FILM REVIEW: Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet (Carlo Carlei, 2013)
r&JFrom a director we’ve never heard of, comes the most recent adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, starring a bunch of actors we sorta know, including Chuck Bass and Nick Brody (I mean, Ed Westwick and Damian Lewis). Many of the cast and crew have their roots in television, which may partly explain why this version of Romeo and Juliet wasn’t too crash hot.

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Reviews from the French Film Festival (Domestic Lives, Going Away, It Boy, The Finishers)

I recently had the pleasure of seeing a number of films at the Alliance Française French Film Festival, including previously reviewed Populaire (Régis Roinsard, 2012) and Venus in Fur (Roman Polanski, 2013). While French cinema can be obscure at times, there are plenty of delightful films out there. Do yourself a favour and try and catch one some time. Subtitles are no biggie. Read on for a few short reviews on the remaining films I saw at the festival. Continue reading Reviews from the French Film Festival (Domestic Lives, Going Away, It Boy, The Finishers)

Terrible films coming soon… or maybe not because they’re terrible

Every now and then I check out the trailers for upcoming movies on imdb.com and occasionally I will find one that shocks and amazes… for all the wrong reasons. Here are a few films which may have to be seen to be believed… but then again, no. Will these get a straight-to-DVD release in Australia? Will they get released here at all? Only time will tell…

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10 films that shocked/ amazed/ emotionally affected me

How often do you see a film that overwhelms you, or stays with you for a long time after viewing? Probably not that often. Here are a list of ten powerful films that have had that effect on me. Continue reading 10 films that shocked/ amazed/ emotionally affected me

FILM REVIEW: The Armstrong Lie

The Armstrong Lie (Alex Gibney, 2013)

I don’t know much about cycling or the Tour de France. When people used to mention Lance Armstrong I thought they were talking about the first man on the moon. Of course I did learn who he was because the media practically shoved it down our throats, but I didn’t know much about the details and I didn’t overly care. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Armstrong Lie

FILM REVIEW: The Monuments Men

The Monuments Men (George Clooney, 2014)

The Men
The Men

It’s definitely the names that sell this one: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, and JEAN DUJARDIN. The film certainly wouldn’t be much without them. It was interesting enough, but not overly. The Monuments Men is based on the true story of a team of art experts assembled to recover stolen artworks during World War II. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Monuments Men

FILM REVIEW: Venus in Fur

Venus in Fur (Roman Polanski, 2013)

Venus in Fur is a film adaptation of a stage adaptation of a novella. Furthermore, the stage adaptation is about a (fictional) stage adaptation of the novella. Yes you read that right: LAYERS. The novella, Venus in Furs was written in 1870 by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, who inspired the term ‘masochism’ – a prominent aspect of his work. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Venus in Fur

FILM REVIEW: Tracks

Tracks (John Curran, 2013)

In 1977, twenty-seven year old Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska) trekked 2700 kilometres from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean, accompanied only by her dog, and three trained camels. Following her journey, Davidson wrote an article for National Geographic (her sponsor), and due to an overwhelmingly positive response, she subsequently published the book Tracks in 1980. A film version has reportedly been in the works for over two decades, and finally it is here. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Tracks

MUSICAL REVIEW: Grease

As a kid I was obsessed with Grease. I saw the film and instantly fell in love. John Travolta was my first celebrity crush – this was before he became an old crazy scientologist who royally mangled Idina Menzel’s name at the Oscars. (Shame on you, John). I used to listen to my Grease cassette tape all the time and start and stop it every few seconds so I could write down the lyrics to every song (“Rama lama lama ka ding a da ding a dong” is quite hard to understand without Google, kids, so you should be impressed).  Continue reading MUSICAL REVIEW: Grease