Jan 092014
 


 
Those who know me/read An Online Universe know how much I obsess about music in film or films about music. I received the trailer for this documentary in my inbox today and I couldn’t help but think, this is my sort of film.

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, Red Bull Music Academy has invited award-winning director Ralf Schmerberg to create a full-length feature film. What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music was shot at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York and will see its première in movie theatres across the globe on February 17. From February 18, it will be available for free viewing on redbullmusicacademy.com. What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music explores the challenges that a life in music can bring. It seeks to go beyond music, and ask questions about life itself.

“Why am I doing this and what difference does it make?”

Brian Eno

I love listening to artists talk about the creative process, about why they make the art they do and what they hope to achieve. I find it all so inspiring, it’s a window into a different way of thinking about the world. I’m very much looking forward to seeing the film next month when it will be online for free viewing(!!)

Jan 082014
 

Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity led the nominations for 2014 BAFTAs, receiving 11 nominations, including best film, director and outstanding British film. While Gravity is about as British as The Great Gatsby is Australian, its British production company apparently makes it eligible for the category. David O. Russell’s American Hustle and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave were close behind Gravity with 9 nominations each, including somewhat surprising nominations for Amy Adams and Christian Bale in the leading actress/actor categories. Adams in a particular is quite the surprise, receiving a nomination ahead of one of the undeniable favourites, Meryl Streep. I can understand the love for Gravity and 12 Years, but I’m baffled by the love for American Hustle. I wonder if people just love those involved and not the actual film?

Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club, which has been favoured by American critics’ associations and the powerful guilds (DGA,  PGA, SAG)  missed out completely, as did the wonderful Her, from Spike Jonze. Inside Lleweyn Davis gains three nominations here, but is yet to get much momentum behind it in the lead up to the Academy Awards.

I was delighted to see writer/director Paul Wright nominated for outstanding début by a British writer, director or producer (alongside producer Polly Stokes) for the incredible For Those in Peril. I had the utter delight to meet and speak with Paul after the screening of his film at Sydney Film Festival and he was extremely humble and honestly just so chuffed that people liked his film.

The BAFTAs will be awarded on February 16. The full list of nominations are after the jump.

 

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Jan 062014
 

Greatwhiteshark

Currently screening at IMAX is the fantastic documentary Great White Shark. By showing the shark’s in their natural environment and place at the top of the oceanic food-chain, the film attempts to take away their “villain” tag” and show them for the beautiful, important creatures that the scientists, researchers and lovers of the ocean in this film believe they are.

Filmed over three years in digital 3D at beautiful locations such as Stewart Island in New Zealand and Mexico’s legendary Guadalupe Island, the film is an immersive, breathtaking cinema experience. I thoroughly enjoyed being taken to such amazing locations to see the incredible creatures swimming in their own environment. There is something quite impressive about seeing a giant Great White glide past you on the IMAX screen.

The film is narrated by Bill Nighy, who quite frankly, I would listen to read the phone book. He’s fantastic. Great White Shark is suitable for all ages, as the film does not to show anything frightening or bloody, so to keep the film accessible for the youngest of film-goers.

Educational without being preachy and informative while still being entertaining and impressive, this is a documentary worth catching at your local IMAX.
 
Great White Shark is currently screening at IMAX  Melbourne and opens on January 9th at IMAX Darling Harbour.

 

By Sam McCosh

Jan 012014
 

The end of the year is here. It happens every year, and yet we still get surprised by it. This year has been a fantastic one at the cinema for me; there was rarely a week that went by when I didn’t see at least one film I liked at the cinema, some weeks there were many. I watched less films in 2013 than 2012, but I’m okay with that. This year I made an effort to read more books and to get back into some of the TV shows I love. New shows like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards proved to be equal to the best films of the year. After the jump check out my December 2013 round-up and my totals for 2013.

 

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