The Towering Inferno (1974) and Die Hard (1988) were both movies where the hero needed to save people in a high rise building. Skyscraper is the latest action movie to follow this idea and it may be entertaining but it doesn’t offer a story that is deeper than the ones before it. The tallest building in the world is on fire and the hero, Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson) is betrayed by a friend and has to find a way to save his family who are unexpectedly in the burning building. Now do not get me wrong, this may not be a new story line, or a new idea, but the effects are certainly impressive. If there is a “star’ in the film it is the building, a beautifully designed Skyscraper, to be the tallest and most high tech building in the world. The graphics and effects on this building were outstanding, and if that is all you ask from a film you will be happy. I actually need a good narrative, a story that makes me care enough about the characters to want to see them triumph. We are very briefly introduced to the hero Will through an earlier tragedy in his life as an FBI agent. As a digital security consultant he has been hired to analyse the security of the Hong Kong building prior to the opening of the top 100 floors. Sawyer has brought his family with him on the trip. We discover he has married the doctor (Neve Campbell of Scream fame) who operated on him following the earlier incident and they have a set of twins, a boy and a girl. He is ‘set’up by an old FBI friend, and of course the villains plans all go awry. Though I do appreciate the fact that the movie is always going forward, and does not really slow down at any point, there were still no edge of your seat moments, and scenes that made you gasp and stop. The characters though fun, lacked development so it was hard to invest in them. And it felt unfortunately like a failed attempt at the 90s action classics just with a taller building. I did not hate the movie, and if you are looking for something that you don’t need to think about or get emotional about, this movie may be perfect. You won’t miss out on much by waiting for it to reach Netflix. Final warning though, if you get vertigo, I would highly suggest avoiding this movie at the cinema as it could turn your stomach and make you regret eating that popcorn. The person next to me spent much of the film with their face hidden as the terrifying heights are pretty much the main focus. So, though the characters were not invested like they could have been, and the story lacked originality, the effects were fun and you had an idea what to expect going in. 4 out 10 for this non Superhero big budget movie.
BBC Films based on Novel by Ian McEwan Drama 8/10 Review By Susan Reynolds
*Stunningly presented with authenticity to the chosen eras.
It’s the early 60’s we have a love between a couple both Uni graduates Florence Ponting (Saoirse Ronan) and Edward Mayhew (Billy Howle). Their respective families were dysfunctional for different reasons; she has annoyingly posh highly judgmental parents and his mother is “brain damaged” from an accident understandably this aspect had its own challenges. Flashbacks to Edward’s youth highlighted the fact that he solved problems with his fists. There were several scenes that insinuated that Florence experienced serious abuse from her father.
Despite all this they seemed to be able to navigate through various serious elements of each other lives offering support to each other. She was kind with his family when it came to accepting his mother’s mental issues for one; she even goes as far as help bring a sense of stability to what is often seen as a disjointed family. Edward was tolerant of Florence’s father’s interference to give him a job and there was a scene revealing of her father’s nasty character when the two men played tennis. As people Florence and Edward were both kind, sweet, intelligent and seemingly happy together.
Despite the social gap and some parental disapproval from her family the couple went ahead and got married. On the wedding night anxieties about the ensuing intimacy and the attempt itself failing just seemed all too much. It’s a pivotal point where emotions ran high and the monsters in the guise of insecurity immaturity and ignorance shred their love to pieces.
Edward was headstrong and angry and felt cheated at her suggestion of living a sexless marriage no one needs to know about. She inflamed the situation by mentioning they could live their lives as they like. Just as a local gay couple living together; I’d hazard a guess this was not readily acceptable for the 60’s and made things worse. His reaction was anger and resignation it was all over for him. He didn’t want to talk of her ever again.
Fate steps in and years later we are given just an inkling of their respective lives. This all prompts you to think of the fragility of relationships and how they can deeply affect individuals. Can’t help but feel sorry for what was lost.
Biography/Documentary 9/10 “Whitney” 2018 Transmission Films Review by Susan Reynolds
I hadn’t experienced any full-length films about Whitney Houston prior to this movie therefore as an appreciator of her music it was of great interest. There have been other films; what I can say is this endeavor is comprehensive. New information came out of the many interviews. Claims of sexual abuse seem believable however the accused did not go on trial in court.
Born on August 9, 1963 in Newark, New Jersey, Whitney Houston came from a singing family. Her mother Cissy (highly successful backing singer) recognized and nurtured her daughter’s ability to sing as a child. Whitney’s cousin was Dionne Warwick, her godmother Aretha Franklin. Both Whitney’s parents strived to lift the family’s status to middle class.
The church had a pivotal role in Whitney’s socialization and offered a community of stability to her as a child; additionally a training ground for her gospel performances. This was all very positive until her teen years when all that was shattered with her mother’s affair with the church leader this had a profound effect on her concept of trust.
Early filming describes Whitney having a happy family life that varies from some of the accounts. Gradually as the film progresses more is revealed concerning Whitney and her stepbrother; both it is alleged are victims of sexual abuse at the hands of one of the relatives.
The film progresses through the important phases of Whitney Houston’s life cleverly interspersed with footage showing content both politically and socially relevant. The film was interesting; you felt you were on a journey.
Gaps are filled in for those of us who remember news footage and stories concerning Whitney in the news, her incredible talent and meteoric rise to fame. In 1989 Houston topped 25 million in album sales and surpassed the Beatles’s record with seven consecutive number one hits. Footage contains many of great moments and disappointingly also included the soul train awards in that same year where she was booed for her “white” music. The 1991 Super Bowl clips of the staggering performance and The Bodyguard from 1992 many of us enjoyed.
Sadly behind the glamour money and fast life style drugs featured and were easily accessible; her brothers also were addicts. Her increasingly bad health and the abusive relationship with husband Bobby Brown just fast tracked her immersion and deterioration.
Early on in the film we learn of Robyn Crawford who apparently had a 20year friendship with Whitney and who supposedly as her lesbian partner. Another unsubstantiated fact Whitney publicly denied when she was alive. Whitney ended their partnership because of the ultimatum from Robyn. Robyn said it was a choice between her or husband Bobby. Thereafter Whitney continued to be married to him for 15 years having divorcing in 2006. Bobby and Whitney’s life descended into a drug fest with Bobby Christina in the middle the marriage eventually came undone.
One critical conversation between filmmaker and Whitney Houston’s ex Bobby Brown; Brown arguing the film is not about drugs that’s not her life. I have to share the sentiment Kevin Macdonald stated about drugs. In my view it’s just not possible to ignore her problems with addiction.
The account made by music colleague who had spent 4 years with her and saw more than 5 million of dollars squandered with partying and extravagant living. When she was in the studio eventually the account was indicative of the deterioration. The days in the studio were few but when she was able to get it together she made her musician friend cry; he describes with emotion still about her amazing voice. Whitney sang from the heart.
We are all greatly in awe of people with these gifts but its how it rides with them. In an ideal world without drugs how different would the story have been I wonder. We all know now of how many greats like Whitney have been taken before their time.
There’s no denying the sadness one feels leaving the cinema after viewing her roller coaster life and eventual fall.
The film tried to dissect her personality, reasons for her addictions, her fears and poses questions about her motivations and comes to some conclusions others are left for the viewer to speculate.
Life strikes and its hardships sometimes are much more scary than a long jump down the cliff to the ocean. The dark skin very handsome actor is playing a playboy in Paris: he changes women every day ,sometimes he swaps two for two. His life is careless and free till the knock at he door that changes it forever. . Suddenly his ex girlfriend appears at the doors and she gives his a baby to his hands with the words: " you are the dad , please take care of her" . Then takes money from his for the taxi and leaves back to London. Th girl is only a tool to change the guy's life style. He (Omar Sy) has responsibility now. Tie to grow up from a boy to the man! And now after 8 years of love and care he can give his life for this gorgeous girl. But god and life have their own plans for him. The film seemingly simple and even banal suddenly changes into a very unique and finest story. It does not yell into your face how good it is... It is simply there for us to enjoy the picture. It is very modest. But it is done with all the heart and all he care only the best films can be created. The camera is incredible. so is the soundtrack
The life is so full with the cruelty, unpredictable ad harsh turns, unfairness but it is so full of kindness so unconditionally but it is seen so rarely and so beautiful and so real.
The actors are sensational and you will cry more than you will laugh and smile.
Again: please pay attention on the music of genius Rob Simonsen .
It is a very fine line masterfully drawn in this picture between the comedy and drama. Sometimes the balance is hard to achieve but this is not the case. It is a laughter through the tears just like in real life.
This film would be right to call "Beauty and the Beast" Young Mary is gorgeous. She is also poor and very intelligent. She is 16 and all she does is reading in her father's book shop: days and nights. She also likes ghosts, she suffers from her step mother's bitter remarks, ... but f she has one free minute she runs to the grave yard to sit on her mother's grave. She is Mary Shelley, the woman who created (written) a frankenstein. So you thought this film would turn into a real gothic thriller, the scariest picture you have ever seen. Mary's life was not boring, no.... but the story tellers are never limited to what they show us in films compared t the "real"story. The story turned though more into a biography of the book author but without loosing the flavour of strong feelings. The adaptation is beautifully made (a bit long and a bit theatrical. The actors are more or less ok. but Douglas Booth is charming beyond any possible level if such level exists. He is simply a lover and a persuader in its perfect form. ... and even Lord Byron compared to him is nothing but the rotten bum in his old fur coat. We are shown the birth f a monster and the birth of the beast, the most scary creatures the literature could have given birth to. The two monsters appeared from the minds of the two people, from nothingness. The images mateialised and took the form the authors gave them. Both authors start their magic... but what do we see and who are the creators? there is a young and very naive girl and very talented and wretched mind whom she fall for. the interiors are mind blowing any artist would love to have at his disposal , the autumn nature is beautiful and divine. The poetry heard from every corner of the film is the finest. There are some down fall: there is no chemistry between two main characters what so ever. The story line jumps from one ting to another and feels like a bad stitches on the frankenstein's naked body. Mary goes from one stage of her life to the other and we still wait and wait for the magic to take place... but it does not take place... The film though reflect a bit on the process of frankenstei's character creation. There is also a very strong "between the lines" text that shows through: girls, never rely on men, they are all the same. Rely only on yourselves and never trust them. They break themselves and they will break you. Get the kids from them and run away! And live for yourself and never for him. they will give you an example how to do that: how to take love and care and be ungrateful, thy will never be there for you when you will need them the most, they will break you not today but tomorrow... better run away from them now!
It is a New Zealand comedy about two girlfriends who set up an agency for those who want to break up they do not know how. For a certain amount of money they will knock at the doors of your boyfriend and tell him a story of what happened to you and why you are not there anymore . They can even tell him that you passed away! . But they are not doing it all right of course. It is a comedy farce. It will entertain you the right way - will knock your brain out! The film is recommended to those of you who adore New Zealand cinematography and New Zealand sense of humor. There are some lovely moments that you will not forget
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The story was taking place in reality. I adore these two actors . The film is very interesting with an unexpected ending and a twist you would never imagine. It is hard to even imagine for a second what the two film heroes went through. I will tell you only one thing this adventure is lethal but i is not boring at all. The ocean is strong and the couple trying to survive and to find its way to the shores is like two small pieces of wood: they are going along with the mighty power of the water. The world of nature is cruel,it does not accept the mistakes. It tests you to your core. Its power is unlimited but very beautiful and attractive. they were my two favorite actors that played so well : Shailene Woodley is a sweetheart , she never disappoints: I could not keep my eyes off her: she is very simple and there is nothing seemingly attractive about her no long legs and stupid facial expression of the many Hollywood actresses, but she is so charming and has so much inner silent power that you ca not take your eyes away from her. She is not fake: she is realistic and she is alive. This attracts. Both her and Sam played extremely well. The film is a romantic drama. It is not a catastrophe nor it is any sentimental. The film has no note of fake and pretentious flavour at all. It is very realistic and very warm. It is human. It has lots of light and real feelings. It has a good dynamic and great development of characters and the story line is simply unbelievable It is romantic but there is no sweet and artificial aftertaste in this romantism. It is simple and natural like the nature itself that surrounds the main characters on their journey. The music is terrific and the colors of photography are simply outstanding. The film is not vulgar the love is shown as it is - in its pure openness and un-conditionally beautiful. I is no the movie that will strike you but it is not movie that will disappoint you - you will love it. Recommended highly.
OCEAN FILM TOUR 2018 NEW website review by Ivan Lubkov
Ocean Film Tour Volume 5 brings the most challenging adventures from all around the world. Ocean Film Tour 2018 comes back with 6 new stories of brave adventurers challenging the most powerful force in the world that is the source of life, prosperity and sometimes even tragedies. All of the admirable adventures were done for raising awareness about the ocean pollution. The film starts off with the story “One-Man Show” about Yvan Bourgnon who sets out to singlehandedly navigate around the world without assistance or even modern navigation systems in a catamaran, perhaps the most challenging vessel possible. With the determination to fight sea pollution and support The Sea Cleaners he sets out on adventure that no man has ever thought possible. He had to sail on a boat that does not have a cabin, that is susceptible to capsizing and requires at least a two pair of hands to operate. During the journey he had to face storms that would damage or even destroy large ships and he had to sleep and steer the boat at the same time. He had to not rely on modern navigation such as GPS or phones. As the weather changes throughout the film the adventurer goes through different moods, sometimes joking, laughing and dancing but sometimes focusing on steering and staying awake for more then 24 hours without sleep. At some points in the film the challenge seemed too much to handle but with tears in his eyes he had to persevere and continue the journey. His story proves that the love for the clean ocean and dedication to the cause of cleaning pollution can undo the mistakes of people that have led to countless amounts of rubbish floating in the water around the world. The heart touching and motivating story of Yvan is followed up by “Big Wave Project” about 4 elite surfers Sebastian Steudtner, Garrett McNamara and Andrew Cotton riding huge waves in Nazaré, Portugal. The film shows the power and beauty of the huge waves in Portugal that captivate any viewer or surfer. The film continues with remarkable stories “Water II”, “VIMIZI”, “Paradigm Lost” and “My Private Monster” about the Hope Sports oceanic biodiversity protection zones, the source of corals, the life of the most versatile surfer and the seemingly impossible adventure of a wind server riding huge waves off the coast of Tasmania. Ocean Film Tour 2018 is would be enjoyed by anyone interested in adventures, beauty of water, the thrill of surfing and sailing. The humor of the adventurers throughout the film would make anyone laugh and the determination of the pollution fighters would show the reasons for keeping the world clean. Watching the film inspired me to help by at least taking 3 pieces of garbage from every beach I visit as the clean beach initiative “Take 3 for the sea” recommends.
SICARIO DAY OF THE SOLDADO NEW roadshow RATE: 9.5/10
It is a storm! It is very intense and is done very naturally. The story line is strong and very engaging to watch and hook up. Some of the episodes are heartbreaking and the grand present of all very strong actors is feverish. The second film is very cool if I can ever use such word in describing the film. The character development is also quite sincere. You can see much thoughts were put in this second film to be as good as the first one. There are two reasons to see the film: passionate actors and great story line. I am usually not a fan of this genre but I loved this movie a lot. The film also focuses on the criminal world surrounding the Mexico and USA boarder and shows us the details we never thought take presence . The real life is more brutal I guess than any film. The mission is secret and is controlled by the US government. The task is to get large Mexican criminal cartels in war between each other. The criminal organisations are involved not in drugs nowadays but in people trafficking and making huge money out of the deals. There is a terrorist actions and police involved . You really need to keep the eyes on the screen to understand what is going on but it is extremely interesting to follow. The US specially trained agents got the daughter of the cartel's boss, a very influential criminal. She can not be killed as a witness of certain actions but the ordeal takes a different level of development because of that. The story is developing in a very clever way, you feel a part of it and I bet you will be glued to your chair watching it takes turns and U-turns.
We had a chance to see the new Jurassic World movie at the premiere. Alex was sad and disappointed however my expectations were met. I loved the new film. Brave heroes and very impressive graphics. The dinosaurs are all very good looking and handsome. There are not many of them left on the island. They are also facing the captivity and the cruelty of the human race who are always chasing their personal gains and money. We are responsible for everything we do and discover: science and technology is good as long as it does not damage the world around us. the less damage we make the more civilized the social structure is. If you do not care about who is around you: especially our smaller brothers and sisters, animals, helpless in what we surround them with, why do you call yourself human? It was interesting to observe the story like and the decisions the characters made. I like fantasy movies when they are very well made and thought through with love and care. The final of the movie is unexpected and we only hope it will not be the future of our planet. The picture has many story lines combined under one roof. It is very engaging to watch one after another changing and interacting with one another. Chris Pratt plays amazingly well and he opens up in this role. Bryce Dallas is warmer and much more interesting in this film.The girl involved in the film is very cute and she plays sensationally well. Romance between the main characters was a bit slow and not as detailed as we wanted to see it. But there is a strong friendship present which was very likable . Back to the main story: :can we really joke like this with the nature? Can we get involved in her grand plans? The humanity can not "tame" the nature, it is grand, we are her sons and daughter more than those who can influence its course. The closer we movie towards "taming" the nature the close we move to self destruction. ... and not only self but the rest of the living. We want to see the dinosaurs lie but does it worth the experience? Shall we rather care for what we have?
SHOW DOGS NEW roadshow RATE: 6/5/10 It is the team with great results! Rotweller Max is a police dog and his human friend the agent of FBI are assigner to find the kidnapped panda cub. Their main credo is TEAM WORK. They attend one elite show dog event in Las Vegas in order to find the crooks. The theme of show dogs is discussed as well as the money they spend on grooming and training of their four legged friends. In the world of consuming the dogs are the perfect replacement for the kids for those with money who do not know where to spend them. You can do anything to your dog: love, pet, play and feed and you will never hear a complain in your address. No matter how much the rich people spend on their dogs there are always those who want to earn and want to earn a lot of money on dogs. The people sell dogs and make very good money in such deals. The market on dogs and their accessories is so big that there is even a movie about it! Max is brutal: he has no idea what waxing, grooming and dog washing is. Max s the police dog after all, he does not have tie for this. Max is a search dog too. But only together with his owner Max can be successful in his mission. Las Vegas is huge and tremendous as usual. The power of Las Vegas is in creative approach though. It is show must go on town. In all its glamour Max suddenly falls in love. Max and his owner become closer while searching and they have the same purpose: finding the panda cub is not easy Max and his owner becoming relatives: they are more lie brothers now. There are no kids in this film but the dog lovers are everywhere. They are so much preoccupied with their pets. I trust the dogs are the window to one's soul. They open you up like your kids, very similar and only dog owners will understand me. The quotes in this film are very funny and it worth watching the film just for such funny remarks.
Oh god... Is it the best horror film? What genre is it? It sounds more like the film for the small kids. There is everything there that we have seen before. The story seems un-thought and un-finished to say the least. It seems messy and all in different places. It also seems that at some stage the director was in the right state of mind and in the middles of the film he lost it (due to this film though) What is wrong with the girl who passed away in the family? Why is she terrorising her close ones and her mother who are alive? Oh well,am I asking you? Sorry as you seem very normal to me but the director... Anyway, please also answer: who was running the cast and why the boy who is doing last year of the school looks like he is 30 years of age? Who let him be in the school at this age? Nothing makes sense and as I mentioned above: the story line itself. I had an impression the story was written on the spot while the film was in development so odd it seems. More to that: I did not care about any of the characters in the movie and their "secrets" ,oh wait, there was a grandma too... The film lacks the idea as well as it lacks logic and bit of sense. The final is as silly as one can imagine. It is interesting but very stupid. Do we need to see part 2? No,please,no! Do not make it dear director. I just thought also this film might be a real piece of cake for those who have never seen good horror films before. For the experienced audience you will hear laughter in the cinema ,nothing else.
The idea of the film is absolutely great. The way the idea is delivered leaves us all in despair so badly i is done. Girls will go to see Jeremy Renner of course but that will be the only good part f he film I guess. But even for Jeremy the film does not worth seeing. It is hard to understand why: the moral is there, the tricks are fantastic, the humor is good but there is a sense of a cheaply made picture in every episode of it. Five friends play "tag" game for the last 30 years and one of them have never been a "tag". He is isolated for that reason. Two friends are in love with the same girl. They have their bad days: drugs, lactose intolerance and aggressive behavior. It all is mixed up as a badly made salad in one dish. The result is nothing-ness: it is not a social movie and it is not a comedy either as there is not much of all of it in the movie. It is simply too primitive to be a good film. More to that: it looks stupid and not engaging at all. I was please there were not bad swearing in the picture as that was the feeling of t throughout all the movie but "f" and "sh" words are present still. I guess there would be nothing else there to listen too as the text is written on a very low level too. The cast is brilliant and they all play very well and they are all look great or their characters however it losses its high level considering the above. Renner looks out of place in this film - nevertheless he tries his best but the bad movie can kill even the good actor. Isla Fisher looks neurotic but in place too. Annabelle Wallis role is not really fit into the film ad she played badly as an addition to her odd character The film would not worth your time unless you have to kill it. Again: the idea is marvelous however it s realisation is much much below the mark of "good". It is the film from the range of "forgettable"
Get ready to warm up your Melbourne winter with the highly anticipated Ocean’s 8. If you've been feeling the chills like I have from the current climate of movies on offer, then this next chapter in the Oceans franchise will be sure to light up your fire. We’ve been waiting 11 years since the last of the Oceans movies - Oceans 13. In this new installment the obvious difference is now an all-female cast led by Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean, the sister of George Clooney's character Danny Ocean. With only minor references made to Danny Ocean, Ocean’s 8 stands on its own and doesn’t require any prior knowledge so you won’t need to go back and rehash any of the previous movies before heading to the cinema. Just like Danny, Debbie is an ex-con and the story kicks off with her being released from a five year stint in prison. Debbie immediately returns to a life of crime, and begins to gather up a crew to attempt the biggest heist of her life. Starting with her partner in crime Lou (Cate Blanchett), they recruit a team of specialists including fashion designer Rose (Helena Bonham Carter), suburban mom Tammy (Sarah Paulson), hacker Nine Ball (Rihanna), jeweler Amita (Mindy Kaling) and street con Constance (Awkwafina). Their target is a Cartier necklace worth more than $150 million, being taken out of the vault for the first time in 50 years to be worn by Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway) at New York City's star-studded annual Met Gala. Bullock and Blanchett have a fierce and fearless partnership, both delivering strong performances with much of the films humor provided by Bullock. Hathaway relishes in her role as the glamourous celebrity and socialite. A solid support cast with the team always looking impossibly photogenic as they plot their crime in haute couture. The weakest link in the ensemble is Rihanna whose performance lacked energy and it seemed her inclusion was merely to serve as a name for the movie poster. There are many other famous faces who make surprise cameo appearances, particularly in the scenes that take place at the Met Gala. A number of the elements involved in the heist seem a little too convenient and you will need to be willing to suspend your disbelief and not over-think these minor details. Ocean’s 8 is well worth a look and has a lot to offer movie-goers, with a few twists, great pacing and a truly fun and entertaining 2 hours. Ocean’s 8 is released in cinemas Australia wide on Thursday 8 June 2018. Anthony Wayne is the reigning Mr Diamond Australia and is actively engaged within the community, proudly supporting many community and charity organisations – including Switchboard Victoria, Miss Gay and Miss Transsexual Australia, Midsumma Festival and Cancer Council.
red carpet photos: Anthony Wayne
DISOBEDIENCE THE FILM TO PAY ATTENTION AT roadshow RATE: 8/10
The Chilean director Sebastial Lelio nails it once again. It is a silent drama made in very pale and almost dark colors. Ronnie works a s a photographer in New York when she finds out about her father passed away. She is not rushing to return to London to her fathers funeral: she does the opposite: she is reoccupied with walks around the NY streets, sex with the stranger and skates. Ronnie's father is a rabbi and he passes away right in the synagogue while preaching about freedom, love and will of power. Ronnie does not inherit anything: the father gives their family home to the synagogue. Ronnie discovers it when she is in London. Ronnie left the London Jewish community because of her affair with the girl whose name is Estie. Ronnie also discovers that Estie has married her half brother, David. David believes that Estie has changed with this marriage but it is obvious that Estie had hard time to forget Ronnie when the fatal meeting takes place. The quiet and respectful house turns into a mess with Ronnie's arrival. Estie does not want to see her husband. The circumstances are more than complicated, the women are not that simple and the society is there to make the judgement of course. Usually it seems we all lie just for that opinion - the surroundings, the society,it breaks us and makes us so different we start liking what we would not like, we behave the way they want us to behave and we say what they want to gear. We became not us. Our true values are smashed and damaged by the opinion of those who do not care about us at all. Not even care: they just want us to be like them, to live the lives they create for us bu then who are we? We become true us when we have the power to walk away from the society's opinion and their attempt to change us. Unless we love to be broken ad changed.... Lelio shows the women is such circumstances. Now everything depends on their power: if they take the life they do not want to live or they go against the current and be happy. Leilo's picture is tender, soft and it has a hope at the final notes ...
Starring: Ross Lynch Alex Wolff Anne Heche Dallas Roberts Miles Robbins Vincent-Kartheiser.
Genre: Crime Drama.
Running time: 103 Minutes. The stories of those who have committed many of humanities great atrocities have always held an interest in the minds of many, fascinated by the horrifying extremes of human depravity. Recently, this has driven a clear movement to produce much higher budgeted projects beyond the platform of the usual TV documentary, evident in the success of recent Netflix originals ‘Making A Murderer’ and ‘Mindhunter’. My Friend Dahmer is the latest of these Hollywood biopics, recounting the primitive adolescent years of renowned serial killer, sex offender, and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer; a man responsible for the rape, murder, and dismemberment of 17 men and young boys between 1978 and 1991.
Written and directed by Marc Meyers, the movie follows the life of teenager Jeffrey Dahmer, an antisocial high-school student with some distinct interests and hobbies (e.g., an odd affinity for dissolving roadkill in jars of acid). Though profoundly dramatised for the cinematic screen, the movie’s source material comes from the true-life graphic novel of the same name by John Backderf whom based it on his own personal adolescent interactions with Dahmer. This truly emphasises the sheer depravity of Dahmer’s disturbing on-screen behaviours and offers an intriguing glimpse into the inner life of a soon-to-be monster. But everyone knows the stock standard ‘pre-serial killer’ tropes; antisocial, impulsive, lacks empathy, tortures/kill small animals, etc., etc. What sets My Friend Dahmer apart is the crux of its underlying narrative, the notion that Dahmer (and those of similarly heinous character) aren’t just born, they’re ‘made’ — shaped by the circumstances of their upbringing. It’s an oddly humanistic view on the actions of humanity’s most extreme outliers, yet it remains surprisingly valid throughout the film whilst never going as far as to undercut the severity of Dahmer’s crimes.
Ross Lynch, known for his work in more audience-friendly Disney productions, plays a harrowingly convincing teenage Dahmer, with an aesthetic remarkably reminiscent of the actual Dahmer in his primitive years. His performance is scarily compelling, with an impressive showcase of emotional complexity and character development exhibited; a testament to the versatility of his acting talents showed. The supporting cast were equally respectable for the most part and worked well in complementing each other’s performances.
Overall, My Friend Dahmer presents an engaging and intriguing insight into the formative years of infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer before becoming the monster we all know of today. Exceptional cast and production aside, what’s truly captivating is the film’s humanistic focus. It would have been all too easy to make a movie blindly condemning Dahmer through a selective portrayal of his most odious acts, but My Friend Dahmer focuses not just on the ‘what’, but the ‘why’ and ‘how’. It presents Jeffrey Dahmer not just as an outcast, but as a person, a young man tainted by his upbringing and mistreated mental health issues. The heinous violence of his actions is never justified, but it still shows that Dahmer had real emotions and compulsions to express like anyone else, he just never learnt to express them in a healthy manner. My Friend Dahmer was both fascinating and entertaining. If you can stomach a little serial-killer depravity, I’d certainly recommend seeing it.
My Friend Dahmer will be released in select cinemas across Australia on May 31, 2018.
ST KILDA FILM FESTIVAL : RED CARPET AND OPENING NIGHT website 8 short film reviews and festival highlight: Olga Kirk
Legendary St Kilda Film Festival counts its 35th year and runs them proudly as well as the year 2018. The 7 films featured at the opening night will not leave you indifferent . The rd carpet and the opening night wer grand indeed and lasted for good long two hours. The long speeches usually make people feel bored as they are not many people's cup of tea, but the presentation to kick start the festival was exciting indeed. We also socialised, talk to friends and had a glass of bubbly.
1. The Land Will Eat You (Graon Bae Hemi Kakae Yu) It is a legend about mother earth and its value. Such values go beyond the modern world of business and money. We were absorbed by the rich world of aboriginal culture and their incredible visions
2. Ambulance. It is an animation . It is based on real life story. It is filmed in black and white. Suddenly the bright and red heart and its arteries signal appears on the color-less screen. It was not enough time for the ambulance to reach its call. It was dramatic story of someone's life and death
3. The Story It was complicated. I did not have any comments to make to be honest I did not understand its essence and I fee very sorry that I do not have any comments to make.
4. Wingman. Some adults are like kids. Man can be attracted and entertained in different ways so he will see his wife on a different level and get excited sexually and anew. I loved the work of the film editor and camera man
5. Something To Hold On To There is a father and a son. There is a TV, there is soccer on TB and the kid remains hungry. The boy who was the main character really played it well and gave it all to the audience. I wanted to give him a hug. I wanted to feed him and give him my hands , I felt so sorry for him. We all felt for him, the audience was breathless... but the father did not care. Apparently he had better things t attend to.
6. Grace It was unforgettable film but I forgot it way too quickly, was not excited.
7. Verde (Green) The green light sometimes gives you the wrong direction in life. Fortunately fear and conscious gave the main character the kick to come back to reality from reality from the world of endless possibilities and a future of the rich man t the simple day to day reality with its joys, memories and a healthy additions to the family
8.. For You Sins. It is the most interesting film about Jesus coming back to Earth into our modern busy life. Advertising, image making , brand creating, social media - everything is focused on the main new product when resurrection, healing and sins forgiven are fr sale on the market .No budget, sparkling humor and much more this film is a great reminder for all of us that Jesus is next to us every day all the time.
Thank you very much for the opportunity to view this movie at the lovely comfortable and relaxing village cinemas . Gringo is a movie styled similarly to the Tarantino movie's especially Pulp Fiction. A stellar cast preformed. Particular standouts were David Oyelowo as Harold a trustworthy honest and hard working employee of bosses. Joel Edgerton and Charlize Theron. Theron plays a cool calculating, very schrewd business women. Harold get stitched up notably by Edgerton's character who is narcissistic and takes no prisoners. The film is about a crime plot based in Mexico. There is dark humour in the show, and some great comedy to keep you amused. Good for a laugh and great entertainment I recommend this movie as the story unfolds and twists and turns ensue, as we see true natures of the characters revealed, It makes for a very interesting insight into human behaviour, desperation and especially greed and self serving. Nash Edgerton is the director, directing his first film. The genre is Action Comedy. Extremely lively and boisterous the time watching makes for a great diversion with much amusement also present. Out at village cinemas, by Village roadshow. It is rated MA 15+. Well worth the view.
Really appreciate the opportunity to review this documentary Tea With The Dames. Viewers are treated to a rare insight into the lives and careers of these outstanding women. The noteable Dames are Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins and Joan Plowright. As the movie unfolds the ladies are meeting up in the picturesque English countryside. The cameras are allowed in as see the energetic companions having their tea together engaged in lively conversation, with some rememberings of competition, work, loves and life. The movie is delightful as the spirited ladies reminisce. Conversations range from their humble beginnings as actresses in the 1950s, and their career highs and lows, to becoming the iconic " Dames " that they now are. Other discussions documented contain insights about getting older, their relationships and funny comments and banter. One such highlight is based on Dame Judi being offered great movie roles before the others. Quite comedic we see the women sometimes teasing and giving cheek to each other. The Show is directed by Roger Michell. As we acknowledge the icons careers and experiences we are privy to seeing clips of their television, theatre and film participation through archival material. I found the doco to be highly amusing, candid and extremely entertaining. To me it's a recommended watch for anyone wanting to view how these very remarkable Dames careers grew, bloomed and flourished. As well as seeing their vulnerable sides /selves as they navigate their ways extremely gracefully into their senior years. Really worth the look. Opening June 13 at Cinema Nova this session containing screening, discussion and a complimentary morning tea.. Link below
ST KILDA FILM FESTIVAL: RIGHT THERE ON MY TV website review by Susie Cashmere
Yes, the iconic line from the famous Sky Hooks song. Fitting for a title belonging to footage, some never seen before, of episodes of long since forgotten music shows of the 70’s. Shows such as Nightmoves, Bandstand and Thank God it’s Friday at the Zoo!
I was lucky enough to see this screening at The St Kilda Town Hall as part of The St Kilda Film festival and what a fantastic evening I had. We were even treated to pilot episodes never before seen, of 1977 music show “Soundcheck” featuring Greg Evans and a panel of judges rating the latest album releases.
I was lost in my memories thoroughly enjoying clips taking me back to my youth.
“Nightmoves” was a late night music show on channel 7 which ran from 1977 to 1984, uncovering albums, tracks and acts at a time when Countdown dominated the television on the ABC. A show only meant to run 7 weeks went on for 7 years and I, for one, rarely missed an episode. The show was more album oriented so it wasn’t really seen as competition for Countdown, showing popular singles from artists. It was a platform to discover bands not played on the radio. The show became a Friday night ritual for many of us. Pizza, beer and Nightmoves! Memories of a fun era, the footage seen was fabulous, but what was even more enjoyable was the question and answer segment at the end of the screening with Lee Simon and John Paul Young, or more affectionately known as “Squeek”.
The demise of music television was discussed as the recognition of streaming and easy access to any genre of music makes today’s generation of youth far less interested in a music television program. There was also the recognition that live music was needed for the number of live television programs aired in the 70’s, unlike the television of today.
It was a fantastic night and 1 and 1/2 hours of forgotten clips and music, transported me back to my youth. A far different time from today.
Great memories, great night and topped off with an excellent discussion on the trends of music and television. A truly enjoyable night and if it comes around again, I recommend anyone to attend.
Upgrade provides a thrilling and alarming insight into the direction which technology may take in the (not too distant?) future. It seemed a fitting concept, with the recent unveiling of Apple Artificial-Intelligence and the alarm expressed over its ‘human’ quality. Upgrade demonstrated a concept which parallels these developments, with the main character ‘Grey’, a quadriplegic getting an’ experimental computer chip ‘Stem’ implanted to aid his recovery. The film is enough to make any technophobe quiver and anxious about future technology. Not a film for those squeamish about blood either, with violent and graphic scenes adding to the intensity the film creates. 7/10
review by Ivan Lubkov
Upgrade technology overpowered. Every one of us has come to enjoy modern technological advances, it is hard to imagine life without things such as fridges, air conditioners, computers, cell phones, internet and as of late self-driving cars, facial recognition and voice recognizing virtual private assistants. The plot of the film shows an eerie reality which might be an exact reflection of our world. The main character Gray Trace survived a tragic attack by criminals which killed his wife and caused him to be permanently disabled. While full of desire to revenge his attackers, he was spiteful towards himself and the people around him. On a regular visit to the hospital he was invited to participate in a program to implant spinal cord chip that would allow him to become mobile again. While pessimistic at the start he decided to make a leap of fate and try the procedure. The outcome of the enhancement was astonishing and Gray managed to not only regain full mobility but even become better. His spinal cord chip successfully integrated with his central nervous system and started speaking and interacting with him. With his newfound powers he set out to hunt the criminals that killed his wife. While being full with anger he was still human, he struggled to murder his opponents and he chose to allow the chip act on his behalf doing it instead. At this point the viewer starts to question whether arming artificial intelligence is synonymous to erasing the concept of humanity. The deep philosophical plot while being shortsighted at some points seems an interesting sci-fi concept leaving a lot of unanswered questions. Watching the film would be exciting for anyone interested in getting a sneak peek of the possible not so distant future.
Thanks for the opportunity to review this film. I found it quite enchanting and interesting. Particularly towards the end where there is a few surprises and twists in the story that I was not expecting. Its a dramatic movie but there is some lighthearted moments too, which breaks things up. Set in the 1950s in an English town the story is about Florence Green who after losing her husband has set her sights on opening a bookshop in her rural home town. Played brilliantly by Emily Mortimer, Florence is determined despite many an obstacle to make a go of her new venture. An unlikely ally is Mr Brundish portrayed by Bill Nighy, who does a marvelous job. He is a man who is very reclusive and hard to get close too , having been on his own for many years. The older gent doesn't really get on with others but develops a real fondness for Florence, as they share the love of literature. Patricia Clarkson plays Violet who is very vengeful and is trying to oppose the bookshop at every turn. Honor Kneafsey does a stellar job playing Christine, Florence's young helper, who is wise beyond her years and a very enterprising child. The film is narrated by Julie Christie, she delivers an incisive description and is an outstanding storyteller. It was directed by Isabel Coixet who also did the screenplay. The story was adapted from a novel by Penelope Fitzgerald. My companion has said she thought the scenery was beautiful, and the use of the narrator was nice. She liked how the story was told simply without much music or background noise, so that she was able to think about how the characters were feeling and thinking. I found it a thought provoking story especially insightful about human nature. I liked how it seemed we could get to know the characters, and gain some awareness about their emotions and how they may be feeling. It was a movie I feel is well worth seeing, and I found it very entertaining.
The story line is very simple: a single / divorced woman who just lost her job and lives with two daughters who is about to become a grandma suddenly meets a love of her youth and it feels like she has to take of herself first and forget about the others; she should start her life from scratch no matter what. It is never too late it seems. Aurore seems to be no one, she unnoticeable, no one needs her. She is waiting for the rubbish truck to arrive to take her over to the huge garbage dump. Aurore is lost, he is facing one of those existential moments of life when she feels there is no life. She also lost the hope to find the man of her life, the love of her life. They all seem so shallow for her: there is no friendship,there is no connection between her and the men she meets. Simple and boring routine of life start to take over. Christofe comes like a sip of the fresh water a fresh breath of clean air in her life. They do not need to talk much, they know each other from their youth, the powerful connection between the two seems so grand that they both hesitate to take it as a truth. the truth overwhelms them both. They fall apart but days pass one after another and they make a decision - both in one day. Their love is youthful as it used to be - it never faded with years. Will they stay together ?
It is a black comedy in its best. It is a farce with lots of blood and cruelty. I is not my cup of tea but I could not stop thinking that I love the film. The director of the film plays one of the brothers while his brother plays his brother in the movie. What a perfect coincidence! The story develops at one and only location: in their family's house where the brothers actually arrive by accident and the brothers never think about the murder in the first place The murder happens spontaneously . The arguments starts and the brothers start preparing to kill in a very funny way. They are both a but dull, a bit slow and a but funny but the actions that take place are not funny indeed. The film might remind you at some points Woody Allen and Cohen Brothers so good and so realistic it is. While the brothers get prepared for a kill they keep surprising their family the members of which they plan to kill and they do kill them with ever changing success. Why do they do that? Why not if the family house, the best heritage of all is on the plate.... As all well "planned"crimes this one takes an absolutely unpredictable path. The brothers get dressed as the cleaners of some kind. The brothers are alike but they are different. Jeff plays by the rules and he is a good planner and organiser while the younger brother Terry is more spontaneous, he lives in a moment without thinking about the result. When two opposite personalities clash the fun begins. They both hate their father in law, the past is dark. It looks like their own father committed suicide because of the father in law. It happened right after the mother and the father gt divorced. Their mother is dying of cancer. The father n law will inherit the farm and the bloody house. Jeff plans the imitation of their father in law suicide. The crime shall begin. . After a while of such exercises the story urns int o a complete mess. The conflict is present and the brothers love is not there anymore. The money are on the place and the love is well forgotten. It is a comedy of one mistake after another. The mistakes are funny but sad as it is a black comedy after all. The bad characters and the stupidity of their personalities is so obvious. You will laugh and will have a good time but with every laugh you will be thinking: do I do it right?
Ed Harris was outstanding as dying man Ben Ryder a world renowned Photographer. Career obsessed Ben was mainly absent as a father to Matt Ryder (Jason Sudeikis) and had been adulterous to his wife. Ben was taken care of by attractive nurse Zooey (Elizabeth Olsen) who administered his injectable drugs for cancer. Zooey arrived at Matt’s office one day requesting Matt take his father on a long road trip to process his last remaining film before the Kodachrome lab ceases production.
Matt refused the offer as he said he has no time for his dying father that is until his father’s colleague convinces him with a bribe. This offer would secure some work for him. Matt is desperately struggling in his career so he reluctantly agrees.
The road trip had Matt, Zooey and Ben go on a week long drive to Kansas. They diverted on the way to visit Matt’s brother and his family. The trip reveals the issues of family dysfunction and intensifies relationship issues and brewing problems.
This movie was a strain to watch apart from the few scenes reflective dialogue and the excellent acting from Ed Harris. It was for most part predictable. I can’t really say that the other co-stars were believable at times. ...Exaggerated brow lifting by Matt and his wide eyed animations weren’t natural to me and Zooey just didn’t feel 100% immersed in the role.
Additionally the onscreen chemistry was lacking and the couple mismatched in my estimation. The shortfalls made this very much a B grade film. The music was fun and a scene about musical choices was endearing but the overall experience especially towards the end was when will it be over.
Screen gems were “no art worth a damn was created out of happiness” where Ben cynically questions the whole phenomenon of genius and suggests there being some other negative driving force in people like Picasso. Other interesting quotes about were about photographers “We’re preservationists by nature. We take pictures to stop time; to commit moments to eternity”
I enjoyed Ben lovingly cleaning his Leica and the nostalgia for times gone. His description of nothing left to this modern age in images or slides and modern media as “just data electronic dust” was engaging; this was in keeping with his desire to reject technology
Genre: American Psychological Thriller (Horror). Directed by: Steven Soderbergh Written by: Jonathan Bernstein and James Greer. Starring: Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, Juno Temple, Aimee Mullins, and Amy Irving. Filmed on iPhone 7 Plus.
Sawyer Valentini moved to a city far from her family to seek a new start. For all intents and purposes her life seemed normal but first appearances can be deceptive. Sawyer swiped for a Tinder date and took the guy home. She initiated all the moves then suddenly had a disturbing meltdown. Thereafter she decided to seek help with a Counsellor at the Highland Creek Behavioural Centre.
Disturbingly Sawyer accidentally signed herself into 48 hours of observation; the last thing she wanted. Her ensuing complaints came to nothing as she eventually learned the mental health system was corrupt; funds are extorted from patients via their health insurance companies. For as long as the insurance companies pay the individuals are imprisoned.
Sawyer’s predicament worsened when she was unable to control her anger; this resulted in her being seen as further in need of incarceration. Her impulsivity and anger at times meant she was own worse enemy. Is her short fuse part of what she hadn’t resolved from previous events in her life? Is this stalker she sees in the facility real or imagined?
Sawyer Valentini is portrayed as a person who is quite assertive independent and resilient in the general scheme of things. We see this at the beginning of the film; handling problem calls at work and her boss’s creepy behavior. Her mother also talks of her of independent tough and stubborn streak when she visits her at the mental facility. I think that Sawyer’s abilities to read people combined with her intelligence and other positive attributes help her in survive.
The film is about powerlessness and loss of self when caught in situations. It’s about the diabolically unlucky effects we can have if we encounter the wrong people. There’s an educative element for the viewers concerning this in the cameo appearance by Matt Damon.
The movie made me think about obsession how this characteristic in individuals can be a positive driving force to achieve goals. But in others with an unsound mind it can lead to the unthinkable.
It’s also about that point where the results of trauma can be inexplicably woven into a person’s psyche to cause paranoia that can tip someone way over the edge.
The film raises questions of health system corruption, the use of drugs to control people’s behaviour. The film has a frighteningly plausible story.
Thanks for the opportunity to review the play by Tennessee Williams's. Filmed in London's West end, at the Young Vic theatre, it presents well on the screen. Sienna Miller as Maggie does a stellar performance, as does Jack O'Connell as Brick. The film builds in intensity, but we have humour too, to break things up. Directed by Benedict Andrews this production is well worth a look. The atmosphere is lovely at the Nova cinema in Carlton, and very comfortable seating too. Tension rises through the play till the end as we find out what is going on with the characters. Maggie and Brick are having marital problems. Brick's father whose life is in question is portrayed brilliantly by Colm Meaney. His children particularly Gooper ( Brick's brother ) and his wife Mae are trying to get their hands on the huge inheritance. Arguments ensue , there is mayheim , and some eyeopening realities as the characters bare their soles during the film. A brilliant job done by all the actors, a great revival of the play. It starts today at 1 pm and runs until at least the 16th of May. Details as follows:
Midnight Oil 1984 is an autobiographical documentary about Australian rock legends Midnight Oil and their impact on Australia’s political climate during the early ‘80s. Directed by Ray Argall, who worked with the band between 1982 and 1986, the film showcases a line-up of never before seen footage documenting the band’s journey from unknown politically evocative musicians to culturally influential figures in the nuclear arms race of the time. Most notably, it offers a first-hand perspective on lead singer Peter Garrett’s attempts at transitioning from outspoken commentator to official senate representative (as member of the Nuclear Disarmament Party) in his passionate drive to better the future of Australia. Whilst seemingly touted as an all-access pass to the band’s ins and outs, high and lows of the time, it offers but a tame retelling of events cut with footage of live concerts, backstage tomfoolery, and miscellaneous political activism. It fails to push any real boundaries or delve deeper into the nitty gritty of the band’s affairs during what was such an emotionally charged period. Not to say it’s not informative or entertaining, it just lacked the provocation you’d hope for in a film about Garrett’s proselytisation from the stage. Despite this, the film showed its strength in full force as it flaunted a consistent montage of live concert footage; eccentric dancing, sweet puddles, and all. It didn’t exactly do a whole lot in reinforcing the significance of the band’s impact throughout the period’s events, but I can’t deny it was entertaining as hell. All in all, Midnight Oil 1984 was a fairly enjoyable watch. I’m personally a fan of the band and so learning a little about their history (albeit fairly surface level) was rather interesting. In saying that, however, the narrative presented didn’t have a whole lot of substance to it, with the majority of the film’s 90-minute runtime padded with footage from live concerts. It could easily have been cut down by a good 30-minutes, and honestly, despite the enjoyment derived, the film ultimately didn’t justify a theatrical release. Made-for-TV documentaries aren’t all bad, and Midnight Oil 1984 would have felt right at home among them. If you’re a fan of Midnight Oil, then at the very least you’ll enjoy the live concert footage, but for those less than fold of their music and more interested in the documentary aspect, you’ll likely be disappointed by the shallow scope of the film.
“Friends, Foes and Fireworks” Review by Susan Reynolds
Genre Indie Film Sub-genre Mumblecore Nexus Production Group 7.5/10
The film has a real slice of life approach, intrinsically very Australian in character however the themes of friendship and relationships are universal. Filmed in the festive summer season; the accents and the locality are all going to really stir interest with those gripped at the same time of year by cold in the Northern hemisphere. It’s all there; the beach, the heat, summer night, young party spirited people and the New Years fireworks. Significance is not lost on the fact that the filmmakers are travelling between two hemispheres. To their European friends it’s somewhat a statement of how the other half lives.
In the story the friends are actors by profession with the exception of Dan who is a Musician. Friendships end up in a tangle near the St.Kilda beach late at night and loose lips as we know sinks ships resulting in friendships taking a nosedive. Some angry and emotional conversations took place. The friendships are tested in the climax of an alcohol fuelled New Years Eve. An exciting element of the film is that actors improvised scenes through sparsely allocated script points. This process means a refreshing creative freedom for actors.
In the opening scenes I did feel like I was sitting in the corner of the flat in a parallel universe with an inability to talk and join in. I felt a sense of voyeurism; being privy to personal conversations and goings on. There’s no boredom with trivialities because you felt an affinity with it all, a seemingly odd sense of inclusion. The characters themselves grappled with moments of awkwardness. This is not deliberate but adds to the feeling of reality. Many of us have milliseconds of silence and gibber.
The content of the film makes one think of how tenuous relationships are and the hurt people are capable of. In the case of Sophia and Fiona it’s not fireworks that go off.....more like Sophia let’s off an emotional hand grenade that leaves both worlds blown apart. Truth is often stranger than fiction; this is believable with the acts of single mindedness and selfishness involved. Should Sophia have kept quiet is a moral dilemma to add to the moral dilemma itself.
At a different time and situation would all have revealed itself so easily. It’s not just wine that’s spilt; secrets and insults better left untold pour out. Conversations sent emotions reeling and people did get hurt. Did vulnerability in the circumstances lead Zoe to actions she might not normally do. What absurd creatures humans can be!
Which brings me to Dan the only man! ….thrown into the mix of all these women and grated on everyone’s nerves or was it just mine; with his convincing smarminess. He’d tried to ingratiate himself with the women through much of the film. There’s a mix of everything; what seemed like unrequited love between Lucinda and Summer to feelings of lack of self worth with Fiona’s actions in the mirror scenes.
I enjoyed the film for its unique approach and look forward to future entertaining flicks.
The film focuses on Marlo ( played by Charlize Theron) , a mother of two children and the third on the go, her family and kids. She is around 40. Her husband , Drew and her brother try to help her and they hire a nanny Tully to assist her with the newborn baby, looking after two older kids (one of whom is challenged) and with the house duties. Tully is the girl who will help Marlo with the load of work. The relationship between Tully and Marlo take though a different turn to the major surprise to her family. It seems complicated but it is a very truthful picture. Charlize had to gain 16 more kilos to take this role which she did in a few months. This "mutation" looks very common and simple for Charlize. Marlo might have a husband but it seems that she lives alone surrounded by her kids. She does not feel alone but she is. Her husband Drrew (Ron Livingston) is there but he does not get a clue what his wife is going through. Not only Tully cleans the house, looks after Marlo's kids and take care of Marlo herself. She is becoming a significant member of the family,suddenly. Tully (Mark Duplass) is too good t obe true. Tully is young energetic, bubbly, she works with that beautiful smile and the house turns into a paradise in one day of her presence Both girls blend in together so well not only in the film episodes as their roles demand but as actresses - their chemistry is so marvelous and so fun to observe. They do not over-shine each other nor they try to "own:the stage - it is a balanced combination of two female characters indeed. Tully seems to be the best present Marlo ever received. Her involvement is so organic and so natural we suddenly get an idea and it is wild. Tully is the young Marlo. May be there is no Tully? It is a film about family loneliness in the full house and about the image we carry about ourselves.
It is an Australian made film with the famous Martin Freeman as a leading actor. Surprisingly is it the first film Netflix paid attention to and bought out the rights. It is a zombi film so in a nut shell not my cup of tea. The story line is as follows: in the Apocalyptic time a man faces his face being infected by the strange virus that turns people into zombies.Hee gets infected himself and has only two days (48 hours) to find a shelter for his 1 year old daughter before he joins the rows of zombies himself. He has to fight for the trust with the local Aboriginal community that remained untouched and is not infected to leave his daughter with them. For that he has to travel through a long journey of emotional and physical pain and make good friends with a young teenage girl. Will he succeed? Andy (Martin Freeman) is in the centre of attention. His acting is magnificent and make the whole picture shine. It is emotional , scary and it is disgusting in many episodes. Andy is a slow releasing bomb: he carries the deadly virus whose actions are unpredictable. His daughter is one year old and she is so innocent she has no idea what is going on. Andy meets Tummy,the aboriginal teenager who is fragile and suspicious to all white nation people. She is also not in good relationship with her own family. Again: beautifully made film that will attract a certain audience for sure and it must be very powerful for its genre but it is not my cup of tea.