Friday, February 20, 2015

Film Happenings 20th February 2015

How quickly is time flying? My children have been back at school for three weeks now, and my feet haven't touched the ground. In between their activities, film watching, and book reading, I have been madly editing my next book MESSENGERS.  

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Now on to why you are here... films. I only saw a couple this last week, but they were goodies. Enjoy my film friends.

REVIEWS
Rosewater  ✪✪✪✪ (opened 18th Feb) – Limited Screening at Luna Cinemas 
FOR MORE DETAILS: www.lunapalace.com.au
My thoughts
   Rosewater is a topical film with the recent release of Australian journalist Peter Greste after 400 days in a Cairo prison after being accused of spreading propaganda for the Muslim Brotherhood. It seems every time you open a newspaper or watch the news, a journalist or aid worker has been captured in the Middle East and is held prisoner. This is based on a true story and is quite an incredible look at the terror behind the headlines of these captures and imprisonments.
   In 2009 journalist, Maziar Bahari, was in Tehran, his home city, reporting on the elections. He was, at the time, living in London with his wife and was a Canadian citizen. After sending back to the BBC footage of the street riots, he comes to the notice of the Iranian government. While being interviewed in Iran, at the same time, by comedian and satirist Jon Stewart of the “Daily Show,” Stewart jokingly asserts they are spies. Bahari is, subsequently, arrested by a man calling himself "Rosewater." For the next 3 ½ months he is tortured and interrogated and believes he is going to die, and has no idea what is happening in the outside world or if his wife even knows where he is.
   This is an impressive directional debut by Jon Stewart, who also co-wrote the screenplay and co-produced. It’s a compelling drama, with a strong performance by Gael Garcia Bernal and supporting cast. A drama well worth seeing. It also gives you a greater insight into the horrors of these international political prisoners.

Film Blurb
Rosewater is based on The New York Times best-selling memoir "Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival," written by Maziar Bahari. The film marks the directorial debut of "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, and stars Gael García Bernal.
Rosewater follows the Tehran-born Bahari, a broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship. In June 2009, Bahari returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who was the prime challenger to president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As Mousavi's supporters rose up to protest Ahmadinejad's victory declaration hours before the polls closed, Bahari endured personal risk by sending footage of the street riots to the BBC. Bahari was arrested by police, led by a man identifying himself only as "Rosewater," who tortured and interrogated him over the next 118 days. With Bahari's wife leading an international campaign to have her husband freed, and Western media outlets keeping the story alive, Iranian authorities released Bahari on $300,000 bail and the promise he would act as a spy for the government. (C) Open Road Films

’71  ✪✪✪✪ (opening 23rd Feb)  
Showing Somerville:                    23rd Feb to 28th Feb
ECU Joondalup Pines:      Not showing

My Thoughts
   The Hollywood Reporter has touted ’71 as the best British film of last year, and I tend to agree. It’s also a bit of a history lesson on the sheer horror of the political conflict in Belfast between the loyalists (the Protestants) wanting to remain within the United Kingdom and the Irish nationalists (mostly Catholics) wanting to join a National Ireland. It’s another film that walks us into the ugly territory of war and plonks us in the middle of IRA homeland.
   Jack O’Connell, who has recently been seen in Unbroken and 300: Rise of an Empire, (and just one the 2015 BAFTA Rising Star Award)  is terrific as the young soldier, Gary Hook, who is accidentally left by his squad behind enemy lines. He can’t even open his mouth to speak for fear his English accent will give him away.  

   It is a real edge-of-your-seat thriller. There are some confronting violent scenes and it certainly brings home what a tumultuous time this was in the history of Ireland with the IRA. ’71 is one of the best films that I’ve seen on the subject. Don’t miss it, especially under the stars at Somerville.

Film Blurb
Accidentally abandoned by his unit on the hostile streets of Belfast, a young soldier (Jack O'Connell, 300, Skins, This is England) must survive a long night in the riot-torn city at the height of the Troubles in 1971.
Bruising and brilliant, this highly acclaimed thriller captures the deceptions, power abuses and errors committed by all sides, leaving you breathless as the young private’s fate hangs in the balance.

SPECIAL EVENT CINEMA

Art on Screen: Girl with a Pearl Earring
Sat 28 Feb - Sun 1 Mar at Cinema Paradiso

My Thoughts
All I knew about this painting until last year was from the film, Girl with a Pearl Earring starring Scarlett Johansson. I haven’t seen this film, yet, but I think I might try and catch it. Last year I saw a documentary entitled Tim's Vermeer made by Penn of Penn and Teller fame, documenting his friend, Tim Jenison, prove that Vermeer used a type of camera technology in the 1600s to paint his incredibly life like paintings. He actually reproduced one of Vermeer’s masterpieces ‘The Music Lesson,’ without ever having painted before. For those who love art and can’t afford to hop on a plane to visit the Hague, this film might be the next best thing.
Next up in April is Van Gogh.
Film Blurb
Discover the secrets behind one of the world’s most enigmatic masterpieces. After its world tour, the ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ returned to the much-loved Mauritshuis in The Hague, Netherlands, which has just completed extensive renovations. Enjoying unparalleled exclusive access to this historical exhibition, the film takes the audience on a journey as it seeks to answer many of the questions surrounding this enigmatic painting and its mysterious creator, Vermeer. Using the recently completed and highly complex makeover of the museum as its starting point, the film goes on a behind the scenes detective journey to seek out the answers that lie within the other masterpieces housed in in the collection.

OUTDOOR CINEMA
BEACHSIDE CINEMA COMING TO PERTH
A beachside cinema has been approved at Scarborough and Matisse Beach Club confirmed via social media overnight it has received approval to screen movies every Tuesday night for 12 weeks, with headphones distributed to patrons to render the cinema effectively silent. Two more are under submission. CLICK HERE FOR INFO:

Lotterywest Festival Films Somerville & Joondalup Pines
CURRENTLY SHOWING:
Salt of the Earth 16th Feb to 1st March Documentary: Moving portrait of great Brazilian photographer, Sebastião Salgado, following his fascinating life across war-torn countries to the ends of the earth.
’71  (UK/Irish) 23rd Feb to 28th Feb See Review above.

LUNA Outdoor Cinema (opened Thursday)  Visit: http://camelot.lunapalace.com.au

RoseWater See Review above

CAMELOT Outdoor Cinema) http://camelot.lunapalace.com.au
Grand Budapest Hotel
Unbroken
Wild
The Theory of Everything

McDonalds Community Cinema Burswood  www.communitycinemas.com.au
CINEMAS are also at Mandurah, Murdoch, Bassendean and Curtin
Highlights showing at Curtin:
Pitch Perfect starring Rebel Wilson
Water Diviner

Highlights showing at Burswood:
Girls' Night Out screening Wednesday 25th Feb - special GNO Sparkling packs are available for $49 & Crystal packs for $39
Dirty Dancing starring Patrick Swayzee and Jennifer Gray

Chinese New Year Fireworks Screening Saturday 21st Feb
Chinese New Year fireworks presented by Crown Casino just after their special family screening of BIG HERO 6. The fireworks commence after the screening.

CATCH THEM BEFORE THEY'RE GONE...
This weekend, you might like to catch. Every other screen is showing Fifty Shades of Grey
THE GAMBLER
THE IMITATION GAME
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

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