Friday, June 5, 2015

FILM STUFF 5th JUNE 2015

FILM REVIEWS

ALOHA ✪✪ (Opens 4th June most cinemas)
   
   Oh dear, oh dear, even great directors sometimes mess up. Cameron Crowe has created some of the most memorable characters and lines in film history. Jerry Maguire’s “You had me at hello” and “Show me the Money” have become part of the language. He gave Kate Hudson a star launch pad in Almost Famous. His cult film Vanilla Sky brought Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz together after Cruise’s breakup with Nicole Kidman. We Bought A Zoo, the family tearjerker with Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, was a little gem. So there were high expectations for his latest film ALOHA.
  It stars Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams—all so hot they’re steaming—in a love triangle set in beautiful Hawaii. I can hear you all saying, “that has got to be good.” Alec Baldwin, John Staminski and Bill Murray are in there, too, with smaller roles. What a setup for a perfect film!
   So what a disappointment. All the actors try very hard, but the script is muddled and just plain awful. It feels as though Crowe came up with several great plot ideas for very different films, but thought, Hang it, I’ll stick them all in the one film—Who’ll notice?
   Well, actually, sorry, Cameron, but we all noticed, and were totally confused and lost interest, when you decided to turn a love story into launch a satellite into the sky from a secret military base kind of techno thriller.
   All I kept thinking throughout was show me the plot, because there ain’t no money in this one.
Film Blurb 
   A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and re-connects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him.

ENTOURAGE   
(Opens 4th June most cinemas)

   I have never seen an episode of Entourage, so this film was lost on me. There was some effort made in the opening scenes to introduce and back-story the characters, but all the way through I kept feeling I was at a party where I didn’t know anyone. In fact, I think I was at the wrong party all together. Friends sitting with me who were fans of the TV show on which it is based, told me it’s, basically, four episodes of the TV show.
   Entourage is based loosely on the life of Mark Wahlberg and his gang of childhood mates and their lifestyle of living off the fame and riches landed upon Wahlberg. He’s the producer of the film and has a guest role along with his real entourage.
   Everybody cameos in this from Liam Neeson to Jessica Alba to Pharel Willimas, as well as Mike Tyson and even Warren Buffet. They seemed to be there only so the audience could say, “Oh look, that’s Ed Harris or Gary Busey.” Most of the guest actor’s dialogue consisted of cursing and saying “F… you.”
   The whole film is boorish, filled with swearing, and appalling sexist jokes. Most of the women walk around barely dressed and hopping into bed with the entourage characters at the drop of a hat or a swear word.
   Haley Joel Osmont is the son of a country-hick financier played by Billy Bob Thornton. He has changed so much since his Sixth Sense I-see-dead-people days that every time he’s on screen, you focus more on how much he’s changed than what he is actually doing. The only shining light is Jeremy Piven. He is great as the head of a studio, which has financed a film that appears to be in trouble and may probably bomb.
   Its irony that a film about Hollywood folk worried about losing money on a dud film turns out to be a dud film, receiving generally negative reviews from critics, and most likely will struggle to break even. I wouldn’t bother to see it. I’ve saved you from it.

Film Blurb 
   Entourage," the much-anticipated big-screen version of the award-winning hit HBO series, reunites the show's original cast, led by Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara and Jeremy Piven. Movie star Vincent Chase (Grenier), together with his boys, Eric (Connolly), Turtle (Ferrara) and Johnny (Dillon), are back...and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold (Piven). Some of their ambitions have changed, but the bond between them remains strong as they navigate the capricious and often cutthroat world of Hollywood. (C) WB

FILM NEWS
ARNIE FOR PRESIDENT!


   Terminator: Genisys star Arnold Schwarzenegger says there’s only one role left on his bucket list: To be leader of the free world.
   “I wouldn’t switch my position with anybody,’’ said the one-time world champion body builder and former governor of California in Sydney ahead of a special fan screening of 20 minutes’ action-packed footage from the hotly-anticipated fourth film in the Terminator franchise, which also stars Australian actor Jai Courtney and Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke.
   “But everyone knows that if I would be American-born, I would probably run for President -because why not?
   “I could do a better job than these guys can, trust me.
   “But that job’s not available and I am not going to complain about it because everything that I have accomplished in my life is because of America.
   “So I’m not going to complain about the one job that I can’t do.”

SPECIAL EVENTS

SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS
Date: 4-10 June 2015
Location: Luna Leederville


SLOW WEST
   Slow West reinvents the modern western. Directed by John Maclean, and starring Michael Fassbender, Australians Kodi Smit-McPhee and Ben Mendelsohn, alongside Caren Pistorius and Rory McCann. 
   World Cinema Grand Jury Prize winner at Sundance, this darkly funny, unconventional western is both thrilling and romantic. Set at the end of the 19th Century, SLOW WEST is an American western filtered through the eyes of European filmmaking. The story centres on 17 year old Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who has travelled from Scotland to Colorado to be reunited with the woman with whom he is infatuated. He is quickly confronted by the dangers of the frontier and so teams up with a mysterious traveller named Silas (Michael Fassbender), who agrees to protect him for cash. Jay's journey is fraught with danger, double-crossing and violence as he comes to realise that America is not easy on the innocent.

STRANGERLAND
Date: 11-18 June 2015
Location: Luna Leederville

Special  preview
Monday June 8 at 6.30pm Luna Cinemas Leederville


Attend a special  preview Q&A screening with award winning director Kim Farrant (Secret Side of Me, Sammy Blue, Bombshell) on Monday June 8 at 6.30pm Luna Cinemas Leederville. Kim will talk about her striking feature debut  following the screening. Evening hosted by Simon Miraudo, RTRFM Movie Squad presenter. Tickets on sale and online
   
   Strangerland is Australian director Kim Farrant’s feature debut. Nicole Kidman makes a welcome return to Australian independent cinema in this striking film. The teenage children of Catherine (Kidman) and Matthew (Joseph Fiennes) mysteriously disappear from the outback town the family has recently settled in. When local cop Rae (Hugo Weaving) tries to solve the case, he uncovers a dark history that has repercussions for him too.
   Part thriller, part psychological drama, Strangerland erupts with talent and confident storytelling. It operates at such a high level, it is nearly impossible to believe this film is director Kim Farrant's first feature. Enlivened by a phenomenal cast, including Nicole Kidman, who delivers one of the strongest performances of her career, Strangerland joins the ranks of Australia’s recent wave of stylish, “Elevated Genre” films and marks the emergence of another massive directing talent.

WALKING THE CAMINO PANEL DISCUSSION
Date: Thursday 11 June 2015
Time:  7pm
Location: Luna Leederville               Details and Booking

 Join others on Thursday June 11 at Luna Leederville to enjoy a panel  discussion with three participants who have walked the Camino (Debbie Rogowski, Margy Hegney Hall, Jack Webster plus moderator Susan Morris), sharing their experiences  and  transformations following the 7.00pm screening.

   Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago, is the extraordinary, award-winning documentary film by American Director and Producer Lydia B. Smith.
   Since the ninth century, millions of world travellers have embarked on an epic pilgrimage across northern Spain that is known to be profoundly enlightening, spiritually nourishing, and physically challenging. Today, several hundred thousand people a year embark on this mostly unpaved path with little more than a backpack and a pair of boots.
   Through Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago, we are able to journey into the hearts and minds of six modern-day pilgrims as they cope with blisters, exhaustion, loneliness, and self-doubt to triumph over fears and prejudices that have become roadblocks to living a fulfilled life. Find out why audiences everywhere are raving about the film that Martin Sheen, star of The Way, calls a “brilliant documentary.”
    WIN A trip for two to Spain Promotion sponsored by Raw Travel and Umbrella Entertainment (Valued at $6,200) When you see ‘Walking the Camino’ at a cinema near you incl. Luna Leederville.

WARREN MILLER’S NO TURNING BACK
Date: Friday 5 June 2015
Time:  7pm
Location: Luna Leederville               Details and Booking

    Catch the greatest skiers & boarders on the planet as they tackle death-defying peaks in Japan, Alaska, Switzerland and more. Featuring Ted Ligety, Sierra Quitiquit, Julia Mancuso, Seth Wescott, Chris Anthony and more. Destinations include: Greece • Japan • Switzerland • France • Norway • Montana • Alaska • Colorado

Win great prizes at the show including skis, snowboards & lift tickets!
Adult: $32.50 (29 May - 5 June) | Child / Concession: $29.50 | Family: $92.00
Exclusive One-off screening Friday 5th June at 7.00pm only at Luna Leederville.

Catch an Oldie
JAWS 40th Anniversary Screening #2

Date: Saturday June 20
Location: Backlot Studios Time: 6pm

   Based on Peter Benchley's best-selling novel, Steven Spielberg's 1975 shark saga set the standard for the New Hollywood popcorn blockbuster while frightening millions of moviegoers out of the water. One early summer night on fictional Atlantic resort Amity Island, Chrissie decides to take a moonlight skinny dip while her friends party on the beach. Yanked suddenly below the ocean surface, she never returns. When pieces of her wash ashore, Police Chief Brody (Roy Scheider) suspects the worst, but Mayor Vaughn (Murray Hamilton), mindful of the lucrative tourist trade and the approaching July 4th holiday, refuses to put the island on a business-killing shark alert. After the shark dines on a few more victims, the Mayor orders the local fishermen to catch the culprit. Satisfied with the shark they find, the greedy Mayor reopens the beaches, despite the warning from visiting ichthyologist Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) that the attacks were probably caused by a far more formidable Great White.

SAVING PRIVATE RYAN 

Date: Sunday June 7
Location: Backlot Studios Time: 2pm

   Accessreel.com is proud to present SAVING PRIVATE RYAN in a stunning digital presentation at The Backlot Perth on June 7 at 2pm. 
Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.
Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring: Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper, Adam Goldberg, Vin Diesel, Giovanni Ribisi, Geremy Davis, Matt Damon, Ted Danson and Paul Giamatti.

Going, going…
These films will be leaving our screens shortly, so catch them this weekend if you don’t want to miss out.
POLTERGEIST
BOYCHOIR
CINDERELLA


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