FILM REVIEW: 52 Tuesdays

52 Tuesdays (Sophie Hyde, 2013)
friendsThis film was born out of a pretty cool concept, which was to follow two characters that meet up one day a week for a year. The next creative decision was to actually only film on Tuesdays for one year, and no, 52 Tuesdays is not a documentary (the description confused me into thinking it might be). Director Sophie Hyde and screenwriter Matthew Cormack wrote the weekly script just one week ahead of each filming day, meaning the film’s evolution was quite unique. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: 52 Tuesdays

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FILM REVIEW: Chef

Chef (Jon Favreau, 2014)

John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale & Jon Favreau
John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale & Jon Favreau

As someone who used to watch Masterchef on TV, I have to wonder why it was so appealing – they just cook food, big whoop. But there’s something about watching someone make a beautiful dish that somehow hits the spot (and of course the editing adds suspense and humour). We don’t even get to taste the food, but the visuals alone seem to hook us. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Chef

FILM REVIEW: Godzilla

Godzilla (Gareth Edwards, 2014)
godzilla posterThis 60th anniversary reboot of Godzilla had the potential to be rather terrible. From all reports the last Godzilla (Roland Emmerich, 1998) was just that, and who could really be surprised when the director had a name like Roland? I have seen the original Japanese film, Gojira (Ishirô Honda1954) and though I can’t remember much about it, I recall that it was decent, or at least by 1950s standards (pretty sure Godzilla was a dinosaur figurine). Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Godzilla

MUSICAL REVIEW: Wicked

Wicked (2014)

Lucy Durack as Glinda and Jemma Rix as Elphaba
Lucy Durack as Glinda and Jemma Rix as Elphaba

Maybe she didn’t melt after all… for ELPHABA HAS RETURNED! Following on from its Australian premiere in Melbourne in 2008, Wicked has finally come full circle and is back at The Regent Theatre. From the moment I heard the Original Broadway Cast recording I loved this musical.

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FILM REVIEW: Belle

Belle (Amma Asante, 2013)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw Sarah Gadon‘Based on a true story’, Belle is inspired by a 1779 painting of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) alongside her cousin, Lady Elizabeth Murray (Sarah Gadon). Reportedly, little is known about Dido’s life and thus the script may take some liberties in its telling of her story.

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FILM REVIEW: Transcendence

Transcendence (Wally Pfister, 2014)
transcendence posterSet in the near future (it isn’t specified when exactly), Transcendence addresses the issue of the dangers of artificial intelligence (AI), but doesn’t quite probe deep enough. The film is directed by Wally Pfister, cinematographer on many of Christopher Nolan’s terrific films (The Prestige, Inception, The Dark Knight trilogy). This is his first foray into directing, and unsurprisingly he doesn’t quite hit the heights of Nolan’s brilliance. However, where the film is really let down is in Jack Paglen’s screenplay. There are so many deeper issues to be explored but Transcendence only touches the surface.

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