THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF THE FAKIR NEW website RATE: 7/10
A young Indian man dreams to go to Paris since he was young. His mum was Indian and his dad was French but he has never seen his dad. His dream was to show France to his mum but it did not eventuate. When he reaches Paris finally he falls in love.... and fall in love with the main hero: he is charismatic and he is so lovable. Paris is a country of all lovers. A young Parisian (or American) is flirting with our Indian hero and it looks so charming and good. Some parts of the film seem much unbelievable like a fairy tale leading to a happy end. It is science fiction than just a fiction. The nationalism is not present. There is no one pointing fingers at our lovely boy asking him: "and... Where did you come from?" He feels the fresh air of Europe that gives roof, food, citizenship, love and a chance to earn big money. Paris teaches the tourists to talk loud and open: "I love you!" We see Europe that is owned by IKEA-like stores and tolerance of the policemen. If also shows us that celebrities can be very grounded and simple people that accept the foreigners with all their care. When the film characters lie we can see through their minds of consumers. It is also lovely to see that the main hero finally chooses his mother country India instead of the consuming Europe. One of the ideas of the film is: "the kids have to study well!" as the school gives then the base of the moral principles in life. Europe raised up and above all only because of the nature of its traditionally brilliant education it gave to its citizens. They had a great opportunity to attend the best schools in the world. If you are not against the law , Europe will be on you side - the film says, - and your future will be in your hands. There is also one strong message for the Slumdog Millionaire easy money come quick but then they leave you as quick too. It is better to learn as much as you can when you arrive, to get a good job (or skilled training) and get your own fortune that you can share then and assist the community. It is very lovely to observe there is no racial discrimination - the idea portrayed in the film by its producers from France, Belgium and India. We are all the same: the color of your skin is just your shell. Neglecting the fact that the film is a science fiction fairy tale it sends lots of positive messages. I hardly can recall any movie where the Indians are taken with such positivity by the Europeans. It is usually the opposite. Yes they dance in this film as there is no Indian film without amazing dancing. So we can easily call this film: a musical fairy tale. It is very kind and light film and if you go to see it you will have a lot of family fun and laughing.
Starring: David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Sophie Okonedo, Daniel Dae Kim, Ian McShane.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy.
Running time: 120 Minutes. Film Review: By Maxwell M. Lyons
Long since Guillermo del Toro’s second instalment into the Hellboy franchise (Hellboy II: The Golden Army) in 2008 have fans awaited the triumphant onscreen return of humanity’s favourite hellfire demon. Amidst scheduling conflicts, perennial development, and studio disinterest this ceremonious conclusion to the trilogy never came to fruition. Fast-forward to today, we finally have another Hellboy instalment, but can a franchise reboot, spearheaded by director Neil Marshall (known for his directorial role of The Descent (2005) and Game of Thrones eps. Blackwater & The Watchers on the Wall), recapture the allure of del Toro’s cult classics? … Not exactly. But there’s still plenty of fun to be had for a certain type of viewer.
First and foremost, let’s get things straight. Hellboy, from a purely cinematic standpoint, is awful. The writing is sloppy, often unnatural, and exposition heavy; the acting is fine, but nothing to applaud over; and the narrative as a whole is unnecessarily complex and progressively non-sensical in getting to its grand showdown of mano-a-mano monster spawn. All while interwoven with a plethora of blood and gore that would have even Tarantino second-guessing its necessity. And this is all before even beginning to compare it to the baseline set by del Toro; that’s another essay in itself. BUT… BUT… stay with me. As any lover of “so-bad-it’s-good” movie can tell you (myself included), the sum of the parts doesn’t always equal the whole, and through all it’s flaws, I personally feel there’s a lot of entertainment value to be had in Hellboy’s viewership. Just don’t take it seriously. The movie quite evidently didn’t take itself seriously (apparent from the opening exposition) and in terms of an obscenely over-the-top gorefest with a comically bad narrative, it’s absolutely amazing.
Hellboy isn’t going to win any awards (aside a Golden Raspberry or two) but I would argue it knew that from the beginning. It’s not masterfully acted, it’s not immaculately written, the SXF are passable at best compared to modern standards, and it’s most certainly nothing alike del Toro’s incarnation of the franchise. Hellboy stands alone, not as an immaculate cinematic milestone, but as a hellacious blood-ridden polished turd. It’s inarguably not for everyone – fans of the original will undoubtably be constantly comparing the two, and newcomers aren’t likely be buy into the world told through the lens of this Hellboy iteration – but if I can find entertainment in its heinous manifestation, maybe you can too.
will be released in cinemas Australia-wide on April 11, 2019.
THUNDER ROAD NEW website review by Jeanette Russell
Jim Cummings debut feature film is an extended version of a short film he made by the same name. He does a great job in this movie as the lead character. It is very impressive that Jim also is the director and writer of the film. An amazing performance by Jim Cummings as he portrays Jim Arnaud, a man who is really down on his luck. Losing his mother who he was close to and the emotional turmoil around possibly losing his daughter as well.At times he is having anger issues. Trying hard is one thing he does throughout the whole time. Life just seems to be so challenging for him. He has the support of a friend who works with him,as a fellow police officer.
I feel like we are wanting to see this guy catch a break as soon as possible, with several challenges going on in his life simultaneously. He is trying to deal with the loss of his mum, as well as trying to gain some share custody of his daughter while his ex goes for sole custody.
At the beginning we see Jim delivering a eulogy at his mother's funeral. Telling of her life and her favourite song which was Thunder Road. He also tries to play the song but his tape won't work. So he does a bit of a dance to it as he tells the story of the song.
The end of the movie provides quite a twist. The actors do a terrific job all not well known. Jim Cummings does an outstanding performance, as I believe we experience the depths of despair with him through this heartfelt journey of loss and life.
MQFF2019 RAFIKI NEW website review by Oksana Newton
I was lucky to watch a fantastic movie about a lesbian romance between two young girls called - Rafiki. Rafiki means friend. This is a film by Kenyan production.
Unfortunately this film was banned in its original country for its "homosexual propaganda ". Kenyan people are very religious and they consider any same sex relations as a devil and an uncured illness.
In my opinion this movie was a very brave step to bring awareness and understanding to its own people and whole country . Sadly in Kenya same marriage considered as crime and any same sex relations can be punished or convicted. Whole movie is about two girls who just finished school.
Action happens in the village where people even more backwards comparing with city. Of course everyone knows everybody and everybody’s business. Kena is a kind, nice and brave girl who dreams and have some ambitions to become a nurse. She is smart, but she under estimated herself and her potentials. She is from a poor family, raised by her very religious mum. Her parents split up and fathers had other family.
Her father John is elected for PM. He is kind man, always helpful and a honest person. In his community he is very much appreciated and loved. Another girl Ziki is a troublemaker. She is daughter of well known politician who in running his campaign against John. Ziki is free spirit, full of love to life, she dream to travel and be happy. Ziki and Kena become friends, but their friendship becomes something more. They fell in love with each other. But there is a very big BUT. First of all it’s a small community and everyone become aware of their relationship.
Also their fathers run election against each other. Of course any kind of connection between girls is not ok by community or families. Of course people are very religious and this kind of girls behaviour doesn’t get excepted in the whole community. Kena and Ziki have to hide from everyone. When people found them in the van they bashed both girls. Unfortunately their love became so obvious, they had to suffer consequences. Ziki was sent overseas to study and avoid being accused by crazy and nutty community. Her father could not put up with a shame and thoughts of loosing his seat.
Kena had to stay in the village and attend the university to become a doctor. Girls have been separated for long years but they got connected again and their love sparked up again. In my opinion this movie could change a country by bringing awareness and some knowledge about lesbians or homosexual people, a knowledge of love and acceptance. I think people should be more tolerant and have more respect to someone who is different to the prefer live with same sex partner. Many of us should and this is a good positive message for all.
Regina Hall: Jordan Sanders￼ Issa Rae: April Williams￼ ***Marsai Martin: Little Jordan Sanders At age 14 Marsai Martin is an executive producer on Little, she is the youngest person to ever hold the title on a major Hollywood production.
Little is a feel good movie with a message to not give up on being a better version of yourself, to be kind to others and keep your perspective. To also be especially grateful toward others in your life and in general.
The vehicle for these sentiments was delivered in the form of a somewhat cliche storyline reminiscent of movies such as “17 Again”. Jordan Sanders has a chance to be her teenage self again and rethink who she’s been and what she’s turned into. I have to admit despite being a little corny I loved it...a smile rarely leave my face throughout the film.
Little Jordan Sanders played by Marsai Martin ￼was a standout performer and the supporting cast were also good. A faultless performance from Marsai Martin who is the golden girl of Hollywood at the moment and it seems for very good reason. Situations were comical; I particularly liked the exuberant clothing comically worn by teen Jordan as she sashayed around the school in a power suit the brightest pink you could imagine which would give Pantone a challenge to match.
I’d imagine this movie would appeal to young and old I went with my 21 year old who enjoyed the film as well. A good holiday choice for relaxed viewing and to leave the rest of the world behind for a chill in the cinema. But don’t be fooled by just the jokes there’s a message about bullying and overcoming such situations. Self belief is a focus also in the film. There’s as substance to it which make you think about self and the wider societal problems.
Storyline Jordan and April Jordan is a successful business woman albeit a nasty bossy difficult one. She’s a lesson or two to learn about how to treat people. A chance encounter with a gifted girl who places a hex on Jordan she is then altered overnight to become an adult trapped in a teenage body. Jordan’s assistant April Williams (Issa Rae) bossed from pillar to post by the adult Jordan Sanders has a chance to get her own back when Jordan regresses into her teen self. Jordan is sent to school where life lessons are revealed and she empowers others to stand up for themselves.
THE CURSE OF THE WEEPING WOMAN NEW website review by Bryanna Reynolds
REVIEW: The Curse of The Weeping Woman By Bryanna Reynolds
In this spine tingling horror about a woman and her two children who become victims of a cursed legend known as ‘The Weeping Woman’ who haunts them. The single mother of two will stand up to her fears in order to protect her children.
The Weeping Woman tells the story of a woman who died centuries ago after murdering her two young children in revenge against her husband who cheated on her. The audience follow her story and see that for years to come ‘The Weeping Woman’ scours the earth looking for replacement children to become hers and join her in the after life. In the film we follow the journey of a single mother of two who becomes The Weeping Woman’s latest target. Will the family fall victim to the cursed woman, see it to find out more.
The audience are taken on an equilibrium of ups and downs through the path of fighting an evil curse which has projected a young family as being her next victims.
This film will appeal to anyone who loves a good thriller, but more so anyone who is familiar with the universe of the ‘Conjuring’ franchise. The audience are shown glimpses into the previous conjuring films such as the infamous ‘Annabelle’ doll. Be expected to walk away from this film wondering what will happen next because spoiler... it is hinted ‘The Weeping Woman’ may stick around a little while longer.
The best part about the film is that you can feel the family’s love and emotional connection to fighting evil as one. It is sure to make your heart grow brighter and bigger throughout the film even if it isn’t in a traditional love film scenario.
Not to mention Linda Cardellini I the title role as leading actress was an amazing surprise. You might remember her from ‘Scooby Doo’ in the role of Velma Dinkley. This was the only thing that also put me off at the same time because I kept thinking of her from her portrayal in Scooby Doo. As long as you don’t enter the cinema thinking of Scooby Doo then you should be fine
Being a fan of the thriller/horror genre this film is definitely one of my favourites this year. I can’t wait to see more films from the producers of this thriller universe who are the creatives behind the Conjuring universe.
Make sure you see it, out now in cinemas. This is one you don’t want to miss.
TOP END WEDDING NEW website review by Alexander O Montgomery
“Top End Wedding” review by Alexander O. Montgomery
As I arrived at the village cinemas Rivoli-Hawthorn East in Melbourne, I joined the huge line of VIPs waiting to walk the red carpet as did everyone else who was invited and who had come in their dandiest of outfits to catch the Melbourne opening premiere of “Top End Wedding”!
This Australian production is released and distributed by Universal Pictures Australia.
After the usual red carpet walk where I fronted more than ten photographers with what seemed to be a never ending slew of flashing light bulbs, I was ushered upstairs to join the sea of cast members, producers, directors and members of the media as well as other invited guests to this spectacular premiere.
“Top End Wedding” has a romantic storyline which we can all relate to, and offers some comic relief. It features a female Aboriginal character (Lauren) who is a lawyer and who was recently given a promotion in her job where she reports to her boss from hell (Hampton) that resembles very much like Miranda Priestly from the movie “The Devil wears Prada”.
In this movie though, Lauren gets proposed and engaged to her fiancée Ned, a white Australian and also a lawyer (albeit not a very good one) who they then decide to get married in Darwin which is where Lauren’s relatives are all at.
However upon arrival, Lauren learns that her mother had left her husband and from here on, Lauren and Ned start on a wild goose chase to track her down.
In essence, the storyline of this movie is predictable and is easy to keep up with. It also seem to be subliminally promoting tourism to Darwin with much of its sights, sounds and Aboriginal culture highly showcased. This film was also educational for me as it carried scenes of the Aboriginal communities living their way of life. Also, as in a lot of TV and film produced today, this film ticks the diversity box as a hilarious gay character and intermarriage between races were included.
All in all, I rate “Top End Wedding” a 7 out of 10.
NTLIVE: THE TRAGEDY OF KING RICHARD II NEW website RATE: 7/10
There is an old children's game we all played when we were kids. It is called "The King Of The Mountain" One player, It, chooses the spot and the rest of the kids try to push him/her out from that spot and get the spot. Then the game repeats itself and everyone tries to push out the next "king".
The play :The Tragedy Of King Richard II" reminded me of that old days game. The King rules: he introduces new and new taxes to rob his citizens more and more till thy start bleeding. His surroundings and his people are exhausted from he Kings power and they rebel. The new king takes his throne, the new king was in opposition before and was not recognized by the ex-ruler. How the old King can remain in power if the whole world is not against him and the new king is powerful and seemingly "better". He promises new lands to aristocracy, bread and beds to the poor and gifts to his army.
The Almeida Theater re-works the Shakespeare tragedy and brings it from the ages of 13th century to our days so we can all reflect and analyze. Their new production King Richard II is radically re-thought and re-interpreted and great;y shortened this play will take you on a very deep and dark turns and corners of the rocky road journey.
The new production of Joe Hill-Gibbins he present to all of us starts from the end of the play. King says his famous: "I have been thinking about how I might compare this prison I live in to the world (the Universe)..." It is a very powerful message.
The main character is King Richard played by unmatched talent of Simon Russell Beal. Simon revels in luxurious text of Shakespeare and uses acting plastic to the maximum. The whole Shakespearean text about the usurpation of the crown and throne turns into a horrific nightmare of the broken monarch who is trying to understand how he turned into such a pitiful state.
The age of the actor brings more and more questions: how could he perform all these physical exercises with such lightness of his (trained) body, how masterfully he holds the pauses, how he place the required accents to make the text shine with its beauty and to show us the depth of his disappear with only one eye movement. Simon is incredible indeed!
I also highly recommend to read the plot in its original before you attend to remind yourself the key points of it. You might be tricked (as I was) that excluding Richard and his antagonist Bolingbrock (played by Leo Bill) the remaining six members of the troupe play several roles each. It will be difficult to understand who is who unless you know the play. The whole eight actors remain on stage for the duration of the performance. There is no interval in the play. They never change the outfits. They all play in the modern casual wear including the king who performs in black T-shit and the jeans. His crown is solid but I saw in the trailer it is made out of paper. It is a conceptual decision of the director. His idea was to reflect on the modern power and modern world where often authority creates chaos and the there is no limit to someone's power.
The shortened text plays in favour to the chosen concept as it creates a fast story development and speedy pace that leads into absurd and confusion with the scenes of blood, water and soil thrown and poured from the plastic buckets as well as throwing rubber gloves into each other during the fiery conversations. The confrontation and the angry dialogue between King Richard and Bolingbrock looks more like a boxing mach to us.
The scenes are rather rapid with lots of movements across the steel and no doors cube where the all action takes place: no one leaves , no one comes. The tall walls of the sound-poof cube are also representing the doors which gives us the imitation of the people and crowd knocking at those depth doors with no replies from the rulers.
Peter Rice's music to accompany the whole staging is nervous and adds to the whole madness of the play. The genius text though somehow slows all this bloody craziness down and bring the play to the final: chaos is the only ruler in this Universe - the cube is covered now in blood stains, mud marks on the walls and water puddles on the metallic floors. The picture is depressive, gloomy with the bodies of the actors destroyed and lying on the messy floors - the annoyingly familiar picture of the results of power governing in the very familiar countries with no exceptions.
I was lucky enough to be invited to watch the film at the media screening on April 9 at the Highpoint Hoyts. Back Of The Net is an Australian made film. It is very easy to watch and I found it to be a great entertainment feature film for a family day out with kids and parents.
It touches the teenagers major issues around love,friendship, leadership and self belief.
The film plot is rather engaging: American teenager whose name is Bailey mistakes her school bus heading off to the sea adventure and science research for the similar looking bus heading off to the soccer camp. She ends up at the Harold Soccer Academy after catching that faith changing wrong bus.
She is shocked and confused at the start but all her efforts to change her journey and go to the ship are wasted in vain. Bailey gives up and follows her destiny, she then completes a semester at the soccer school, where she meets her first love, find great friends and changes enemies to her friends, battles with the star soccer player Edie, an evil teenager who makes life difficult for Bailey. But as we say: our enemies teach us more than our friends: they shape and challenge us, let's respect our enemies more than our friends.
As the school hosts the National Soccer Tournament, Bailey is determined to beat Edie’s team in the finals.
Would she succeed? You can only find out by watching this cute film.
I liked the camera work a lot - that surprised me with slow motion and the game filming that was incredible cool... I found some of the characters were a bit undeveloped, love was a bit over-sweet but the main character was superb so was a rest of the crew!
Missing Link animation is a real breath of fresh air for me personally. I have not seen such a good animation for a long time.
It is artistic first of all and the attention to small details make it so pleasant to watch and so perfect! When you also think: the film makers did it all by their own hands: no digital involvement... as I said you will be just breathless... It is a stop-motion that is dying out, it is very hard labor. When you see the amount of work that has been done you will pronounce one word: PHENOMENAL! It is bright (colorful) and ambitious (high standard)
The story line is not emotionally complex, no it is complex in any other way. The simplicity is the sister of the talent though. The story might be also not as deep as some other animations that we know... it is still so charming, so kind and lovable, it is a good pace story with wonderful adventures where we can witness farce blend softly with witty dialogues topped with beautiful animation.
The story starts when we meet with Sir Lionel Frost (voice of Hugh Jackman) who lives in Victorian epoch. He is a British adventurist hunting always for sensations. Sir Lionel is full of energy and very keen to find out the missing ink between humans and monkeys: the creature who is called Bigfoot )or Sasquatch) . His possible discovery can make him famous as well as give him access to some famous and most prestigious clubs and societies. Te missing link would also explain the human origins.
To his own surprise he find the bigfoot (or Link) very quickly. To add to Sir Lionl's surprise the creature can walk, talk write and read, he has manners of a high society gentleman and can impersonate Zach Galifianakis . The creature is so lonely though he asks Frost to help him to find his relatives who live apparently in the legendary valley Shangri-La . Link's lost relatives are called Yeti. This is when the real adventure takes place. This adventure will remind you Indiana Jones for sure!
You will be surprised by the imagination of the artistic part of the film, its adorable characters and their spectacular journey to the unknown. Chris Butler's story is timeless, it is also magnificently written to say the least. You will feel young for he moment while enjoying the escapade. I loved the fine humor, good and healthy jokes, very clever presented and delightful gags which were the major features of the picture together with the high level visual part.
The decorations were ideal, the visual parts were awesome, the details were astonishing together with the gorgeous titles that were also made on a very high level.
This Missing Link is unbelievable! It also does not miss the modern thought: the humans will destroy everything they discover! The cruelty of our species is beyond any possible explanation! It is more uncivilised than it is civilised, our society. We are not the kings on Earth, we are the devils who hunt and kill everything they see. More to the movie philosophy: we all need each other: a human can not live without a human.... or sometimes without a good bigfoot!
Sometimes the biggest adventure of your lifetime would be not to go on adventure but to find someone trustworthy to go with you on adventure - as this will be just an adventure on its own!
So this is my call: find someone to go with you to the cinemas and watch The Missing Link! At least this sounds like an adventure too!
Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) is a fearless adventurer who takes pride and pleasure in investigating myths and monsters.
He cuts a dashing figure globetrotting, but his peers don’t believe his latest “discovery” because he has no proof.
Mind you, Sir Lionel wants the recognition he believes he is due and sets off on yet another adventure to prove his worth and value.
This time it is to America’s Pacific Northwest and the chance to discover a living remnant of man’s primitive ancestry – the Missing Link or Big Foot (Zach Galifianakis).
In fact, tracking him down is no difficult feat, but what he finds is a surprisingly smart and soulful beast who – as the last of his species – is as endangered as they get … and very lonely.
Said Link implores Sir Lionel to seek out Big Foot’s distant relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La.
The only known map of the region is held by a former romantic partner of Sir Lionel’s – and an adventurer in her own right – Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana).
Soon the three of them set forth … with trouble tailing them and more trouble ahead.
Chris Butler (ParaNorman) has written and directs this stop motion animation feature set in the Victorian era.
Visually appealing, with a cast of colourful characters and nifty animation, the straight forward storyline and humour in Missing Link will hold most appeal to children.
As an adult, for me it was all too familiar and predictable. I can’t say I laughed even once.
That is not to say the levity doesn’t have endearing elements. It does.
Notably Sir Lionel Frost’s laid back, matter of fact heroics and Missing Link’s literal interpretation of what Sir Lionel tells him. They are nice touches that work well.
It is more the hero and villain stuff that showed nothing we haven’t seen 1,000,001 times before.
And because it is squarely aimed at kids the villains are clearly identified from the outset and there are no surprises.
To be frank, I found myself tuning out.
Nevertheless, I did appreciate Sir Lionel’s all or nothing persona and, as I mentioned, the visual tapestry.
So, too, the imagery over the final credits, which are like a mini film within a film.
Rated PG, Missing Link scores a 6 out of 10.
THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE NEW website review by Susan Reynolds
“The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” 2018 Drama/Fantasy 6/10 Directed by Terry Gilliam Starring Adam Driver as Toby Jonathan Pryce as Don Quixote
Review by Susan Reynolds
Toby an uninspired advertising executive was stale for ideas with the advertisement he was making. The big boss suggested he might find inspiration from a box of souvenirs a woman was handing around. Inside a pack he selected Toby found a bootleg copy of the first movie he’d made ten years earlier.
At the time he was in Spain for filming so he went revisiting old territory at nearby locations. He discovered the people who had been the actors in the old production. Immediately we were left thinking what the hell was happening. Toby seems to be getting himself embroiled in trouble first with the boss’s sexed up wife and also when he came across the ageing delusional actor who had played Don Quixote in his old film.
There’s a spoilt side to Toby earlier in the film he seems a self important prat. Toby’s life was then catapulted into craziness when the determined Don Quixote considers Toby as his sidekick Sancho Panza and insists he join him. Don Quixote is convincing as the 400 year old legendary figure Don Quixote. Toby found himself with little choice but to pretty much be at Don Quixote’s beck and call. Toby also reconnects with a young woman now mature with whom he had been somewhat involved with in the earlier film making.
Toby’s adventures and reactions to situations made him more endearing to me by the end. But Was it a film about the life of Toby the advertising executive and Don Quixote? No it it was about Fantasy, mayhem reality non reality with a message about the people who inhabit the seedy side of the movie industry.
It was a juxtaposition of the real and convoluted imaginary visions which were at times somewhat Monty Pythonesque. I felt less engaged in latter parts of the film.
The acting was very good and the humour also but I think it would be a film which would have divided opinions.
Courtesy of Sue
SOMETIMES, ALWAYS, NEVER NEW website review by Susan Reynolds
Sometimes Always Never 2018 Drama/Comedy Director Carl Hunter Screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce
10/10 Review by Susan Reynolds
This is an occasion when a film leaves you thinking about the human condition. The way some people process and deal with loss, a most incredible loss....speaking as a parent myself...the gut wrenching loss of a child. For Alan (Bill Highy) we see him grappling in his own way with losing his son and loneliness of being with left with his own thoughts of grief. For Peter (Sam Riley) it’s the loss of a brother and we also see how troubled he is and how he deals with it.
No wonder Alan made himself at home at one point in his son’s house so as not to be alone. This was his way out, a distraction taking him away from his nightly ramblings placing missing son posters around the neighbourhood.
When I left the cinema I really felt how do people deal with a loss like this how would I deal with it? Perish the thought ! But we hear this every day people trying to cope with loss and this is a situation which stirs great empathy. In Alan’s case the obsession began when his son walked out of a scrabble game when the word Zo was disputed, he was never to be seen again. Scrabble and words are an important element in the film.
A poignant moment was when Alan believed if he’d let the other father of a missing teen win the wager of 200 pounds at scrabble that it would change the outcome of whether a dead child to be identified was his or not. Peter and Alan had met Margaret (Jenny Agutter) and Arthur (Tim McInnerny) at a B&B both couples were in the town to identify a body. Here we know people have their eccentricities but it’s amplified I believe by Alan’s mindset with the obsession of his loss.
The theme of how we deal with the weight of loss is examined by Peter as well as with the other couple who had lost their boy..Margaret and Arthur. The inability of not being able to enjoy or appreciate the present to the full and people in it is important. Alan and his family seemed to make the best of an awful situation and by the end of the film there is some resolve.
I can’t even begin to process what this would be like to be Alan and walk in his shoes so I think this is a real peek into a life for me. I enjoyed the film very much and was glad to see a positive outcome of sorts. The acting was natural and superb, I must admit there’s little Bill Nigh can do wrong in my book. Sam Riley was excellent as Alan’s son as was the rest of the cast. The emotional intelligence of the writer of this story was brilliant.
REVIEW: Us By Bryanna Reynolds In the film Us the audience are taken on a journey of fear, thrill and suspense when a family find themselves face to face with their exact doubles. It's what their doubles do in a creepy twisted way that makes you gasp! Starring Lupita Nyong’o (Adele Wilson/Red) as the main character taking us between two different time zones of her life. Without spoiling the ending too much, the film is really about how our memory can change and be affected after traumatic incidents. When Adele is a young girl we learn that she has a traumatic experience at a carnival on the beach. Whilst the audience don't know exactly what happened to her in the house of horrors we do learn that it has impacted on her life greatly. It is some years later when Adele’s own family decide to attend the beach where it all began as an innocent family trip that strange things begin to happen. The cinematography of the entire film is completely on point and is a spectacular sensation! I would see it again if this were the only thing i loved about it, but there's so much more I love about it. Without any spoilers the film will keep you guessing and trying to work out what twisted circumstance could unfold next. And you have to be watching until the end to find out exactly what unfolded on that day at the beach many years back! Total game changer. The chemistry between the actors is on point and the fact that every character also plays a truly unique double character of themselves is an achievement. If you are a fan of the classic hitchcock and psychological thriller line then you are sure to enjoy the plot twists and turns of Us. And if you are wondering how it ends it's a total plot twist! Make sure you see it in cinemas now.
WHERE HANDS TOUCH NEW website review by Roslynne Garwood-Webb
Where Hands Touch Writer/Director Amma Asanta presents a film based on the historical events of World War 2. Set in Berlin amidst the Nazi Regime, Lenya (Amandla Stendburg) is a 16 year old bi-racial coloured girl who is trying to fit in while trying her best not to stand out. Struggling to find her identity she meets and falls in love with Lutz, a german soldier who is the son of a high ranking SS Officer. Lutz and Lenya manage to secretly hide their relationship, however just as their love story gains momentum, Lutz is deployed on an assignment a month earlier than expected and did not get a chance to say goodbye to Lenya. The next time Lenya and Lutz meet, it is at a concentration camp where Lenya was taken approximately 5 months earlier. Lenya is pregnant with Lutz's child and Lutz struggles with the reality of the war he is fighting and the love that he unexpectedly feels for Lenya.
Cinematographically beautiful, this film is a pleasure to watch, however I felt that the story that was being told is not one that hasn’t been told before and the film did not have any other unique qualities that made up for a tired storyline. Director Anna Asanta manages to deliver a heartfelt script, and I can attest that tissues were utilised. Amandla Stenburg gives a stunning performance as does Abby Cornish who plays the role of Lenya’s mother. Not a must see in my opinion, but if historical World War 2 Nazi inspired films are your thing, then this one would be worth a watch 2 out of 5 stars
Burning is a movie of South Korean production. It is made based on the story of Haruki Murakami.
I should admit that Korean culture is very different for Australia. I think people who study or know Korean traditions and culture could understand movie much better than me.
I was very surprised how much this film was lacking of emotions (perhaps that was the film purpose but if it was the purpose was achieved!) It was very dry and showed no feelings between friends or family. There were no emotions at all.
This was the reason probably why the movie didn’t have a story or at least some surprising secret to keep watching it and holding one's breath up till the very end. I wasn’t excited watching it to be honest. It didn’t make me think about what was going to happen next or how it will be finishing. I was absolutely unexcited and untouched about the characters and the story line.
I am sure that the film director, the producer and the co-writer Lee Chang-dong could do a better job if they could have added some mastery to the story and some blood cooling episodes to the final cut.
The story was taking place in Korea. A young man Jong-soo just finished the military school and headed back home. He grew up in the village together with his father who at the time of his return was in prison. Jong-soo did not have job or even any ambition to get any skills in life or change his life for any better. He did not study or work, nor he had any ambitions to have a better future. He wanted to be a writer which was a waste of time and no one needed it in his family opinion.
By some miracle he met his old friend Hai-me, who was from the same village. She was young and she did not have a permanent job, nor she had any education or family and friends. Hai-me and Jong-soo had a sex. After that she asked him to look after her cat while she was away in Africa. I should admit, their relations were lacking any expression of emotion not they had any attachment or any feeling. They were rather dry and cold like between two strangers.
On the day Hai-me was back home she introduced Jong-soo to Ben. Her new toy-boy who she slept with. She did not seem to be lost in her feelings or thoughts on both boys. Like nothing happened or they were never preset there. Jong-soo wasn’t even angry or jealous. All three of them got together but they were not friends. I ha a feeling they were like human robots with no facial expressions, no emotion, no jokes or longing for each other.
Eventually Hai-me disappeared. Jong-soo could not find her so he suspected that somehow Ben was behind it all. Jong-soo killed Ben. I could not see the real life of these young people: their dreams, their wishes or their plans for future. As if it was a world of cold ice for all of them.
I had an impression that the young people didn’t have any interest in family members nor in each other. Th parents didn’t have any contact nor connections with their kids. Th young people did not even have something in common. Perhaps it was the aim of the director to show some side of life that never get exposed to us as we have very small number of Korean films shown on Australian large screen.. or perhaps... I have no answer for my readers... The Burning word though interprets what I felt during the film: there was nothing of the surface, no emotions, not a glimpse of showing the real feelings but ther ewas Burning volcano under all this well hidden "reality"...
I would not watch it again that’s for sure. However people who love Korean culture might enjoy this movie.
Co-writer and director Benedikt Erlingsson has an appealing sense of humor, essential to creating an entertaining work for such a serious social-issue film focused on the need to preserve our precious environment.
The plot of the picture slowly revolves around a 50-year-old resident of Iceland named Hatla. Everyone knows her as the conductor of a small choir. But behind this respectable image there is a zealous eco-activist hiding who is struggling with an aluminum plant. In order to protect nature, it is ready to cut high-voltage wires, to put explosives, and to shoot from a bow.
But Hatla’s life changes after she adopts an orphan girl from Ukraine.
From time to time imaginary musicians appear in the film, whose melodies convey the emotions of the main character. In the first half of the tape is a traditional Icelandic trio (piano, helicon and drums), which seemed to come out of the final scene of the legendary film "Eight and a half" by Federico Fellini.
When Hatla finds out that she will soon become the mother of a girl from Ukraine, a trio of Ukraine singers in traditional costumes will appear. For this original reception with a film soundtrack, Erlingsson received one of the prizes in Cannes.
In the "Mountain Woman in War" intertwined many genres. The lyrical plot in one scene is replaced by a rapid action in the next, and adventurous stunts are combined with dramatic dialogues.
Serious and comic at the same time, the immensely likable Icelandic film Woman at War is a human-scaled superhero story. While others criticize Hatla's deeds, she is assisted as if by the forces of nature themselves. The main character is "recharged" while lying on mosses. When she needs to disguise herself, the skin of a sheep unexpectedly appears next to her, ideal for the police not to spot a woman. And when she froze, she warmed up in a hot volcanic pool. Wildlife for Hatla is like her birthplace.
Often, northern landscapes are shown in art as inhospitable territories that scare away their harsh climate and unexpected dangers. However, in Mountain Woman: In War, Iceland’s nature is a living organism. The land here is completely covered with soft moss and fresh herbs, and mountain landscapes are asked to frame it.
The most eloquent metaphor appears in the finale. It shows the flooded road along which the heroes walk. As if the flood, about which ecologists have warned for years, has already arrived. And no technology will help a person to get out of it (cars stall halfway). You can save yourself only if you stick tightly with your relatives.
review by Hima Himani
It is an Iceland film starring the actress called Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir. She played quite a dramatic but at the same time witty character. Her acting was absolutely great as environmental activist she portrayed has a very complex behavioral pattern. I liked her character a lot as it showed her as quite a brave and extraordinary woman both physically and mentally. The story line is a bit of comedy and a bit of emotion=- that was that made this film so interesting to watch.
MQFF 2019: Bright Colors and Bold Patterns NEW website review by Susan Reynolds
On Thursday 21st March 7.30pm With the Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau in attendance the Queer Film Festival Gala opened at the ACMI. Screening on the night was “Bright Colors and Bold Patterns”
Colourful “Dolly Diamond” (Michael Dalton) began proceedings with funny intro comments about being a little girl going to the movies seeing Finding Nemo escaping life in the excitement of bright colours and a few other witty stories.
Cathy Anderson from the QFF committee discussed the support received from the Government. In 2017 as a representative of LGBTIQ community she attended the first event of its kind for the community at a vice regal residence. (Government House). The Governor on this Occassion paid tribute to support groups. The crowd applauded the event and the support from the Government representatives attending the QFF launch. The recognition was welcomed and seen as very important for all of the community to hear about and in particular the groups working hard in striving to end homophobia and violence in the community.
The film shown was recorded in New York last year from the Broadway smash hit play. Star of the movie Drew Droege was very humble in discussing his play based on a real wedding invitation he received. The play was directed by Michael Urie.
Gerry arrives at Palm Springs on the afternoon before a gay wedding he’s attending. Friends Josh and Brennan are getting married. The catch is that no one is to wear bright colours or bold patterns. Gerry questions the very foundations from where this arises. Are they fair dinkum? To coin a phrase. Is this some sort of ploy to unsettle those that are overtly gay from attending? who knows, but this and many questions leave us pondering.
What’s happening now since everyone is getting married, Gerry questions...how does he feels about it, does he want to be married and what do gays really want? ...is it that they caught up in this rush now there is the freedom to do it and some feel they just have to. “Aren’t you just a little bit scared?” he says. “That all of a sudden, we’re in this race to be normal, whatever that means. Is that really the goal?” I found this dialogue a most intriguing part of the film, a perspective.
Drew Droege is unbelievable in this expose of various individual personalities and his comedy timing. His character in the film is most often very witty but also cynical and the phrase bordering on lunacy comes to mind. His part is so brilliantly acted we feel we know the others and he speaks to so so well by the end of the movie. I enjoyed the performance very much but I feel it was just a long show. Guests partied after the movie with guests
It’s something I’ve never quite seen before and not likely to see ever again....really quite unique!
Starring: Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, Djimon Hounsou, Grace Fulton.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction.
Running time: 132 Minutes. Film Review: By Maxwell M. Lyons
DC movies have come a long way since the dark and brooding origins of their (now defunct) extended cinematic universe. Though starting off in the solo realm to mixed reviews with Man of Steel (2013), DC quickly shifted their focus to the character collective with near consecutive releases of Batman v Superman (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), and Justice League (2017)—seemingly in the hopes of playing catch-up with Marvel’s immensely popular decade-long running cinematic universe. Profits may have been made but calling any of these films a critical success was a stretch few held to argue. However, since shifting attention back to more individual character pieces, DC have finally hit their stride. The latest of these releases, Shazam!, provides further evidence that DC is still a worthy contender in the Box Office, and when set in the right direction can make an amazingly fun movie harbouring back to the days of Christopher Reeve’s Superman.
Shazam! at its heart is an earnest coming-of-age story about a mistreated, and thus untrusting, orphan named Billy (Asher Angel) trying to find his ‘family’. One day following his most recent adoption into a share house full of likewise foster kids, he finds himself mysteriously transported into an unknown realm where an ancient wizard bestows upon him the power to transform into a god-like adult superhero by uttering the word "Shazam!". Confiding in new roommate Freddie (Jack Dylan Grazer), resident comic fanboy and his closest ally (literally), the two seek to discover the extent of Billy's new powers. Things come to a head, however, as tensions between the two flair and an unforeseen looming evil (villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, portrayed excellently by Mark Strong) puts Billy to the test. This, of course, all while concealing his identity from the very people that want nothing more than to call him ‘family’. And despite the heroic overtones of good vs. evil, it is really this sense of humanity woven throughout the plot that drives the story forward.
It is essentially your typical “the thing you were searching for was right in front of you the whole time” scenario (albeit with some cool superhero escapades thrown in), but that in no way delegitimises the characters or the real sense of familial connection between them. In fact, as much fun as all the ‘superhero’ action is, it is the character-driven interaction scenes that carry the movie and prove just as entertaining as any perilous encounter; and this carries over seamlessly with Levi’s performance as the man-child that is Shazam. The dual-character relationship of Billy/Shazam and Freddie exchanged amongst the three respective actors is pure elation and had it not been for their flawless performances would have deteriorated the film’s enjoyment exponentially.
Overall, Shazam! is simply a fun time beginning to end. The acting was applaudable all round, the characters are uniquely charming, their developments were authentic, and the underlying narrative was standout (not to say the action isn’t a blast, though). It does not exactly reinvent the superhero movie, but it was never meant to. DC has finally homed in on its specialty, and in the wake of the success of Wonder Woman (2017) and Aquaman (2018), it seems they have a much brighter future ahead of them (and thankfully not just in colour palette).
will be released in cinemas Australia-wide on April 4, 2019.
review by Anthony Wayne
The last thing I’d expect when seeing a super-hero movie would be to come away wiping my watery eyes! But Swedish film maker David Sandberg brings us something refreshingly new and delightful with his latest film Shazam! – that will appeal to everyone. Finally – a super hero movie that is not only an action packed adventure, but has plenty of charm and very heartfelt.
Shazam! follows the coming of age of 14-year-old Billy Baston searching for his place in the world. After getting separated from his biological mother as a young child – he is a moody, troubled teen running from one foster home to the next. When he is taken in by his new foster family, their big hearts and loving concern are immediately apparent though Billy resists their attempts to bond and make him feel at home. His life changes big time when a wizard in search of a successor summons him and passes on his magical powers – suddenly giving him the ability to morph into super-hero Shazam. His new super-hero abilities include super strength, super speed, bullet immunity and lightning hands. A hero is needed now more than ever with the presence of villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.
Although for the most part quite breezy with genuine and well timed comedy - the film also has moments with very heavy and dark undertones. One of the most violent scenes of the film involves Dr. Sivana letting loose seven deadly demons in a boardroom meeting. These terrifying gargoyle looking like monsters cause havoc ripping the boardroom members to pieces. With the inclusion of these horrific scenes, it would not be a film suitable to take young children to see.
What makes Shazam! different and stand out – is the character development of both Billy as a teenager, and as Shazam the super-hero. The lead characters are well written, with the back story of both our hero and villain showing us their motivation and adding greater depth to the story. The film certainly pulls on the heart strings as Billy begins to accept his new foster family and it shows us a positive message that family goes beyond blood. Morphing back and forth between Billy and Shazam, our hero goes on a journey of discovering his new powers and learning the responsibility it takes to be a hero.
Shazam! is a lot of fun – packed with action, humour, and heart with great performances from the cast. As someone typically not into the super-hero genre, I surprisingly thoroughly enjoyed from start to end. It really connects to its audience with its feel good themes of finding yourself and family. There is something for everyone and I am sure it will win over plenty of fans!
FIVE FEET APART NEW website review by Roslynne Garwood-Webb
Five Feet Apart Roadshow Films
Stella traces the outline of her sisters drawing, lungs moulded from a sea of flowers. Delicate petals burst out from every edge of the twin shaped ovals in pastel pinks, deep whites, cornflower blues. Its apparent that Stella cant help but feel the promise of a life just waiting to unfold from the tiny newly formed buds that are scattered across the picture. All moments she is yet to live, yet to discover and yet to experience.
Five Feet Apart tells the story of 17 year Cystic Fibrosis Patient, Stella. Having no control over her disease, in all other aspects of her life Stella is a control freak who likes to plan everything out in detail and at the beginning of each day compiles extensive “To Do Lists”. Awaiting a lung transplant to buy her some time, it is essential that Stella remains infection free, so is ordered by her hard, yet amazingly compassionate nurse Barb ,to keep at least 6 feet away from anyone else who is sick at all times. While in hospital, Stella meets Will. Unlike Stella, Will is not a control freak. Instead he lives each day as it comes and he doesn't allow his illness stop him from doing anything, which at times proves to be detrimental. Will has been fortunate enough to be accepted as part of a clinical trial and his nonchalant approach to his illness drives Stella absolutely crazy.
6 feet apart at all times, Stella and Will strike up a mutual fondness for one another. Falling in love 6 feet apart, has its barriers, so 6 feet becomes 5 and 5 becomes … Catastrophic.
Five feet apart shares a beautiful account of what living as a teenage with CF would be like. Director Justin Baldoni has created a film which I believe would be an accurate portrayal of the trials and tribulations CF patients must endure through the course of their lives, specifically their teenage years.It touches on some hard hitting realities and does not shy away from the stark realities, shining a light on the sacrifices that CF patients must make each and every day in order to protect their own lives whilst trying also to protect others.
I attended the review with my ten and a half year old daughter as she is a huge fan of Cole Sprouse, and although it contained some sexual reference’s (which I worried I would have to explain later), it seems that the heart felt content about illness, sacrifice and the tough choices that have to be made, over shone these moments.
This major motion picture adapted from the novel of the same title by Rachel Lippincott, is well worth watching (with a box of tissues, one box might not be enough). Strong performances by Cole Sprouse (Will) and Hayley Lu Richardson (Stella), charming dialogue and well thought out sequence was very reminiscent of a Fault in Our Stars, however I feel the individual elements explored in this film shine this one a little brighter.
P.S Don't forget the tissues
4 out of 5 stars
MQFF: LOVE CECIL NEW website review by Mike and Leanne Vallance
Review for Love, Cecil
Cecil Beaton has always held a certain fascination for me - without me ever really knowing a lot about the person himself.
Thanks to Cecil Beaton’s diaries, interviews with people who knew him (possibly better than he sometimes knew himself), film archives and of course his stunning photographs, this beautifully complied insight into the man leaves you in no doubt what a simple but complex being he was.
There is a line in the film towards the end that says “no one could wave a wand and sprinkle the magic like he could”. This is true. This film, however, refreshingly delves into the world behind his camera whereas in the past, the spotlight has been on the usually famous subject in front of Cecil Beaton.
From the uneasy relationship with his father to the suicide of his much loved brother to his marriage proposal to Greta Garbo, this was a man who approached life as a force to be reckoned with without apology.
He has always been known for his beautiful photographic portraits of the Royal Family, particularly the Queen Mother but this film has captured just how wide his photographic, film and design world was.
This is an honest and, thanks to Cecil himself, an accurate portrait of an incredible artist that would no doubt approve of this beautiful film.
REFLECTIONS IN THE DUST NEW website review by Roslynne Garwood-Webb
Reflections in the Dust Director/Writer Luke Sullivan Backlot Films 2019
Set on the side of a swamp, Luke Sullivans ‘Reflections in the Dust’ is a dark, honest, transparent full window view of mental illness, struggle, isolation and abuse. Thats alot of ground to cover in 80 minutes of film, but it is whole heartedly achieved. Not for the faint hearted, this film will disturb and confront you and like me you may draw a completely different story than that was intended from director Luke Sullivan. Apparently set in a post apocalyptic world, a father and daughter are living beside a swap, suffering from the effects of mental illness and isolation. On completion of the film i could not help but wonder if the swamp was a metaphor for the murkiness the actors found themselves in, torn between love and the cyclic torture of an abusive relationship. The story cleverly switches between a documentary style film and action filming, forcing you to wonder if you are watching fact or fiction. Luke Sullivan has created a visual masterpiece with amazing cinematography. His future movies will definitely be ones to watch ! 3 out of 5 stars
ALLINCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2019: THE SISTERS BROTHERS THE BEST MOVIE F THE MONTH LES FRÈRES SISTERS NEW AFFFF2019 media opening night website review by Rachel Sandey / Larisa Loukin
The Sisters Brothers is a 2018 western, directed by Jacques Audiard, French film director and screenwriter, based on the novel of the same name by Patrick de Witt.
It is interesting to note that the film is in English, which it made it much easier to understand and appreciate.
This film is about two assassin brothers, Eli and Charlie Sisters, hired by Commodore, a very wealthy man, to chase two other men, who allegedly stole money from him, to retrieve a specially created formula from them to find gold and then murder the men.
The film is full of adventures depicting a very hard, full of dangers and life-threatening episodes the heroes come across in the course of their task. The Sisters Brothers keeps the audience in suspense from the very first episode to the very end.
The film at the Venice International Film Festival on September 2, 2018, won the Silver Lion for Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best sound, Best production Design and was released theatrically in the United States on September 21, 2018. Starring: John C. Reilly, Joaquin PHoenex, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed and Rutger Hauer. The film, without a doubt, is worth watching. Good luck!
FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY NEW website review by Bryanna Reynolds
Fighting With My Family By Bryanna Reynolds
In this in depth drama about a young woman chasing her dreams of becoming a WWE wrestler she is faced with some of life’s biggest challenges. The audience are taken on a journey through the highs and lows of the sport and the road to becoming a WWE wrestler. This film is perfect for the entire family! The younger folk will be wishing their dreams also come true and the parents will come away from the film and be inspired that they too can chase their dreams. Or simply support the family mentality. If you love anything related to sports and feel good emotional films about joy and friendship then look no further. The best part about the film is that you can feel the whole family’s different perspectives through success and jealousy as one finds fame. It is sure to make your heart grow brighter and bigger throughout the film. Not to mention special appearances from Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Vince Vaughan! They only make the film more amazing and out of this world. They also both bring a comedic sense of time and humour through the young woman’s wrestling journey! A fantastic addition to the film. Being a massive fan of feel good films, this is definitely one of my favourites this year. I can’t wait to see more sport related feel good films from WWE! Also don’t worry if you know nothing about the sport! I didn’t know anything before seeing the film and learnt the basics of the sport. You don’t need to be a fan of sports, wrestling and WEE to enjoy this film, you just need a good heart and a willingness to watch and learn. Make sure you see it, out now in cinemas. This is one you don’t want to miss.
MQFF: THE HAPPY PRINCE website review by Oksana Newton
It is a story about Oscar Wild, a famous man, a writer, one free spirit and the person known for his activity in he community.
He was well recognised and loved by lots of people. He was worshiped by many as well.
He had everything in his life: glory, wealth, family and loyal friends.
But hidden well was he: a paranoiac narcissist, self loving, ignorant and loveless person.
He was Oscar. His personality simply shocked me.
He loved nothing, worshiped nothing but himself.
The film start its story line in Europe.
It’s an anecdotal reflection of his own life and his past.
We see Oscar sick and dying. On his death bed he is thinking about his life and his last years after he was released from jail.
He appears as a happy man in so called "his own world".
Oscar is doing what he loves most. He enjoys writing, being a famous man and being himself.
He is admired and followed by many. Everything is great until he got arrested.
He pledges guilty for being himself. His guilt is homosexuality.
It was strictly illegal to talk about it or to be in relationship with other men.
Oscar is arrested for being caught and he has to serve 2 years of hard labor.
His spirit is broken and he is destroyed, all his dreams vanish, ambitions fade and he is not himself anymore.
After the jail he returns to his lover, Robbie Ross. Robbie stays loyal to his Oscar even at the toughest times.
Rob is happy to share his life with Oscar. Unfortunately the rumors are already spread and the public already hates Oscar.
He looses his ability to perform on theatrical stage. People hate him for being different from them, for being homosexual.
His darling wife Constance doesn’t expect him back home. She feels ashamed of him and does not even let him to see his own two sons.
He is feeling angry and betrayed. Oscar returns to his real true lover Lord Alfred with a broken heart.
They have some fantastic life in Italy but after spending all the money Oscar realises that he needs someone else who could take care of him financially.
He returns to France where he spends his last money on alcohol, cocaine and exclusively male company.
He is falling down to one poor and miserable old man.
Broken, with no aim to live, with his believes lost and with no glance of hope for the future he is close to loose it all.
He never visits his wife and kids anymore.
It’s a sad story to watch, but it shows how one person can destroy himself and dear people around him.
Oscar forgets about his kids who never receive even a small present from their daddy or even a simple post card.
Oscar, self absorbed and selfish is living a lonely and destroying him life.
He feels guilty for braking so many other lives and living for his own egoistic truth, so convenient for him once and so not in place now when everything is lost.
He cant not accept that he is nothing as nothing is left of him.
It was painful story to watch, but it’s a real story about one real man who could not find a balance inside his own heart. It is a good story for many to learn to be responsible for his own actions and for the deeds that can have very deeply hurting consequences.
MQFF2019: I MISS YOU WHEN I SEE YOU website review by Anthony Wayne
Surprisingly touching – Hong Kong filmmaker Simon Chung’s latest, I Miss You When I See You takes us on a story of unfulfilled love between Jamie and Kevin. At high school, the two teens are inseparable buddies – even though they are a part of different social circles – Jamie being a part of the popular ‘in’ crowd, whilst Kevin is seen as an outsider. Just before Kevin’s family relocate to Australia, the pair give in to their enduring romantic feelings and they share a kiss together on the beach. The brief moment ultimately is broken up by the police, as a public kiss between the two same sex lovers is seen as indecent and culturally unacceptable. The timeline of events spans across a decade from when the two characters first fall in love in high school, and then jumping to ten years later where Jamie tracks down Kevin in Australia at a half-way house for depressed persons. This short reunion triggers something in Kevin, enough to motivate him to move back to Hong Kong to find Jamie. They are both forced to reevaluate their lives – and Jamie who now has a comfortable life with his girlfriend, struggles with the choice of following his heart or conforming to social norms. Beautifully crafted and well written, the movie approaches the content very subtlety, dealing with feelings of depression, loneliness, regret and fear. The emotionally charged film draws you in to the characters and I felt connected to the pressures they face of having to bow to social expectations and stay in the closet rather than embracing their true desires. The film’s greatest strengths are the authentic and intimate moments between the characters. I Miss You When I See You is showing as part of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival on 20 March 8:45PM at Cinema Nova.
MQFF2019: ANCHOR AND HOPE website review by Oksana Newton
The story starts when two people fell in love with each other. They are lesbian couple,
Eva and Kat are both free spirits. Their souls are full of life. They love each other's company and enjoining being together.
Eva’s mother, Germaine accepts Kat as her daughter's choice and does everything to make this couple welcome . I believe not all the parents can do the same these days. Unfortunately lots of people do believe that family, is a man+woman's union.
Eva and Kat show how two young girls can be a couple so happily as well. They are no difference to everybody else. They have plans for the future and desire to be together. Everything goes very well, but not for Eva.
There is only one thing. Eva dreams about: to have a baby with woman she loves. To her frustration it’s only her wish. Kat is not ready for such a big step and changes in her life. She doesn’t know how to be a mother, she has never had that experience and knowledge to share with her baby.
Also Kat loves her life with Eva so much that she is not willing to share her Eva with anybody else even a baby. She is not ready. Kat doesn’t want to disappoint Eva; she keeps her feelings and pain of the past inside her heart. One day Kat's best friend, a Spanish guy Roger turns for a visit. In his drunk conversations Kat agrees to have a go for a baby. All three of them agrees to become parents.
Roger as an easy going fun loving guy is announced to be a sperm donor. Kat’s feeling gets mixed up between happiness and unknown future. Eva’s mom Germaine supports such a beautiful decision. She promises to the girls to help as much as she can and be one fantastic granny.
After some tries Eva gets pregnant. At the ultrasound procedure the couple is extremely exited to see their baby and hear baby’s heart beating. Everything goes well till a bad misfortune: miscarriage.
Eva doesn’t do too well after all. She decides to brake up with Kat and come back to live at her mom's house.
Time goes by. We follow up he girls and Kat makes the first step to talk to Eva.
In the conversation with Eva she finds out that Eva is pregnant. Both girls understand that they still have strong feelings for each other and can’t be apart any longer. They create a beautiful family: one baby and two moms.
I should admit, that I am happy to see that our society welcomes same sex families. It’s beautiful to see people in love. happy and committing with full heart feelings for each other.
It is a beautiful film to watch and so much to learn for everyone.
Just to start with, I should admit that this movie made me rethink about family bonds and loyalty.
What can be more important in life than love of people who are precious to your heart?
Probably nothing really matters: just love.
This story takes its beginning with a beautiful and very exciting event - a gorgeous wedding.
Laura is a mother of two children; she seems very happy to be reunited with her family and friends for the wedding of her sister in Spain.
She is travelling with her son and 16 y.o daughter Irene. Laura ss glad to be home with her parents and lots of other relatives.
Her extended family welcomes her and her children with lots of love. In the village Irene discovers about her mom's first love Paco.
Paco is well respected man in his community, He is the owner of winery and simply easy going guy. At the wedding night everyone is enjoying their time with lots of laughter.
Nothing looks suspicious but suddenly Laura realises that her daughter Irene has gone missing. Nobody knows where she is or what could be happening.
As any mother she feels desperate to find her beloved child. Her family let her know that Irene is kidnapped. The happy wedding turns to a real tragedy. The kidnapper sends messages with demands of some huge amount of money in exchange of her daughter's life. Laura is devastated.
Her family can not call the police as they are afraid and scared to loose Irene. There is only one person who could help. He is Paco. He has to sell his winery and property to be able to help Laura to get her daughter back but unfortunately his wife Bea is not willing to do such a huge step just for their friend.
To sell means to be empty handed with no money and no workers and no cash to feed their families and children.
Paco and Bea are getting separated. They both went through one unpleasant heartbreaking process. In desperation of getting her daughter Irene back Laura opens her biggest secret. She confesses to Paco about her feelings to him and more shocking to everyone that Irene is his daughter.
Of course like any father he makes a decision to sell everything and get his child back. He gives the money to the kidnapper and the girl is safely back home now.
But who was behind all this horrible plan? Nobody knows except Laura’s old mother who latter shares her knowledge with one of relatives.
I am not going to tell you the rest of the story..
I would like you to find out yourselves the final answer by watching this movie.
You will be shocked and surprised. Enjoy watching it. You’ll love it!
I was expecting a WOW movie )the story was based on the biggest robbery in UK history that involved 14 billion dollars and in god, cash and jewellery) but i was not really that great. I have no idea what happened. The actors were picked up so well, perhaps there were not the roles for them where they could express themselves fully. The robbery is done by the group of pensioners who were criminals in the past. Only this idea is funny enough to create a pearl but it does not work. The funny situations do not seem that hilarious. If II try to recall the film I can hardly remember anything that I could take with me from watching it. he plot is good but the whole film seemed a bit boring to my own taste. It looked more like a very tasty baked pie but served in the wrong way. The atmosphere of some episodes was completely lost as it drowned in the insignificant dialogues. The pie looked tasty but tasted very plain. At some stage I realised that there is no core in acing: all the actors play as hey can and the film simply falling apart. The characters were undeveloped and were no striking but more not trusted. The act of the crime and what follows it is lost when the director tries to concentrate on each character and their moral values. The film seems not daring but more English and rather conservative in its unfolding essence. It will be really hard to trick an experienced in good crime movies audience to fall in love wit this picture. My next seat neighbour was about to fall asleep and I also could see he did not take the film nicely which was not very inspiring. I recommend to see it once and forget. I believe James Marsh has better films for us to watch. PS. I can only explain Michael Caine's "lost face because he could not understand why he is in this film - there is no other explanation.
No honour among thieves. That is the concept at the heart of King of Thieves, an old timers’ heist flick.
They plan the perfect robbery and carry it out over Easter, but then individually they get greedy and distrustful of one another.
Along the way because not all goes according to plan, some get cold feet.
Most of them are old and infirm men who should know better, but the lure of riches is overwhelming.
They are led by a 77-year-old widower Brian Reader (Michael Caine), described as “the last of the gentlemen thieves” who was rather famous for his exploits in his younger years.
In fact, all but one of them are in their 60s and 70s.
They manage to escape with more than £200 million worth of jewels and cash, but in next to no time the cops are all over them.
According to the sentencing judge on the real-life case upon which the movie is based, many saw the burglary of the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit vault in April 2015 as the biggest in English legal history.
Judge Christopher Kinch QC didn’t know whether that assertion was capable of proof, but he was clear that the crime stood in a class of its own.
Hence, it became perfect fodder to be turned into big screen entertainment.
Pity then that as a piece of so-called entertainment, with names such as Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon and Ray Winstone associated with it, it is such a letdown.
I found the pacing in King of Thieves pedestrian and my interest waned early on as a result.
The set up was positively laborious.
Later, after the robbery had been executed, the fall out focused on bickering – these old blokes name calling and threatening and fleecing one another. That is all there was to it.
In amongst all of that the filmmakers tried to milk humour from the situation.
So, on the one hand we have threats and counter threats (Jim Broadbent as Terry Perkins is particularly menacing at times) and then we are meant to empathise with the predicament of the old men and their accomplices.
I simply didn’t buy it. The film lacked authenticity to me ... and large parts of it were boring.
Further, while we witness the police operation – the surveillance and capture – the coppers say nothing. I suppose they don’t have to because the inept crooks play into their hands.
Still, I found the silent treatment a curious technique to use to make the point.
Director James Marsh (The Theory of Everything) needed a stronger start and more content.
Much of the blame also surely rests on the screenplay by Joe Penhall (The Road), based upon source material from a Vanity Fair article by Mark Seal.
While the idea behind King of Thieves held promise, its development and execution were less than ideal, so the word “compelling” is definitely not one I would use in association with this one.
The Guilty – but who? The review on the multiple award-winning movie.
When the Danish movie The Guilty by young writer and director Gustav Moller was released in summer 2018 nobody would have expected that it would win a host of prestigious awards called Robert awards. They are Danish film prizes, awarded each year by the Danish Film Academy.
Amazingly, this newcomer film director managed to create a movie, that won not one but seven Robert awards! They are for: best Danish film, best Director, Best leading actor, Best original screenplay, Best supporting actress plus best sound and design. Incredible success!
The story began when a police officer Asger Holm was on duty as an emergency dispatcher. He expected that it would be his usual quiet time behind his desk when he suddenly received a phone call. That was a woman on the phone, who managed to say she was kidnapped, and then the phone call gone cut off. She sounded disturbed and scared but there were no details on her whereabout. Asger felt that was a real case but he could not leave a police station as nobody was there with him. Tension grew, and he tried to engage other to help him and then report on the phone to him what they heard or saw.
The whole movie unfolded in only one location in that police station and most of the happenings was understood through a large number of phone calls. Asger needed to rely on other and his own gut feelings underlined by a drama of his own life to make quick decisions in order to find the kidnapped woman. . It is not the movie based on gimmicks and special effects at all. Its simplicity and clarity engage the viewers exactly by that kind of bare truth situation, totally believable and realistic as if a life itself.
For 75 minutes the spectators could not take their eyes off the screen as the thriller captivated all their attention. And not just visually. The Robert award for the Sound design was an acknowledgement of its perfection. Especially tale-telling were moments of sudden silence which increased the thriller effect dramatically. It confirms that sometimes silence can speak lauder that words and music.
A clock was ticking for the search to find the missing woman and her assailant. However, when the horror unfolded, it was It was her, that woman herself. She killed her little son and was covered with his blood when she was found. Her alleged kidnapper was he former partner he was going to take her back to a psychiatric hospital. He could not save a little boy but he wanted to prevent more harm.
There are so many turns and twists in the plot that the movie justifiably deserved all the accolades and awards.
AFFF2019: AT WAR EN GUERRE website review by Oksana Newton
Vincent Lindon plays Union leader Laurent Amedeo in this gritty ‘mocumentary styled’ film about industrial warfare in modern day France. Having previously negotiated with management the ongoing viability of their workplace, Laurent and his 1100 fellow workers are told they will be made redundant and that the ‘factory’ will be relocated to an unspecified overseas location. This feisty and loud union leader is out manoeuvred at every turn by a malevolent management team, whose only regard is the return on investment of the shareholders. When it starts to appear as there may be some hope for the workers and their jobs, management launches scheme after scheme to counter his every move. Australian audiences sympathetic to the union movement will see parts of this movie reminiscent of the plight of the Patrick dock workers and the recent closures in the motor vehicle industry. However, most telling is the abrogation of responsibility of industrial relations by the French Government. This evokes in the viewer the feeling of Government inaction being replaced by multinational corporate action. Ultimately this is a war that the workers and Laurent in particular lose.
REVIEW: Greta By Bryanna Reynolds In the film Greta the audience are taken on a journey of fear, thrill and suspense when a young woman finds a handbag on a New York subway seat. But where the seemingly innocent handbag takes her will be her biggest nightmare. Starring Chloe Grace Moretz (Frances) as the young victim of an unwanted stalker and Isabelle Huppert (Greta) as the older woman wreaking havoc quietly in New York city this is a film not to be missed. After Frances finds what she assumes to be a lost handbag in a subway carriage she does the right thing ethically and decides to return the bag to the address she finds inside it. On arrival to Greta’s cute home Frances and Greta quickly establish a friendship. The audience learn that the friendship between the two may be a surrogate for Frances who lost her own mother. One night at dinner Frances discover’s Greta’s secret inside a cupboard and realises Greta is not the woman she thought she was. Instead she is playing a game, a dark and twisted game full of sick twists. Frances has to try and escape from Greta and her obsessive pull over her, but will she make it out alive? Set in the picturesque New York City the cinematography of the film is completely on point! The film will keep you guessing and trying to work out what twisted circumstance would unfold next. The actors chemistry was amazing and it really felt like they were fitting the mother daughter relationship to a key. I have always loved both the actors and it was great to see them perform together. If you are a fan of the classic hitchcock and psychological thriller stream line then you are sure to enjoy the plot twists and turns of Greta. And if you are wondering how it ends or whether it is left open I can guarantee you that you won't suspect the ending one bit. It will be sure to keep you guessing. I would recommend this film to anyone who has seen any of Alfred Hitchcock's old school thrillers. Make sure you see it in cinemas now.
AFFF2019: DUMPED LARGUÉES website review by Roslynne Garwood-Webb
Director Eloise Lang delivers an hilarious and touching comedy in her latest film “Dumped”.
Dumped tells the story of Rose, a thirty something single woman who “never stays two nights in the one town” and her sister Alice, who is the perfect stereotypical middle class french wife and mother. Together the sisters travel to a tropical resort holiday with their recently divorced mother Francoise. Sensing that their mother is depressed , one of the sisters pays handsome Thierry, to flirt with their mother in order to boost her confidence and teach her that indeed her life is not over.
This movie celebrates the unbreakable love between mother and child and that pivotal moment when a daughter realises that her mother is also a woman just like her, 'Dumped' delivers every emotion in plentiful quantities, and I quite often found myself laughing out loud and at certain times also wiping away tears.
3 out of 5 starts
AFFF2019: AN IMPOSSIBLE LOVE UN AMOUR IMPOSSIBLE website review by Olga Rolkatcheva
French movie "An Impossible Love" was created by writer and director Catherine Corsini, who makes films about women’s issues with a respectful and intimate touch.
This is a story of Rachel, a young woman growing up in the 50s. She meets a handsome, educated, worldly man who sweeps her of her feet and opens up her world to sophistication, art and philosophy. They have a short, passionate romance that eventually sours after the young man declares that he will never marry her.
Rachel is very likable character, good natured, gentle and unambitious. She deals with heartbreak and misfortune with class and dignity, seemingly content with her small world and the few close people in her life. Rachel is totally devoted to her daughter, who is the result of this swift romance, and the connection between them is full of affection. Mother and daughter go through very deep personal tragedy and this is portrayed in a restrained and simple manner, devoid of dramatic embellishments and flourishes.
There is something so appealing about French love movies, with their unmistakable romantic charm, however this story has a sinister twist. This mother / daughter relationship begins to fall apart once the father re-enters their lives.
This film touches lightly on many issues, including gender and racial inequality, and the problems of social status and wealth.
I enjoyed this movie. It is beautifully told and there are many recognizable moments that women, mothers and daughters will relate to.
AFFFF 2019: AMANDA website review by Jeanette Russell
Amanda is directed by Mikhael Hers. He also has a part in the screenplay with Maud Ameline.
Staring in this movie is Vincent Lacoste, as a young man who suddenly finds his life has completely changed. He loses his sister, whom he has been very close too.
She is survived by her daughter Amanda who is only 7 years old and now needs care. Lacoste plays David, he is Amanda's uncle and there is no father on the scene.
David loves and really wants to do the right thing and be guardian to his young niece but there are several bumps in the road. Amanda is played by Isaure Multrier, and even though she is a new comer to the screen, this young girl does a stellar job portraying Amanda and her struggles coming to terms with a life without her beloved mother.
Vincent Lacoste makes a substantial effort to play David, riding the rollercoaster of emotions he is feeling, and navigating a completely new journey now being Amanda's primary carer.
I felt the story of Amanda was very moving, heartfelt and engaging as I believed these main characters become so important to each other and again eventually felt some well earned joy in their lives, that had been turned upside down by the tragic loss of their loved one.
Well worth a view, I think it is an interesting and engaging story of human courage and strength in the face of adversity. I recommend this film.
Thank you for the opportunity to view, and review it.