A movie is only as good as its ending… here’s how to end a film

Monday, 2 May, 2016

12 Angry Men, The Godfather, and Gone Girl, plus the original, and the re-make, of Psycho, go under the microscope, so this question can be answered.

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, the trailer

Friday, 29 April, 2016

Absolutely Fabulous, starring Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders, was one TV show that I used to watch back in the day… now Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is on the way, and opening in the UK on 1 July. No word of an Australian release, but surely it’ll screen here. Best you watch the trailer for an idea of what the story is about.

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The Girl on the Train trailer

Tuesday, 26 April, 2016

The Girl on the Train, trailer, stars Emily Blunt as Rachel, a divorced woman, who ends up travelling passed her ex-husband’s home on the train each day. During her daily commutes, she becomes aware of another couple, living nearby, and in her mind, pictures them to lead a happy life together.

Reality, apparently, is another matter though, and through a mysterious turn of events, Rachel inexplicably finds herself caught up in a disturbing incident involving the seemingly happy couple. I’m picking up a few shades of Gone Girl here… what do you think?

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The trailer for The Founder, the story of Ray Kroc and McDonald’s

Tuesday, 26 April, 2016

We all know that brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald founded the famous hamburger restaurant that bears their surname, but it was Ray Kroc, an Illinois business man, who oversaw the concept’s expansion across the US, and then overseas, and it is his story that is the subject of John Lee Hancock’s latest film, The Founder.

This could make for interesting viewing, if the trailer is anything to go by. What is it that they say… you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs?

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If a film is thirty days in length, how long should the trailer be?

Thursday, 21 April, 2016

Ambiancé is, so far, the only movie that Swedish filmmaker Anders Weberg has to his name. But given that the documentary has a run time of seven hundred and twenty hours long, or thirty days, I can see why he’s had no time for any other film projects.

The film’s trailer clocks in at about seven hours, so if you have some spare time this weekend, or are going to be on a long flight, you might be able to look at that first.

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Marguerite

Tuesday, 19 April, 2016

3 and a half stars

Some people work hard to bring their dreams to fruition. Others may be able to call in a few favours to help get to where they’re going, if they know the right people. Then there are the select few who are well off enough to, in a sense, pay others to accept them for who they would like to be. Marguerite Dumont (Catherine Frot), a wealthy Parisian, is one such person.

To her mind, she is an opera singer, and a gifted one at that. To those around her, including husband Georges (André Marcon), she is anything but. Nonetheless they endure her private performances, mainly because they find her out of tune singing, and that she is blissfully ignorant of the fact, a form of entertainment, and mirth, in itself, in Marguerite, trailer.

After an opportunist journalist, Lucien Beaumont (Sylvain Dieuaide), writes a rave review about one of her recitals, Marguerite decides she would like to sing publicly, and in the belief she only needs a few pointers, hires the demanding Atos Pezzini (Michel Fau), a once renown singer who has fallen on hard times, to help prepare her.

Set in the 1920s, and directed by Xavier Giannoli (“Eager Bodies”, “In the Beginning”), “Marguerite” is inspired by the life of Florence Foster Jenkins, an American woman, and incidentally the subject of another film, who believed she was a talented opera singer. Here it is Frot’s touching performance of someone chasing an impossible dream, that gives this story an affecting charm.

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And the winner of the Oscar, I mean the Presidency, is…

Wednesday, 13 April, 2016

The movie preferences of front runners in this year’s US presidential election. Imagine choosing someone for high office based solely on the films they like? If it were me, and looking at the films the candidates have nominated, it would be a tough choice between Hillary Clinton, and uh oh, Donald Trump.

Clinton likes Casablanca and Out of Africa, while Trump favours Citizen Kane and The Godfather.

Then again The Big Short, something that Bernie Sanders suggested, wasn’t too bad, but it was the only title he appeared to offer. That may not be enough to win the presidency?

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reConception, a continuous cycle of life: birth, death and rebirth

Wednesday, 6 April, 2016

A group of rowdy boys find an apparently abandoned trailer in the woods. Curiosity gets the better of them, and they break into it. That’s about when events take an unexpected turn. Does that sound like it may be a horror film to you? Watch, and see what happens

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The Force Awakens, a sequel, or a remake of A New Hope?

Monday, 4 April, 2016

There’s been much talk of the similarities between Star Wars films A New Hope, and The Force Awakens, and here you can see select scenes from both side by side. Stark, or what? While some of the comparisons were obvious, there’s a fair number of more subtle likenesses.

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Sherpa

Friday, 18 March, 2016

4 and a half stars

To many people Everest is a mountain to be climbed because it is there, Napal is the country one must travel to in which to do so, and the Sherpas, who everyone has heard of, are there to carry everyone’s gear up and down its slopes. It is the misconceptions surrounding these people that Jennifer Peedom aims to counter in her latest documentary, Sherpa, trailer.

Indeed Sherpa is not some sort of mountain climbers lingo for baggage carrier, it is a name for an ethnic group of people, who refer to the mountain, that they consider to be a deity, as Chomolungma. The Sherpas involvement with the foreign climbers is the source of much contention within their community however, something Phurba Tashi Sherpa can attest to.

Phurba is a veteran who has scaled the mountain more than twenty times. He recognises the necessity of the Sherpas’ work, and importance of the overseas climbers to the local economy. His wife, Karma Doma Sherpa, is more than mindful of the dangers associated with his work though, and hopes he will find another job, especially as her brother died on the mountain.

Sherpas work in what is regarded as the world’s most dangerous service industry, and Peedom’s spectacular documentary brings the risks of the job to the fore. They are exploited, and often shown little regard, by those intent only on reaching the top. “Sherpa” not only shows us unseen aspects of climbing Everest, but also accords the Sherpas with the respect they deserve.

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