Thursday, March 26, 2015

Film Stuff 26th March 2015

  A quieter week for film releases, thank goodness. I missed a preview because I had a school thing on, and I'd like to share something with you that happened there and get your feedback. 
   At this school event, we were asked to form groups of 6 parents and were given a sheet of butchers paper and  asked to write down what conflict we had with our teenagers and, on another sheet, what worried our teenager.
   Wow, these parents just went to town. We all did, sharing with each other the usual problems you have with teenagers... can't get them to get up in the mornings; can't get them to bed at night; they don't show enough respect; fighting with their siblings; disorganised; don't help enough around the house, etc., etc. We joined in, of course. We're just a normal family, and I do my fair share of yelling and berating.
   However, almost immediately afterward I was racked with guilt. I'd just shared with complete strangers all the bad things about my kids without taking the time to tell them all the wonderful things about my children, of which I am hugely proud. My kids participate in sport, represent the school in swimming, basketball, cricket, and soccer, which they train for outside school time. They both put their hands up to be the representatives of their class this semester and both were voted in. My eldest also served in this position last year. Every teacher I speak with tells me how kind and generous they are and that they are greatly respected by the faculty, especially the fourteen year old who has also won, two year's in a row, a Character, Honour, and Integrity award, of which they only hand out 12 among a group of 325 students. Plus they work really hard on their homework, and my eldest is dyslexic, so it is no mean feat for him to do well at school.
  It dawned on me, I would never sit with a bunch of girlfriends and share all my husband's faults (not that he has many), and he wouldn't do this either. I know, as much as it will happen, I wouldn't like my children sharing en masse how terrible I was and all the mistakes I made. So what was I doing sitting there happily joining in the other night?  If my children heard us, how would they feel? When they had adapted to high school life so well, what did I really have to complain about?
    My hubby thinks I'm over-reacting, and maybe I am. For me, though, I just feel it was against morals that I hold dear. From now on, I'm going to try my hardest not to complain about the children in public. I might have a whinge to a girlfriend, when it all gets too much, but I'm limiting it to that. Although, I completely understand why anyone would complain openly about their children, I'm giving, it up along with sugar. I'm not going to pretend to anyone they're perfect if the subject comes up; teenagers and parenting is the toughest job ever, but I'm going to try and look for the good and repeat the good more than the bad.
   What's your thoughts? Am I over-reacting?
  Of course, you really want to know about the films. Read on about one of my favourite films in years, Cinderella...


CINDERELLA 5/5 Stars  (opens 26th March) – Screens at most cinemas
My Thoughts
   Every single moment of this film is a delight. Disney has turned the familiar into the fabulous. Kate Blanchett as the evil stepmother is a brilliant casting choice and her clothes are the most beautiful I have ever seen on screen. The scene, where Cinderella’s fairy godmother changes the pumpkin into a carriage, the mice into horses, lizards into footman and so on, is the most wonderful vision. Again, Helena Bonham-Carter is an inspired choice. Richard Madden as Kit, the prince, and Lily James as Ella, are perfect. Go see it. Take the kids, take the grandparents, take the boyfriend, the husband, the best friend. Everyone will love this film. Disney, I love you, you’ve done it again.
Film Blurb
   When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.

A LITTLE CHAOS 3 ½/5 Stars  (opens 26th March) – Screens at most cinemas
My Thoughts
I’m a bit of a sucker for period films ever since I fell in love with the original Pride and Prejudice starring Laurence Olivier. I love all the bowing, curtseying and underlying unspoken rules which accompany high society and royal dramas and romances. If I’m honest, I also love the long-haired nobleman. There’s something about a man in a wavy-haired wig, I don’t know. Belgian actor, Matthias Schoenaerts, certainly fits the bill as the lead landscaper to the King in A Little Chaos.
Kate Winslet is very good as the landscape designer who is tasked with building one of the gardens at King Louis XIV’s palace. The film does lack the build to a really dramatic moment, however it’s pretty and interesting enough to make an enjoyable watch. If a little more thought had gone into the script, it could have been elevated into something truly brilliant. If it appeals to you, then you will certainly enjoy.
Film Blurb
A romantic drama following Sabine (Academy Award winner Kate Winslet), a strong-willed and talented landscape designer, who is chosen to build one of the main gardens at King Louis XIV's new palace at Versailles. In her new position of power, she challenges gender and class barriers while also becoming professionally and romantically entangled with the court's renowned landscape artist André Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts). (C) Focus features

INFINITELY POLAR BEAR 4/5 Stars (opens 26th March) – Screens at LUNA CINEMAS
My Thoughts
Mark Ruffalo plays a man suffering from bi-polar disorder, and he is fabulous in this role. You think it would be a depressing film because the guy’s life is a wreck. His behavior because of his illness drives his children crazy and embarrasses them constantly. In short, he can’t be counted on to be a responsible parent although, sometimes, he’s a lot of fun. The family has no money. The girls and he end up separated from his wife, while she attempts to gain an MBA to better their lives. It’s a real mess of a life, yet it is surprisingly uplifting and respectfully handled. I even shed a few tears at the end. A real gem of a little film, you will be glad you saw.
Film Blurb
A manic-depressive mess of a father tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don't make the overwhelming task any easier.

The 26th annual Alliance Française French Film Festival
19TH MARCH TO 7TH APRIL  Showing at Luna Leederville & Luna SX & Windsor

Look out for THREE HEARTS and SAMBA (by same producers as Intouchables)
I’ve seen half of SAMBA, before our digital print stopped giving us subtitles, and we had to give up and go home. However, what we saw of it was wonderful, amusing and thought provoking with French sensibilities. Reminds me I must learn French.

Friday 27 March @ Cinema Paradiso (6pm)
Enjoy a screening of The Gazelles with pre-screening treats courtesy of Choux Cafe. The night will also feature a fashion parade by Simone Perele, complimentary hand spa treatments and prizes to be won courtesy of sponsors Simone Perele and L'Occitane En Provence.

Wednesday 1 April @ Cinema Paradiso (6pm)
Enjoy French wine and pre-screening treats from Martineau Patisserie and partake in Blackjack in the cinema foyer. Dress as a gangster or moll for your chance to win fabulous prizes.

This film is really gaining momentum at the box office. I’ve just received THAT SUGAR BOOK to review and it’s brilliant. You can now see this film in general release. It’s showing at:
 Event Cinemas
Luna Cinemas
Moonlight Outdoor Cinemas Friday 27th March
Grand Cinemas Whitford and Bunbury
For more info on the film:
For more info on the book:
Our giveaway on CurtinFm Radio kindly supplied to us by Pan MacMillan Australia


LOTTERYWEST FESTIVAL FILMS - Somerville & Joondalup Pines
For Tickets and Times:  CLICK HERE
Coming to a close on the 12th April
PHOENIX 30th March-12th April

For Tickets and Times: CLICK HERE
In Dior and I, one enters the storied world that is the House of Christian Dior with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ highly anticipated first Haute Couture collection as the iconic brand’s new Artistic Director. Beautifully melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with an elegant reverence for the history of Dior, Tcheng’s colorful homage to the seamstresses of the atelier is nothing short of magical. [French w/English subtitles]

For Tickets and Times: CLICK HERE
WHILE WE’RE YOUNG (special Oysters and Jazz night) Wed April 1)
Stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts.

Perth Jazz Society presents Perth's finest jazz musicians every first Wednesday of the month at Camelot. Together with celebrity chef & seafood extraordinaire Andy Grljusich, who shucks fresh oysters for your indulgence.

CINEMAS are at Burswood, Mandurah, Murdoch, Bassendean and Curtin
For Tickets and Times: CLICK HERE
Burswood Highlights

25/03/2014 - 19/04/2014
Gates open 5:30pm with film screening strictly at 6:15pm
Bring the kids and the kids at heart for these special early evening screenings on Saturdays during the Easter school vacations
PADDINGTON                                          4th April
PAPER PLANES                                      11th April
HOME                                                       – 18th April

If you enjoyed this musing, do hop over and register for my very random newsletter. Straight away you will receive two fantastic short stories FREE. You'll also be the first to know when I have exciting news to share like free books (international) and film ticket giveaways (Australia). Hop over here:

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.