Thursday, September 17, 2015

Movie Stuff 17th September 2015


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Sicario  ✪✪✪✪✪  (Opens 24th September)
My thoughts
   From the first minutes of Sicario until the last, you will feel as though you are on a wild chase. You don’t know where you’re going, you don’t know what will happen, and you won’t even realize you’ve barely breathed until the credits come up. Close to the best film I’ve seen all year, if it’s not nominated multiple times in the awards season, then I’ll eat my reviewer’s hat.
   Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, and Benicio Del Toro arguably give the best performances of their careers, and that’s saying something with these actors. It reminds me of the edge-of-the-seat last thirty minutes of Argo except with Sicario it’s the entire two hours.
   Kate Macer (Emilby Blunt) is an idealistic FBI agent enlisted by a mysterious government task force as a consultant on a daring mission to halt the escalating war against drugs on the border between the U.S. and Mexico. Arrogant and dismissive Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) repeatedly tells Kate to ‘watch and learn’ as she is dragged into one dangerous situation after another without a clue as to what is really going on. Shadowy and aloof Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro) accompanies the team, while Kate grows increasingly concerned as to who he is and why he is with them. She begins to suspect nothing is what she is being told. The body count grows as the team head into Mexico, participating in illegal activities of which Kate doesn’t approve. Who are these agents, what are they really doing, and how far will they go to fight the drug lords?
   The answer is revealed in the last minutes of the film, and the audience is left wondering who are the good guys and who are the bad. The only the thing you will know for sure is you will have just experienced one of the finest dramas in years. 5 stars.

Film Blurb
In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent [Emily Blunt] is enlisted by an elite government task force official [Josh Brolin] to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past [Benicio Del Toro], the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive. (C) Lionsgate

Everest  ✪✪✪✪½   (opens 17th September))
My Thoughts
Why? Why? Why? That’s what you’ll be thinking throughout this true story of an ill-fated climb of Everest, which left eight climbers dead. It’s an all star cast with Emily Watson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, Keira Knightley who are all great, some mastering a kiwi accent brilliantly. The special effects, too, will make you feel as though you’re right there on the hellish mountain with them.
 This true story is taken from several autobiographies written by those who survived the expedition You might have heard in the news in 1996 about the NZ climber who called home and spoke to his pregnant wife while trapped on the peak, both knowing this was the last time they would speak. Again, I ask as I watched this scene: why?
Film Blurb
  2 Guns helmer Baltasar Kormakur directs Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, and John Hawkes in this adventure docudrama set in 1996, when a number of simultaneous expeditions up Mount Everest resulted in the deaths of eight climbers. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Pixels  ✪✪✪ (opens 17th September)
My Thoughts
Poor Adam Sandler, all the critics hate his films. My family for some reason doesn’t. While they’re never on my best picture of the year list, his films are usually light, family fare. This film is harmless enough and kind of cute. The reviewers keep pointing out that Sandler keeps playing a man-child, when he’s a long way from being his Happy Madison bumbling teenager. Well to me that’s probably better than some of the gross-out, bad taste, how-far-can-we-take-this comedies Hollywood is churning out these days. Fans of the eighties and nineties video games will get a kick out of Pixels. Kids might find it fun, too, although some of the jokes will go over their heads.

Film Blurb
  As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie "The Fire Blaster" Plant (Peter Dinklage) saved the world thousands of times - at 25 cents a game in the video arcades. Now, they're going to have to do it for real. In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults -- and now-U.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens.(C) Sony

Oddball  ✪✪✪✪½  (Opens 17th September LUNA cinemas)
My thoughts
A most delightful, beautiful Australian film all the family will enjoy. If you love dogs and wildlife you will love this film with it’s gorgeous lead dog and cute little penguins. It has big Hollywood bucks production values, meaning it looks good on screen and a well paced script. Sara Snook (Predestination), Shane Jacobs (Kenny), along with a gorgeous, young Coco Jack Gillies, and a very well trained Maremma dog bring this true story to life.
It was delightful hearing all the kids in the cinema laughing at the fun bits throughout. As we left the cinema, so many children could be overheard excitedly saying how much they loved the film. Even my tough-critic teenagers enjoyed it, and that is saying something. Could this be another Red Dog and Paper Planes for the film industry? I certainly hope so. Oddball deserves it.

Film Blurb
The story of Allan "Swampy" Marsh and his Maremma dog Oddball. Swampy convinced local authorities to allow Oddball to protect a colony of Little Penguins on Middle Island from wild cats and dogs. Oddball succeeds in his campaign and becomes a front runner for Maremma dogs being used to protect other endangered Australian wildlife.


SPECIAL EVENTS
Forces of Destiny
Date: Monday 21st September
Time:  6:30pm
Location: Cinema Paradiso Details and Booking

   Join us for a special Q&A screening with producer Maggie Miles, at Windsor Cinema 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

The Room
Date: Sunday 20th September  
Time:  7:00pm
Location: Luna Leederville

   Throw your spoons! The Room is back on the Big Screen at Luna Cinemas  Leederville.  The evenings will be hosted by our resident  Room gurus  who will guide you through a really strange, bizarre & unique cinematic experience! Viewer guides and plastics spoons provided.
   Bring your friends and plastic spoons and join us once again as Wiseau returns to the big screen for another sensational night of this of the cult phenomena that’s so bad it’s good! The Room is basically a love triangle set in a San Francisco apartment building. But it’s filled with sub-plots that go nowhere, dodgy green-screen skylines, lots of un-sexy sex scenes and acting that wouldn't pass muster on a soft-focus soapie. The Room has garnered a massive world-wide cult following (especially in Perth!) leaving audiences stunned and laughing and is beloved by comic actors such as Kristen Bell, Paul Rudd and Alec Baldwin.

How to Change the World
Date: Limited season September 17-30
Time:  10:45am & 6.30pm
Location: Cinema Paradiso Details and Booking
2 screenings at Luna on SX Sat 19 and Sun 20 September.4.00pm

   Jerry Rothwell (Deep Water) returns with his self-described "hippie heist movie" chronicling the fledgling days of Greenpeace – from its beginnings in the early 70s, as a group of friends sail a boat into the maelstrom of a nuclear test zone in Alaska.
   Seamlessly melding extraordinary, never-before-seen, mint-condition 16mm footage from the archives and personal collections of seminal figures How to Change the World presents a resounding, character-rich rendering of how a disparate group of hippies ascends to such a formidable status as an iconic activist movement. It all comes super-charged with a tour-de-force score that includes Pink Floyd, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Brigitte Bardot and Canned Heat.

   A moving call to action that captures the crusade, which led to the creation of Greenpeace, Sea Shepherd and the Green political movement. Contains graphic footage that may offend.

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