STRANGE BUT TRUE NEW website review by Katherine Kelly
Strange but true
The film opens in a leafy suburb. Phillip Chase (Nick Robinson) is fleeing on crutches from an unseen pursuer.
Two days prior, a heavily pregnant Melissa (Margaret Qualley “Once upon a time in Hollywood”) unexpectedly arrives at Phillip’s family home announcing that his deceased brother, Ronnie, is the baby’s father. Ronnie had died in a freak car accident five years before, an event that left the family in profound grief.
Charlene Phillip’s grieving mother (Amy Ryan) becomes very agitated with this bizarre news and banishes Melissa from the house. But curiosity getting the better of her, leads her to do some research into posthumous sperm collection and virgin births.
We soon learn that things in this leafy suburban setting are not as they seem. Secrets begin to unravel amidst rising suspense in this noir thriller. The question arises: “If we knew the whole truth would we be less afraid”.
This film had its World Premiere at the International Film festival, Edinburgh in June 2019. Based on the novel by Jon Searles, it is directed by Rowan Athale with screenplay by Eric Garcia. It displayed some wonderful acting performances by Amy Ryan, Nick Robinson, Margaret Qualley, Blythe Danner, Brian Cox, Greg Kinnear and Connor Jessup.
MELBOURNE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL EXTRA NEW website review and photo by Anthony Wayne
Melbourne's rainbow was shining bright over the weekend with the launch of the very first MQFF eXtra. The new mini film festival is the offspring of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival. Australia's largest and longest running queer film festival, the MQFF is well established as a calendar staple within the LGBTIQ and broader communities. Running for 29 years with next year marking their big 30 year milestone! Each year the festival continues to grow with new venues, more screenings and bigger audiences. The team behind the festival have now decided that one festival is simply not enough.
The new MQFF eXtra will become an annual event that follows their main festival held in March - giving us cinema lovers the chance to enjoy the festival twice a year. Running over 3 days from 4 - 6 October, the festival offered 12 screenings all held at Cinema Nova Carlton. The program included a diverse selection showcasing the best in new queer cinema releases from around the world with a mix of feature films, documentaries and short film packages.
I was delighted to attend the SOLD OUT opening night on behalf of Bohemian Rhapsody Club. For those who managed to avoid getting stuck in the crazy Friday night traffic jam - there were drinks and canapes available to enjoy on arrival prior to the film. The volunteers were fantastic and worked quickly scanning our tickets and ushering everyone in. The packed cinema was buzzing with excitement as we settled in our seats for the opening screening. We were warmly welcomed by several speakers including program director - Spiro Economopoulos and a special guest from festival sponsor W Hotel - set to open in Melbourne in June 2020.
Spiro highlighted the importance of bringing together the community - 'When we get together, watch films, tell stories, listen to stories, drink and chat.. we are building a strong and healthy community.'
The opening feature Pain and Glory told of a series of reencounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director grappling with writer's block and a physical decline in his health. The spanish drama is a self reflective portrait by director Pedro Almodóvar with strong performances from Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz.
For anyone who missed out on the festival this year, head to www.mqff.com.au and either sign up as a member or join the mailing list to keep yourself updated.
Thank you to MQFF for the special invitation to attend and congratulations on the debut of the exciting new festival.
She says: “I have a terrible feeling that I am a greedy, selfish, apathetic, cynical, depraved, morally fallen woman who cannot even call herself a feminist.”
"There is a little bit of garbage (a "fleabag") inside everyone of us that says and does unacceptable things", - says Phoebe Waller Bridge, the creator of the mono theater production called Fleabag.
"Fleabag" is a 30-year-old resident of modern London who is struggling to keep the things around her afloat, or run a small cafe that she inherited from her deceased girlfriend along with a guinea pig named Hillary. Her life is a tragicomic. It is full of the events that include her ever leaving and coming back and unreliable, nervous boyfriend, her promiscuous sexual intercourses, her constant drinking, her aptitude for kleptomania, her depressed anorexic sister that never picks up the phone, her honeyed stepmother and her passing by array of strange friends... oh yes, add here her enduring pain that we only notice when she leaves the stage after 90 minutes of non stopping talk. This is one brilliant act of course.
In the production for which Phoebe's old friend Vicki Jones is responsible, there is no decorations: there is one lonely chair in the middle of the stage, some dim light and occasional pre-recorded voice-over man's voice of other character in the play. Everything else is London, a modest cafe, a big house of her rich father, one poor tiny guinea pig and it all comes finally to our imagination. The actress is a pure genius and she makes the audience die from laughter and then freeze in a tense and sympathetic silence - all at once.
It all fits into almost an hour and a half with a small stage show: but one line on the stage and Phoebe's phenomenal play surprisingly reveal her whole life in front of us.
The dialogue with the audience is delivered in the form of an intimate and bitter confession. You do not know what to do really: to laugh,, to cry or to zip up your lips and listen... She tells her story ( of existence) with cynical humor and shocking details, confusing us with the image of a “bad girl” that we also should feel sorry about. She buys us to the core of our soul. We feel for her. we are breathless listening to her life journey... Imperceptibly this monologue turns into a cry for help from a very lonely woman who dreams were lost on the way and who is trying to disguise fear of becoming too vulnerable in true love for compulsive sex and bravado of cynical trash.
This recognition in the character turns the play not just into a hilarious episodes of sketches performed by one unbelievably brilliant actress. It makes us to recall our own dark sides: selfishness, irreparable errors, loneliness and the endless search for our own place in the world.
The intriguing and tragicomic plot of Fleabag is one fascinating and epic fate road of one physically attractive English lady who has reached the age of thirty, the lady with her indiscriminate sexual adventures, cruel wit and as a rule: always encountering monstrous problems in life. The unhappy, cherishing inner hatred of the surrounding community revels in piled up sorrows that follow one another. She needs to restore her shaken health every day by always the same remedy: another drunken party with a carefree company. She again and again rushes to storm the barricades of disgusting everyday life that ends up the same way. Such trials have become habitual events for the character for a long time. There is a certain responsibility that still keeps the young lady from final madness.
Being a very young, gullible child she dreamed of a completely different fate,. In her own shining dreams she ascended to the heaven seeing herself as a successful, attractive lady. She dreamed of a huge mansion being a rich and devoted wife of one loving husband with a couple of wonderful and adorable kids. However, the harsh reality was not so tempting, depriving the unhappy to the present moment of all hopes for her happy future. Remaining for a long time alone and without some significant prospects she gradually began to get involved in alcohol. The only friend whom she truly trusted any secrets suddenly dies: her guinea pig (she inherited him with the cafe: a fluffy an cute animal she loves). The fluffy passes away like our character's best dreams...
Is it a must to see theater? I have never seen anything like this in my life: it is one stunning act of true and dark honesty!
Experiencing a different sort of cinematic magic is a rare treat, though one could expect as much from Gemini Man - a motion picture that truly takes the realism of 3D to the next level.
With its punchy 60 FPS (Frames Per Second) images, the audience is given the privilege to experience depth and distance as never before, ultimately immersing them alongside the characters of the film. The director, Ang Lee, manages to push the boundaries of cinematography, employing the use of avant-garde technology and tools. With Jerry Bruckheimer producing, we can be assured that they had spared no expense in this pursuit.
Needless to say, Will Smith truly delivers, bringing the two roles that he plays (both of which are assassins, though decades apart in age) to life-like renditions. The movie is fast-paced and will keep you to the edge of your seat throughout, and it is definitely one which you and your family would want to watch in the big screen!
“Judy” Drama/Romance Based on End of the Rainbow by Richard Quilter Paths and BBC Films 9/10 Review by Susan Reynolds
“Renee Zellweger‘s Portrayal of Judy Garland was powerful, she seized the role with the energy of a super nova. She imbued her performance with soul and Judy-like mannerisms and physicality. Her musical performance takes my admiration of her to another level”
In The opening of the film we see a re-creation from the set from Wizard of Oz and it’s just wonderful. It encapsulated the fantasy we experience as movie goers, this dream-like environment which was also the one which captivated the young Judy (played by Darci Shaw). The euphoria was short lived as we began to see the psychology of coercion used on Judy by the manipulative Louis B. Mayer the famed producer(Richard Cordery).
He explained to a young 16 year old Judy that she can just be another raindrop falling into the ocean or take up the offer to be a star. He told her it’s her singing that will both set her apart from ordinary American girls and make her their idol. The course of film revealed the cost of stardom with flashbacks to this period, the creepy treatment used by producer and the harshness of her mother.
The main body of the film was Judy as a forty year old, her career in decline and the subsequent decisions she had to make. She tried With two children in tow to make a living Lorna Luft (Bella Ramsey) and Joey Luft (Lewin Lloyd) Failing miserably to make ends meet and with the constant battle with addictions Judy is forced to leave her kids to make money in London performing at the Talk of the Town.
Judy understood much was riding on the successes in London but the triage of drink, drugs and emotions Judy struggled with the highs and lows in getting on stage. Renée Zellweger was just amazing donning prosthetics and new teeth for the role, Renée did more than carry off a likeness. She transcended relaying a story, she imbued her character with the spirit of Judy Garland.
Renée’s performances on stage in London were award worthy and astounding. The forlorn Judy with superb frail body language when the drink gets the better of her and she’s slumped in the dressing room. The triumphant Judy when she smashes out a show with her stardom shining through the cloud of addiction.
I cried as I felt the suffering Judy experienced with her separation from her children. Several scenes got the better of me as the dysfunction of this superstar was confronting raw and sad. Judy no doubt had a full life and made her choices but the addiction she suffered echoed back to her early years where her own mother gave her uppers and downers. Amphetamines were used in keeping her weight down we see that in a scene of where the young Judy is with Mickey Rooney where she’s denied a hamburger and it’s replaced with a pill. Barbiturate and alcohol addiction plagued her throughout her short life (she died of an overdose at 47)
THE EULOGY NEW website review by Vellukhanna Mariappen THE EULOGY
Genius. Breath-Taking An Utter Failure.
These are the words that one could use on Geoffrey Tozer, one of the greatest piano players of the modern era. And this movie takes on the viewer on the journey of his momentous life, from his birth at the foothills of the Himalayas, India, to his rise in fame during his teenage years, and, finally, to his spiral downwards during his last days in Melbourne, Australia, when he took to drink.
The movie begins with a eulogy by The Honourable Paul Keating, replaying his actual speech presented at Tozer's funeral, whom he has had the pleasure of meeting during his earlier days as the Treasurer at Canberra. Appalled by the lack of support by Australia's music industry, Paul Keating goes into a battle to uplift the destitute state of his contemporary and lifelong friend, Geoffrey Tozer.
A Professor of Music at one of Australia's leading music schools takes on the challenge to uncover the reasons for the reduction, and ultimately, the complete removal of Tozer from the eyes of the Australian public. The viewer is presented with a paradoxical setting, for Tozer was one who could play complex piano pieces by the age of 12, leading orchestras and concerts worldwide.
This is a documentary-stylised film that is to be celebrated by every Australian! Vellukhanna Mariappen
SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK NEW website review by Anthony Wayne
Want to scream this Halloween? If you are a fan of a good old classic scare, you will be in for an enjoyable ride as horror makes it way out of the dark - in time for the October celebration. An adaption based on the iconic children’s book series comes Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark - executing familiar elements of the genre with building suspense, jump scares, frightening creatures and a haunted house.
Set in 1968, the film's opening shots establishes the vintage feel with the small town awash with vintage cars and fashion. The town is in the midst of their Halloween preparations. We are introduced to a group of teens as they set out on a night of 'trick or treating'. Stella - a nerdy bookworm, and best friends Auggie and Chuck make up the trio of misfits - think along the lines of the Losers Club in IT. After provoking the local bully by throwing a bag of aflame excrement into his car, they find themselves running for cover in a drive-in theatre. It’s there that our losers club runs into Ramón, a Latino out-of-towner. Together, the four of them end up breaking in to the towns boarded up abandoned mansion. The century old house was owned by a family who ran the paper mill, and was the site of terrible abuse of the family’s daughter, Sarah, who died there after a spell in a mental institution. The terror begins when Stella angers the ghost of Sarah by taking her dusty book of horror stories. Stella and her friends soon discover that this is no ordinary book and each night a new story magically begins to appear before their very eyes on the blank pages. Each tale mentioning the name of one of the teens and summoning a different creepy monster. As each new story is being written, it soon becomes a race against time to figure out what's responsible and if there is a way to save themselves before they meet a gruesome fate.
The narrative is well paced and cleverly builds the tension with classic suspense techniques, without ever getting heavy on blood and gore. The only time we ever see blood, is in the writing of the book. While the monsters are disturbing, they are still very much on the tamer side and there is little to none violence. One of the monsters I actually thought looked kind of cute - in a freaky way - she slowly stalks the red lit hospital corridors before ending up hugging her victim. The subdued style makes the film more accessible offering a gateway experience into the horror genre for younger audiences - potentially from 13 up. There is the odd cheesy line, but overall the performances delivered are very authentic and charming.
Without giving away any spoilers, the ending of the film more than leaves the door open for a sequel. And if there is, I will certainly be ready to enjoy the next chapter.
Ad Astra, written and directed by Director James Grey, is a unique science fiction space drama starring Brad Pitt as Major Roy McBride, Tommy Lee Jones as H Clifford McBride - Roy’s father, Ruth Negga as Helen Lantos the Mars Facility Director, Liv Tyler as Roy’s estranged wife, and Donald Sutherland as Colonel Pruitt, Clifford’s former colleague.
The film opens with Roy (Pitt) working on a tower, which reaches high into space. A massive surge abruptly knocks Roy off the tower where we see many breathtaking scenes and Earth views as Roy freefalls through the atmosphere. As Roy activates the parachute, bullets rain down on him from an unknown source as he safely lands on Earth.
Roy then finds himself on a mission to go find his father, Astronaut H Clifford Mc Bride (Lee Jones) who disappeared whilst working on the Lima Project some 30 years ago. The space agency believes there is evidence that Roy’s father is still living in far outer space and creating a deadly threat to the solar system in an attempt to extinguish human life – hence the surges. Roy then boards a regular flight to the Moon with Colonel Pruitt (Sutherland) a former associate of Clifford McBride. We see that, contrary to the 50-year-old scenes of the first moon landing, there is indeed life on moon where tourists are welcomed in what resembles a fun park.
The sense of adventure is enormous as Roy navigates his way through far outer space in his mission to locate his father. He experiences many death defying situations, including a surprise encounter with rogue baboons. All adventures aside, this film carried a human side as Roy confronts his own existence including his relationship with his estranged wife, and his father.
The film’s effects were overwhelming with great depictions of Mars and Neptune. Pitt did not disappoint, with his uncanny knack of slipping effortlessly into whatever character he portrays.
The film was part of the Toronto Film Festival (2018). It is one believable story with the increasing interest of the scandals, abuse and sexual harassment at work towards the working women. Been there , experienced that many times and was even once let down by my own younger boss.
The main character of the film whose name is Orna, is facing the real problem at work. Her new boss at the real estate agency appreciates her high level skills and ability to sell fast and honest from one side while helping her in every way to move up the career ladder, on the other side gives her inappropriate signs of attention a d messages of sexual interest. Orna faces a difficult moral choice. She has a handsome, loving and young husband and three gorgeous kids. The husband has opened a new concept restaurant where he spends days and nights getting new customers served and trying to make the business flourish. It is a difficult time for him as the restaurant has just started. While Orna is forced to feed the whole family with three children and cannot lose her job she finally experiences the horror while she stays with her new boss at the Paris hotel where they sell for the VIP clientele. It s the end of the road for her as she either has to face the truth, quit her job and honestly tell her husband what happened or continue to lie and hide. Her world is falling apart as her choice is going of course towards the family. She can still stand up for herself but for her work career and her marriage are both under big question now. The boss from his side urns into a monster which is quite predictable. Orna's work becomes simply unbearable now.
What is Orna's final step? How is she going to save her family from poverty , keep the relationship with her husband afloat and be on the top on her career? Better you find out yourself. The actress who plays Orna is simply amazing: she is a graceful deer scared to make the wrong move. She also so adorable in her final and smartest choice that deserves a round of applause. The truth finally wins.
Green Light 2019 Australian Documentary Director Ned Donohoe Review by Susan Reynolds 9/10
“Everyday guys Nicholas and Luke are doing extraordinary things for others they don’t know and putting themselves at risk. Desperate people on the other end of a phone are pleading for help. The men are a last resort for many.”
The film lays everything out for us to judge for ourselves. The facts about the marijuana and the lives of the two men and what they do. Both of whom themselves have come back from the brink of drug addiction. I’d argue there’s something about some people who’ve had that pain and who what to help others alleviate theirs.
We learn of their motivations in doing what they do. We witness the demands on the lives of two men. The callers or their families have serious health issues majority seem to be cancer and they’ve been told there nothing else by the medical profession. Callers can’t easily get help from the Legal Medical Access Scheme for medicinal marijuana which it appears is limited in its applications. Mostly people who seek the help want THC the illegal form of marijuana (illegal because of it’s psychoactive properties). But not for that but for it’s famed ability to work in the fight against cancerous tumours. That’s what greatly interests many.
Luke and Nicholas coined as being “mavericks” certainly they are.. often working against the law with what they’re doing. The cases who appear on film are very compelling, people in many walks of life and of varying ages with different complaints. One of these the family of a child with the multiple tumours who had a dramatic turnaround after taking the oil. The aggressive tumours subsided once medical marijuana THC was administered. The parents ceased administering the oil as they appeared to have gone and the tumours the mother explained came back. The child resumed taking the oil provided by Nicholas and Luke. Several times my emotions got the better of me watching the various cases. This is raw, it is human and this is what can happen and does happen to people everyday.
This is educative and important viewing particularly it seems for Australians who have to go through extremely vigorous processes to get medical marijuana. Medical Marijuana was Made legal in 2016 in Australia one of the major concerns is lack of supply and difficulty in procuring as it seems many administrative stages have to be gone through to get it.
The film is educative and interesting, opens your eyes to the benefits of a substance which is still at the frontier of understanding in how it can help people.
This is the story of ever changing life and ever transforming people.
Superb acting that feels native to its bones, people who play extras look like natives, it is also a great slice of history of the drug-dealer mafia being born in Columbia, a film about great ancient traditions and culture, the songs in the film are so beautiful and magical - they are only a handful of the great things about the film that I can list here... and I will continue. Two hours of watching - IS THAT ALL? We want more! It was not enough!
Made by 5 countries and companies' collaboration seemed so unusual to even the spoiled spectators! There is Columbia, Mexico, Germany, Switzerland and Netherlands - we understand Columbia and Mexico, but what European countries were doing there? Was it the smoke from some special tubes?
The film was based on a real story and the story is quite strong. The film consists of parts , each one with the title as they are different stories but about the same families and people , but just experiencing different pars of their lives, just like the movie parts.
There are beautiful songs as I mentioned before, There are two major families that was one family before. They are two gangs now. The action takes place in late 60-s. The people standing in front of our eyes are native Indians, they are the owners of the land, they respect the traditions of the land and its ancestors. The pass traditions and laws from generation to generation. They get changed though because they started trading with civilized new comers to the land.
The main character is a young and ambitious man, who decides to get the beautiful wife from the local people. He has to earn money to "buy her out" from the family. He is shown the door way out when he comes in the house with no presents and no money. he has to come back and make money and bring huge gifts. He decides to earn money to get his bride. He takes a very complex decision not to trade coffee but hemp. which can potentially bring even more dollars than coffee. So the story starts. The actors look amazing, so different from how we see "actors". they all have this amazing presence, they look very natural and blended into the gang as if they were born there. They are literally get saturated with realism of the plot. There is that bespoken and natural truth of life that is un-mistakenly present in them. We see the presence of incredible people, not artists. The game is completely realistic. There is no falsehood, there is only a story which you enjoy and wish would never end - forget about the two hours!..
In the cultural aspect the presentation of the image of the head of the family, the mother was on the highest possible level. She is a real protector of the family values but her actions sometimes do not make sense in the human understanding as she acts blindly. But the role's embodiment, as well as the very successful role of the character uncle, Pilgrim undoubtedly deserve the highest praise.
The first part of the movie is an introductory part, it is cultural, ethnographic. It is also beautiful, amazing in its own way to see the traditions of the native people that we did not know before. There are some that would embarrass you and those you will reject for sure, but I was totally moved by this part. I was delighted.
Camera work was superb. It could definitely be done on a better level and shape in some places but there was a reason for such camera work for sure: nature often eluded the vision although there were slight accents on its significance but there were no colors that could bewitch (and again, considering the subject of the film - there was a reason for it).
The music and the songs were pleasing unexpectedly. This is just the case when there was nothing to complain about for the happy ears, everything was teeming with the real culture, customs and rituals, there was something to look at and especially something to listen to - no gaps, no emptiness, no dull moments! Plus everything including the "ears" part was done in moderation and had value and substance in it. Each song performed was the song that frankly exposed the nerves,the hearts and the souls and it was the wide-open exposure of the whole nation so to speak. The music was appropriate and very cute. It was different for our Western ear but was perfectly perceived, fully combining with the picture on the screen.
Now let's speak about the genre of this art work: this is partly a criminal action movie but in fact it is drama that dominates the picture. There are shots and deaths, but what can show better the society problem than the story in which there is no winning or losing sides? They are both in the same situation: both sides suffer and both sides get wealth. The presentation of the storyline seems so unusual that you can catch the moment of understatement as if it is normal to sell drugs and kill people so easy it is done. The life of the protagonist consists of important stages. It passes in front of our eyes and sometimes we only guess how the main character and his family live in those time intervals that are shown to us apart, some parts simply remain in the shadows. They showed the most significant part of the life of the criminals of that time and, of course, everything is true, but there is a lot of guessing happening, I wanted details, details that more details and the revelations of the main personality of the person in question. but the image came out somewhat obscure: it is difficult to fully understand and comprehend it. The main hero remained not so very clear to me: his image is blurt" what kind of person he was and did he act this way and not the other? He did not appear strong and was always in doubt of his actions: may be that was the director's idea - to show him in all places and no where a t the same time. he does not have the strong presence compared to his mother in law. He as the head of the gang follows the rules of other but does not have his own rules.
There are no bed scenes are absent but there is something else that raises the bar. You need to have quite a lot of life experience, a "baggage" so to speak to understand the content of the film and to fully experience the beautiful idea of its creation. The entire art work is not built on the "fun" moments although the presence of some brutal criminal theme carries its significance. There is something else: respect of the traditions, respect for the family and respect of moral values of life itself (even when we speak about drug traffickers).
The movie is definitely worthy the attention of the most spoiled film lovers because it is one creative product for us to appreciate. I highly recommend watching this film. I have given it the highest score, it's worth it.
I had a lot of fun with this foul-mouthed comedy concerning a cadre of 12-year-olds who call themselves the Beanbag Boys.
The creative minds behind Superbad, Pineapple Express and Sausage Party (Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg) along with James Weaver (Neighbors and Blockers) take on sixth grade in the outrageous Good Boys. They are the producers.
The writing is handled by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, who have worked together for more than a decade on the likes of television’s The Office and the Cameron Diaz feature Bad Teacher. Stupnitsky also directs.
Just how bad can one day get?
After being invited to his first “kissing” party, 12-year-old Max (Jacob Tremblay) panics because he doesn’t know how to kiss.
I should explain for those not in the know that such a party involves players sitting in a circle and in turn spinning a bottle before being asked to kiss the person the bottle is pointed at when it stops.
Eager for some pointers, Max and his best friends, Thor (Brady Noon) and Lucas (Keith L. Williams) take matters into their own hands.
They decide to use a drone belonging to Max’s dad (Will Forte) – which Max has been forbidden from touching – to spy on a teenage couple making out next door.
But when things go ridiculously wrong, the drone is destroyed.
Desperate to replace it before Max’s father returns, the boys skip school and set off on an odyssey of epically bad decisions.
They involve some accidentally stolen drugs, frat-house paintball and running from “terrifying” teenage girls Hannah (Molly Gordon) and Lily (Midori Francis) and police.
Of course we’ve seen this kind of thing before with older kids (you only need to think back to the excellent Booksmart earlier this year), but it is mighty funny in the hands of younger tackers.
The politically correct brigade who will call foul for the fact that the bad language and the blatant sexuality is in the hands of minors need not bother to buy a ticket.
For the rest, Good Boys is an enjoyable, laugh-inducing romp based around awkwardness.
Tremblay, who fronted the superb psychological thriller Room, is an excellent choice in the lead.
The fresh-faced youngster conveys innocence and vulnerability as do his two sidekicks, one of whom is honest to a fault (constantly blurting out the truth of the situations the trio find themselves in).
The piece is well written with a series of zingers (and sight gags, it must be said) that keep coming at you.
I was highly entertained throughout, much more than I anticipated I would be.
Make no mistake, Good Boys is strictly lightweight, popcorn fare – pure escapism designed to generate chuckles – to be treated that way.
Nothing wrong with that when you want a bit of time out from the heaviness that life can throw at you.
The maestro of the new independent American comedy, Seth Rogen offers us another masterpiece in the genre he personally founded. At the same time the film (or more precisely, their authors) were able to pretty much refresh the not so long ago invented genre.
Max (Jacob Trambley) lives in almost perfect conditions: his ultramodern and understanding father is incredibly happy that his son has matured and finally began to hm...masturbate which he openly admits in front of us all... there are also true friends and the members of the Bean Bag "gang" and they are waiting for him in and out of school. One of his friends, Thor (Brady Nun) is dreaming of singing, but he is way too shy of being known as a sissy and there is Lucas (Keith L. Williams ) who faithfully believes in what one always needs to say truth and nothing but the truth. This idyll is violated by the invitation to the party which is supposed to play a bottle and kisses. The hormones are beginning to rage in boys and you know what it usually brings. The problem is that the boys have absolutely no idea how to kiss the girls and therefore they sit down and make a disastrous decision: trying to find out the details of the process on the internet just to get horrified by what they saw... They then decide to see how they do it with Father Max’s drone sneaking up to the young adult neighbors. Well of course it all goes as good as it gets: there will be sex toys used for completely different purposes, there will be beer drinking.
The Good boys is a story about how young boys grow up. It is funny but there is a bit too much swearing for me personally and hate to see it when the young people do it. It is not funny to me. The story remains extremely touching from one side but the main character is a bit weak IMHO and his friends even play better and are more of a brighter characters than he is. It is also the story about the knowledge of the world but there are lots of drugs references and I would not let my children watch this film under any circumstances. It is also about the friendship and other very important things in life and it is shown in he very good way. In general the film is "brilliantly ugly" for a teenage comedy but I can see it is more for the young adult viewers whom I saw a lot at the cinema for this particular picture.
This is an animation movie about a magical and very adorable creature called Yeti who is trying to find its way back home with the help of his friends - kids.
The movie is about the adventurous journey that takes the characters climb up the Everest Mountain. The landscape graphic is breathtaking and so colorful! There are lots of funny scenes which keep the kids happy while watching the film from the very beginning to the end. The plot is very engaging for the kids to follow.
The episode with the blueberries and the scene with the whooping snakes were the highlights of this amazing animation that made kids totally joyful. They kept talking about the movie on the way back home
It's not a scary film and is rated PG meaning kids (and adults) of all ages can have a pleasurable time. I believe it will be one of the most visited movies for the upcoming school holidays.
Halston was a fashion designer who it is said by many, put America on the map fashion wise, in the 70s. He began his lucrative career as a milliner. It was in Chicago, He then in the 1950s moved to New Yolk and worked at a high end department store called Bergdorf Goodman. In 1961 he designed a pillbox hat for Jackie Kennedy. She wore this to president Kennedy's inauguration. Making his mark with that he opened his own salon, and began to have several celebrity clients. He expanded into perfume. In 1973 he had really hit the big time as a designer, having really impressed at a fashion show at Versailles. Which was a famous show called the battle of versailles.
He designed for Liza Minnelli and many other celebrities.
The documentary I felt was quite notable and very well done. Showing some footage of Halston at work, at shows and with his staff and models. Capturing him also designing and cutting materials as well as dressing the models. He ingeniously cut often on the bias, and fitted the garments snugly to the body, showing off a figure. Pants were another of his talents. He believed that they were freeing and flattering for the wearer.
Much more of Halstons endeavors and colourful life and career where highlighted as well as the highs and lows. Particularly as he sadly lost control of his empire, and became ill towards the end of his days. A very interesting and informative doco about this flamboyant entertaining and vibrant character Halston. Well worth watching in my view. Written and directed by Frederic Tcheng who I believe did a stellar job.
This film would be terrific to watch for those your love the amazing combination: zombie plus comedy genre. I am not a fan seriously this is why please do not take my review as an advice to action. Please go and seethe film yourself to have a strong opinion. You might be very much attracted by the number of stars who are the characters in the film including some of the best Hollywood actors. What this movie is about? Bill Murray, Denny Glover, Tilda Swinton, , Steve Bushemy and many others directed by Jim Jarmush. It is a comedy, horror and fantasy at the same time - quite a strange blend to be honest. How is that? The plot is really... how can I say it honestly... dumb. Zombies walk freely around town while police is pretending they do something. No one knows what zombies really want. But we know for sure they want something they were addicted to in real life: coffee, candies, games etc etc... The action takes place in some town called Centreville. Strangely all the technical equipment stops working in the town. The zombies are really advanced I guess as apart from their own addictions (youtube and wi-fi) they want human flesh too. Sorry WTF? I can not believe even that I write a review on such film! The film does not make any sense at all. Would you like some entertainment? But I do not have any entertainment! Sorry! The actors play really seriously as it is a role of their lifetime. Good performance! There will be aliens, Samurai swords and hell knows what - please expect unexpected! It is a comedy disaster in its best way! No one laughed! No one in the audience! I would leave the cinemas but I felt dedicated. I did not like the film. But I will give it at least 5.10 respecting the big stars and paying my tribute to those I love. What a shame indeed and what in the hell they were thinking agreeing to take these roles? It is a time wasted for me but you might find it funny and entertaining - I do not know...
The high school graduate Hodaka Morisima comes from one of the islands where he was born and raised up to a busy city of Tokyo with not a single penny in his pocket. He goes through many hardships before eh fortune gives him finally her warm and loving hand.
With the simply good luck on his side he joins the magazine that writes on metaphysical and super-natural topics.
One day Hodaka meets with the girl whose name is Hina Amano, who has a wonderful natural gift: she has an ability to remove the clouds and clear up rains. She uses her inner powers to change the weather. When she is with you there is always sunny and the weather is perfect.
They meet in the middle of Tokyo under the rain to start a new life in the big city. It is a big love. They are wiling to give their lives for this love. Please prepare to cry too as this film is so heart opening.
Hina is a very cheerful girl, she is never upset. One day the weather just turns into a real disaster and gets Tokyo Together Hina and Hodaka can change this world forever but will they stand the opposition? The people that try to accuse Hodaka and Hina?
The anime director Shinkai Makoto created a story about a global miracle that is a secret to the whole world and only you and me know about it.
I understand why this film was created. The weather is very important to Japanese people. They practically live IN THE SEA. The islands are surrounded by ocean and waters. If you are from the country the weather means so much to you as your life and crop depends on it. It is also important in Tokyo - the city has survived so many natural disasters. Japanese people should be extremely courageous and it is understandable why they talk about the good weather as a miracle created by a little girl it is fragile and very unpredictable. like a young woman's heart
The film is not only about love, no, it is about what surrounds all of us as humans and only people of Japan: we are dependent on weather and the climate is so easy to damage as we keep damaging our planet day after day , generation after generation.
The graphics is simply superb: it is tender and full of gorgeous masterfully crafted artistic details.
DOWNTON ABBEY NEW website review and photos from the opening night: Anthony Wayne
Loyal fans of the hit TV series Downton Abbey will be gleefully rushing to the cinemas for the chance to see the cast reunite for the new feature film released this month. But what should you do if like me, you have not watched the TV series at all? With six seasons of the series it would have taken me over 2 days non-stop round the clock to binge watch the complete series. So rather than breaking out my Mum’s box set to prepare for the film – I did one better and invited her to accompany me at the premiere. My Mum has seen every episode, and gave me a crash five minute run through on who everybody is.
Coming in at 2 hours there’s little time for setting the scene or catching us up. The film is set in 1927 - a couple of years after the TV series ends and stars many of the original key characters. It was hard not to feel overwhelmed jumping in to the large ensemble of characters without having any prior knowledge. The film wastes no time reintroducing us to the Crawley family and to the staff who serve them. While those unfamiliar with the series may initially struggle learning everyone’s names and connecting the dots between characters, the relatively simple plot still stands on its own.
The sweeping aerial shots of the grand estate are absolutely breath-taking, and with the orchestral strings on the soundtrack we are taken into the lavish fairy-tale world of Downton Abbey. The movie opens with the arrival of a letter from Buckingham Palace announcing that King George V and Queen Mary will visit Downton. News of the royal visit brings about a flutter with a dinner and parade to organise. Lady Mary takes on the task of overseeing the preparations and brings the former head butler Carson out of retirement for the important occasion. There is much excitement and stress among the downstairs servants as everybody works through a long to do list of items making sure every surface of the house sparkles. When the servants learn that the royals will travel with their own staff, meaning that they will be deprived of the opportunity to get to wait on the king and queen, they set out as a team to find a way to defend Downton’s honour.
The high stakes visit is the focal point for all the drama unleashing scandal, romance and intrigue. The narrative is delivered to us much like a TV show with bite sized scenes weaving between several sub plots including the matriarch of the family Dowager Countess consumed with a feud with her cousin, and Thomas Barrow wrestling with his sexuality and visits an underground gay club. Mostly light-hearted and enjoyable, fans will surely be satisfied and newcomers will be drawn in by the enchanting charm.
The 164 Years of the American Dream: The Lehman Brothers Trilogy
America has been the promised land for immigrants and seekers of a better life for many centuries. This is the land where you can start all over again, you can create yourself and your life out of nothing. The American Dream is a symbol that is closely related to another expression: “self-made man”. This expression belongs to Henry Clay (an eighteenth-century lawyer and public figure). He described it as if success does not depend on external conditions but more on the person himself/herself. The greatest example of a self-made man was Benjamin Franklin.
In 1844 Haim Lehman originally from Bavaria, the eldest of three brothers arrived to American shores. The arrivals registration clerk could not pronounce his name so Haim became Henry. Henry made his first step as a resident of the United States by his name changed. "Everything changes here in America, even your name”. Having settled in Alabama newly named Henry opened his store, haberdashery called G. Lehman. Later in 1847 the second brother Emmanuel moved to the United States and the company became known as G. Lehman and Bro. Since 1850 upon the arrival of the youngest brother Mayer the company acquired its future worldwide famous name - Lehman Brothers. Now in the XXI century many of us know it as that very bank from which the collapse (presumably) of the 2008 global banking crisis began. The audience of the NT (and us in the cinemas) have a unique opportunity to learn the story of this super-giant, the story which is entertaining, very smartly built and rather exciting.
I would like to call this performance "a saga". No wonder Sam Mendes, the director of the production, worked on it for three years. It is complex and it is amazing. It is an ironic and lively play by Italian Stephen Massini that won the Medici Essay Award in 2018. The playwrighter Ben Power adapted it for the stage of the Piccadilly Theater with the participation of the entire small troupe that consists of only three male actors.
Yes, surprisingly the story of almost two centuries with many characters is played by three actors! They are Simon Russell Beale (Henry), Ben Miles (Emmaunuel) and Adam Godley (Meyer). They play all the roles in this play: from sultry beauties to the young offsprings of the Lehman family, from the company business partners to the storyteller. The action does not stop for a minute of this intense production, the actors talk either from the first or the third person. On the stage there are a maximum of three people at a time while the actors can be twice as many. There is no changing of either the costumes or the scenery. Not surprisingly the three actors became the nominees for the Olivier Prize. There are true, masterly performed transformations. Sometimes it literally takes place in seconds that keeps the audience alert and focused.
The scenery is very much minimalistic. All the action takes place in a transparent rotating glass cube which is filled with modern office furniture and many boxes. The background behind the cube is created by the video projections - at the back of the scene, showing us either the Statue of Liberty or the views of Alabama taking us at the very end somewhere to the top of the business center of New York. We understand that this cube which at first symbolized the amazing magic box called America. The scenery narrows to an ordinary office in a skyscraper, one of many. The stage designer Es Devlin was also nominated for Olivier Award for this phenomenal work.
Two main colors (black, white) are in play and the whole palette of their combinations work in the play. The wall backdrop is monochrome, the costumes of the protagonists are strict: there are black frock coats of the mid-19th century. Even the flowers in the vase are minimalistic: white tulips. If one looks to the right bottom corner of the stage he will find the fourth character though: Candida Caldicott. She is the musical director of the performance. Concurrently she is a pianist-tapper (live pianist) who maintains the atmosphere of the performance throughout the entire action.
There is the fifth element though: the creators don’t talk about it as they talk about the musical component of the production, but it is there and it plays an equally significant role in the play: it is the finest, the subtlest humor with which the story is told. I found myself laughing constantly. “Who knew that Potato knows how to think” and what charming ladies come from Russell Beale and Adam Godley: each lady is with her own character and her own appearance. Although on the stage there is the same man in a tailcoat in front of us and sometimes even with a beard we see multiple characters... "We must change the sign" sounds already simbolically with each new milestone in the history of the company. It seems to be trifle but thanks to such trifles we become attached to the characters limitlessly.
As I already said the action often goes into the format of the story telling from a narrator: “He took a deep breath, took his suitcase and quickly went despite the fact that he did not know where to go... " The Lehman Brothers Trilogy is unique as it will not be interesting only to the theater lovers but to those who are far from the theater. The harsh world of bigwigs comes to life in front of our eyes: there is no pathos or hidden morality in history. We are simply given the opportunity to see how this happens, what big business is, how money make even bigger money and what sacrifices people do make this American dream stay alive.
The story starts with three brothers (“Heads”, “Hands” and “Potatoes”), they make decisions together, and they act like one entity. When the eldest brother leaves they mourn for weeks as their ancestors bequeathed. When the last of the brothers left the family compromised on mornings that went for hours only. When Philip Lehman (the most significant of the generation of the Lehman children) left, no one was mourning. The same thing happened with their heritage: built with a burning heart, albeit in the concept of “money makes money”, the empire fell apart like dust. There was nobody and nothing left of those people who came to catch that American Dream.
We define the moral of the story ourselves. Perhaps this is the main magic of the theater: for almost four hours of the breathtaking experiences these people are no longer pages from the boring school textbook on American history but sometimes lively and touching destiny of real people.
Dore and the Lost City of Gold Having never seen an episode of Dora the Explorer I wasn’t expecting much more than a light-hearted adventure movie with a Spanglish speaking young girl. Surprisingly there wasn’t much Spanish spoken and Dora was a teenager in high school, however it is a movie the whole family can enjoy. The movie had a similar vibe to Jumanji only it didn’t provide the same nail biting entertainment. This movie starts in a city, high school setting and quickly moves into the jungle scenery. While the storyline is rather predictable you do grow to like the characters, especially Dora’s sidekick, Boots the monkey. He keeps you smiling throughout the movie and for me was the star of the show. Each character played their role well, however there was a lack of chemistry between the characters, and other than Dora it was a little hard to relate to the others on her quest. The story provided some good laughs and at times kept you guessing about what would happen next. One scene in particular with some over-sized large pink flowers really had the whole cinema laughing. I watched the movie with three excited, children all who said they thoroughly enjoyed the movie. It had their attention from start to finish which is always a win for any parent. It wasn’t a movie I’d recommend for anyone that didn’t have a child under 10 accompanying them.
Honestly I hardly knew what to write about this film so I though the history of it was quite fascinating as I read lots of material on its creation and decided to share it with our readers.
In 1972 the famous film director Sydney Pollack spent two days in the church of the Watts district in Los Angeles where Aretha Franklin recorded her outstanding gospel album. The events were filmed in details but the sound was forgotten to get synchronized. Nowadays after 43 years the film is finally ready for screening. It was done following the request of Franklin.
If your collection has an original record of Aretha Franklin’s legendary live album “Amazing Grace” in 1972 which was by the way double platinum ( she was the best-selling singer as well as the best-selling LP in gospel history) please pay good attention to the accompanying text. It contains a phrase that soon promises us the release of the film by Sydney Pollack (as it is written) based on the album.
However the 73-year-old Franklin filed a lawsuit to prevent him from showing the film and so far she has been successful.
Amazing Grace is a superb 87 minute documentary based on the footage where Franklin recorded her album with the choir and many spectator in the church. According to the plan, premieres were supposed to take place at the Telluride festival and at the Toronto festival. However at the one of the event the screening was banned and it was the second time that the singer managed to prevent the picture from showing.
The squabble that accompanies the film is not the only reason Warner Bros could not release it for nearly half a century. The most important was that in 1972 Pollack heavily screwed it all up. The promising 38-year-old director, who has just received his first Academy Award nomination (Hunted Horses Are Shot, Isn't It?) simply didn’t capture the crackers to synchronize the sound eventually making the first ever silent musical documentary.
Nobody remembers who came up with the idea of recording Franklin's voice on film but the legendary rock producer Joe Boyd who is well known for working with Pink Floyd and Nick Drake and who was appointed a head of the Warner Bros music department in late 1970 was in charge of the process. Shortly before this the company merged the studio and Warner Brothers Records which owned Atlantic Records which recorded the album for Franklin... It was decided to sell movie tickets and music records in a single bundle. Now 73 years old Boyd calls that decision "the dawn of the era of synergy"
The time in question can be safely called "the golden era of rock documentary". In 1970 alone Woodstock, Gimme Shelter and Elvis: How It Was docos were released. Boyd had already begun to select a team of well-established cameramen to could shoot the Franklin movie but Ted Ashley who was the head of Warner Brothers Pictures decided to do otherwise. “Ted called me and said he has good news” - in Boyd's words. “He had dinner with Sidney Pollack the night before, and now it is Sydney who will make the film with Aretha” ‘But Ted,” I said, “has he ever made a live musical film?” It actually needs some skills ’. To which he replied: ‘What are you talking about? This is Sydney Pollack! ’”
Pollack arrived at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Los Angeles on January 13 1972 with a team of sound engineers and film experts who had five 16 mm cameras. He began filming Franklin and her choir who sang all sorts of gospels from “Here is our friend Jesus” to “Wholly Holy” by Marvin Gay. You can imagine a young director dressed in a fashionable velveteen with whiskers that look like sponges for washing dishes “Brillo” gesturing to give directions to the film crew moving back and forth among specially invited parishioners. If you could take a closer look you can find buzzers to the back of the church having a ball to the music of Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts (they will soon record “Exile on Main Street” which was the most gospel-oriented album of the Rolling Stones buy the way). “I've seen Aretha at concerts many times” says Jagger in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “But it was my first time seeing her performing at the church.” It was an exciting, unique event. ”
While filming Franklin Pollack spent two days in the Watts area. The plan was then to synchronize the image with sound and his entire 20-hour film turned out to be practically useless as thre was no indications for each recording in the film frame. “The disappointment was hellish,” William Steinckamp recalled, a longtime editor of Pollack. - The film looked like one big puzzle no one was able to solve. Our team tried to at least do something with it but in the end everyone gave up. ” The director of the choir, who was then speaking in the church was called for help. He tried to decipher the recording by reading on the lips of the participants but after a few months he managed to correlate with the sound only 150 minutes of film material. Not a single song has been wholly put together. All dates were out in June 1972 when the album “Amazing Grace” went on sale and sold in millions of copies without any “synergy”. In August Warner Bros finally stopped the production of the film and it was shelved.
Pollack moved on to his next project “What We Were” now working with another diva Barbara Streisand. His film with Aretha collected the dust for decades lying in tin boxes. However the director never abandoned the idea to complete what he started. “Every seven to eight years,” Steinkamp recalls, “I asked him:‘ Hey, what about that thing about Aretha Franklin? ’.” and he replied: ‘Yes, everything is still there where it was, damn it!’. He sat in his office, watched all these videotapes without sound and dreamed of working on it again. He always wanted to finish this film but he was always too busy taking things off like Tutsi and Firms and put off the Amazing Grace again”
Then another man jooined on stage here, the producer Alan Elliot who was intrigued by the legend of the lost film with Aretha Franklin since her time as an intern at Atlantic Records in the early 90's. He once touched on this topic in a conversation with his Atlantic boss, Jerry Wexler (who had been involved in producing the album “Amazing Grace’ ”). Wexler and two of his mutual friends: songwriters Alan and Marilyn Bergman organized a meeting of Elliot and Pollock in 2007. During the year they exchanged calls trying to find the way to revive the "Franklin project." and then Pollack’s health suddenly worsened. “I knew Sydney had an incurable form of cancer,” recalls Elliot. “So I called and started by how sorry I was to find out that he was sick.” ‘I’m not sick, I am f**** dying’, he replied. He had the ability to go straight to the core of the matter. ‘You know this stuff even better than me. So I will go to Warner Bros. and I’ll see if they give you the opportunity to finish this film ’.”
Elliot took these words seriously: he was really determined to complete Pollack's work. He even mortgaged his house to buy from Warner Bros the footage (Ari Emanuel from WME agency, with whom they once worked together on one burnt-out Internet project put in a good word for it). Finally two years after the death of Pollack in 2008 working with specialists from the Deluxe cinema laboratory who carefully examined audio and video material using computers Elliot managed to synchronize the image and the sound. In 2010 the first preview was held and even the trailer was created because next year Elliot planned to release “Amazing Grace” on the big screens but then another failure occurred: Franklin filed a lawsuit against Elliot for using her image without proper permission.
Franklin refused to explain why she did not like the idea of releasing the film despite the fact that in an interview with The Detroit Free Press she recently stated that she watched it and liked it. Elliot was in an uncomfortable position. He managed to find contracts signed in 1972 by all participants in the project except and oddly enough the main character. As a result he was forced to accept the claim pledging not to show the film without Franklin’s permission. However the singer’s contract suddenly showed up in Warner Bros. It turned out that Elliot could not find it before since it was signed not in 1972, but in 1969. Under its terms all rights to the material recorded in the church of the Watts district belonged to the film studio and recording studio (and now, as Elliot is sure , to him as the new owner).
Franklin's lawyer Arnold Reed began to speculate on the possibility of filing a new lawsuit in order to ban the screening of the film in Telluride and Toronto. “Once we decide to sue Alan Elliot will not be able to show this film even in his garage” the lawyer said in an interview with THR insisting that releasing the film without Franklin’s permission and without paying her compensation is an “act of theft”. Last week the singer turned to another firm Detroit Dykema Gossett for legal assistance. As a result the ban the display of "Amazing Graces" in Telluride and Toronto was filed in Colorado.
“I understand that she’s used to getting a lot of money for participating in the promotion of such projects,” says Elliot who continues to believe that Franklin will come to her senses. “I hope she changes her mind at some point. I want only one thing: to do the right thing towards her”.
The first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 2010 Rolling Stone magazine ranked Aretha Franklin as first on its list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.
The American soul singer, songwriter, pianist and civil rights activist began her career as a child, singing gospel music in church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father was minister.
In January 1972, at the age of 29, Franklin recorded the most successful gospel album of all time, Amazing Grace, at a Baptist church in Los Angeles.
The MC was the Reverend James Cleveland and Franklin was accompanied by the Southern California Community Choir.
Released in June that year as a double album, Amazing Grace was a critical and commercial success, selling more than two million copies in the US alone and going double platinum.
As a result, Franklin won the 1973 Grammy for Best Soul Gospel Performance.
Amazing Grace the documentary is crafted from never before seen footage from that live recording session, which took place over two days.
In it, we are exposed to Franklin’s truly astonishing pipes, song after glorious song. That constitutes 90 plus per cent of what we see.
She is a force of nature and everyone who had the privilege to be there recognised it.
The Reverend James Cleveland is quite the showman. He is most reverential (pun not intended) about Franklin and tells the assembled congregation what to expect from this extraordinary performer.
And I assure you, she doesn’t let anybody down. Simply put, she is “magnificent”.
In the audience on the second day was her father, Clarence, who – at one stage – takes to the microphone to offer his thoughts about his cherished and super talented daughter.
Interestingly, also present was Rolling Stones’ lead singer Mick Jagger, then 28, who we get some fleeting shots of in this documentary.
The atmosphere was electric. Those in attendance for either or both of the two days knew they were in the presence of greatness and were witnessing something mighty special.
There to capture it was feature film director Sydney Pollack who the Warner Brothers’ CEO had engaged to record the occasion, but due to technical difficulties that footage was never released.
Now 47 years on, new digital technology has been used to match sound to picture – which was the issue that had prevented the project’s completion – and the result is the documentary Amazing Grace.
See it and you can understand why Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, was such an icon.
Rated G, it scores a 7 out of 10.
FREAKS NEW website review by Roslynne Garwood-Webb
Freaks This film is in no rush to let you into the ‘real’ world of 7 year old Chloe who is confined to the inside of her house under strict instruction from her father.
At the outset I had a very uncomfortable feeling about the reasons as to why Chloe was forced to stay inside and view the outside world from a few gaps in the blinds, where she sadly had to watch other children laughing and playing and visiting the ice cream truck which seemed to frequently park at the end of her street playing its melancholic music.
As the film progresses I begin to understand that we are being told the story at a child's pace, through the eyes of Chloe, which makes for a very frustrating and eerie ride.
The Ultimate premise of this film is that it is a story about a 7 year old girl who is ordered to never leave the house by her father, because there are bad people outside who want to hurt her. It takes sometime until we learn what those dangers are, but when you do, the story takes on a whole different life of its own. Suddenly you are thrown into the realm of a very thought provoking Sci Fi movie which is masterfully told through the eyes of a child. Lexie Kolker who plays Chloe gives an amazing performance in her first major leading role, supported by Emile Hirsch.
THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM NEW website review by Bruanna Reynolds
REVIEW: The Australian Dream By Bryanna Reynolds
In this truly beautiful and groundbreaking Australian sporting documentary we see into the world of Adam Goodes. If there was ever a history making film you should see its this one. The audience are taken behind the scenes and into the life and times of legendary and history breaking AFL footballer and Australian of the Year, Adam Goodes.
This documentary is a tale of hope, history and an in-depth look at racism and its effect in this country. If you are looking for a film that is bound to change your views and philosophies on football and this country then this is a must see. Having worked in sports broadcast for 4 years with a network in Melbourne there was so much I learnt from this film that I simply never thought about. It truly opened my mind and I hope it will open yours too.
Starring Adam Goodes the legendary footballer, Brownlow medalist and Australian of the year recipient, Goodes shares his own experiences of being Aboriginal and the effects of racism in the sporting industry. His story is one you will want to hear and is so beautifully and cinematically told.
Along with Goodes there are interviews from sporting talent such as Michael O'Loughlin, Nova Peris, Gilbert McAdam, Nathan Buckley, Paul Roos and Eddie MacGuire to name a few. The best part about the film is that they truly capture the spirit of sporting history in the making.
I would recommend this film to anyone who is familiar with the history of sports in particularly the AFL in Australia. Although it would be as easy to understand the concept and narrative, even if you are not familiar with the sporting landscape of the great game. I always feel like if you leave a cinema having had your life changed from viewing a film, then the film has had a positive impact on your life. This is definitely one of those films.
Make sure to see it on the big screen whilst in the cinema now. This is a film not to be missed and you will walk away a changed person both in mind and spirit.
DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE website review by Katherine Kelly
Dragged across Concrete
Dragged across concrete a 158-minute crime noir movie written and directed by S. Craig Zahler of Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99 fame features including Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn. The opening scene portrays a surly 60-something Brett Ridgemen (Mel Gibson) outside a dwelling during a drug raid. Ridgeman and his sidekick Anthony Lurasetti (Vince Vaughn) employ violent and demeaning methods in the raid, which were filmed by a neighbour. Their chief subsequently suspends them without pay. We are then introduced to ex con Henry Johns (Tory Kittles). On returning home from a jail stint he discovers his mother working as a prostitute to make ends meet in caring for herself and Henry’s disabled but bright younger brother. Ridgeman’s domestic situation is far from ideal. He lives in a poor African American neighbourhood with his chronically ill ex-cop wife where youths repeatedly harass their daughter. Ridgeman has failed to rise up in the policing ranks due to his rough handling of suspects and criminals – therefore the poor neighbourhood. A suspended, ageing cop with an invalid wife unable to work and an African American ex con are left to contemplate on how they will make a living in their present circumstances. The methods employed in making that living lead them through many dark and brutally graphic paths resulting in an unexpected twist.
INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL MELBOURNE 2019 OPENING NIGHT: AWARDS NIGHT website coverage: Amit Singh
Indian Film Festival is in its 10th year from inception in 2010.
This year the week long event was opened by Sharukh Khan- the King of Bollywood. He was accompanied by many other Bollywood royalties such as Karan Johar, zoya Akhtar, Arjun Kapoor, Malaika Arora Tabu, Vijay Setupathi and his crew and many more.
Sharukh was awarded a doctorate at Latrobe University for his contribution to world cinema. He and his son recently gave their voices for a character in the movie Lion King. Latrobe has announced a scholarship $200,000 for women in India aspiring to do a PHD.
Indian diaspora in Australia is becoming increasingly significant with over 280,000 Indians in Victoria and over 700,000 Indians around Australia. Indian diaspora has has made a significant contribution to the housing market in Australia with 33% of new homes being purchased by Indians as compared to 23% by Australians. Indian culture, religions, food, festivals and Bollywood are now an integral part of Australia bringing diversity, richness, culture, traditions, many languages and flavours of India to Australia.
This is fostering closer relationships between the two countries in trade and commerce too. Events such as IFFM will continue to do so symbolising true friendship between the two countries.
Thank you to Natasha Marchev and Miranda Brown . From Amit singh Brand Ambassador of Bohemian Rhapsody Club and Magazine Marquis Fashion Magazine
I like writing about good movies. Writing about something bad, or more like something that does not teach you anything or does not resonate as an art work in your soul is a real pain for me personally. Let's try though there is nothing I want to tell the world here about this film.
I was curious to watch this film as I heard the discussions of our media critics once at the screening. It sounded like a thriller. I wanted to check out this pie that turned out to be a pie with a filling. Just to note that the filing was not that tasty to say the least.
From the very beginning, the picture immerses you in a creepy atmosphere thanks to howls on the background and the coldness of it. The start feels more like an immature film captured. The acting is awful and quite fake as if the actors do not understand what is required from them. The acting is soulless. The group of your men and a girl travel to Sweden to experience some "community". The mysterious death of the sister of the main character together with the parents of both looks like a good but artificial hook that does not even engage us (the girl doe snot seem very much frustrated about the loos of three family members in one night). I realised that I did not empathise or somehow connect with the characters at all. Why should I suddenly be interested in the fate of this wooden hysteria... yes, the situation with the death of someone's parents and sister is more than unclear! In general, all the characters are some kind of cardboard , frozen. Dialogues look scanty and pointless. There is no development taking place anyhow.
For me the plot and the actor have always been and will be the main ones. If there is none there is no film. Everything is somehow sad with this and uninteresting. This seems like a big problem! But I'm not a huge horror lover. I am perhaps missing something very important and horrible in my own life. I watched good and terrific thrillers before though. They are lovely. They are engaging etc etc... The storytelling in Midsommar is so boring that was the first film I stood up 40 minutes before it finished and walked out from the cinema. The actions are strange - yes. But they are more disgusting and boring rather than horrifying.
It was the worse I have seen in many years.
Just keep in mind this: if you watch it you can not un-watch it and this is the saddest part - the film will stay with you. You can not vomit it out nor you can spill it out... It is an art house in its worst and most painful expression.
Just to end the horror: of writing about he horror (in both meaning of this word):
- Hi girl, and where do you want me to take these from here? - To the small branch of the greenhouse ... - Are you really making cacti out of people? - Only from plyukans - But ours are not plyukans, ours are hanuids. - It does not matter…
End of story - you got me!
DOGMAN FILM TO PAY ATTENTION AT website RATE: 10/10
I have to admit that of all the modern European directors who are currently in action, few embed locations in the narrative more eloquently than Matteo Garrone. It is Garrone who is the first example among "directors making films about what is most interesting to them personally." Apparently when it becomes fascinating for the director it becomes interesting for the spectators as they feel the love the director injects in his picture. The director is interested in the back skirts, almost shadowed life of modern Italy. His latest film (and possibly the best) called Dogman takes place under the gray skies of an almost forgotten and trashed coastal village north of Naples. The semi-abandoned urban landscape is here in front of us, it scares us leaving s almost naked in our feelings. We can say that a starting point for the plot goes very optimistic. We can see the local residents, some poor, some rich in the light of faded neorealism. It is Garrone’s absolute realism, cultivated by him in Gomorrah film. where he focuses on the unbearable pain of the “little man” who desperately seeks a decent life in a modern but rotten world.
So the "little man" very skinny and almost sick looking named Marcello is a timid dog hairdresser, masseur, watcher, walker, groomer and who knows what somewhere in the Italian outback as I mentioned before. It looks like a dead rabbit skin , the place he lives in: both his flat and his workshop as well as the surrounding area. The settlement consists entirely of soulless concrete buildings, abandoned children entertainment parks, full of rain ponds, dirty and unsafe. Many shops are closed due to poverty on deserted streets. Marcello has a big heart: he is loved by both dogs, his daughter and his next door traders. This "little man" is able to tame even a pit bull who does not enjoy washing his back. His little daughter visits him once in a while; he must be divorced as his ex-wife brings her in to her father and takes her back to her house. His only "friend" is the local thug Simone, who communicates with Marcello. Simone looks more like a pit bull than like a human. He speaks and behaves worse than the most evil dog too. Marcello delivers drugs to Simone, helps him out to solve his problems and gets him out of troubles. Simone in return only scares and humiliates an unfortunate dog groomer, threatens the local community and uses drugs in front of Marcello's daughter despite all Marcello's calls to prevent such incidents. The endless faith in justice with Dogman leads to a terrible fate - a real hell in reality. We suddenly realise what is it to be a Christ in the modern time, what it feels to be human and be nice to everyone and how it turns out if you want to please everyone around you. It is a good lesson for all of us who love to be kind.
The film seems to be joggling between opposites: dizzying helpfulness and kindness of Marcello and his addiction to drugs. It feels like a finest line between the evil and the kind, the love and hate. We can not understand if we should like Marcello or hate him for all he does. The way Marcello behaves with his daughter, his clients, his puppies and his friends on one side and the actions he performs with Simone are two polar actions. There is also a strong contrast between the two main characters of the film: Simone and Marcello. The rationality seems completely ironic in such a world especially considering the central character, Marcello. He is one miserable figure that can cause sympathy on one side and frustration on some of his actions o the other side. We feel like the director swings us on the huge playground swingers from one emotion to the next and totally opposite one. We love and hate Marcello as we see ourselves in him. Nevertheless Marcello is not a ridiculous idiot at all: he plans his actions, he reacts, he experiences and he reflects. The result of his mental torment is as unpredictable at the end as a explosion of the atomic bomb. He challenges his image as a “book-reader” in order to eventually become someone more complex and ultimately more real. The quiet man turning into a monster character.
Marcello’s relationship with other characters and no matter how strange it is and primarily with dogs is the thread that connects Dogman-Marcello together. Interestingly that the climax events in his relationship with Simone is also to some extent inspired by Marcello's experience that he gained working with animals. The relationship between Marcello and Simone in this case are still the relationship between two men while Simone treats his mother offensively and Marcello’s love for his daughter is desperate, genuine and comprehensive. The characters are comprehensively and well developed, which raises the stakes for the film and for director's work of course.
Complex in its psychology game Dogman film is built on acting. The lead actor Marcello projects warmth and humanity. Simone in return performed by Edoardo Pesce is one inhuman and terrible monster, He is a creature that does not know restraint even in a dead end cage and tries to escape in any possible way. he is an animal-human that belongs to jail. I believe the main idea in Dogman is our relations with fear, how it affects film )and our own) personalities in different ways. All our life is based on the emotions of love and fear. We act from these base emotions. Being locked in the dog's cage Simone is afraid like an animal. Marcello is simply meek and broken when Simone talks with him and scares him to kill him.
Garrone maintains quite a strong pace in the first two acts, we can notice that closer to the end suddenly looses its overwhelming with events rhythm and slows down somehow. It also hard not to notice that the difference between border between comedy and drama is almost the same as the difference between evil and good. The last 10 minutes of the film are almost silent, somehow ironic but it all falls in perfectly into place to end up the story that has more questions than answers, the story of Dogman.
Lighting and camera work play an important role in creating a certain environment in the film. The fell is both" real and phantasmagoric. Cinematography carefully describes the extreme desolation in gray colors, they add to the mood of uncertainty and sadness. The characters that inhabit this strange and isolated world are also depressingly real. I believe Dogman will be received by the viewers as a powerful social commentary on the poor layers of modern Italy but the film is of course much much more to this.
Using a minimal background (both in terms of scenery and the local world, as the inner experiences of the characters), Garrone shot an amazing picture from the visual and emotional side. In addition he also built a grotesque and rather surreal story. The plot is quite believable but at the same time it is so unusual. Garrone showed us the tragedy in its ancient Greek sense and understanding of tragedy as a genre. He also explores the metaphor of the “inner animal” up to the very end of the film. The title “Dogman” refers not only to the name of Marcello’s store, but also relates to the transformation of this clogged man into a big animal (a dog) himself. We know though that the dogs can be evil but they are innocent by nature.
How can you stand up to a bully who is lording it over you and the whole neighbourhood?
That’s the question at the centre of this crime drama.
Timid dog groomer Marcello is separated from the mother of his young daughter, whom he adores … and vice versa.
He lives in a barren, downtrodden Italian neighbourhood and gets on well with everyone.
To make some money on the side he sells cocaine.
One guy who does as he pleases and takes advantage of their relationship is the fearsome thug Simone.
He thinks on no-one but himself and he deals with any obstacles by physically lashing out.
When Simone says “jump”, Marcello inevitably accedes.
At one point, Simone puts Marcello into an untenable position that has drastic consequences for both of them.
Art house in style, Dogman – which is the name of Marcello’s business – paints a grim portrait.
It was freely inspired by a crime story that happened 30 years ago.
Marcello Fonte does a fine job portraying the lead character as pleasant but subjugated, notwithstanding the immorality of what he is doing on the side.
Edoardo Pesce need not speak much. His non-verbal cues and body language say it all. He inhabits the brutish Simone so that we – the audience – immediately loathe him.
Ugo Chiti, Matteo Garrone and Massimo Gaudioso’s screenplay takes a few unexpected turns and the movie is all the better as a result.
Directed by Garrone, Dogman is far from a traditional formulaic Hollywood revenge thriller.
You wonder why Marcello befriended Franco in the first instance and why police have allowed Franco to get away with what he has gotten away with for so long – for his stock in trade is intimidation and fear mongering.
There is a definite European sensibility to what is a slow-burn picture that will only appeal to selective tastes. I thought highly of it.
Dogman provokes reflection about how else the situated presented could have been dealt with ... with a more favourable outcome for parties concerned.
Rated MA, it scores a 7 out of 10.
ONCE UPON A TINE IN HOLLYWOOD BEST MOVIE OF THE MONTH website RATE: 9.5/10
Quentin Tarantino no longer needs to prove anything to anyone: not to his friends or colleagues, not to his critics, nor to his audience. He can simply afford to make the films only for himself, the ones that he loves and admires, he can make them how he wants and whatever he wants. If you like the final result, well, then you are on the same wavelength with the director. If you do not like it, please do not blame me, you are not there yet. Tarantino’s ninth film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is a verbal and visual declaration of love for Hollywood and cinematography itself of the late 60s. That beautiful fairy tale that he presents to us ended on August 9, 1969.
If you do not know who was Sharon Tate or if you have not heard anything about the events of August 9, 1969, here we go (Wiki): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tate_murders . I recommend you read the story before you attend the film otherwise it would not make sense. You would simply waste your time simply without understanding who all these people are and why nothing happens during the first two hours of the film. You will think: there are some strange, almost random characters are involved in a very banal household incident, they walk, they watch movies, they go to work , the try to solve their minor and boring problems, they feed dogs, they cook dinners, they act in Hollywood movies etc etc. They also conduct meaningless conversations with each other and carelessly drive around Los Angeles in luxury and huge cars. You watch and you think: why all this takes place? Read the history then go to the film. You will have a double pleasure enjoying it and the events will all suddenly connect and will make sense: every small and insignificant scene and episode will make sense.
If Tate Murders is not some senseless words for you then you will see a completely different story from the very beginning. It is beautiful tale of the golden age of Hollywood with a good horror suspense in such intense and concentration that even your great Hitchcock would envy. If you know the story right you will watch Sharon Tate who first appearance in the film happened 8 month before the faithful events, you will already know how and when it will end. You will be waiting for the horror to take place and watching those everyday common scenes will make very painful. You will also understand who these cute hippie girls and boys are: they smile at the sun, they laugh, they misbehave and they are ready to sleep with anyone who seems to them somehow attractive. The name of the street on which the events take place will make you shiver. If you already know the events that are about to take place on that ill-fated day, then every detail will be significant in those two seemingly boring hours while at the start of the third hour of the film Tarantino will show you what he really thinks. He is a Hollywood Don Quiote after all.
When the third hour starts you will suddenly realise that the previous two hours were made by Tarantino to lull your vigilance, and then to masterfully arrange the film shoots and get the guns out that will surely kill someone in the final. This is the classic Tarantino after all.
However the director can allow himself not to rush in preparation for the finale. The film shows many episodes simply because Tarantino is madly in love with his 60s Hollywood: he loves westerns, he loves those stupid television series that he grew up with and much more. He loves big beautiful cars and fantastic neon lights of Los Angeles: he shows them to us with his childish admiration. He knows how to shoot them and he enjoys every frame they get into. He loves long actresses' legs, short skirts and cool colorful boots.
Most of the characters in th e film are real people. These directors, producers, actors and stylists really worked in Hollywood in the late 60s. They knew each other, they were partying together and they were starring in the same films as well as they lived in neighboring streets. There are only two characters of the film, Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth who are fictional personalities. But despite that even their images are based on real people. The friendship between Dalton and Booth reminded many the relationship between Burt Reynolds and his understudy Hal Needham.
Honestly speaking Tarantino deserves our biggest respect at least for managing to get such a brilliant cast in the film. Despite the fact that both DiCaprio and Pitt are very distinctive and individualistic actors, Tarantino somehow managed to get them to work together in one union hardly believable to work but it does bloody works in a great duet. It is really impressive how it works. Margot Robbie is just one perfect choice for the role of Sharon Tate
But the real discovery of the film for me personally was the 10-year-old Julia Butters who played the young actress Trudy Frazier working with Rick Dalton on the set of the Lancer series (a real television series). This girl will go far, well she already did playing with Leo. There are so many good famous actors that listing them all here is simply pointless.
Well, for me personally the picture was a real revelation today. I believe this impression will remain some days after. Tarantino is undoubtedly a genius but he is also a very talented con artist as he so masterfully hides in a prominent place the answer to the question: what, once upon a time took place in Hollywood. Bravo, maestro and thank you once again for these two and a half hours of total beauty.
It has been a while since we have seen Emilio Estevez on our Screens and it was certainly an absolute pleasure to reacquaint myself with one of my old time 80’s favourites in his Writer/Director/Actor role in ‘The Public’.
It's a sub zero freezing day in Cincinnati and the Public Library has become a refuge for the homeless as the temperature plummets and the homeless shelters are at capacity. Estevez plays Stuart Goodson, a quiet, unassuming, mildly mannered Librarian, who greets the homeless folk by name as they enter the library at the beginning of each day.
It becomes quite apparent very early in the film that the public library is not only a safe haven from the cold Cincinnati winter but its also a place for the homeless community to gather, learn and utilise the library computers to provide them with a link to the digital world. When one of their own is lost to the freezing temperatures, Jackson leads the charge in deciding that they wont in fact be leaving the library at closing time today, instead they were going to take emergency refuge in the warm sheltered confines of the public library. Even though Stuart initially rebukes the homeless’s stance, he soon comes around to the idea as he realises that in fact they are right in that there is in fact no reason the public library could not be a sanctuary to the cities’ homeless community.
Through the clever telling of a very real and politically relevant story, Estevez shines the beacon on quite a few of Modern Day America’s public issues. The Publicis quite a slow film, but it gathers momentum where it should and will leave you with the realisation that sometimes in life you have to make a stand and stand up for those who have a diminished voice, all whilst having to sit very close to the loud voices of politics and self machoism.
Six people who are total strangers from New Zealand and Australia go on the El Camino De Santiago journey to walk from France through the whole Spain. The trail and this walk is my dream to make one day. Hopefully we will be able to travel next year. The filming crew is capturing the six people moments: happy and falling, sad and painful as well as of celebrating and relaxing. For me personally the story was both: uplifting and frustrating. Uplifting was in the sense of observing so many diverse soul taking such a hard path in life to explore themselves without fear: it is not that easy to walk 25 km each day with short stops. the words " I can do it" are still ringing in my ears. They are old, they are overweight, they have been not on a happy journey before taking these steps. It is rather inspiring to watch. From the other side it was very upsetting as I could feel so much pain thee people were caring within the,selves. My eyes were full of tears at such moments. I though the film could have been made more intense but this is a documentary after all... I liked it.
LATE NIGHT website RATE: 6/10 Honestly I am not a big fan of Emma Thompson but she is very likable in this film.
In this particular film she is amazing. She plays Katherine Newbury, the host of an evening talk show in the United States, who believes her ratings are falling and she needs to breathe new life into her show.
This role was absolutely made for her as she stole every scene in which she appeared (please pay a pecial attention on her outfits and her earrings that look so spectacular scene after scene!).
Mindy Kaling played Molly (or No. 8 - the way Katherine named her show employees). Molly is Indian and she was employed by Katherine as a writer for her show, mainly to increase the office diversity sex- and nationality-wise as Molly had no official writing experience at all. Surprisingly Molly actually offers a lot of ideas to enhance the show TV rating.
The film had a smart and well-written script (written by Mindy Kaling!).
There were a lot of funny moments too mainly in the scenes where Emma Thompson participated.
This film might restore your faith in humanity and your belief in office diverse culture!
A movie built on true story about young Australian and New Zealand soldiers under fire of deadly battle in South Vietnam in 1966. 108 Australian and New Zealand young soldiers against 2500 Vietnamese soldiers. They were young , age 18 to 21, full of dreams and expectations with only one wish - to get home and forget about horror of war. They were dreaming about creating their own families, have kids and be happy. Unfortunately for 18 of them theirs dreams were finished in Long Tan, killed and destroyed in the battle. All film was showing a truly strong brotherhood and friendship between soldiers. No matter how brutal war was , they stayed together like a heroes till the and protecting each other. It’s was hard to except the fact that it is a real story, lives of young people who deserved to be happy. Boys who never got back home alive. In my opinion it’s a fantastic educational film for all of us. This movie made me think deeply about life and it’s meaning. I would recommend this movie to everyone. It’s always good to know a history of country where you leave.
“A refreshing take on performance art from the convenience of a film cinema”
Bohemian Rhapsody were lucky enough to attend the screening of ‘Small Island’ to preview the performance in a never before seen experience.You could say it was like no other experience.
This film was a live taping of the novel ‘Small Island’, which was performed by the National Theatre in London.
If you are looking for a play/film to inspire you to follow your dreams, hopes and ambitions, then this one's for you. Throughout the narrative we see the lives of three people flourish as they chase a bigger dream and life to the one they are living.
My favourite narrative from the three of them was the one of Hortense who dreams of a life different from the one they are living. You have to see it to believe it.
The production as a whole will have you on the edge of your seat, intrigued by what will happen next.
Before you know it there are twist plots and turns throughout the narrative that you won't see coming. It was refreshing to see the stories come to life!.
I would definitely recommend seeing ‘Small Island’ if you get the chance! The amazing people at the National Theatre performing in the play truly take you on a journey worth the watch.