Monday, October 31, 2011

The Tall Man

Director: Tony Krawitz

Based on the award-winning book by Chloe Hooper this is an Australian documentary about Cameron Doomadgee, (the tall man) from Palm Island Indigenous Community who was arrested for allegedly swearing at Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley and his police aide, in 2004. Doomadgee died soon after in custody from brutal injuries. Officially, the death of Doomadgee was as result of a fall following a brief confrontation with Hurley. When the news reached the Palm Islanders it sparked a violent riot. Hurley was eventually charged with the death of Doomadgee and become the first policeman in Australia to be charged in relation to a black death in custody. The documentary examines the coronial inquest that followed; the subsequent charging of Hurley for murder (who was acquitted); and the impact on the Doomadgee family and the Palm Island Indigenous Community as they struggle to understand what happened to their brother .This is a gripping and provocative film that exposes the complexities of Australia's racial politics.
Following traditional Aboriginal protocol of not naming the dead by their real names, Cameron Doomadgee was named Mulrunji after his death.

Harrowing, but not to be missed.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

We need to talk about Kevin

Director: Lynne Ramsay

Starring: John C. Reilly, Tilda Swinton, Ezra Miller, Ashley Gerasimovich

How responsible are parents for their children’s behavior? The movie explores this dilemma with Eva (Tilda Swinton), the ambitions mother who puts her career aside to give birth to Kevin (Jasper Newell (6 year old) and Ezra Miller (15 year old) ). From the very beginning the relationship between mother and son is difficult. When Kevin becomes a teenager he does something irrational and unforgiveable in the eyes of the entire community. Eva must grapple with her own feelings of grief and responsibility as she copes with hatred and recrimination. The film is an adaptation from the novel by Lionel Shriver and is atmospheric and beautifully shot. Great performances from the mesmerizing, Tilda Swinton and the rest of the cast including the soppy husband/father Franklin (John C. Reilly). More art house than mainstream, ‘We need to talk about Kevin’, is a real modern horror story.

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Muppets

Director: James Bobin

Starring: The Muppets

Walter (voiced by Peter Linz) is the world's biggest Muppet fan, and when he discovers Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) wants to buy and knockdown the Muppet Theater in LA to drill for the oil, he and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, spring into action. The decide to stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary must help Kermit reunite the Muppets. As the years passed they have all gone their own way: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate. Fun and game then in this new Muppet caper which includes twenty-one new musical numbers. Certainly appeal to fans of the old show and bound to win over (just what Disney wants) new tiny tot fans too.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Bill Cunningham NEW YORK

Director: Richard Press

A touching documentary about fashion photographer, Bill J Cunningham. The 80 something snap shutter has for decades captured the fashions of the glitterati and ordinary New Yorkers chronicled in his columns for The New York Times. More than a fashion photographer, the socio-anthropologist braves the hazards of the streets of New York by cycling round the Big Apple, stopping frequently when an image strikes his eye. The film explores the life and times of the legendary eccentric. Worth a watch.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Santa's Apprentice

Director: Luc Vinciguerra

Featuring the voices of : Shane Jacobson, Magda Szubanski, Delta Goodrem, Georgie Parker, Max Cullen, Hugh Sheridan, Jack Versace

Santa (Shane Jacobson) needs to retire (reluctantly) and must find an apprentice. The criteria for Santa’s apprentice include an orphan by the name of Nicholas, who is pure of heart. Downunder there is a perfect match but Aussie orphan (Jack Versace) does have some issues to overcome which include a lack of self-confidence and fear of heights. Will Santa agree to step down, and help his apprentice take his place? Well you do need to see this movie to find out. A movie for kids the film follows Nicholas’ journey as he undergoes training on how to be the next Santa, showing the ins and outs and “back-end” processes of Santa and his crew during the Christmas season, from making the toys to delivery. Along the way the film deals with some serious issues that affect children, such as bullying. Santa’s apprentice is beautiful animated and family audiences will delight in this adorable story of an Aussie orphan that makes good as Saint Nick’s second in command. The movie is a French, Australian and Irish co-production. A must see film for Christmas.

Our idiot brother

Our Idiot Brother

Director: Jesse Peretz

Starring: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Rashida Jones, Adam Scott, Steve Coogan, Kathryn Hahn, T.J. Miller, Shirley Knight, Matthew Mindler, Sterling K. Brown, Hugh Dancy, Janet Montgomery, Bob Stephenson, Peter Hermann
Ned (Paul Rudd ) is a young hippy type organic farmer that operates a stall in a New York farmer's market. Naïve to the extreme his innocence soon gets him into trouble and he is sent to jail. On release he goes for a family dinner and with he three weird sisters, Miranda (Elizabeth Banks), Natalie (Zooey Deschanel), and Liz (Emily Mortimer). Each sister has her own personal drama. Liz is married to documentary filmmaker Dylan (Steve Coogan); Ned gets a job working for him and discovers Dylan having an affair with his subject, a Russian ballerina. When this gets back to Liz, Ned gets the blame. Liz, who is in a solid relationship with Cindy (Rashida Jones), has a fling with a male artist (Hugh Dancy) and gets pregnant, the secret of which is entrusted to Ned. Natalie, who works for Vanity Fair magazine, uses Ned in a shady way to get some inside dirt for a big story. And so it goes Paul Rudd is charming as Ned, the laid-back title character. Not an out and out comedy, the laughs are consistent and occasionally outlandish, but more often, they arise out of recognizable family situations.