Thursday, July 7, 2016

What's on in film July 7 2016

I'm very croaky this week on the podcast. My whole family has come down with the coughs and cold going around here in Perth. I'm off next week on holidays, cruising up the West Australian coast to Broome on a big liner, Pacific Eden. Hopefully, we will all be well by Sunday. So I will see you the week after. 



TARZAN   ✪✪✪ Opens July 7 Most cinemas
I actually enjoyed this film while I watched. My husband and my friend and her two sons (13 and 11) thought it was okay. As I write this, the next day, my like of it has waned. It’s about as good as the trailer makes out. So if that swings your monkey, then go see this. It’s polished and the acting is fine. The CGI animals are extraordinary in their lifelike appearance (although all CGI wildlife is pretty good nowadays), and the two leads (Margot Robbe & Alexander Skarsgård) are just stunning to watch, but it’s a bit slow in parts.
  There seems to be scenes missing. Sometimes the story will jump, especially at the end, to another scene and it makes no sense how it happened. It’s trying to modernize Tarzan the way Sherlock Holmes has been modernized starring Robert Downey Jr., but Tarzan doesn’t suit modernizing. It’s such a rock solid story in itself, it doesn’t need bells and whistles like this.  Interesting that the director, David Yates (II) is one of only two directors to helm more than one Harry Potter film and he is directing the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. He certainly knows how to polish something, but maybe sometimes we prefer our rough diamonds.

Film Blurb
It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Margot Robbie) at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.

MIKE & DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES Opens July 7 Most cinemas

   It was the pizza that made me do it. We were offered pizza and beer before the preview of this film, and I thought, well, why not? As everybody knows, I don’t like these films,  so I wasn’t planning to see this Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates. I don’t find them funny and, many times, they are downright offensive. I don’t understand either why a nice, good-looking guy like Zac Efron, who had a great career ahead of him keeps doing these dumb films and playing the dumb guy. He’s had a string of them this year with Dirty Grandpa, Bad Neighbors II, and now this.
   I’m not the demographic, so I did take a teenager along who said it was funny, and she would give it a 3 ½ out of 5. If you’re over twenty-five, I think you might look for a different date.
                                            
Film Blurb
Hard-partying brothers Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) place an online ad to find the perfect dates (Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza) for their sister's Hawaiian wedding. Hoping for a wild getaway, the boys instead find themselves outsmarted and out-partied by the uncontrollable duo.

GOLDSTONE (not reviewed) Opens July 7 Most cinemas

 “A masterpiece of outback noir that packs a political punch” The Guardian
Ivan Sen's outback noir Goldstone starring Aaron Pedersen, Jacki Weaver, David Gulpilil and David Wenham.
Australian auteur Ivan Sen’s new feature is a complex and stylish outback noir that reflects on Australia’s history with a compelling tale of its present. Goldstone sees the excellent Aaron Pedersen (Mystery Road) reprise his role as troubled Indigenous detective Jay Swan. On the trail of a missing person, Jay finds himself in the small mining town of Goldstone, where he is immediately arrested for drink-driving by young local cop Josh (Alex Russell). When Jay’s motel room is blasted with gunfire, it becomes clear that something larger is at play in the district. Jay and Josh struggle to overcome their mutual distrust to uncover the unpleasant truth.
    Sen, who also wrote, shot, edited and scored the film, takes full advantage of the beauty of the outback without shying away from the scars it bears – both societal and environmental. With a stellar cast including Jacki Weaver, David Wenham, David Gulpilil, Cheng Pei-Pei, Michelle Lim Davidson and Tom E. Lewis, this is a taut, intelligent thriller encompassing the environment, corruption, politics, corporate greed, tradition and mythology.

SING STREET   ✪✪✪✪½ Opens July 14  Luna Cinemas)
Sing Street is probably one of my favorite films this year. If you grew up in the seventies or the eighties, you are going to love the trip down memory lane. You’ll find yourself bouncing in your seats to the soundtrack of this wonderful coming-of-age film. There’s something inspiring watching young people discover who they want to be and exploring the world with their fresh eyes. It just reminds me vividly of my own youth and believing one day I might be a writer. It all seemed so far-fetched, but when you watch a film like this you remember how anything was possible and friendships were made in an afternoon, and that far-fetched can become a reality if you believe. By the end of the film, you will want to cheer . . . and sing. Do not miss this one!
Film Blurb
   Like his earlier films ONCE and BEGIN AGAIN, SING STREET is inspired by writer/director John Carney’s life and love for music, and tells the story of a 14-year-old named Cosmo growing up in 80’s Dublin who must break free of a home strained by his parents’ relationship and money troubles, deal with his drop-out older brother’s antics, and survive a new public school where the kids are rough and the brothers are tougher.  Cosmo writes a song, forms a scrappy band with some school mates, writes more songs, and shoots some wicked music videos. How to shoot pop videos in a recession ridden country? Beg, borrow and steal. And steal. But when he realizes he can’t save his family, he must make a family of his own.

Ghostbusters  (not reviewed) Opens July 14  
I haven’t seen this one as I will be away when the preview runs. There’s been a little controversy around this because they’ve cast females in the roles of the Ghostbusters previously played by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Rick Moranis. Many of the fans are not happy and refusing to see it. Boo-hoo to them. It looks hilarious and I’m certainly going to catch it. I love the way the trailers show Chris Hemsworth’s character Kevin as gorgeous but oh, so, dumb.
Film Blurb
  Ghostbusters makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today--Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. This summer, they're here to save the world!

SPECIAL EVENTS
The 19th Revelation Film Festival
Date: Opens July 7 – July 17
Time:  Various Times
Location: Cinema Paradiso, Northbridge Details and Booking



    My favorite film festival of the year. This year there are 100 films showing, 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.  There’s several Jim Henson documentaries and I caught The Art of the Prank a few weeks ago. A doco about an American theatre artist who has spent a lifetime setting up elaborate stories reported on by the press only to be revealed they are a hoax. Very engaging. Don’t forget the late night horror showings at the weekends at around 11:00pm. Something about watching a horror film and coming out at one a.m. is really fun. Great atmosphere, too.

Next week Richard Sowada the festival director and Jack Sargeant the Program Director will be on in my slot to talk about Rev.

Rev is the ultimate experience for all filmmakers and film-lovers! Some highlights to  consider:  Late Night madnes (  A Night of Horror,  Baskin,  Dude Bro Party Massacre III, Wacken 3D); The Iranian  Film Festival; The Banksy Job;  Don't Blink: Robert Frank;  Janis: Little Girl Blue;  Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures; The Love Witch; Little Sister and Atmo Horrox!

PERTH SOUP NAZI with Rev More Info

Rev's soup kitchen will run alongside the 2016 Revelation Film Festival from 7-17 July, tucked away off Oxford Street.
    Rev's soup kitchen is basic, understated and underground.  Ironically cosy, this alfresco-style bar/lounge/restaurant will take customers back to the basics: offering shelter, warmth and nourishment. The name says it all!  Soup kitchen’s Soup Nazi (a renowned Perth chef) will serve up the best in home-style comfort food!  $5 will get customers a cup of delicious steaming hot soup, served with New Norcia bread.  Up to three soups will be on the menu nightly including a specialty Soup of the Day.  ... if you get served, that is (read on for the disclaimer).
    The kitchen will be dishing up heaps of extras every night including live DJ beats (with VJ projections served on the side), blanket and coats to loan to stay cosy,  free toasted marshmallows, games and prizes.
DISCLAIMER:  Perth Soup Nazi

Customers be warned:
You may get wrath with your broth!
Rev’s soup kitchen is run by the PERTH SOUP NAZI, a renowned Perth chef who, not unlike the kitchen itself,  just seems to pop-up! The Nazi serves the tastiest soups in town but his is plagued with some deep personal issues that can emerge (or erupt!) from time to time with customers.
 The Nazi does not acknowledge this problem, or his triggers, and is taking no steps to remedy this behaviour.

ST. PETER'S & THE PAPAL BASILICAS            
Date:   Saturday JULY 9 (2D version) & Sunday JULY 10  (2D version)
Time:  1:00pm (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.

Friday, July 1, 2016

What's on in film June 30?



Last week on the show, Jenny wondered how voice actors were paid. So when Jenny asks, I go away and research! Now I want to be a voice actor.

VOICE ACTOR FACTS

Some of the Top Voice Over Career Salaries Paid To A Listers
There are lots of examples but we have chosen animated films that are familiar to most of us:
§  Ben Stiller: Madagascar film series – Estimated $5 million: Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
§  Tom Hanks: Toy Story series – Est. $15 million: Toy Story 3
§  Adam Sandler: 8 Crazy Nights and upcoming Zookeeper -– Est. $2 million: Zookeeper
§  Owen Wilson: voices in Cars and upcoming Cars 2 sequel and Marmaduke – Est. $1 million
§  Nicolas Cage: G-Force – Est. $2 million
§  Cameron Diaz: Shrek series – Est. $10 million: Shrek Forever After
§  Johnny Depp: voice in Rango animated feature – Est. $7.5 million
§  Steve Carell: voices in Over the Hedge and Despicable Me – Est. $500,000: Despicable Me
§  Reese Witherspoon: Monsters vs Aliens – Est: $10 million: Monsters vs. Aliens

Just to give you a feel for the size of the industry, the top five animated movies of all time—which include names like Toy Story 3, The Lion King and Despicable Me—have grossed more than $5 billion.

Top Voice Over Career Salaries
Of course the A list actors earn a considerable amount of money from their ‘regular’ day job which is acting in big blockbuster movies.The names of top voice over artists may not all be household names in the same way as movie actors but they their massive earnings are still highly impressive.

Hank Azaria: voice actor for the TV series, “The Simpsons”. Hank is the voice behind the characters: Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, and other characters on The Simpsons – Est: $400,000 per episode. Worth $70 million
Nancy Cartwright: voice actor for the TV series, “The Simpsons”. Nancy is the voice for characters, Bart Simpson, Ralph Wiggum, and Todd Flanders – Est: $400,000 per episode Net Worth $60 million
Frank Welker: voice actor for many cartoon characters including Pinky and the Brain, Scooby Doo and also for the Transformers films – Est: net worth $15M
Matt Groening: Not a voice actor but creator of Simpsons and Futurama – Est: net worth $500m
#1 is Walt Disney who did the original voice of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Net worth $5 Billion

Whilst A list celebrities can command big money, unknown talents often do not get paid anywhere near the value. Take the case of Spencer Lacey Ganus, a 15-year old who played the voice of a young Elsa in Disney’s 2013 mega-hit “Frozen”; she home less than $1,000 for her trouble. The movie itself went on to gross more than $1 billion worldwide! Source: Gravy For the Brain

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE   ✪✪✪✪ Opens JUNE 30 Most cinemas
There are so few action comedies these day and more is the pity. My whole family went along to this really excited to enjoy ourselves. Enjoy we did. Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson are perfect together as mismatched heroes. There’s something about both these men that is incredibly endearing. I’ve seen Dwayne Johnson interviewed recently, and he just seems like a great guy. That shines through in his performance. Kevin Hart is the Eddie Murphy of this era. He has superb comic timing and a way of running-on with dialogue in scenes that is clearly ad-libbed and is hilarious. 
My teenage boys are hard to please, but this saw the thirteen-year-old, (whom these days won’t even come to previews, he’s so sick of same ‘ol same ‘ol) laughing along.  I know I shouldn’t give an action comedy four stars. I should be reserving that kind of rating for a film, which is well-crafted, thought-provoking, and with extraordinary camera work and acting fit for an award. However, Central Intelligence delivers exactly as promised in the trailers. Fun, laughter, and entertainment. So in my books, it wins the award for good value for your cinema buck. Hollywood studios, please, more of the action comedies and less of the crude unfunny rom-coms.
Now I’m off to check if they have Beverly Hills Cop or Coming to America on Stan (my current streaming site of choice) so I can introduce the kids to another comic genius. Love Kevin Hart. Love Dwayne Johnson. More action comedies, please, Hollywood.
Film Blurb
The story follows a one-time bullied geek, Bob, who grew up to be a lethal CIA agent, coming home for his high school reunion. Claiming to be on a top-secret case, he enlists the help of former "big man on campus," Calvin, now an accountant who misses his glory days. But before the staid numbers-cruncher realizes what he's getting into, it's too late to get out, as his increasingly unpredictable new friend drags him through a world of shoot-outs, double-crosses and espionage that could get them both killed in more ways than Calvin can count.

BFG ✪✪✪½ Opens JUNE 30 Most cinemas
   Roald Dahl’s BFG, while not being as well-known as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is still a beloved story. Like all his tales, it’s filled with whimsy and children who overcome their usually difficult circumstance to come up with a plan to save the day. Wonderful morals and kind-hearted perspectives abound in BFG, when Sophie is whisked away by a terrifying giant, only to discover he is really a friendly gentle giant. (Big Friendly Giant).  Poor thing is terribly bullied by the other giants, because he is considered a runt.
  Steven Spielberg executive produces more than directs these days. So when he comes out to play, as he did to direct this, it is usually for something special for the brilliant director.  This film, while being in a different genre completely to his last, has a similar pace to Bridge of Spies. In Bridge of Spies, Spielberg created a slow, moody burn that built to an emotionally dynamic conclusion. However, the film was certainly no box office hit. Most people probably have never heard of the Tom Hanks thriller. You need superheroes or fast cars for a box office win these days. Even cute, little aliens with glowing fingers probably wouldn’t do it anymore.
  So the very thing I loved about Bridge of Spies, it’s slow atmospheric build, I found a negative in this film. It feels to me as though Spielberg has become a little plodding in his old age, while the film world has moved on.
   In saying that, though, this is a richly created world; the CGI, of course, is perfect; and the characters endearing. I can’t put my finger on why I didn’t love this film. I really wanted to love it, but I simply liked it.  Might be a little scary for the very young ones, but fans of the book will enjoy. Long live big, friendly giants.
                                            
Film Blurb
The talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg – finally unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic THE BFG to life. Disney’s THE BFG tells the imaginative story of a young girl called Sophie and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country.
Directed by three-time Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg (BRIDGE OF SPIES, SCHINDLERS LIST, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN) from a screenplay by Melissa Mathison (E.T.:THE EXTRA_TERRESTRIAL, THE BLACK STALLION) based on the best-selling novel by Roald Dahl, THE BFG stars three-time Tony Award and two-time Olivier Award winner Mark Rylance (BRIDGE OF SPIES, WOLF HALL), newcomer Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall and Bill Hader.

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!

GOLDSTONE
(Advance Screenings)
Date:   Friday 1st – Sun 3rd July
Time:  6:00pm (check Luna Cinemas site for exact details)
Location: Luna Leederville & Luna on SX Fremantle Details and Booking

 “A masterpiece of outback noir that packs a political punch” The Guardian
Ivan Sen's outback noir Goldstone starring Aaron Pedersen, Jacki Weaver, David Gulpilil and David Wenham is a complex and stylish outback noir that reflects on Australia’s history with a compelling tale of its present. Goldstone sees the excellent Aaron Pedersen (Mystery Road) reprise his role as troubled Indigenous detective Jay Swan. On the trail of a missing person, Jay finds himself in the small mining town of Goldstone, where he is immediately arrested for drink driving by young local cop Josh (Alex Russell). When Jay’s motel room is blasted with gunfire, it becomes clear that something larger is at play in the district. Jay and Josh struggle to overcome their mutual distrust to uncover the unpleasant truth.
    Sen, who also wrote, shot, edited and scored the film, takes full advantage of the beauty of the outback without shying away from the scars it bears – both societal and environmental. With a stellar cast including Jacki Weaver, David Wenham, David Gulpilil, Cheng Pei-Pei, Michelle Lim Davidson and Tom E. Lewis, this is a taut, intelligent thriller encompassing the environment, corruption, politics, corporate greed, tradition and mythology.

ROYAL BALLET FRANKENSTEIN
Date:   Friday 1 July & Sunday 3 July
Time:  10:30am  (check Luna Cinemas site for exact details)
Location: Cinema Paradiso Details and Booking

    New Production! Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein gets The Royal Ballet treatment. The gothic classic is turned into a full-length story ballet by Artist-in-Residence Liam Scarlett, one of the hottest young choreography talents in the ballet world today. Haunting and dramatic, the production will be captured live.
    This period adaptation returns to the original themes of Shelley’s gothic novel. Steering away from the horror stereotypes associated with the title, Scarlett penetrates to the heart and soul of the drama and presents a tale ultimately about love. Fuelled by grief at the death of his mother, Victor Frankenstein does the impossible and brings life to non-living matter. Terrified by what he has created, Victor abandons the Creature, dooming it to a life of loneliness – a decision that costs Victor his fiancée, Elizabeth, and ultimately his own life.

" This event is part of Winter Arts Festival 2016"

MET OPERA: ROBERTO DEVEREUX 
Date:   Saturday 2 July & Sunday 3 July
Time:  Various times  (check Luna Cinemas site for exact details)
Location: Luna Leederville & Luna SX Details and Booking

   Met Premiere - first  time in HD! The final opera in Donizetti’s “Tudor trilogy” focuses on the older Queen Elizabeth I, who is forced to sign the death warrant of the nobleman she loves. Sir David McVicar, who directed the Met premieres of Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarda, returns to stage the final installment in the series. Acclaimed bel canto soprano Sondra Radvanovsky will sing Elizabeth I in Roberto Devereux as well as the title roles in Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarda over the course of the season, a famous feat performed by Beverly Sills at New York City Opera in the 1970s and not repeated in New York since. Roberto Devereux also stars Matthew Polenzani as the title character; Elīna Garanča as Sara, the Duchess of Nottingham and the queen’s secret rival; and Mariusz Kwiecien as the Duke of Nottingham. Maurizio Benini conducts the first-ever Met performances of this work.  Conductor: Maurizio Benini; Production & Set Designer: Sir David McVicar; Costume Designer: Moritz Junge; Lighting Designer: Paule Constable; Choreographer: Leah Hausman. Sung in Italian with Met Titles in English. Approx RT: 3 hours 30 minutes incl. intermission