Apr 042013

stories we tell

Well it’s that time of year when the Christmas break was some time away, and the Oscar films have come and gone. I have to say that not much has inspired me lately…Thankfully there are better things on the horizon; and as always the beautiful people of the internet are keeping busy with creative and interesting things. April 2013 edition of film link goodness after the jump.

27 of the 160 films screening in the upcoming Sydney Film Festival were announced today, with Stories We Tell and Stoker among the highlights. At At the Cinema, Julian Buckeridge dissects the preview line-up in a special podcast.
The film I’m most excited about from the 27 announced is Canadian film-maker Sarah Polley‘s documentary, Stories We Tell. Ryan McNeil says of the film:

“What STORIES WE TELL is fascinated with is how one event can be told so many ways, affect so many people, and can still refract into so many different colours for so many of those involved”

Ryan gave the film 4 out of 4 stars. He’s a critic I respect immensely  so anything he respects so highly is something I want to see. Check out his full review.

Being a massive fan of Korean director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Joint Security Area) I am also very excited about seeing Stoker, which will have its Australian première at the festival. Alex at Film Forager has seen Stoker, and gives much praise to the film in her review. Adam at Hope Lies has also seen the film, but he had more of a mixed reaction to it.


Chris and I saw A Good Day to Die Hard together and we both kind of liked it (Chris’s review here). I went in expecting a dumb, fun action flick, and that’s exactly what I got. We’ve been defending our opinion ever since. Clancy Noakes saw the film with us and he also had a fun time with it.

Bruce Willis appears to have had a lot of time on his hands lately, as he also appears in the newly released and terrible G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Cam Williams suffered through the film, and issued the warning that, “‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ is one of the most despicable displays in the collision between consumerism and filmmaking”.


Spring Breakers is set for a release on May 9th in Australia, where it has just been given a R18 rating. US-based Australian Glenn Dunks has seen the film which is dividing US audiences, and he has come out on the positive side. Check out his review which also has an interesting comment about the his cinema-going experience.

Finally this month, Andrew and I watched Before Sunrise and Before Sunset for the first time. Now we finally get why every man and his dog is so excited for Before Midnight. Over at Graffiti with Punctuation Andrew has expressed his admiration for Before Sunset in a 5 Star Film post.


That’s all for this month. Wishing you all a happy April wherever you are; and as always I hope your film watching experiences are wonderful.


By Sam McCosh