Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Bazura Project

9pm. Tonight.

Set your alarms party people. You have a date with ABC2.

What's The Bazura Project?

Just watch:

And because you know I'm a history geek:

You can check out more Bazura pearls of wisdom HERE.

Thanks to Shannon Marinko and Lee Zachariah, the next six weeks are going to Sinematic gold!

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Movie Club: Cave of Forgotten Dreams

My love affair with Cave of Forgotten Dreams continues over on The Movie Club. Ben McEachen, Oscar Hillerstrom and I had all sorts of fun discussing Werner Herzog and his brilliant documentary.

Take a look HERE - then please dear god tell me I've convinced you to see this film?!?

Australian release date: 22 September 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

ABC702: Cave of Forgotten Dreams & Monte Carlo

I was back on 702 ABC Sydney this morning, chatting with the charming Sarah Macdonald who was filling in for Deb Cameron. Prior to the show, Sarah and I had already shared an email and a giggle about how we'd be going from the sublime to the ridiculous with the two film I was set to review: Cave of Forgotten Dreams (swoon!) and Monte Carlo (tween!).

Here's how we rolled on air:
  ABC702 Review7 by alicetynan

It was a lot of fun raving about Cave of Forgotten Dreams again. You may recall that I had the great pleasure of geeking out with Dana Stevens on our Slate Spoiler Special, and I also got to interview Herzog's wonderful cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger - so it turns out I'm quite the evangelist for this documentary!

As for the ridiculous Monte Carlo, 'frivolous' is probably a kinder description, because a certain food writer friend and I had quite the silly fun time at our screening (10am is definitely too early for pink wine, right?). And here's the NY Magazine article I mention on air.

Have wonderful weekends everyone!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Poster: Man on a Ledge

Vertigo much?

This is the newly released poster for Sam Worthington's next thriller, Man on a Ledge. Yes, ok, it makes the jokes all too easy for those thoroughly sick of Worthington (Clash of the Titans was unforgivable, and it's been a looong time since Somersault), but after seeing him in The Debt and noting the cracking cast here, I wonder if Worthington isn't trying a new path.

Wait. No pun intended.

Here's the official synopsis:

MAN ON A LEDGE is the action thriller from producer Lorenzo di
Bonaventura (TRANSFORMERS, FOUR BROTHERS, RED) that sees an ex-cop
turned con threatening to jump to his death from a Manhattan hotel
rooftop. While NYPD and a female police psychologist do their best to
talk the would-be jumper of the building, little do they know that the
suicide attempt is a cover for the biggest diamond heist ever pulled!

The film stars
Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Ed Burns and Kyra Sedgwick.

*** Update 23/9/2011
Man on a Ledge now has a trailer:

Australian release date: 2 Feburary 2012

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Movie Club: The Eye of the Storm

What better way to start the cinematic week than with the news that Fred Schepisi's The Eye of the Storm has posted the highest average screen opening for an Australian film this year.

Didn't I say people would rush out to see this fabulous cast? Well, I was singing a similar tune back when Ben McEachen, Oscar Hillerstrom and I recorded our review of the film over on The Movie Club.

See our chat (and my preppy cardigan) below (or HERE), and as always you can dare to disagree with us over on Facebook!

Australian release date: 15 September 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Trailer: Martha Marcy May Marlene

*** Update 23/11/2011: Release date now 2 February 2012
Click HERE to watch me host a Movie Club episode on the film. 

I'm incredibly excited that Martha Marcy May Marlene has an Australian theatrical release date - sure the 19th January is a wait, but this film is entirely worth it. 

Sean Durkin's stunningly impressive feature debut was a clear favourite of mine from the Sydney Film Festival. This was my (albeit slightly deranged/festival fatigue) tweet upon exiting the screening: 

Holy shit I'm reeling from MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE! Such dreamy cinematography, but the story will haunt my nightmares.

Now, even three months on, the international trailer is enough to bring those nightmares flooding back:

Official synopsis: 
A powerful psychological thriller, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE stars Elizabeth Olsen as Martha, a young woman rapidly unraveling amidst her attempt to reclaim a normal life after fleeing from a cult and its charismatic leader (John Hawkes). Seeking help from her estranged older sister Lucy (Sarah Paulson) and her brother-in-law (Hugh Dancy), Martha is unable and unwilling to reveal the truth about her disappearance. When her memories trigger a chilling paranoia that her former cult could still be pursuing her, the line between Martha’s reality and delusion begins to blur.

What to do until January 2012?
- Watch John Hawkes' chilling, Oscar nominated performance in Winter's Bone or his much less creepy role in HBO's Deadwood.
- Fall in love with Sarah Paulson via Aaron Sorkin's scandalously shortlived Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (and she's also in Deadwood).

- Join a cult.

Australian release date: 2 February 2012

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Giveaway: The Eye of the Storm

Let me give you three names: Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis, Charlotte Rampling.

If that holy trinity doesn't have you running for the cinema, then we need to have words! But ok, here's two more: Fred Schepisi and Patrick White

Oh yes, I'm delighted to be giving away five double passes to see The Eye of the Storm (thanks to Transmission).

I'll be speaking more about the film on an upcoming episode of The Movie Club, so in the meantime, here's the synopsis: 

In the Sydney suburb of Centennial Park, two nurses, a housekeeper and a solicitor attend to Elizabeth Hunter as her expatriate son and daughter convene at her deathbed. But in dying, as in living, Mrs Hunter remains a powerful force on those who surround her.

Based on the novel by Nobel Prize winner Patrick White, The Eye of the Storm is a savage exploration of family relationships — and the sharp undercurrents of love and hate, comedy and tragedy which define them.

To win one of five double passes to see The Eye of the Storm, simply email me (subject: The Eye of the Storm Giveaway) with your name and address. Winners will be notified by reply.

Australian release date: 15 September 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Movie Club: Submarine

I've been dying to gab about Submarine since I saw it on my flight to New York back in April, so of course I jumped at the chance to rave with Giles Hardie and Marc Fennell on The Movie Club. But alas, 'rave' took on entirely new connotations when tonsillitis struck and I found myself trying to construct sentences with a crazy fever!

HERE are the results!

Australian release date: 8 September 2011

Friday, September 2, 2011

ABC702: One Day & The Help

I spent another delightful Friday morning chatting film with Deb Cameron on 702 ABC Sydney. Up for discussion today were two book adaptations: One Day and The Help. Have a listen: 

  ABC702 Review6 by alicetynan 

Regarding The Help, the discussion I mention that remarks on the film being 'regressive' is none other than the Slate Culture Gabfest. I can also recommend reading the Gabfest guest William Morris' excellent analysis of the film.
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