Trailer: Gone Girl

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Apr 152014

Amy (played by Rosamund Pike) mysteriously disappears on the day of her wedding anniversary and her husband (played by Ben Affleck) soon becomes the prime suspect.

A few weeks ago I decided I would read the best-selling novel Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn before the film adaptation by director David Fincher, adapted for the screen by Flynn was released. The book was incredibly addictive, a really good ‘who done it’ with intriguing characters and an interesting construct. As I was reading the book I was imagining how Fincher might portray a particular scene or how intense certain moments would feel and I started really looking forward to this film.

The just-released trailer doesn’t give much away at all, but it does point to a dark, moody film. This case isn’t straight forward and I’m sure Fincher is going to throw some curve balls in there. I’m also really looking forward to hearing some more original work from composers Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor. There is no release date set in Australia at this time.

The Invisible Woman

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Apr 142014

A beautiful young woman and a distinguished writer meet and fall for each other. The writer is Charles Dickens, a married man with a high profile. Their “secret” relationship haunts the woman years after it has ended and she finds it almost impossible to reconcile with it and move on. My review of The Invisible Woman after the jump.

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Giveaway: Double passes to LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

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Apr 092014

Like Father, Like Son – In Australian cinemas April 17

Thanks to Rialto Distribution we have 5 double passes to give away to Like Father, Like Son 

Synopsis: The ‘switched at birth’ urban legend and the Nature-vs.-Nurture debate provides, the globally acclaimed director of Nobody Knows, Still Walking and I Wish, Hirokazu Kore-eda with a fresh opportunity to revisit his ongoing preoccupation with family dynamics and parent-child relationships in contemporary Japan. The life of go-getting workaholic architect Ryota—one of comfort and quietly ordered affluence with his wife Midori and son Keita —is violently overturned when hospital administrators reveal the unthinkable: Keita is not his biological son. Due to a mistake made by a negligent nurse, his ‘true’ son has been raised in the dishevelled but warm-hearted home of working-class shopkeeper Yudai and his wife. The different approaches of both couples to their excruciating dilemma and the gradual emotional awakening of the all-too-rational Ryota are at the core of this sensitive drama of family feeling, which showcases Kore-eda’s rich sense of humanity.

For your chance to WIN simply tell us why you want to see Like Father, Like Son. Send all answers, along with your name and postal address to by 10am on Thursday 17 April.

Check out the full terms & conditions of the competition after the jump.
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Trailer: Lucy

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Apr 062014

I’ve been a Scarlett Johansson fan since Lost in Translation and I’m excited by how prolific she has been in recent years. From superhero films, to sci-fi thrillers and now a sci-fi action, the lady does pick interesting and varied projects. In Lucy Scarlett appears to undergo an incredible transformation after a drug package bursts in her gut. The trailer makes it seem like a darker, more violent version of Limitless.

According to the film’s website, Lucy is “an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic”.

Writer-director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Leon: The Professional) has brought us impressive female-led action in the past(such as La Femme Nikita), but I haven’t really liked many of his more recent films. I’ll be interested to see how this one pans out come August when it is set to be released.

2014 Spanish Film Festival

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Apr 042014

The full programme has been announced and tickets are now on sale for the 2014 Spanish Film Festival, to be held over 23 days, across six states and 11 Palace Cinema locations. This year (the festival’s 17th) will give Australian audiences the opportunity to see 30 of the very best and most recent Spanish and Spanish-speaking Latin America Films.

Opening this year’s festival is Living is Easy With Eyes Closed (Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados), winner of six 2014 Goya Awards including Best Film, Best Director and Best Original screenplay. Set in 1966 Spain, Antonio (Javier Cámara I’m So Excited, A Gun In Each Hand, Talk To Her), is a school teacher in the small Spanish town of Albacete, who uses Beatles lyrics to teach his students English. When Antonio learns that Lennon is visiting, he decides to undertake the journey to meet his hero.

Closing the festival is the wild and outrageously funny Witching and Bitching (Las brujas de Zugarramurdi), winner of 8 2014 Goya Awards including Best Art Direction and Best Special Effects. Wildly fleeing toward France through the impenetrable Basque forest after a jewel heist, a hapless band of robbers runs afoul of an evil coven of witches led by Marichu (the mighty Terele Pávez), her daughter Graciana (Carmen Maura, Volver), and granddaughter Eva (Carolina Bang).

Other highlights include The Golden Cage, Cannibal, To Fool a Thief and 7th Floor.

For a small taste of the festival, check out the trailer

For the full programme and information about tickets and special events, please visit the official festival website:


SYDNEY Tues 29 April – Sun 18 May, Palace Verona and Palace Norton Street
MELBOURNE Wed 30 April – Sun 18 May, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Westgarth & Kino Cinema
CANBERRA Thu 01 May – Wed 14 May, Palace Electric Cinema
BRISBANE Thu 01 May – Wed 14 May, Palace Centro and Palace Barracks
PERTH Tue 06 May – Wed 21 May, Cinema Paradiso
ADELAIDE Tue 06 May – Wed 21 May, Palace Nova Eastend Cinema
BYRON BAY Thu 08 May – Wed 14 May, Palace Byron Bay

First films announced for Sydney Film Festival 2014

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Apr 022014

The 61st Sydney Film Festival today announced 32 of the more than 180 films to be featured in this year’s event in advance of the full program launch on Wednesday 7 May.

Most exciting for me is Xavier Dolan’s fourth feature film, Tom At The Farm. The film premiered at TIFF last year and I’ve been aching to see it ever since. In Tom At The Farm, A young man attends the funeral of his gay lover in rural Quebec, only to find himself trapped in a dangerous dance of lust and sadistic impulses with the deceased’s brother. Dolan won the Sydney Film Festival Prize in 2010 for his second feature film, Heartbeats.

Other titles I am excited about are features: Joe (David Gorden Green), Frank (Lenny Abrahamson), 2014 Golden Bear Winner Black Coal, Thin Ice (Yinan Diao), Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? (Michel Gondry) and The Unknown Known (Errol Morris).

For Robert Altman fans, now is the time to get excited. The 61st Sydney Film Festival will feature a special eight film retrospective, with the director’s film-making son Michael Altman attending the festival as a special guest. Michael will introduce several of his father’s films and participate in the extensive talks programme.

A list of the 32 films announced (including synopsis) is after the jump.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Apr 022014

Captain America may have been engineered as the World’s greatest solider, but he’s also a man with scruples and morals, he fights for the greatest good. What will he do when all he fights for is called into question? My review of Captain America: The Winter Soldier after the jump.

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