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 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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The Big Short, and a short intro to shorting

Wednesday, 13 January, 2016

In financial parlance an investment referred to as a short is a bet that an asset, such as shares, or commodities, oil, gold, etc, will fall in value. For instance, I might borrow, from a share broker, one hundred shares in a certain company that are currently valued at, say, ten dollars apiece. I have to return these one hundred shares by an agreed date.

I sell the shares onto the market, and collect one thousand dollars, less brokerage fees. I then hope the price of the shares in the company will decline significantly in value before I have to return them. They duly fall to say seven dollars each, and I buy one hundred shares at a cost of seven hundred dollars, plus fees, and hand them back to my broker.

That makes for a gain of maybe two hundred and fifty dollars, by the time I’ve paid all associated costs, but most importantly, I’ve profited from a fall, rather than a rise, in the value of the company’s shares. That’s shorting for you. It’s not a method of “investing” for the faint-hearted, or the uninitiated though, as the process can be fraught with peril.

US filmmaker Adam McKay’s new film, The Big Short, trailer, about a group of US fund managers who foresaw, and profited from, the collapse of the US housing market in 2007, may give those unfamiliar with the practice, an insight into how some people can make large sums of money from short investments.

The Big Short opens in Australian cinemas tomorrow, Thursday, 14 January.

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A rebooted trailer for The Empire Strikes Back

Monday, 11 January, 2016

A contemporary trailer for The Empire Strikes Back, the second film in the original Star Wars trilogy. It casts the story in a whole new light, doesn’t it?

By way of a comparison, here is an earlier trailer, dating from about 1980, that is narrated, apparently, by Harrison Ford.

I think I know which one I prefer.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a Harry Potter prequel

Thursday, 17 December, 2015

The Harry Potter universe has too much depth, and richness, to be confined to just seven books and eight films, so it’s no surprise that a spin-off feature, the first of several I would think, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, with a screenplay written by series creator J. K. Rowling, is on the way.

This first trailer doesn’t reveal a whole lot, but the story is set in New York City, seventy years before events of the original films. I expect we’ll be hearing much more about this film ahead of its release in November 2016.

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Can the new Star Trek film step beyond The Force Awakens?

Wednesday, 16 December, 2015

I guess some of us will be waiting to hear what whispers emanate from Los Angeles, following the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens yesterday – I’m going to try and block out any chatter for now – but let’s not forget that a new installment of the rebooted Star Trek films, Star Trek Beyond, is out next year.

If this first trailer is anything to go by, they’re definitely ramping up the action aspect, and possibly the slapstick. Is that because Justin Lin, who directed the Fast & Furious films, is at the helm, or is that the way the producers want to take the series? Time will tell. Also, it seems the USS Enterprise has been lost/destroyed.

Didn’t that happen in the third film that featured the original Star Trek cast?

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Brooklyn, John Crowley’s new film, arriving after the space opera

Tuesday, 15 December, 2015

I’m thankful that the powers that be did not decide to release Irish director John Crowley’s latest feature, Brooklyn, that stars Saoirse Ronan, this week. In fact, I pity any movie going to release on Thursday, because what hope will it have against that other film we’ve all been waiting for?

Last week I was fortunate enough to see Brooklyn – which will be released in Australia on 11 February, next year – and will write more about it closer to time. In the meantime, check out the trailer. I can tell you though that Ronan puts in her best acting performance to date.

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Put in your diary for 2115: go and see the premiere of “100 Years”

Wednesday, 25 November, 2015

Where did I park that time travelling DeLorean again… John Malkovich and Shuya Chang star in a short film called 100 Years, directed by Robert Rodriguez, that, wait for it, will not be released until 2115.

This isn’t some joke. They’ve made a film, called 100 Years, which is being placed in a special time-locked safe that won’t open again until November 18, 2115. Why? Well, because it’s promotion for Louis XIII Cognac, an ultra-luxury liquor that is aged 100 years. Bottles currently on shelves were made in 1915 so they decided a piece of art that speaks to their commitment to quality was something worth doing.

If you don’t possess a time machine take solace in the fact that one of your descendants may be among the lucky one thousand people to sent – somehow – a ticket for the screening in a century’s time.

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