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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Film No. 57 (2017) Maudie. August 2nd.

Film No. 57 (2017) August 2nd.  6:30 PM Greater Union Event Cinema,  Innaloo.

"I got everything I want with you Ev, everything". (Maude responds to her husband's words stating she could do a lot better than him).

A love story of the highest order set in the film rich landscape of Nova Scotia, Canada. Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins play the real life couple Everett and Maud Lewis in a story so rich with emotion only the hardest hearted will walk from the cinema un-moved. There's little back story to Maudie but the film will have you googling this world renown folk artist within minutes of the titles. Both Hawkins and Hawke convincingly build this unlikely romance; their brilliance may well secure each an Oscar accolade. This heart-warmer will have travelers passing through Nova Scotia seeking out the Halifax gallery where the largest display of Maud Lewis's pieces are held; pieces which she never sold for more than $10 while she lived. Maudie is a cracker! 10GUMS.       

Film No. 56 (2017) Perfect Strangers. July 29.

Film No. 56 (2017) July 29th.  11:00 PM Entertainment Centre Cinema Bunbury.

"We don't have any secrets". (Eva brings the dinner party to a silent pause as she states where she and Rocco's relationship stood).

This crowd pleasing Italian morality tale unravels as a stage play treating its player's frailties and secrets in the same way a rolling snowball careers out of control.  Friends gather for a dinner party at Rocco (Marco Giallini) and Eva's (Kasia Smutniak) on a once in a lifetime eclipse where a dare is played out. All at the dinner must reveal each call or message they receive during dinner. Each smart phone is laid on the table for all to view. No secret is easy to predict and there is a twist or two along the way. Then finally there is an ending that will have you guessing. See this with friends, leave your phone at home and swap theories as you exit. 8GUMS.      

Friday, 4 August 2017

Film No. 55 (2017) Baby Driver. July 28.

Film No. 55 (2017) July 28th.  6:30 PM Greater Union Event Cinema,  Innaloo.

"It uses music the way the rest of us use air". (one U.S. critic's summary snap-shot).


Perhaps this is the beginning of a new style of film. A movie conducted like a symphony using genre (crime in this case) as its platform for story telling. It works but don't go if it's a taut moody thriller (Gosling's Drive) you have in mind). Baby (Ansel Elgort) is a romantic, has Tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and he owes the crooked but loyal Doc (Kevin Spacey) a debt. Each action packed scene is played out to the rhythm of the soundtrack as Baby wills himself through this fairytale in the hope of getting the girl and living happily ever after. 8GUMS. 

Film No. 54 (2017) Little Wing (Tytto nimeta Varpu). July 27.

Film No. 54 (2017) July 27th  6.30 PM  LUNA Paradiso, Northbridge.

"Can I sleep in your bed?" (Siru asks daughter Varpu, as a favour, to help her sleep).

Yet another film showcasing the talent of a highly competent child actor. Linnea Skog plays Varpu, a quietly precocious 12 year old keen to meet her father under her own steam in the cold, wet Finnish countryside. She is a rock for her slightly unhinged mother, and in so many way shows maturities and abilities beyond her years. But will there be more questions than answers behind the doors she knocks on seeking to find her father? The film belongs to Skog and her interpretation of playing an old soul in a twelve year old's body. 9GUMS.   

Friday, 28 July 2017

Film No. 53 (2017) Dunkirk. July 23.

Film No. 53 (2017) July 23rd.  11.30 PM Greater Union Event Cinema,  Innaloo.

"I have put great faith in my audience having the event wash over them and then them having the intelligence to figure out the continuity of how the pieces fit together". (Director Nolan talks about Dunkirk and the reasons he used technique of time to tell the story). 

One of World War II's pivotal deployments in the hands of one of the world's smartest film makers sets up a riveting movie. Dunkirk is a tense, entertaining narrative told on three fronts. From the beach over a week, from the channel over a day and in the air over an hour; but confusing it is not. Fionn Whitehead as Tommy weaves a taut strand of continuity from beginning to end holding this 106 minute classic in place. Oh, and Oscar winner Ryland (Bridge of Spies) gives us another dry, heroic performance as civilian sailor Mr Dawson. A mini masterpiece and without doubt worthy of the world shaping event it depicts. 11GUMS.         

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Film No. 52 (2017) The Trip to Spain. July 22.

Film No. 52 (2017) July 22nd.  11.00 AM LUNA PALACE, Leederville.  

"If his grandmother tasted like this, I'd have a nibble" (Rob Bryden throws away another line as he tastes a morsel from the table at one of their indulgences).

Another dish of a film served up by the comedians who brought us The Trip (2010) and The Trip to Italy (2014). Different country, slightly different culinary delights with similar exchanges of clever banter delivered to entertain each other but due to the talent on show we are captivated. Coogan's Mick Jagger is to die for and Bryden takes Brando's Vito Corleone to a new level. The side line story focuses on Coogan's family, his love life  and professional ego but there is little substance. With so much improvisation the narrative is loose. Like a rich taleggio torta the initial mouthfuls of The Trip to Spain are a delight. 9GUMS.      

Monday, 24 July 2017

Film No. 51 (2017) Paris Can Wait. July 17th.

Film No. 51 (2017) July 17th.  6.45 PM Greater Union Event Cinema,  Innaloo.

"So let's pretend we don't know where we're going or even who we are" (Jacques suggests a state of mind both he and Anne should adopt as they begin their road trip).

This light indulgence, told somewhat unconventionally, will delight women of most ages. Eleanor Coppola, aged 81, retells a story from her past. Anne (Diane Lane), the wife of a successful film producer, embarks on a drive through France from Cannes to Paris in the care of an acquaintance, Jacques (Arnaud Viard). Lane is elegant and captivated by Viand's seductive approach as a supreme listener and general host with the most. Oh, and if you enjoy food prepared in the best restaurants you will be salivating. If there were an oscar for best cheese platter placement in a motion picture, Paris Can Wait wouldn't be beaten. 8GUMS.