April 14, 2014
You can’t go wrong with this genius!
Charlie Chaplin
Check out any of these:
The Kid 1921
Modern Times 1936
The Great Dictator 1940 
A Dogs Life 1918
Or even the biography Chaplin 1992 played by Robert Downey Jr. 
S. 

You can’t go wrong with this genius!

Charlie Chaplin

Check out any of these:

The Kid 1921

Modern Times 1936

The Great Dictator 1940 

A Dogs Life 1918

Or even the biography Chaplin 1992 played by Robert Downey Jr. 

S. 

April 14, 2014
Inside Llewyn Davis 
Wanna hear some great music and watch an awesome cast? Watch this!
A wonderful film Inspired by the autobiography of folk singer Dave Van Ronk.
S. 

Inside Llewyn Davis 

Wanna hear some great music and watch an awesome cast? Watch this!

A wonderful film Inspired by the autobiography of folk singer Dave Van Ronk.

S. 

April 13, 2014

galacticaps:

And I’m like “Thanks a heap coyote ugly. This cactus-gram stings even worse than your abandonment”. (Juno, 2007)

Big love for this film.

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April 13, 2014
Drinking Buddies (2013)

This one kind of flew under my radar. I saw the trailer a long time ago and then that was that. Only now that it’s on DVD in Australia has it beeped back into my filmic gaze and I’m so glad it did. 

I was pleasantly surprised with this film.It raises questions about those complicated relationship conundrums majority of us are bound to face but not in the overdone typical rom-com way we’re accustomed to. Drinking Buddies is driven by the comfortable chemistry between Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson, their honest portrayal of human relationships and emotions is a welcomed relief to the over dramatic and unrealistic stories we’re used to. The observational comedy is clever, funny, bittersweet, heartwarming and a great example of ‘film truth’. Don’t expect a perfect fairytale with a pretty bow tied around it to be laid before you, this isn’t a bed time story. Its a real story, a story you can believe with ease and that’s what makes it so accessible. 

A very enjoyable watch from director Joe Swanberg. I definitely recommend for something that you may not have heard about, until right now…

T.

April 2, 2014
Staff Recommendation.
Blackfish (2013)
T.

Staff Recommendation.

Blackfish (2013)

T.

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March 30, 2014
Fruitvale Station (2013)

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Poignant and extremely relative to society right now, Fruitvale Station is powerful in its intimate telling of the true story Oscar Grant.

Michael B. Jordan’s performance is a true triumph in this passionate film directed by Ryan Coogler. It will move you. It will raise questions of humanity today. Definitely a film to see right now if you haven’t already.

Samuel L. Jackson was quoted saying 

"Look, I’m glad ‘12 Years [A Slave]’ got made and it’s wonderful that people are seeing it and there is another view of what happened in America. But I’m not real sure why Steve McQueen wanted to tackle that particular sort of thing.

[‘Fruitvale Station’] explains things like the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the problems with stop and search, and is just more poignant. America is much more willing to acknowledge what happened in the past: ‘We freed the slaves! It’s all good!’ But to say: ‘We are still unnecessarily killing black men’ – let’s have a conversation about that.” 

An interesting point to think about.

"A filmmaker’s most important tool is humanity." - Director, Ryan Coogler

T.

March 26, 2014

articllamas asked: any good documentaries?

Um, yes. Big yes! 

Now I’m going to throw a wide variety at you so be ready. In no particular order:

  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) - (trailer) - It’s on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, it explores the relationships he has with his sons and his business. Very interesting connection to tuna fishing and the overwhelming demand on certain species. You will appreciate the art of sushi a lot more after watching this one!
  • Bully (2011) - (trailer) - This one will make you cry. It’s hard-hitting and powerful in its message about peer-to-peer bullying. I believe every parent should show their child this film. I still stop every now and then and become so baffled that children can do this to each other. If they aren’t already, this film will open your eyes. 
  • 180 South (2010) - (trailer)- Follows adventure enthusiast Jeff Johnson as he attempts the 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia. Very inspirational. Good for the eco-minded and a lover of travel. (cool soundtrack too)
  • The Act of Killing (2012) - (trailer) - Never have I seen a documentary like this, its ground breaking in its subject matter and the way the story is told. Be warned it is raw, haunting and at times hard to watch as its a confrontational piece of cinema. But if you can handle it then do watch. 
  • The Cove (2009) (trailer) - An exposing documentary on the shocking animal abuse in Taijii, Japan. It’s thrillingly paced, filmed with state-of-the-art equipment and powerful in its message. Could be well paired with recent documentary Blackfish.
  • The Queen of Versailles (2012) - (trailer) - “A documentary that follows a billionaire couple as they begin construction on a mansion inspired by Versailles.” It’s an engaging depiction of the American Dream in the recent economic crisis. 
  • Searching for Sugarman  (2012) - (trailer) - Academy Award winning, this documentary charts the extraordinary and inspirational story of mysterious 1970s musician Rodriguez. I bought his album straight after finishing the film. 
  • Art and Copy (2008)- (trailer) - Overall it could have gone deeper into the subject matter but essentially its an entertaining collection of stories from the giants in the modern advertising industry.
  • Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012) - (trailer) Fan or not of hip-hop and rap just have Ice-T take you on the ultimate journey into the heart and soul of rap music, get the closest, most personal insight with the legends of the game, you will enjoy it. 
  • The Imposter (2012) - (trailer) - A very engaging and interestingly made documentary that sort of combines documentary conventions with dramatic elements. It’s gripping in its creative narrative presentation. I know some people that couldn’t believe what happens but I urge you to stick with it till the end. 
  • Bastardy (2009) - (trailer) - Australian documentary that follows Jack Charles (former indigenous actor) over seven years. It’s funny, provocative, heartbreaking and strikingly honest. An extremely interesting character that captures and holds your attention.
  • Surfwise (2007) - (trailer) - A fascinating introspection into the nomadic surfing Paskowitz family.  
  • Paper Clips (2004) - (trailer) - Could feel a little flat but its very touching in its message of the importance of tolerance. 
  • Bill Cunningham New York (2010) - (trailer) - A profile of the noted and extraordinarily cheerful veteran New York City fashion photographer. 
  • The September Issue (2009) - (trailer) - Don’t care if you like fashion or not, this doco is cool. 

I seriously could go on for ages but I think I would overwhelm you. I love documentaries, not sure if you can tell. There’s so many good ones popping up more and more. 

Heres a few more classics that you have to see if you haven’t already: Super Size Me (2004), An Inconvenient Truth (2006), Bowling for Columbine (2002), First Position (2011) (see previous post), Man on a Wire (2008), Spellbound (2002), Hoop Dreams (1994), March of the Penguins (2005), Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry (2012) (see previous post), Grizzly Man (2005)….etc

Okay I’ll stop..I may have gone overboard but I hope I gave you enough variety to play with!

T.

p.s thanks for asking this question, I’ve been dying to do a doco post!

March 17, 2014

thatwetshirt:

What Maisie Knew (2012)

Add this to your list of films to watch!

March 16, 2014
It’s okay to cry.

Sometimes we humans just need to release all our pent-up, salty, liquid emotions before we have a public freakout in a supermarket or somewhere else equally embarrassing. 

The less mortifying way is to just find some alone time and put on a good heart wrenching film to help you release the week’s stress’.

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Here’s some goodies worth crying over:

Now there’s quite a diverse list in terms of genre, intensity, style and story so take your pick! 

Go be free with your tears! Prove you’re not a robot and Cry Me a River!

T.

 

 

March 16, 2014
Nebraska (2013)

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Nebraska, Alexander Payne’s latest film, is a melancholic tale of a father and son that journey towards Lincoln, Nebraska to collect a million dollar prize that Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) believes he has won after receiving a classic scam letter in the mail. The pair visit Woody’s family and old hometown on the way there and it’s here that the dysfunctional relationships of the family is exposed and explored. It’s truly a character driven piece that subtly but successfully captures the audience in its both heartwarmingly funny and sad story.

Nebraska is subtle in its success. Its gently poignant and simple execution ultimately creates a film that’s touching in its honesty. It easily could have been a somewhat depressing viewing but it falls into no such pit. Nebraska is championed by brilliant perfomances that bring an intimate and personal atmosphere. 

June Squibb’s performance was a highlight for me, her comedic timing provided the colour needed in the black and white world to stop it from becoming a droning piece of annoying drama. 

Depending on your mood the pace could feel slow, so watch this when you have time and your attention is focused. If you do you should be able to absorb and appreciate every aspect of this film (note how perfect the score is). I mean those Oscar nominations weren’t for nothing!  

T.

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