Aug 152014


In this rather unusual documentary, we follow a day, the 20,000th day in the life of UK-based, Australian musician Nick Cave. This day is a construct, one which is representative of Cave’s daily life. We follow him from writing, catch ups with friends, doctors appointments and of course, practice. This was more like a collage or scrapbook than a linear story. Mixed media – audio, photographs, archival footage are blended in with the documentary’s own footage, giving the film an incredibly textured feel.

Cave spends much of the film musing on some of some pretty big ideas – the power of memory, what legacy we leave and what it means to create. It seems like it’s something he spends a long time thinking about, like he is constantly searching for validation or purpose for his art. His thought processes are quite complex, even pained, and once or twice I felt myself getting lost within the depths of his soul. Much like his music, his thoughts are rather intense and brooding at times. Famous friends, bandmates and associates make appearances throughout, though I found that their contribution served mostly to inflate the mystique of Cave, rather than offer any real insight.

Aside from the interesting construct of the film, what I loved was the cinematography and editing. The film was extremely slick and photographed so beautifully by Erik Wilson (The Imposter, The Double, Tyrannosaur), who is fast becoming one of my favourite cinematographers. Jonathon Amos (Attack the Block, Scott Pilgrim vs the World) stitches the various material together expertly, weaving a layered scrapbook to represent Cave’s life.

It makes sense that writer-directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard come from a visual arts background. What they have created here is quite innovative, ions away from a traditional musical documentary or bio-pic.
By Sam McCosh
The Facts

Director: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard
Writer(s): Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard, Nick Cave
Starring: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Blixa Bargeld, Susie Bick
Runtime: 97 minutes
Release date(s): Australia & New Zealand: August 21 2014

Aug 142014


This is the eleventh post in the “The Best Films Set In…” series. The setting can be a place (like Tokyo), a location (like the beach), or a time (like Winter). In these posts I’m going to pick my 5 favourite films that are set in that particular place/location/time and explain why I like them.

In honour of my current sports movie week, this edition focuses on films set on a particular type of field that you’ll find in the USA. They’re in schools, small towns and big cities. These fields are inhabited by big men, in big padding with big dreams. The screenplays aren’t always subtle, but you’ll almost always be emotional by the end.

After the jump, check out my picks for The Best Films Set In…On a Football Field.

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Aug 132014


The 18th Japanese Film Festival (JFF) will begin its national tour starting mid-October in Adelaide, and continues to other major Australian cities until its final stop in Melbourne in December.

The JFF is growing both domestically and internationally this year! In Australia, the JFF expands to include new venues: Adelaide’s Mercury Cinema, Sydney’s Event Cinemas Parramatta, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Fremantle’s Hoyts Millennium. Internationally, the JFF debuts in Auckland from November 6 at Rialto Cinemas, Newmarket.

In each city, over 10 of the latest feature films will be screened. Flagship cities Sydney and Melbourne will enjoy an even greater program comprising of 45+ films. The full programme is yet to be announced but the festival has confirmed the live-action adaptation of popular manga series, Rurouni Kenshin will return to the Festival as a trilogy in 2014.

Japanese Film Festival Dates and Venues
The 18th JFF runs nationally between October – December 2014
Ticketing: Adult $18 / Concession $15/ 5-Film Pass $75

Adelaide 10 – 12 & 17 – 19 October @ Mercury Cinema
Canberra 15 – 19 October @ Capitol Cinema Manuka
Brisbane 22 – 26 October @ Event Cinemas, Brisbane City Myer Centre
Perth 29 October – 2 November @ Hoyts Carousel & Hoyts Millennium
Auckland 6 – 12 November @ Rialto Cinemas, Newmarket
Sydney 13 – 23 November @ Event Cinemas, George Street & Event Cinemas, Parramatta
Art Gallery of New South Wales new! (JFF classics – Wed, Sat & Sun, 15 – 26 October)
Melbourne 27 November – 7 December @ Hoyts Melbourne Central & Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Follow the fest
Facebook: japanesefilmfest
Twitter: @japanfilmfest / #JFF2014AU

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Aug 092014

Whiplash, written and directed by Damien Chazelle won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Sundance award winners are always worth giving a watch, as they represent some of the most interesting independent film-making in the US.

The official synopsis is as follows:

Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father (Paul Reiser), Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man’s life. Andrew’s passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability—and his sanity.

This trailer is intense! The synopsis didn’t quite prepare me for how full on it would be. JK Simmons looks terrifying – he’s such a great character actor, and I’m really looking forward to seeing him in this interesting role. Miles Teller is an extremely capable actor, who has proven he has what it takes to carry a dramatic role. This film was at the top of my TIFF wishlist, but now that I know it has an Australian release date, I’m going to wait and check it out on release here.

Whiplash will release on October 23 in Australia.

Aug 062014

monica bellucci in the wonders

Bringing a dash of Mediterranean romance to 15 Palace locations from mid-September to late October, the Festival’s 15th annual outing will screen 33 new features and documentaries and one glamourous classic, showcasing the charisma of Italy’s most engaging actors.

Marina, an entertaining biopic that tells the true story of singer, songwriter and accordionist, Rocco Granata, will launch the 2014 Lavazza Italian Film Festival. Based on Granata’s early life, Marina charts his rise from humble beginnings, to his emergence as a musical phenomenon with the release of his 1959 song Marina. Marina is directed by multi-award winning filmmaker Stijn Conix (When the Light Comes, Daens), produced by the Dardenne brothers and stars Matteo Simoni as Granata.

Closing night film in each city will the Sophia Loren/Marcello Mastroianni classic Marriage Italian Style, which has been restored by Cineteca di Bologna, Technicolor Foundation for Cinema Heritage and Memory Cinéma, 50 years after its first release.

Highlights include:

Director: Gianfranco Rosi | 2013 | 93 mins
The first documentary to win the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Rosi’s latest film reveals the sheer diversity of life bubbling around the margins of the 43.5-mile highway that encircles Rome.

Director: Fabio Mollo | 2013 | 86 mins
Starring: Miriam Karlkvist, Vinicio Marchioni, Valentina Lodovini & Andrea Bellisario
A teenage tomboy who hasn’t spoken a word since the death of her beloved brother runs away from home and finds herself on a quest to learn the truth about her lost sibling and, ultimately, herself.

Director: Daniele Luchetti | 2013 | 100 mins
Starring: Kim Rossi Stuart, Micaela Ramazzotti & Martina Gedeck
Luchetti’s warm-hearted, bittersweet autobiographical account of his childhood as a budding filmmaker witnessing his parents’ tumultuous relationship.

The 2014 Lavazza Italian Film Festival will take place nationally at Palace Cinemas on the following dates:

VIC: 17 Sept – 12 Oct Palace Cinema Como, Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton
Bay, Palace Westgarth, The Kino Cinemas
NSW: 18 Sept – 12 Oct Palace Verona, Palace Norton Street & Chauvel Cinema
ACT: 23 Sept – 15 Oct Palace Electric
WA: 24 Sept – 15 Oct Cinema Paradiso & Luna on SX
QLD: 1 Oct – 22 Oct Palace Barracks & Palace Centro
SA 2 Oct – 22 Oct Palace Nova Eastend
BYRON 9 Oct – 15 Oct Palace Byron Bay
TAS: 16 Oct – 22 Oct State Cinema

For updates & information, head over to the festival’s official website:

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Aug 042014

An Online Universe has 3 copies of THE ANGRIEST MAN IN BROOKLYN on DVD to give away.

Angriest Man front

THE ANGRIEST MAN IN BROOKLYN is available on Blu-ray and DVD from August 6, 2014.

Everyone has a bad day here and there, but for Henry (Robin Williams) that day is every day. When stand-in doctor Sharon (Mila Kunis) tells an obnoxious Henry he has only 90 minutes to live, it sends him on a crazy scramble through the streets of Brooklyn to right all the wrongs in his life.

Directed by Oscar® nominee Phil Alden Robinson (THE SUM OF ALL FEARS, FIELD OF DREAMS), THE ANGRIEST MAN IN BROOKLYN is a hilarious, yet touching tale about making the most of life’s every moment. A feel-good comedy is one not to be missed!  Along with Robin Williams and Mila Kunis, the film also stars Peter Dinklage and Melissa Leo.

To win tell us your favourite Robin Willams performance. Email your answer, name and postal address to moc.e1409394432srevi1409394432nueni1409394432lnona1409394432@mas1409394432 by 9pm on Thursday August 14th.

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