Thursday, July 2, 2015

Film Stuff 2nd July 2015

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FILM REVIEWS

Terminator ✪✪✪½ (Opens 2nd July)
My Thoughts
   Famous quips from the 1984 film Terminator have infiltrated the language and pop culture since it burst on the screen. In Terminator Genysis Arnold Schwarzenegger, is back reprising his role as the good Terminator, and it’s the fun quips that make it so enjoyable. I can’t tell you too much about the plot or it will give away some neat twists. What I will say is there are plenty of references to Terminator 1 and T2 and the TV series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Lena Headley, Cersei-Game of Thrones) to keep fans happy. 
   The humor is still there and used well, and there are some mind-blowing stunts. I did wonder if some of the stunts were CGI because they were so incredible. Emilia Clarke (Khaleesi-Game of Thrones) is good as a young Sarah Connor. Jai Courtney is also a wonderful lead as Kyle Reese, with plenty of charisma. He’s an Aussie actor doing very well starring in big blockbusters: Divergent, Insurgent, A Good Day To Die Hard & smaller roles Unbroken, The Water Diviner.
   Critics have savaged the movie, which I think might be more to do with the expectation than how bad the movie really is. It’s a popcorn-blockbuster à la the other big reboot Jurassic World. And it does deliver on its promise of action and clever set ups. My whole family really loved it.
   However, I will admit to feeling a touch of cinephile’s remorse the next day. The casting of Jason Clarke (Queenslander) as hero John Connor just doesn’t seem right. Recent Oscar winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) is woefully underutilized. Towards the end, the story dawdles into cliché territory. If it had only stuck on the path the first half of the film sets up, then it could have been amazing. Probably if I thought about it, there are a bunch of time-travel plot holes, too.
   With all these reboots from eighties and nineties films, it does beg the question: Why can’t Hollywood come up with ideas that are more original. They look to these films for inspiration because they were so successful. However producers seem to forget the main reason films like Jurassic Park, Terminator, Total Recall, Die Hard, Top Gun, Twins, and Ghostbusters (coming next year) did so well was they were original. Remaking them because you have new CGI capabilities, then failing, simply proves technology wasn’t the reason for their success. They were darn good stories.
   In saying this, these reboots have made a bucket load of money. It’s only the critics complaining and maybe some cinemagoers that wander out from a film feeling just a little cheated because the film was just “okay.” Sadly it seems “okay” is good enough to make a lot of money, so nothing is going to change in the film industry any time soon. Prepare yourself for a deluge of reboots and franchises.
Film Blurb
James Cameron's sci-fi classic gets rebooted in this Paramount production designed as the first installment in a new trilogy. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS SUGGESTIONS
Inside Out  ✪✪✪✪ ½  
Great Disney animation most of the kids will enjoy. It’s bright and colorful. Adults will enjoy the deeper meaning. It’s a very clever film delving into the emotions of a pre-teen. Full Review
Minions   ✪✪✪✪
I loved this film. The Minions are so cute, and it has lovely nods to historic events adults will appreciate. Great voice talent with John Hamm and Sandra Bullock. Perfect for kids all ages. Full Review
Jurassic World   ✪✪✪   
This is for the ten and up, dinosaur-mad kids and adults. I found it a disappointing addition to the franchise. However, its broken box office records as the fastest film to gross $400 million, doing that in 10 days, beating The Avengers record of 14 days. It’s full on action, but clichéd. Full Review
Tomorrowland   ✪✪✪✪
Only a few sessions around for this one. Panned by the critics, Tomorrowland was a big loss for Disney. I loved it, though. It has a great message and is probably suitable for the tweens who like science fiction fantasy. Full Review


NEWS
That Sugar Film out on DVD

   Finally That Sugar Film is out on DVD, streaming and blue-ray. For the price of a meal, you can learn how to become healthy and kick the sugar drug.
   Also if you want it shown at your school there is a school kit that is great value. CLICK HERE for info.

The Website:                         http://www.thatsugarfilm.com
For more info on the book:

Film Blurb
THAT SUGAR FILM is one man’s journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as ‘healthy’. Through this entertaining and informative journey, Damon highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar industry, and where sugar lurks on supermarket shelves. THAT SUGAR FILM will forever change the way you think about ‘healthy’ food.

SPECIAL EVENTS
The Rocky Horror Show Experience
Date: Monday 26th October 2015
Time:  7:00PM for 8:00PM start
Location: Luna Leederville              


   OCT 25 SESSION SOLD OUT. SECOND SHOW MONDAY 26 OCT. PRE-SHOW 7.00PM FOR 8.00PM FILM START. TICKETS NOW ON SALE. The last tickets we put up were for Labyrinth. The first session sold out in 24 hrs. We were made to do a second...which sold out in 4hrs. If this is your thing, don't wait.
   Monkey Collective and Luna Palace Presents The Rocky Horror Experience! Screening on October 25th at Luna Leederville. Pre-screening entertainment from 8PM, film screening 9PM. Tickets $22 include a goodie bag.
   This is no Ordinary Screening…Tonight you are IN the film!! Your goodie bag packed with items and chants to play along with through the screening. From 8pm you can grab pre-show drinks, Get Wrapped up with our Frankenfurter Photobooth and witness Actors run amok in the foyer.
   In Cinema Bar with Cocktails and Costume Competition!
Rocky Horror is a classic Immersive Cinema that has been running in the States for many years. Monkey Collective pays homage with our own style. Shit is going to get crazy…though “A mental mind fuck can be nice.”
Strictly 18+ We will be rude, crude and extremely unapologetic. Touch-a touch-a touch-a touch me, I wanna be dirty!

The Met Opera: Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci (210 minutes)
Date: Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th July 2015
Time:  11:30 AM Saturday 1:00PM Sunday
Location: Luna Leederville & Luna Essex Fremantle      Details and Booking

   Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar, who sets the action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian village. Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci. Rae Smith (War Horse) has designed the moodily atmospheric 1900 village square setting of Cavalleria, which transforms to a 1948 truck stop for the doomed vaudeville troupe of Pagliacci. Eva-Maria Westbroek (Cav) and Patricia Racette (Pag) sing the unlucky heroines, and Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.
Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci

PERTH REVELATION INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Date: Thursday 2 July 2015
Time:  Sunday 12 July
Location: Luna Leederville   Details and Booking          CLICK HERE: Membership Info to save

   This is my favorite film festival. Some of my favorite films of the year to be found here. This year you will find me at the late night horror screenings on Friday and Saturday night watching Plague and Spring with my zombie obsessed teenage son. These late night screenings have such a great atmosphere. Something about coming out at midnight in the cold having enjoyed a unique indie horror film is really special.
   Revelation commenced its formal life in 1997. It was designed to showcase ideas "at point" in contemporary independent film and find a place for them in a conservative cinema and social environment. Today, the event includes over 120 international films presented at cinemas, galleries, cafes and bars across Perth. It attracts 12,000 patrons and 50 national and international guests over 10 days. Revelation also includes a unique Academic component (introduced in 2012), industry discussion sessions, live performances, masterclasses, visual art exhibitions and other hybrid activity generated by the event or independent curators.

Many screenings nearly sold out: Check here http://revelationfilmfest.org

Here's what's trending big that you'd be wanting to buy soon to avoid disappointment:
       Craig Deeker 3-Day masterclass - 15 places left!
       The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead - Sun 12th, high noon, Leederville
       Dark Star: HR Giger - Sun 5th, 1:45pm, Leederville
       The Forbidden Room - Fri 3rd, 6:15pm, Leederville
     Get Your Shorts On! - Thurs 9th, 6.30pm, Leederville. - 50% sold.
       H. Wed 8th, 6:30pm, Leedervile - 26 tickets remaining!
       I Believe in Unicorns - Thurs 9th, 6:30pm Leederville - 29 tickets remaining
       Opening Night: Last Cab to Darwin - Thurs 2nd, 7.30pm - guaranteed to sell out! 
       Parkerville Ampitheatre: Sets, Bugs & Rock n Roll. Guaranteed to sell out all screenings.
       Plague - Sat 11th, 8:45pm, Leederville - 28 tickets remaining
       Song of the Sea - Sat 4th, high noon, Leederville
       Tehran Taxi - Sat 4th, 8:25pm, Leederville - Current sales indicate a rapid sell
       Warsaw 44 (Polish Film Festival) - Sat, 11th, 9pm, Paradiso (this will sell out!)
       What Lola Wants - Sat 11th, 6:45pm, Leederville - 29 tickets remaining!
       The Wrecking Crew - Tues 7th, 6:30pm, Leederville - 50% sold.

FILM CONFERENCE
The Revelation Screen Conference (RevCon) is designed to engage the critical and creative sectors with issues, approaches and perspectives that examine international independent film practice.
We welcome all practitioners - or even just people interested in seeing how the industry works at the molecular level so don't be bashful.
This year's event includes:
       Our annual Film Festival Directors Forum (free)
       A special Indigenous acting workshop (free)
       A focus on building the Director's skill-set ($15)

DVD Releases

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE  ✪✪✪½   Click here for review
SPONGE BOB THE MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER  ✪✪✪½   Click here for review

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Film Stuff: 25th June 2015

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FILM REVIEWS
Far from the Madding Crowd ✪✪✪ ½ (Opens 25th June Luna cinemas)
My Thoughts
I haven’t read any Thomas Hardy novels. I did try and read Tess of the d'Urbervilles in my twenties, but didn’t make it through. The great thing about films based on classic late nineteenth and early twentieth century novels is we get to enjoy the story in two hours. Yes, I know I should be more cultured and read the books, but I’m a fast paced pop fiction reader. I keep saying “one day, I’ll get to the classics.”
This is a good adaptation with strong leads. Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan)—I keep wondering if this is where Katniss of Hunger Games gets her name—certainly is spoiled for choice, as she must choose between three men madly in love with her. Matthias Schoenaerts who we’ve seen recently in A Little Chaos is so good looking, I know who I would choose (I know, I know, that’s a shallow comment). Tom Sturridge and Michael Sheen play her other suitors and are very good as well.
  If you adore period films like me then this is a great one to see. By the way, I’ve researched “madding.” It means tumultuous. Obviously an ironic title, because this story is the very epitome of tumult. See, I did learn a new word from watching this film.
Film Blurb
Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba's choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love - as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance. (C) Fox Searchlight

Love & Mercy ✪✪  (Opens 25th June Luna cinemas)
My Thoughts
   Let me state for the record: I grew up with The Beach Boys’ music as a soundtrack to my youth. Their albums barely left the tape deck in my car for years. The music takes me back to driving around the beautiful Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales on a weekend with my mates and lying on a beach (I’m a born and bred Brisbane girl). So, I was excitedly anticipating seeing this film on the life of Brian Wilson, the genius behind most of The Beach Boys’ hits.
   Sadly, I found it a protracted and disappointing experience. I loved the music and seeing behind the fictionalized scenes of how some of the iconic music was made, but I found director Bill Pohlad’s constant jumping back and forth from a mid-eighties setting to the 1960s rather repetitive.
   Elizabeth Banks is fabulous (as always) as Melinda Ledbetter, the girl Wilson falls for in the eighties, and who is instrumental in extricating him from the clutches of Dr. Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti) who is some kind of crazy Svengali controlling everything in Wilson’s life. John Cusack plays the older Wilson and Paul Dano plays past Wilson. They are also solid.
   Its more the direction that I feel has ruined what is an interesting biopic. I kept thinking throughout, “Okay, cut scene here” or “delete scene, point already made.” At two hours, if Pohlad had shave twenty minutes from it, it could have been very good. I still love the music. I just didn’t get good vibrations from this film.
Film Blurb
   LOVE & MERCY presents an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. Set against the era defining catalog of Wilson's music, the film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost. (C) Roadside Attractions

Ted 2   ½ (opens 25th June—screens at most cinemas)
My Thoughts
   Yup, it’s more of the same of the first one. In fact, I think it’s almost the same story. If you like your comedy crass, you find watching people taking drugs and acting dumb enjoyable, and think chauvinistic behavior is fun to watch, then here’s another one of those it’s-so-far-beyond-good-taste-it’s funny films. For me, these films say nothing new now and are so far beyond good taste, they're not funny. By the way, the one and a half star rating is for a cameo with Liam Neeson that is funny.

Film Blurb
   Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he's a person in a court of law.

NEWS
Jurassic World fastest film to hit $400M & everything’s Universal


   Universal made it official: Jurassic World has collected $402.8M in 10 days, the fastest film to hit that mark, beating Disney Marvel Avengers’ record of 14 days. JW is the highest grossing Jurassic Park title in the franchise stateside, surpassing the first title’s lifetime cume of $402.45M.
   Universal Pictures has also set a personal-best global take for a single year with $3.82 billion, wiping out its previous high of $3.69 billion in 2013. And its still only June. Thanks to Jurassic World Furious 7 which zoomed out of the gates in early April to becoming the fourth-biggest worldwide grosser in history. Other hits such as Fifty Shades Of Grey (nearly $570 million worldwide) and Pitch Perfect 2 ($272 million), and Universal is certainly taking over the film universe.

SPECIAL EVENTS
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD SOIREE
HIGH TEA SOIREE EVENT
Date: Sunday 28th June 2015
Time:  3:30PM
Location: Windsor Cinema Nedlands              

Attend the Windsor Soiree on Sunday 28 June and enjoy a selection of tea and some delectable High Tea delights as part of your cinema ticket. Tickets on sale now, normal cinema prices apply.

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: Man and Superman
Date: Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th June 2015
Time:  1:00PM
Location: Luna Leederville & Luna Essex Fremantle

   A romantic comedy, an epic fairytale, a fiery philosophical debate, Man and Superman asks fundamental questions about how we live. Academy Award winner Ralph Fiennes takes the role of Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw’s witty, provocative classic.
   Jack Tanner, celebrated radical thinker and rich bachelor, seems an unlikely choice as guardian to the alluring heiress, Ann. But she takes it in her assured stride and, despite the love of a poet, she decides to marry and tame this dazzling revolutionary.
   Tanner, appalled by the whiff of domesticity, is tipped off by his chauffeur and flees to Spain, where he is captured by bandits and meets The Devil. An extraordinary dream-debate, heaven versus hell, ensues. Following in hot pursuit, Ann is there when Tanner awakes, as fierce in her certainty as he is in his..

PERTH REVELATION INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Date: Thursday 2 July 2015
Time:  Sunday 12 July
Location: Luna Leederville Details and Booking    CLICK HERE: Membership Info to save


   This is my favorite film festival. Some of my favorite films of the year are found here. This year you will find me at the late night horror screenings on Friday and Saturday night watching Plague and Spring with my zombie obsessed teenage son. These late night screenings have such a great atmosphere. Something about coming out at midnight in the cold having enjoyed a unique indie horror film is really special.
   Revelation commenced its formal life in 1997. It was designed to showcase ideas "at point" in contemporary independent film and find a place for them in a conservative cinema and social environment. Today, the event includes over 120 international films presented at cinemas, galleries, cafes and bars across Perth. It attracts 12,000 patrons and 50 national and international guests over 10 days. Revelation also includes a unique Academic component (introduced in 2012), industry discussion sessions, live performances, masterclasses, visual art exhibitions and other hybrid activity generated by the event or independent curators.

Opening Night: LAST CAB TO DARWIN

Intro and Q&A Thu 2, Fri 3, Sat 4TH July with director Jeremy Sims and cast members including Michael Caton.
   Rex (Michael Caton) is a cab driver from Broken Hill. On the surface he appears as a simple man whose days are spent driving miners to the airport, whose evenings are spent drinking a beer with a handful of old mates and whose mornings pass by as he has tea with his neighbour Polly (Ningali Lawford). But underneath the apparent simplicity of his daily life Rex is in poor health. Now, facing bad news he understands that he wants to control his final moments, meanwhile in Darwin Dr Farmer (Jacki Weaver) may have the perfect solution. Rex just needs to drive there.



Many screenings nearly sold out: Check here http://revelationfilmfest.org

Here's what's trending big that you'd be wanting to buy soon to avoid disappointment:
       The Cambodian Space Project - Fri July 3rd 8pm, Leederville - 27 tickets remaining!
       Craig Deeker 3-Day masterclass - 15 places left!
       The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead - Sun 12th, high noon, Leederville
       Dark Star: HR Giger - Sun 5th, 1:45pm, Leederville
       The Forbidden Room - Fri 3rd, 6:15pm, Leederville
       Get Your Shorts On! - Thurs 9th, 6.30pm, Leederville. - 50% sold.
       H. Wed 8th, 6:30pm, Leedervile - 26 tickets remaining!
       I Believe in Unicorns - Thurs 9th, 6:30pm Leederville - 29 tickets remaining
       Opening Night: Last Cab to Darwin - Thurs 2nd, 7.30pm - guaranteed to sell out! 
   Parkerville Ampitheatre: Sets, Bugs & Rock n Roll. Guaranteed to sell out all screenings.
       Plague - Sat 11th, 8:45pm, Leederville - 28 tickets remaining
       Song of the Sea - Sat 4th, high noon, Leederville
       Tehran Taxi - Sat 4th, 8:25pm, Leederville - Current sales indicate a rapid sell
       Warsaw 44 (Polish Film Festival) - Sat, 11th, 9pm, Paradiso (this will sell out!)
       What Lola Wants - Sat 11th, 6:45pm, Leederville - 29 tickets remaining!
       The Wrecking Crew - Tues 7th, 6:30pm, Leederville - 50% sold.

FILM CONFERENCE
The Revelation Screen Conference (RevCon) is designed to engage the critical and creative sectors with issues, approaches and perspectives that examine international independent film practice.
We welcome all practitioners - or even just people interested in seeing how the industry works at the molecular level so don't be bashful.
This year's event includes:
       Our annual Film Festival Directors Forum (free)
       A special Indigenous acting workshop (free)
       A focus on building the Director's skill-set ($15)

DVD Releases

CINDERELLA   ✪✪✪✪✪  Click here for review           
PAPER PLANES   ✪✪✪✪✪     Click here for review
JUPITER ASCENDING ✪✪✪