May 312013
 

OGF

As expected May was not a very busy month film-wise for me. I managed 21 films (the same as April), with 12 of those at the cinema. It was an extremely strong month at the cinema however, with The Rocket, The Place Beyond the Pines and Only God Forgives all receiving 4.5/5 stars. Sadly The Great Gatsby was not one of the highlights. I had been looking forward to seeing it, however I found it to be a bloated showy mess, that lacked any real emotion punch. Only God Forgives was a personal highlight, as it was my most anticipated film for 2012 and subsequently 2013. Thankfully it did not disappoint. Check out my May film round-up after the jump.

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May 312013
 

i-am-divine-2013

Harris Glenn Milstead, an overweight actor, singer and stage performer unexpectedly died in 1988. To many, he wasn’t known as Glenn, but as Divine, drag queen extraordinaire who found stardom via filmmaker John Waters, as his chosen leading lady for a large number of his earlier, career-defining films. Divine will be remembered by many as that fearless performer who ate dog feces on camera in Pink Flamingo’s, but to the rest of those who knew and idolised him, he will be remembered as one of the sweetest and most generous people alive. I Am Divine wants to include you, the audience into that latter group, and introduce you not to an act, but to a man whose capacity for love far exceeded the attention he strived for.

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May 282013
 

MistakenforStrangers

The premise is simple. Indie rock band The National have a position for a roadie, and lead singer Matt has a brother he doesn’t see often. So why not have Tom come on the band’s world tour?  Tom (who has always loved making movies) decides to use the opportunity to help out the band while making a documentary film about them. Sounds simple right? Of course it doesn’t quite go to plan. Review of documentary Mistaken for Strangers after the jump.

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May 272013
 

cannes 2013

The Festival de Cannes is over for another year, with French drama Blue is the Warmest Colour (La vie d’Adèle) taking out the Palm d’Or, the festival’s top award. Head of the competition jury, Steven Spielberg announced that the jury was taking the unusual move of recognising not only the director, but also the two young actresses, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux. The three-hour drama is about a young woman’s awakening, and the two actresses appear in several sex scenes together, one lasting 12 minutes (the end of which was reportedly met with applause at the film’s première at Cannes).

Inside Llewyn Davis, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, picked up the second most prestigious award, the Grand Prix. The film staring Oscar Isaac received much praise for its screenplay and fantastic performance from Isaac.

Blue is the Warmest Colour has been picked up for Australian distribution by Transmission Films. It will be interesting to see how it fares with the country’s classification board. Inside Llewyn Davis is being distributed in Australia by Roadshow Films. It currently has a 30th Jan 2014 release date in Australia.

Other films which have Australian distribution include Alexander Payne’s Nebraska (Roadshow Films – 26 December 2013), for which Bryce Dern won best actor, and Asghar Farhadi’s The Past (Madman Entertainment), for which Bérénice Bejo won best actress. Expect more to be announced as Cannes deals are finalised and made public.

Full list of 2013 Cannes Film Festival award winners (Official Competition and Un Certain Regard) are after the jump.

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May 262013
 

only-god-forgives-ryan-gosling

In the streets of Bangkok, an underworld exists which is a law into itself. If someone is killed, then there can be no peace until vengeance has been delivered. In this underworld there is one man who alone decides when the score has been squared. Cross him and you may find Only God Forgives. Review after the jump.

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May 252013
 

spanish film fest 2013

The 16th Spanish Film Festival, presented by Estrella Damm, will bring a fantastic array of Spanish and Spanish-speaking titles to 7 centres in Australia this June.

In Sydney, the festival will open with Cesc Gay’s A Gun in Each Hand (Una pistola en cada mano) at Palace Verona on 19 June, feature an array of some of Spain’s most popular actors. This year’s closing night event showcases Luis Buñuel’s 1970s classic Tristana, the surrealist masterpiece starring Catherine Deneuve that explores religion, politics and love in a way that marks it as a revolutionary film to this day.

Other highlights include:
*Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba’s (Chico y Rita, Belle Epoque) The Artist and the Model (El artistay la modelo). Nominated for 13 Goya Awards this year including Best Director and Best Picture, this exceptional Spanish production, in the French-language, unfolds in the rural splendour of the French Pyrenees in 1943.
*Days of Grace (Dias de Gracia), a 2011 Cannes Film Festival Camera d’Or nominee and winner of 8 awards including Best Actor, Best First Work and Best Supporting Actress at the 2012 Ariel Awards of Mexico. The gripping crime drama takes place in Mexico set against the backdrop of three soccer world cups (2002, 2006 and 2010).
 
Festival Dates & Venues
MELBOURNE      12 – 26 June, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Westgarth & Kino Cinema,
PERTH                  12 – 26 June, Cinema Paradiso
BRISBANE            13 – 23 June, Palace Centro
ADELAIDE            13 – 23 June, Palace Nova Eastend Cinema
CANBERRA          18 – 26 June, Palace Electric Cinema
SYDNEY               19 June – 3 July, Palace Verona & Chauvel Cinema
BYRON BAY         20 – 26 June, Palace Byron Bay
 
For more information and to view the entire programme visit: www.spanishfilmfestival.com.au
For bookings visit: http://www.palacecinemas.com.au/
Stay in touch with the festival through Facebook (facebook.com/spanishfilmfestival) & Twitter (twitter.com/spanishfilmfest).

May 242013
 

Colin-Farrell-Dead-Man-Down

Noomi Rapace and director Niels Arden Oplev reunite after their collaboration on the original and very successful The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2009) for Hollywood crime drama Dead Man Down. This time they’ve brought Colin Farrell and Terrence Howard with them. Is there something different here or is it little more than another mindless action film? My review after the jump.

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