Underworld: Awakening

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Jan 242012


Underworld: Awakening is the 4th film in the Underworld franchise, which sees Kate Beckinsale reprise her role as the sleek vampire Seline. Seline awakes to find she has been cryogenically frozen for the previous 12 years. During this time the humans have attempted to cleanse their world of vampires and lycans and are very much the dominant species again.

From here the story doesn’t really matter because there really isn’t much of one, and who goes to see these films for the story-line anyway? It’s best not to worry about the story too much, because if you do you will not be able to ignore the giant plot holes which litter the film.

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Jan 212012


Addiction is a subject which has been the topic of many films before. Some films take the comedic route, while others play it out in a more dramatic fashion. Usually the protagonist realises they have an addiction after hitting “bottom”, and then we follow them as they seek help. Shame is not either of these films. Shame is not about redemption or seeking help. It’s about how addiction guts the lives of those trapped in its embrace, leaving them a cold and hollow existence.

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The Darkest Hour (3D)

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Jan 182012


The Darkest Hour stars the rather wooden Emile Hirsh as software developer Sean, who happens to be in Moscow for work when some rather odd aliens launch an all out attack on the city. Sean soon finds himself fighting for survival alongside his friend Ben (Max Minghella) and two girls they meet at a bar courtesy of their social networking software (one of whom is played by Australia actress Rachael Taylor).

The aliens in this film are mostly invisible beings, which are made out of energy. They kill by shooting energy out that then pulverises people instantly, turning them into ash. The problem with these odd aliens isn’t so much that we can’t see them, but that they don’t seem to follow any real rules or pseudo-science about what they can and can’t do. It makes very little sense that they can see energy through certain substances and not others. If the aliens don’t seem unconvincing in the beginning, they do as the film progresses and we get a better look at them. They look as scary as a child’s scribble of what an alien might be. It’s almost laughable.

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Martha Marcy May Marlene

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Jan 162012

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The hard to say Martha Marcy May Marlene is a haunting film which tells the story of Martha (Elizabeth Olsen), who after two years living in a cult escapes. Martha is picked up by her sister (Sarah Paulson), who she then joins with and her sister’s husband (Hugh Dancy) at their summer lake house retreat. We watch Martha as she re-adjusts to life outside the cult, and deals with what she has been through in the last two years.

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Hugo (3D)

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Jan 152012


In Hugo director Martin Scorsese takes us on an exciting  journey which allows the audience a peek behind the curtains at the magical world of early cinema.

In this adaptation of the novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, we follow young orphaned Hugo who lives in the walls of a Paris train station, tending to the running of the clocks. Hugo (Asa Butterfield) is a vulnerable figure, having first lost his parents and then been abandoned by his drunkard of an uncle . He dreams of fixing an automaton which he watched his father work on, and spends much of his time seeking both parts for the machine and food for his survival in the station.Hugo befriends Isabelle (Chloe Grace Moretz) who is in the care of the station’s intriguing toy stall owner (played marvellously by Ben Kingsley); and from there an adventure to realise Hugo’s dreams of fixing his beloved automaton begins.

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List: Favourite Australian Films

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Jan 092012


As a film enthusiast and new resident of Australia, I feel that is my duty to deepen my knowledge of Australia film. I have to admit that my knowledge is limited to the more main stream films which have had cinema releases in New Zealand. Films like Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Castle, Rabbit Proof Fence, Tomorrow When the War Began etc. The Castle is currently my favourite Australia film. It’s got so much heart and still gives me a laugh 14 years on (can you believe it’s 14+ years since it’s release?).

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