Thursday, February 11, 2016

Film Stuff 11th Feb 2016

It's quite the mixed bag again this week.  I found myself laughing at a comedy which I expected to be a bore, and then bored in a documentary I expected to gobble up. And I visit a very different theatrical act, where I didn't dare fall asleep.

We are enjoying--enduring--a heat wave in Perth where I live, so I've welcomed the previews this week to find some relief from the heat. Wherever you are in the world, put down that iPad or tablet and go out and enjoy a film for a change or stay in and read a book. Maybe even one of my books. http://www.amazon.com/Susan-May/e/B00EYBGUC8/

Brooklyn  ✪✪✪✪  (opens 11th February 2016 Most cinemas & Luna Cinemas)
  Brooklyn is a beautifully told romantic story and portrayal of the challenges faced by immigrants who travelled from Europe, England, and Ireland to the land of opportunity, the USA in the fifties.
   No skype, mobiles, or Facebook in those days. Letters took weeks to arrive and loneliness and alienation were the constant companions of these brave young people building lives in an alien land. Saoirse Ronan, nominated for an Oscar for best actress, is ethereal and wonderful in this role of a timid Irish girl who gradually evolves into a woman who must choose between her homeland and her new life that she has fought to build. I’d say it’s a girls’ night out film, but I think thoughtful men will appreciate, too. One of my favorite films I previewed in 2015 when it was included in the British Film Festival.

Film Blurb
BROOKLYN tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother's home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. (C) Fox

Zoolander 2  ✪✪✪✪  (opens 11th February 2016 Most cinemas)
Having only watched the first twenty minutes of the original Zoolander after deeming it too silly to continue, it surprised me how much I enjoyed #2. It’s so darn silly and the cast seem to enjoy themselves so much, it just tickled my funny bone. Both my hubby and I were laughing out loud throughout, as was the rest of the audience. A few people mentioned afterward the first was better, although they enjoyed this one, too. It’s only drawback may be that many of the jokes are referenced to pop culture dating back to the eighties and nineties, so if you’re not up with TV shows, films, and fashion of the past three decades, some of the jokes may be lost.
   The cameos are incredible, and its spot the celebrity. When I looked up the cast, there were so many I didn’t even notice. Apparently Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West are in the mix—didn’t spot them. In particular, Kiefer Sutherland, playing against type of his well-known character from 24 Jack Bauer, is hilarious. Look out for Justin Beiber, Justin Theroux, Susan Sarandon, Milla Jovovich, Macaulay Culkin, Demi Lovato, John Malkovich, Katy Perry, M.C. Hammer, Sting, Susan Boyle, Billy Zane, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Anna Wintour, Tommy Hilfinger, Marc Jacobs, and the list goes on.
   Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson are perfect together. Owen Wilson doesn’t play any other character in his films, but that certainly suits Zoolander. Will Ferrell and a barely recognizable Kristin Wig are always hilarious. I don’t think I can love Will Ferrell any more than I did in this. Benedict Cumberbatch—funny man or woman!, and Penélope Cruz holds her own with these giants of comedy.
   If you are up for silly, then you can’t go wrong with Zoolander 2. It’s not pretty, but its fun.
Film Blurb
In 2001 Derek Zoolander was the world’s top male supermodel. 15 years later, Derek, Hansel, and Mugatu are back! This time they will be joined by some really, really, ridiculously good-looking celebrities.

NOMA - MY PERFECT STORM ✪✪½   (opens 11th February 2016 Luna cinemas)
  Join Paradiso fans for a special Q&A screening of Noma: My Perfect Storm at Cinema Paradiso on Thursday, 11 February. 6pm for 6.30pm start. Guests will enjoy a glass of wine on arrival followed by a post-screening Q&A with ex Noma chef Paul Iskov and Dale Tilbot..

   I love Master Chef, and my hubby and I are real foodies. So I went along very excited to see this documentary about the World’s #1 restaurant. Sadly, I found it undercooked. Rene Redzepi may be a genius, but the documentary filmmakers are not.
   You could be forgiven for thinking they’d just discovered slow motion shots, there were so many in this. The food, also, seemed to play a minor role. They never told us what any of the dishes were the chefs were working on, and there were few lingering shots of the masterpieces. 
  Scandinavian restaurant in Copenhagen, Noma has won the awardWhat we did receive in abundance were long, rambling walks through forests watching foragers collect produce and Redzepi carrying on about how it meant nothing to win best restaurant and then be devastated the year he comes second. When he wins it back, he then give the most bizarre and non-modest speech I’ve heard in a long time.
   The whole feel is one of pretentiousness. I just wanted to shake the man and say: “You cook food. You’re not solving the world’s health crisis or saving lives. You cook food. Get over yourself.” My husband didn’t mind it, although he agreed it was pretty dull. Certainly I didn’t feel filled with awe afterward. I just had this empty feeling in my stomach that there was an untold story there that Redzepi hadn’t allowed to be told.
Film Blurb
   Pierre Deschamps documents the four-time winner of the World's best restaurant and the man behind it, Copenhagen chef, Rene Redzepi. NOMA in Copenhagen is renowned as the best restaurant in the world, and has the accolades to prove it. But what of the man behind the ingenious gastronomy of NOMA who has managed to completely change the way food is explored the world over? We follow him as he fights his way back to the top, reinventing NOMA and attempting to reclaim the title in 2014 for the fourth time.

The End of the Tour  ✪✪✪½ (USA)
UWA Somerville:        Monday 15TH February—Sunday 21st February
ECU Joondalup:         Tuesday 23rd February –28th February

I tried to read the last book written (or partially written and then finished by the publisher after his death) by David Foster Wallace. I gave up half way through. It was far too cerebral for me. However, when he released his book Infinite Jest in 1996, he became the most talked about and revered American literary author in decades. Time magazine named Infinite Jest as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005.
   This film has been adapted from a book by journalist, and at the time writer for Rolling Stone magazine, David Lipsky, who accompanied Wallace on a tour for Infinite Jest. Being an author, I found this film fascinating. Any author or person interested in the psyche of a writer or fans of Wallace’s will find this a must see. Even though Jesse Eisenberg (Social Network) playing Lipsky and George Segal as Wallace give extremely fine performances, I do wonder if the film will hold great interest for Australian audiences.
  This two-week run of The End of the Tour coincides with the Perth Writers’ Festival 18th Feb to 21st Feb and is on the same grounds as the festival at UWA. As I always say, you can’t go wrong at Somerville or Joondalup Pines, where no matter the film you will enjoy the experience.
Film Blurb
Teeming with ideas to swell the heart and dazzle the mind, this film relives the 1996 meeting-of-minds between author, David Foster Wallace, who was hurtling to unprecedented fame for Infinite Jest, and hotshot journalist, David Lipsky. During their road trip through the wintry beauty of the American Midwest, these two smart but fragile minds debate everything, from art, writing and ego to candy, TV and Die Hard. It was, in Lipsky’s words, ‘the best conversation I ever had’ and now, thanks to two enthralling performances, it has borne one of the best films of the year.

Deadpool (not reviewed)    (opens 11th February 2016 Most cinemas)
I haven’t seen Deadpool yet. Basketball intervened on the preview night. However, I’ve heard great things. Apparently it’s dark and violent but fun. (What does that say about us?). I’ll be seeing it this weekend with the family, so I will bring you my thoughts next week.

Film Blurb
Based upon Marvel Comics' most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. (C) Fox

SPECIAL EVENTS

MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL
Date: 10th April
Time:  9pm Saturday & 1 pm Sunday
Location: Luna Leederville & Luna Essex Details and Booking

After a sell-out amazing show last year and many amazing costumed attendees..
THE HOLY GRAIL IMMERSIVE IS BACK!
(Monkey Collective Events have sold out in as little as 4hrs if THIS is your film do not wait.)
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. With pre show camelot party, Set design (it’s only a model) and the Animated Beast Photobooth.
   This is your chance to yell NEE at the top of your lungs, bang two coconuts together and feel at home with your intense fear of rabbits.
One Night only! Limited Seating. Strictly 18+ event.. We will be rude, crude and extremely unapologetic. Pre-screening entertainment from 8PM, film screening 9PM. Tickets $22 include a goodie bag.

THEATRE
100% Chicken Free - Matt Hale Comedy Hypnotist     
Fringe World Festival
Date: 10th February to 20th February
Time:  Various times in the evening. Check Website. 
Location: Soba Stadium @ Noodle Palace at Central Institute of Technology 

First up, as you read this review, you are becoming sleepy, and when you finish this review and wake up you will believe absolutely that Susan May is the greatest writer on the planet and will immediately buy all her books.
   The Fringe World Festival has been amazing this year. What I’ve loved is the pop-up areas, where local buildings and spaces have been turned into bars, show venues, and pulsating entertainment areas. Love it!
   To see Matt Hale, we climbed up a temporary two story staircase to find ourselves on the roof of the Central Institute of Technology, now temporarily renamed The Noodle Palace. It’s populated with various bars, DJs playing loud, thumping music, and hundreds of people enjoying the Perth open air. Lecture theatres and rooms have become venues, and you find yourself winding your way down fire escapes and through school halls to attend your event.
   The Soba Stadium is a lecture theatre, seating probably around 200 people. While the stage seems too small to squeeze in about 15 people, all willing to be hypnotized, Matt Hale’s huge personality certainly overcomes this minor challenge.
  

   It’s an amazing spectacle to be so close to people falling under his spell. You keep looking to see if it’s fake, but as he weeds out those who have not fallen into a deep trance (this took a good fifteen to thirty minutes), you realize this thing is really happening.
  His banter is amusing and professional and while those under his influence certainly do hilarious things, Hale shows them tremendous respect. Other than one guy dancing around every time music played, really it was more us laughing with the participants rather than at them.
   The one thing I really wished was that I could have been hypnotized myself. I did think about it (after all, I’ve already been on the shoulders of a guy on a unicycle on a tiny stage, so it couldn’t be worse), but then how would I review the show for you?
   I spent most of the show with my mouth agape in wonderment. It’s not expensive, and it’s a brilliant show. Do not miss it.

Theatre Blurb
   Do not miss this! Real hypnosis, real fun…and no chickens! Globetrotting, award winning Comedy Stage Hypnotist Matt Hale returns to Perth with his brand new show (suitable for all ages). After packed shows at 2015 Fringeworld, filming a new TV show, and touring internationally, Matt’s back with his modern brand of hypno laughs, hypnotising volunteers with hilarious (but tasteful!) consequences as their imaginations work overtime! Enjoy the show from stage or audience…the choice is always yours in this volunteers-only show. So, what will YOU do?!!!  Matt always ensures those who take part have the best time out of everyone.
And did we mention……100% CHICKEN FREE…GUARANTEED! Winner of 3 national comedy awards, Matt has hypnotised people all over the world from London to Vegas (where even Mike Tyson told him “You are AMAZING!”. He's appeared in media as diverse as the UK's tabloids, BBC, ABC, Today Tonight and has been included in the National Film and Sound Archive and Ripley's Believe It Or Not. He has also released his own range of hypnosis products.

OUTDOOR CINEMAS

Camelot Outdoor Cinema
Moonlight Cinemas
Date: December - March
Time:  Doors open at 6.00pm Film commences 8pm  
Location: Synergy Parkland in Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Enter from May Drive.
Details and Booking

Films of note this week: 
Mamma Mia   Thur  Feb 11
Breakfast at Tiffanys     Sunday Feb 14
Concussion (Advance Screening) Tues  Feb 16

Burswood Outdoor Community Cinema
Details and Booking
Date: Runs to April
Time:  Doors open at 6.30pm Film commences 7:45pm
Location: Burswood, Bassendean, Mandurah, Murdoch.
Run by over 700 volunteers, they proudly donate all profits to kids charities. To date we've raised over $6 million for kids in a health or physical crisis.

Films of note this week: 
Snoopy Friday Feb 12
The Good Dinosaur   Sunday Feb 13
Man UP  Monay Feb 14

Rooftop Movies
Details and Booking
Date: Runs to April
Time:  Doors open at 6.00pm Film commences 8pm
Location: City of Perth Roe St car park LEVEL 6 NORTHBRIDGE

Films of note this week: 
Goosebumps      Friday Feb 12
Sixteen Candles     Sunday Feb 14
                                                                              
Camelot Outdoor Movies
Details and Booking
Date: Runs to April
Time:  Doors open at 6.00pm Film commences 8pm
Location: 16 Lochee Street, Mosman Park

Films of note this week: 
The Revenant               
The Dressmaker  

Luna Outdoor Movies
Date: Runs to April
Time:  Doors open at 6.00pm Film commences 8.15 pm
Location: 155 Oxford Street, Leederville (tickets & entrance Luna Cinemas)
Details and Booking

Films of note this week: 
Room
The Room (Sun Feb 14th)
Suffragette

LOTTERY WEST FILM FESTIVAL
Details and Booking
Date: 23rd November to 10th April
Time:  Doors open at 6.00pm Film commences 8pm
Location: Somerville UWA & ECU Joondalup Pines
The End of the Tour  ✪✪✪½ (USA)
UWA Somerville:        Monday 15TH February—Sunday 21st February
ECU Joondalup:         Tuesday 23rd February –28th February

See my review above
Film Blurb
Teeming with ideas to swell the heart and dazzle the mind, this film relives the 1996 meeting-of-minds between author, David Foster Wallace, who was hurtling to unprecedented fame for Infinite Jest, and hotshot journalist, David Lipsky. During their road trip through the wintry beauty of the American Midwest, these two smart but fragile minds debate everything, from art, writing and ego to candy, TV and Die Hard. It was, in Lipsky’s words, ‘the best conversation I ever had’ and now, thanks to two enthralling performances, it has borne one of the best films of the year.

SHERPA: TROUBLE ON EVEREST (SHERPA, NEPALI AND ENGLISH) WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
UWA Somerville:        Monday 8TH February—Sunday 14th February
ECU Joondalup:         Tuesday 16th February –21ST February

Read my review here: CLICK HERE
Film Blurb
   A moving story of courage and greed, set against the magnificent backdrop of Everest. This documentary was filmed during the calamitous 2014 climbing season, when 16 Sherpa guides were killed while moving across an ice-flow to aid Western climbers. Following the disaster, climbers and Sherpas entered into a tense mountaintop stalemate. This exhilarating film exposes many truths about money, Nepal, and the meeting of first and third worlds atop this alluring, spiritual peak.

THE WAIT (L'attesa) (ITALIAN/FRENCH) with English subtitles
ECU Joondalup:         Tuesday 9th February –14th February


Single mother Anna (Oscar-winning actress Juliette Binoche, The English Patient, Chocolat, Three Colours: Blue) is in shock following the death of her teenage son Giuseppe. Shuttered up in a villa in mourning, she is visited by Giuseppe’s girlfriend Jeanne, who is unaware of recent events. And Anna is in no hurry to reveal the truth. The Wait is a calm, stylish and atmospheric tale, with a spinetingling central performance from Binoche as a woman in denial.


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