Posts Tagged ‘ film ’

What would mums say?

// Every now and again America will produce a film that defies the glitz and glamour of traditional Hollywood filmmaking. No explosions, no 3D aliens from another planet, no massive casts of 10-15 B-list celebrities fighting for camera time; just pure heart and soul. Thank Christ.  

I caught The Kids Are Alright at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival and only afterward discovered that Mia Wasikowska was Alice (of Wonderland fame) and Australian. Unlike Alice In Wonderland, you can really begin to tell why this little Aussie unknown has been plucked from down under and thrust into America’s view finder; she has some truly beautiful moments in this film. I’ve also developed a mad crush on Mark Ruffalo and an equal appreciation for Julianne Moore. Together with Annette Benning, they bring this new-age family to life with their honest portrayal of monogamy, coming of age and the burdens associated with having two mummies. Soundtrack features Julian Casablancas and Joni Mitchell. 


// Dan Z


Tomorrow, When The War Began

// The exclusive trailer for the highly anticipated Tomorrow, When The War Began film was released on March 31, 2010. 

The film, based on the critically-acclaimed novel by John Marsden has been in the pipeline for over five years. The project was finally given the green light (due to numerous funding obstacles) to go into production in 2009 when Screen Australia decided to financially back the making after screenwriter and director Stuart Beattie became attached (of Pirates of the Caribbean fame). Why Screen Australia wouldn’t fund it based on the novel’s incredible story alone is ridiculous, alas, that’s how the industry works here in Australia. $20 million later, the first film of a trilogy is upon us. If commerically successful, a TV show based on the remaining four novel’s is projected. 

The film unfortunately stars an array of Neighbours and Home & Away kids who are notorious for their limited acting abilities. But hey, maybe their performances in this will be the big break that every soap star desires. It’s happened before. Despite the questionable casting choices, I’m trying desperately not to pick holes in how this film could be the death of Marsden’s amazing invention, because this is exactly the kind of franchise-film that Australia needs. If marketed correctly, the international success of this film could blow up. Literally. 

Watch the trailer here and see it on the big screen September 9.  

// Dan Z

On Fire.

// Wouldn’t you just love to see your favourite music video on the massive, studio 1, ACMI screen? Red Hot Short’s delivers.

I admit, before I started film school and was quickly exposed to the fact that film isn’t just going to see Valentine’s Day at Greater Union on a Thursday night, I was obvilious to this kind of work. My music video experience was much like anyone else’s, waking up early on a Saturday morning to catch the top fifty on Rage and Video Hits, toggling between the two until something I liked came on. Little did I realise the plethora of talent, thought and creativity that goes into making a music video. I under-appreciated the effect and influence a great music video could have. Really, it has the power to make you love a song you hate. Or make you hate a song you love. It certainly doesn’t have to be about Britney dancing on a pole like a slut or Caleb from Kings of Leon all sweaty and buff in Sex On Fire. 

Let’s look at the MTV Music Video Awards, Video of the Year winner, Beyonce.  Sure, MTV only really takes stock of mainstream music, and there are a vast number of fanstatic music videos that simply go unnoticed based on this fact alone, but Single Ladies is a mesmerizing video. While the song gets a little on the tired side after a while, I could watch this video forever. Maybe it’s my appreciation for a snappy choreographed dance routine, but the clip has style. It’s one take. It’s black and white. It’s simple; not a bell or whistle in sight. No clubs, no poles, no sex. Not needed. 

Presented by Rising Sounds, ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) puts on a screening roughly once a month to highlight, among some short films of choice, excellence in music video production. Award winning shit, from the best directors and bands in Australia and around the world. And while they probably won’t be screening a Beyonce clip any time soon (I get the feeling it might be a bit too mainstream for what they’re trying to display), you will find some cutting-edge new and classic music videos from Bjork, Fleet Foxes, UNKLE, Firekites, Grizzly Bear, Fujiya & Miyagi, Aphex Twin and many more.

The notion is that these productions should be seen on a cinema screen, not just at 3am when you’re knee-deep in youtube. 

The next is on April 23rd, ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne. To book visit here

// Dan Z

Tom Ford’s Man.

// Tom Ford’s directorial debut is A Single Man, a heartbreaking portrayal of a man who loses himself after the loss of his longtime partner. Based on the novel of the same name by Christopher Isherwood, and production designed by the same team as Mad Men, the film gives voice to fashion designer Ford’s inspiring creation. 

Nominated for Best Actor in a motion picture at the Oscars, Colin Firth shines. Decked out in Tom Ford head to toe, he has never been more attractive. The film is visually stunning. The film stock used to capture the grainy yet poetic frames isn’t even made anymore. 

The role of Jim, the dead lover (shown only in flashbacks and dream sequences) is played brilliantly by Matthew Goode, and Kenny, played by Nicholas Hoult (of Skin‘s fame) seduces the audience with his well learned American accent. 

See it. Now. 

// Dan Z