Friday, August 14, 2015

FILM STUFF 14th August 2015


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FILM REVIEWS

Man From U.N.C.L.E. ✪✪✪✪✪  (Opens 13TH August Screens at most cinemas)
My thoughts
I’m a sixties child, so I grew up watching Man From U.N.C.L.E. and loved it to pieces. The interaction between the suave American spy Napoleon Solo and the skilled, but somehow always coming off second, Russian spy Illya Kuryakin was funny to me even as a child.
   There hasn’t been much hype around this film, so we went in expecting it to be another bad remake of a sixties or seventies show with its director Guy Ritchie being very hit and miss of late. Instead, there I was, along with my family, laughing, smiling, and thoroughly enjoying ever minute of this sophisticated, witty, and hugely entertaining spy caper.
  We meet Napolean Solo (Henry Cavill) in the early 1960s as he is sent behind the Berlin Wall to rescue Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander). She’s the daughter of a scientist whom the CIA believe was building a nuclear bomb for the Americans but has disappeared. They believe he is now working with a criminal organization, which spells disaster for the world. The CIA believe Gaby might be the key to finding her father.
   Enter the Russians, who task KGB spy Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) with stopping Solo from leaving with Gaby. After Kuryakin fails this mission, both men, surprisingly and suspiciously, find themselves forced to work together when their respective governments decide that in order to save the world they need to join forces.
   What follows is a hilarious caper of the two working together begrudgingly, along with Gaby (who creates the love interest tension so well) to find the missing scientist and avert disaster.
  The enjoyable part of the movie for me was how close Richie, who also wrote the script) stuck to the character tensions and amusing asides, which made the TV show starring Robert Vaughan and David McCallum such a treat. Even if you haven’t seen the original show, you will still revel in the wit and clever way Ritchie moves the story along.
   This story isn’t about the action, although there is action. It’s about the relationship and tension between the two men who have very different theological approaches to life and the job of spying. I hope this turns into a franchise. I don’t love sequels, but this is too good to stop at one. It’s a classy five out five star film.

Film Blurb
Henry Cavill ("Man of Steel") stars as Napoleon Solo opposite Armie Hammer ("The Social Network") as Illya Kuryakin in director Guy Ritchie's "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," a fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series. Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." centers on CIA agent Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin. Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo's only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.

IRIS  ✪✪✪½ star (opens 13th AUGUST—Luna cinemas))
My Thoughts
  We don’t know much about Iris in Australia, but apparently, she is the toast of New York fashion. I love her, too, now. She talks about not being considered good looking when she was younger, not ugly, just not stunning. So she had to make something of herself to get by. Fashion shouldn’t be boring and the same, she says. Hallelujah to that sentiment. She’s is a wonderful free spirit. At 93, her energy puts most people to shame. Even her centenarian husband is still getting around in flora pants and blingy baseball caps. Bless them both. Go along if you are looking for a little life injection.

Film Blurb
  From legendary documentarian, the late Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter), comes IRIS - which is much more than just a fashion film, it’s a story about creativity, design and how Iris Apfel's soaring free spirit continues to inspire. The quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old New York style icon and muse delights on-screen and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Fabergé: A Life of its own
Date: Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th August
Time:  1pm
Location: Cinema Paradiso Details and Booking

   This captivating new event tells the fascinating story behind the most prestigious name in luxury: Fabergé. Enjoying unprecedented access to the most esteemed private collections, insights from world experts and interviews with the descendants of the Fabergé family, this is a rare opportunity to discover the genius of the family behind the finest objects ever created.
   The event features the extraordinary unveiling of two historic new pieces – the first new Fabergé egg in almost 100 years, and a lost treasure, recently discovered in America’s Midwest by a scrap metal dealer – and presents them exclusively to international cinema audiences, before they return to the secrecy of their very private collections.
   Experience the wonder of seeing Fabergé’s exquisite objects in stunning detail on the big screen for the first time.
    Fabergé. is a household name synonymous with wealth and opulence, frequently referenced in popular culture with appearances in the likes of James Bond (Octupussy), The Simpsons and Ocean’s 12.

THE GREAT BRITAIN RETRO FILM FESTIVAL
Date: Thursday 6th August 2015 – 19th August
Location: Windsor Cinema Nedlands               Details and Booking

   The first season of THE GREAT BRITAIN RETRO FILM FESTIVAL is here, a celebration of 19 classic British films rarely seen on the big screen films, made from 1939 to present day screening at the Windsor Cinema. Created exclusively as a RETRO celebration and Australia’s most awarded and high profile film critic, DAVID STRATTON will be the festival’s patron.

Highlights include Hitchcock’s 39 Steps, A Man for All Seasons, Great Expectations, Brassed Off, Lawrence of Arabia with Peter O’Toole, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 A Space Odyssey, The Third Man, Peeping Tom, Don’t Look with Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland, Slumdog Millionaire. Many other films from the forties, fifties through to the last decade.


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