Cinema Forecast Week 20 & 21

Wednesday 16th May, 2012

The Dictator

The film tells the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.

Thursday 17th May, 2012

Kid With A Bike

Cannes-winning French drama about a wild 11-year-old boy rebounding between the care of a kind, single woman (Cécile de France) and the blandishments of a streetwise older boy. “Cyril (Thomas Doret), almost 12, has only one plan: to find the father who left him temporarily in a children’s home. By chance he meets Samantha (de France), who runs a hairdressing salon and agrees to let him stay with her at weekends. Cyril doesn’t recognize the love Samantha feels for him, a love he desperately needs to calm his rage.”

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Culinary-doco about an 85-year-old sushi legend. Jiro Ono is a legend in his field. His Sukiyabashi Jiro sushi bar in Tokyo’s Ginza subway station seats only ten, but it’s widely considered the best place for sushi in Japan. Customers book as much as a year ahead for a full meal costing upward of 30,0000 yen ($460). Says restaurant critic Masuhiro Yamamoto, ‘Nobody has ever had a bad experience there.’

The Woman In Black

Gets a wider release this week! A young lawyer, Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter Series), is ordered to travel to a remote village and sort out a recently deceased client’s papers. As he works alone in the client’s isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover tragic secrets, his unease growing when he glimpses a mysterious woman dressed only in black. Receiving only silence from the locals, Kipps is forced to uncover the true identity of the Woman in Black on his own, leading to a desperate race against time when he discovers her true identity.

Thursday 24th May, 2012

Men In Black 3

J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) don the black suits once more for the third instalment of the extra-terrestrial FBI comedy franchise. Barry Sonnenfeld, director of the first two, also returns. Meanwhile Josh Brolin (No Country For Old Men & True Grit (See a connection there?)) will make his first appearance alongside Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement. When K suddenly disappears, J is told that his partner has been dead for over 20 years. This perplexing paradox isn’t just a threat to the missing MiB veteran, but also a threat to humankind. With even more universal secrets to discover, Agent J (literally) jumps back in time and partners up with the younger Agent K (Brolin) to set matters straight.

Happy Happy

Norweigian sex romp that won the Grand Jury Award (World Cinema Drama) at Sundance 201. Centers on the consequential misbehavings of two married couples and the politically incorrect games of their children. There’s a well-honed eye for marital malaise in this Norwegian sex comedy that’s reminiscent of Mike Leigh – and a matter-of-fact attention to details of sexual shenanigans that’s much more… well, Scandinavian. Schoolteacher Kaja lives happily enough in a remote town with her husband Eirik and their son. Eirik’s sour temper becomes much more obvious to the habitually chipper Kaja when affable Sigve, his lawyer wife Elisabeth and their adopted Ethiopian son move from the city and rent the (only) house next door. While the boys play games of unspeakable political incorrectness, their oblivious parents play more consequential grown-up games: truth or dare, for example, and hide and seek.

Empire of Silver

From the Academy Award winning producer of “THE LAST EMPEROR” and inspired by historical events, one man’s choice will change the fate of an empire!
China, 1899. A hedonistic young man must assume the role of heir to a banking empire he cares little about. Following the tragic kidnapping of his brother’s wife, “Third Master” reluctantly submits to pressure from his overbearing father. Powerful bank-owner Lord Kang is determined to prepare Third Master for financial leadership by molding his son into his own image. The ruthless businessman tries to convince his son to choose a proven unscrupulous bank manager over a more honest one. But the idealistic Third Master has always questioned his father’s autocratic rule and ethics. The tense relationship is further complicated by Third Masters undying love for his beautiful young stepmother, his first and only love stolen from him by his own father. Embarking on a metaphysical journey, Third Master must decide whether to follow his father’s path or find his own. Greed, deception and jealousy surface under the pressures of war and the impending change from silver to paper bills…

Bel Ami

Robert Pattinson (the Twilight saga) branches out with this period drama about a young Parisian who rises to power through bedding the city’s most influential and wealthy women. Based on Guy de Maupassant’s 1885 French novel and starring Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott Thomas. Georges Duroy (Pattison) travels through 1890s Paris, from cockroach ridden garrets to opulent salons, using his wits and powers of seduction to rise from poverty to wealth, from a prostitute’s embrace to passionate trysts with wealthy beauties, in a world where politics and media jostle for influence, where sex is power and celebrity an obsession.

The Curse of the Gothic Symphony

For over eighty years the immense Gothic Symphony remains unperformed in its entirety. At over two hours long and requiring two orchestras, four brass bands and five full choirs it is regarded as the Mt. Everest of classical music. Seemingly impossible to stage due to its complexity and massive scale the Gothic Symphony is the ultimate cult neglected work by a British composer. Since his death in 1972, Havergal Brian has moved from near total obscurity to recognition as one of twentieth century England’s most significant composers.

Filmed over 5 years, The Curse of the Gothic Symphony charts the parallel stories of the life of Havergal Brian and the dedicated team who aspire to mount a performance of his infamous symphony in Brisbane. At the core of this odyssey is Gary Thorpe who for over twenty-eight years has been pitching the idea to stage the massive symphony without success. Then there is John Curro, conductor of the Queensland Youth Orchestra who is challenged by the opportunity to stage big productions and wants a crack at the Gothic Symphony. And Alison Rogers a choral master who wants to prove herself despite there not being enough choristers in Brisbane for such a huge undertaking. And finally, Veronica Fury, who is gripped by the curse and crosses the line from film producer to entrepreneur caught up in the odyssey, seized by the sheer titanic scale of the task…

The Curse of the Gothic Symphony reveals the passion, the obsession, the incalculable scale required to stage a massive event that has eluded others for eighty years. Gripped by the challenge to bring off the first staging of this monstrous symphony, these modern day crusaders will not stop until they triumph against all odds … failure is not an option. The curse must be broken.

All these films will be screening at a cinema near you from the 16th of May, 2012.


NFB Update

Howdy all, been a while…

Been off for a while, with assignments and all but back for the Summer from now on! And why not? Summer is the time of movies! To catch up on everything here is a update of things that have been missed on NFB over the past few weeks…

  • The ultimate Marvel team-up is building up speed as the trailer for 2012’s The Avengers hits Cinemas and the Internet.
  • Also on the topic of the mighty mighty director, Joss Whedon. It has been announced that he had just completed a mystery film project entitled Much Ado About Nothing… yes thats right, the incredible writer of our time, joined forces with the incredible writer of yester-year! Bellweather Pictures released a Press Release regarding the film…
    • Bellwether Pictures proudly announces the completion of principal photography on MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, a modern version of Shakespeare’s classic comedy adapted and directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel’s upcoming THE AVENGERS, “Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”). Filmed in just 12 days entirely on location in exotic Santa Monica, the film features a stellar cast of beloved (or soon to be beloved) actors ñ some of them veterans of Shakespearean theater, some completely new to the form. But all dedicated to the idea that this story bears retelling, that this dialogue is as fresh and intoxicating as any being written, and that the joy of working on a passion project surrounded by dear friends, admired colleagues and an atmosphere of unabashed rapture far outweighs their hilariously miniature paychecks.MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is the first feature from Bellwether, a micro-studio created by Joss Whedon and Kai Cole for the production of small, independent narratives for all media, embracing a DIY ethos and newer technologies for, in this particular case, a somewhat older story.

      Shot in glorious black and white by Jay Hunter (PAPER HEART, “Dollhouse”), the film stars Amy Acker (CABIN IN THE WOODS, “Alias”) and Alexis Denisof (“How I Met Your Mother,” “Angel”) as Beatrice and Benedick, the worldís least likely lovers headed for their inevitable tumble into love. As Joss Whedon puts it: “The text is to me a deconstruction of the idea of love, which is ironic, since the entire production is a love letter ñ to the text, to the cast, even to the house itís shot in.” The supporting cast includes Nathan Fillion (“Castle,” WAITRESS) as Dogberry, Clark Gregg (AVENGERS, IRON MAN) as Leonato, Fran Kranz (CABIN IN THE WOODS, “Dollhouse”) as Claudio and Reed Diamond (“Franklin & Bash,” MONEYBALL) as Don Pedro.

      The film was produced by Whedon, line-produced by Nathan Kelly and M. Elizabeth Hughes, and co-produced by Kai Cole and Danny Kaminsky. The super-impressive cast is listed below. Full tech credits (for the extraordinary crew) will be up shortly. The film should be completed by early spring and headed for the festival circuit, because it is fancy.

      The Players:
      Amy Acker – Beatrice
      Alexis Denisof – Benedick
      Nathan Fillion – Dogberry
      Clark Gregg – Leonato
      Reed Diamond – Don Pedro
      Fran Kranz – Claudio
      Sean Maher – Don John
      Spencer Treat Clark – Borachio
      Riki Lindhome – Conrade
      Ashley Johnson – Margaret
      Emma Bates – Ursula
      Tom Lenk – Verges
      Nick Kocher – First Watchman
      Brian McElhaney – Second Watchman
      Joshua Zar – Leonatoís aide
      Paul M. Meston – Friar Francis
      Romy Rosemont – The Sexton
      And introducing Jillian Morgese as Hero

  • Harry Potter DVD’s will cease to exist on shelves by the end of the year… Warner Bros. are taking a page out of Disney’s book and stopping prints of Harry Potter DVD’s on December 29th. This will no doubt mean a re-release in the future sometime, similar to the re-birth of the Lion King in the last few weeks. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 goes on sale November 11… So get in quick!
  • Bryan Singer could be on par with my greatest movie-making villain, Joel Schumacher, when he directs his version of Battlestar Galactica. The director previously killed a series (that, given was not amazing beforehand) in Superman. In turn he gave up the direction of X-Men: The Last Stand (Another Franchise Killer) to work on Superman Returns.
  • The Adventures of Tintin premiered in Belgium on the 22nd of October, it’s set to screen in the UK on the 26th of October, India in November, the US, December 21st, and Australia… The 26th of December… Once again everyone… Australia is last to see a movie… (Vengeance maybe for Harry Potter DHP2?).
  • Sony Pictures have secured the rights for an Assassin’s Creed movie adaptation… Assassin’s Creed joins, the development at Sony, who are also working on adaptations for InFAMOUS and Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.
  • Brad Bird plans Incredibles sequel… But wants it to be in the same vein as Toy Story 2, not a complete sell out… I’m proud of you Brad.
Coming Out Today in Australian Cinemas
In Time
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
DVD Releases this Week
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Fringe: Season 3
V: Season 2
The Mentalist: Season 3
NFB returns completely Next Week…

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part One – Review

The second last film in the eight-part epic (spanning over 10 years of filming) that is Harry Potter. I watched this today and I couldn’t help but realise that if people hadn’t read the books or done a bit of research in to the storyline, they would have no idea what is going on. The amount of assumed knowledge is pretty big. The sixth film (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) goes in to a little about the Horcruxes but nowhere near enough to fill a casual viewer in on what is going on. Nevertheless Harry Potter is a huge book series as well as it’s film adaptations… and those who are serious about watching these films, most of them have already read the books.

This movie is unfortunately not as good as it’s predecessors. As much as I love the Harry Potter series this one falls a little short. Hopefully it will redeem it’s self in its conclusion when it hits our screens on the 14th of July (mark it in your calendars). Most of the other movies could work as a stand alone adventurea, which I believe adds to the appeal of the films and although the later books relate more to each other the films still work as individual stories. Deathly Hallows does not.

All that grumpiness out of the way and all criticisms said, this movie is fantastic for a fan (unless you’re so devoted to the books that you feel the movies let the whole series down) it starts to tie up loose ends (or at least puts them in a bundle for the next movie to tie it off) and the acting, I feel, is brilliant. One of my favourite stars, Emma Watson, improves with age (she’s so dreamy). The story line has enough action and comedy to just satisfy the viewer… just. I might be wrong in saying but it feels to me like this movie is another Order of the Phoenix (the fifth film), good but just not great.

3 Stars

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part One is on DVD and Blu-Ray in stores now.

Forecast – Week 15, 2011

Every Tuesday a forecast will be released focusing on the Movies coming out in Cinemas and the DVD’s that will hit your local shelves this week.


Brighton Rock

Based on the Graham Greene novel, this british film has been brought forward thirty years forward from it’s original setting to 1964, during the Mods and Rockers era. A Murder-Thriller set in Brighton starring Sam Riley and Helen Mirren.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules

The sequel to Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Greg Heffley and his older brother Rodrick must deal with their parents’ misguided attempts to have them bond. A very American movie. The first film did poorly here, let’s see how this one goes.

Mars Needs Moms (3D)

Martians kidnap earth mothers for their own young. Nine year old Milo (Seth Green) goes on an adventure to Mars to get back his Mum back. Again, very American and may even cause young kids to start spelling Mum with an ‘o’.

*Mars Needs Moms is being released in VIC, NSW & QLD this Thursday. Other states will see this hit their screens on the 21st of April).


Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and an Alien… what could possibly go wrong? A Sci-Fi nerd adventure takes a strange turn when the pair run in to a smart-ass alien, Paul (Seth Green), being chased by federal agents. Sigourney Weaver cameos.

Scream 4

Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill and her Aunt Kate. Unfortunately, Sidney’s appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends, and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger.

See these films on your screens Thursday, 14th of April.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part One

Voldemort’s power is growing stronger. He now has control over the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione decide to finish Dumbledore’s work and find the rest of the Horcruxes to defeat the Dark Lord. But little hope remains for the Trio, and the rest of the Wizarding World, so everything they do must go as planned.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part One will hit your shelves on Friday the 15th of April.