Thursday, March 3, 2016

Film Stuff March 3 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



It's been a quiet week for film reviews from me. Many of the films I did see last week, which was busy are not released for a few weeks or even a month or so. I've been busy working on the edits of my next book and answering emails from wonderful readers who've written to share how much they are enjoying my stories. One lovely reader commented they were star-struck when I wrote back. Please, it's me who is star struck that someone would take the time out of their busy lives to send me a few lines.  

I released a new book last week, which was a compilation of my three short story collections Behind Dark Doors one, two, and three.  To my surprise and absolute delight, it shot straight up the charts and ended up in the #1 position in horror short stories and #9 on all horror short stories on Amazon. What a thrill! 

To celebrate, I'm running a Kindle Countdown on my short story The War Veteran from March 4 to March 11. Normally it's priced at $2.99, but you can grab it for the great value of $0.99. It also includes a bonus short story and a fifty page excerpt from Deadly Messengers. If you would like to grab it at this great price and buy me a coffee, in doing so, then click on the cover here.

Now off to the movies you go. There's some great films this week and opened over the last few weeks. Enjoy!

The Lady in the Van ✪✪✪½ (opens March 3 2016 Most cinemas & Luna Cinemas Perth)
   This is a delightful film and demonstrates why Maggie Smith is such a beloved thespian and has won two Academy Awards.  Based on the memoirs of playwright and comedian Alan Bennett who allows a literally homeless woman to park her van in his driveway and live there for fifteen years. It’s well put together and is actually penned by Bennett. Maggie Smith dominates the rest of the cast, but Alex Jennings as Bennett is also very good.  It’s so British in its humor and we Aussies love British humor, so I think it will do well. I’m not sure why Maggie Smith wasn’t nominated for an Oscar. I think she deserved to a win over Brie Larson for best actress and possibly in the best supporting actress role as much as Alicia Vikander.
  It’s a charming film for everyone. Should be one of those sleeper hits like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Awards won by Maggie Smith:
Among her major competitive awards, Smith has won two Oscars, five BAFTAs (including a record four for Best Actress), three Emmys and a Tony Award. Other significant awards include three Golden Globes, five Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a record five Best Actress Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Smith is one of only twelve actresses to have achieved the Triple Crown of Acting, which is competitive Academy Award, Emmy Award and Tony Award wins.[1] Overall in her career to date she has won 55 competitive awards from 154 nominations. She has also received numerous honorary awards, including the BAFTA Special Award (1993), the BAFTA Fellowship (1996) and the Special Olivier Award (2010)
Oscar Wins: 1978   California Suite    Best Supporting Actress, 1969 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Best Actress

Film Blurb
Dame Maggie Smith, a two-time Oscar® winner, recreates one of her most celebrated roles – the singular Miss Shepherd – in TriStar’s The Lady in the Van, Alan Bennett’s big-screen comedic adaptation of his own iconic memoir and honoured stage play. The tale is based on the true story of Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who “temporarily” parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. What begins as a begrudged favour becomes a relationship that will change both their lives. Filmed on the street and in the house where Bennett and Miss Shepherd lived all those years, acclaimed director Nicholas Hytner reunites with Bennett (The Madness of King George, The History Boys) to bring this touching, poignant, and life-affirming story to the screen. Golden Globe Nominations:  Best Actress/Comedy/musical (Maggie Smith)

Special fundraising event with The Lady in the Van

Date: 10th March
Time: (6:30pm)
Location: Cygnet Cinemas, Como Details and Booking

The Rotary Club of East Perth is holding a fundraising night at Cygnet Cinema, Preston St, Como on Thursday 10th March 6.00pm for 6.30pm start. Bookings at www.trybooking.com/184889
Cost is $20.00 per ticket + .30c booking fee.

Proceeds to Carson Street School Conductive Education.
Conductive Education is a holistic educational system for children and adults with motor difficulties and allied needs, developed by Hungarian Professor Andras Peto at the International Peto Institute, in Budapest, Hungary.

The Finest Hour (not reviewed yet)   (opens March 3  Most cinemas)
  I have not seen yet, but will review in the next two weeks.

Film Blurb
Based on the extraordinary true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history. The film transports audiences to the heart of the action, creating a fully-immersive cinematic experience on an epic scale.

Triple 9 (not reviewed yet)    (opens March 3  most cinemas)
 I have not seen this film yet, but will review in the next two weeks.
Film Blurb
In TRIPLE NINE, a crew of dirty cops is blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist

and the only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down." Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck action-packed finale tangled with double-crosses, greed and revenge. (C) Open Road Films

SPECIAL EVENTS
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

Queen
Date: March 6
Time: 3:30pm
Location: Event Cinema Innaloo Details and Booking
 
Filmed live on Christmas Eve 1975 at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, and bringing to a climax the most eventful and exciting year so far in the band’s career, this ground-breaking concert was transmitted live on BBC Two’s Old Grey Whistle Test and captured the band firing on all cylinders as they performed breakthrough hits like Killer Queen, Liar, Keep Yourself Alive and Now I’m Here, as well as the now monumental classic Bohemian Rhapsody.

This special cinema event includes a never-before-seen documentary featuring archive footage and interviews with all four members of the band, offering an illuminating insight into the game-changing year of 1975.

In The House (classics)
Date: February 12 – May 27
Time: Friday 7pm
Location: Event Cinema Innaloo Details and Booking
Tickets: Non Cine Buzz member tickets $12 Member Tickets: $10*

Friday 11th March- Goodfellas (R18+)
Friday 1st April - Highlander (M)
Friday 15th April - The Princess Bride (PG)
Friday 29th April - Blade Runner (M)
Friday 13th May - The Breakfast Club (M)
Friday 27th May - Star Trek: Wrath of Khan (PG)

Some of cinemas most celebrated films are set to return to our screens in the 2016 season of ‘In The House’!
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.

MET OPERA: THE PEARL FISHERS
Date: Saturday March 5 & Sun March 6
Time:  11:30am Saturday and 1:00pm Sunday  (check Luna Cinemas site for exact times)
Location: Luna Leederville & Luna SX Fremantle Details and Booking
Approx RT: 2 hours 55 minutes incl. intermission

Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers) NEW PRODUCTION. Bizet’s gorgeous opera of lust and longing set in the Far East returns to the Met stage for the first time in 100 years. Soprano Diana Damrau stars as Leïla, the beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her hand. Her suitors are tenor Matthew Polenzani and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien, who sing the lilting duet “Au fond du temple saint,” which opera fans know and adore. Director Penny Woolcock explores the timeless themes of pure love, betrayal, and vengeance in a production that vividly creates an undersea world on the stage of the Met. Conductor Gianandrea Noseda brings his romantic flair to the lush score from the composer of Carmen. CONDUCTOR: Gianandrea Noseda PRODUCTION: Penny Woolcock CAST: Diana Damrau, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien (Sung in French with Met Titles in English)

OPERA ROMA LA CENERENTOLA
Date: Saturday March 4 & Sun March 6
Time:  10:30am (check Luna Cinemas site for exact times)
Location: Cinema Paradiso Details and Booking
Approx RT: Duration approx 2h 57 incl interval

A magically entertaining work, Rossini’s version of the Cinderella folk tale features neither pumpkin nor glass slipper. Don Ramiro the prince (Argentinean tenor Juan Francisco Gatell) changes identities with his servant (Vito Priante) in the hopes of finding a girl who likes him simply for himself. Italian mezzo-soprano Serena Malfi stars as Angelina (Cenerentola). Emma Dante's innovative production is brimming with talent.
Conductor: Alejo Pérez. Production: Emma Dante. Cast: Juan Francisco Gatell, Vito Priante (Sung in Italian with English subtitles)

OUTDOOR CINEMAS

Northbridge Rooftop Movies
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: 
The Lion King Sat March 5
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Tuesday March 8
Deadpool  Wednesday March 9

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
Goosebumps Friday March 4
Daddy’s Home   Sunday March 6
Spotlight   Saturday March 5

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: 
The Hateful Eight      Friday March 4
Spotlight      Saturday March 5
The Notebook   (Rachel McAdams & Ryan Gosling) Tuesday March 8

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: 
Flickerfest 2016  Most of the week
The first of two international programmes on tour featuring the best short films from around the world from Flickerfest’s five international Academy Award accredited competition programmes in Bondi 2016.
Screening: 2016 Tour | Running Time: 111 min | Classification: under 15yrs to be with an adult.

All the Oscar Films: The Revenant, Room, Spotlight, The Danish Girl

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: 
The Boy & the Beast (Anime)
The Room Sunday March 6 (bring your spoons)
Hail Caesar! (rest of week)

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:
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
UWA Somerville:          Monday 29th February—Sunday 6TH  March
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.

LA BELLE SAISON (SUMMERTIME)   Not Reviewed (FRENCH)
ECU Joondalup:           Tuesday March 1 – March 6

Film Blurb
That giddy, all-consuming thrill of first love is conveyed with great empathy in La belle saison. It is 1971 and smart, young Delphine is bored at home on her parents’ farm in the verdant French countryside. She flees to Paris and immediately falls for older Carole (Cécile De France, In Harmony, 2016 PIAF), a leader in the emerging women's rights movement. La belle saison is many things all at once – a swoon-worthy love affair, a fascinating snapshot of the 1970s and a window to female friendships across a cultural divide.



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