Posted in Australian Film

HOUNDS OF LOVE (2017)

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A film by Ben Young

Cast : Emma Booth, Ashleigh Cummings, Stephen Curry

Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple.As she observes the dynamic between her captors she quickly realises that she has one thing going in order to survive is to have them against each other.

The opening of the films is awesome but creepy. Young girls playing volley ball and basket ball in slow motion plus the close up of the body parts. It sets up what kind off film it is going to be. A girl is along as she goes home. Soon enough Evelyn and John pull up in their station wagon and ask if she wants a lift. She is never to be seen again. One of the scenes after that is a woman cleaning up the room picking up dildos with blood on it and some bloody tissue, seriously a terrifying scene here. Yes you are dealing of a serial killer from event that happened in Australia in 1987 of a couple who killed a bunch of teenagers. However in the film it takes place in 1987.

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Jason (Harrison Gilberston) looks like a young Heath Ledger and his girlfriend, Vicki Maloney (Ashleigh Cummings), are busy fooling around like the teenagers they are playing games and making out. You know that is going to happen but later on. It is the same thing always the parents are divorced. And Vicky is at her mother 2 times a week. But they argued and Vicky sneak out of the house. I have seen that on before. Although he gets pretty terrifying when she gets abducted. She start to think and try to get the couple against each other. Is it going to work?

you will see how messed up this couple is. However Young knew how to build up the tension here with some cool music. But the film is lacking something it is like I have seen this before but differently. It is watchable however. The actors are outstanding in their craft. You can feel the heat off the screen. Remember on thing never talk to stranger not get in their car.

HOUNDS OF LOVE (2017)

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Posted in Australian Film, Based on a true story, British film, U.S. Film

LION (2016)

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A film by Garth Davis

Cast: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, 1,600 kilometres away from home. He survives despite all of it but then gets adopted by an Australian family and begins his new life.

The true story of this boy who was in India Calcutta lost and survives than get adopted by an Australian family. It is a simple story here. The one that is crucial here is the connection of the family from India and the one from Australia. Five year old Saroo (Sunny Pawar), who suddenly finds himself separated from his brother and left lost and alone. What google earth played a big part for Saroo to find his family ? Amazing !!!!!

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Sunny Pawar is a natural here you want him to succeed in finding his family. You have to understand the terror and the confusion plus the other elements who does he trust? how is he going to eat? and how is he going to find his way home not being able to speak the language. But later he realise that his family will not be able to find him. Later on in an orphanage that took him in gets him adopted by an Australian family. By the time we meet Dev Patel as the grown up Saroo, living a privileged life with his adoptive parents in Tasmania 20 years later. Patel delivers an outstanding performance here. The smart young man embarking on a hotel management course in Melbourne. But when he sees the brightly coloured traditional Indian sweet Jalebi, his memory jungles back in India that is going to make him to find out about himself and try to find his family. Of course he fall in love with an Australian girl. The film goes on and drags a little when Saroo is trying to find the village he was from but it is still interesting how he find out. There will be time of sadness and happiness during this film.

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Posted in Australian Film

PARTISAN (2015)

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A film by Ariel Kleiman

Cast: Vincent Cassel, Nigel Barber, Jeremy Chabriel

Gregori (Vincent Cassel) has built a shut-off from the world shelter, paradise that is. Alexander (Jeremy Chabriel) who has been raised inside since birth has been curious more and more. The women that lives with Gregori has been abuse by their families or husbands so Gregori takes them in, in his so call paradise to protect them from the world. Alexander’s  behaviour threatens to unravel a life-time of work.

Kleiman is smart to keep us in the dark in this story and not milking why are he is doing what he is doing and then some. It feels like an other version of the film the Village but a better one, I think he re-wrote the story and made it his own, nothing wrong with that. It is so perfect to get Vincent Cassel who plays this obscure and menacing man. The opening scene you see Gregori at the bed side of a woman who has just giving birth and is along in this world, it also locks like she has been beating. Jumping 11 years ahead you see the child named Alexander thriving in this little community like an urban paradise at which we quickly learn that there is some strange custom and rules. A bunch of women live there as well with their kids and Gregori who is the leader trains the kid that is his regimen to do something, no I am not going to tell you but Kleiman ddi not pursuit this route too much instead he went the other way about the relation of Gregori and Alexander who is growing more curious every day. To top it all off there is an autistic child who comes in the community and starts shaking things up. Here is a triller coming of age that you should not miss.

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Partisan (2015)

Posted in Australian Film, Based on a true story

BENEATH HILL 60 (2014)

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A film by David Roach

Cast: Brendan Cowell, Harrison Gilbertson, Steve Le Marquand 

based on the true story of Oliver Woodward (Brendan Cowell) in the 1916 during WWI. Oliver must tear away from his young love to go in the trenches in Belgium to fight the German. It’s  hell on earth. But these soldiers belong to a special unit. The tunnelers. Their job, to overthrow  the enemy from beneath. They are soon sent to one in the  Fronts line of WWI in Belgium, to an area known Hill 60 which is dominated by the Germans. There is a plan in place, but can they pull it off? It’s unbelievable It’s tense. There is constant shelling. The guns shots come from nowhere. You can understand some of them  were driven like mad man by it. The script by David Roach based on the actual diaries of Woodward who shows us that there is more at stake here than gaining mere inches of ground. There are the great work from the men who preserver in building those tunnels. On the other sides the German were doing the same thing. They were truing to guess and listen the Australian to see what they were up too and there were the constant bombing day in and out The machine guns at night. It is masterfully directed By Roach in a suspenseful manner. The cast has chemistry and are in seek with each other. This was war and the Australian wanted to blow the German underneath. It was a tough job but they had to do it in order to survive and sacrifices were made. A great film video steaming on net flux in France.

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BENEATH HILL 60 (2014)

Posted in Australian Film

MISTER BABADOOK (2014)

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A film by Jennifer Kent

Cast: Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Tiffany Lyndall-Knight

I talk about the film We need to talk about kevin in an earlier post now Australian director Jennifer Kent has rewritten the story to me anyway a different story that is. After the car accident where her husband got killed while driving her to the hospital to deliver their kid Amelia (Essie Davis) is struggling to cope with her troubled son Samuel (Noah Wiseman). His behavior is getting a little violent toward his school mates so he is treated as different. Amelia gets him out of this school meanwhile every night the mother reads Samuel a story he stubble onto this book called Mr. babadook ho boy! Not good. Now the boy is scared out of his wit with the story that the mother throws the book away. Some how the kid gets obsessed with Babadook  an obsession that grows as the days goes by. the mother can’t take it anymore and gets into a depressive state/hysteria. You see the story is in between We need to talk about Kevin and Paranormal Activity  nothing wrong with that it works. So the kid can’t sleep because he believe that Babadook is under his bed or in the closet, when I was a kid I had no problem sleeping and I did not believe in monster under my bed.  and he gets to be an invasion of the supernatural who want to torture them. Kent uses the camera real well especially when the mother turn into an insomniac also with the tension with the kid and the mother when they come to a point they don’t like each other. Davis and Wiseman both deliver strong performances, and are perfect for this film. Of course it is a very creepy film and a good one at that.

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Posted in Australian Film

WOLF CREEK (2005)

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A film by Greg Mclean.

Cast: Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi . 

And you thought it is safe to go back to the bush, Well think again. Kristy,(Kestie Morassi) Ben (Nathan Philips) and Liz (Cassandra Magrath) are three pals in their twenties who set out to hike through the scenic Wolf Creek National Park in the Australian Outback. So far so good right. They go see the sight at at the national park, it is late and it is going to get dark. They decided to take off but the car will not start. yeah! I know what you are thinking here comes a cliché 3 friend out on a vacation having fun are in the middle of no where and their car don’t start . Here comes Mick Taylor to the rescue and what do you know he has a tow truck that’s has to be a coincidence right. As they drive away to his shop in the total darkness , The group of friends are in for a surprise and it si not going to be pleasant.

This is not for everybody this film it could be hard to watch for some of you so beware if you haven’t seen this film yet. Mclean set the mood beautifully well on building the suspense that is coming. When the group are aout at the gas station and walked in the bar to get something to drink there is an uneasy moment when a bunch of Australians looks at them and thinks what the hell are they doing in that part of the country it sets up the film well. Annd then there is an awkward conversation about UFOs and aliens. and that sets up the film even more. john Jarratt who plays Taylor did not shower for days to get into the role of this rugged dude. Roger Ebert walk out of this film because it was too violent and he was not having fun watching it like nay horror film that he has seen before. As you watch in horror the event that is unfolding you can’t help to feel for the 3 characters you want them to get out of this situation. Although the advertising for the film claims it was based on true events, this is not entirely accurate. The film was influenced by the Ivan Milat and Bradley John Murdoch cases, but it was not based specifically on any one event, and the four principal characters are all entirely fictitious. Like I said this film will not be for everyone.

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Posted in Australian Film, Based on a true story, British film

BRIGHT STAR (2009)

A film by Jane Campion.
Cast: Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw, Paul Schneider.
It’s 1818 in Hampstead Village on the outskirts of London. Poet Charles Brown lives in one half of a house, the Dilkes family who live in the other half. Through their association with the Dilkes, the fatherless Brawne family know Mr. Brown. The Brawne’s eldest daughter, Fanny Brawne, and Mr. Brown don’t like each other. She thinks he’s arrogant and rude, and he feels that she is pretentious, knowing only how to sew (admittedly well as she makes all her own fashionable clothes), flirt and give opinions on subjects about which she knows nothing. Insecure struggling poet ‘John Keats’ comes to live with his friend, Mr. Brown. Miss Brawne and Mr. Keats have a mutual attraction to each other, a relationship which however is slow to develop in part since Mr. Brown does whatever he can to keep the two apart. But other obstacles face the couple, including their eventual overwhelming passion for each other clouding their view of what the other does.

John keats was the real thing back then and he died at 25 forever young. The great and only love of his life was Fanny Brawne, the daughter of his landlady. He not only loved her but he loves words, poem and life. He was a gifted young poet. Jane Campion did a great job in this film the cinematography is superbly beautiful. She knows how to tell the story. Campion seek the visual beauty to match Keats’ verbal beauty basically. It is breathtaking you don’t see that too many times in film those days. A nice well told story and film worth watching.