Aug 242012
 

coffee

After three films back-to-back I still had the closing night film Mental and the closing night party left attend on Saturday. Sunday I had 2 films planned, while Monday was put aside just for relaxing before heading home. Part 3 of my MIFF/Melbourne diary is after the jump.

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Aug 212012
 

After a busy first day in Melbourne, I had an even busier 2nd day lined up. Firstly a mission for some tasty brunch, and then 4 films and the closing night party. After the jump check out Part 2 of my Melbourne diary, including my thoughts on Undefeated, Ruby Sparks, and The Suicide Shop. 

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Aug 212012
 

 

miff2012

I have just returned from Melbourne where I attended my first ever Melbourne International Film Festival. While I only managed to see 8 films, I also did some sightseeing, ate a heap of great food, and most importantly met lots of fantastic film-loving people. After the jump is part 1 of my “Melbourne Diary” – thoughts on the films, the city, and just a holiday diary of sorts. This is a little different than what I usually post, but I thought it would be fun to document the trip.

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Aug 152012
 

The_Imposter

Being the film mad person that I am, I don’t take holidays, I go to film festivals. This is probably a more exhausting exercise than actually working, but it is oh so rewarding. Getting to see the amazing range of films and meet such a fantastic group of people only happens at film festivals – they are magical, magical places.

Due to work commitments and the fact that I want to try to see some of the city, I’ll only be seeing 9 films during my time in Melbourne (you know you’re a film nut when you think 9 films in 3 days isn’t many…but it really isn’t).

Below is my MIFF schedule. I hope to see some of you there. While I won’t be reviewing or posting on the site while I’m in Melbourne, I will be active on the Twitters ( @sakura_59).

Fri 17th August

4.00pm – In the Fog
6.30pm – The Imposter
9.00pm – God Bless America

Sat 18th August

11.00am – Undefeated 
1.30pm – Ruby Sparks
4.00pm – The Suicide Shop
7.30pm – Mental + Closing Night Party

Sun 19th August

10.15am – Laurence Anyways
4.00pm – The Hunt

Aug 142012
 

There is something about this trailer which I find utterly charming and smile-inducing. I think Frank Langella is a great actor, and the idea of him as a bored retiree using his robot to rob smug privileged kids of their expensive belongings is quite funny.

The synopsis for Robot and Frank via Rotten Tomatoes:

Set in the near future, Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown kids who are concerned he can no longer live alone. They are tempted to place him in a nursing home until Frank’s son chooses a different option: against the old man’s wishes, he buys Frank a walking, talking humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health. What follows is an often hilarious and somewhat heartbreaking story about finding friends and family in the most unexpected places.

Robot and Frank is directed by Jake Schreier and stars Peter Sarsgaard, Frank Langella and Susan Sarandon.

The film is set to be released via Sony Pictures in Australia on November 15, 2012.

Aug 122012
 

scandalmakers

Scandal Makers is one of three comedies screening at the 3rd Korean Film Festival in Australia. With over 8 million tickets sold, Scandal Makers was the highest grossing film at the Korean box office in 2008. For those lucky enough to be in Sydney, director Hyeong-Cheol Kang and producer Anna Lee will be participating in a Q&A at the screening. Check out my review of the charming comedy after the jump.

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