EDDIE THE EAGLE ✪✪✪✪✪ Opens April 21 most cinemas
This film had the most amazing buzz around it. Usually, buzz equals disappointment. Not so with Eddie the Eagle. It was a joy, an inspiration, and just pure feel-good entertainment. If you are of my era and older, you will most likely remember the vision of Eddie crashing constantly and being a clown. He just looked like he shouldn’t be there on the slopes, and certainly not representing a country at the Winter Olympics.
Starring Hugh Jackman as Bronson Peary, a weary alcoholic previous Olympic ski jumper who takes on coaching the hapless Eddie, played convincingly by Taro Egerton, there’s not a moment where you won’t be entertained or fascinated. Interestingly Egerton played the lead teenage recruit Gary “Eggsy” Unwin in the 2015 Kingsman: The Secret Service. This role is totally the opposite character. Eddie is clumsy, geeky, and hardly hip. If you watch real footage of Eddie, you will be impressed by how much Egerton manages to capture Eddie’s tics and facial expressions.
His story is incredible. You couldn’t think this one up without being accused of stretching the limits of credibility. However, for the most part, this story is true. I was fortunate enough to be able to bring my extended family and many friends to this preview. Every single person messaged me after to say how much they loved it, laughed, cried, and felt inspired.
If we could encourage our children and our inner child to believe in our dreams as Eddie did, what might we achieve? I know many people would say choosing to become a writer and hope to earn a living from it at the age of fifty was a pipe dream, yet I believed in my dream the same as Eddie. Like him, I endured many setbacks and tearful thoughts of giving up. Fortunately, I didn’t have to face 70 metre drops, although sometimes a blank page felt pretty terrifying. Yet, five years later, I was rewarded for my persistence with ranking consistently in my genre on Amazon USA beside my idol Stephen King and a six figure annual income. That’s the magic of keeping the spirit of Eddie alive inside.
This is a story of how a young man made a decision not to scratch with the turkeys but fly with the eagles. Go see this film and take your whole family. You and your loves ones deserve it. You will feel as though you have taken flight, even for just a few hours.
Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael "Eddie" Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself - even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. From producers of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eddie the Eagle stars Taron Egerton as Eddie, the loveable underdog with a never say die attitude.
MIDNIGHT SPECIAL ✪✪✪ Opens 21 April most Luna Cinemas
Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter, the 2011 film starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain still haunts me. It was a small, indie film, so powerful and clever in delivery there was a collective audible gasp from the audience in the final moments. Nichols’ follow up Mud, not so much. Nichols is the type of director who’s very enamoured with the details and keeping the audience guessing in order to surprise them at the end.
It didn’t work for me this time. I enjoyed it for the first half and then I just didn’t like the direction in which he headed. And he took too darn long getting there. It’s really a cross between Spielberg’s A.I., E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. According to the blurb, Midnight Special is Nichol’s homage to the 70s and 80s Spielberg classics. In the end, it just felt too unoriginal and not so very special.
Jeff Nichol's sci-fi advanture of a gifted child stars Michael Shannon , Adam Driver & Joel Edgerton. Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter) writes and directs science fiction thriller MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, a provocative, genre-defying film which is as supernatural as it is intimately human. Roy (Michael Shannon) goes on the run to protect his young son Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), a boy with mysterious powers that even Roy himself cannot comprehend. What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Risking everything, Roy is committed to helping Alton reach his ultimate purpose, whatever that might be. Co-starring Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver and Sam Shepard, MIDNIGHT SPECIAL pays homage to classic films from the late 1970s and early 1980s, particularly those of genre-defining director Steven Spielberg.
THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY
Opens MAY 5 most cinemas & Luna Cinemas
Opens MAY 5 most cinemas & Luna Cinemas
Advance Screenings Luna Cinemas: Fri 22 Apr - Mon 25 Apr
Not reviewed yet, but early advance screenings this weekend, so I thought I’d mention it. Reasonable reviews coming in on Rotten Tomatoes. I like Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons is always good value, so might be worth a look.
In the tradition of The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything and A Beautiful Mind, THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY leaps straight from the history books to the big screen to deliver an amazing true tale about the genius of one man. The story of self-taught mathematical genius, Srinivasa Ramanujan teaches us not only a story of numbers, but one of determination, passion, spirituality and the power of love & friendship.
In THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY, Dev Patel stars alongside Jeremy Irons in a film that explores the brilliance of a man many believed could decipher the very fabric of the universe and possibly existence itself. Driven by his destiny for a greater calling, Ramanujan’s (Patel) life was turned upside down when Cambridge professor, G.H. Hardy (Irons) discovered his talents and plucked him from obscurity in his homeland of India. The pair would go on to become unlikely friends and make up one of history’s most bewildering and productive collaborations. As mathematicians they worked on the most complex problems known to man and much of Ramanujan’s work is still relevant in maths and science today.
MARGUERITE (not reviewied) Opens April 21 Luna Cinemas
I didn’t catch this film at the preview, but it seems to be the French version of the upcoming film Florence Foster Jenkins which stars Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. In checking Rotten Tomatoes, I see it has received some great reviews. So if you enjoy French films, its most likely worth seeing.
1921, The beginning of the Golden Twenties. Not far from Paris. It is party day at Marguerite Dumont’s castle. Like every year, an array of music lovers gathers around a great cause at the owner’s place. Nobody knows much about this woman except that she is rich and that her whole life is devoted to her passion: music. Marguerite sings. She sings wholeheartedly, but she sings terribly out of tune. In ways quite similar to the Castafiore, Marguerite has been living her passion in her own bubble, and the hypocrite audience, always coming in for a good laugh, acts as if she was the diva she believes she is. When a young, provocative journalist decides to write a rave article on her latest performance, Marguerite starts to believe even further in her talent. This gives her the courage she needs to follow her dream. Despite her husband’s reluctance, and with the help of a has-been divo, both funny and mean, she decides to train for her first recital in front of a crowd of complete strangers. Loosely inspired by the life of Florence Foster Jenkins.
The 2016 SPANISH Film Festival
Date: Opens APRIL 21 – MAY 11
Time: Various Times
Location: Cinema Paradiso, Northbridge, Luna on SX, Fremantle & Windsor, Nedlands Details and Booking
I love the Spanish Film Festival and they have some great films this year. The 2016 Spanish Film Festival evokes a wealth of emotions with dramas, romances, thrillers and major box-office hit comedies from across Spain, plus a selection of gems from Latin America, served exclusively at Cinema Paradiso and Luna on SX.
Following on from last year’s Festival opener comes the second instalment of the record-breaking SPANISH AFFAIR, with its playful take on the tensions between Spain’s regions - this time including the Catalans in the mix! SPANISH AFFAIR 2 (OCHO APELLIDOS CATALANES) will open this year’s festival with more laughs and with new twists to the relationship saga. Audiences enjoying the opening night film and party will find out what made the sequel - which again teams director Emilio Martínez Lázaro and with stars Clara Lago and Dani Rovira - the highest-grossing film of 2015 at Spanish theatres.
Opening Night Spanish Festival
TRUMAN ✪✪1/2 Part of the Spanish Film Festival 24th & 25th April
This film just dragged for me. I just don’t enjoy films about people facing death and saying goodbye to loved ones. When you get to my age, it starts to seem all too close to home. However, most people around me really enjoyed this, finding it funny and touching; a few shed tears. However, I just found the leads annoying as heck and the main character hugely self-absorbed. I know I was meant to find him whimsical, refreshing and amusing, but he just didn’t charm me. As I always say, check the trailer and if it grabs you, go. Enjoyment of these type of films really comes down to personal taste.
When theatre actor Julián (Ricardo Darín) receives an unexpected visit from his childhood friend Tomás (Javier Cámara), the encounter is bittersweet. This reunion is their first meeting in many years, triggered by Julián’s diagnosis with a serious illness. Tomás is baffled by his friend’s decision to forgo continued treatment and instead focus on putting his affairs in order: distributing possessions, reconciling past disputes, and, most importantly, finding a home for his beloved Staffordshire terrier, Truman. It’s this task that is causing Julián the greatest concern. Over four days, as the two men walk the streets of Madrid visiting bookshops, restaurants, doctors, and veterinarians, they examine their lives, speculating on what the future holds. In this jewel of a film, Cámara and Darín convincingly depict the ease and rapport that only a life-long connection allows. With characteristic sensitivity, director Cesc Gay finds great dignity and humour in ordinary lives, delivering a funny, moving and hugely entertaining reflection on male relationships. This is a reminder that the best friendships are, indeed, forever.
WINNER 2016 Goya Awards: Best Film, Director, Actor, Supp. Actor & Screenplay. WINNER 2016 Gaudí Awards: Best Film, Director, Actor, Supp. Actor & Actress, Screenplay
SPANISH AFFAIR 2
Date: Thursday April 23 & 24
Time: 6:30pm Entertainment, food, beer & wine. Film Screening at 7:00pm
Location: Cinema Paradiso Details and Booking
Join us for the Australian premiere of the most anticipated Spanish film of the year, SPANISH AFFAIR 2 (OCHO APELLIDOS CATALANES) followed by an after-party at our new festivals venue Connections Nightclub in Northbridge. We will have live entertainment from Perth's premier Latin band Orquesta Yambeque, delicious Spanish fayre from Pinchos and Alhambra beer and Torres wine, all of which can be enjoyed at one of the hottest venues in town.
If one Spanish affair wasn’t enough, the charming cast returns to open the festival once again – this time with some new friends, as the Catalans are thrown into the mix. Returning from months at sea, Koldo is met by his beloved Merche, who is less than impressed with him after his long absence. With her head held high, she storms away in a huff leaving him with an envelope announcing a seemingly joyful occasion – Amaia is getting married! But the fiercely Basque Koldo is horrified to realise Rafa is not the groom… even worse, she is marrying a Catalan!
With less than a few days to go before the wedding, Koldo and Rafa must join forces to prevent Amaia from promising herself to Pau, the wealthy hipster. What is not clear to Koldo, is why Rafa and Amaia separated in the first place. With new elements of playfulness, 2015’s number one Spanish box office hit will leave festival audiences with a fresh grin as they enjoy more escapades of their beloved characters.
LEONARDO DA VINCI - THE ULTIMATE EXHIBITION
Date: Saturday April 23 & Sunday April 24
Time: 1:00 pm (check Luna Cinemas site for exact details)
Location: Paradiso Details and Booking
THE VATICAN MUSEUM AND FLORENCE AND THE UFFIZI GALLERY ARE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THE ULTIMATE EXHIBITION! THE GREATEST WORKS OF THE MASTER LEONARDO DA VINCI: THE GENIUS IN MILAN
At the end of the Fifteenth Century Leonardo da Vinci lived for eighteen years in Milan at the court of Ludovico Sforza, known as ‘Il Moro’. It was a long, important period in his life, that left a lasting impression on the city. In Spring 2015 Milan paid tribute to Leonardo by holding a large exhibition at the Palazzo Reale. One of the paintings from this exhibition came the film Leonardo da Vinci - The Genius in Milan, which uses a combination of event interviews and mise-en-scènes to tell the story of the Artist’s world and the treasures he left us.