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Far from the Madding Crowd ✪✪✪ ½ (Opens 25th June Luna cinemas)
I haven’t read any Thomas Hardy novels. I did try and read Tess of the d'Urbervilles in my twenties, but didn’t make it through. The great thing about films based on classic late nineteenth and early twentieth century novels is we get to enjoy the story in two hours. Yes, I know I should be more cultured and read the books, but I’m a fast paced pop fiction reader. I keep saying “one day, I’ll get to the classics.”
This is a good adaptation with strong leads. Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan)—I keep wondering if this is where Katniss of Hunger Games gets her name—certainly is spoiled for choice, as she must choose between three men madly in love with her. Matthias Schoenaerts who we’ve seen recently in A Little Chaos is so good looking, I know who I would choose (I know, I know, that’s a shallow comment). Tom Sturridge and Michael Sheen play her other suitors and are very good as well.
If you adore period films like me then this is a great one to see. By the way, I’ve researched “madding.” It means tumultuous. Obviously an ironic title, because this story is the very epitome of tumult. See, I did learn a new word from watching this film.
Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba's choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love - as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance. (C) Fox Searchlight
Love & Mercy ✪✪✪ (Opens 25th June Luna cinemas)
Let me state for the record: I grew up with The Beach Boys’ music as a soundtrack to my youth. Their albums barely left the tape deck in my car for years. The music takes me back to driving around the beautiful Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales on a weekend with my mates and lying on a beach (I’m a born and bred Brisbane girl). So, I was excitedly anticipating seeing this film on the life of Brian Wilson, the genius behind most of The Beach Boys’ hits.
Sadly, I found it a protracted and disappointing experience. I loved the music and seeing behind the fictionalized scenes of how some of the iconic music was made, but I found director Bill Pohlad’s constant jumping back and forth from a mid-eighties setting to the 1960s rather repetitive.
Elizabeth Banks is fabulous (as always) as Melinda Ledbetter, the girl Wilson falls for in the eighties, and who is instrumental in extricating him from the clutches of Dr. Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti) who is some kind of crazy Svengali controlling everything in Wilson’s life. John Cusack plays the older Wilson and Paul Dano plays past Wilson. They are also solid.
Its more the direction that I feel has ruined what is an interesting biopic. I kept thinking throughout, “Okay, cut scene here” or “delete scene, point already made.” At two hours, if Pohlad had shave twenty minutes from it, it could have been very good. I still love the music. I just didn’t get good vibrations from this film.
LOVE & MERCY presents an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. Set against the era defining catalog of Wilson's music, the film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost. (C) Roadside Attractions
Yup, it’s more of the same of the first one. In fact, I think it’s almost the same story. If you like your comedy crass, you find watching people taking drugs and acting dumb enjoyable, and think chauvinistic behavior is fun to watch, then here’s another one of those it’s-so-far-beyond-good-taste-it’s funny films. For me, these films say nothing new now and are so far beyond good taste, they're not funny. By the way, the one and a half star rating is for a cameo with Liam Neeson that is funny.
Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he's a person in a court of law.
Jurassic World fastest film to hit $400M & everything’s Universal
Universal made it official: Jurassic World has collected $402.8M in 10 days, the fastest film to hit that mark, beating Disney Marvel Avengers’ record of 14 days. JW is the highest grossing Jurassic Park title in the franchise stateside, surpassing the first title’s lifetime cume of $402.45M.
Universal Pictures has also set a personal-best global take for a single year with $3.82 billion, wiping out its previous high of $3.69 billion in 2013. And its still only June. Thanks to Jurassic World Furious 7 which zoomed out of the gates in early April to becoming the fourth-biggest worldwide grosser in history. Other hits such as Fifty Shades Of Grey (nearly $570 million worldwide) and Pitch Perfect 2 ($272 million), and Universal is certainly taking over the film universe.
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD SOIREE
HIGH TEA SOIREE EVENT
Date: Sunday 28th June 2015
Location: Windsor Cinema Nedlands
Attend the Windsor Soiree on Sunday 28 June and enjoy a selection of tea and some delectable High Tea delights as part of your cinema ticket. Tickets on sale now, normal cinema prices apply.
NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: Man and Superman
Date: Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th June 2015
Location: Luna Leederville & Luna Essex Fremantle
A romantic comedy, an epic fairytale, a fiery philosophical debate, Man and Superman asks fundamental questions about how we live. Academy Award winner Ralph Fiennes takes the role of Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw’s witty, provocative classic.
Jack Tanner, celebrated radical thinker and rich bachelor, seems an unlikely choice as guardian to the alluring heiress, Ann. But she takes it in her assured stride and, despite the love of a poet, she decides to marry and tame this dazzling revolutionary.
Tanner, appalled by the whiff of domesticity, is tipped off by his chauffeur and flees to Spain, where he is captured by bandits and meets The Devil. An extraordinary dream-debate, heaven versus hell, ensues. Following in hot pursuit, Ann is there when Tanner awakes, as fierce in her certainty as he is in his..
PERTH REVELATION INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Date: Thursday 2 July 2015
Time: Sunday 12 July
This is my favorite film festival. Some of my favorite films of the year are found here. This year you will find me at the late night horror screenings on Friday and Saturday night watching Plague and Spring with my zombie obsessed teenage son. These late night screenings have such a great atmosphere. Something about coming out at midnight in the cold having enjoyed a unique indie horror film is really special.
Revelation commenced its formal life in 1997. It was designed to showcase ideas "at point" in contemporary independent film and find a place for them in a conservative cinema and social environment. Today, the event includes over 120 international films presented at cinemas, galleries, cafes and bars across Perth. It attracts 12,000 patrons and 50 national and international guests over 10 days. Revelation also includes a unique Academic component (introduced in 2012), industry discussion sessions, live performances, masterclasses, visual art exhibitions and other hybrid activity generated by the event or independent curators.
Opening Night: LAST CAB TO DARWIN
Rex (Michael Caton) is a cab driver from Broken Hill. On the surface he appears as a simple man whose days are spent driving miners to the airport, whose evenings are spent drinking a beer with a handful of old mates and whose mornings pass by as he has tea with his neighbour Polly (Ningali Lawford). But underneath the apparent simplicity of his daily life Rex is in poor health. Now, facing bad news he understands that he wants to control his final moments, meanwhile in Darwin Dr Farmer (Jacki Weaver) may have the perfect solution. Rex just needs to drive there.
Many screenings nearly sold out: Check here http://revelationfilmfest.org
Here's what's trending big that you'd be wanting to buy soon to avoid disappointment:
• The Cambodian Space Project - Fri July 3rd 8pm, Leederville - 27 tickets remaining!
• Craig Deeker 3-Day masterclass - 15 places left!
• The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead - Sun 12th, high noon, Leederville
• Dark Star: HR Giger - Sun 5th, 1:45pm, Leederville
• The Forbidden Room - Fri 3rd, 6:15pm, Leederville
• Get Your Shorts On! - Thurs 9th, 6.30pm, Leederville. - 50% sold.
• H. Wed 8th, 6:30pm, Leedervile - 26 tickets remaining!
• I Believe in Unicorns - Thurs 9th, 6:30pm Leederville - 29 tickets remaining
• Opening Night: Last Cab to Darwin - Thurs 2nd, 7.30pm - guaranteed to sell out!
• Parkerville Ampitheatre: Sets, Bugs & Rock n Roll. Guaranteed to sell out all screenings.
• Plague - Sat 11th, 8:45pm, Leederville - 28 tickets remaining
• Song of the Sea - Sat 4th, high noon, Leederville
• Tehran Taxi - Sat 4th, 8:25pm, Leederville - Current sales indicate a rapid sell
• Warsaw 44 (Polish Film Festival) - Sat, 11th, 9pm, Paradiso (this will sell out!)
• What Lola Wants - Sat 11th, 6:45pm, Leederville - 29 tickets remaining!
• The Wrecking Crew - Tues 7th, 6:30pm, Leederville - 50% sold.
The Revelation Screen Conference (RevCon) is designed to engage the critical and creative sectors with issues, approaches and perspectives that examine international independent film practice.
We welcome all practitioners - or even just people interested in seeing how the industry works at the molecular level so don't be bashful.
This year's event includes:
• Our annual Film Festival Directors Forum (free)
• A special Indigenous acting workshop (free)
• A focus on building the Director's skill-set ($15)
CINDERELLA ✪✪✪✪✪ Click here for review
PAPER PLANES ✪✪✪✪✪ Click here for review
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