Friday, April 10, 2015

Film Stuff 10th April 2015

Hope you have all survived Easter and are back in the swing of things. Mid-school holidays and things are going well in my household, although the weather is decidedly against us, but it is Autumn so we have to expect the rain.

Plenty of good films to see, so take a look.

THE LONGEST RIDE  ✪ Stars  (opens 9TH April) – Screens at most cinemas
My Thoughts
   Other than the Notebook, every Nicholas Sparks’ adaptation has made my worst five films each year. So I didn’t even know why I was there at the preview for The Longest Ride, except I thought maybe I could have fun writing a snarky review. I had all my smart quips worked out for this one. Not worth the ride. The long and boring ride. You’ll be glad when this ride is over.
   So colour me surprised, because I really enjoyed this romance. Most of its success comes down to the leads, mostly second and third generation of Hollywood royalty.
   Luke Collins, our cowboy hero, played by Scott Eastwood looking stunningly like his father Clint Eastwood at the same age, (minus the squinty eyes) is drop dead gorgeous and rather good. Britt Robertson as Sophia his love interest is also solid and they have wonderful charisma. The camera just eats up these two like I haven’t seen since Brad Pitt first entered the scene in Thelma and Louise and Jennifer Lawrence stole everyone’s heart in Silver Linings Playbook.
   In the story within a story there is also an historic romance between Jack Huston (John Huston’s grandson) as Ira and Oona Chaplin (Charlie Chaplin’s granddaughter) as Ruth his wife. Round the cast out with Alan Alda as the older Ira, and you can see why this film works.  There’s some talent here.
   Girls, treat yourselves to a girl’s night out. I still can’t believe I’m raving about a Nicholas Sparks’ film, but just goes to show, sometimes you should just go along for the ride with an open mind.

Film Blurb
   Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Nicholas Sparks, THE LONGEST RIDE centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City's art world. As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected and feateful connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple. Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, THE LONGEST RIDE explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love. (C) Fox

BLACK SEA  ½   (opens 9th April) – Screens at most cinemas
My Thoughts
   The trailer for Black Sea makes it look very B-movie, but that’s because it steals from so many films which have gone before. However, this doesn’t mean it isn’t entertaining. The director Kevin McDonald (How I Live Now, Last King of Scotland) has a solid hand for action, and Jude Law is very good as the captain of a gnarly crew of submariners who are chasing a fortune in gold in a rust bucket of a submarine. Of course, it’s a Ten Little Indians scenario, as one after another each crewmember meets a nasty end. It’s surprisingly edge-of-your-seat. Enjoy on the big screen.

Film Blurb
A suspenseful adventure thriller directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald, centering on a rogue submarine captain (two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law) who pulls together a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumored to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea. As greed and desperation take control onboard their claustrophobic vessel, the increasing uncertainty of the mission causes the men to turn on each other to fight for their own survival. (C)

What We Did On Our Holidays    (Already opened) – Screens at Luna cinemas
My Thoughts
   Windsor Cinema where we finally caught this film last weekend was reasonably full, even though this film has been running for quite a few weeks. Goes to show you that quality will out, as when I tried to find a cinema still showing Fifty Shades of Grey to catch that one, it was already off screen after only about five weeks. What We Did On Our Holidays is a sweet film about family without the perfectly tied up Hollywood ending. The kids in it are fantastic. Billy Connolly is lovely as the free-spirited grandfather, and it’s very English. A lovely little film to see on a Saturday afternoon.

Film Blurb
This is a fun-loving family film about life, love and what we hold most dear. Doug (David Tennant, Doctor Who) and Abi (Rosamund Pike, Pride & Prejudice) take their three children on a trip to Scotland for a family reunion. In the midst of a difficult divorce that they attempt to keep secret from their extended family, inevitable feuds kick in. With further tensions to rising to the surface, they are forced to put aside their differences and reconnect as a family.
This is a wildly entertaining first feature film by the comedy duo that created the hit British sitcom Outnumbered and also features a hilarious and loveable Billy Connolly (The Man Who Sued God).


Now Easter is over, it’s safe to see That Sugar Film, so do try and catch it. It’s fascinating and will have you doing a lot of math around food labels. It’s definitely helped my kids understand why we try and limit some of their food choices, although Easter was a real blowout.

The same people who launched Supersize Me in the USA have recently signed a deal to release That Sugar Film in the US in July. So expect this film to do great things worldwide and Damon Gameau to pop up on shows like Ellen.

It’s going great guns at the box office and breaking records. Last count it was the third highest grossing Australian Documentary of all time already and it’s still going. The other two are Antarctica (1996) at $4,957,744 and Africa’s Elephant Kingdom (1998) at $3,491,995

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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.

I see last weekend Ed Sheeran popped into my favourite cinema in Perth The Backlot Studios for a private film screening while on tour in Perth. I don’t know which film he saw but I will find out. I wonder if he enjoyed Ian’s wonderful coffees (best in Perth). It’s a great little venue and is available for private bookings. You can watch a film or a sporting event or play a video game on the big screen. I’m thinking of booking there for my son’s birthday party.

They also had a screening of the new mini series Deadline Gallipoli during the week and one of the leads, Joel Jackson, was along for that with his family. He’s a West Aussie boy, growing up in Karratha and he’s just been cast in a biopic of Peter Allen alongside Rebecca Gibney ad Sigrid Thornton.


Having seen one of the films last night, WILD TALES, this is going to be a great festival. The Spanish films have a vibrancy and a wicked, dark, sense of humor you don’t find in other films.

This year’s Spanish Film Festival program exclusive to Luna Cinemas boasts 38 features from across Spain, Latin-America, and beyond, as varied as the ceramic tiles on a Gaudi masterpiece. The Festival will open with Emilio Martínez-Lázaro’s SPANISH AFFAIR, which was seen by over two million people in the fortnight following its release in Spain.

Sadly the cold and wet weather is upon us, so the outdoor cinemas are coming to a close. Still a chance to rug up and catch those last open air experiences.

LOTTERWEST FESTIVAL FILMS - Somerville & Joondalup Pines
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Coming to a close on the 12th April
PHOENIX 30th March-12th April
MOMMY  6th to 12th April

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CLOSES Saturday APRIL 18th
WILD (Wed April 15th) Funk Club presents Junkadelic

CINEMAS are at Burswood, Mandurah, Murdoch, Bassendean and Curtin
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Burswood Highlights
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
PAPER PLANES                          11th April
HOME                                           18th April

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