Thursday, March 10, 2016

Film Stuff March 10, 2016

Enjoy this podcast taken from my film news and review spot on Radio CurtinFM 100.4 with the wonderful Jenny Seaton where I discuss this week's film stuff. You can subscribe or access this also on iTunes:  iTunes or on Google Play by downloading the PodBean app and searching for Film & Book Google Play.

What another amazing week we've had in the Susan May author business.  Back Again, my time travel thriller/drama has shot up to the top of the charts ranking in the top #180 on Amazon USA. It's also currently ranking #1 in Time Travel and and a nice little #6 in all of horror books, and #13 in overall Science Fiction even ahead of Stephen King's 11/22/63 and Andy Weir's The Martian, and Blake Crouch's Wayward Pines (he has a TV show). Sheesh, all these guys have films and TV shows running at the moment, so I'm kinda thrilled about this. Hollywood, this book's film and television rights are available, if ya wondering!

I love all this attention my books are receiving, but it sure does make it hard to stay on track with the next novel The Troubles Keeper. I just keep putting the release date back. It was January, then March, now I think possibly May.

However, I've been spending a lot of time organising paperbacks for my books, redoing covers, creating a compilation of all my short stories in Behind Dark Doors (the complete collection).  The most exciting diversion is that the audio for Deadly Messengers has arrived last weekend. I'm just listening through it now for editing. There's ten hours of it. Those of you who haven't tried Audible books, I have a special deal coming up for you on the release of Deadly Messengers in Audible. Trust me, you are going to love this book. My wonderful narrator and now friend Anne JohnstonBrown, an award winning voice talent and actress, has really brought this book to life. These characters feel so real, the book is even more frightening.

Anyway, you came here for films, right? So off you go, read all about the latest film releases below. See you next week. Have fun, and buy one of my books why doncha!

The Daughter ✪✪✪  (Opens  March 17 Luna cinemas)
Early Advance Screenings at Luna Leederville and Luna SX Fri 11 Mar - Sun 13 Mar. Main season commences Thu 17 Mar at Luna Cinemas

My Thoughts
  The interesting thing about this Australian film is that it is an adaptation of an Ibsen play from the late 1800s. It does feel very much like a play, too. However, it has strong performances from the leads who are, for the most, international stars: Geoffrey Rush, Miranda Otto, Sam Neill, Paul Schneider, and worth seeing for their performances. Newcomer, Odessa Young, who also starred recently in Looking for Grace, really has a huge career ahead of her. I’m sure she will be stolen away by Hollywood shortly.
I can’t say I enjoyed this film. The subject matter is dark and the characters other than poor Hedvig the daughter (Odessa Young), around which the story centers, are reasonably unlikable. Still it does have fine production values and keeps you guessing until all is revealed. I just didn’t buy the responses from the characters at the end, and the rather dramatic and gut-wrenching final scene is tough to watch. You do find yourself thinking what would you do. However I think the characters’ responses would be more real if this had been set in the era of it’s source material, where people would be less enlightened. Still bravo to the producers for picking up a play from more than one hundred years ago and turning it into a modern day drama.

Film Blurb
Acclaimed actor and stage director Simon Stone makes his highly impressive debut in feature filmmaking with this adaptation of his award-winning play The Wild Duck featuring a top-flight Australian cast in an emotional & unsettling drama of family life

In the last days of a dying logging town, Christian (Paul Schneider) returns after a long absence to his family home for his father Henry’s (Geoffrey Rush) wedding to a much younger woman. While home, Christian reconnects with his childhood friend Oliver (Ewen Leslie), who has stayed in town working at Henry’s timber mill and is now out of a job. As Christian gets to know Oliver’s wife Charlotte (Miranda Otto), daughter Hedvig (newcomer Odessa Young), and father Walter (Sam Neill), he unearths a devastating secret that could tear Oliver’s family apart.

MICROBE & GASOLINE ✪✪✪½  (Alliance French Film Festival-Opens Cinema Paradiso, Northbridge, Luna on SX, Fremantle & Windsor, Nedlands) Details and Booking

I am partial to a good French film. They’re so quirky and whimsical. Microbe & Gasoline is less whimsical, but quirky as frog’s legs pate Two precocious mid-teens from difficult homes, build their own car and conceal its nature by disguising it as a small house, so when the police pass by they won’t recognize it as an unlicensed car. An amusing and sweet film, it has sublime moments. The first thirty minutes dragged a touch, but once the boys embarked on their Thelma and Louise road trip, the film got on the right road (so to speak). If you love French cinema, you will enjoy this one for sure.

Film Blurb
Microbe & Gasoline (French: Microbe et Gasoil) is a 2015 French comedy film written and directed by Michel Gondry. The film follows the adventures of two teenagers who take a road trip in their self-assembled vehicle. The film stars newcomers Théophile Baquet and Ange Dargent, along with Audrey Tautou.

Grimsby Opens March 10 2016 Most cinemas
Not reviewed, sorry. The latest from Sascha Baron Cohen and also starring Mark Strong. Need I say more?

Film Blurb
MI6's top assassin has a brother. Unfortunately for him, he's an English football hooligan from the town of Grimsby. Nobby has everything a man from the poor English fishing town of Grimsby could want - 9 children and the most attractive girlfriend in northern England. There's only one thing missing in his life: his little brother, Sebastian.

Spear (not reviewed)  Opens March 10 2016 (Luna Cinemas Perth
Join Luna Cinema for 2 Exclusive Q&A screenings in the Luna Outdoor on Thur Mar 10 (hosted by Jub Clerc, director of Abbreviation in THE TURNING) and Fri Mar 11 with special guest  Writer/Producer  John Harvey who will present and talk about this extraordinary striking and original work following the 8.00pm session. Doors open 6.45pm.

Film Blurb
Stephen Page directs members  of the Bangarra Dance Theatre in the story  of a young  man's  journey  to  discover what ancient traditions mean to modern man. A ground-breaking work from Bangarra Dance Theatre's Stephen Page telling a contemporary Aboriginal story through movement and dance. It follows a young Aboriginal man Djali (Hunter Page-Lochard) as he journeys through his community to understand what it means to be a man with ancient traditions in a modern world. Featuring dancers from Stephen's highly acclaimed company, this is an intimate journey with one of Australia's most celebrated artists as he brings this modern day mythology to the screen.

10 CLOVERFIELD LANE   (not reviewed)   March 10 2016 (Most Cinemas Perth)
   I haven’t seen this film yet. I will though. The film started as a script titled The Cellar, but during production under Bad Robot Productions, it evolved to become what producer J. J. Abrams described as "a blood relative" or spiritual successor but not "a literal sequel" of the 2008 film Cloverfield. There was something creepy and fresh about 2008 Cloverfield, so I’m looking forward to this one.
   It’s produced by Bad Robot, which is an American film and television production company owned by J. J. Abrams, responsible for the television series Alias, Lost, Fringe, Person of Interest and Revolution alongside the feature-length films Cloverfield, Star Trek, Super 8, Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Trek Beyond.

Film Blurb
A young woman wakes up after a terrible accident to find that she's locked in a cellar with a doomsday prepper, who insists that he saved her life and that the world outside is uninhabitable following an apocalyptic catastrophe. Uncertain what to believe, the woman soon determines that she must escape at any cost.

The 27thAlliance Française French Film Festival

Date: Opens 16th March–7th April
Time:  Various Times
Location: Cinema Paradiso, Northbridge, Luna on SX, Fremantle & Windsor, Nedlands Details and Booking

   The 27thAlliance Française French Film Festival will return to Luna Palace Cinemas in March with an exceptional array of contemporary French cinema guaranteed to delight, stimulate and indulge.
    Presented by the Alliance Française in association with the Embassy of France in Australia, uniFrance Films and the gracious support of globally renowned Principal Sponsor, Peugeot, the festival will present a truly thrilling line-up of 48 titles featuring the best French and indeed, worldwide acting talents. Nine evocatively named sections will include highlights such as director Jacques Audiard’s 2015 Palme d’Or winning masterpiece DHEEPAN, as well as A PERFECT MAN, LOVE AT FIRST CHILD, MARGUERITE, MON ROI, FIRST GROWTH, TAJ MAHAL, UN PLUS UNEand VALLEY OF LOVE. Five of France’s most
popular television shows will also appear.

Date: Opens 16th March
Time:   7pm Screening & after party at 9pm at Connections Nightclub, Northbridge.
Location: Cinema Paradiso Northbridge Details and Booking

    Join film lovers on March 16 at Cinema Paradiso for the Opening Night of the 2016 Alliance Francaise French Film Festival and the Perth premiere of the drama-comedy ROSALIE BLUM, then celebrate at the after party at Connections Night Club in Northbridge.
    Julien Rappeneau's enchanting directorial debut is a warm, witty and impeccably performed drama-comedy about a random encounter that has unexpected and far-reaching consequences

Disney Movie Stars Festival
Date: March 5 – March 13
Time: (check Event Cinemas site for exact times)
Location: Event Cinema Details and Booking

Celebrate the magical timeless storytelling of Walt Disney Animation Studios at the Disney Movie Stars Film Festival.

Bring the family, dress up, sing along and enjoy Disney’s animated classics as they were made to be seen - on the big screen. From a tale as old as time (Beauty and the Beast) to a modern day classic (Frozen), make sure you catch them all from February 20
Films & Screening Dates:
Beauty and the Beast      20 – 21 February
Aladdin  27 – 28 February
The Lion King   5 – 6 March
Frozen     12 – 13 March

In The House (classics)
Date: March 11
Time: Friday 7pm
Location: Event Cinema Innaloo Details and Booking
Tickets: Non Cine Buzz member tickets $12 Member Tickets: $10*

Some of cinemas most celebrated films return to our screens in the 2016 season of ‘In The House’! Hosted by Shannon Harvey of the West Australian.

Join the conversation on the dedicated In The House Facebook page and tell us what YOU want to see back up on the big screen here.

Friday 11th March- Goodfellas (R18+) 1990 film release: directed by Martin Scorsese. Joe Pesci won for best supporting actor. Stars Rober De Niro, Ray Liotta. Nominated for 6 Oscars.

Date: Friday March 11 & Sun March 13
Time:  10:30am Saturday and 1:00pm Sunday  (check Luna Cinemas site for exact times)
Location: Windsor Nedlands Details and Booking
Approx RT: 2 hours 55 minutes incl. intermission

The Bolshoi breathes new life into John Neumeier’s tragic masterpiece, inspired by Alexandre Dumas’ novel and accompanied by Chopin’s exquisite score. This production assumes a new emotional and dramatic texture that only the Bolshoi’s dancers can deliver. “Neumeier’s character-rich ballet has found a company that is equal to its challenges” – Financial Times.
Music Frédéric Chopin  | Choreography John Neumeier After Alexandre Dumas | Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet


Camelot Outdoor Cinema Nedlands
Moonlight Cinemas
Details and Booking
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.

Films of note this week:  
Kung Fu Panda 3 Fri March 11
Zootopia (Advance Screening) Saturday March 12
London has Fallen (Advance Screening) Wednesday March 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
The Revenant

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: 
13 Hours     
Steve Jobs   

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: 
I saw Flickerfest here last week. Such a beautiful venue and the food is divine.

All the Oscar Films: The Revenant, Steve Jobs, Spotlight, The H8ful Eight
The Daughter Wednesday March 16 (Special Preview and World Music Night with the Eduardo Cossio Trio)

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

Films of note this week: 
Spear  (special Q & As)
Zoolander 2

Details and Booking
Date: 23rd November to 10th April
Time:  Doors open at 6.00pm Film commences 8pm
Location: Somerville UWA & ECU Joondalup Pines

Films this week:
UWA Somerville:          Monday 14th March—Sunday 20TH  March
ECU Joondalup:           Tuesday 22nd  March –27th March
Film Blurb
Gummi and Kiddi are brothers and neighbours, yet they have barely spoken in 40 years.

They are rival famers in a tiny sheep-breeding community, hemmed into a remote Icelandic valley. Men of immense pride but very few words, Gummi and Kiddi are forced to interact when their rams are threatened by disease. A thread of deadpan Nordic humour runs through this tale of sheep, liquor, stubbornness and deep-buried love, which was a major crowd-pleaser at the Cannes Film Festival.

Miles Ahead (not reviewed) (USA)
UWA Somerville:          Monday March 7—Sunday March 13
ECU Joondalup:           Tuesday March 15 –March 20

Film Blurb
After changing music forever, not once but multiple times, Miles Davis disappeared from public view in 1975. Afflicted by painful health problems and nursing both a drug habit and a broken heart, Davis slunk into wary, reptilian hermitage in his chaotic New York apartment. This fascinating episode of Davis’ life, incorporating his fleeting flashes of creative alchemy, is captured by director and leading actor, Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda). Oscar-nominee Cheadle has made a film for fans and newcomers alike; it’s a gutsy, absorbing account of Davis’ complexity, and a demonstration of how to depict a mercurial genius.

The Legend of Barney Thomson  ✪✪✪✪
ECU Joondalup:           Tuesday 8th March –12th March

Film Blurb
Barber Barney Thomson (Robert Carlyle, The Full Monty) has a problem – his banter is so tedious that he’s become a liability at his Glasgow workplace. As events take a grisly turn and customers and staff start to disappear, Barney, with blood on his hands, turns to his bingo-loving mother, played by a near-unrecognisable Emma Thompson (Love Actually, Nanny McPhee) for help. A salty, Scottish black comedy, enhanced by Thompson’s macabre matriarch.

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