Friday, June 24, 2016

What's on in film 23rd June 2016?


FINDING DORY BREAKS RECORDS

The Pixar sequel far surpassed its already ocean-sized expectations to take in $136.2 million in North American theatres, making it the highest-grossing animated debut of all time, not adjusting for inflation, according to comScore estimates Sunday.
The 2007 film “Shrek the Third” was the previous record-holder, with a $121.6 million debut.
Finding Dory,” which comes 13 years after “Finding Nemo,” is also the second-largest June opening of all time, with “Jurassic World” at No. 1. The well-reviewed film features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks.
It had the biggest opening of all time for a Disney/Pixar film in Australia ($7.7 million)
More info: News.com.au

Since it was such a big hit, here are some Fun Facts:
  • The director Andrew Stanton never thought it would happen. “The last thing I ever thought I was going to do was a sequel to Finding Nemo,” said writer/director Andrew Stanton. “I thought it was a closed circuit. I thought that’s everything I wanted to say. But the brain works in mysterious ways. Around 2010 I was starting to think about Dory. I couldn’t stop thinking about how I didn’t believe she’d be able to get back if she got lost again. She didn’t have the ability to find her way home again now that she found this wonderful family. I knew she was a tragic figure when I created her and I couldn’t drop it. And that’s usually the kind of stuff, when it keeps coming back without me trying, you realise there’s something worth digging for.”
  • When breaking the story of Finding Dory, the team did about 103,000 storyboards over the course of three and a half years. 
  • When they were casting the movie, Andrew Stanton was always wondering how people would sound opposite Ellen. So off to YouTube he went, because, thankfully, Ellen has interviewed almost every celebrity ever on her daytime talk show. By watching those videos, he could test to see the chemistry she had with new cast members like Ed O’Neill and Ty Burrell.
  • Hank’s introduction is one of the most complicated shots in Finding Dory. In the end 146 total versions from 18 different artists, not including riggers, shaders and modelers, completed it of the course of 13 months. However, the good news is, once many of those problems were solved, things got easier.

ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE   ✪✪✪½ 
Opens JUNE 23 Most cinemas
  This has always been a great series for adults and kids.  The in-jokes are quite funny and the voice actors have been so well cast. Starring Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Seann William Scott, Simon Pegg, Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifah, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jessie J, this, according to the studio is the last of the series. So they’ve wound it up pretty well. I hope they don’t decide to go back when they can’t come up with any more ideas. Five is good; six would be a little long in the sabre-tooth.  Recommended for the whole family. Good for the littlies.
                                            
Film Blurb
Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters. Stars: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Seann William Scott, Simon Pegg, Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifah, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jessie J

INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE ✪✪✪½ 
Opens JUNE 23 Most cinemas
   Twenty years later, the aliens have returned. What surprises me is that the studio didn’t bring them back any sooner. Director Roland Emmerich said he didn’t want to go back to the ID world unless he had something new to say. He hates sequels, but he felt twenty years later it would work with newly rebuilt landmarks. Noticeably absent is Will Smith, who apparently after his film After Earth didn’t want to star in another film worked around a father-son duo, and he was a little tired of science-fiction films.
  Jeff Goldblum is back; he’s always good at the saying-something-oblique role and delivering the rather nonsensical explanations for the science things. I found the first half very entertaining. The build-up to the arrival of the aliens, along with the new tech created since they’ve adopted the alien technology, is very cool. However, once they start to do battle, it becomes oh so ridiculous. Mind you, the first film was pretty ridiculous and that didn’t stop it from doing big box office. 
   I think it does miss the wit of Will Smith. Gorgeous as he is to look at, Liam Hemsworth doesn’t quite have the charisma. When they say summer blockbuster popcorn film, this is it! Take it for what it is, sci-fi silliness that doesn’t take itself seriously, and I’m sure you will enjoy.
                                            
Film Blurb
We always knew they were coming back. After INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global catastrophe on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens' advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.  Stars: Liam Hemsworth, Joey King, Maika Monroe, William Fichtner, Jeff Goldblum

SPECIAL EVENTS
Film Festivals Coming to Perth
So many great festivals coming to Perth, I thought I’d give you a heads up on some great ones in the next two months. For more details click on the links below.


Revelation Film Festival 2016    7th July to 17th July
Revelation Perth International Film Festival is Western Australia’s premier showcase for the new, confronting, edgy, experimental, funny, dramatic and downright clever from the international independent film scene. Screening daily from 7-17 July, 2016 marks Rev’s 19th birthday.
The festival will include over 100 films, special guests, an academic conference and other unique events such as Revel-8, an animation showcase, a mini Iranian film festival and the WA Screen Awards.

 2016 Scandinavian Film Festival  21 July – 3 August

Now a much anticipated fixture on the festival calendar, the third Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival, presented by Palace, Luna Palace Cinemas and The West Australian will see some of the most exciting and fresh movies from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland grace screens at Cinema Paradiso in Northbridge from 21 July – 3 August.


 ALFRED HITCHCOCK FILM CLASSICS    July 28-10th August

THE CLASSIC FESTIVAL PROGRAM COVERS THE YEARS 1940-1960. ALL FILMS PRESENTED IN RESTORED DIGITAL.

REBECCA (1940); SPELLBOUND (1945); NOTORIOUS (1946); STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951); 3D DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954); REAR WINDOW (1954); VERTIGO (1958); NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959); PSYCHO (1960) and THE BIRDS (1963)


The 2016 Polish Film Festival
Date: Opens June 16 – July 3
Time:  Various Times
Location: Cinema Paradiso, Northbridge Details and Booking


    After the success of the inaugural Polish Film Festival in Perth last year, the 2016 event brings another exciting program full of recent releases that will make you laugh, thrill, surprise and reflect.
    Highlights of this year’s program include THESE DAUGHTERS OF MINE, a heart-warming drama about the strength of family ties, PLANET SINGLE, a spectacularly good rom-com and a smash hit of 2016, and WALPURGIS NIGHT, an outstanding feature debut that will remind you of the works of the greatest film masters. Screening alongside them are an award-wining thriller THE RED SPIDER, the box office stand out LETTERS TO SANTA 2 and a drama with Poland’s favourite actor, Tomasz Kot, LIFE MUST GO ON.
    Each film will screen only once, so don’t miss your chance and book tickets today!

MUSTANG
Date:   Thursday June 23
Time:  6:00pm (check Luna Cinemas site for exact details)
Location: Cinema Paradiso Details and Booking

Come join us for this night of Turkish delights! Pre-show Turkish treats and entertainment from 6pm. Screening starts at 6.30pm.

Enjoy some authentic Turkish baklava* from Eastern Gold Sweet, tastings of  Brown Brothers' Mosacato Gold and Moscato Rose Gold, pre-show belly dancing from Belyssa Academy of Danse Orientale and the chance to win a piece of jewellery from Park Lane Jewellery and skin care vouchers from Jacquie Berkhout Facing Facts before being one of the first to catch Turkish-French film director Deniz Gamze Ergüven's Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, MUSTANG tells the story of five orphaned sisters who, in a remote, seaside village in northern Turkey, innocently celebrate the end of the school year at the beach with some boys. The supposed debauchery of their actions causes their home to progressively transform into a prison; classes on housework and cooking replace school, and marriages are arranged. The five sisters, driven by the same desire for freedom, fight back against the limits imposed upon them.

THE BEETHOVEN PROJECT 
Date:   Saturday 25.6 & Sunday 26.6
Time:  1:00pm  (check Luna Cinemas site for exact details)
Location: Cinema Paradiso Details and Booking
 
    One of the world greatest conductors of all time, (BBC Music Magazine), Sir Simon Rattle leads the Berlin Philharmonic presenting Beethoven’s masterful brilliance in two tremendously expressive works: the inspired Symphony No. 4 and the impassioned Symphony No. 7.
    The journey of the symphonies is paralleled by the journey of the composer’s life not only creating works that are renowned and beloved the world over, but forming the framework for more than a century of musical expression and experience. The unique musical program uses the juxtaposition between the more classical, sunny and cheerful Symphony No. 4 and the powerful, almost ecstatic, Symphony No. 7 to create a not-to-be-missed event exploring a musical rollercoaster led by one of today’s most outstanding conductors.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

What's on in film 16th June 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



WARCRAFT: THE BEGINNING ✪✪✪ Opens JUNE 16 Most cinemas
   This film is based on a video game, that has been successful for more than a decade, in fact, probably close to two decades. I used to own a chain of video game stores and it always sold well. As my kids keep reminding me, video game translations aren’t usually great. And apparently, I’m told, Warcraft’s day in the video game sun is waning. However, if the packed audience of, can I say this politely? geeky, glass-wearing human beings, is anything to go by, maybe this film will break the curse.
   It’s typical fare. Giant, ugly creatures called Orc’s have ruined their own home planet. So they follow evil Orc guy through portal to invade human creature’s world. Good Orc with morals decides bad Orc with supreme green power called Fell isn’t all he’s cracked up to be, so wants to work with the humans to stop him. There’s a traitor in the human midst, so things go sadly awry. It’s very derivative, and considering it is helmed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code), who is David Bowie’s son, by the way, that is surprising.
   I didn’t mind this film, though. In fact, it was better than I expected. CGI and 3D are excellent. Certainly, I think the demographic for which it is aimed will probably enjoy. I’m told it has presold 20 million tickets already in China, and it just earned est. ¥55.4M ($8.4M) from Tuesday midnight screenings which topped Fast and Furious 7's all-time midnight record in that country. so I think it’ll make its money back. Ending is left wide open for a sequel. Geekdom rejoice!
                                            
Film Blurb
Looking to escape from his dying world, the orc shaman Gul'dan utilizes dark magic to open a portal to the human realm of Azeroth. Supported by the fierce fighter Blackhand, Gul'dan organizes the orc clans into a conquering army called the Horde. Uniting to protect Azeroth from these hulking invaders are King Llane, the mighty warrior Anduin Lothar (Travis Fimmel) and the powerful wizard Medivh. As the two races collide, leaders from each side start to question if war is the only answer.

FINDING DORY  ✪✪✪✪   Opens JUNE 16 Most cinemas

   It’s been 13 years since we found Nemo and this beautiful underwater world is still charming. I love the morals in the story and the fact, in this story it’s not just Dory who has the disability with her memory, there are now many other marine inhabitants like Ty Burrell’s beluga whale and Kaitlin Olson’s whale shark who struggle with challenges. They live at the Marine Life Institute where Dory has been led in the belief her parents are there.  We attended the preview in a packed cinema with half the audience small kids. My thoughts before the screening were we wouldn’t be able to listen to the film for all the ‘kid noise.’ Not so, though, the film kept them mesmerized. 
   There’s been some criticism the film is just a rehash of Finding Nemo. If I’m honest, yes, this is true. However, it’s a pretty darn great rehash. You know, I think Disney would be damned if they do and damned if they don’t. If they had fooled around too much with the formula, we’d all say why did you tamper with our beloved Nemo. So, I’m a fan. The who family will enjoy this, except the teenagers. I’m learning nothing with animation is of interest to mine at the moment. They’ll come back I’m sure.  You will find the child in your heart with this one.

Film Blurb
"Finding Dory" reunites the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the true meaning of family along the way. The all-new big-screen adventure dives into theaters in 2016, taking moviegoers back to the extraordinary underwater world from the original film. Directed by Andrew Stanton of the original Finding Nemo and the Toy Story series. Stars Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ty Burrell, Ed O’Neill, Idris Elba, Bill Hader, Diane Keaton, Dominic WestWhat'

ME BEFORE YOU ✪✪✪✪ Opens JUNE 16 Most cinemas
   I’m not big on romance, and I’ve sworn off tear-jerkers. I’m getting older, I don’t need reminding people die. It plays on my mind too much. So, I didn’t anticipate I would adore this film. Much of its success is down to Emilia Clarke’s (Game of Thrones Talisa & Terminator Genisys ) wonderful portrayal of Louisa Clark (Lou), who ends up working as a friend/carer for a man who is left quadriplegic after an accident. Sam Claflin, who plays the unfortunate young man, is devastatingly handsome and engaging. It’s just delightful to watch the two on screen. Nice performances from veterans Charles Dance and Janet McTeer, too, as his parents who struggle to come to terms with his decision to end his life after six months. It moves along at a good pace, and I thought the twist on the whole thing was refreshing. I’ve heard from many people, the book, which is currently #1 on Amazon USA and a huge bestseller, is a real tearjerker. However, the film is not. It’s quite upbeat and charming, so don’t miss out on it because you don’t want to feel sad. It is a happy sad, thought provoking experience.
                                            
Film Blurb
Adapted from the bestselling novel by Jo Jo Moyes, Me Before You tells the story of the unexpected relationship that blossoms between a contented small-town Englishwoman and the wealthy, paralyzed Londoner who hires her as his caretaker. Theater director Thea Sharrock makes her feature directorial debut with this MGM/New Line Cinema co-production. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

SPECIAL EVENTS
The 2016 Polish Film Festival
Date: Opens June 16 – July 3
Time:  Various Times
Location: Cinema Paradiso, Northbridge Details and Booking

    After the success of the inaugural Polish Film Festival in Perth last year, the 2016 event brings another exciting program full of recent releases that will make you laugh, thrill, surprise and reflect.
    Highlights of this year’s program include THESE DAUGHTERS OF MINE, a heart-warming drama about the strength of family ties, PLANET SINGLE, a spectacularly good rom-com and a smash hit of 2016, and WALPURGIS NIGHT, an outstanding feature debut that will remind you of the works of the greatest film masters. Screening alongside them are an award-wining thriller THE RED SPIDER, the box office stand out LETTERS TO SANTA 2 and a drama with Poland’s favourite actor, Tomasz Kot, LIFE MUST GO ON.
    Each film will screen only once, so don’t miss your chance and book tickets today!

EVERYBODY WANTS SOME 
PREVIEW LAUNCH

Date:  Friday June 17
Time:   6:00pm Entertainment, food,  Film starts at 6:30pm
Location: Luna Leederville Details and Booking
 
Join us for a back to the 80's crazy, frat college reunion celebration at Luna Leederville on Friday 17 June from 6.00pm, for some crazy pre-show entertainment that includes music from the 80's by Tanya Bunter, Siena's pizza, immersive activities  and more. Time to dig out those fashion items and get ready for the start to the best weekend ever! Film starts 6.30pm. Supported by Sound Solutions

Richard Linklater's “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused and Boyhood is set in the world of 1980 college life. Everybody Wants Some!! is a comedy that follows a group of friends as they navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood. Get ready for the best weekend ever.

As we have come to expect from just about every Richard Linklater movie, you can look forward to hearing a variety of popular songs from the era, spanning a wide range of genres, and used for everything from underscoring the crazy, upbeat nature of a party scene to driving home painful emotional beats.
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MUSTANG
Date:   Thursday June 23
Time:  6:00pm (check Luna Cinemas site for exact details)
Location: Cinema Paradiso Details and Booking

Come join us for this night of Turkish delights! Pre-show Turkish treats and entertainment from 6pm. Screening starts at 6.30pm.

Enjoy some authentic Turkish baklava* from Eastern Gold Sweet, tastings of  Brown Brothers' Mosacato Gold and Moscato Rose Gold, pre-show belly dancing from Belyssa Academy of Danse Orientale and the chance to win a piece of jewellery from Park Lane Jewellery and skin care vouchers from Jacquie Berkhout Facing Facts before being one of the first to catch Turkish-French film director Deniz Gamze Ergüven's Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, MUSTANG tells the story of five orphaned sisters who, in a remote, seaside village in northern Turkey, innocently celebrate the end of the school year at the beach with some boys. The supposed debauchery of their actions causes their home to progressively transform into a prison; classes on housework and cooking replace school, and marriages are arranged. The five sisters, driven by the same desire for freedom, fight back against the limits imposed upon them.


ST. PETER'S & THE PAPAL BASILICAS 3D/2D          
Date:   Saturday JUNE 18 (3D version) & Sunday JUNE 19 (2D version)
Time:  1:00pm & 1:30pm  (check Luna Cinemas site for exact details)
Location: Cinema Paradiso Details and Booking


This event is part of Winter Arts Festival 2016

    The creators of Florence and the Uffizi Gallery take you on a journey through the four Papal Basilicas in Rome: St. Peter's, St. John in the Lateran, St. Mary Major and St. Paul Outside the Walls. Four majestic buildings - each with a precious papal altar, each a treasure trove of timeless works of art and a destination for millions of travellers and pilgrims over the centuries – play the leading role in this cinematic tour de force, while state of the art technology captures amazing images from completely new and exclusive points of view.

Join world renown experts who will discuss the basilicas; their evolution over the centuries, their most famous works of art, the lives and stories of Popes and artists - from Giotto to Bramante, from Michelangelo to Francesco Borromini, from Bernini to Domenico Fontana, from  Arnolfo di Cambio to Jacopo Torriti - the events that made these places immortal, and the profound spirituality emanating from them.