Ned Benson's Outstanding Feature Film debut is a one of a kind… MoreNed Benson's Outstanding Feature Film debut is a one of a kind romantic drama that certainly hits all the high notes as part of American Independent cinema. The film focuses on both sides of a relationship; after a tragic event triggers a brief separation; We then see how this plays out among Eleanor and Conor's personal lives. Beautifully written, there's a great sense of raw emotions that brings out a very natural sense of society within its urban american setting. While the supporting characters play their roles exceptionally the film purely belongs the Outstanding leads Chastain and McAvoy bring out some really touching and sensual character development to their performances. Highly Recommended!!! I'm certain this will be a theatrical hit.
This is a Solid Sci-Fi Action Thriller that the most enthusiastic… MoreThis is a Solid Sci-Fi Action Thriller that the most enthusiastic audiences and sci-fi fans would ask for. Made from a wide range of international & independent producing partners its clear from the get go that the makers wanted this graphic novel adapt something special and worthwhile. The story is a dystopian where the earth is frozen and the only thing carrying life is a large and very advanced train line; which no only house humanity survivors but also a very complex and familiar class system reflecting fascist laws. There's a clear definition of the subject matter aboard the revolutionary stakes lead by Chris Evans and enough exciting actions serving a very smart plot. Even with South Koreans involved their visions have been the most radical defining cinema scopes of the 21st century. Smowpiercer works as both a blockbuster and a cult favourite that I highly recommend.
A very tense and tour de force Australian debut feature. Centering… MoreA very tense and tour de force Australian debut feature. Centering around a man who lost his daughter and begins a new life among Victoria's grand forests whilst befriending a lumberer he believes is behind his daughter's slaughter. Only this Lumberer; is just as flawed as he is not to mention he's gained a daughter of his own. The film has such a fascinating character setup whilst making terrific use of its setting with such stunning cinematography. Add to that the performances are solid which makes up for some truly amazing character development within the plot. Definitely a winner with audiences at the Melbourne International Film Festival.
I must admit I did find this film to be pretty entertaining. John… MoreI must admit I did find this film to be pretty entertaining. John Ridley has shown he can write complex character natures especially from his Oscar winning script '12 Years a Slave'. Whilst I am also have no complaints film-wise towards the casting as well as any factual inaccuracies; the cast solidly played out their parts, the editing was sharp and did add a lot of layers to the character backstories not the mention the soundtrack was also really good. I wouldn't say this film was in any aspect inspiring let alone trying to be incredibly glamorous. This just happens to be an entertaining portrait of Jimi Hendrix and lives up to expectation as a whole without being too special.
Mike Cahill's follow-up to his hugely impressive 'Another Earth'. I… MoreMike Cahill's follow-up to his hugely impressive 'Another Earth'. I Origins follows Michael Pitt's scientist thoughout his life fascinated with the human eye. It then occurs to him throughout his circumstances and research that its possible the eyes are a window to soul. There's a great degree of intelligence and emotion portrayed throughout the film, the actors performances are solid giving their characters the right amount of dimensions. Brit Marling doesn't claim any writing credit here so this is purely Cahill's concept. The very intriguing aspect is seeing where the film's plot will take us along the lines of mixing sci-fi with a sense of spirituality. I must say its very well put off and definitely recommended whether you're familiar with Cahill or Marling's work or not.
Evoking Jeff Nichols' Mud, The Good Life; follows a fugitive father… MoreEvoking Jeff Nichols' Mud, The Good Life; follows a fugitive father and his two sons who've spent their years running. Its the Sons' desire to life a normal and decent life that's the conflict the drives the story within the family relationship. Maybe its just my choice to watch the unusual side of adolescence written out in a radical yet believable situation in a movie like this. Its all within the actor's performances and central conflict that drives the film forward without being sappy at all. Once again you have an impressive film that manages to live up to expectations.
This very inventive, heart warming and exciting sci-fi anime film… MoreThis very inventive, heart warming and exciting sci-fi anime film really brings out some original handling on a familiar premise. Centered around two individuals from two different worlds whose gravity is reversed/inverted, coming to understand each other and authorities willing to fight off their existence. There's a truly genuine sense of anime here with some very real emotions and a truly engaging plot, even with a touch of Philip K Dick. Highly recommended to the most enthusiastic viewers, Madman can you please distribute this film!!!!
While the Future of Studio Ghibli hangs in limbo, Mami Sunada's… MoreWhile the Future of Studio Ghibli hangs in limbo, Mami Sunada's Documentary is an eye opening film delving into the mind of the studio's founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata on the verge of producing their last ever features. Its a fascinating look at the many different faces who have worked in the studio over the years and what they themselves have brought to it. Most of the time we get to hear what these certain individuals have learned over their years in the industry, as well as what mainly came out of their experience. Its also great to see how much of an impact Miyazaki's work has had on his life and towards modern generations. By the end of it, it seems apparent that Miyazaki wouldn't direct another film, although he could announce his next film next week. Purely recommended to the Studio Ghibli fans.
Stuart Murdoch's directorial debut almost feel far removed from… MoreStuart Murdoch's directorial debut almost feel far removed from reality, but what may look like a cardboard cut-out scenario turned out to be an incredibly heartwarming, entertaining and hilarious musical drama/romance. Set within Glasgow and written with a very radical alternative style to modern attitudes on pop music; the film also touches upon mental illness and the redemptive healing of music. An incredibly big Kudos to Emily Browning and Hannah Murray whose performances were top notch and outstanding singing voices brought towards their characters. I highly recommend this incredible feel-good film that I hope dearly gets a theatrical release within Australia.
Regardless of whether you have read or are familiar with 'Dune', this… MoreRegardless of whether you have read or are familiar with 'Dune', this fascinating documentary delving deep into the development and effort that went into Alejandro Jodorowsky's planned film that never was. Not only does it detail the people purely involved in the project in which their intentions were to create something great; it also examines what the films could of actually been like. I was amazed at the motivation and effort that was put into this unmade film, but more unusual how much of modern sci-fi films it went on to influence. What we can learn is that creativity can have a really grand soul, and when not used one way can easily be used another way, Jodorowsky's film exists and this film is just a portal or a window into its potential. Clearly this is one of the biggest contestants for the next Best Documentary Feature and is a Must-See for any sci-fi fan.