Movie Review: Mary Meets Mohammad

I have to think very long and hard about whether or not what I experienced today is something I’ve experienced before. Today I sat in a movie theatre with around 75 or so other people, and not one single person moved from their seat until after the movie’s credits had finished. When the credits finished, the hushed theatre broke out in a round of applause before people started to make their way out the door. Such is the power of this film to make you think, to make you examine your own attitude towards an issue that remains very topical […]

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Movies: Silver Linings Playbook

We tried to see Silver Linings Playbook three or four weeks ago and it was sold out. It was still packed solid tonight. Was that due to Jennifer Lawrence’s Oscar win for Best Actress? I don’t think so. I think this is just a damn good movie and people are coming to see it on the big screen while they still can. Here’s the preview…… — And here’s what the preview doesn’t tell you: Pat (Bradley Cooper) has recently been released from what is essentially a prison hospital. He has a Bi-Polar disorder that was most recently set off by […]

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Movies: Django Unchained

The first Tarantino movie I saw was Pulp Fiction in 1995. I had no idea what to expect when I walked into that cinema and it’s fair to say I had no immediate idea what I’d just seen when I walked out with my jaw on the floor. Django Unchained is no Pulp Fiction, but it’s still pretty damn good. — Tarantino’s made enough films now for people to know the formula, but not so many that the formula has become tired. A distinct plot with a first class script, excessive stylised blunt-force violence, a killer soundtrack and more often […]

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Movies: Flight

Tonight’s movie was the new Denzel Washington film, Flight, directed by Robert Zemickis, otherwise known for his work with Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump and Cast Away. Here’s the trailer, which goes for 2.5 minutes and should be watched in full to understand this review. —— Got it? OK, forget what you just saw, because any notions of heroism and survivor guilt – the themes I get from that trailer – are not central to this film at all.

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Movies: Life of Pi

That Life of Pi is a film well worth your time and money is without question. It’s a visual feast as well as an entertaining, engaging story. The best bit? Apart from a brief cameo from Gerard Depardeu, there’s not a star in sight except for those that make up some of the brilliant visual effects employed by Director, Ang Lee, in the telling of this unlikely tale. Pi is a young Indian boy whose real name is Piscine, after a French swimming pool favoured by his unusually large-chested uncle. Now…… If that sentence seems a little bit strange then […]

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Movies: Les Misérables

I know I’m a little late on this one. It’s been out for a few weeks now, but we only saw it tonight because it was a charity event and the date was set. Better late than never. I should disclose at the outset that I’ve seen Les Mis on stage – twice. The first time was in the early 1990’s in a professional theatre in Melbourne. The second time was a more amateur, but still very good, performance here in Hobart in the mid-late 1990’s. I’m no Les Mis expert, however. Not by any means. I’d heard mixed reviews […]

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Movies: Skyfall

Don’t read this review if you intend to see Skyfall but haven’t seen it yet. I will talk about plot points during this review, some of which aren’t in the preview below. You might want to keep a few surprises in store. —— Let’s imagine 5 stars out of 5 represents the perfect film. Silence of the Lambs was pretty much the perfect film. Pulp Fiction was very, very close. The Matrix left a very strong first impression, but has faded on subsequent viewings. The Godfather, both parts 1 and 2, endure to this day. Casino Royale was extremely close. […]

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Electric Car (EV) Movies

If you want to get more of a feel for the recent history of electric vehicles, Chris Paine’s documentaries make for some good viewing on a quiet weekend. Both movies – Who Killed The Electric Car and Revenge Of The Electric Car – are available on Youtube so if you’ve got some sort of Smart TV setup (I’ve got a little Apple TV box), you should be able to watch them in reasonable resolution on your big screen. Who Killed The Electric Car This film reviews the demise of the modern EV, typified by GM’s repossession and destruction of it’s […]

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Movie short: Quantum of Solace

I didn’t enjoy Quantum of Solace when I first saw it at the cinema a few years ago. I thought it was a dud. Last night, Casino Royale was shown on the television here in Australia. Tonight I followed that with Quantum of Solace as a prelude to seeing Skyfall in a few weeks time (it doesn’t open here until November 22). It was a lot better than I remember. I think the key was watching it straight after Casino Royale. One follows the other. Casino stands well as a movie on it’s own. IMHO, Quantum doesn’t. But watched together, […]

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Movies: Safety Not Guaranteed

Let’s get the warning out of the way first: Safety Not Guaranteed, at its heart, is a romantic comedy. Guys, you have been warned. The good news, by far, is that it’s much more comedy than it is romantic AND it’s not one of those comedies where you have to check your brain in as you enter the theatre. It does involve a guying trying to time travel, which is un-real, but the film is about the human journey rather than any metaphysical one. It’s about connection and understanding and it’s entertaining in the way it delivers. The film centers […]

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