Friday, April 22, 2016

Film Stuff 21st April 2016




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.
Film Blurb
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.
Film Blurb
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
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.
Film Blurb
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.
Film Blurb
   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.

SPECIAL EVENTS
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.
Film Blurb
   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.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Film Stuff 14th April 2016




THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT  ✪✪✪ Opens April 14 most cinemas

I’ve never been a great fan of the book or the series. To me, Divergent, Hunger Games, and The Maze Runner franchises could all be rolled into one. In fact, I believe they are all derivative of the 1992 book The Gift, which was turned into a film last year, but didn’t do much. I think everyone thought it copied these others, whereas the reverse is true. Probably the best of them is the Hunger Games and that’s totally due to Jennifer Lawrence.
The latest outing for this series sees the last book adapted into two films to grab your cash.  This wasn’t an overly large book, so there was no necessity to do this. It opened poorly in the states and there has been talk of this being the sign that the cinema going public is falling out of love with young adult dystopia. Hello! I could have told you that two years ago. When all the plots are pretty similar, of course, people are not going to give you money for simply regurgitating.
Allegiant is slickly done and is engaging enough. I wasn’t bored. I heard that fans of the book have enjoyed it—fans being teenage girls for the most part—so if you are one of those or you are parent or grandparent to a fan, then this film will entertain. About halfway through, I just felt it trudged on. It gets three stars from me, because its watchable, the characters are okay, the tech is very interesting (probably the best part) and there’s a lot of color and action. It’s not the studios fault. I think they probably held close to the source material, of which I was never a fan. If you haven’t seen any of the other films, a twenty-something friend I took along, who was new to the series, enjoyed it. Forgettable.       
Film Blurb
After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris (Shailene Woodley) must escape with Four (Theo James) and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.

WIDE OPEN SKY ✪✪✪✪½  Opens April 14 Luna Cinemas

I’m a documentary lover, especially docos with heart. This film has heart stamped all over it. In fact, when watching the trailer alone, I had tears. They say don’t work with kids or animals, but when the film is about kids, boy, you can hit gold. Kids say the darndest things. And they sure do in Wide Open Sky.
Similar in concept to last year’s Hip-Hop-Eration which earned a 5 star from me for the rag tag group of elderly folk in New Zealand who aimed their site on competing in the World Hip Hop Compeition, this film follows a passionate music teacher who selects a group of kids to perform in an outback choir. It’s a true joy to watch children realize they can achieve more than they ever believed. You will laugh at lot, cry a bit, and leave the cinema uplifted and grateful people like Michelle Leonard. Exist in the world. It made me proud to be Australia. We Aussies have guts and heart and say it like it is and clearly it begins at a young age. That’s Wide Open Sky a gutsy little film with heart that shows anything is possible. Brava. Loved it. Don’t miss it.
Film Blurb
Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Sydney Film Festival, Wide Open Sky is the uplifting story of a children's choir in outback NSW. In this remote corner of the state, footy is king and music education is rare as rain. Determined to see the children reach their potential, the choir's passionate and driven artistic director, Michelle Leonard, strives to open up their world through music. Wide Open Sky takes us into the lives of Kyh, Mack, Opal and Taylah, four brave and hopeful primary school children who travel far from home to music camp to prepare for the choir's big concert. They have just three days to learn a demanding repertoire.
Set against a stunning landscape and featuring music by acclaimed band Dirty Three, Wide Open Sky is a funny, heartwarming snapshot of childhood in rural Australia. These little voices have big dreams, and the choir offers them the chance of a lifetime.

THE BOSS ✪✪✪   Opens APRIL 14 2016 most cinemas

Melissa McCarthy is always fun. I’m not sure if she is always funny, though. The only film I’ve thought she really shone was Bridesmaids. I believe she adlibs for the most part, and I think sometimes this sometimes causes a scene to lose its punch. However, in The Boss, there are some genuinely hilarious, can’t stop laughing for a good thirty seconds scenes. It’s amusing and light fare and McCarthy is charming as is Kristen Bell. You’ll get a chuckle and it’s a good choice for a date night. My notoriously difficult to please kids thought it was quite funny.

Film Blurb
Academy Award®-nominated star Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy, Tammy) headlines The Boss as a titan of industry who is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.

SPECIAL EVENTS
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

    For the opening night, we saw a film called Truman, which I will review next week in full. I didn’t love it, but the audience did. So don’t let my non-love put you off. 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


SPANISH AFFAIR 2
Date: Thursday April 7
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.

In The House (classics)
Date: February 12 – May 27
Time: Friday 7pm
Location: Event Cinema Innaloo Details and Booking
Tickets: Non Cine Buzz member tickets $12 Member Tickets: $10*
HOSTED BY SHANNON HARVEY from THE WEST AUSTRALIAN

Friday 15th April - The Princess Bride (PG)
Friday 29th April - Blade Runner (M)
Friday 13th May - The Breakfast Club (M)
Friday 27th May - Star Trek: Wrath of Khan (PG)

Some of cinemas most celebrated films are set to return to our screens in the 2016 season of ‘In The House’!
Join the conversation on the dedicated In The House Facebook page and tell us what YOU want to see back up on the big screen here.

BOLSHOI TAMING OF THE SHREW
Date: Friday April 15 & Sunday April 17
Time: 10:30am (check Luna Cinemas site for exact details)
Location: Windsor Cinema Details and Booking
    Many suitors dream of marrying the lovely and docile Bianca, including Lucentio. However her father will not let anyone marry her before her elder sister, the ill-tempered shrew Katherina, is herself married….
French choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot lands a coup with his adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy tailored specifically to the Bolshoi dancers, and achieves a magnetic two hours of breathtaking, nonstop dance unlike any other, portraying the Bolshoi’s audacity and energy in a completely new way. Based on Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, which has also been adapted many times for stage and screen, including Franco Zeffirelli’s 1967 adaptation starring Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton, and the popular 90s teen comedy 10 Things I Hate About You; this new production is staged exclusively for the Bolshoi, and cannot be seen anywhere else.  The Innovative production design, incorporates 3D mosaics and stylised lighting with Stageing by Jean-Christophe Maillot, one of the world’s most sought after choreographers. Running Time 125 mins

OUTDOOR CINEMAS


Camelot Outdoor Movies
Details and Booking
Date: Runs to April 16
Time:  Doors open at 6.00pm Film commences 8pm
Location: 16 Lochee Street, Mosman Park

Films of note this week: 
All the Oscar Films:
BROOKLYN
A BIGGER SPLASH
HAIL CAESAR! (Oyster and Jazz Night)

Luna Outdoor Movies
Details and Booking
Date: Runs to April  17
Time:  Doors open at 6.00pm Film commences 8.15 pm
Location: 155 Oxford Street, Leederville (tickets & entrance Luna Cinemas)

Films of note this week: 
WHERE TO INVADE NEXT!
THE H8TEFUL EIGHT
LADY IN THE VAN
THE ROOM (closing night)