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|Friday, May 4th, 2007|
Spiderman 3 @ IMAX
Spiderman 3 is playing at IMAX.
Who else here never been to IMAX? I keep waiting for something stunning I really want to see and I reckon it's about time I go.
So, what do you guys think about film meet up for Spiderman @ IMAX? The tickets are $20, but for another $3 you get admission to the museum with the new Great Wall of China exhibition and all the cool stuff inside.
Comment away and I'll set a day, possibly next Sunday or the week after.
|Saturday, March 24th, 2007|
Spotlights on what's on
Haven't done browsing through the what's on pages of Melbourne Film Life for a couple of weeks, so this idea of the meet up gave me an idea to do just that now.
By the way, how do you go about checking what is currently screening and what you might be interested in? I used to go to citysearch/film as they had a pretty comprehensive list of all the films currently screening, and then I could look up individual films or sessions. This works well when you are reasonably aware of the new releases, so I would mostly be checking when are the films screened rather than what they are, but if the titles came up that I haven't heard about I would look them up as well. Other than than I'm subscribed to just about every newsletter (Palace, ACMI, Nova etc), so I get the news from there as well, but I find I often don't read them, as I'm aware of most films and I would be looking at sessions when I am ready to go.
Unfortunately, citysearch has changed their website interface to a degree where I now find them incredibly cumbersome, but my three mobile film channel offers something similiar. Actually, I just realised it's also available without the mobile - http://www.yourmovies.com.au/
? - it's a bit lighter on a mobile.
Anyway, so the films I want to see currently are/or recommend to others:
1. "Sorrow and pity" (1969)
- it's a documentary about Nazi occupation of France by Max Ophuls who is much more famous for his feature films. A must see for film and history lovers.
3.Bra Boys (I actually have a free ticket, so I need to use it and it will be something different for me:))
- I have seen this film at MIFF 2005 and highly recommend it, it's a South African contemporary take on Carmen, very funny yet powerful, if you like opera and prepared to laugh at a different interpretation this film is a delight.
5.The Host - incredibly funny Korean thriller about a mutated monster (a shark crossed with giant lizard type of thing) haunting Seoul. Apart from the usual chases and action scenes this film is distingished by a hilarious dysfunctional family dynamics, the result is a kind of cross between "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Men in Black", where the family that can't really look after themselves are faced to save the world from a horrible alien monster. ( I have seen it at MIFF2006, so just recommending it to you all)
6. The Singer - it's part of French Film Festival, but will be released from 4th of April, and I'll probably see it then. Gerard Depardieu plays a singer at a restaurant, too old, too experienced, not really getting anywhere anymore, who falls in love with a young lass and ... well, it's a French film, so what could possibly happen next? Should we organise the meet-up around this film, maybe?
7. Perfume, the story of a murderer - it has the most ridiculous session times, but I'd like to see it before it will be out of the cinemas.
|Tuesday, March 20th, 2007|
i'm meeting with someone who writes in russian next week; this has me thinking about russian film.
i used to be able to read and speak a bit of russian. about 15 years ago... and i also took a course in slavic cinema in uni. got to see some great stuff i never would have heard of otherwise. the usual tarkovsky and eisenstien stuff, but also modern films (for 15 years ago). one called White Bird with a Black Spot
and one called Repentance
but that's not what i'm writing about now. i'm writing now about Day Watch
Day Watch is the sequel to Night Watch
. have you heard of night watch? now you have. think about it like the sequel the Matrix deserved except without all the idiotic computer stuff. while the story is a bit wonky (due to being trimmed from a much longer book), the style and effects are visionary. truly stunning stuff.
i just thought i'd bring these films to your attention. you can probably find Night Watch for rent or on the net and you should keep your eyes out for Day Watch hitting the theatres. based on the shorts, it's going to be worth seeing on a big screen.
|Monday, March 12th, 2007|
Hi, guys, has anyone seen any amazing films lately? Any feedback on "La Mirada" season at ACMI? Strange Voyage
is a very strange film, a mixture of a 60s European family, complete with the footage of narrow streets, gossiping old ladies in black coats and a hot village slut (or so the old ladies would like to think) who can't wait to get out of the small town. But, we also have a brother-sister act straight out of Lynch's films, weird, sweet, pathetic, scary and a third mother-like character, who turns out to be a sister, lifted out of classic horror films, a bitter Mrs Addams without a husband. You spend about half of the film kind of hating it, and thinking to yourself, damn it, I know not all _old_ described as rare cinematic treasures are actually good, my poor friends will never go out to movies with me again, and then something (I'll avoid spoilers) kicks in and you start understanding why Pedro Almodovar likes this film. Cheers for La Mirada for bringing strange films to Melbourne and ACMI for supporting them.
But my favorite film experience for a long time would have to be the screening of Three colours: Blue
at the Melbourne Cinematheque last Wednesday. I was absolutely blown away by how great this film is and I have seen it before several times. I hate labels and calling directors "Great Directors", but when you watch how perfectly cinematography, music, visual compositions, acting, mood and narrative are matched together, you have to acknowledge that the director of this film is great indeed. Do yourself a favor and attend the two remaining weeks of Kieslowsky Season
at ACMI. More discussion at melbourne_cteq
If anyone has time to meet, I can meet at 6pm on Wed and discuss future meet-ups of this community or just talk about how great Kieslowsky is:)
Anyone planning going to French Festival Films? It might be great to organise something around their screenings.
to those who are going to the popcorn taxi screening of sunshine tonight.
i'll be volunteering so if you wanted to introduce yourself and say hi, that would be cool.
i'm gonna be wearing a t-shirt that looks like this:
except mine is a darker green with blue writing.
|Wednesday, March 7th, 2007|
geek power: activated
i just volunteered to help out with the popcorn taxi screenings so i'll be there at both at 5:30.
this prolly means i cannot meet up before hand, but i'm still down for drinks after.
|Tuesday, March 6th, 2007|
it's our lucky week! hot fuzz the following night! i'm going to both.
P o p c o r n T a x i
S c r e e n i n g s P r o g r a m - M e l b o u r n e
Tuesday, March 13th, 2006 - 7:00pm
ADVANCE PREVIEW SCREENING OF
FOLLOWED BY Q&A WITH DIRECTOR, WRITERS AND ACTORS
SIMON PEGG, EDGAR WRIGHT, NICK FROST
THE CREATIVE TEAM BEHIND SHAUN OF THE DEADBUY TICKETS HERE
Popcorn Taxi is proud to present a great evening with legendary British comic filmmakers, writer/director EDGAR WRIGHT, writer/actor SIMON PEGG and actor NICK FROST, who will join us live on stage to discuss the making of their latest film HOT FUZZ, the action-packed new comedy from the makers of the hit movie SHAUN OF THE DEAD and critically acclaimed UK Channel 4 series SPACED. Tickets are sure to sell out fast for this exclusive and rare discussion so be quick!
In its first seven days at the UK box office, HOT FUZZ has raked in a whopping £7.1m (AUD$17.5m), making it the UK's top opening for a film in 2007 and beating the successful opening of their previous film SHAUN OF THE DEAD.
Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is the finest police officer London has to offer, with an arrest record 400% higher than any other officer on the force. He’s so good, he makes everyone else look bad. As a result, Angel’s superiors send him to a place where his talents won’t be quite so embarrassing – the sleepy and seemingly crime-free village of Sandford. With garden fêtes and neighbourhood watch meetings replacing the action of the city, Angel struggles to adapt to his situation and finds himself partnered with Danny Butterman (Nick Frost), an oafish but well meaning young Constable. Just as all seems lost, a series of grisly accidents motivates Angel into action. Convinced of foul play, Angel realises that Sandford may not be as idyllic as it seems. With his faithful new partner in tow, Angel fights to prove his instincts are correct and uncover the truth about Sandford. Is Angel simply losing his mind in the safest, sweetest village in Britain? Or is something far more sinister at work? A small village is about to get some big city justice.
HOT FUZZ is written by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, reuniting the creative force behind SHAUN OF THE DEAD. Once again, Wright directs as Pegg leads a stellar cast which includes Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent and Timothy Dalton, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman and Bill Nighy, amongst many others.
Popcorn Taxi would like to thank Paramount for their generous support in making this program possible. HOT FUZZ opens in cinemas nationally on 15th March. Visit the OFFICIAL WEBSITE for the HOT FUZZ trailer and further information on the film.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to spend an evening with some of the hottest filmmakers in the world today.
Time : 7:00pm
Date: Tuesday, March 13th
Address: Federation Square, Flinders Street, Melbourne
Entry: $15 concession / $17 adult
|Monday, March 5th, 2007|
i already bought my ticket. anyone want to join me?
btw; the Host was amazing. you missed it.
P o p c o r n T a x i
S c r e e n i n g s P r o g r a m - M e l b o u r n e
Monday, March 12th, 7pm - Hoyts Central
FIRST MELBOURNE SCREENING OF
+ ON STAGE Q&A WITH DIRECTOR
DANNY BOYLEBUY TICKETS NOW
Popcorn Taxi is proud to announce the very first Melbourne screening of the new sci-fi thriller SUNSHINE, followed by an on stage discussion and audience Q&A with the film's director Danny Boyle (TRAINSPOTTING, SHALLOW GRAVE and 28 DAYS LATER).
Starring Cillian Murphy (28 DAYS LATER, RED EYE), Australia's own Rose Byrne (TWO HANDS), Michelle Yeoh (MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA) and Cliff Curtis (WHALE RIDER), SUNSHINE is a claustrophobic thriller set in the year 2057, where the sun is dying and mankind faces extinction. Earth’s last hope lies with the Icarus II, a spacecraft with a crew of eight men and women. Their mission: to deliver a nuclear device designed to reignite our fading sun. Deep into their voyage, out of radio contact with Earth, the crew hear a distress beacon from the Icarus I, which disappeared on the same mission seven years earlier. A terrible accident throws their mission into jeopardy and soon the crew find themselves fighting not only for their lives, but also for their sanity.
Director Danny Boyle was drawn to both the literal voyage to the Sun as well as its crew’s psychological journey as they head out across the cosmos. "There is the question about what happens to your mind when you meet the creator of all things in the universe, which for some people is a spiritual, religious idea, but for other people it is a purely scientific idea" he explains. Part of Boyle’s process involved having his actors submit to an intensive rehearsal period that included extensive research while they lived together to build up a certain kind of familiarity before shooting.
After the screening Director Danny Boyle will join us live on stage for a discussion about the making of the film, and an audience Q&A session. For more details on the film see below. View the trailer for SUNSHINE on-line HERE.
Popcorn Taxi would like to thank Fox Searchlight Pictures and Hoyts Cinemas for their generous support in making this program possible. SUNSHINE opens in cinemas nationally on April 12th. Visit www.foxsearchlight.com.au for further information on SUNSHINE.
This film has not yet been rated
(only persons aged 18 years and over can be admitted)
Time : 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:45pm)
Date: Monday, March 12th, 2007
Where: Hoyts Melbourne Central,
Address: Melbourne Central Shopping Centre,
Cnr of Swanston and Latrobe Street.
|Thursday, February 15th, 2007|
i'm going to this; who's with me?Meet the Filmmaker - Bong Joon-ho discuses The Host (M)
The Host (M)
Wednesday, February 21 at 6.30pm
To be hosted by Mark Morrison, Asian film enthusiast and founder of the Heroic Cinema website.
Tickets on sale now at the Box office: $20.00 / Concession $18.00
Call 9347 2573
Director Bong Joon-ho studied Sociology at the University of Yonsei and graduated from the Korean Film Academy. By 1995 he made three short films Memories in My Frame, White Man and Incoherence. He wrote and directed his first feature, Barking Dogs Never Bite, which won a Fipresci Award at the Hong Kong Film Festival in 2001. His second feature Memories of Murder won the Silver Shell award for best director in the San Sebastian Film Festival in 2003. In 2006 his third feature film, The Host, was selected for the Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.
The talk of the 2006 Cannes International Film Festival and the latest film from critically acclaimed visionary director Bong Joon-ho, THE HOST has already garnered a substantial amount of international buzz. Utilizing state-of-the-art special effects, courtesy of a creative partnership between Weta Workshop (King Kong, The Lord of the Rings) and The Orphanage (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Sin City), THE HOST is both a creature-feature thrill ride and a poignant human drama.
Gang-du (SONG Kang-ho) works at a food-stand on the banks of the Han River. Dozing on the job, he is awakened by his daughter, Hyun-seo ( KO A-sung), who is angry with him for missing a teacher-parent meeting at school. As Gang-du walks out to the riverbank with a delivery, he notices that a large crowd of people have gathered, taking pictures and talking about something hanging from the Han River Bridge. The otherwise idyllic landscape turns suddenly to bedlam, when a terrifying creature climbs up onto the riverbank and begins to crush and eat people. Gang-du and his daughter run for their lives, but suddenly the being grabs Hyun-seo and disappears back into the river. The government announces that the monstrous thing apparently is the Host of an unidentified virus. Having feared the worst, Gang-du receives a phone call from his daughter who is frightened, but very much alive. Gang-du soon makes plans to infiltrate the forbidden zone near the Han River to rescue his daughter from the clutches of the horrifying Host…
|Tuesday, February 13th, 2007|
i just watched A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
i'd heard about it when it was playing and missed my opportunity to see it in the theatres. kicking myself because the writer/director dito montiel was actually in melbourne speaking at the Nova for a special screening. we were busy moving, though.
here's some of the best praise i can give a film:
at no time during the movie did i notice the actors.
all of them. the famous ones, like dianne wiest or robert downey jr., and the unknown ones like channing tatum. even though most of them were teenagers. all of them were so real that i never thought about them as actors.
and the way the film was shot; so rough and messy -- it just felt like you were there, alive then, involved.
it's not a pretty story. but i liked it. maybe you can tell.
and after watching a passel of films with crazy ideas and involved plots, all so cool and so avant guard, this is the one i've got nothing but good things to say about.
because i believed it. it's ugly and sloppy and real.
i think you should watch it.
what's on the horizon?
i'm a sucker for soderbergh. it's his fault i like george clooney (have you seen Out of Sight?). sure, Oceans 12 was pretty crap and Oceans 11 was way too generic-heisty and Don Cheadle's pommy accent a disaster but... this is our generations Rat Pack and i've got money to support honest shots at class. maybe this time...
sigh. this looks fine. i've just seen this movie a million time already. can the underdog (whomever) overcome the challenge of (whatever) to win the (who fucking cares?). yes. of course. just once i want to watch one of these movies where the disadvantaged team of colourful youths faces off against the underprivileged jerks only to lose so powerfully that they are fed to rabid weasels. 'cause that's what happens. aren't these movies actually just anti-affirmative action propaganda? nice poster though.
while i can't imagine wanting to watch this film, the short looks well done; it's affecting. sexual slavery is quiet compared to so many other problems but it is seriously fucked up. i like that the leads are young.
*shudder* this is the kind of film that makes me want to shoot fire from my butt. i predict this will be a film in which every single character is constructed around a wholly unbelievable nugget of super powered stupidity so intense it could make tubs of lard appear suave. if you pay to see this i may have to kill you.
|Monday, February 5th, 2007|
just watched 'breakin' (aka breakdance).. early 80s movies are just plain greatness. especially when they entail breakdancing, jazz dancing, ice t, and characters named ozone and turbo. who could ever forget the scene out the front of the store where turbo is dancing with the broom?? or that little kid that rips it up on the linoleum!?
in other news.. VERY excited about the upcoming Hanibal Rising. i LOVE
the Hanibal series.. something about the super intelligent psychopath.. i just love them.
the power of nightmares
watched the first part of this very cool BBC doc last night called The Power of Nightmares.
it's all about the war on terror and the first section (it's three one-hour episodes) covers who exactly the American Neo-Conservatives are and where they come from, and who the Islamists are and where they come from.
pretty interesting stuff. definitely stop-and-think kind of stuff. not that i'm sure i agree with what it's saying, but thinking is GOOD.
it's free for download/streaming if you google for it.
we also watched Happy Feet which couldn't have been dumber unless it was directed by John Travolta. great animation, but i have NO idea what they hell it was supposed to be about. dancing penguins? i miss the George Miller who made Babe and Road Warrior!
|Sunday, February 4th, 2007|
|Friday, February 2nd, 2007|
new film from judd apatow (40 Year Old Virgin) that looks good called Knocked Up.
personally, i thought 40YOV was hysterical and this looks like the same kind of goodness.
Director: Judd Apatow
Screenwriter: Judd Apatow
Starring: Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Jason Segel, Martin Starr
|Thursday, February 1st, 2007|
meme for the community:
name five films that you think most other people probably haven't seen but should.
1. Una Pura Formalita (A Pure Formality)
2. Miracle at Morgan's Creek
4. All That Jazz
5. McCabe and Mrs. Miller
i am very very excited for this film:http://www.apple.com/trailers/fox_searchlight/sunshine/
first off, it's directed by danny boyle who did Trainspotting and Shallow Grave and 28 Days Later
second off, it looks fucking awesome. it's got everything a good sci fi film needs; major catastrophe, fear, heroics, and lots of things that go boom.
i dare you to watch the trailer and not go, "woah."
who wants to go on opening night?
you are getting sleepy...
today, i'd like to discuss the mind-boggling, serpentine, heart-grabbing mysteries of life.
and why it's pathetic that a film called The Illusionist dealt with none of them.
see? i made a mean joke! i'm funny and mean!
i remember a few months ago watching the shorts for The Prestige and The Illusionist at about the same time. thinking; ooh! competing movies about old-skool magicians dabbling in devilry! snap!
both looked spooky and weird and had good casts. i watched The Prestige a while ago and blogged about it. i blogged because it made me think and while i did have some serious criticisms of the plot, it was definitely worth watching. stylistically interesting, creative, and more full of spook than the cafeteria at langley. i criticised that because it was so close to being astoundingly great that i regretted the missed opportunity. (and because i enjoy complaining.) i am blogging about The Illusionist to save you money.
'because it blew.
this is one of those films that i knew was going to be bad before the opening credits were finished rolling. there were two hints. first, the sepia-tinted flickering-picture type introduction was tired. it made me tired. i actually checked to see how long the film was while the credits ran. then, i noticed something disenheartening: a name i did not recognise listed as writer and director. a guy named neil burger.
sure. i'm not so hip on the movie people any more. there are new folks oozing talent. big breaks happen less often than i'd like, even. but someone unheard of name combined with a title sequence that had me checking clocks? bad news, pee wee.
in any case, i watched the whole thing. why? i'm a masochist i guess.
in my whole life i've walked out of two films. one was Revenge of the Nerds and that is because i went with my parents and they made us leave after the twenty-eleventh set of breasts were bobbled before my youthful gaze. the second was Speechless with Michael Keaton and Geena Davis. i went with a date, actually the woman who T.A.ed my very last university class. we walked out -- and i'm not exaggerating -- before the opening credits were finished.
it went like this. we got up, walked out to the ticket booth and said;
us: we'd like our money back. this movie sucks.
guy: i know. here. sorry.
so i watched all of The Illusionist. it hurt. it hurts to watch good actors act themselves in little tiny circles. edward norton is a good actor. paul giamatti is a good actor. but... it was one of those films where everything that happened was utterly predictable. each scene accompanied by your internal monologue going, "well of course."
it reminded me of Mulholland Falls, a film during which i said out loud, "oh. this is the scene where he eats spaghetti and then gets shot," as he was served spaghetti and then got shot.
The Illusionist is a non-mysterious mystery. at the end, when the paul giamatti character figures out exactly how he's been manipulated through a series of events that have dramatically altered the history of austria? he's delighted and amused.
at least one of us was.
they should have put that on the movie poster:
Delightful and amusing! So labyrinthine and mysterious I'm still puzzling over it!
-Paul Giamatti as Chief Inspector Uhl (scripted)
the good news is that watching this film made me really appreciate directorial skill. telling the story isn't enough. you have to do so with style and subtlety.
how much wanky?
my father-in-law sent me a DVD in the mail. just a surprise gift! it's called Wholephin and it's made by the McSweeny's guys.
i've only watched some of it, but some if it is good. like Sour Death Balls. that's good. some of it is wanky. like Home, James and Don't Spare the Horses.
on the whole i find it works like this:
%wanky = #credits
/ appearances by charlie sheen or bruce campbell
it's a simple formula and one that, perhaps, needs some fine tuning.
for example, children of men was quite satisfying and good and not really wanky at all, yet there were a bunch of credits and only a little bit of charlie sheen (he was one of the burning cow corpses). so maybe i need to add something to the formula?
W = (C / M) x (CG / CS) x PC
W = how much Wanky
C = number of Credits
P = number of credits you can skip without Missing anything
CG = number of CG characters who might be jar jar binks
CS = screen time Charlie Sheen gets to pretend he is a serious actor
PC = number of Phil Collins songs involved
i think that's tighter. so, for example, in children of men there were quite a few credits but if you stopped watching once they started (even the TITLE didn't run until the end of the film!) you missed nothing. there were no phil collins songs, one CG baby with minimal screen time (i think) and just that brief shot of charlie sheen as the burning cow resulting in:
2% = (422 / 421 ) x (1 / 1) x 0
basically, the film ends, it says "Children of Men" so you need to stay that long to find out if you walked into the right movie, but then, it's good to go. not very wanky at all.
and what do we learn from this?
that i should not attempt math.
and that really, i'm sure your mother is very proud that you're the post-production accountant but if she doesn't know already, she's probably not going to find out by reading the credits.
because they're wanky.
in other news, i think ze frank is hilarious.
have you ever watched your great grandmother dance the lambada?
do you know why? it's because she is either a) dead; or b) smart enough to know when to move on.
this is a lesson sylvester stallone has not learned.
i watched Rocky Balboa. it was, at best, a zombie movie. a movie about what happens when you die but your body keeps moving anyway.
the best part of it was the four second flashback from the original Rocky in which lamentably dead Burgess Meredith spits some encouragement from his twisted lips (zombies!). the worst part was being reminded that Burgess Meredith died and Sly continues to make movies in which he plays a boxing hero.
give me a fucking break. he's sixty. he looks sixty. in the numerous scenes in which he squares off -- jokingly or not -- with his son, some local hooligan, and the world champion you don't think, "uh oh. (fill in the blank) is gonna get whupped." you think, "my grandma broke a hip that way." but does sly back down? does sly age with grace? no.
which is all especially sad as the movie as about aging with grace. rocky mumbles meat-headed platitudes to his son:
...it ain't how hard you hit; it's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done.
which means what, exactly, in the context of this film and sly's career? that you should make a complete stinker of a picture as if you were still a young man and if they make fun of you, keep moving forward?
listen rock. that's not good advise. you need burgess meredith around to instruct you. he'd say something like, "you ain't a kid no more! you wanna get killed? wrestle a train. you wanna act a man? find some young kid and train 'im!"
but burgess meredith is dead. and so is sly's career because he's too unimaginative to picture himself as anything but what he used to be.
that's why this is a zombie movie. what do zombies want? brains! why do they want them? brains! i honestly feel kinda bad for sly. he's decided to go out there and fight even though people are gonna make fun of him (just like in the movie), but it's a humiliating disaster. in the film rocky manages -- against all odds, reason, and laws of physics -- to go ten rounds with the champ who is FORTY YEARS YOUNGER and just barely misses being handed the win in a split decision.
the real sylvester stallone doesn't have movie magic in his life. he's gonna go ten rounds with Deja Vu and The Good Shepherd and Letters From Iwo Jima. except no one is rooting for him to knock these young upstarts (if you can call Clint Eastwood a young upstart...) off their pedestal. he's just going to get knocked out cold and probably break his hip.
when you grow older, it's traditional to grow up.
william shatner did it right. if he tried to play captain kirk now he'd be just as big a joke as sly is. instead he recorded an album called Has Been. if you haven't given it a listen, i highly recommend it. in it he admits that he's come and gone, but he takes an older man's pride in the fact that he made it at all.