THE NUT JOB: NUTTY BY NATURE NEW website review by Bryanna Reynolds
REVIEW: The Nut Job - Nutty By Nature By Bryanna Reynolds
This laugh out loud comedy, features some legendary voices of Hollywood including Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph, Katherine Heigl and the one and only Jackie Chan. I personally couldn't come up with a better assortment of character voices if i tried. Each and every one of them brings an element of themselves to the cute little animals they all portray.
When the local mayor decides to build an amusement park in their local park all the furry creatures and critters come together and rebel against the demolition of their park.
Along the lines of other popular children's films there is also the lovable tough cute character and in Nutty By Nature he comes in the form of an adorable looking rat with marvelously adorable eyes which come with a strong personality and perfected voice. Who may you ask could pull of a character such as this, well it is the legendary Jackie Chan and of course the character is a master of kung-fu. It is a cute but lovable addition which again adds to the fabulous narrative of the film.
One of my favourite things about the film is how they capture the spirit of friendship through comedy and standing up for your rights even if you are a team of furry animals. It is as much inspirational as it is comedic.
While the film is about saving the park it is a journey of friendship and working cooperatively together which is an excellent example to be setting for young children and families. There is definitely an underlying theme over arching the comedy and philosophies of life.
I would recommend this film to anyone who is familiar with Ice age the franchise as it draws upon the same fun, yet lovable characters which are easy to relate to. I definitely think this film could turn into a sure success, just like that of Ice Age and even Madagascar.
The best thing about this film is that it is family friendly and suitable for all ages. I can't wait to see what the third installation of the film will have on offer. It seems to just get better and better.
DARKEST HOUR NEW website review by Bryanna Reynolds
REVIEW: Darkest Hour By Bryanna Reynolds
Bohemian Rhapsody Club were lucky enough to see ‘Darkest Hour’ in cinemas ahead of its Australian release.
From the moment we entered the cinema, there was an air of excitement for this new biopic drama featuring Winston Churchill. Churchill is brought to life in a see before your very eyes by the extraordinary Gary Oldman, whom you may remember from the highly acclaimed Harry Potter film franchise as Sirius Black.
At the beginning of the film we had a lovely man speak to the cinema of people about the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust where he explained a wonderful opportunity for Australian citizens in the form of a scholarship. The trust was established in 1965 to honour the memory of Sir Winston Churchill and allow an Australian to travel internationally to investigate an area of interest to them.
We then watched a short documentary on some of the previous winners of the fellowship and it was truly remarkable to see what they had achieved, all thanks to the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. The fellowship begins accepting applications on February 1st, 2018.
Then it was time for the film to begin. In this epic war drama we see the turbulent times Winston Churchill encountered whilst Prime Minister during the early days of World War II. The audience are taken along with Winston Churchill and all the decisions he must make in his newly appointed position.
The film stars a stellar cast consisting of Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas & Ben Mendelsohn to name a few. The cast worked swimmingly together and only further complimented the on screen portrayal of Winston Churchill to a climatic standard. The casting has to be seen to be believed.
Throughout the drama there were outrageous moments of comedy as well and I think this fell greatly upon the expertise of Gary Oldman’s portrayal. What I liked most about the narrative as a whole, was that there were moments of extreme intensity that would then translate into Winston Churchill being a person that anyone watching the film could identify with. Gary Oldman simply brought Winston Churchill to life in a way that made you feel like you were present in that day and era and could feel the struggles they were encountering at war.
While the film is set in the early days of World War II it would be easy for anyone to watch the film and understand the journey and expectations thrust upon Churchill at this very momentous time in society.
I would recommend this film to anyone who loves a good war drama. The casting is fabulous and the film as a whole keeps you thoroughly engaged throughout. I have high hopes that Gary Oldman will certainly bring about a slew of awards for this particular performance and the cast and crew of Darkest Hour as a whole shall be honoured.
JFF: 2017: SATOSHI - A MOVE FOR TOMORROW NEW website review by Nina Tunaley
I had no expectations when I saw this film. First I was not aware that it was a biography. As soon as the film began I was facinated with the game being played. This turns out to be the game of Shogi, which in Japan, has a similar status to the world of international chess. The film provides the viewer with glimpses of the Japanese style of living which is dispersed within the main story of the Shogi competion and the life of Satoshi Murayama and his Shogi competitors. Biographies have not normally been my thing as far as films go, but I found myself drawn into this story.The impact of club and family interactions, expectations of all classes of competitors, and the major illness of the main character really does create drama for this biography.The manner in which this film is assembled and presented does maintain your interest for the whole time. Towards the end of the story, after a competion match, Satoshi Murayama invites the reigning champion (Habu) to dinner. It is what is said between them at this point that leaves me totally undecided about wether the final game was won or lost by Satoshi Murayama . You really need to decide for yourself. The manner of high level competion dress is almost Samuri Style and just this alone is an intriging insite into Japanese respect and culture. A very interesting story and well produced.
This film was sold foremost as a comedy film and I was ready to relax and laugh. Yes ,the start of the story began with interest due to the strange quirks of all the characters you are quickly introduced to. Funny characters in comic situations with great French scenery in the background, but one soon develops a sense of foreboding as the comedy switches to a black role involving murder, cannibalism, and a dark child. However, the characters tend to slowly lack interest because you become acclimatised to them quickly over the length of this film. The comedy was more intense only in the beginning of the film but after a while it does get a little bit boring in my opinion. The scenes of the cannibalism I believe, would not be good for young children, as this side of the story is definitely more adult territory. I struggle to understand the full intent of this story, as the logic of investigation does not flow through to what I thought was a clear result. The three individuals captured and destined become dinner, upon rescue; appeared not to inform the investigators of what had occurred. This was a strange end to the production!
WONDER WHEEL NEW website RATE: 10/10 review by Nina Tunaley
It's a beautiful movie and a very good production. This story is set in an interesting slice of american time involving the poor and gangster types in a period I felt, that was just before the depression era. The use of Coney island fair ground as a backdrop provided some insight into the lives of carnies and added plenty of colour to what is a quiet story telling technique. An interesting blend of narration was used to set the scene from one of the more prominent players. A lot of emotions and psycology in the relationships of the main actors : due to a love triangle which seems to be simple but unusual. Relations within the featured family varying constantly due the wife"s problem son and the father"s gangster involved but acquainted with wealth daughter ... but that's life and you watch with interest. Enjoyable.
review by Natasha Marchev
It is Woody Allen at his best. the amazing soundtrack, the story line, the emotions - it is all so regonsisable and so adorable you can feel Woody in every line, in every move on the screen, The Wonder Wheel goes around so does the life of ordinary people - it is like an amusement park, their lives, but after a full turn nothing seems to get changed, it is all the same: just the lived through experience remains. The action takes pace in 50-s on the Coney Island. The story is told from the lifeguard's perspective as he is one of the major players in this great and film made with the hand of a great master. the actors' performances are naturally wonderful, flawless. Leaving all the other wonders of this film aside whit really fascinated me about his particular picture was the light and the softness of it reflected in the actors' eyes. I have no idea how Woody achieved it but I have to admit I was hypnotized, I have never seen anything like it before.
Woody was always y best and he will remain for the sake of me loving geniuses and of course their art works.
RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL: ANNA KARENINA THE STORY OF VRONSKY NEW OPENING NIGHT website review by Dina Gavrilova
Russian Ressurection Film Festival Opening night
Every Russian knows that 31 December should be spent in a bathhouse and every Russian in Melbourne knows that Russian Ressurection Film Festival Opening night is a ‘must attending’ event which bring all community together. The program of the festival is always fulfilled and satisfies different tastes, offering new movies along with prominent ones which admirers could watch on a big screen and others get the opportunity to join in Russian attitude matrix.
This year the Festival started with the movie ‘Anna Karenina. Vronsky’s Story’ which was launched by the director himself. As a matter of course, a queue of reporters lined up to Mr. Shakhnazarov but he generously devoted time to everyone.
It is pretty hard to define what is more important for the opening night: movie, guest star or afterparty. The latter, however, deserves to be mentioned by itself. It is a common place that very often film festivals as well as other national events could be entertaining only for a particular culture. Luckily, this doesn’t apply to Russian Film Festival as it shows off all the best national traits inviting everyone to participate. Renowned Russian hospitality meets irresistible merriment displaying pure quintessence of Russian spirit: vodka, potato salad sandwiches and tiny pancakes for an aperitif, national dances and songs as the main course and ‘party like a Russian’ with VulgarGrad band up until the end of the night.
So, if you have any interest in observing and entwining with Russian culture in Melbourne, there is no better place as Russian Ressurection Opening night. Make sure you won’t miss it out next year!
The Room is a well known 'so bad it's good' film . This film is a film about filming the film The Room. It is an extraordinary story of the extraordinary man who film the worst movie of all times.
I did not expect too much from the movie so to my excitement is exceed all possible expectations. It was fantastic: fun fun fun to watch, endless fun to watch: sensational actors, James and Dave Franco in this movie are super super super amazing!!! One of the best actors' performances I have seen in the last year. Both characters are incredible and lovable. Is it an Oscar - one for sure!
The look of the original The Room was recreated to the smallest detail, to t he tiniest mimical gesture, to the smallest body movement.
I am only afraid of one this: the film will not find a good and appreciative audience no matter how well done it is. It is very special to me due to the level of the fine work and craftsmanship put into it. It is not for the people who like the lazy-made movies with the cheap cast and primitive plot. It is more for the people who adore the good cinematography and acknowledge the good actors' performance.
100% this is the film not to missed by or readers!
BIG IN JAPAN NEW website RATE: 7/10 The film is a documentary about "ordinary" people becoming famous through social media, it is about the guy who decided to go on a very unusual mission: to become famous on purpose, it is about how to do and how not to do it, it is about two sides of the coin of being famous and much more. It is the most unusual experiments ever taken, it is funny You will have a good time watching it no matter how weird it will seem at the beginning . It elaborates how fame is addictive and why. there are three very bright examples the film is focusing on: - Rick “Ladybeard” Magarey, a cross-dressing heavy metal singer from Adelaide, - veteran American fighter Bob Sapp, “The Beast” , and - Canadian pop wannabe Kelsey Parnigoni
It has a very interesting ending with a shade of good philosophy on the world of celebrities and what they are missing from the life of an ordinary people.
I loved the expression: "enjoy the luxury of being ordinary"
The group of teenagers got initiated in a traditional way in on of South African tribes. The boys turn into men through a special ceremony and rituals step by step in duration of days while the very well kept secrets between some of the boys got revealed. The movie focuses on homosexuality and forbidden pleasure and love. I was fascinated by the film as it shows quite an unusual subject from a very interesting perspective, it is also filmed in a very unusual way. The characters are very intense and strong, the acting is fascinating as the story itself. It looks more like a documentary and it is hard to imagine that this is the art filming not the real life. The film is naturally an romantically sensual as well as gorgeously filmed. I would expect a stronger ending that would make the movie very unique despite its dark finale. It is a unique experience anhyway neglecting some small hiccups.
THE BUTTERFLY TREE NEW website review by Nina Tunaley
Film review "THE BUTTERFLY TREE " ***
One of the most beautiful Australian movies which was presented at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Cinematography, performance and composition are excellent. It's a drama with a loss, sorrow, love and with a lot of colors, rich colors in surroundings, nature, costumes, animation which make the performance so attractive. There are three main characters connected with not simple relationship. The boy (Fin) lives in the world of dreams and we can watch a combination of life scenes and fantasy. This is a film I found drawn into the longer it went. It has a “what is really behind all this” component. Serious attachment issues are investigated at all levels, which occur as the result of an incident earlier in the life of the featured family. The story is held together through the hobby of the youngest family member -butterfly collecting. Butterfly’s further connect the story through costuming that belongs to a neighbor, who was previously a performer now running a flower shop in the area. Student/teacher and father /son relationships are constantly tested but the results are not fully revealed until the underlying background to the family becomes known. The topic of this film on the surface appears heavy, but it is dealt with in a manner that truly makes this film enjoyable to watch.
The idea of the film is fantastic, though delivered not in the way I would expect it to be. I had better expectation for this film. The central role is not Matt though nut unknown Vietnamese actress Hong Chau who practically steals all the scenes from Matt. The film is missing something that only the director can tell you about. It is not there so to speak no matter how the subject of discussion is. My final verdict: it is easily miss-able but if I was you I would go and watch for the sake of good actors only. You will enjoy it!
I would probably say more if I had anything on my mind for this movie. I' d better leave the discussion open.
IN THE CORNER OF THE WORLD NEW website RATE: 10/10
The time and place is Hiroshima during the WWII. There is a poor family whose tragic life is shown in a very poetic way. The family is ordinary in its look but extraordinary if you consider the experiences they go through and how they are received. It is not the film about the war, it is more about the peace (and being disturbed peace) and the people wanting that peaceful life , wanting it in silence and tolerance to the circumstances and the pain of inability to change the situation. the film is very touching and please be prepared to drop many tears before the closing titles appear. It is also one of the most beautiful animes I have seen this year. It is also a very gentle film about our imagination.
It is an exquisite masterpiece to see not only the story-line-wise but on more other levels.
GERMAN CINEMA MELBOURNE 2017: DESTINY NEW website review by Dina Gavrilova
German Cinema Melbourne
Destiny by Fritz Lang
Silent monochrome movie at the era of Marvel Studios. Sounds ridiculous, isn’t it? And yet it is fascinating though! The movie which been produced nearly 100 years ago still captivates attention and amazes with the incredibility of happening even more than superheroes. All the special effects, technology etc. can’t possibly outweigh the genius of the plot.
Originally released in 1921 ‘Destiny’ has an extended title in German which could be translated into English as ‘Weary Death: A German Folk Story in Six Verses’. This is a story about a woman whose fiancée has been taken by Death and her selfless attempts to bring him back to life. She’s been granted three opportunities (which took place in alternative realities: China, Persia and Venice) to save three lives in order to get her lover back. But, unfortunately, Death is inevitable. The movie is a masterpiece of German Expressionism and been restored in 2016.
Resembling the Arabian Nights fairy tales, ‘Destiny’ astounds by the combination of simplicity and complexity. Innocent and pure Love against implacable and frightening Death with the predictable result but glimpse of hope. And everlasting background sense of mystical ecstasy which is impossible to put finger on. This movie leaves one with the feeling that there is much more in it than could be rationally comprehended even after nearly 100 years gone.
JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL 2017: THE TOKYO NIGHT SKY NEW website review by Dina Gavrilova
Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue (2017) Yozora wa itsudemo saikô mitsudo no aoiro da (original title)
The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade
How many variations of the ‘two weird persons meet each other’ scenario are renowned? Probably, the most memorable is ‘The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain’ (2001) so far. However, it is impossible to get bored of watching them over and over again because each one has its own features.
The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade is a contemporary Japanese version. Mika, a nurse and a girls’ bar employee, who prefers the solitude and Shinji, a construction worker who is blind in one eye and extremely talkative out of anxiety, accidentally meet and keep bumping into each other in the crowded Tokyo. Both are feeling lonely, isolated and anonymous in the huge city they seem disconnected even from each other. Wounded by deaths of their friends and relatives they do their best to get over and become closer.
Being based on the poetry book of young poetess Tahi Saihate, the movie keeps the sense of delicacy and gentleness. Among busy, tumultuous and preparing for Olympics Tokyo two clumsy souls full of fear, doubts and mistrust approach each other on tippy toes.
At the same time questions which been outlined in this movie are much wider than just a love story. For instance, to what extend a big city suppresses and changes personality? Or how young people in 21st century cope and deal with difficult situations and disasters like earthquakes or suicide of someone close? The answers are not obvious and might surprise sometimes…
JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL 2017: LOVE AND OTHER CULTS NEW website review by Dina Gavrilova
Kemonomichi (original title)
Love and Other Cults
Japanese Film Festival brought myriads of love stories this year, one of which is movie ‘Love and Other Cults’. But it is not a sentimental one… so, put away your handkerchiefs and tears of tenderness, this is strictly 18+.
Based on a true story (65% as the director assured) this movie depicts a young girl Ai who by the will of fate been brought up in a cult commune (instead of extremely religious mother who actually unable to pick the religion and by the end of the film she joined 13th). But the cult’s dispersal put an end to a relatively quiet and careless life for Ai. Craving for love she desperately tries to find a place to belong joining gangs, foster family and finally ends up working in sex industry. The only person who understands and loves her throughout this ‘journey’ is a loner Ryota.
This independent movie shows the other side of the coin which rarely seen from overseas: life as such in Japanese rural areas. What options do teenagers have in their lives and what choices do they make…? What cults and subcultures do exist nowadays…? It is a thought-provoking movie to watch but personally I wouldn’t call this experience ‘pleasant’. It was a bit of humor, a bit of violence and a tiny bit of love.
GERMAN CINEMA MELBOURNE 2017: FRITZ LANG 2016 NEW website review by Dina Gavrilova
20th century was fulfilled with myriads of peculiar movements in arts and German Expressionism was one of the most fascinating things. Already at the dusk of it, Fritz Lang filmed ‘M – A city looks for a murder’ which became classics of world cinematography and anticipated a lot in film noir. Delving in the vaults and attics of human souls 1920s movies pull to the surface everything that usually hides in the corners: anxiety, fears and other obnoxious emotions. But where all this comes from? What type of person could possibly create this sort of movie? Is it a requirement for a director to have personal ‘noir’ traits or deep secrets in order to create such a product?
Exactly this issue ‘Fritz Lang’ movie which was presented on German Film Festival’s opening night examines with the passion. It is a story about creative process: where the famous director found the idea and inspiration, how he traced and mapped it from one point to the next one and what sort of torture accompanied to this. Relating to the ‘fiction’ category, the movie is complimented with the clips from thriller ‘M’ enhancing the effect. Whereas monochrome establishes the aura of the era. Composed altogether it gropes and scrapes something ‘dark’ deep inside which pins one to a spot until the end of the screening.
Finally exhaling at the end of the movie, spectators leave the cinema with the eternal question in their minds: what is the correlation between genius and villainy? Do they accompany each other? Do they spawn or vice versa perish one another? So many spears have been broken in this discussion and still no clear answer. Hopefully, after this movie everyone can clarify their own point of view.
GERMAN CINEMA MELBOURNE 2017: A GERMAN LIFE NEW EIN DEUTSCHES LEBEN/A GERMAN LIFE website review by Dina Gavrilova
A German Life
20th century… A hundred years like never before… Started with industrialization and ended with the internet… Encompassed a number of civil wars, revolutions and two World Wars which determined the new world order. People survived through totalitarian regimes and observed fall of the Berlin wall. Could anyone imagine to eyewitness all this? Nearly unimaginable… However, one woman did - Brunhilde Pomsel. Being born in 1911, she lived for 106 years a few of which worked as a secretary to Joseph Goebbels. Possessing such an epic name this woman gone through hard circumstances and at the end of her life gave a 30-hour interview out of which directors Christian Kroenes, Olaf S. Mueller, Roland Schrotthofer and Florian Weigensamer made a documentary. In Melbourne ‘A German Life’ was presented as the part of German Film Festival.
The personal story of a woman who grew up in a strict German family with strong sense of duty enlightens underlying reasons of choices which had been made. Shoot as a talk in front of the camera intermitted by propaganda films, it represents Brunhilde’s perspective reminding of the consequences at the same time. But even close-up doesn’t allow a spectator to immerse into her inner world, just a few emotions been projected. So, only her words we can rely on… And they are quite unexpected sometimes… However, directors do not judge the woman. So shouldn’t the audience as who can tell how we would behave in this circumstances. Everyone wants to think of themselves as a hero but very often people forget what it takes just to admit that you are not. And yes, at the times of tough choices ignorance is bliss if the aim is to keep sanity. It doesn’t do any favor to anyone but person survives. However, to live on with this choice and to cope with the knowledge is a different thing.
The newest movie directed by Greg McLean Jungle is a story of three young men who search for adventure of their lifetime hiking in the Amazon rainforest. They are led through the wild nature by a seemingly experienced guide, but his explosive temper and mysterious behaviour create turmoil among the hikers.
Some things, like proper footwear and food supply, were seriously misjudged for their trip, therefore soon enough travellers’ feet went all sore with flaking skin. Friends become extremely hungry, and since they carried only small amounts of food, they had to hunt and eat wild animals which looked quite revolting.
Out of the three young men, the main character Yossi gets it the worst being lost in the jungle for almost three weeks, without food or water, not to mention the hiking equipment and weapon. His adventures go from bad to worse.
After a big fight between the guide and one of the young men, the four travellers separated in half. So, Yossi and his friend Kevin chose to raft by the river. The other two went to the target point by feet. The raft got into severe drifts and Yossi dropped into water, which speedy stream took him a few kilometres away. It was a mere luck that he did not drown or got his head smashed of the rocks piercing through the river’s waters here and there. His surviving skills strengthened immensely. In a couple of weeks of wandering he was already fearlessly killing a giant snake. That’s the law of the jungle: ‘Eat or be eaten’. At some point, exhausted Yossi lost control of things and vultures, feeling his weakness, surrounded him. Though it wasn’t his end yet, so their hopes for food were greatly underestimated.
Yossi is played by Daniel Radcliffe who was a perfect match for a role like this, looking and behaving rather boyish, but with great inner strength. The other actors had essentially smaller parts in the film, two of them already disappearing after the first third. Their adventures were not included in the storyline, and the reason to it was only clear in the end.
The movie develops slowly in the beginning and even looks like something with a potential to become a comedy. However, gradually the tension builds up and the plot develops into a full-on thrilling adventure. It is not a hiking Bible, though certainly gives an idea of what to expect in the wild. It is a story of the great will to live, mobilising all instincts towards surviving in extreme circumstances.
RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL 2017: ATTRACTION NEW website review by Irina Ivanova
The approaching to the Earth of a gigantic eye-shaped alien spaceship, detected in the meteor shower by Russian military authorities, makes humans to question their future in the galaxy. Assuming an alien attack, the troops shoot down the UFO, and it crash-lands in the Moscow’s residential area, smashing a few high-rise multi-apartment buildings and killing dozens of citizens. The communication with the aliens is entrusted to the Colonel Lebedev (Oleg Menshikov), who is cautious not to risk the peace between humans and other galactic species. His rebellious daughter, on the other hand, is seeking revenge for her friend, accidently killed by the massive space object.
The director of the feature is Fyodor Bondarchuk, famous for his acclaimed film The 9th Company, which became the most profitable Russian movie at the box office of 2005, winning 7 film awards out of 8 nominations. Bondarchuk is known to be a public supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin. This fact clearly seeps through the movie’s patriotic political and social subtext, showing the frantic tenacity in protecting the motherland from alien incomers.
The highlight of the movie is a hardly believable love story between Yulia (Irina Starshenbaum) – the daughter of Colonel Lebedev – and Hijken (Rinal Mukhametov) – one of the humanoid aliens (! – yes, they appeared to be very much like humans, and even speak Russian fluently). Yulia prefers the alien to her boyfriend Artyom (Alexander Petrov) who becomes furious and collects the crowd to exile the uninvited guests.
Inheriting best traditions of the most popular American sci-fi movies, Attraction boasts with world-class visual effects and wonders of pyrotechnics. Even though the plot is a recognizable mix of every alien-themed movie existent, the national touch is very unique. Spiced with passionate performances of the young actors and the unfailing craftsmanship of cinematographic veterans, the movie is a great bubble-gum entertainment filled with humour, action and, of course, romance, which ticks all the boxes of a successful blockbuster.
RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL 2017: ANNA KARENINA NEW website review by Irina Ivanova
Anna Karenina: Vronsky’s story
The classic drama by Leo Tolstoy gets yet another interpretation, now from the viewpoint of Count Vronsky, Karenina’s lover. The main plot is the usual: Anna’s dilemma of choosing between life with her beloved, sacrificing the relationship with her son, or staying in the hateful marriage abiding by the rules of social discretion. The centre figure of this film is Alexei Vronsky, depicted as Anna’s devoted lover, a man of an honourable, multifaceted character, not the cunning seducer that is inherent to his traditional role.
The film is directed by prominent Russian filmmaker Karen Shakhnazarov, and is just fresh on the screens. It combines the publicistic story "During the Japanese War" and the literary cycle "Stories about the Japanese War" by Vikenty Veresaev. It takes place at the war hospital in a remote Manchurian village. Brought together by chance after thirty years of Karenina’s tragic death, Count Vronsky and Anna’s son, Sergei Karenin, share stories of their feelings towards Anna. Vronsky describes the events leading to her desperation, and explains to her distressed son, who sees the situation from a perspective of an abandoned child, what made Anna cross the line.
The main characters are played by Elizaveta Boyarskaya as Anna Karenina, Maksim Matveyev as Vronsky, Kirill Grebenshchikov as Sergey Karenin, and Vitaliy Kishchenko as Karenin. They are all very experienced and in-demand actors. However, though the cast was strong, their performance seemed a bit awkward in the beginning. I guess it was hard for the new generation of actors to submerge into realities of life a century before they were born. On the other hand, maybe it was difficult for me to perceive these contemporary actors as noblemen of another epoch. I’d say some performances could have been better…
Anyway, surely the movie will attract many viewers for the drama and raw emotions of the plot, famous Russian director and cast, the beauty of costumes and decorations, and impressive battle scenes. It was one of the most anticipated movies in Russia this year.
This is a very simple but wise movie with calm and hopeful aftertaste. Patriarchal town in the middle of nowhere… Simple people, simple life… today is the same as yesterday and day before… And out of the sudden 90-year-old man realizes that he’s getting older… Oh, well…
For legendary Harry Dean Stanton, it was one of the last appearances on the screen. And the brilliant one, should be mentioned. His character is ‘no-nonsense’ man who loathes small talk and goes straight to the point looks absolutely natural and effortless. Some hidden wisdom lurks into his eyes, so when he says ‘I know the truth and the truth matters’ you just believe he does. And no matter how tough and how old man is, it is still scary to face the death.
So, simple joys and simple sorrows of life without embellishment… Light jokes of witty men… Exactly what one needs to relax…
A QUEST TO HEAL - BEYOND THE PHYSICAL NEW website review by Bryanna Reynolds
REVIEW: A Quest To Heal Beyond The Physical By Bryanna Reynolds
In this documentary film ‘A Quest To Heal - Beyond The Physical’, the audience is taken on a journey of learning and discovery associated with alternative healing.
The documentary tells the story of three patients who travel to a little village in Brazil where a spiritual healer by the name Joao de Faria De Texeira performs his healings.
The documentary is narrated and filmed by film maker Michelle Mahrer. This provides a viewpoint for people to take a side throughout the documentary.
Michelle Mahrer follows the journey of spiritual healing, guiding and opening oneself to new pathways of healing.
What I found most amazing was the behind the scenes look of a spiritual centre where one is free to open themselves up to the hope and faith that there could be a cure either long term or short to provide temporary or long lasting help.
The topic of spiritual healing I personally feel has to be seen to be believed. And while I still don't know exactly where I stand on the effectiveness in comparison to modern western medicine this was a breathtaking documentary so beautifully told.
If you are are wondering if this film is for you I would recommend seeing it if you are curious. You don't need to be for or against the practice of spiritual healing but just open to hearing people's experiences.
The documentary opened up my mind and I am thankful for that. I think it is helpful to watch the documentary with an open mind and simply listen to the stories of the three participants experiencing the spiritual healing.
I look forward to seeing what film maker Michelle Mahrer will produce next. Make sure you see the documentary ‘A Quest To Heal Beyond The Physical’.
WOW! This is quite a deep psychological journey. A kindness itself is shown in one very good looking angel-like woman who is a school teacher. Her real snake-spider-like manipulative personality gets revealed as we continue to watch the film story developing in front of our eyes. It is very hard for the honest person to recognise a snake in some one else. We usually act according t our own character and our own believes. When we trust someone in authority or friendship we usually believe that the person will be acting as us: honestly and openly. We do not know better. The snake-spider-like personalities though act according to their own belief system. The are dishonest so they see and expect lies and dishonesty in others - they also act accordingly. The vicious circle never ends till the snake faces the truth and genuine unconditional love - there is no escape for the snake in this condition then. It either has to die or to change. Lies are hard to follow as the lair forgets what he lied about. Lies are there to be invented and the inventions gets forgotten. While the Truth is always there and there is nothing to invent - it is there just to be opened and discovered It is easy to do it if you know what you are after. It is easy to live in truth too. Snake and spider personalities are hard to live with - they live with constant pain - they always have to think about their new "inventions" They have lonely miserable lives, mainly they never never ever find partners for themselves as they start with lies not with Truth. What was started with the false intention can never gets completed with the truth in mind. It will always be a lie. How to change: meditate, open up yourself, re-discover your true love and unconditional giving being, forgive and make your life not heave and full of "inventions" but light and enjoyable full of love and compassion. Discovering the truth is for the hard working though. If you are a lazy soul you will not have a chance - your karmic circles will bring you back and back again till you understand how to live, for many many lives may be thousands but you will learn eventually. Only after that you will discover freedom and joy. Only when the karma is broken. You can do it any minute of your life because there is no past nor there is a future - do it now and you will see a new world. Manipulative character is the one based on lies lies and lies only. If you are on your way to enlightment on the way to your power of knowledge stay way from such people who manipulate your life in their own advantage - they can damage (not destroy but damage you) .You will just waste your time on them. They need to learn on their own. As I mentioned before with some people you can give the everything: the ski , the flag and even the torch to lighten their path they will still continue to lie, leach, suck your blood and manipulate you. You have to close the door for them to understand - they have to seek other doors and continue to learn! Adding to that more: to discover your truth you need to risk your life, to study continuosly, to work on thyself, not to be lazy, it is not an easy road as you have to step over your EGO, which is sometimes bigger than YOU. You need courage on your way too. Lies do not need and courage. I see many cowards lie to me non stop. they are cowards after all as they do not want to see the best inside of themselves, they are afraid of their own light. The Lair will tell you a lot about where he traveled, how much money he has, how much his shoes are, how many houses he had, how many people or women love him, he will keep talking about his "false" self , his lies will never stop. The truth does not need to talk nor it needs to prove its existence. It is silent when you discover it finally. Lies are dead toys to play with, they are heavy too as the liar has only so many cards to play with although the truth does not have boundaries. You can spend the entire life with the truth. There is one more thing to discover when you say: "she has left me she has abandoned me" You will never find yourself a spouse if you keep seeing that the fault is within the others. You are the only one who creates your own journey and until you change the right person will never appear in front of your eyes. You will always be on the search... always... you will search Yourself though...
Something that stands out for the great applause no matter what: soundtrack! Not to mention the splendid actors' performance, good well developed plot with no downfalls, very easy and entertaining to watch. The story line is unpredictable and twisted and you will never find out what happen till the very end. The complex story line is a collective adventure of all its members. We eagerly wait till the very end but you never know with the French romantic comedies how it will finish: happy ending or sentimental regret. I am adding there the charms of the whole actors' crew. There are not that many films that I saw recently with François Damiens who is simply amazing in this film. I also have not seen Cécile De France for long time and she is a terrific form and she matured so much during the last 10 years. She is adorable and fantastic in each and every line she says. If you are after a good and light entertainment - this is one relaxing and very sensual film to watch!
GERMAN CINEMA MELBOURNE 2017: FRITZ LANG 2016 NEW website RATE: 9/10
It is a deep and very intelligently filmed movie. The picture portrays a famous silent film maker Fritz Lang who is looking for inspiration for his first film. His new film is about a serial killer. Alongside Lang goes through his own life drama, while he remembers his past and his possible involvement into the crime too. It is questioning Lang's murder of his own wife who caught him up with a lover. Lang's own psychological drama interlaces with the criminal and the journey that the director makes to find out more and more about his major character. As the history tells Lang was never accused or charged for his deed. The film is blend in with Lang's original films. The movie is made black and white which adds t the drama as well as takes us to the 30-s , the time of Lang's genius. This film is a terrific masterpiece about Fritz that deserves to be mentioned next to the Fritz Lang's old films.
The film is not my cup of tea, it is not even the one I would watch at the movies but I gave it 10/10 for several reasons:
1. super sensational actors' perfromance 2. very well written script and immaculate director's work 3. excellent entertainment for this genre of movies
It is unexpected, it seems dangerous but funny at the same time. It seems real and amazingly well made up at the same time - it is a farce on the edge of the real events and the childish imagination of one of the major characters.
It is one home alone picture but not quiet : it is smartly done with twists and turns at the every corner of the movie path - we better watch out! If my kids were still small I would go and watch this film with them again just for the sake of good and healthy laughs.
LOUIS THEROUX: DARK STATES - HEROIN TOWN NEW website RATE: 8/10
Famous American journalist and filmmaker Louis Theroux is after the biggest disease of all ties and nations: drugs showing the effect and the horrific life of its victims, their "happy moments" that are actually very scary to watch and their downfalls.,the ordinary lives of these "extra ordinary" people. The movie reveals the numbers, the queue to the rehabs, the recoveries, the slavery, the weak moments and the strong people who were able to leave their habits behind and start fresh new lives.
The film also contains the exclusive footage , behind the scenes and interviews with the daring author. Not only that , Louis shows the roots of the addiction pointing fingers at the conventional medicine and its inability to cure and give proper advises.
I love Luois' stories for their ingenuity and certain warmth, his humor and his openness to the subject. He is a true follower of Michael Moore style but with less "poisonous" approach to the topic.
It is a terrific movie to watch on any Australian holiday: it is witty, it is about Australians, it is about musicians, it is about summer time of course. The film has a terrific crew, it is light ad very entertaining to watch in a company of good positive thinking friends with good attitude towards life. The movie is good enough for any generation: there is something young people would love, there is something that would interest the older generation. It has a terrific view on the entire Australian nation: native australians and english population and it has funny moments in both sides to laugh about. Nothing goes uncovered in this film: nationalism, class division, immigrants, love and sex, Australian culture and beautiful history and country traditions. If you ever been to Aus country and traveled in car listening to the local radios you will not stop laughing at Magda Szubanski's character! The film contains many mini-story lines that are built around one core story: love of two people that meet summer after summer at the same camp ground. We watch the relationship between two young people grow and develop and get stronger.
DADDY'S HOME 2 NEW website review by Susie Cashmere
DADDY’S HOME 2 DIRECTOR: Sean Anders WRITERS: Sean Anders, Brian Burns CAST: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, John Lithgow GENRE: Comedy/Family RUNNING TIME: 1 Hr 40 Mins
Just as we saw a fantastic sequel to “Bad Moms” in “A Bad Mom’s Christmas, we can now watch an equally fabulous sequel to “"”Daddys Home” in “Daddys Home 2” I’m just going to lay it down before I go on. Will Ferrell makes me laugh, and in this hilarious movie, playing the nerdy dad Brad, he did not fail me.
Will Ferrell is a funny guy, just as Mark Wahlberg is a funny guy, playing the other dad in the movie, Dusty. Totally different characters, equally funny with unique antics and personalities.
So, this time, the “co parenting” dads, Brad and Dusty, find themselves and their families debating on where to spend Christmas this year. Then when both Brad and Dusty’s own dads arrive for Christmas, a unanimous decision (actually made by Dust’ dad) is made to all spend Christmas day together at a completely separate location.
Not a huge Mel Gibson fan, I struggle to fault him in the brilliant, ex Astronaut, hard talking, non tactile, “take no prisoners” character of Kurt, Dusty’s dad. He’s a handsome man, a lady’s man, who prefers the female attention to that of his own son. Mel Gibson nails this character to a tee!
On the other hand we have Don, Brad’s dad played by the fabulous John Lithgow. He is perfect as the loving, caring, “over sharing” knitted jumper wearing all round nice guy. Polar opposites. So the fun begins.
The strain on Brad and Dusty’s “co dad”arrangement starts to show as true feelings and emotions come to the fore. The criticism and constant judgement on the parenting skills of our loveable dads becomes too much.
It’s a great movie, with Will Ferrell’s “in your face” humour hitting us hard just as the subtleness of Mark Wahlberg’s.
Let’s begin by getting the obvious out of the way. Justice league in neither as good as Wonder Woman, nor as bad as BatmanVSuperman. What it is, is half a rushed movie, chopped up to look like a full film. Imagine watching lord of the rings, but only the scenes with Frodo and Sam. It would still be a OK movie, but it would never come close to what it could have been. In the same way, Justice League was not a bad film, it did however leave me wondering just what was left on the cutting room floor to fit the WarnerBrothers 120 minute limit.
The story flows cleanly, albeit in somewhat strange directions at times. The characters all get decent time to tell their stories; no mean feat considering the number of leads, most with no real histories. The visual are mixed, switching from beautiful scenes of pure Snyder vison, to scenes of unfinished CGI and sloppy backdrops. The music was something of a letdown, with a few notable exceptions, most of the scores and songs used were uninspiring and became background noise.
The real star of the show is the characters. Just as well in a movie, existing solely to bring unknown characters to the foreground. Gal Gadot’s Wonder woman has more than proven herself to be a fan favourite character and the writers have allowed her to remain unchanged. Her strength and passion drawing the others in and acting a sentinel for the heroes. Ben Affleck’s Batman has traded in his previous fury and grit, as seen in BvS and instead become the wise determined father of the group. His dry wit and charisma shining through, to make him into the backbone the JL needs. Ray Fisher’s Cyborg fell somewhat under the radar, not because his character wasn’t important, but more because it was important for his character. The hidden powerhouse of the group, noticeably sensitive and wounded, seeking refuge amongst peers. Jason Momoa’s Aquaman was a standout, at times, funny, sensitive, aggressive and possessive. Momoas acting chops are undeniable at this point and his skills are on full display here. Ezra Miller’s Flash surprised me, not only with how comic faithful it was, but also with just how damn funny he was. Absolutely the comic relief, the flash injects the levity the movie needs, when it needs it and keep it from descending into the morose as many DCEU films have done before.
Justice league is a character movie about heroes coming together and becoming a team, in that respect, the movie is an undeniable triumph. The actions scenes are haphazard at best while the tone, music and the pacing were noticeably underpar. For all its flaws though, justice league remains an enjoyable watch, with engaging characters in an enticing story, brilliantly acted and with an unmistakable superhero flare. I don’t doubt that reviews for justice league will be brutal and unforgiving, pointing out the films problems and pretending its charm doesn’t exist. Don’t be fooled, this is a fantastic movie, hiding beneath the veneer of bureaucratic Hollywood politics. When the uncut version of this movie drops, it will likely get the respect it deserves. In the mean time, justice league remains, if not the movie the DCEU deserves, most certainly the one it needs right now.
Wonder is a heartwarming and emotional drama. It's about a 10 year's old boy, Auggie, whose face is shocking at first site but his soul is beautiful. Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson are very caring parents who help him to go over his hard time at school. A very social production delivered through the eyes of young people and their parents. It touches on stages of early life changes and the contrasts of appearance issues with conflicts of what is important during these changes. The manner in which these subjects are brought to a conclusion is quite polished. The story line is simple but entertaining with a small part of the Christmas feel thrown in. Given the subject matter dealt with in this production it is an easy film to view, and does have a feel good component to it. It teaches children kindness, love, friendship, patience. Good production, good actors.
THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS NEW website review by Nina Tunaley
A Christmas Carol…after Charles Dickens. Brilliant, delightful, magic film! It’s not only entertaining. You could see England of 1840s, life of different kinds of people, family life of Charles Dickens, his creative and imaginative hard work. Dan Stevens plays Dickens so emotionally showing bright character of the writer, his childhood, his father's failure, his career and, of course, Christmas holiday. All cast is excellent: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce, Justin Edwards, Morfydd Clark, Donald Sumpter, Miles Jupp, Simon Callow, Miriam Margolyes, Ian McNeice, Bill Paterson. The intertwining autobiography of the author and the story he created, makes this production particularily interesting. This film will bring the spirit of Christmas and must be seen by all families and children to feel the magic holiday.
“School life” is a documentary about John and Amanda Leyden’s lives as teachers at Headford School in Ireland. Located in picturesque country side 75 km north-west of Dublin, the Headford School, with its 18th century architecture style, is the only primary-age boarding school in the country. The school’s goals are to instil in its students a robust self-confidence while stimulating them to express their individuality along with teaching them the duties and obligations to a wider community. The cameras follow this, no doubt, the most eccentric and truly devoted to their students’ educators. Weather it is during the class or while the kids are outside climbing the trees and building up the fortresses, the schools’ values are presented with a clear and strong voice: A happy child first, then learning. Ms Leyden, a literature teacher, is also involved in directing a Shakespeare’s play. Mr Leyden, apart from teaching math and Latin, leads rock band practice. Through paying attention to the students’ feelings and emotions, needs and abilities, the teachers become second parents and seem to know each child's idiosyncrasies and find triggers for openness and joy. It really takes a true, big-hearted Teacher to say the following: “If I become irritable with kids or can’t communicate with them, I would be out straight away; I would be no good to them and would be wasting their time”. This documentary is highly relevant to anyone involved in education, teachers and parents.
CONOR MCGREGOR NOTORIOUS NEW website review by Susan Reynolds
Conor Mc Gregor Notorious Conor Mc Gregor's life was a financial struggle living on benefits at his mother's house. Young Boys from his town he explains learned football and to fight. The latter he discovered he excelled at and he became fight obsessed. From humble beginnings there's a meteoric rise which transitions well in the film. We perceive a somewhat laddish man but grounded in his personal relationships and with close family ties. The film is a self indulgent but so what...he's really worked for the success and shows he wants to enjoy the fruits of his labour. Some people have a vision of their success this is true of him.He display true grit in his planned pursuit. His girlfriend also has had unwavering belief in him.
Expect some confronting fight scenes with blood. I am not a keen fight fan but I left the film with admiration for him and his dogged determination to succeed. He is raucous and dramatic but this is a public persona. He also portrays someone grounded and appreciative of his relationships. He's cracking at a fast pace at this huge career and he's is not wasting a second of it. He's a showman right down to his growling, muscle flexing pre fight Oscar winning ...."I'm a fighter" role play. His body is a honed fighting machine and the scenes portray the extremes he goes to achieve this. His ambition is to be the best across various fighting weight categories. I do not doubt that psychology comes into play in this sport and he knows how to work the publicity machine and the aspects of attaining a psychological advantage to win.
MOVIE DETAILS BAD MOM’S CHRISTMAS CAST: Mila Kunas, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn DIRECTORS: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore STUDIO: STX Entertainment GENRE: Comedy RUNNING TIME: 104 mins RELEASE DAYE: November 1st 2017 RATING: R
It’s pretty safe to assume if you liked Bad Mom’s, you will enjoy the sequel – “A Bad Mom’s Christmas” My daughter and I were both fans of the first movie and although not common with sequels, we both enjoyed it even more.
Amy ( Mila Kunas), Kiki (Kristen Bell) and Carla (Kathryn Hahn) are once again our three very different mums with an unlikely friendship, who this year each want to have the perfect Christmas for their respective families. What could go wrong? you ask. Their own mums, of course! Each mother possessing unique characteristics providing much stress to our three favourite mums. Yep, all three, with extremely irritating personalities clashing full on with their daughters who want to please them so much.
Christine Baranski plays Amy’s mum, Ruth. Ruth is the classic anal, domineering, social climbing over the top mother who has to have the best and be the best. Her ever suffering husband, Hank (Peter Gallagher) is the perfect submissive and supportive presence always there, but in the background of the flamboyant Ruth.
Cheryl Hines is fabulous as Kiki’s mother, Sandy. Bordering on creepy, her obsession with Kiki is such that she even cuts her hair in the same style as her daughter. Her over the top need to be with her daughter, smothering her, leaves us wondering what on earth she could do next to show her devotion; and we get answers! Her pathetic ways leave us laughing, us wanting to slap her at the same time.
Susan Sarandon is absolutely fabulous as Carla’s mum, Isis. Yes Isis. She is the pot smoking care free mother who rarely shows up in her daughter’s life unless she wants something. Usually money, and this time is no different. Carla is surprised to see her land on her doorstep for Christmas and of course wary. Isis is the type of mum many of us would love to be, but have to say goodbye to once having a child registers as a responsibility.
Our three original mums are beside themselves trying to keep Christmas as normal as they possibly can, with these dysfunctional mothers on each one’s back, demanding Christmas be done the way they want it to be.
The struggle is hilarious and the casting of mother/daughter is absolutely “on pointe”.
Maybe be a big call on my behalf, but in my opinion, Christine Baranski steals the show. Not unlike the character she plays in “The Good Wife”, she is excellent as the super controlling and “over the top” gift giving grandmother.
The humour is similar to the original BadMoms, only a little more raunchy with reckless behaviour, drunken antics and nudity. Yes, of course there is the obligatory strippers involved.
It’s hard to fault any of the acting and every mother will identify with some of the struggles faced to have the perfect Christmas. There just isn’t one.
By the end of the hilarious countdown to the magical 25th of December, the girls have discovered more about their mothers and have started to form closer relationships withe each of them.
It’s a great laugh, it will resonate with many of us and it has just enough of a moral compass to steer the movie into the right direction.
I highly recommend “A Bad Mom’s Christmas” and I would rate it $8 out of $10 on the “Cashy” scale.
EUROPEAN OUTDOOR FILM TOUR SYDNEY, 18 October website review by Ivan Lubkov
European Outdoor Film Tour
The story of brave hearts filled with dedication and resolve to explore the majestic places around the world no matter the difficulties of reaching them. The film European Outdoor Film Tour portrays the fascinating expeditions done by remarkable people around the world. The film is composed of a number of short videos filmed throughout the adventures of famous explorers. Once of the starting stories revolves around a famous woman rock-climber and base jumper Steph from Utah who has done extreme adventures for charity throughout her whole life. It uncovers the hardships and challengers that an explorer has to face. It shows that loss of life and physical damage is something real that could happen to anyone on an expedition. Steph had to rebuild her life multiple times due to losses of her loved ones during expeditions.
One of the following videos called Two Twin Galaxies shows the grand exploration of a completely unknown region in Greenland. The 3 adventurers in the video decided to take a 1000 km route across Greenland to arrive to a location that not a lot of people had idea of. The explorers had to race against the clock to arrive before the rivers froze before they could do kiting starting from the source through waters surrounded by glaciers.
The film contained 2 hours’ worth of adventures and thrills. The cinema was fully packed and received high appreciation by the public as it is a great entertainment for anyone interested in sports, camping, adventure and extreme challenges.
The movie is not for many to watch. If you saw The Lobster film by the same director, you will find this film to be even darker. It follows the fragment of the life of very famous and ambitious surgeon-cardiologist who has done a bad ad unforgivable mistake some time ago when the patient has passed away during operation in the theater. He starts some very unusual friendship with the passed away father's son, who intrudes in the doctor's life causing the irreversible vents of horror and distraction to his wife and his children. The friendship is hard to call this way anyway anymore as the boy takes away (in revenge of his own parent) the most dear commodity of the family: lives. But that seems not enough when the disaster continues on the level of moral and physical abuse the boy projects on the doctors family members. The psychological drama revolves and sucks into its inevitable "well of dirt and blood" the five major characters: the doctor , his wife, their two children and Martin, the son of the tragically passed away on the doctor's table patient When the film of such a caliber and distinction is shown to the public it is pointless to say how the actors were: they HAVE TO BE IMMACULATELY BRILLIANT! and they are! All of them. The manner of the acting is very similar to The Lobster - no matter what happens they remain indifferent in their facial expressions. I know that it is very hard to play - they only have to show their emotions through the eyes. Oh my god - this performance is amazing! The dialogues are fabulous - they are about nothing and this nothingness creates the most depressive mood which drives you crazy... Th soundtrack - I od not have to comment on that - supernatural music!
QUOTES: Surgeon: A surgeon never kills a patient. An anaesthesiologist can kill a patient, but a surgeon never can.[ NM: yes, right! - hear the tome this is pronounced and you will understand who kills whom!]
Surgeon's Wife: What a charming boy. Surgeon: Isn't he? Surgeon's Wife: Yes, very. How did his father die? Surgeon: Car crash. Driving home. Smashed it into a pole. Killed instantly. Surgeon's Wife: How long have you known him? Surgeon: Quite some time. He was a patient of mine. Years ago. Surgeon's Wife: Did you go to the funeral? Surgeon: I did go. Yes. Surgeon's Wife: Why didn't I go with you? Surgeon: I think I told you about it. But you were busy or something. [pause] Surgeon's Wife: You should tell him to come 'round again.
It is a horrible movie, it is a horror movie but it is brilliantly made horror! I will not recommend you to watch it unless you liked The Lobster and you are into crazy and I mean very crazy films. Unique? Yes like 2 times 2 equals five (written in letters) Twisted? Very much so. You will not be able to rate it as there is nothing to compare it with. it is uncategorisable film of a kind. Again: this film is not for everyone, nor it is an art house movie. It is just a film that you can not frame or classify as it has not boundaries that we know about. Very powerful work of contemplation on the subject that is rarely discussed: of guilt, forgiveness, judgement, revenge, cruelty and loss.
It was a great movie that I really enjoyed watching. It has the raw emotions humans experience. They are envy, frustrations that perhaps you lived your life wrongly, that others have done much better than you, that they are recognised, loved more and you are here having an ordinary life with your wife who is so simple an common, with your child who makes mistake after the mistake, you do not have a society status like your friends, you are not famous and you are on TV. "You are not" philosophy however will not lead you to anything else but only to "you are not". The idea is to discover who you are and what you already achieved in life. It is all about the perspective that changes the view on the world: when you change the prizm you look through and into the world only then you will understand the values of your life and what is really dear for you: why you are with this person not with anyone else, why you are what you are and not some one else. More to that: we always think that the grass is greener on the other side of the world, it is not. Even your successful friends have issues, there is no perfection, like there is no "I am not" .There is only one and unique you with yours and only yours experiences, with yours and only yours life full of adventures in the past, now and ahead of you. It is only you who makes Thyself happy and only you who put puts the value of your own existence. From this point of view the film is amazing - it sows the personal journey of the man who is discovering himself and defining his place in life. I loved the performance of Ben Stiller - he never tops surprising me as a talented actor.
It is detective story which is quite boring, very ordinary. I have to admit that apart from the handsome Michael Fassbender there is nothing else there to remember nor anything to discuss after the film. One word about his film: a big disaster , a big disappointer on so many levels. It should have been a great story I believe keeping in mind Norwegians are great of telling the detective stories this one was a total and dumb confusion of all times. I can see the teenagers will love it if they have never seen anything more interesting and more logical in their lives. Otherwise I would give this one a big miss But only would recommend to see it if you love badly and cheaply made movies. I now feel very sorry for Michael becuse I loved him so far..
This is an extraordinary film. You really need to have a cold heart to go though the emotions shown in this movie. They do not play it safe: there is so much violence and cruelty in this film you can hardly believe it could have happened before in the history of white-black man relationship. I was so emotional for the duration of the film: I did not fee sorry for the humans, I felt sorry for the system that allowed such personalities to exist on the planet, more to that - that allowed such people to serve the nation, t serve the government, to present the government, to control the crowd and protect us, the civilians. The brutality the black people are treated and murdered in the film is none to what you have seen before. I would simply say: this film not for the eyes of anyone if it was not the political subject. Show me one person who is not nationalist? We all are proud of our origins, we all are proud of who we are, we are told from birth that the nationality - is something that defines us as humans. This is the first lie you hear from your parents mouths. You will carry it on unless one day you say: not social, not geographical, not sexual, nor national aspect defines me and who I am. I am not what they try to call me: I am not a doctor, I am not black, I am not from Cuba or Guatemala , I am not a woman, I am that something that can not be defined, described and pronounced. I am the unsaid, the unknown, the unheard. I am the one with you. You kill me and you kill yourself as even death does not define me. Unless we all say it there will be no peace , there will be always separation and arguments who is who. Please also note (and I mentioned that many times before): it is very important for someone to separate as the rule says: : "divide and conquer" . I say: "unite, win, have the power" :)
This is the most unique movie I have seen so far. Not only to the technique used but also because of its extraordinary story of Vincent last months of life told in the most amazing way. It will be the experience you will never forget! The art of drawing and the amount of labor involved in making this picture was close to none in the love and efforts put into it. I was not surprised thinking that we should be on one page with the people ho adore Vince and his life story so much they played te Starry Starry Night song at the end. If you read the book about his life you would understand me. I was emotional through the whole animation: from the start to the very end of it. I can not say anything else to add to my story - I highly recommend to everyone to read Vince's life story before you go and see this film to fully understand who this person was and why human world hurt him so much.
RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL 2017 THE BOLSHOY website RATE: 9/10
The Bolshoy is one emotional journey of a prestige Moscow ballet school. I loved the movie and not because it was about fine art, about Moscow about Russia, about these familiar relationship between students, not because of that, but because it was a truly beautiful film. The film is about recognising the talent, about hard work about ambitions, about giving up (yes, giving up!) and finding your way back again, it is about first love and it is about trust. Trust as a base of love and true relationship between friend and just ordinary people. Was it a tremendous and challenging journey ? It certainly was. The camera - stunning the actors - are beyond any possible expectations, The music - sublime, the story line is well developed and engaging. It is filmed beautifully to every heart bit I experienced during the film. Alisa Freyndlikh who plays the aging ballet school director is in her best shape as an actress - her performance is flawless and very enjoyable not only to many of us who know her other works but to everyone. The ballet itself is so extraordinary to watch = I especially enjoyed the younger Julia performance in front of the exam pannel - her Petrushka is modern and very impressive. I believe this particular film represents the core of the Russian art and culture: it is classical and so down to earth and so realistic I can easily see myself in many situations shown: it simply corresponds to the grand title the film carries: BOLSHOY. The film is funny and sad enough - so like Russian complex character, Russian complex nature, Russian complex soul. Thank you for bringing this film here to the Aus shores!
There are teachers that come to our lives and they do not leave a trace. There are teachers in our lives that do not touch us. There are teachers in our lives that remain in or hearts forever. They are so light and so passionate about what they do you simply can not resist but wanting being with them, close to them, learn and embrace that passion and ability to care and love what they do. They live literature, music, bu lie I said they are so very special. You meet teachers like these once in the life time. It is so significant that they are together - the faith , that passion to life brought them in together. It is a boarding school in Ireland and this couple live their last year and says good bye to the students on their last day. It is their last year. Who ever idea was to film that life of two teachers was a genius. Inspirational yes. Influential? Most of all they are. It is a very cute film as it shows such interesting faces of children in their natural appearance, such beautiful emotions and such meditative moments. To be honest I did not expect the film to be that good and recommend to watch it. I observed the people who dedicate themselves to the school and to the students and who are trying their best to hep these students to express their best in life. I honestly thought my parents were the best school and Uni teachers and nothing like this remained in the modern days but obviously there are some gems left on this planet. I am glad there are.
PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN website RATE: 9/10
Wow, this film obviously will open some prohibited doors for you and your mind so tender and so full of love it is! Love between three people. There is not a sense of vulgar emotions of any kind in it: it is so natural and so organic you do not have any other choice but to fall under this magnificent spell. I can see it will be one of the best films of 2017 easily. The film is not about a Wonder Woman as a comic character. It is more about the story of the character creator and His own wonder women and the originals of the Wonder Wom(e)(a)n .As you know the comics hold the images of the WW being torched in the sado-maso way. you will find her pictures chained, hand-cuffed or roped, strangled but definitely not in the way we would even think about. She was an amazon fighting with men , she was a female version of a superman who saved the world. She was of one a kind. She still is one of a kind. but what about the movie? How has she been created and was were the author's motives? More to that Dr Marston created a lie detector that is widely used now by many industries. His theories about human behavior as a scientist are simply fabulous. The love story is above all though most fascinating and most beautiful. Is the world of conservative thinking and denial from prime emotions that are projected on us by some rigid religious believes and systems going to break and fall down one day so we all feel what we have been missing? Not sure the world is ready for it. The world loves restrictions, the world loves limitations, the world likes depriving this and that - it gives them the way to control something that can give people more freedom of expressing themselves, making their world richer and more inspiring. Would I recommend the film - by all means please - go and discover for yourself, openly and with no judgement.
The film is the work of famous Coeh Brothers with the brilliant cast but for the duration of the whole picture I felt something was wrong or missing. It was somehow the director's fault I believe as the film did not have a desired flow and seemed dissect or may be fragmented if I express it right. For days I could not understand what was wrong with that film. I loved the talents used in the movie (Matt Damon was delivering his best!) but was not overexcited about the boy. The grotesque and the satiric aspect of the unsuccessful crime though was so beautifully done I could not decide should I get scared at some episodes or laugh out loud. I always prefer the latter so I lead the laughs at the cinema and the others in the audience followed me. In some scenes Matt was so incredibly comical all covered in blood talking about honesty and serous stuff with his son it was almost hysterical. The cinematography is sensational , the time frame showed with the immaculate artistism where the above mentioned grotesque (when the 50-s suburbs set up sim;y yells at you - I loved it!) in that particular aspect of the movie only highlights the stupid behavior of its characters - BRILLIANT! My final verdict, Coen Bros films should be directed by Coen Bros and no one else please!
A QUEST TO HEAL - BEYOND THE PHYSICAL website review by Carolyn Newall
A Quest To Heal – Beyond The Physical, Director: Michelle Mahrer.
Australian documentary filmmaker Michelle Mahrer is no stranger to the explorations of spiritual dimensions. In her latest work A Quest To Heal – Beyond The Physical, she explores the work of João Teixeira de Faria, otherwise known as John of God, in Abadiânia, Brazil.
The project came about as Mahrer followed the journey of two close friends, Lya and Fred as they sought alternative methods of healing for terminal conditions. John of God is a controversial healer who for the past 30 years has been offering hope to thousands of people all over the world. Just as they have flocked to the Grotto of Massabielle in the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, France, they have flocked to this tiny remote village in Brazil.
It is a paradox of modern western civilization that the underlying division of mind, body and soul on which it is based had its genesis in the Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle centuries before the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. For well over 2000 years the sign of advanced civilization has been acceptance of a principle that women of every age could have told you was nonsense. The women would have been supported in that by advanced Eastern civilizations as well as those viewed as primitive. According to Plato’s Greek friends, all men, one of the many deficiencies of the female brain was that it insisted on seeing things holistically. It became accepted that a holistic view of humanity and life indicated a primitive, less advanced civilization. Unfortunately this resulted in the marginalization of healing methods that were not purely scientific.
The last couple of decades have seen changes in attitudes and more openness to the idea that modern medicine doesn’t have all the answers. Spiritual or faith healers are still viewed with skepticism by most and held in contempt by many, but more and more western trained medical professionals are admitting that there are things happening in the world that they don’t understand.
Interestingly, the healing power at work in Brazil, attributed to God by the healer, is energy. You can find a great deal of information about ‘energy medicine’ on the internet and both Reiki and Qigong are well know examples. It is not however a modern idea and is tied closely to the process of creation and the damage caused when powerful good energies are blocked.
There is no doubt that there have been charlatans parading as faith healers, but you certainly won’t find them in this documentary. Mahrer may be more open than most to alternative and holistic methods but she presents a very balanced view. Sometimes apparent miracles happen and sometimes they don’t. Even when they do happen, they are not immediate. John of God is not a magic pill with sudden and dramatic results.
The healing at the Casa in Brazil takes time and effort. Lya spends several months there on her first visit. Much of the time spent in prayer, meditation, gratitude and, most of all, simplicity. Neither is it a solitary process as you are amongst the hundreds of people who are taking part everyday. Mahrer comments at one point that maybe that is the secret. Time disconnected from the demands of our 21C lives, spent in community, in prayer and meditation. She raises the possibility that this could happen in other places.
If one of the limitations of modern medicine is that it treats symptoms rather than underlying disease then maybe what we see happening in Brazil, or in France makes sense. Perhaps the real dis-eases are loneliness, isolation, lack of purpose, discontent and stress and the cancers, heart disease, depression and other ailments are results or symptoms. Modern medicine alone can’t cure those.
Based off the popular Ninjago franchise Lego created in 2011, The Lego Ninjago Movie is the third instalment of the Lego Movie franchise, preceded by The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie. The film features acting and voice acting by action film great: Jackie Chan, it also features the voices of Dave Franco and Justin Theroux. The movie follows Lloyd, the Green Ninja, and his high school friends/ ninja team defend Ninjago from Lloyd’s father, Garmadon. The film seems to begin with a pre-established storyline with minimal intro for each character. It's unclear as to whether this is to make it easy to digest for kids, a lead in for a prequel or a general oversight is quite unknown. The heroes seem to cause just as much calamity as Garmadon from destroying a whole city block to unleashing an unstoppable terror on Ninjago and saving the day is just fixing what they've caused.
The film is full of action and jokes, sadly it's missing those sly jokes for the adults that'll give the accompanying parent a giggle. A great film for the kids, not just for the entertainment but to inspire their future lego building ideas.
WHAT IF IT WORKS website RATE: 9/10 review by Carolyn Newall
What If It Works. Written and directed by Romi Tower.
Australian filmmakers have a long tradition of handling mental illness sensitively. The first I can recall was the film Tim in 1979 which was based on a Colleen McCullough novel and starred the very young Mel Gibson, then there was Malcolm in 1986 starring Colin Friels. However, for breadth and depth What If It Works, due to hit cinemas on October 12th, is the best by a country mile. There are sound reasons for this which I will get into later.
It is important to note that this is absolutely a love story. The comedy, of which there is a great deal, comes from the protagonists themselves. That is to say, you are never invited to laugh at them, only with them.
The lead actors, Anna Samson (Grace) and Luke Ford (Adrian), deliver incredibly understated, piercingly realistic representations of the characters they play. This is a lot of work for Samson as Grace is only one of her personalities. Grace suffers from dissociative identity disorder (DID) and we are told has 10 people who live inside her. We don’t meet them all, but the main two we do meet demand that Samson stretch both her talent and her timing. The segways from one character to another are ultimately believable. ‘G’ is the character causing artist Grace the most grief. G is sexually confrontational and artistically productive while Grace is having trouble painting. What is worse, she is actually aware of everything that G says and does. This is not the usual understanding of DID. Much of the tension in the film comes at those moments when Grace is apologising to Adrian for G’s bad behaviour. Will he be able to get past his own limitations and manage these situations?
Much of the value of the film is in exactly this. The audience get to see just how hard it is for people with these conditions to navigate everyday situations and relationships that most of us take for granted. And it is not hard because they are in any way less smart than the rest of us. On the contrary, Adrian may be massively OCD, but it certainly has not affected either his intellect or his sense of humour. We discover he is a postdoctoral student with a keen understanding of his condition and how it impacts on those around him. Rather than being depressed by this he presents a contagious positivity which denies the possibility of stigma. Only in the very first minutes of the film are we faced with a societal difficulty in managing his disorder as we see him attempt a compulsory residential therapy program. He doesn’t last and there is no indication in the writing that this is a bad thing.
Holding Adrian and Grace together and providing a nexus for the story is their psychiatrist Dr. Karren Di Scala (Kaarin Fairfax). Apart from their first meeting in her room we are not encouraged to believe that Dr Di Scala is cognisant of the growing relationship between her patients. None of the drama is related to that story arc, it is just there as something normal and routine.
That this is the work of a first time director, Romi Trower, is surprising but not unprecedented. Think Nadia Tass and previously mentioned Malcolm. We have been told that Trower has knowledge of both these conditions through family, but that would not be enough in itself to maintain the critical balance of comedy and pathos that is achieved in What If It Works. The script is understated, funny, clever and rarely cliched and the directing is the same. Trower deserves every one of the many awards and accolades the film has already collected and I really hope it gets the box-office returns it deserves. As a Melbourne native there was the temptation to try and identify the many laneways and other recognizable locations. It was nice to see the familiar trams and landmarks and I guess that is how New Yorkers and San Franciscans feel when they see their city on the big screen. It is kinda cool.
My favourite quote came from Adrian on finding out about Grace’s DID: ‘If a guy didn’t have any friends it would make a great package deal.’ This is a small film with a huge heart and I encourage you to go and see it. You will feel much better about life.