It is French, it is warm and it is romantic. It is light and it is not light at all. It shows the hard work of the doctors who work in the country. Many doctors in the cities are faceless, not to us but for them we are faceless. The small country town community where everyone knows everyone brings up the challenges where the doctor gets attached to the patient as if it was his father or his daughter. It is touching and it has its own consequences. The film reminded me of good French films from the past with good acting of Daniel Auteuil. I also thought: that film was created by the person who knows doctor's profession very well with all its ups and downs. The film frankly shows the parts of life that we have never seen before: some are not that pleasant to follow to be honest but they exist and they are there. The film does not focus also on "easy" patients: they are all different - some are stubborn, some have their needs, some need a big teaching lesson. We also learnt that the doctors get sick themselves. They also go to their own doctors. Doctors also fall in love no matter how hard they try to avoid it. The more you resist the feeling the deeper and the more intense experience you will get. The moment that you choose love after a long journey of "obstinate opposition" is beautiful in its self-revelation. The last couple of comments: there is a soft and very intelligent humor as well as a gently developing drama. The soundtrack is amazing in this film as well as the actors - simply all of them! I also believe every man should take their best parts ( girlfriends and wives to see this film).
To be honest I expected much more from this film than I got. the plot is similar to The Golden Years (2016) film. It is done a bit sloppy. There are many parts that I simply would have leave in editing process. They seem :Unbelievable" and way too simple. However I gave it 7 only because of all the main characters that were played so irresistibly well: Morgan Freeman as Willie is fantastic: he always plays with his eyes only - this eyes talk more than his words or anything else. I consider him to be one of the most strong actors in Hollywood. I also can not miss the acting of Michael Caine that we all fall in love with after seeing the film Youth so many times. The third actor, Alan Arkin also plays very well. If it was not for such bad directing and if the plot could have been different it would be a real blockbuster. The film would be a good entertainment not only for the seniors but for the younger audience who would see the character features of their own fathers in these three characters.
Joe: These banks practically destroyed this country. They crushed a lot of people's dreams, and nothing ever happened to them. We three old guys, we hit a bank. We get away with it, we retire in dignity. Worst comes to the worst, we get caught, we get a bed, three meals a day, and better health care than we got now.
Well it's movie time again and my refreshing Mount Franklin water and me are at the Village Cinemas Jam Factory @goldclass for media screening of Roadshow film Going In Style Movie . #ilovemorganfreeman
Chips follows the lives of two cops (a rookie and an undercover FBI agent) who's lives become intertwined whilst investigating the corrupted highway patrol.
The film is easy to follow and you won't find yourself getting too lost in the narrative which is a positive of watching a comedy such as Chips.
For anyone who is a fan of Adam Sandlers comedic work you are sure to pick up similarities between it and Chips.
Audiences can expect a lot of motor vehicle related comedy and action all rolled into one.
The types of people who would enjoy Chips is varied due to the jokes throughout the film making reference to the original Chips which was a tv series. A younger audience would enjoy the film due to the non chalant and relatable jokes and fun loving characters involved in many action scenes. Although beware of some minor graphic scenes with body parts, maybe take a friend who can handle this type of comedy.
I would happily add this movie to my rainy day list as it is one to make you laugh and smile guaranteed once again another fabulous warner brothers film.
This is one of the best films I have seen in the last year. Imagine: guns shoot non stop for the whole duration of the film and you do not get bored. It is s mixture of Pulp Fiction, Qunteen Tarrantino and Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. It is funny and it is very dynamic. You will not have time to breathe - believe me! There will be blood, brains on the "car capote" and some broken bones but you will not get scared of disgusted . You sort of believe that these kind of people all deserve what they get. The plot is as simple as two by two: two mafia gangs get together in the warehouse for a illegitimate business (of course). On the way of survival the members of the two gangs do swear, do use cruel violence and even do use drugs. I have never seen so many dumb people under one roof and I had a great fun watching them. The time is depictured brilliantly - 1978! Everything and everyone respect each other. the deal is about to get to an end and the money and the product got exchanged hands. Suddenly someone says something (as they say it in the movies - offensive or else) and the guns start firing perhaps first by accident then in real: who would survive this game between the flying freely bullets: a girl, a Jewish or the bosses? Are you curious to find out - believe me it is so much fun you will not regret you went to see it.
NT LIVE PRESETS: HEDDA GABLER NEW website review by Bryanna Reynolds
Hedda Gabler was a wonderful modern reconstruction of the original play.
The film was a live streamed version of the play from the National Theatre of the same name. Starring Ruth Wilson she delivered a stellar performance that held you captivated throughout the play.
The narrative follows Hedda who is troubled by her life after returning from her honeymoon. She realises that she settled for marriage and is in limbo about her life and the choices that led her to where she is.
What was beautiful was the simplicity of the set used. It was raw and harsh with plain walls and a couple of chairs, flowers and a piano which made the actors performance shine.
One of the best scenes was when Hedda throws 100's of flowers across the stage and continues to staple them to the bare walls. It was a powerful performance and showed the heartache Hedda was feeling.
What was amazing about the concept of filming a play live was that it was just like you were at the theatre. The audience could be heard and were shown at the included intermission.
This kind of play/film is perfect for anyone who enjoys a trip to the theatre.
I look forward to seeing more plays/films in this recorded format from the National Theatre.
THE INNOCENTS NEW website RATE: 10/10 The films is a powerful story about the choices we make, about the paths that we choose, about the things we can not change and the things we can. The story line is simple to tell in one sentence: a young doctor who works for French Red Cross in Poland in 1945 finds out that many of the nuns at the local monastery are pregnant and are about to give births. The story is based on the true events that took place on Polish territory that was occupied by Germans , then Russians and the aftermaths is painful and tragic. The secret of pregnancies can not be revealed anywhere as the monastery might face the shut down. In her attempt to cover the rather delicate situation the head of the monastery, "the mother" takes the path that creates even more problems, results in deaths and suicides. If you want to go to a really scary and blood stopping thriller do not go to the si-fi or fantasy - the real world has it all for you on the plate with the blue edge. The young doctor Mathilde portrayed by Lou de Laâge can keep the secret however the secret has its own ways to develop who has to know about it and who has not. The psychological drama reaches it culmination when the newborns start to disappear. Although the monastery is soaking in prays, candles and angelic chants the nuns can not find the right decision no matter how they ask God to hep them. God is silent (God is in Silence BTW). None of their messages or calls get answered by their Lord they worship so much. the solution comes so easy and so spontaneous from the brave doctor who tries to save the lives of not many nuns and their children left alive. She is the light in their narrow window of faith. She does not pray - she smokes, she does not pray - she sins. One wonders: why god still hears her and answers her questions? There are no more secrets now to hide... and so many lives are saved too. There is nothing else left to fix and the crime that can not be punished will only suffer from its own guilty conscience. May be the world IS perfect and innocent in its divine creation? May be almost! There are more on to comment though: no surprise war in every country means rapes by soldiers of the female civilians occupied. It is always like this - even now, it WAS always like this . Despite of that it is an eye opening for many to see this abuse taking place on the screen so casually which makes it even more disgusting. Now if they tell you in the news the army is liberating some country read between the lines: there are massive rapes taking place. The film is dark but it brings some hope in after the "24 hours of doubt"
THINGS TO COME NEW website RATE: 9/10 The film is very gentle. I found it t be perhaps one of the best roles Isabelle Huppert played. She seemed so distance from us, though so close. We connect with her though can not grasp her completely. She plays Nathalie Chazeaux ,a Uni philosophy teacher. She has a good family with two children and a husband. They seem so similar in their life views. They are both philosophy teachers. They go on vacation to their seaside house. Life looks almost perfect. We only suspect that this is not all to what it is on the surface. So the further truth opens up bit by bit. Natalie has an admirer, her ex-student, but their relationship are platonic. Natalie has a sick mother who calls her even when Natalie is teaching at school interrupting her classes with day after day caprices. We do not suspect what layers on truth we are about to discover about the main character and find ourselves being the silent observers of Chazeaux's life: tragic and comic, some light, some deep, some naive, some sophisticated. Natalie's life suddenly turns into something that we want to continuously follow. I could not understand what attracted me so much to the character portrayed by Isabelle: may be her inner grace and dignity. If I wanted to be a philosophy teacher one day this is how I would like to be: the Isabelle-way. May be I almost got it: like cats, who have 8 lives we sometimes live so many in one...
COLOSSAL NEW website RATE: 6.5/10 What is Colossal? When this word is pronounced we immediately start thinking about ancient architecture and sculptures of ancient gods who once were living on our planet. Colossus was a God of the sun Helios. The image of him was erected in the form of a huge statue - as we remember from history in the city of Rhodes, on the Greek island. The statue was considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It is not there anymore if you care (and IMHO we all should!). But let's not talk about the past and the lost history; we now have the film in front of us named by the similar title. Colossal means huge in size, extend and gigantic. How is that "Colossal" connected to the main character of the film, fragile girl Gloria played by Anne Hathaway? The connection seems obvious from the first glance when you watch the film: there are monsters and robots of the size three time higher than the tallest skyscraper on Earth. They are real or so they do destroy Korea and all that jazz... I firstly could not get it: a girl from NY thrown out of her apartment by her limited minded boyfriend who tries to help her with her drinking problem. She goes back to the town where she spent her childhood... to see that she is a giant monster manipulator? What? Do I still have my brain in place? And may be it is me only who see the monsters walking down the streets in Korea, smashing people and fighting with each other... But no, all the other people in the cinema are laughing - they obviously see them too! Then I suddenly got the idea and the film's puzzle got into place. It is a fantastic idea to represent your though forms in such way... It is an excellent way of solving your addictions and life issues by connecting to your past and understanding how the energy exchange works. The concept IS BRILLIANT! Although the idea was amazing the film did not work as a whole story. I could not get what it was lacking: a good direction or just everything. The music was good, the actors were all marvelous but there was something very important missing and perhaps it was the core. The film is a good fun to watch nevertheless!
The Berlin Syndrome is your one perfectly done thriller. A young Australian woman, Clare travels in Germany and meets an attractive young man Andi in the streets of Berlin. They immediately fall in love with each other and their passion seems so perfect with only one tone of worry that is so vividly shown through the movements of the actors and the soundtrack as if something dramatic is just about to happen. Clare gets locked inside Andi's apartment with no possible escape. She is locked by her new boyfriend. She loves him , her feelings are obvious, but she is scared of him and his actions. the events develop so quickly she starts to loose her hope to get out of her new prison ever alive. Andi is handsome and (surprise!) he is a school teacher where no one have a slight guess about his pervert actions. His mother left the family long time ago: Andi and his father were very close. But where did Andi learn to do such criminal things? His desire to keep the woman locked so she does not escape like that happened with his mother would be the best explanation if his deeply damaged psyche. The apogee is reached when the prey can not live suffocating without the fresh air, people and freedom anymore and the hunter can not keep her inside without getting noticed. Clare has only one day, one chance and one decision to make to get out of her jailhouse. She has to act pre-calculated and be precise. Will she get this chance without hurting herself and the others?. Will the cruel trapper be caught and punished?.. The film has definitely created an atmosphere of fear and suspense. the camera work is brilliant and the blue-green colors selected for the background perfectly fit the situation. It is mesmerizing, captivating and very well done picture. It is so realistic I caught myself thinking: this is how I would imagine the story would develop in Berlin - exactly like this!
A SILENT VOICE NEW website RATE: 8/10 This is another amazing Japanese anime that reminded me "Your Name" released recently. The story like concentrates on the female student who has impaired hearing. It touches so many topics including bulling at school, shame, the attempt to suicide, love, drama, guilt, forgiveness and just generally the relationship between students. It is made so delicately and so gracefully you melt inside the pale colors of the paintbrush of the animator. It is highly artistic with lots of beautiful details included in the film. the plot is unpredictable and keeps surprising you minute after minute. Considering the relatively serious topics revealed the anime is done with lots of care and tenderness. The characters are well developed and their growth and maturity is obvious. If you love Japanese anime this is a gem of gems to watch - you almost forget that it is not real.
NOVA ICONIC: ARIA (1987) NEW website RATE: 8/10 Aria film (1987) is screened at Cinema Nova as part of Nova Iconic Festival. The film consists of 10 short movies with the soundtrack from the famous operas and music pieces and almost no text. It was an original idea. The directors include such names as Ken Russell, Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, and Nicolas Roeg . The soundtrack features Vivaldi, Bach, Wagner and many more. The full list of music can be followed by this link. It would be way too long to write here. I would only like to tell about the artistic side of film. I found the short films t be spectacular, although the rate is significantly low on IMDB for some reason. The films are sensual to put it in a soft way. It was almost impossible to imagine such movie shown back in 1987 say, in Moscow where we all still did not know that sex even existed. It is touching your most deep desires and inner core of physical You. the directors are great. I felt sorry nor Woody Allen nor Fellini could not be part of the project. It worth watching because it does not loose its beauty wuth years: it is still remains classical in their best traditions. It is the film made for the sake of art and nothing else. It is surreal for that reason also. The brilliant actors include Buck Henry, Beverly D'Angelo, Elizabeth Hurley, Briget Fonda, Tilda Swinton, and John Hurt . If you like art sexual and erotic this is your movie to watch!
GHOST IN THE SHELL NEW website RATE: 8/10 The choice of cast in this film is immaculate. The leading role is played brilliantly by Scarlett who is everything in this film. The digital graphics, camera and cinematography in this film are beyond any possible imagination: it is spectacular. I would go and see the film again only for the sake of technical side of it. The story is not as simple as you would expect: it is twisted. Our expectations were low . The trailer was too good and we thought: probably not! But it is quite good. The future megalopolis shown is scary and dark: the advertising is everywhere and it is superb but the amount and the scale of it is frightening. The robots, the costumes are simply glorious. There are some downfalls related to script that we found though: the characters are a bit plane: they are either bad or good, there is nothing in between and to say it in the soft way: the text for the characters is remarkably primitive. I trust it will be forgotten in the next 3 months which is sad... I gave the film a pretty high score just for the actors and for the tech.
DENIAL NEW website RATE: 8/10 Will I ever forget Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) jogging in London and stopping to gaze upon the statue of "Boadicea and Her Daughters" on Westminster Pier. Boadicea is famous as a warrior queen who led an unsuccessful uprising against the Romans. Yes, the film is about a powerful but fragile, warrior but shocked with the other person's lies woman. She is confused but firm with her truth. It is not necessary that the truth always win no it is always that the most powerful arguer wins. It is also not necessary that the weakest looses nor it always that the justice takes place. We all know the outcomes of the court are unpredictable so does the movie: it is emotional to hear the final verdict of the judge.
Deborah Lipstadt: Now, some people are saying that the result of this trial will threaten free speech. I don't accept that. I'm not attacking free speech. On the contrary, I've been defending it against someone who wanted to abuse it. Freedom of speech means you can say whatever you want. What you can't do is lie and expect not to be held accountable for it. Not all opinions are equal. And some things happened, just like we say they do. Slavery happened, the Black Death happened. The Earth is round, the ice caps are melting, and Elvis is not alive.
Richard Rampton: They're a strange thing consciences. Trouble is, what feels best isn't necessarily what works best.
Deborah Lipstadt: Holocaust denial rests on four basic assertions. Number 1: That there was never any systematic or organized attempt by the Nazis to kill all of Europe's Jews. Number 2: That the numbers are far fewer than five or six million. Number 3: That there were no gas chambers or specially built extermination facilities. Number 4: That the Holocaust is therefore a myth invented by Jews to get themselves financial compensation and to further the fortunes of the State of Israel. War, the deniers say, is a bloody business. There's nothing special about the Jews, they're not unique in their suffering. They're just everyday casualties of war. What's the fuss?
Deborah Lipstadt: Okay, and here's another question, how do we know the Holocaust happened? Seriously. I'm asking. How do we prove it? Photographic evidence? Not one person in this room or outside it has ever seen a photograph of a Jew inside a gas chamber. You know why? Because the Germans made sure that none were ever taken. So how do we know? How do we *know* that so many were murdered? So what's the proof? Where's the proof? How strong is it?
Deborah Lipstadt: What did you think, Anthony? Anthony Julius: What did I think? I thought it was the most boring morning we've had in court so far. Deborah Lipstadt: My God, you love to be contrary. Anthony Julius: Well, the man's an anti-Semite and a racist. It's like having shit on your shoe. You wipe it off. You don't study it.
I love these quotes - they tell you more about the film than any review would. This IS the film to watch for any civilized person
Zach's life was filmed since he was 10 years old. He belongs to a very interesting nationality/tribe of native Australian people who live in beautiful Northern territories. He is close to 16 now and he sees the changes start taking place in his mind, body and spirit. Teenager-ing is difficult. Finding out who you are is even harder but unless WE know we will always be on the search. The sooner we find out the easier life will seem, the happier it will be. It is happening for Zach now. He is in the process of self discovery - the most fascinating journey of all if not the only one journey here on this plane. Zach is challenged not only by his transition from a boy to a man but also by embracing both: modern world and his ancient history, traditions and culture. It is more like past and future meeting now inside of you, at the present. It is also fascinating to discover that you ARE that tree which roots are drinking the knowledge of the generations passed and spreading its leaves open to the sun of the future generations to come. The discovery can be a process and it can happen in one day - both ways it is exciting. Zach's sacred ceremony takes place in his tribe surrounded by the elders, his parents and his friends and relatives. The film shows only parts of the ceremony kept as an ancient traditions by the wise-man of the tribe. I loved the faces of the people I saw: open and innocent; I loved their relationship with their culture and how they treat each other. It is an interesting movie to learn more about different culture as well as to make some important choices for yourself. I am sure you will love watching it.
THE POWER RANGERS NEW website review by Benjamin Newall
The Power Rangers - movie review.
Was this movie made to inspire a new generation to follow the life and times of the Power Rangers or was it made to give the generation who grew up with the original Power Rangers a movie they could enjoy now that they have grown up.
Expectations of this latest movie in the Power Rangers franchise were high, with a fair bit of nervousness on the part of those of us who had loved it as children.
The Power Rangers first took to our TV screens in 1993 with the first movie coming out in 1995. There have being several iterations of the Power Rangers but all stemmed from the original Mighty Morphing series. Twenty four years later and the Rangers are going back to the start again but with a darker, grittier atmosphere.
The relatively young cast had big boots to fill and managed to do it with style. They played teenagers with back stories and issues who are thrown into something unexpected and need to come together. Now if all went to plan and it was a happy flick, they would join forces, put on the suits and all would be sweet. Fortunately however this isn’t really that kind of story.
I am sure that I was not the only one in the cinema who was waiting to see when the new team would be seen in their new suits. It takes quite a devastating lesson for the teens to learn what it means to come together, and an indication that this really is a very different Rangers movie from the rest.
The young cast are guided masterfully by talented Emmy award winning actor Bryan Cranston in the role of Zordon and Elizabeth Banks as the most evil Rita Repulsa. These two seasoned actors brought realism to the characters. For the first time we see a different side of Zordon that is not the all-round nice guy, but is at times selfish and self-centred, making him actually seem more real.
As for Rita, well this is one Bad Ass B***h, who looks super creepy and has no care for human life. She is cruel, ugly and disgusting and gives the Rangers a challenge of great proportion. Being the original Green Ranger (in this storyline anyway) and the reason all the original Rangers died, the writers have made sure the audience know from the start just what Rita is capable of.
However the movie had some weaker moments in my view. If you are a big fan of Pink, Yellow and Black ranger you may be disappointed by the lack of back story provided for them. This can obviously be picked up in later movies giving them the same depth as Blue and Red ranger. That is something we will have to wait and see.
Of course like any 90s kid show being made into a movie there are those corny moments when you think that they put that in just because they had to, not because they thought it would work. None of these minor matters take away from a Power Rangers movie that my generation can appreciate.
There was a really clever use of comedy elements which provided a number of good laughs. Many of these were courtesy of the film “Alpha 5” voiced by the talented American comedian Bill Hader. Quick wit, amusing commentary and some added attitude make Alpha 5 one of the most changed characters in this reboot. It is definitely for the better.
Now you are probably still wondering ‘What about the Zords?’ Well let’s just say that the first time I saw them come out and the Mega Zord rise I got chills, and I want you to feel the same. Special effects have come a long way, and I was not disappointed by the changes they have made with the Zords or with the Mega Zord. It is different, yes, which may lead to some fans being disappointed and thinking they should have stuck to the original, but it did work for this reboot, absolutely.
Though if you did not grow up with the original and have never watched the original, you may have to go home and google what a couple of the Zords where in terms of creatures as Blue and Black you may be scratching your head.
I think this movie has something for most people. I think for parents of the kids who watched the original, they may think the same thing they did two decades ago and have no interest what so ever. I would also be cautious taking any children under the age of 13, as some points of the film could be quite scary for them. Please remember this is a much more grown up version of the G rated show still playing on TV for kids.
So after considering the story, the actors the various effects and character development I would comfortably give it an 8 out of 10 or 4 Star rating. And if you are an avid fan of the original I would urge you to go in with an open mind and enjoy what is the same but also what has evolved.
And like the movie here is a little treat at the end. Don’t leave when the credits start to roll, as with all Marvel films it will be worth hanging around for, especially if you know the original and were waiting to see a certain teen in the mix.
SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE NEW website review by Natalia Aksenova
Smurfs: The Lost Village
I went to see the film “Smurfs: The Lost Village”on special screening day 26 of March 2017 in Southland and I found the event was very attractive and enjoyable for kids.
We saw character Smurfs, the clown with balloons and fairies.
The film was beautifully made. We liked songs, colours and details on animation.
The Smurfs village is colourful land. In these village lives one blond girl Smurfette and another Smurfs. The evil wizard Gargamel plans to control and round up all Smurfs. He wants to get the Smurfs from lost village. He got an idea to pour all Smurfs into a boiling pot that will render him all powerful.
Smurfs Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty and blond girl Smurfette decided to go to find the Lost village. Their main intention to tell the Smurfs about dangerous plan of Gargamel.
The Smurfs’ adventures include a harrowing white-water rafting chase, as well as encounters with dragonfly insects, fantastic plants and glowing bunny rabbits.
Their latest adventure takes the Smurfs on a race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does.
The animation film “Smurfs: The Lost Village”absolutely are for kids and parents.
SOME SNAPS FROM THE MEDIA PRE-SHOW ENTERTAINMENT FOR KIDS
ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2017: MERCINARY NEW website review by Irina Ivanova
Mercenary @ ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2017
Everything about this film was impressive for me: the uncommon idea and formidable screenplay (both by Sacha Wolff); the outstanding performance of a non-professional actor Toki Pilioko and supporting actors; the effort put into the production of the film and the magnificent results… No wonder that Mercenary was chosen to be presented at the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, and won the Europa Cinemas Label Award.
The plot is based around a 19 year old Polynesian rugby player named Soane who’s received a rare chance to travel to France and sign a contract with one of the biggest French teams. However, the things didn’t go to plan (as they usually don’t when everything is at stake), so the boy suffered lots of hardships along his way to successful career. Nevertheless Soane didn’t ever loose the unshakable attitude and achieved his aims, which were not as superficial as some people may think. The boy was never after fame or money as such, but he was searching for something much more in-depth, that connected him with his ancestors and translated into the modern world.
I loved the symbolism and little details the film was abundant of. It seemed like every little thing was thoroughly planned and nurtured: from the adorable dimple on Toki Pilioko’s (Soane) cheek to the steadfastness of three-legged dogs “connecting” France with the boy’s motherland islands; from the shells beach and beautiful sunsets to the meaningfulness of traditional rituals; from the immense pain to relief; from hope to hopelessness; from fight to win, and the joy after.
In spite of their cannibalistic inheritance, by the sounds of the most powerful haka the islanders rise above all expectations. And that makes the whole movie more than worth watching. I greatly enjoyed.
I am clueless to be honest. I was watching the film without total understanding what was going on and what it was aiming for. It seemed like a very intriguing picture at the start. The girl, a personal shopper Maureen, Kristen Stewart works for the high profile fashion celebrity and buys a very expensive wardrobe for her and does some other duties as a personal assistant. It kind of reminded me about a similar character Kristen Stewart played a couple of years back in a masterpiece that I absolutely adored: "Clouds of Sils Maria" (the same film director). "Personal Shopper" though was fascinating at the beginning as you could totally see the girl does not like her job. Kristen's feelings are strong, she is intense on the screen and her powerful but quiet personality shines through. The film flows perfectly well but suddenly the parts with the ghosts are introduced from no where - as one more story line. We find out that the personal shopper, Maureen lost her twin brother Lewis recently. She is also a medium (what? can't she being so good a mediumship work in the field she likes a lot - readings, channeling etc - there are good money in this area - what is she still doing as a personal shopper) She tries to channel Lewis from the other side but gets connected to something else that starts SMSing her on her mobile!! (WHAT?????) What is going on? It was one cheap turn after the other... The story seemed a bit unbelievable due to a mess with firstly what the message the creators were trying to deliver? I also was is deep doubt that the creators understood much in mediumship. The subject was shown too lightly , I would say: casually. It looked to me like white color designer bag with the crooked, black and cheap stitches or should I rather say it looked like the old made in China jeans with an expensive label on them... The turns in the plot from the one subject to the other did not make any sense nor I was interested anymore. I waited till the end hoping for the miracle to happen. My disconnection with the character and her intentions however were creating deeper and deeper abyss between us that did not heal till the very end. Was looking forward to this film so much, but the plot disappointed me a lot, however Kristen as I mentioned before was exceptional and it worth seeing the film for the sake of her remarkable acting. BWT it is not a horror film - mediumship is not horrific as well as the other worlds , it is a part of life. Everything related to the other realms is shown in a very mild way with a balance that deserves a certain appraisal.
ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL THE ODYSSEY NEW L'ODYSSEE website RATE: 9/10
The captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau's books were surrounding my teenage life. I traveled with the great main on all his trips on Calipso, I dived following his helpers to the depths of oceans and seas. I knew everything about decompression and even more. I fell in love with water. More to that while I started swimming myself regularly three times a week I would imagine the captain and his son Phillipe waving me and OK=ing me from the deep water with sharks and whales on the background. The film is done very well. Little I knew about the real life of Cousteau', I knew though that his son was lost in the sea and I knew nothing about his family and what was happening there in reality. My books reading was romantic - I could find the photos of Phillipe and would look through the whole book first before reading it for these images in particular. My heart was broken when I heard about Phillip's tragedy. I sure could not understand how Jacques-Yves continued to live and work. The film showed the events and the great researcher's life without making it heroical or romantic. Life is never white even when you are a celebrity and even if you are talented and famous. It is more likely totally on the contrary. Many unpleasant moments were shown in the film: I would like to highly praise a fantastic performance of Lambert Wilson,( as JYC) Audrey Tautou (as Simone) and Pierre Niney (as Phillipe). One can not not mention the underwater shoots that were simply magnificent. Neglecting the life challenges people face daily the nture remains calm, spectacular and beautiful as it was created that way: to be and to be striking in all its forms. It was an overall enjoymental journey through Jacques' life done with much consideration showing the black and white sides of life, the struggles and the victories. It definitely worth watching.
The film is fabulous: it is graceful, it is deeply emotional and it is very intelligently made. ADRIEN played by Pierre Niney is a Frenchman who comes to the grave of a young German man with flowers after the WWII. The story reveals slowly with the balanced development of the main characters. Adrien is emotionally fragile, elegant and brilliantly portrayed by Pierre so perfectly fit for this role. We keep asking questions: who is he to the German fellow buried in that grave? Were they friends, lovers or else? Why is he so emotionally attached to his national enemy - a German soldier? What did they have in common? Why does he cry about the killed in war son of Doktor Hans Hoffmeister? I can only add I was in tears for the whole movie till the last titles... Pierre played so beautifully this role could only be compared to his Yves Saint Laurent. We also saw him in Osyssey and he never disappoints. There is something about Pierre which you can not grasp, something un-catchable in his eyes and in his ever changing facial expressions. Again: he is amazing in this role. ANNA plyed by Paula Beer is sensational too. Her love for Frantz, her lost in war fiance is touching but not intense. She lost herself together with Frantz's death. Her way out of the "only one step" to suicide is shown in a smooth flow. It is almost unnoticeable how she changes from a mourning girlfriend into a lightened up soul that suddenly discovers a salvation. If you still are ready to experience one more emotion you are not able to die. He relationship with Adrien are complex; she goes through stages of surprise, interest, a will to live again, compassion, curiosity, losing her hope again, anger, disappointment, forgiveness, understanding,love, jealousy and letting go... her road is rocky and stirring but at the same time she is performing everything so well you believe her every move and every facial expression. Hoffmeister family 's life changes on arrival on Adrien. It will never be the same again as there is a wee hope and a glimpse of light: he turns the whole household into a shinning place. They never be told the truth but the lies might kill them. FRANTZ is not there and he is everywhere in each episode. he is talked about. His past is shown. He is in the centre of everything. He and only he can bring the forgiveness to those who remained living while he... while he... while others also knew so little about him... THE REST OF THE CHARACTERS are playing the important role in our understanding and judging the war and its aftermath, people's reaction to friends and enemies... and own own reflections of stupidity of course. There is no one word nor one action or actors' emotion wasted in this film. I watched it greedily missing so much on a good taste European cinematography. Thank you!
ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL: KALINKA NEW website review by Irina Ivanova
Kalinka @ ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2017
Since Kalinka seems to be a cute Russian-inspired girl’s name I would expect a tale about an extraordinary young woman, just judging by the title of the 2016 French-German drama directed by Vincent Garenq. However there is also an alternative name of the movie – “Au nom de ma fille”, literally translated “On behalf of my daughter”, which tells us a based-on-real-facts story of a father who chased up the justice for the murder of his teenage daughter.
The story starts with a banal portrayal of a ‘happy’ family where mother brings up two young children, father is always busy at work, a younger/more good looking/ maybe even enigmatic single man gets interested in the above mentioned wife of another man, and a love triangle is being formed very quickly. She slips and her husband files for divorce basing on her committing adultery. Then he eventually moves on, she continues building life with the new man of hers (by the way, also a father of two beautiful children), and everything seems peachy. That’s when the real story only begins…
Being on holidays with her mom and the family of stepdad, the young girl Kalinka (Emma Besson) abruptly dies under unclear circumstances. The childhood car accident could have been the cause of a traumatic brain hemorrhage, which could have lead to the unexpected death, but there was certain discrepancy that stopped the father of the girl to let go. So he begins his nearly 30 years long pursuit of the justification of his beloved daughter’s death.
Starring Daniel Auteuil, Sebastien Koch and Marie-Josee Croze the movie presents its audience with impeccable acting of three well known profies, and the script goes through the decades of truth searching as if it was a documentary showing all the ups and downs of Mr Bamberski’s (Auteuil) battle against the international jurisdiction system.
I would really recommend the movie for mature audience. It’s not something you would watch with your friends on the night out or in… It’s very profound and patience-demanding film. Well made and clearly bringing up the point.
Oh, goodness me... I liked and I did not like this film. I will tell everyone what I did like and finish my "honey" story with "the spoon of tar".
What was likable. Dynamic story line development. Camera work was perfect. I still do not have a clue how the flying objects were filmed - more to that: I have no idea how they managed to film the actors flying/moving with no gravity inside the spacecraft - it was so real like as if they were at the real space station (?)... and it was spectacular! The staging was immaculate - as we all see it inside the modern spaceships. One actor was very likable: Jake Gyllenhaal who played astronaut D. Jordan as wellas the rest of the crew - they all did their parts very well - all least that limited amount of work that was expected from them during filming. They were not very strong but they were ok. The film directing was immaculate and flawless as well as the structure of the movie. I also thought that the brutal horror loving audience would be glued to the screen so well done (scary-wise) it was. One could not know what would happen in the next 2 minutes of the film .The ending was rather unexpected giving the film one additional star only to loose the rest of them very quickly...
What was dull and unbelievably badly done No fresh ideas, primitive story that lacks depth and characters' development. Unbelievable parts were : the episodes with crying spacecraft commander (what? did not the script writer work with the real astronauts to find out that they NEVER ever allow themselves any emotions while they work: their psychological training is a top to nothing, they are more "military people" than all the soldiers on planet earth. what? she actually dropped a tear? she was incompetent as a commander to say the least: to waste her crew in such way one after another following the way of "less required", "less cared about". There are so many downfalls in one film (but I guess teenagers will adore the picture!) - it only did not work with us, the experienced ones,who were raised on Star Wars (I am smiling!). One more example: the capsule lands down in the waters of Thailand. Two fishermen open (yes, you read it right: open effortlessly!) the door of the space capsule without any second thought - they also - like the way you open your backyard door - after they just saw some strange formation inside the capsule and a dying human. What would you do if you were a fishermen in Thailand? (well apart from fishing of course) - I do not know the common logic of Thai people but I would not ouch the capsule - any person in the right state of mind would call the authorities - at least call the police. The list to be continued... but the last item on the menu would be: people, lets' write good scripts, let's stop this rush wut the primitive plots! Even the teenagers might say one day: we SAW IT ALREADY!
The last word of conclusion goes and here is it: we did not buy it!
If you are looking for a perfectly balanced classically made newly released romantic comedy-drama search no more because Their Finest has it all.
Perfect crew of actors so suitable for their characters: Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy, Sam Claflin, Jack Huston, Jake Lacy,, Jeremy Irons, Eddie Marsan, Helen Elizabeth McCrory ,- looks more like a perfect flower garden to me rather than the actors' crew which will never disappoints you. It also looked to me like a good theater with unlimited budget rather than a film.
It is a film about script writers and how the movies are born; about those who feed them, nurse them and baby-sit them. Th person who can create a great story from the air is a genius. There is one more thing without the giving away the story line: when there is love and the love is real something beautiful gets born out of it: it materialises itself into art creations, it manifests itself into physical everywhere creating beauty and even more love. The love given to the movie wakes up love in our hearts, the people who watch the movies. It reflects in us also on so many levels.
As I mentioned before the story line is well balanced: it has a perfect amount of good humor, drama and romance.
Would I recommend the film? How would not I? I gave it 10/10. Of course I would.
THE SEARCH FOR LIFE IN SPACE NEW website RATE: 6/10
I have to be very honest with this film. It is short - about an hour. It is 3D, it is laser digital and IMAX is one amazing cinema to go and see it. It is a story of exploration of living forms and organisms on different planets humanity visited so far. The film explores not only life on other planets but also the life on planet Earth in the extreme conditions. Yes, the signs of life close to how we know it might be found on the other planet. The views from the world's most giant telescopes are spectacular indeed. The camera takes us on the journey to see the surface of Mars, as well as the Moons of Jupiter and Saturn.
However for us, spoiled by David Attenborough narrations and his engaging conversations the film seemed a bit primitive not to say it frankly: a bit boring and dull. The narrator's voice sounded more like a book reading automatic device with no personal feelings attached. Some of the episodes kept repeating, more to that: the film lacked fresh ideas and rather looked like someone's diploma work (the student graduated from the media department of local Uni) than the work of a mature specialist. If I was a student (and this film is create for students) I would be playing with my iPhone while the film is plating at the classroom. If I was a teacher I would rather show my students the masterpieces of Sir David A. But going to the cinemas for the sake of going out and seeing such a fantastic technology worth seeing the film - once again!
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 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 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... .
LAND OF MINE THE MOVIE TO PAY ATTENTION TO website RATE: 10/10
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 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 THE MOVIE TO PAY ATTENTION TO 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 THE MOVIE TO PAY ATTENTION TO 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.
MISS SLOANE THE BEST MOVIE OF THE MONTH website RATE: 10/10
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 THE MOVIE TO PAY ATTENTION TO 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 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 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 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 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
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.
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 THE MOVIE TO PAY ATTENTION TO website RATE: 9/10
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 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 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 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.
RAVENWOLF TOWERS. EPISODE ONE. BAD MARY website RATE: 4/10
Honestly, I am not a fan of the bitten off hands after the intercourse nor I (again) understand the purpose of making such pointless films. Hope it will find its audience though.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.