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Monday, 4 December 2017

Film No. 92 (2017) Lucky November 25th.

Film No. 92 (2017) November 25th.  6.45 PM LUNA PALACE,  Leederville. 

"Realism is the practice of accepting a situation as it is". (Lucky recites the definition as he seeks to solve a crossword puzzle).

Harry Dean Stanton plays the role he's been destined to play all his life and thank goodness he did because months after the film's completion he passed away in a manner befitting his final screen character, Lucky. John Carroll Lynch, better known as an actor (playing the husband of Frances McDormand's Marge Gunderson in Fargo), directs a unique film made up of philosophical, insightful scenes paralleling the meaning of life with Lucky's stroll through his final years after a health scare makes his mortality real. But it's not morose and it's laced with irony; a runaway tortoise and a potted cactus play starring roles. It's never clear why he's named Lucky but it makes for plenty of thought afterwards. Harry Dean fans should not miss this unique gem.  10GUMS.       


Film No. 91 (2017) The Man Who Invented Christmas November 23rd.

Film No. 91 (2017) November 23rd.  6.30 PM  LUNA Paradiso, Northbridge

"A Christmas Ghost story, something like that". (Dickens responds to the question asked about the title of his new story).

So what if there was a theory about how Charles Dickens came to write A Christmas Carol in the mid eighteen hundreds? Well The Man Who Invented Christmas was first written as a piece of fact from the pen of historian Les Stanford in 2008 so there must be an element of truth in this cinematic retell. The story goes that before the release of A Christmas Carol, compassion for those less fortunate was rare and as for a holiday on the 25th; no way! Dickens wrote his story in a month or two, self published it then personally distributed the iconic book. It's a clever take on the legendary author and the anxious fantasies (Christopher Plummer as Scrooge) he played out to shape his tale. 9GUMS.          

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Film No. 90 (2017) The Boers At The End Of The World November 19th.

Film No. 90 (2017) November 19th.  5:10 PM Redmond Theatre, Ocean Reef.

"There's only about 45 people who speak Afrikaans and those who speak really good Afrikaans .... may only be 10". (A 4th generation descendant talks about the disappearing language of the community).

This earthy documentary told in clear High Def colour takes us to a world rich with history. During the Boer War in the early nineteen hundreds a community of Afrikaans families sailed across the Atlantic to Patagonia, Argentina to escape the violence. 116 years on there is a hankering from the descendants, particularly in the form of patriarch Ty Dickason (82), to return to their home land to re-connect. The Afrikaans dialect still spoken in their small community remains intact but it slowly dies with each new generation. Will Ty, who has never flown on a plane, get his wish to return to his roots? History told through the eyes of characters as earthy and hardened as the Patagonian rock and dust they live on. 10GUMS.      

Film No. 89 (2017) Liewe Kersfeesvader (Dear Santa Klaus) November 18th.

Film No. 89 (2017) November 18th.  8:10 PM Redmond Theatre, Ocean Reef.

"Hello, my name is Nonnie and my father is a lunatic". (Nonnie quietly prays during a sacred moment).

A richly themed modern day Christmas musing told through the eyes of Nonnie, a teenage beauty queen, about to embark on a family odyssey brought about by the sudden departure of her mother from the bosom of the family. Mila Guy as Nonnie brings a mesmerising quality to the screen with a combination of poise and beauty. Nonnie is the rock on which her dad, Herman (Morne Visser) who thinks he's Father Christmas and her fun-loving brother can lean, only they don't know it. Discounting the elongated ending this South African festive tale is a rare gem with an ample heart. Look out for Mila Guy on the world stage in coming years. 9GUMS.      

Monday, 27 November 2017

Film No. 88 (2017) The Florida Project November 18th.

Film No. 88 (2017) November 18th.  11.00 PM LUNA PALACE,  Leederville. 

"These are the rooms we are not supposed to go in, but let's go in anyway". (Moonie cheekily introduces a new member of her gang to her motel world, the mauve coloured, Magic Castle).

A film depicting how life really is for young Moonie (Brooklynn Prince) and her seemingly adolescent mum Hally (Bria Vinaite) as they eke out an existence in a mauve coloured, $39 a night, motel complex in Tampa, Florida. The irony is, Disney World and the remnants of the GFC exist in abundance within running distance for an innocent 6 year old. Realism, especially from Moonie and her small fiends is rarely depicted with such conviction and power. New comers to the screen, Prince and Vinaite are exceptional as the small family we bleed for. Then there is Willem Dafoe as Bobby who has heart, but he's torn between compassion and keeping his job as a lowly motel manager. His performance may earn an Oscar nomination. Don't miss this, but only if you're looking for a warts and all experience. 11GUMS.     

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Film No. 87 (2017) Durban Poison November 17th.

Film No. 87 (2017) November 17th.  7:10 PM Redmond Theatre, Ocean Reef.

"So what do you think happens to people when they die anyway?". (Pieter asks the new love in his life Charmaine, in their early days of unbridled lust).

A nasty little trip down memory lane for those who remember a couple of lost, insecure renegades caught up in a violent drug hazed road trip across the South African countryside. Charmaine Phillips (Cara Roberts) and Pieter Grundlingh (Brandon Auret) take us via flashback through their 80's rampage and the journey is not uplifting in any way. Cara Roberts is key to this fractured love story, we're never sure if she's being truthful in her reminiscences. The film is earthy and roughly cut, but that's the essence of Durban Poison. It just misses the mark. 6GUMS.

Film No. 86 (2017) Only The Brave November 16th.

Film No. 86 (2017) November 16th.  6:45 PM Greater Union Event Cinema,  Innaloo.

"I want you all to breathe in this beautiful vista because once you're hotshots you're never going to be able to look into the wild like this again. (Eric Marsh delivers his message to the newbies in his crew as he  seeks to change their status).

This is typical of the type of tribute film with a Trump endorsed stamp all over it. This is not a criticism, just an observation based on all the facts now out in the public domain post the events this story is based around. Only The Brave follows the trials and tribulations of Eric Marsh's, Granite Mountain Hot Shots, in the lead up to the eventual climax in the fortunes of 20 brave men and their families. There are moments of bravado, boys own adventure, love, overcoming adversity, recognizing ones own frailties and those of others then finally compassion of the highest order. The sum of it's parts adds up to competent film making but it does try a little hard, a bit like Donald himself. A worthy tribute never the less. 8GUMS.