Friday, February 13, 2015

Film Happenings 13th February

An interesting week in film with the record breaking Fifty Shades of Grey, now the biggest box office release in Australian history. Who would have thunk it. And then there's The Interview, the film that supposedly the North Koreans didn't want us to see. Plus a few other good films to catch. With this hot summer we are having in Australia, sitting in an air-conditioned cinema certainly seems a great idea. So go out and watch.


Fifty Shades of Grey
Opened on Thursday but I haven’t seen it. A few critics quotes:
  • West Australian website gave its story the heading: Critics give 50 Shades a good spanking.
  • Peter Travers of Rolling Stone says: I'm shocked - shocked, do you hear me?!? - that the film version of E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey is such a dull, decorous affair, about as erotic as an ad for Pottery Barn. Strictly intended for gluttons for punishment-by boredom.
  • Leigh Paatsch of the Herald Sun says: Overall, no-one's going to be needing a cold shower after this.
  • A leaked memo from British DIY store B&Q said staff had been asked to prepare for an increase in demand for rope, cable ties and tape.
Selma (opened 5th Feb) - Screens wide ½ ✪✪✪½
My thoughts
It’s an interesting story and, of course, it’s heartbreaking to watch the way African American’s were treated. David Oyelowo in the lead role of Martin Luther King certainly embodies the man. The speeches are inspiring and powerful. It is clear why King was such a catalyst for change and why people were prepared to follow him, sometimes, into dangerous situations where they were injured and killed. However, it dawdled along and felt more like a very good midday movie. It’s an Oprah production, and I do find that a lot of her films have that feel. If the topic is of interest, I think you will enjoy.

Film Blurb
Nominated for Best Picture for Oscars & Best Original Song with Glory, which won the Golden Globe for the song. SELMA chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernays (C) Paramount

The Interview (opened 12th Feb) - Screens wide ✪✪½
My Thoughts
This is the film we weren’t supposed to see, which sparked all the controversy about freedom of speech, when supposedly the North Korean government hacked Sony Films website and stole confidential emails and released them on the internet. Then supposedly terrorists from North Korea threatened that if the film was shown they would blow up the cinemas. Later it turned out that it was someone inside Sony who had hacked their system. That aside it was good publicity for what is a pretty dumb film. You know going in that any comedy with James Franco & Seth Rogan involved is going to be crude, rude, and aimed at the younger male audience. I like these guys, but this one is pretty lowbrow and probably insults every minority, women, and men, and mocks Asians. I kept thinking where are they going to go next? There is nothing left to shock us anymore. Go see if you absolutely must see every Seth Rogan film and love crass comedy.

Film Blurb
In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show "Skylark Tonight." When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un. (c) Sony

Citizenfour - Snowden Revelations ✪✪✪✪
Luna Leederville opens 12thFeb at Luna Leederville & Luna Outdoor Cinema  TICKETS:
My Thoughts
This is an engrossing, unbelievable tell all of what we have suspected for a long time but is actually happening now. Our privacy is no longer a given or a right; the US government is spying on every one of their citizens. Like everyone, I have nothing to hide, and there is an argument to be made that this is how we are protected in this era of terrorism. However, what happens when they get it wrong? This is one film that is guaranteed to create a LOT of conversation and debate. Fascinating.

Film Blurb
In January 2013, Poitras was several years into making a film about surveillance in the post-9/11 era when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as "citizen four," who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely sui generis in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes. Executive Produced by Steven Soderbergh. (C) Radius
Love Is Strange ✪✪✪✪
Showing at Somerville until this Sunday, 15th Feb
ECU Joondalup Pines from 17th to 22nd Feb
My Thoughts
John Lithgow and Alfred Molina are beautiful as a just married gay couple who have been together for 39 years. It feels very real, as if you are a fly on the wall in this poignant story of love, family and navigating the difficulties that life throws at us. My heart just ached for this couple and for the families who took them in. A perfect film to see under the stars at Lottery West Films

Film Blurb
After 39 years together, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) are finally able to marry, but when George loses his job soon afterwards, they are forced to sell their apartment and temporarily live with friends and family – separately.

As they inexpertly navigate life under other people’s roofs, Ben and George juggle the complexities of familial bonds but, ultimately, reaffirm our essential need for connection in this joyful portrait of love in all its forms.

THAT SUGAR FILM ✪✪✪✪✪ (40 stars out of 5 actually, which is the number of teaspoons the average Australian consumes a day of hidden sugar)
Showing at Luna Leederville & Luna SX
Q&A Screening Event on Monday 23 March at Luna on SX at 5.30pm & 6.15pm (6.15pm SOLD OUT) and Tuesday 24 March at 6.45pm at Luna Leederville (due to popular demand!) with Australian actor, TV star Damon Gameau (Underbelly, Balibo), who presents and  talks about his revealing debut documentary feature that  looks at the effects of sugar on our  health following the evening session.  Joining Damon will be a health professional and health food advocate.

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.

Lotterywest Festival Films Somerville & Joondalup Pines
Currently showing:
Salt of the Earth 16th Feb to 1st March Moving portrait of great Brazilian photographer, SebastiĆ£o Salgado, following his fascinating life across war-torn countries to the ends of the earth.
Love is Strange (USA) stars John Lithgow & Alfred Molina

LUNA Outdoor Cinema (opened Thursday)  Visit:


CAMELOT Outdoor Cinema)

McDonalds Community Cinema Burswood
CINEMAS are also at Mandurah, Murdoch, Bassendean and Curtin
Highlights showing at Curtin: Pitch Perfect starring Rebel Wilson, Water Diviner
Highlights showing at Burswood:  Friday 20th Feb. 7:45pm Paper Planes 10:30pm screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show

This weekend, you might like to catch:

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