Trailer: Knight of Cups

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Dec 162014

I’ve watched this trailer half a dozen times today. I am intoxicated by its photography – so utterly Lubezki, so completely Malick. Without knowing who was behind this film, you would surely pick these two names. Just from the trailer it feels like some sort of Tree of LifeWolf of Wall StreetSpring Breakers mash-up. How great is the music? I can only imagine how intense, how energetic the score might be, particularly in the clubbing scene(s).

Once there was a young prince whose father, the king of the East, sent him down into Egypt to find a pearl. But when the prince arrived, the people poured him a cup. Drinking it, he forgot he was the son of a king, forgot about the pearl and fell into a deep sleep.

Written & Directed by Terrence Malick, the film is set to première at the 65th Berlin Film Festival in February 2015. The impressive cast (including 3 Australian actors) is as follows: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Brian Dennehy, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas, Teresa Palmer, Imogen Poots, Armin Mueller-Stahl and the voice of Ben Kingsley.

Critics’ Choice Nominees/OFCS Awards

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Dec 162014


This morning the Critics’ Choice Award nominees were announced. One of the most reliable guides to the eventual Oscar nominees, along with the Golden Globes, the various Guilds and the BAFTAS. You can pretty much assume that 80% (or more) of the Oscar categories will be filled with nominees here. Also announced were the Online Film Critics Society Awards – thoughts on both after the jump.

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Dec 142014


From the beloved novels by Michael Bond, Paddington tells the story of the misadventures of a young bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to London in search of a home after his idyllic Peruvian forest homestead is destroyed in an earthquake. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined, until he meets the kindly Brown family who take heed of the label around his neck – “Please look after this bear. Thank you.” – and offer him a temporary haven.

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Best Australian & New Zealand Films of 2014

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Dec 132014

Charlies Country

It has been an incredible year for Australian and New Zealand film, one of the best in recent memory. Not only has there been a lot of it, but it has been good. From world horror hit The Babadook to Cannes award-winner Charlies Country and Rialto New Zealand Film Award winner The Dark Horse, this is a year we can be really proud of local cinema. Whether you see it at the cinema, rent it on VOD or hire it on Blu-ray, good quality local cinema is more accessible than ever. Andrew and I pick our top 10 Australian & New Zealand films after the jump.
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Golden Globe Nominations

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Dec 122014


The Golden Globe nominations were announced overnight, with Birdman leading the pack with 7 nominations. Notable films missing from the nominations include Unbroken and American Sniper; while Interstellar received only one nomination, for score.

The Golden Globes, voted for by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of approximately 85 foreign entertainment reporters in LA. As always the awards are a mixed bag, with some interesting inclusions (how anyone from Into the Woods could get an acting nomination, I do not understand) and bizarre categorisation (Birdman is a comedy?). The real impact of the Globes on the Oscars is momentum, keeping or bringing films into the awards conversation.

Two of the greatest women alive, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will host the Golden Globes on Sunday 11 January (US time), which ends up being around midday on Monday 12 January for those of us in Australia.

The nominees and Andrew’s commentary are after the jump. [ed]
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The Best Music in Film 2014

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Dec 102014


Music maketh the film, well that’s what I think anyway. A fantastic score, an interesting soundtrack, a scene that uses music so well that you can’t stop thinking about – these are all things that can make a good film great, and a great film something altogether wonderful. Andrew and I have put together a collection of our favourite music in 2014 film. We’ve each picked out favourite score, favourite soundtrack and favourite use of music in an individual scene. Check them out after the jump.

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The Worst Films of 2014

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Dec 092014


A completely subjective list of films that I really didn’t enjoy in 2014. They’re a mix of cinema releases, direct-to-VOD and festival flicks. Some of these are comedies that weren’t funny; some were indie/low-budget films with no substance; and others just really, really offended me. Check out the list after the jump.

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