Friday, March 25, 2016

Film Stuff March 24 2016

So many films this week, so we shall just get on with my thoughts below. See you next week. Oh, and next week is the big week on air where Matt Hale the hypnotist comes down to the studio and hypnotises me for the show. I'm kinda looking forward to it. Should be fun, despite my supreme nervousness about the event. So make sure you subscribe to my podcast at  iTunes: iTunes or on Google Play by downloading the PodBean app and searching for Film & Book Stuff Google Play





BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE ✪✪✪✪ (Opens March 24 most cinemas) 
This DC Comics based film is everything the trailers promise. Great acting from A-listers (I can’t get enough of looking at Henry Cavill), fantastic action sequences where the CGI is seamless, and a storyline with enough twists and progression to keep even the most anti-blockbuster viewer entertained.
    Director Zack Snyder, who is no stranger to action films having taken the reigns of 2013 Man of Steel (the first film of the revitalization of the Superman franchise) knows his stuff. He also directed 300, Watchman and Sucker Punch, all films with an edge. The film is left wide open for the follow up, and an introduction to half a dozen new franchises.
   I see, with a quick check on IMDB, that Snyder has his hand in the pie as director of Justice League Part one (pre-production) and Justice League Part two (Just announced—of course, now they’ve seen this one’s box office), which I presume will continue this story, just as this film is a continuation of the previous Superman film. He’s also producing 2016 Suicide Squad (post-production), 2017 Wonder Woman (filming)  2018 The Flash (announced), 2018 Aquaman (announced).
   So along with X-Men, Marvel and its various franchises with too many to name, it seems superheroes are here to stay at least for the next five years. If they are all up to the standard of Batman v Superman, then bring it on. This is what you pay your entry ticket to enjoy.
Film Blurb
Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) share the screen in this Warner Bros./DC Entertainment co-production penned by David S. Goyer and Chris Terrio, and directed by Zack Snyder. Amy Adams and Diane Lane return as Lois Lane and Martha Kent, respectively. Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City's own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis' most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it's ever known before.

EYE IN THE SKY ✪✪✪✪½ (Opens March 24 Luna Cinemas)
This story is told in real time and it will be one of the tensest hour and forty-minutes you’ll experience in film for a long time. Every actor, Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Aaron Paul, and other actors playing secondary roles, brings their best to this look on modern-day warfare. Officials watch from their boardroom, pilots sit in sea-container-like sheds in the Las Vegas desert, IT specialists connect from Hawaii, while field operatives in Nairobi spy via drones in the form of birds and tiny bugs.
  It’s not so much an action packed film, but the politics are full on action and engrossing along with the technology. This is one superb script and smart direction by actor/director Gavin Hood (Ender’s Game, Rendition, X-Men Origins). He plays Lt Colonel Walsh on the US side of the operations.
  The complex debate among the characters on what human collateral damage is acceptable raises key questions about the value of human life. It also reminds us that thanks to the new age of terrorists, danger lurks everywhere and we are grateful of government agencies watchful eyes at the same time we are mortified by the choices they no doubt make. 
  This is one film you must see on screen to fully enjoy. You need the full immersion and ability to give it your full attention in a darkened cinema. It’s worth your entertainment dollars.
Film Blurb
Helen Mirren leads an all-star cast, including Alan Rickman and Aaron Paul, in a riveting new thriller from the Oscar-winning director of Tsotsi, Gavin Hood. Spanning all corners of the globe, an international terrorist task force has tracked a wanted suspect to a Kenyan safehouse. Tasked with capturing the wanted man and his accomplice, a UK-based Colonel (Mirren) must navigate the difficulties of international politics, collateral damage and constantly changing circumstances to achieve her goal. A return to form for director Hood, EYE IN THE SKY is a gripping account of modern warfare and how the battlefield has been replaced by politics, drones and the expendable nature of innocent lives.

KUNG FU PANDA 3 ✪✪✪½ (Opens March 24 Most cinemas)
My kids have grown up with Kung Fu Panda, so this was a hotly anticipated preview for our family. It’s more of the same with Jack Black’s energy perfect for the hapless Po. I can’t help giggling inside each time Mantis had lines; Seth Rogan just has the coolest, most irreverent voice. 
  The kids said it wasn’t as good as the first two, but nothing is going to compare to the fun of finding new characters in which to fall in love. My husband and I enjoyed it and there were quite a few laugh out loud moments. There’s a strong message, too, of working together, family, and finding your inner strength. This and Zootopia are good bets for school holidays or Easter viewing.

Film Blurb
When Po's long lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible-learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!

MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 ✪✪½ (opens March 24 2016 Most cinemas)
   My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 has some delightful moments and a few chuckles. It’s nothing fabulous, but I do give it kudos for attempting comedy entertainment without the foul language and full frontal sexual content filling most releases out of Hollywood these days.
   Fourteen years on and the gang is all back. Nia Vardalos is still charming, but Andrea Martin as Aunt Voula absolutely steals the film. The audience with whom we previewed the film really loved it. There was much laughter and applause at the end, but they were an older crowd. For me, the jokes were very nineties and the film felt dated. However, if you want to see what the gang is up to all these years later and you were a fan of the 2002 first film (and many people were), then I’m sure you will enjoy.

Film Blurb
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 reveals a Portokalos family secret that will bring the beloved characters back together for an even bigger and Greeker wedding.

A BIGGER SPLASH ✪✪ (opens March 24 Most cinemas & Luna Cinemas)
Don’t be misled by the cast. Yes, they are all up there as great actors. Tilda Swinton and Matthias Schoenaerts are two of my favourite actors, but this is dull as dishwater  It’s a European produced and directed film, and there must have been some tax concessions happening for this to be made. The story goes nowhere and is hugely self-indulgent, not to the degree of 45 Years. I’ve seen worse, but I seriously recommend you catch it on streaming or DVD (does anyone hire DVDs anymore?). That way when you’ve had enough, you can switch it off. For me, that was about half way through when I saw it wasn’t going anywhere. Two belly-flop stars.
Film Blurb
   From the director of the Academy Award nominated I AM LOVE comes a psychological suspense drama that will invite audiences into the fragile and dangerous world of relationships. When a glamorous couple decide to vacation on a remote Italian island, their rest is disrupted by the sudden visit of an old friend and his luscious daughter. Suddenly, what was supposed to be a perfect romantic getaway turns into a whirlwind of jealousy, passion and danger, sparking some flames that should not necessarily be ignited. Starring Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Matthias Schoenaerts and Dakota Johnson.

OUR LITTLE SISTER ✪✪✪ JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
UWA Somerville:          Monday 28th March—Sunday 3RD  April
ECU Joondalup:           Tuesday 5th April –10th April

This is the second to last film screening at Lottery West Film Festival. Independent Japanese films are struggling to get funding. I can understand why when they are contemporary stories. They are masters of Manga and are pioneers in horror, but they’re dramas, well, they just lack drama. 
   Our Little Sister I liken to watching paint dry, but it’s exquisite paint. So if you are prepared to spend two hours watching the Japanese version of A Country Practice or Neighbours, you will like this. In calling it slow and plodding, I still enjoyed it. The setting and actors are just stunning, and don’t get me started on the food. An exotic slice of Japanese life that will linger with you.
Film Blurb
This subtle family drama with an uplifting Japanese flavour is the latest film by master director, Hirokazu Koreeda (Like Father, Like Son, 2014 PIAF). Set in a bright, warm summer in picturesque Kamakura, the story concerns three sisters in their 20s who welcome a 14-year old half-sister into their house after the girls’ errant father passes away. The sisters’ friendship, as well as their battles, are acutely observed. Our Little Sister is a cherishable summertime delight.

SPECIAL EVENTS

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.

LADIES NIGHT
LOLO
Date: Friday APRIL 1
Time:   6pm Function Film Screening at 6:45pm
Location: Paradiso Northbridge Details and Booking

Grab your girlfriends and enjoy a glass of wine on arrival, delicacies and entertainment, followed by a screening of Julie Delpy's latest romantic comedy LOLO.

   Julie Delpy writes, directs and stars in this stupendously funny comedy of a later life love affair thwarted by an extremely possessive adult son. Delpy's fourth film as a director since 2 Days in Paris shows that she is among the best of today's comic filmmakers, delivering constant laughs and tremendous characters.
    Delpy plays the neurotic Parisian sophisticate and divorcee Violette, who while on holiday finds new love with an IT boffin, Jean-René (comedy icon Dany Boon, Superchondriac - Festival 2015). When Jean-René joins her in Paris, all seems perfect - but for the insistent campaign of sabotage by Violette's 19-year-old son, Lolo (a terrifically louche Vincent Lacoste, Eden - Festival 2015).
   Also starring Karin Viard (Almost Friends - Festival 2015) as Violette's happily brazen best friend Ariane, this brilliantly paced film is full of plausibly awkward situations and witty observations on family ties. Boon, himself a talented writer-performer-director, plays straight to Delpy's hysterical hypochondriac, and the film features surprising cameos from the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and novelist Frederic Beigbeder.  Equal parts hilarious and honest; LOLO is a comedy highlight of the year.
TASTE OF FRANCE
FIRST GROWTH
Date: Opens March 24
Time:   6:00pm for drinks and wine related activity. Film Screening at 6:30pm
Location: Cinema Paradiso Details and Booking

Enjoy a taste of France with a glass of red wine on arrival and a wine related activity followed by a screening of Premiers Crus - First Growth.
   Bursting with sumptuous cinematography of the vineyards of Burgundy, an assured cast and a feel-good script, FIRST GROWTH is vintage French film-making about the art of making wine.
   The story concerns Charlie, the son of a wine grower who left his vineyard home to become a renowned Parisian oenologist and the author of a hugely successful wine guide. When Charlie returns to help his family's failing enterprise he struggles with temperamental weather, a delicate grape and the doubts of his father (Gérard Lanvin, Get Well Soon - Festival 2015). Can the wine critic become a wine producer?

OUR LAST TANGO OPENING CELEBRATION
Date: Thur March 24
Time: 7:00pm Thurs Film: 7:20  (check Luna Cinemas site for exact times)
Location: Luna Leederville Details and Booking

    Perth Tango Club invite you to join them  for  an exciting  pre show  entertainment of tango to celebrate this story  of  love  between the  two most famous dancers in tango's history. Why not make this an unforgettable night as  we  journey  into the heart of tango from 7.00pm Film starts 7.20pm 
German Krall looks at the lives of two of Tango's  most famous dancers. Interviews and archival material provide  the background, while key events are choreographed and told  through the art they loved
    Nominated for Best Documentary at the Stockholm and Yamagata International Film Festivals, German Karl's love-letter to the power of dance is a story of devotion and respect between the two most famous dancers in the tango's history. María Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes met when they were teenagers before they formed a dance floor partnership that saw them perform together for nearly fifty years. Separated by changing circumstances and a decline in Argentina's passion for the tango, a desire to instill an affection for the dance within a new generation brings about an opportunity for the duo to be reunited. Executive produced by Wim Wenders.

EXHIBITION: GOYA VISIONS OF FLESH & BLOOD
Date: Sat March 26 & Sun March 27
Time: 1:00pm  Saturday and Sunday  (check Luna Cinemas site for exact times)
Location: Cinema Paradiso Details and Booking

From the National Gallery, London comes GOYA: VISIONS OF FLESH AND BLOOD Heir to Velázquez, hero to Picasso. Discover Spain’s celebrated artist with this cinematic tour de force based on the National Gallery’s must-see exhibition.

OUTDOOR CINEMAS

Camelot Outdoor Cinemas
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: 
Eddy the Eagle Thur March 24
The Man Who Knew Infinity (Advance Screening) Friday March 25
Dad's Army (Advance Screening) Sunday March 27
Closed Sunday last screening

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 Good Dinosaur (Thur March 24)
Gods of Egypt
The Revenant
Risen

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: 

All the Oscar Films:
Sherpa Trouble on Everest
Carol
Room
Steve Jobs

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: 
A Bigger Splash

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

Films this week:
OUR LITTLE SISTER ✪✪✪ JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
UWA Somerville:          Monday 28th March—Sunday 3RD  April
ECU Joondalup:           Tuesday 5th April –10th April

This is the second to last film screening at Lottery West Film Festival. Independent Japanese films are struggling to get funding. I can understand why when they are contemporary stories. They are masters of Manga and are pioneers in horror, but they’re dramas, well, they just lack drama. 
   Our Little Sister I liken to watching paint dry, but it’s exquisite paint. So if you are prepared to spend two hours watching the Japanese version of A Country Practice or Neighbours, you will like this. In calling it slow and plodding, I still enjoyed it. The setting and actors are just stunning, and don’t get me started on the food. An exotic slice of Japanese life that will linger with you.
Film Blurb
This subtle family drama with an uplifting Japanese flavour is the latest film by master director, Hirokazu Koreeda (Like Father, Like Son, 2014 PIAF). Set in a bright, warm summer in picturesque Kamakura, the story concerns three sisters in their 20s who welcome a 14-year old half-sister into their house after the girls’ errant father passes away. The sisters’ friendship, as well as their battles, are acutely observed. Our Little Sister is a cherishable summertime delight.

Embrace of the Serpent (COLOMBIA/ VENEZUELA/ ARGENTINA)
UWA Somerville:          Monday 21st March—Sunday 27TH  March

Filmed in black and white, which gives this film an austere mood, despite the beautiful scenery in which it is filmed. I’m sure the director chose this in order for us to pay attention to the story and the message. There’s a beautiful naivety to this film, and yet it packs a wallop. You feel as though you, too, like the characters are carried along into an alien country in a dream. I learned so much about the devastation of the South American jungles and the damage to it’s people’s culture. This is film is poetry and resonates deeply within you. All the reviewers with me really enjoyed it. However, I don’t think it is for everyone. It’s not action packed and there is much left for your to decipher. If you are seeing it though at Somerville here in Perth, I can’t imagine a more beautiful place to see a beautiful film about appreciating nature and the fine balance of sustainability.
Film Blurb
Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, this exquisite, dreamlike tale of Amazonian adventure is a treat for all the senses. In 1909, German scientist Theodor Koch-Grunberg travelled down the Amazon to learn about its people and search for a fabled healing plant. Thirty years later, American Richard Evans Schultes tried to repeat Koch-Grunberg ’s research. Embrace of the Serpent is a poetic, philosophical and even trance-like journey through time and space, full of gorgeous images, strange thrills and potent ideas.

Rams (not reviewed) ICELANDIC WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
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.

 genius.

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