Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Trailer: Melancholia

I just caught the UK trailer for Lars Von Trier's Melancholia and it sent me back into the tingling daze I experienced walking out of the screening at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Here's what I tweeted then: 

Von Trier brings the paralysing, planetary force of depression to transcendent light. Sledgehammer subtle, but I'm still reeling.

I'm looking forward to seeing it again, and wrapping my head around writing a proper review. In the meantime, here's the deceptively simple synopsis:

Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgård) are celebrating their marriage at a party in the home of her sister (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and brother-in-law. Meanwhile, the planet Melancholia, is heading towards Earth.

And the trailer:

UK release date: 30 September 2011
US release date (limited): 11 November 2011
Australian release date: 15 December 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Movie Club: Mike Mills (Beginners)

Giles Hardie and I had the distinct pleasure of welcoming Mike Mills on The Movie Club. Of course we start off chatting about his charming new film Beginners, but then open the discussion up to why we like autobiographical films.

Watch the episode and feel free to share your favourite autobiographical films on the site or our Facebook page.

You can also read my review for Limelight Magazine HERE.

Beginners Australian release date: 25 August 2011

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Jane Eyre

Set your faces to swoon as Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender sizzle on screen in Cary Fukunaga’s striking take on Charlotte Brontë’s canonical saga. Wasikowska shines with a steely grace in the titular role of spirited orphan-turned-governess who comes to Thornfield Hall and gets swept up by the mysterious charm of the haunted Mr. Rochester. Their steamy fireside tête-à-têtes are told in flashback from the safety of Jane’s new abode with a caring curate (Jamie Bell).

After the visually and thematically impressive Sin Nombre (2009), Fukunaga has embraced some 'knight’s move thinking' with this effort: a stoic female protagonist may link the two films, however Fukunaga has surprisingly lightened the gothic overtones of Brontë’s tale, opting instead for a lighter pallet to contrast with the frisson between the leads. Fassbender brings alluring depth to his character’s conflicted heart, and Wasikowska delivers her finest performance yet. Destined to become a schoolroom favourite, Fukunaga’s adaptation breathes new life into a well-known emotional journey.

4 Stars
Published in The Big Issue #387
Australian release date: 11 August 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Movie Club: Win Win

I've been back hosting The Movie Club and had so much fun chatting with Giles Hardie and Melissa Wilson that I almost forgot to be nervous! We're recommending you check out Thomas McCarthy's latest dramatic comedy Win Win. Long time readers of my scratchings will recall I was a big fan of The Visitor, and it goes without saying that I adored McCarthy's brilliant debut The Station Agent. We get into all of this as well as a bit of Paul Giamatti hero worship during the episode, so check it out below:

Win Win Australian release date: 18 August 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Movie Club: Morgan Spurlock

The conversation continues with the entertaining Morgan Spurlock as Giles opens up the discussion to kids films and at just what age its appropriate to subject your child to The Exorcist

As you can see, the giggles continued too. So hit play (or click HERE) to view the episode.

Friday, August 19, 2011

ABC702: Friends with Benefits and Win Win

This morning it was again my turn to appear on 702 ABC Sydney's Mornings with Deborah Cameron. As I mention at the top of the segment, it felt a little bit frivolous to be chatting about films given the ABC is still reeling from the loss of three veteran newsmen: Paul Lockyer, John Bean and Gary Ticehurst. Deb and I chat briefly about Gary's involvement in the film world - although listening back I hope my clunky use of the term 'great' isn't misinterpreted! I was of course referring to Gary's great contribution to the industry via films such as Matrix Reloaded and Mission Impossible II. 

The reviews this week are Friends with Benefits and Win Win, which were both released in cinemas yesterday. Listen in here:

  ABC702 Review 5 by alicetynan

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Movie Club: Pom Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Giles Hardie and I are back on The Movie Club, this time chatting with Morgan Spurlock (of Super Size Me infamy) about documentary filmmaking in relation to his new film Pom Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.

As you can see, we had quite the giggle - Morgan is a lot of fun to interview - so hit play or click HERE to check out the episode, then join the chat over on Facebook.

Australian release date: 11 August 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

Possible Worlds: Canadian Film Festival

It's the final weekend of Possible Worlds, the 6th Canadian Film Festival. As ever, Matt Ravier and his indefatigable team over at The Festivalists have put together a cracking programme over at the Dendy Opera Quays - check out the schedule HERE.

Some quick highlights for the last few days:

Heat Wave (Les grandes chaleurs) (screening 6:30pm tonight) will make for fun trip to the cinema, especially after you enjoy your free drink! This playful romantic comedy sees a newly widowed social worker Gisele, (Marie-Therese Fortin) coming to grips with her late husband's infidelity while being doggedly pursued by an infatuated ex-client, Yannick (Francois Arnaud). That Yannick is 19 to Gisele's 40 something just spices up proceedings as the pair are drawn together amidst an array of colourful supporting characters. Handled with a refreshing lightness of touch and with some shameless, sizzling chemistry between the leads, Heat Wave is just the sort of frothy fun you need for a girls' Friday night out.

Liberia '77 (Q&A screening 6:30pm Saturday) is a compelling trip down memory lane for a pair of Canadian brothers. Jeff and Andrew Topham grew up in Liberia and their memories and indeed photographic profession are indelibly coloured by their father's rich archive of pictures from their expat experience. 30 years later they return to the war ravaged country to retrace their steps and confront the plight that now resides in their childhood paradise.

While you witness the brothers wrestling with their ability to articulate their feelings about responsibility and the spreading of false hope, Liberia '77 comes to life through their beautiful photography. And as a deeply personal window into the largely untold story of Liberia, this documentary is one not to miss.

The Whistleblower (screening 8:30pm Saturday) is admittedly a film I have yet to see, but I'm already fascinated by it. This is a conspiracy thriller starring the luminous Rachel Weisz in a true story of Kathryn Bolkovac, a police woman turned peacekeeper who uncovers a human trafficking ring that implicates people from within the U.N. Now Weisz is someone I'd watch reading the phonebook, but add the the mix David Strathairn, Vanessa Redgrave and Monica Bellucci and it's highly likely I'll be in the queue come Saturday night!

Trailer 1: Possible Worlds 2011 from Possible Worlds on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Movie Club: The Conspirator

For my second time hosting The Movie Club I got to indulge my inner (shameless) history geek and chat about Robert Redford's new film The Conspirator.

Hit play (or click HERE) to view the episode. As ever, I'd love to hear your thoughts over on the Facebook page.

Australian release date: 28 July 2011

Monday, August 1, 2011

The Movie Club: Hanna

I've been keenly anticipating Joe Wright's Hanna, but little did I know it would be the film for my debut hosting duties on The Movie Club. Nerves aside, it was all sorts of fun chatting with Ed Gibbs and Beth Wilson (a friend since school days) about the ins and outs of Wright's spy thriller.

Hit play (or click HERE) to view the episode, then head over to our Facebook page to share your thoughts.

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