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Last Cab to Darwin - Review

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Last Cab to Darwin - Review

Darwin Sunset: 7pm Nightcliff- ABC TV News comes alive amongst the sound of a swirling fan in my flat in Nighcliff-Darwin. View out to Mandora and harbour entrance. Longrass mob camp out in the mangroves here and barking owls call at night. I made use of the endless storm action from my front and back verandas in tropical Darwin.

Last Cab to Darwin…is a great geography lesson for those that think Darwin is Broken Hill, or Alice Springs….and I am not knocking either of the arid townships, as I have never been to BkH, and even though I only stayed in the Alice for a short spell, I enjoyed it, and a few of my friends from Sydney love the joint. However, for those that think the Top End is barren, well, I have never seen a water buffalo or crocodile in the desert as yet! While the film also portrays Darwin as being culturally accepting in comparison to the NSW desert town, but perhaps that too is a cruel cliché to the ‘Hill’ in itself. 

 

Tokyo Story - September 12

By Federal Films

Tokyo Story - September 12

A 1953 black and white Japanese film directed by Yasujiro Ozu, conveying the simple tale of an elderly couple’s trip to Tokyo to visit their children. This unique film is an unsentimental insight into the human condition, expressed through Ozu’s distinct and masterful direction. Every scene is meticulously composed to achieve what some critics have described as cinematic perfection. 

Ozu’s unique style of cinematography subverts many of the established rulesvv of filmmaking and makes his films instantly recognisable. There is a very photographic feel to his filmmaking, all scenes are shot with a 50mm lens from a kneeling position with the camera remaining still. There are no fade-outs, dissolves or dolly shots, and Ozu ignores many of the conventions of mainstream cinematography. 

 

Birdman - 08 August

By Federal Films

Birdman - 08 August

 

An invigorating experience in story, performance and direction, Birdman is an award winning black comedy about an ex-superhero actor trying to win back his integrity and the respect of his family in the lead-up to the premiere of his Broadway play.

Everyday Rebellion

September #300

A film by Arash T and Arman T Riahi 104 mins

Winner, Most Valuable Documentary, Cinema for Peace 

Winner, Most Valuable Documentary, Cinema for Peace 

Citizens across the world are rising up in creative solidarity. 

From the Occupy movement to the Spanish ‘Indignados’ to the Arab Spring and from Iran to Syria to the Ukraine, everyday people are expressing themselves through nudity, performance, silence, sound, creation and community.

 

Everyday Rebellion is a high velocity exploration of the power of ideas and the courage it takes to use the body as a non-violent tool in protest, showing us the infinite possibilities of people power in the imagination of a better world.

Film Review - "The Hunger Games" #274

Film Review - The Hunger Games

My god-daughter Miranda Jordan and I went to the midnight session of the opening of The Hunger Games on Wednesday 21st March in Lismore. I loved the film, knowing nothing about the storyline at all, but Mira has read the books and here’s what the 13 year old had to say:

H: “Miranda, for those people who don’t know a thing about it, in a nutshell, what is the storyline, without giving it away too much.”

M: “Ok, well it’s set in the future. There’s 13 districts and the capitol. They had a revolution in the dark days, and the 13th district didn’t want to behave or follow the capitol, so they blew it up and as a reminder and punishment for that they have the Hunger Games. This is where a girl and a boy between the age of 12 to 18, is selected once a year to fight in an outdoor arena until there is only one left alive. They are crowned the victor and get wealth and food and stuff, so for district 12 which is a poor district, then winning is a big thing.”

H: “So, there’s 12 districts, and there’s two kids from each district so it’s a battle of 24 kids with only one winner. Is that right?”

M: “Yes. There’s also a slight twist, where every 25 years they have something different, like on the 50th anniversary they put twice as many Tributes in, Tributes being the chosen children.”

H: “So how do the think the film compared to the book?”

M: “I actually thought that there were a couple of things that they cut out but you can’t have a book turned into a movie exactly spot on because it would be too long, but they did an excellent job of doing it by the book, it was 98% done by the book.”

H: “And so you liked it of course?”

M: “I loved it, I thought it was amazingly well done and I sort of expected it to be more like a teenage Twilight or Abduction or something like that but it was actually really well done with all the photography and the music and the costume designing. Oh my God, the team of costume designers were amazing and it was done with real quality.”

H: “And so it went for about 2 and a half hours, how did you feel about that?”

M: “I think it was a pretty good length. They crammed a lot in but in the book it’s pretty action packed anyway. If they’re going to do the other two books, I don’t know how they’re going to fit it all in to three films, they’ll prbably have to make four films out of it.”

H: “And so, did you have a favourite part of the film that you really enjoyed most?”

M: “My favourite part is always in the books and the movie, I have two bits, in the beginning with Gael when they’re hunting, because I’m a very bush person and I love that sort of thing, and also the bit where she is hanging out with Rue, the little girl who she teams up with, because I just love Rue, and how she climbs trees.”

"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"

Australian Premier

Venue: Regent Cinema Murwillumbah

Date: 23rd February 2012

Verdict: Sometimes seriously funny, heart wrenching, brilliantly acted, stunning Indian backround.

Judi Dench leads an all-star cast in John Madden’s new British comedy-drama about a group of British retirees of varying class, who travel to Jaipur, India. Their inspiration to leave England vary from person to person, but the final hook is to take up residence is what they believe is a newly restored hotel.

The hotel turns out to be a dilapidated mansion run by the son of an upper-class, over-bearing mother who refuses to accept her son’s relationship with a gorgeous local girl from a call centre.

From the opening sequences of glum and dreary scenes and lives in England to the exotic, colourful ones in India, the 7 main characters have experiences and relationships that change their lives. Judi Dench and Celia Imrie as contrasting widows; Maggie Smith as a dour cockney; Bill Nighy and Penelope Wilton as a bickering couple; Tom Wilkinson as a gay high court judge; and Ron Pickup as an aged lothario; all progress through the chaos to a happy ending, for most, if not a little predictable.

The movie and event was very well presented and executed by the owners of the Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah, as a fundraiser for eradicating polio in India. From the guests being greeted on arrival by Indian hawkers, snake charmers and dancers (played by the local Doublemask Youth Theatre), to lovely nibbles and champagne cocktails on the terrace, a great night was had by all.

Evelyn Allan

 

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