Silver Linings Playbook

 

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

I will say this straight up. I am not an expert on mental illness, I have no degrees, no qualifications, nothing. But I have been surrounded by people who suffer from mental illness. So I have seen first hand knowledge of the questioning that might occur from  those suffering particular conditions and with the highs comes the lows. You have to recognise them and be careful not to cause a downhill spiral when a person is at their low.

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The Lucky One – Review

I couldn’t get along to The Lucky One World Premiere in Sydney on April 9, but Bianca Ergan was kind enough to go on my behalf. So here is her review of the movie. Enjoy!

Review: The Lucky One
By Bianca Ergan

The Lucky One isn’t your average romantic drama – and that’s not just because hottie Zac Efron’s it! Although, his looks aside, Efron’s performance throughout the film is one of the reasons why it’s so good. Continue reading

My thoughts on The Hunger Games (contains spoilers)

The Hunger Games (contains spoilers)

When I got a ticket to the movie, my first reaction was, those who have read the books would be slightly jealous of me, especially considering I have not read the trilogy.  But thanks to the Internet, I was spoiled before seeing the movie. So below are just some of my thoughts on the movie from a non-reader of the books. Continue reading

My Top 10 films of 2011

Well I finalised my Top 10 film list of 2011.

  1. Red Dog – Kriv Stenders
  2. The Help – Tate Taylor
  3. Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen
  4. Project Nim – James Marsh
  5. The Descendants – Alexander Payne
  6. War Horse – Steven Spielberg
  7. Beginners – Mike Mills
  8. Senna – Asif Kapadia
  9. A Separation – Asghar Farhadi
  10. Oranges and Sunshine – Jim Loach
Honourable Mentions:
  • The Eye of the Storm – Fred Schepisi
  • Little White Lies – Guillaume Canet

Sydney Film Festival – My Film Rankings

For some reason real life meant I couldn’t post the rankings I gave these films earlier… but here goes nothing.

My film rankings from the movies I viewed at the Sydney Film Festival (2010).

  • Yo Tambien (Me Too) 5/5 – Favourite of the festival (and so far #1 film of 2010) with top-notch performances especially by Lola Duenas.
  • Home By Christmas 4.5/5 – brilliant doco-drama – some of the footage I could relate to because of where it took place.
  • Kawasaki’s Rose 4/5 – very well crafted Czech Republic film (their submission for the Oscars) where you just watch as all the pieces fall into place.
  • The Kids Are All Right – 4/5 – top performances, indie film of 2010 so far and Bening in particular gives a potentially Oscar winning performance.
  • The Tree 4/5 – Australia-French co-production which delves into the how people cope when a loved one dies – look out for Morgana Davies to have a bright future ahead of her.
  • The Loved Ones 4/5 – little Aussie horror film which didn’t ignite the box office in Australia when it opened, but Robin McLeavy is an absolute stand out in this.
  • White Material 4/5 – Huppert could get a Cesar nomination for her performance in this – very dark film that shows the racial divisions in Africa.
  • How I Ended This Summer 3.5/5 – Russian film which has picked up deserved awards – the cinematography in particular is stunning, a bit slow at times.
  • South Solitary 3/5 – a film that could have been done better – it was a film of two Acts, like Summer was slow at times but did have good cinematography.
  • Uncle Boonmee Recalls Past Lives 2.5/5 – not sure if it was because of the time of day I saw this film but I could just not get into it and don’t get me wrong usually these types of films I love.
  • Four Lions 2/5 – I laughed with it when watching but on reflection did not like it at all.

 

Contagion to film in more than 8 countries

Courtesy of Screen Magazine.

THE STEPHEN SODERBERGH ALL-STARS ARE COMING TO CHICAGO: Stephen Soderbergh & Friends will be in Chicago to film “Contagion”… and by “friends,” I mean a motley crew of Oscar regulars that includes Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard and Gwyneth Paltrow.  Chicago pre-production begins this August with filming slated for October. “Contagion” is an action-thriller centered on the threat posed by a deadly disease and an international team of doctors contracted by the CDC to deal with the outbreak.  Screenplay written by Scott Z. Burns, who also penned the Matt Damon comedy “The Informant,” which filmed in Illinois early last year.  “Contagion” is also scheduled to film in Minneapolis, China, Dubai, Japan, Switzerland, The United Kingdom, Brazil, Russia, and Malaysia.  Road trip!