Thursday, July 2, 2015

Film Stuff 2nd July 2015

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Terminator ✪✪✪½ (Opens 2nd July)
My Thoughts
   Famous quips from the 1984 film Terminator have infiltrated the language and pop culture since it burst on the screen. In Terminator Genysis Arnold Schwarzenegger, is back reprising his role as the good Terminator, and it’s the fun quips that make it so enjoyable. I can’t tell you too much about the plot or it will give away some neat twists. What I will say is there are plenty of references to Terminator 1 and T2 and the TV series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Lena Headley, Cersei-Game of Thrones) to keep fans happy. 
   The humor is still there and used well, and there are some mind-blowing stunts. I did wonder if some of the stunts were CGI because they were so incredible. Emilia Clarke (Khaleesi-Game of Thrones) is good as a young Sarah Connor. Jai Courtney is also a wonderful lead as Kyle Reese, with plenty of charisma. He’s an Aussie actor doing very well starring in big blockbusters: Divergent, Insurgent, A Good Day To Die Hard & smaller roles Unbroken, The Water Diviner.
   Critics have savaged the movie, which I think might be more to do with the expectation than how bad the movie really is. It’s a popcorn-blockbuster à la the other big reboot Jurassic World. And it does deliver on its promise of action and clever set ups. My whole family really loved it.
   However, I will admit to feeling a touch of cinephile’s remorse the next day. The casting of Jason Clarke (Queenslander) as hero John Connor just doesn’t seem right. Recent Oscar winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) is woefully underutilized. Towards the end, the story dawdles into cliché territory. If it had only stuck on the path the first half of the film sets up, then it could have been amazing. Probably if I thought about it, there are a bunch of time-travel plot holes, too.
   With all these reboots from eighties and nineties films, it does beg the question: Why can’t Hollywood come up with ideas that are more original. They look to these films for inspiration because they were so successful. However producers seem to forget the main reason films like Jurassic Park, Terminator, Total Recall, Die Hard, Top Gun, Twins, and Ghostbusters (coming next year) did so well was they were original. Remaking them because you have new CGI capabilities, then failing, simply proves technology wasn’t the reason for their success. They were darn good stories.
   In saying this, these reboots have made a bucket load of money. It’s only the critics complaining and maybe some cinemagoers that wander out from a film feeling just a little cheated because the film was just “okay.” Sadly it seems “okay” is good enough to make a lot of money, so nothing is going to change in the film industry any time soon. Prepare yourself for a deluge of reboots and franchises.
Film Blurb
James Cameron's sci-fi classic gets rebooted in this Paramount production designed as the first installment in a new trilogy. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Inside Out  ✪✪✪✪ ½  
Great Disney animation most of the kids will enjoy. It’s bright and colorful. Adults will enjoy the deeper meaning. It’s a very clever film delving into the emotions of a pre-teen. Full Review
Minions   ✪✪✪✪
I loved this film. The Minions are so cute, and it has lovely nods to historic events adults will appreciate. Great voice talent with John Hamm and Sandra Bullock. Perfect for kids all ages. Full Review
Jurassic World   ✪✪✪   
This is for the ten and up, dinosaur-mad kids and adults. I found it a disappointing addition to the franchise. However, its broken box office records as the fastest film to gross $400 million, doing that in 10 days, beating The Avengers record of 14 days. It’s full on action, but clichéd. Full Review
Tomorrowland   ✪✪✪✪
Only a few sessions around for this one. Panned by the critics, Tomorrowland was a big loss for Disney. I loved it, though. It has a great message and is probably suitable for the tweens who like science fiction fantasy. Full Review

That Sugar Film out on DVD

   Finally That Sugar Film is out on DVD, streaming and blue-ray. For the price of a meal, you can learn how to become healthy and kick the sugar drug.
   Also if you want it shown at your school there is a school kit that is great value. CLICK HERE for info.

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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.

The Rocky Horror Show Experience
Date: Monday 26th October 2015
Time:  7:00PM for 8:00PM start
Location: Luna Leederville              

   OCT 25 SESSION SOLD OUT. SECOND SHOW MONDAY 26 OCT. PRE-SHOW 7.00PM FOR 8.00PM FILM START. TICKETS NOW ON SALE. The last tickets we put up were for Labyrinth. The first session sold out in 24 hrs. We were made to do a second...which sold out in 4hrs. If this is your thing, don't wait.
   Monkey Collective and Luna Palace Presents The Rocky Horror Experience! Screening on October 25th at Luna Leederville. Pre-screening entertainment from 8PM, film screening 9PM. Tickets $22 include a goodie bag.
   This is no Ordinary Screening…Tonight you are IN the film!! Your goodie bag packed with items and chants to play along with through the screening. From 8pm you can grab pre-show drinks, Get Wrapped up with our Frankenfurter Photobooth and witness Actors run amok in the foyer.
   In Cinema Bar with Cocktails and Costume Competition!
Rocky Horror is a classic Immersive Cinema that has been running in the States for many years. Monkey Collective pays homage with our own style. Shit is going to get crazy…though “A mental mind fuck can be nice.”
Strictly 18+ We will be rude, crude and extremely unapologetic. Touch-a touch-a touch-a touch me, I wanna be dirty!

The Met Opera: Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci (210 minutes)
Date: Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th July 2015
Time:  11:30 AM Saturday 1:00PM Sunday
Location: Luna Leederville & Luna Essex Fremantle      Details and Booking

   Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar, who sets the action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian village. Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci. Rae Smith (War Horse) has designed the moodily atmospheric 1900 village square setting of Cavalleria, which transforms to a 1948 truck stop for the doomed vaudeville troupe of Pagliacci. Eva-Maria Westbroek (Cav) and Patricia Racette (Pag) sing the unlucky heroines, and Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.
Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci


Date: Thursday 2 July 2015
Time:  Sunday 12 July
Location: Luna Leederville   Details and Booking          CLICK HERE: Membership Info to save

   This is my favorite film festival. Some of my favorite films of the year to be 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.

Many screenings nearly sold out: Check here

Here's what's trending big that you'd be wanting to buy soon to avoid disappointment:
       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)

DVD Releases

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE  ✪✪✪½   Click here for review
SPONGE BOB THE MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER  ✪✪✪½   Click here for review

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