Thursday, September 10, 2015

Film Stuff 10th September 2015

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Maze Runner The Scorch Trials  ✪✪✪ (opens 10th September))
My Thoughts
   I’m becoming confused with these young adult film book adaptations. They’re all broken up into a series, so end on cliffhangers and continue for multiple films. Fine with TV shows because you can come back the next week and remember what happened, but when you wait a year between films, well, it might be my age, but I just forget who is who and what is what. Then throw in the fact that between The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Maze Runner they’re all set in Dystopian worlds that look similar and I’m lost.
   My twelve-year-old is confused, too. He sees too many films. In the first minutes of this, he leaned over to me and said, “Mum, that’s the guy from Maze Runner.”
   “That’s what we’re watching, love.”
   “Oh, I thought you said it was The Scorch Trials.”
   So funny, right?
   Anyway, this one has some good moments, but dies in the third act, when it should be ramping up. So many same-same battles and chase scenes happening that it seemed rather unoriginal compared to the first film, which was fascinating and mysterious. This one has some rather fast zombie creatures, too, so Walking Dead fans will enjoy.
   It wasn’t too much of a trial to sit through, but, certainly, I would say it didn’t pass with flying colors, either. However, it may be the script is staying true to the book and so the fans might be happy. Felt a tad tired.

Film Blurb
  In this next chapter of the epic "Maze Runner" saga, Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD's vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all. (C) Fox

People Places Things  ✪✪✪✪ (opens 10th September—Luna cinemas)
My Thoughts
   What a delightful film. Just shows that when you have a smart script, there are still engaging stories to be told about romance, broken families, and everything in between. The trailer makes it appear to be a film kids could come along and enjoy. In fact, my fifteen-year-old asked to come, so a few of his and my thirteen-year-olds friends came. Color me embarrassed as its definitely not for kids. There’s some adult themes and references in it.
   The enjoyable part of this film is the charm of New Zealand-born comic Jemaine Clement with his native New Zealand accent playing against the Americans and their sensibilities. You might have seen him recently in the vampire comedy What We Do In The Shadows playing Vladislav. He’s doing very well for himself with parts in Despicable Me, Muppets Most Wanted, and a few other films. I can see him landing some much bigger roles after this. He’s refreshing and very talented.
   Great date night film. Just leave the kiddies at home.

Film Blurb
  Will Henry is a graphic novelist and a professor in NYC. At his adorable twin girls' fifth birthday party, Will's life is turned upside down when he walks in on the mother of his children, and longtime girlfriend, Charlie, with their friend Gary. One year later, Will is still alone and trying to put his life back together. He finds unexpected challenges when his talented student Kat tries to set Will up with her accomplished mother Diane. In this thoughtful comedy, Will is forced to navigate the unknown landscape of single fatherhood and dating in New York City, while remaining an inspiration for his students and coming to terms with himself both as a father as an artist.

The Wolfpack  ½  (Opens 10th September LUNA cinemas)
My thoughts
   I didn’t see this film at the preview, but I watched the screener (which is industry speak for a vimeo link, so reviewers can watch at their leisure). Perhaps it loses something off the big screen, but I found this barely watchable. The camera handling is shaky. Why? And, yes, it is kind of weird that these poor kids were never let outside much to integrate into society, but where is the story? Where is something for us to learn from the experience? Where are the interviews with a psychologist or the people who helped these kids once their abuse came to the authorities’ attention?
   All we get are these poor kids re-enacting scenes from their favorite films, which is the only way they get to live some kind of life, and old video of them when they were kids.
Director Crystal Moselle spent five years documenting the Angulo brothers’ lives, and I think herein lays the problem. Too much footage and a director too close to her subjects. I would wait until it’s on TV and then catch it if you really feel the need. I don’t think it is deserving of your hard-earned movie dollar.

Film Blurb
"Not since Grey Gardens has a film invited us into such a strange, barely-functioning home ... altogether fascinating. Five stars." – The Guardian
   Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed the Wolfpack, the brothers spend their childhood re-enacting their favourite films (Pulp Fiction, The Dark Knight and The Fighter) using elaborate homemade props and costumes. With no friends and living on welfare, they feed their curiosity, creativity, and imagination with film, which allows them to escape from their feelings of isolation and loneliness. Everything changes when one of the brothers escapes (weariing a Michael Meyers mask for protection), and the power dynamics in the house are transformed. The Wolfpack must learn how to integrate into society without disbanding the brotherhood
   Director Crystal Moselle spent five years documenting the life of the Angulo brothers, including their first forays into the outside world, creating a unique coming-of-age documentary. Both a fly-on-the-wall record of a bizarre sociological phenomenon and a fascinating insight into the nature of creativity and control, The Wolfpack is a riveting experience. SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL GRAND JURY PRIZE WINNER

Forces of Destiny
Date: Monday14th September Windsor Cinema
      & Monday 21st September Cinema Paradiso
Time:  6:30pm
Location: Cinema Paradiso & Windsor Cinema Details and Booking

   Join us for a special Q&A screening with producer Maggie Miles, 14 September 6.30PM at Windsor Cinema hosted by Ros Walker and with director Paul Cox, 21st of September 6.30PM at Cinema Paradiso hosted by Annie Murtagh-Monks,  FTI Director, Skills & Engagement.
   From veteran Australian filmmaker Paul Cox (Innocence, Molokai) comes his most autobiographical film, drawn from his own personal battle with cancer.
   David Wenham stars as Robert, a renowned sculptor diagnosed with cancer of the liver. While reeling from this news he meets Maya (Shahana Goswami), an Indian marine biologist who comes from a different world, a different reality. Robert’s passion for Maya intensifies as he confronts the agony and ecstasy of finding the love that has evaded him his entire life, just as his body is about to be taken from him. Yet new hope comes when he’s placed on the transplant waiting list. Filmed in Melbourne and India, FORCE OF DESTINY is another screen gem from this Australian stalwart.
"A moving and compassionate exploration of the human condition. One of Paul Cox’s most personal and emotional films. David Wenham gives an exceptional performance." – David Stratton

Love Live! The School Idol Movie.
Date: Sunday 12th September
Time:  4:00 pm
Location: Luna Leederville Details and Booking
*Free poster per ticket purchased. Limited autographed  boards (whilst stocks last) courtesy of Madman and prizes  from Tokyo Underground  and Yobe Chibicon Convention prize for Best Dressed Cosplay! 

   When their school was at risk of shutting down, nine students came together in order to save their school. How could they save it? By becoming school idols! And thus the legend of μ's ("Muse") began! Now, three of the members are graduating. What will happen to the group? With the clock ticking on their school idol life, the girls decide to hold one last, great concert. But first they’ll need more publicity… In order to spread the appeal of school idols, the girls travel to America! Will they go out with a bang or a sizzle? Will they find the true meaning of school idols? And will they learn the answer to this question… “whose sake do you sing for?”
   The Love Live Movie was the #1 film at the Japanese box office for three weeks in a row, beating Mad Max: Fury Road and Tomorrowland!This is movie follow-up to the popular two-season long anime. The latest u’s CD topped the weekly charts in Japan and  achieved  Gold status whilst  the free IOS/Android rhythm game  released in Japanese in 2013 and in English in 2014. reached over 2,000,000 players for the English version alone

The Met Opera: The Merry Widow Encore
Date: Sunday 12th & 13th September
Time:  1:00 pm Luna Leederville  11:25 am Luna SX
Location: Luna Leederville Luna SX Details and Booking

The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling woman who captivates all Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact). Stroman and her design team of Julian Crouch (Satyagraha, The Enchanted Island) and costume designer William Ivey Long (Cinderella, Grey Gardens, Hairspray) have created an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim’s. Nathan Gunn co-stars as Danilo and Kelli O’Hara is Valencienne. Sir Andrew Davis conducts. Original screened: 2015

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