the documentary shows is taking place in the third world countries is just beyond any human comprehension. There are entire cities built on plastic waste: mountains are smoking as the temperature is raising forcing the piles to flame. I can still see these sad pictures in front of me: children playing with the pieces of plastic from the humongous garbage bins across the islands' shores. Nevertheless the end of the film sounds quite promising showing the well developed countries and how the communities and the industries look after the recycling of plastic. My next step as it is suggested in the film: to stop buying anything packaged in plastic. I can only pray for the bright future of my grand children then, there is only one thing I can do for them: teach them what not to do in this life.
One thing I can not understand: how can you make such a cheap film on such a valuable and important subject, to have lame jokes in it. It should have been done just with little taste. The subject is so rewarding and the film could have been done so well. The film creators had so much good and inspiring material to work with and the way it was done was so low grade that it diminished not only the creators and the crew but the subject itself. I recommend guys before you try to spoil anything else, please watch some good films about sport and other subjects, learn to love cinematography and learn to love what you do then try may be something very simple: film the birds in the sky and see how it goes... I can not rate this film for many reasons sorry.
The key take for me after watching this movie was that the moral values of dignity, fidelity and humbleness are still important to all people in the world, irrespective of their country of origin, culture and religion.
And it makes me happy that movies like "The Salesman" are still produced in order to make us think about these true eternal values and practice them every day.
By choosing compassion and forgiveness over anger and revenge the main character gives us an example of a true woman, who would not want any pain inflicted on another family even after she had to suffer from severe injuries caused by the member of that family.
Blood Brothers? Bad cinematography is like bad poetry or for this: like every bad art form - it gets into your brain giving you the damaged pictures of someone's sick mind. Such art forms can make you sick. I have no more comments on this film anymore. Bad movies can not spoil your taste for good films but they waste your time as well as make you feel disgusted.
It is 50-s. It is suburban African-American community. It is probably a typical family of that time. It is not a movie though, it is more a theatrical performance: the dialogues and the monologues are way too long for a common film, the drama is way too sophisticated for a simple movie too. The acting is superb especially I would like to note Viola Davis who gives it all to the audience: just her guts and her soul. She is simply superb. All the characters are well developed and pictured as it is suppose to be in the very well staged production. All the actors in fact were amazing. Not only that: the chemistry between each member of the family is close to supernatural and felt like they were all connected on some superficial level. the film is very emotional too and you find it very reflective to your own life in many places - many families are just the same. When I say "it is theatrical production" there are advantages and of course certain disadvantages in this. I mentioned the advantages in the terrific 50-s set up, the complex philosophy of the family as a unity and the actors' performance. The disadvantages are in the actual length of the play - it feels like the editor was not sure if he could cut out some certain repetitive scenes or leave them. Removing and refining would do best for this film and would make it sharper and moving in faster pace. it was a bit too long for a film (more than 2 hours) but would be perfect for a 2 acts production that would come with a short break in between first and second part. More to that : some episodes of the first part of the film would be better off not having at all: they were a bit boring in our own opinion. The middle of the film when the drama comes like a split of the lighting in the tree trunk divides the film into two parts and the second is obviously much more attractive to the audience than the first. I would say the film starts from this turning point and takes off beautifully. If you are a lover of theatre you will appreciate the film to its core. But I am afraid if you go to see the film as an entertainment you will be totally confused. I can certainly see this film will not be appealing for everyone but is was good enough for us and we totally loved watching it
This film will be a great celebration of horror films for those who adore the genre. It was of not interest to me nor I discovered anything new there for myself however it is much better made compared to what I have seen so far in the last couple of days reviewing the thrillers .
ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2017 THE MOVIE TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE DANCER website RATE: 10/10
The Alliance Franciase French Film festival held the special sneak peek screening for media of the mesmerizing film called The Dancer, La Danseuse, starring French singer Soko and graceful Lily-Rose Depp . The film story is about Marie-Louise Fuller - dite Loïe Fuller, an American born innovative dancer who moved to Paris to perform for a more culturally advanced audience. The film is transparent itself as well and the dancers and the dances in it. It is made so beautifully you will leave the theater inspired to do something creative yourself. It is biographical, yes, but to say this is to say nothing about the movie: it is more about the growth of a person spiritually as well as mentally then just telling the story of the life mile stones. It is the search of the soul if one can put it that way: as an artist and as a woman. It is more poetic that the poetry in its core. It is ore empowering than the strongest coffee. It is more enchanting than the most sophisticated spell. It is more passionate about what you do in life than The Passion itself. The actors are so genuine and so believable you will think that you were simply taken into their world by a special force of the invisible time machine, The dancers in the film dance better than any butterfly in the world... and it all comes together like a finest concerto: the details, the decorations and the main line. I think the film was an excellent choice for such audience screening as well as a superb choice for the Festival. It is IMHO a must see for all our readers involved into artistic and creative work. It is for everyone else also to see how much effort the simple dance takes as well as any art creation. Lily-Rose Depp
For some reason with some movies you have a feeling the script writer was working in some other industry not long before: the jokes were vulgar, low grade and there are way too many times the below the belt equipment is mentioned. Very cheaply made ,poorly directed and not the best acting of the whole crew.
This film will disorganise your thoughts for a long time: it bravely shows how people of certain nationalities and environment where they live are mistreated by the "powerful" of this world. It is not only about China and how and what is done b the world great leaders on the opposite side on the ocean for certain nations to feel humiliated mentally, physically and spiritually. It s not only about China. John Pilger has enough courage to interview certain organisations to show the naked truth that shocks you to the bones. We understand that if power has to protect itself from the opposition and the others who claim the power but this price is too expensive to pay. The story in the nutshell: a warning of coming war between China and the USA. China is currently surrounded by the US military bases and camps with the missiles pointed to the Chinese territory. How these bases are built and the resistance from the side of the islands' civilians is discussed. The film tough working only as a spot light identifying the issues on the global level doe snot give any possible solutions. The power is in the hands of those who have nuclear weapons. Please have their say on that but only when they are directly affected.... and even in such circumstances ho is going to listen? Ad an old Russian proverb says: "The old cat got to the jar of sour cream and start eating it while the housekeeper notices the mischief. the housekeeper starts yelling at the cat, but h listens but still eats the sour cream" - "Vasij listens but still eats". No matter what we say the plan will still go ahead. If the Maya were right about the end of the world it will be coming from that end - WWIII.
Anne Hamilton-Byrne is strangest secret cult runner I have ever seen in my life. She is a yoga teacher )or she claims she is) , she is children all blond and identically dressed, she proclaims she is a reincarnation of Jesus and god know what else, Anne also gives the children under her control the LSD drugs, more to that : there is a physical punishment in her "school" as well as in the form of missing meals for days and weeks. Not only that : there was sexual abuse taking place too. Her property is in Ferny Creek / Lake Eildon far away from the main civilisation and for the outsider it looks like a normal not traditional school that raises children and good citizens... only her graduates commit suicide, they are forever damaged people who have to heal their lives in order to live it "normal" The story is more strange and disturbing rather than fascinating in the way: "why such acts were allowed by the officials and why it was reported to the authorities so late?"
The most fact that we all should worry about is that this sect is still active: there are branches in US and Australia of the people who continue the crazy worshiping of Hamilton-Byrne and her schizophrenic mind
The film is very upsetting to watch especially the part when the old man, detectives get emotional after reading the archives and documents how the normal people were get conned by a scams of this woman.
HIDDEN FIGURES THE MOVIE OF THE MONTH website RATE: 9.5/10
If you love films about mathematicians - you will adore this movie. If you love well made films about discrimination at work and seeing who the winner is you will love this film even more.... and finally if you like NASA and space engineering the movie will fit just right into your mind and soul.
Three African American women are working at NASA and find some ways the things are at this organisation to be unbearable, disturbing and ,,,. well humiliating. Well it is 60-s - just 10 years ago white men brought the ears f the Australian aboriginals to the police to get their rewards but we keep silent about it. We also keep silent about how things were in 60-s for the colored people... we still keep silent what is going on in the world now and how one nation exploitates the other: countries-wise and world-wise of course. If we do not speak who else will tell it?
The film is not only about the colored theme it is also about the women at men's profession: mathematics and engineering even now is considered in many countries as the path for men, not women. The film shows the time in States when USA and Russia compete in technology and run the mad race about who will be first in space, the race that finally ended up in great friendship and so many mixed cultures working on board of one spacecraft together - there humanity has one aim, the aim is not about who is better: black or white, Russians or not Russians, women or men , it is about simple happiness and safety for everyone, every creature.
The film pictures three women in NASA: Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson, who were called human computers because of their bright minds and also because they raised the values of NASA to a different level. It was very touching to watch the film as well as to see the real photographs of these three women on screen. This is a very well told story that will be enjoyable for the whole family to watch. This film made my heart sing on so many music notes.
Dr Sheldon Copper figure is amazingly appearing on screen too in a different character this time but also related to maths - sensational performance as well as all three major characters and Kevin Costner of course!
The three black women are adorable - they were mothers, wives, lovers and finally highly skilled specialists in their field of math, coding and engineering.
We also found the film is very educational apart of being that great part of history that had to be remembered and treasured. It is a good way to reflect for young generations about the values of science, the importance of treating each other equally without paying attention on gender, race, age or nationality.
There are Three Hidden Figures and so many numerical figures behind them...
The plot is very straight forward:two catholic missionaries travel to Japan to find out what happened to one of church's mentor. No simple are the inner changes and experiences all three believers face.
If you will think this film is about Christianity you will be wrong. It is about our truth and our inner purity and what we are eager to lose and for what price, how we betray ourselves and what is right and what is wrong, and what works in this world and what does not.
The film is disturbing as it questions every minute who you are and what is dear to us. We, who do not understand what signs and symbols of belief are have no idea what it means to spit on an icon with the image of god's mother or to step on the cross with Jesus figurine. For us who carry the God inside rather than outside such actions do not make sense as the symbols do not have power as well as they do not have anything special in them or distinctive: they are just images, they are not God. This is why the acts look ridiculous and senseless.
The acting was superb though: very strong and you could see that the major crew carries the belief inside of them, and what they say are not empty words.
We believe that the way to God has got many roads - you can climb the same mountain using different paths - all the paths that are the paths of heart bring you closer to the creator. There is no difference what path to choose as long as it works for you and shapes you in a better person, We do not see the way of religious fighting or projecting our own believes on the people who already live the right way. We do not see the point of changing those people - they are already happy, their spiritual belief works for them - what is the point of making them suffer and convert them one way or another. We also know many mistakes many religions did on their way to growth and establishment. There is a separate philosophy behind it which we do not want to discuss here. The film describes some very hard and challenging times for Japanese buddhists and for catholic priests who came to the Japanese land with their own mission and their own understanding how the world should work. We understand the clashes of two powers and two religions. We can also see that it is more about the power rather than about the religion and human spirituality. Religion is one of the ways to keep the people of the country in order, make them organised, make them fearful and obedient. It is like an opium - it shits down your bran and cuts you off your own growth - it is easier to chose the road that is already chosen for you and shown to you.
What we did not understand: what was the film's purpose? what was the message behind all this suffering of the innocent people including the priests? what was the director after? Is it about faith? I doubt so? was it about suffering for faith? I doubt this either. The film was like the pain with no idea in the base. Was it about doubt in God?
We carefully decided that there are some sort of hidden agenda in this film that comes to the audience in a subconscious level by sudden "silent" moments and moments when God speaks to the sick mind of a lost priest.
We also could notice that there were way too many repetitive scenes and dialogues: we already got it! yes, nevertheless they say it again and again... and well. f it was the purpose of showing the highest hypocrisy ever than the film was totally successful. First of all: the believer would never create a movie like this: he does not need to prove to the world who he is but for a not believer there is no place for such waste of time and money: there are much better topics to discuss in this world. The true belief never speaks out, never yells, the belief is unsaid and not visible; not only it is silent , it is unseen. With all my respect to the director: no way!
Film Quotes: Father Sebastião Rodrigues: I pray but I am lost. Am I just praying to silence?
Father Alessandro Valignano: An army of two
Father Sebastião Rodrigues: I worry, they value these poor signs of faith more than faith its self. But how can we deny them?
PITCHFORK website review by Rachel Vasquez (USA, California, LA)
Pitchfork is your typical indie horror film: first time struggling actors hoping to catch their big break whilst screaming their lungs out until hemorrhage. Sorry to disappoint you, but there will be no Oscars given away here. The story begins with a group of college friends (SHOCKING) who decide to take a road trip (SHOCKING) from NYC to the country (SHOCKING) to visit their quasi-leader’s family to announce his coming out to his homophobic father. The movie’s intentions are well—trying to connect with a more modern audience, however it falls short by making small plotlines within the movie completely irrelevant to the bigger picture. The group of friends are ripped wholesale out of Teen Horror Flicks For Dummies: There’s The Jock, The Whore, The Couple who can’t keep their hands off each other (two of them, to be exact, which makes for twice the over-touching eye-rolling), The Partyer, The Nerd, The Foreigner…you know the drill. Each line that fell out of these actors’ mouths seemed beyond scripted. It was like a community center synchronized swim team’s 8mm submission to the Olympics. And oddly enough, as much as the director wanted to give that very baron, mid-western feel of horrific farm isolation, the group of friends somehow throws a massive barn party with choreographed dancing, a la Coyote Ugly. Um…………What??????
Enough shenanigans, let’s jump to when people start dying (because let’s be honest, that’s why we REALLY came here, right?). Pitchfork is this “crazed killer” who lives somewhere on the farmland in a small barn. He wears an upper-face pig mask and kills people with a pitchfork he has as a hand. The young sister of the gay man tries to make friends with Pitchfork, using reverse psychology, to save face. It’s uncomfortably awkward and seems extremely out of character, especially for someone who hasn’t hit puberty yet. Now queue the hillbillies! There are some hillbillies that turn up at the end of the movie just when you think your college heroes are escaping. They say typical hillbilly things that are better scripted from Rob Zombie horror flicks. In the end, you never really find out who or why Pitchfork exists, who the hell these hillbillies are and how exactly they were pertinent to the story in the first place. Most characters die, and…what relevance did the gay guy have? This movie is cringe-worthingly forgettable. The only epiphany you will have afterwards is that you wasted an hour and a half of your evening that you could have spent drinking.
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA THE MOVIE TO PAY ATTENTION TO website review by Jeanette Russell RATE: 8/10
Manchester by the Sea is directed by Kenneth Lonergan, and stars Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams. The film is a harrowing look at how life can throw, curve balls of epic proportions. The very melancholic moments, in the movie are compensated partly by some comic relief, brought to the story by the main character's young 16 year old nephew. Patrick is the nephew and his uncle Lee, it seems is punishing himself and has so much anger and inner turmoil within. We come to understand the reasons for this in a serious of flashbacks, and it is some heart wrenching stuff. It portrays how Lee has come to be in this place. After his brother's death Lee is responsible for being guardian for his brother's son, Patrick. Although it seems the two have a close relationship, brought to light, is insight into why Lee , cannot take on this duty. Lee played very well by Casey Affleck is a complex character, who is this way because of a disaster for which he blames himself. Even through his nephew needs him to step up after the loss of his father, Lee still is not able to come to the party. The actors play their parts well, as we see raw emotions, and reactions to pain. Enacted within the film are moments illustrating fear, loving, caring and trauma. Its a tale of struggle, burden, realisations, courage and grief. The story depicts many instances of love and loss. I found the account to be very moving, and engaging. Within the story before it all unfolded, I was aware of wanting to know why, Lee felt this way and was so hard to reach. It is indeed a very sad tale. My score for this movie is 4 out of 5. Thank you for the opportunity to watch the film.
I believe this film will be of interest to teenagers who often love very spooky films and haunted houses set ups. It is made to scare and the director achieved the goal. The actor transformation was a surprise but I guess this was part of the plot.
NO MAN'S LAND website RATE: 8/10 review by Rachel Sandey
No Man's Land is a Play written by the greatest master of dialog, who ever lived, a Nobel Prize laureate, Harold Pinter, in 1974. It was originally staged in 1975 and since then there were a few different productions by different directors in different theatres in England and in US on Broadway. The latest production by director Sean Mathias at Wyndham's Theatre, London was filmed and brought on big screen to be seen by by wide audience all over the world. The leading parts plaid by two brilliant actors Ian McKellen as Spooner and Patrick Stewart as Hirst and two supporting parts by Owen Teale as Hirst's body guard and Damien Molony as buttler. All viewers are transported to London's Wyndham's Theatre. The stage is the large room of luxurious house of successful in the past aging writer Hirst in a centre of which is a big bar packed with bottles of Scotch, vodka, wine and all other kind of alcohol. Hirst is in his sixties and an alcoholic. While drinking in the local bar he meets another aging writer Spooner, who is poorly dressed and obviously struggling to survive. Hurst invites him to his magnificent mansion to continue talking and drinking and that is where all action is taking place. Spooner is most talkative,flattering his host and using his generosity. Like many classic Pinter's plays "no Man's Land" is about the reaction to an intruder who threatens the status quo ante. The subtlety that gradually emerges in this play, though is that Spooner, the seedy Prufrockian failed poet, is the alter ego of his host, the moneyed litterateur, Hirst, and his predatory intrusion also represent an abruptive attempt to reconnect Hirst to live and to his creativity and to save him from the bitter stalemate of old age. One of the critics, who saw the original production of this play in 1975 had shared his thoughts with readers. He wrote: " Even after three decades I cannot claim fully to understand this haunting drama that proves by turn funny, scary ,and resonantly poetic, but I have no doubts that it is one of the handful of indisputable modern classics that Pinter has written and a piece that will haunt and tantalise the memory of all,who see it" I wouldn't be able to say it better. It's definitely one of a kind, a completely unique experience. It'll be screening from February, 4. My score is 8/10
This is the weirdest film, I trust the horror lovers will adore this one: it is scary enough. The acting was more or less decent compared to what this genre usually offers. I loved the dog, he was the perfect actor.
TONI ERDMANN THE MOVIE TO PAY ATTENTION TO website RATE: 7.5/10
The more I remember this film the more I like it. It is a bit long with some unneeded moments but it is warm and funny like the relationship between the father and the daughter shown.
The movie is a little crazy, quirky and twisted so to speak: this is not your usual humor, this is not your usual acting nor it is a usual plot. Simonischek as the father and Hüller as the daughter play absolutely superb; their characters are wonderful - they are so common from the point of view of father-daughter relationship but they are so authentically unique at the same time. Huller's father plays a fool but this is just the way to show we are all a little bit like him. He reminded me so vividly of my own dad: never silent and always full of twisted joke surprising the crowd and of course surprising me with his ever wonderful mind. Good humor is the intellect shown in a different form. We are a;; too "right" and too "squared" to see how beautiful the world is without and frames or the rules of behaviour. When the daughter realises the beauty of such "pretending" and "acting" her love to her father takes different shapes. Thank god I was never afraid of my "different" parents and was always so proud of them to be this way. If you want to have fun - go and see this movie but be prepared to some longer and slow pace scenes. After all: life was always supposed to be a gentle walk but a struggle as many of us design it: may be you will see .what has to be changed in your own environment
xXx: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE website RATE: 5.5/10
I look at the superhero these days and I do not know what to think to be honest. he is a man slaughter, he is a criminal, he is a user of the brothels and the list of his awards goes on... I really do not know what to think. Oh, sorry forgot the most important thing: He is a gym block whose biceps are bigger than his head diameter and he is covered with tattoos from head to toes. NOW that's a hero. If there were no tattoos we would never believe it. The crew of his helpers are eve tougher and nothing would stop them to kill those faceless people like in the most well designed computer game that leaches on your brain, Mindless? Of course - to the core of your belief if you have anything left after watching this bullets ejaculating machine. It is not about the action movies - there are so many great action movies that we see nowadays more and more: their actors are strong, the plot is moving and the scripts are brilliant... Who the hell has created this dull acting, bad screenplay and cheapest plot? If you would like to become dumber than you are now please go ahead and watch this film - there is a lot to learn there - what NOT to watch - this is for sure. But I can see that could be a good entertainment for the bad guys - looks like it is coming so common on screen and in life - the criminals become heroes and those in power and we praise them. Love this world!
This is one of those movies that describe the tragic events that took place and are followed step by step , vision after vision, angle after angle and party after party till the very end and the photos of real people who were affected, passed away or wounded beyond any human understanding. Such films are impossible to rate as the low rate would just show that we, people who write our impressions on such pictures simply do not care and the high rate would not be rightly justified compared to the other films. These memories are created with the purpose of them not to be repeated but rarely humanity repeat their own mistakes - we just make the new ones one after the other...
Instinctively I hate big crowds, I hate events that collect those crowds not because I am not patriotic and not because I do not like sport: such events are simply shows that attract the bad guys like the sweet pie attracts the flies.
There is a good song by a Russian singer and bard Vladimir Vysotski and I will never forget his words:
(Из спектакля "Свой остров") Я не люблю фатального исхода. От жизни никогда не устаю. Я не люблю любое время года, Когда веселых песен не пою.
Я не люблю открытого цинизма, В восторженность не верю, и еще, Когда чужой мои читает письма, Заглядывая мне через плечо.
Я не люблю, когда наполовину Или когда прервали разговор. Я не люблю, когда стреляют в спину, Я также против выстрелов в упор.
Я ненавижу сплетни в виде версий, Червей сомненья, почестей иглу, Или, когда все время против шерсти, Или, когда железом по стеклу.
Я не люблю уверенности сытой, Уж лучше пусть откажут тормоза! Досадно мне, что слово "честь" забыто, И что в чести наветы за глаза.
Когда я вижу сломанные крылья, Нет жалости во мне и неспроста - Я не люблю насилье и бессилье, Вот только жаль распятого Христа.
Я не люблю себя, когда я трушу, Обидно мне, когда невинных бьют, Я не люблю, когда мне лезут в душу, Тем более, когда в нее плюют.
Я не люблю манежи и арены, На них мильон меняют по рублю, Пусть впереди большие перемены, Я это никогда не полюблю.
So much said is such a powerful manner - this is my review to this film - two simply lines: "I hate manèges and arenas; there They trade rubles for millions, hand in glove..."
One more note: when you go to see this film, be prepared to hate some people who have no explanation to their behavior, no motive and no idea what they are doing. Be prepared also to face tragedy once again and see the people who suffer from the stupidity of others. Be prepared to see brave actions of those who are supposed to defend us (Mark Wahlberg is playing amazingly well) and never get prepared to the feelings that will come of your soul unexpectedly - there is a lot of dirt in this world. PS. there is a more or less close translation: I hate when of fatal outcomes I hear, I never tire of life, despite its wrongs. I hate any season of the year Whenever I cannot sing cheerful songs.
Hype excitement I distrust without heeding But open cynicism I hate as well, I hate a stranger over my shoulder reading To find out what my private letters tell.
I hate stopping a conversation’s track Or anything done only halfway through. I hate when people are shot in the back And shots point-blank, I despise them too.
I hate gossip as viewpoint affirmed, When honours prick, when worming doubt I feel, Or when you always stroke against the fur Or the sound of glass when scraped by steel.
I hate complacency content and sated - I’d rather see brakes well and truly fail. That the word "honour" is forgot, I hate it, And that "honour" is hiding lies and veils.
I feel no pity seeing broken wings And it’s not strange I don’t find it inside: I hate abuse, and I hate helpless things But it’s too bad that Christ was crucified.
I hate myself, when cowardly I crawl; Innocents being beaten, I abhor, I hate it, when they push into my soul, And spitting in it, I hate even more.
I hate manèges and arenas; there They trade rubles for millions, hand in glove. Let changes come ahead; I do not care - These things I will never, ever love!
RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER website review by Anastasia Thomas
The world is waiting for the story about “army of undead” to be over in the Resident Evil: Final Chapter premiering on 25th of January in Hoyts Movie theatre, Melbourne. The High-class soldier, Alice (Mila Jovovich) in the final chapter is finally ready to “kill each one of them” in order to stop T -virus that caused mutations in humans and spread across the Globe. Her job now is to land at Umbrella Corporation Hive within a limited time frame and let anti T-virus out to save the planet. Even if Alice is at her strongest as ever and could kill the whole army on the spot, she needed to find alliance with the soldiers of survivors based in Raccoon city. Only together they are ensured to stop the war and conquer the Evil. The viewers will discover motives of this Apocalypse, characters behind this chaos and also, Hope for seeing the Sun again. Special merits belong to the main characters, Alise (Mila Jovovich), Abigail (Ruby Rose, the Australian actress and model) and Claire (Ali Larter) that impressed the audience with the Girls power genre and fighters’ techniques. Since the movie sequence directed by Paul W.S Anderson, is based on video game series, the viewers had a chance to experience diversity of computer graphics where monsters images have been transformed from Zombies into extremely frightening Creatures that suddenly could came out of the blue and made you shiver. For the first time viewers of Resident Evil, be ready for Horror, Gore and real Action. For the long-term fans, be surprised with tricks upgrades and unusual insights. To me, as a viewer and simply, a big fan of this serious, the message from the Finale Chapter kept a shade of uncertainty if the war is really over..?
Press release by Anastasia Thomas 27th of January
MOONLIGHT CINEMA MELBOURNE PRESENTING: FANTASTIC BEASTS website review by Jennifer Zaman
A gorgeous outdoor experience for cinema lovers that adds to the things- to -do list this summer. Watching one of the new releases right under the night sky is so much fun. Carrying along mats, chairs, blankets and baskets of yummy treat, the audience looked pretty excited. The ambiance around gave a sense of outdoor picnic spread across the large grass area.
As soon as the moonlight shone, the gigantic screen came to life. Wrapped in cozy blankets with the sky above, the make-shift theater gave an amazing feeling. It takes the pleasure of watching movies to a different level altogether. The sound system worked absolutely wonderful .
Would definitely recommend the Moonlight cinema to movie buffs or otherwise. It is a complete package of having a picnic with your family in a park and watching the most awaited movie lying comfortably on your bedding. The summer program commenced from December 2016 and would be running until April this year around cities such as Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane. It is convenient to arrive the venue a little earlier so one can choose the best spot. The ground or rather the grassland is big enough to accommodate a large number of audience and yet, every inch was packed.
MOONLIGHT CINEMA MELBOURNE PRESENTING: LION MOVIE website review by Anastasia Thomas
Press Release for “Lion” from 15th of January “Lion”, a film based on a true story, was presented in the Royal Botanical Gardens by Moonlight Cinema, on January 15th. The audience evidenced how easily little children in India, in this case 1986, could be lost in the crowd and never found. The postscript established that 80,000 children went missing each year in India. What chances for survival did they have? If there were kidnapped or killed? Our “ill-fated Lion” ended up in local orphanages and would never reunite with his family? This is the story about a boy, Saroo, from Khandna who found himself left behind by his older brother on a local train station. Being born in a poor family and raised by a single mum who cut the bricks for living, there were no any other choices but helping his brother to steal coal. The audience stayed silent when Saroo was begging for help on the train and tried to find home. Dramatic episodes of children sleeping on the floor in Calcutta and never helped but abused, a family of kidnappers wishing to sell the boy, melted strong hearts and there were tears falling. Luckily, Saroo got adopted by Tasmanian couple (by Nicol Kidman and David Wenham). After 25 years of a “privileged life”, truly caring parents, another adopted Indian brother and beautiful girlfriend (Rooney Mara), Saroo seemed to have it all. However, his memories kept taking him back to slums in India. He had no choice but simply “google” his hometown. The audience were thrilled to follow each step of the character (Dev Patel) through his research. Persistence, hope and high motivation to find “Mummy” and his brother, Guddy, assisted Saroo on allocating the place. The last episode of reuniting with his family, made the watchers pick up handkerchiefs. We knew that lost was found and questions have been answered. The audience discovered that Saroo was actually “Sheru” which translates to “Lion”. The story of the boy with a brave heart, Lion, was delivered with outstanding cast performances and talented script by Garth David. It’s about Love and Hope, Destiny and Justice. Come for this real story and don’t forget to bring tissues.