This is a conjoined review of both Pain & Gain and The World’s End
Two films that amalgamate genres and are headlined by what could be some of the biggest douchebags ever to grace characterisation and narrative. Only one gets it right.
The 2nd Persian International Film Festival launches in Sydney on Thursday night (August 22nd) with a screening of Massoud Bakhshi’s A Respectable Family (یک خانواده محترم). The festival showcases films from Persian speaking communities of Iran and Afghanistan, and from the global Persian community across the globe to celebrate their similarities, diversities and complexities through film for both Persian and Australian audiences.
Highlights include: Abbas Kiarostami’s Like Someone in Love (which I highly recommend); About Elly, written and directed by Asghar Farhadi (The Past, A Separation); and 1999’s Tehran: the 25th Hour (تهران، ساعت ۲۵), which revisits the joy experienced on the streets of Tehran after the Iranian soccer team qualified as the 32nd team in the 1998 Soccer World Cup.
For the full line-up, please visit the official festival website: http://persianfilmfestival.com/
Book your tickets via Dendy
When small-time drug dealer David Clark (Jason Sudeikis) gets beaten and robbed by a bunch of punk ass kids, he lands himself in a precarious situation. He owes his supplier, Brad (Ed Helms) a good chunk of cash, but he has no way to pay it. Thankfully Brad has a solution. All David needs to do is go down to Mexico and bring back a “smidge” of weed, and in return wish debt will be cleared and he will receive a sizable payout.
In this edition of the forgotten, Andrew Buckle (The Film Emporium, Graffiti with Punctuation) explains why The Gospel According to St. Matthew (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1964) is one of greatest biblical epics he has have ever seen. Thanks for sharing this film with us Andrew.[Ed]
Pier Paolo Pasolini’s The Gospel According to St. Matthew is one of the finest biblical epics I have ever seen, and while the Marxist, atheist, homosexual auteur had no religious affiliations, he channels his unlikely concoction of ideologies into this undeniable masterpiece. Having first watched this film when I was studying at university, as a companion piece to Pasolini’s Accatone, which was part of the subject, I revisited it again recently in preparation for this article.
Christmas, the magical time of the year when friends and family celebrate the year past, and come together to eat, love and be jolly. What happens when Christmas and love are taken from you? How do you cope when the so-called happiest time of the year becomes the darkest? My review of White Reindeer after the jump.
Thanks to Icon, we have 5 x double passes to give away to YOU’RE NEXT– in Australian cinemas from August 29.
One of the smartest and most terrifying films in years, YOU’RE NEXT puts a fresh twist on the home-invasion horror. The Davison family who, while gathered at their secluded vacation home for a family reunion, find themselves the target of some creative and chillingly cruel killers. Trapped and isolated, the hapless victims seem trapped… until an unlikely guest of the family proves to be the most talented killer of all.
You can check out the creepy trailer for You’re Next here.
For your chance to WIN simply tell us in 25 words or less what type of mask really scares you? Send all answers, along with your name and postal address to firstname.lastname@example.org by 9pm on Monday 26 August 2013.
Check out the terms & conditions of the competition after the jump.