A tribute to thirty years of Coen Brothers’ films

Friday, 12 February, 2016

US film directors Joel and Ethan Coen, often referred to as the Coen Brothers, have been making movies for over thirty years now, and their latest feature, film number seventeen, Hail, Caesar!, opens later this month.

To mark this milestone in their directing partnership, a Vimeo member, known as somersetVII, has produced this tribute, that includes snippets from their work released to date.

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Anomalisa, a stop motion film by Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman

Thursday, 11 February, 2016

Anomalisa, here’s the trailer, is a stop motion animation feature about an unadventourous author, voiced by David Thewlis, whose life changes when he meets a woman, voiced by Jennifer Jason Leigh, while on a business trip. If the stars align, I should be seeing this in the next few days.

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Brooklyn

Monday, 8 February, 2016

4 stars

Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish woman, seems set to live an ordinary life in Enniscorthy, on the south east coast of Ireland. Aware of Eilis’ potential, and the lack of opportunities in the country in the 1950s, older sister Rose (Fiona Glascott), arranges for her to emigrate to New York, in Brooklyn, trailer, the latest feature of John Crowley (“Boy A”, “Closed Circuit”).

Eilis is all too happy to farewell her routine job, and spiteful boss, Miss Kelly (Brid Brennan), at a local bakery, and leap into the unknown. What she doesn’t at first count on is debilitating home sickness, and a way of life little different to the one she left behind. Even the support of kindly Irish priest, Father Flood (Jim Broadbent), seems to be of little consolation.

Things change when Eilis falls in love with young Italian-American plumber, Tony (Emory Cohen), and finally she begins to feel that she belongs in New York. A family tragedy however sees her return to Ireland, where her mother, and friends, pressure her to remain, forcing Eilis to make a difficult choice between her old life, or a future with Tony, in her adopted homeland.

Based on the 2009 book of the same name, by Colm Tóibín, Brooklyn is an engaging, albeit mildly predictable, tale of the struggles of an immigrant making a new life for themselves, far from home. This might have been a lesser story, if it were not for Ronan’s thoroughly convincing portrayal of a person who has to decide which side of the fence the grass is greener on.

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Noma My Perfect Storm, a film exploring Rene Redzepi’s cooking

Monday, 8 February, 2016

Danish chef Rene Redzepi’s world renown Copenhagen restaurant, Noma, which I first heard about in Foodies: The Culinary Jet Set, a film I watched last October, is now the subject of its own documentary, Noma My Perfect Storm, by French film director Pierre Deschamps.

If the trailer is anything to go by, this looks to be a no holds barred look behind the scenes into the operation of one of the world’s top dining establishments, when it opens locally on Thursday, not to mention a veritable treat for the foodies among us.

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Zoolander 2, will it also be one of Terrence Malick’s favourites?

Friday, 5 February, 2016

Ben Stiller’s 2001 satirical comedy film Zoolander is said to be the favourite movie of critically acclaimed US film director Terrence Malick, whose work includes The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life, Days of Heaven, The New World, and Badlands.

I wonder what Malick will make of the follow-up, Zoolander 2, that opens locally next Thursday? I thought Zoolander was so-so, but I’m not sure what to make of the sequel… not that I’m trying to judge a film only by its trailer.

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The Cardboard Home Cinema, putting a home cinema in every home

Friday, 5 February, 2016

Photo by Manuel Pita

I’ve not quite warmed to the idea of watching movies on my smartphone, mainly because I think the screen is too small. That I still own one with a four-inch screen, and intend to for sometime, doesn’t really help, but I think you’d need at least an average tablet size screen to really enjoy watching a film or TV show, on a smaller device.

However, if watching movies on a smartphone is your thing, you might get a kick out of the Cardboard Personal Home Cinema, essentially a cardboard box that sits on the floor, that you then crawl under, after placing your phone over a viewing slot on the top of the box. Actually, this is something kids might have fun with.

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Flatland, Aydin Büyüktaş’ series of landscape contorting images

Thursday, 28 January, 2016

Image by Aydin Buyuktas

Aydin Büyüktaş, an Istanbul based photographer and artist, creates landscape contorting works that appear to be reminiscent of certain scenes from Christopher Nolan’s 2010 film Inception, a title coincidentally that I re-watched over the weekend. That, however, is not what inspired Büyüktas’ Flatland series of images.

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The trailer for Looking for Grace, the new film by Sue Brooks

Thursday, 28 January, 2016

Looking for Grace, a family drama set in the wheatbelt region of Western Australia, and the latest feature from Australian filmmaker Sue Brooks, opened locally on Tuesday. I’m hoping to see this in the next day or two. The trailer looks promising.

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The trailer for Sherpa, a new documentary by Jennifer Peedom

Wednesday, 27 January, 2016

A trailer for Sherpa, the latest feature by Australian documentary maker Jennifer Peedom, that examines ascents of Mount Everest from the point of view of the Sherpa people, who frequently act as guides for those climbing the Himalayan peak.

Hopefully I’ll be seeing this on Friday.

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A trailer for the Suicide Squad, or is that a teaser?

Friday, 22 January, 2016

The Suicide Squad, a film directed by David Ayer, is the name given to a group of super-villains, including the Joker, who are assembled by a secret government agency, to undertake dangerous black-op style missions that no one else, presumably, wants to touch.

Due for release in early August, this new trailer, though it looks more like a teaser to me, doesn’t reveal a whole about the story. I wonder though, if you subtracted the soundtrack, Bohemian Rhapsody, by Queen, how much enticement would remain to see the film?

Batman, as portrayed by Ben Affleck, is somehow involved, so perhaps the producers are trying not to give too much away in the trailers at this stage?

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