Jul 122014
 

tom at the farm

So you’re bought yourself some passes for the Melbourne International Film Festival. The sheer number of incredible films on offer can be a little daunting and that’s where I hope to help. I’ve put together a 17 Film Programme (without clashes) which I think offers a little bit of everything good at the festival. That’s a film per day of the fest with plenty of time for you to fit other films in if you are so inclined. I’ve also provided a list of everything that I have seen and can recommend. Films I have reviewed are underlined and linked to. I hope it helps! Check out my recommendations and your curated 17 film programme after the jump.

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Jul 102014
 

DOTPOTA

When chimp handler Robert Franklin was accidentally exposed to ALZ-113, an Alzheimer’s drug being tested on apes, he set off the beginning of the end of life on Earth as we know it. Human numbers dwindled, while apes (who were enhanced by the drugs) grew stronger. 10 years on we rejoin Caesar and the apes in a brand new world. Review of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes after the jump.

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Jul 092014
 

Thanks to Icon Home Entertainment we have 3 copies of POMPEII on DVD to give away

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POMPEII is available to rent or buy on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital on July 23

Synopsis

Set in 79 A.D., POMPEII tells the epic story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him.

To Win

Tell us which TV show POMPEII star Kit Harrington is famous for starring in. Send your answers, along with your name and postal address to moc.e1406042714srevi1406042714nueni1406042714lnona1406042714@mas1406042714 by 9pm on Tuesday July 22nd 2014. For an extra entry, ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Check out the terms & conditions of the competition after the jump.

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Jul 062014
 

The Lunchbox

India’s lunch delivery system successfully transports lunches from home kitchens to the offices of thousands of workers (predominately in Mumbai) daily. Renowned for its punctuality and accuracy, the system is almost flawless (a Harvard study even backs up this claim). What happens when the lunch prepared by one lonely housewife goes astray? My review of The Lunchbox after the jump.
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Jul 042014
 

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The programme has been announced for the 9th annual Possible Worlds Film Festival & tickets are now on sale.

This year, festival curators have carefully chosen 18 feature films – 9 from Canada and 9 from the USA – that will enrich, excite and enlighten. The program will screen at Event Cinemas on George Street from August 7th to the 17th, ahead of satellite events in Canberra (August 20th) and Perth (August 22nd to 24th) which will screen selected titles.

“With one world première and thirteen Australian premieres, we have put together a Festival that focuses on discoveries; on introducing new films to Australian audiences,” explains Festival Director Mathieu Ravier. “Possible Worlds is a rare opportunity to take back the multiplex and showcase the vibrant visions of independent filmmakers working outside of Hollywood.”

Opening Night on August 7th will première Ricardo Trogi’s hilarious coming-of-age comedy 1987, a day before the film opens in Canada. The film will be one of five French-language films from the region.

A highlight of the programme is French Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan’s Tom At The Farm (reviewed here), an intense thriller with a fantastic performance from Dolan himself. Dolan also features in Miraculum, a critically acclaimed drama about the intertwined destinies of eight Montrealers on the cusp of life-changing decisions.

We don’t want to miss The Grand Seduction, starring Brendon Glesson (The Guard, Calvary) and Taylor Kistch (Friday Night Lights), a comedy about a remote fishing village in desperate need of a resident doctor and the outlandish lengths they will go to in order to secure him.  Also not to be missed is Faults starring the always amazing Mary Elizabeth Winstead, a thriller in which attempts are made to deprogramme a young woman under the grip of a mysterious cult.

If documentaries are more your thing, how about one about the wonderful new sport of air sex. No, this is not a mokumenatary. Air Sex: The Movie will give you an insightful look into the pastime you never knew existed out of teenage bedrooms….

To buy tickets and for information about the full line-up, please visit the official festival website.
You can also follow the festival on Twitter & Facebook.

Jul 012014
 

Tim's Vermeer

17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer painted some truly extraordinary works. At a time when photography was yet to be invented, he managed to created photo-real paintings. How was it that he was so ahead of his peers? Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor had a theory. This film is a document of his unbelievable experiment. Review of Tim’s Vermeer after the jump.

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Jun 302014
 

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Well Sydney Film Festival has been and gone and thus so has my busiest film watching month of the year. I saw 33 films on the big screen in June which was made up of: one 0.5 star film, three 5 star films and a whole lot of everything which falls in between. It was certainly not boring, well at least the bits when I wasn’t watching certain parts of The Rover, HTTYD2 and Under the Skin weren’t. My June round-up is after the jump. Continue reading »

Jun 292014
 

Pulp

So you’re in the Auckland region and you’ve bought yourself a couple of 10 Trip Passes for the New Zealand International Film Festival. The sheer number of incredible films on offer can be a little daunting and that’s where I hope to help. I’ve put together a 17 Film Programme (without clashes) which I think offers a little bit of everything good at the festival. That’s a film per day of the fest with some spare tickets from your two passes to play with. I’ve also provided a list of everything that I have seen and can recommend. Films I have reviewed are underlined and linked to. I hope it helps! Check out my recommendations and your curated 17 film programme after the jump.

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