Thursday, July 9, 2015

Film Stuff 9th July 2015


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FILM REVIEWS
Madame Bovary ✪✪✪ ½ (Opens 9th July Luna cinemas)
My Thoughts
    Having thoroughly enjoyed the French film Gemma Bovary, where the lead character whose last name fascinates and titillates a local baker into believing the book Madame Bovary has come to life, I was intrigued to see this film.
   I loved it. It’s really a 19th century Confessions of a Shopaholic where a young newly married wife of a village doctor embraces credit offered by the local merchant played very creepily by Rhys Ifans (remember he of the whitey underpants from Notting Hill).
   Mia Wasikowska is very good in the title role. This young Aussie actress has really come a long way. A reminder that while technology shoves us along at a greater pace than ever before, the same foibles still trip up we simple human beings. The grass is always greener is not a good place to live. Just ask Madame Bovary.
Fim Blurb
Mia Wasikowska stars as the disgruntled provincial wife yearning to breathe free in this gorgeously shot adaptation of Gustave Flaubert's classic novel, co-starring Paul Giammati, Olivier Gourmet, Ezra Miller and Rhys Ifans.
A pretty, bookish country girl marries a dull doctor so as to escape her father's pig farm. When marital ennui proves unbearable, she commences a series of love affairs in the hope of ascending the social ladder, but every step upward only brings her closer to what will prove a devastating fall. This is the essential plot of Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary, a novel that, even a century and a half after its publication, maintains its grip on the imaginations of countless readers. Now ferociously talented director Sophie Barthes (Cold Souls) has created a vital new cinematic adaptation of Flaubert's masterwork.
This adaptation excels because Barthes understands that, while its narrative arc may be fairly simple, it is the novel's tapestry of detail that makes it feel so alive. Madame Bovary fashions an onscreen world filled with just such detail, and the effect is breathtaking.

Magic Mike XXL Minus 14 million stars (the production cost) (Opens 9th July most cinemas)
My Thoughts
   As a film reviewer, I’m forced to take the bad with the good. When you see 180 plus films a year it adds up to a lot of bad. I count the woeful The Counselor and Fading Gigolo as two of the worst in recent years, alongside Taken 2 and a couple of Nicholas Sparks adaptations that were excruciating. Recently we’ve endured a spate of bad taste films, too: Ted 2, The Interview, last year’s horror Tusk, and I see Human Centipede has raised its ugly head again. With many cinemagoers complaining the recent reboots of Jurassic Park and Terminator as being just “
I loved this film. The Minions are so cute, and okay,” filmmaking seems to have taken a dive in quality.
   Lately I’ve been asking: How much lower can it go?
   Now we know, it can go as low as the awful Magic Mike XXL.
   Not only is it incompetently directed and acted, the very concept of the film has set back women’s equality fifty years. Why it’s getting any ratings at all from reviewers is beyond me. Before you start thinking me a killjoy, I actually thoroughly enjoyed the first Magic Mike, and I’m usually up for fun and woohooing at nice looking shirtless men.
   Fun for me, though, is not watching ... For full review click here

NEWS
Star Wars spin off with Han Solo

   Disney has announced they are making a Star Wars spin-off film telling the back story of space smuggler Han Solo. Directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, the men who created the Lego movie, this film is certain to find a big audience. The original iconic character was last played by Harrison Ford in the 1983 Return of the Jedi.
   Interestingly, the script will be written by father and son team Lawrence and Jon Kasdan.
The senior Kasdan co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, the latter with director JJ Abrams.
   The untitled Han Solo project is scheduled to be released on 25 May 2018. It follows the first stand-alone Star Wars anthology film Rogue One, which is due next year. Some of the actors said to be in the running: Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Zac Efron (High School Musical).

SPECIAL EVENTS
National Theatre Live: The Audience
Date: Saturday 18th to Thursday 30th July 2015
Time:  11:30 AM & 1:00 PM sessions
Location: Luna Leederville & Luna Essex Fremantle    Details and Booking

   Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award®-winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in encore screenings of the original West End production of The Audience, captured live in London in 2013, and featuring an exclusive new Q&A with key members of the cast and creative team.
  For sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses.
   From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, Blair right up to today’s meetings with the current incumbent David Cameron, the Queen advises her Prime Ministers on all matters both public and personal. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch.
   The Audience is written by Peter Morgan (The Queen) and directed by two-time Tony Award® winner and Academy Award®-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and was presented in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries
Tony Award Winner 2015:
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play Helen Mirren, The Audience 
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play Richard McCabe, The Audience 

PERTH REVELATION INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Date: Thursday 2 July 2015
Time:  Sunday 12 July
Location: Luna Leederville               Details and Booking
                                                 

   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 Spring this weekend 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.

DVD Releases
PROJECT ALMANAC  ✪✪✪   Click here for review   
TRASH (unreviewed)
HOME (the party edition) (unreviewed)  


Going, going, gone …
These films are almost gone from our screens, so if you don’t want to miss them, get to the cinema in the next week.
MAD MAX FURY ROAD ✪✪✪✪✪
SPY ✪✪✪
TOMORROWLAND ✪✪✪✪
WOMAN IN GOLD ✪✪✪✪

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