Jul 082013


The eighth annual Possible Worlds Film Festival has revealed its 2013 program showcasing the best new cinema from Canada and the United States, and focusing exclusively on independent films.

Presented by Cosmos Tours and non-profit The Festivalists, the festival brings 20 new feature films ­ ten Canadian and ten American – playing at  Dendy Opera Quays and Dendy Newtown from 8th to 18th August. Selected titles will also screen at ARC Cinema (Canberra) from 21st to 23rd August 2013.

In Sydney, the Festival will open with Sarah Polley¹s acclaimed documentary Stories We Tell and close ten days later with Sydney premiere of Joe Swanberg’s Drinking Buddies, starring Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, Jake Johnson and Ron Livingston.

A strong thematic strand within the program this year is the female point of view, with ten titles featuring a woman in the lead and charting female perspectives on identity, desire, sexuality, success and family, such as black and white gems Frances Ha by Noah Baumbach and You Make Me Feel So Young (Australian première) by Zach Weintraub. Four of these films, Molly Maxwell (Australian première), Stories We Tell, A Teacher (International première) and It Felt Like Love (Sydney première) are directed by women.

Other highlights include a 40th anniversary screening of the cult sci-fi thriller Westworld, US indie comedy-drama Gimme The Loop, which played at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard section) and VHS documentary Rewind This!

A nice bonus for festival goers is the fact that many screenings will include a complimentary welcome drink on arrival.

For information about all of the fantastic films on offer and to find out how to book tickets, visit the official festival website: http://www.possibleworlds.net.au

Jul 082013

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With over 300 films screening at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival, navigating the programme and narrowing down which films to see is a hard task. Never fear! The team here at An Online Universe – Ben Buckingham, Chris Elena and myself (Sam McCosh), have each picked 5 films we think are must-sees at the festival. To say that is a varied mix of films and genres would be a gross understatement. Check our 15 recommendations out after the jump.


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Jul 062013


Paul Feig, the director of Bridesmaids is back with a film which sees Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock as two agents forced into a partnership and given the assignment of bringing down a drug lord. Does Feig utilise his female protagonists well? Is any of it even remotely funny? My review of The Heat is after the jump.

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Jul 052013


The full 2013 Melbourne International Film Festival programme is now live! 

The festival opens with the Australian première of  Spanish director Pedro Almodovar’ s I’m So Excited!, and closes with All is Lost, JC Chandor’s follow-up to the Oscar-nominated Margin Call.

More than 300 films will screen across the 17 day festival, in strands as varied as Accent on Asia,  Backebeat and International Panorama. New strands this year include Defying the Times: Activism on Film; a program of films from North Korea, rarely seen in the West; a program of new Arabic filmic voices; and the new wave of US cinema in States of Play: American Independents. The festival’s retrospective this year is Italian Giallo.

Be sure to check back here early next week for our picks for the must-see films to playing at this year’s festival.


View the schedule for the festival, which runs 25 July -11 August, and book tickets at www.miff.com.au

Jul 042013

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Thanks to Icon, we have 5 x double passes to give away to ONLY GOD FORGIVES – in Australian cinemas from July 18.

Nicholas Winding Refn (Drive) directs this stylish east-meets-west thriller, set in the back alleys of Bangkok’s criminal underworld. Julian (RYAN GOSLING) runs a Thai boxing club in Bangkok, as a front for his drug business. When Julian’s brother (TOM BURKE) is killed, after savagely murdering a young prostitute, his mother (Kristin Scott Thomas), the head of a vast criminal organisation, arrives to collect the body. Crazy with rage and thirsty for vengeance she demands the head of the murderers from Julian; but first, Julian must confront Chang (Vithaya Pansringarm), a mysterious retired policeman – and figurehead of a divine justice. This sets in motion a range of events, that leads to a bloody path of rage, betrayal, ultimate confrontation and possibly even redemption.

You can read our full review of Only God Forgives here.

You can check out the incredible trailer for Only God Forgives here.


For your chance to WIN simply tell us in 25 words or less which film starring Ryan Gosling is your favourite and why? Send all answers, along with your name and postal address to sam@anonlineuniverse.com by 9pm on Monday 15 July 2013.

Check out the terms & conditions of the competition after the jump.

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Jul 022013


The New Zealand International Film Festival programme for 2013 is a massive beast. The kind of beast you want to cuddle up with, and get to know. There are so many great films on offer, from new titles direct from Cannes, to small Indie American features and classics on the big screen. In an attempt to help (hopefully not hinder) with your film picks, Chris and I have picked 10 films we think/know are worth seeing at this year’s fest. Check out our picks after the jump.

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