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OSCARS 2016 - WINNERS OSCARS 2016 - WINNERS
The day that Cardinal Pell gave evidence (via video) at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse, the Academy voted Spotlight the past year’s Best Picture, a fact-based film dealing with The Boston Globe’s ground breaking investigative report into child sexual abuse by members the Catholic clergy. Mad Max: Fury Road won six Oscars and as expected, Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar for The Revenant and Hungary won its second Foreign Language Oscar for Son of Saul. Host Chris Rock riffed cleverly on the theme of the controversy over all-white nominees and Mark Rylance won the Best Supporting Actor Award (Bridge of Spies) which was expected to go to Sylvester Stallone for Creed.
OUR 19th ANNIVERSARY OUR 19th ANNIVERSARY
This month (February 2016) we celebrate our 19th Anniversary, and look forward to our 1,000th weekly edition on May 5, 2016. To mark our 19th annual milestone, we recall the Australian films that have won or were nominated in the AFI - and latterly the AACTA - Best Film Awards during our publishing lifetime. These are not the only films worth remembering and celebrating, but it gives us a sense of the recent past in Australian cinema – of which we have been a regular journal of record.
 
WITCH, THE - A NEW ENGLAND FOLKTALE WITCH, THE - A NEW ENGLAND FOLKTALE
Growing up in New England, witches have always been “part of my consciousness … part of my nightmares,” writer/director ROBERT EGGERS explains in this Q&A.
 
CRITICAL VOICE OF GEN Y CRITICAL VOICE OF GEN Y
100 Word Reviews by Jo Bradley
 
URBAN CINEFILE - 1,000 WEEKS AGO URBAN CINEFILE - 1,000 WEEKS AGO
It was 1000 weeks ago this week (May 5, 2016) that at dawn on Thursday, February 27, 1997, www.urbancinefile.com.au went online for the first time, ‘the world of film in Australia on the internet’. An Australian voice was now talking to the world about movies and featuring Australian films and filmmakers as a priority.
 
AACTA AWARDS 2015 - WINNERS AACTA AWARDS 2015 – WINNERS
Jocelyn Moorhouse’s dark farce, The Dressmaker, is the People’s Choice Award winner at this year’s AACTA Awards, with its cast – Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving and Kate Winslet - also going home armed with awards, while George Miller has the Best Director Award for Mad Max: Fury Road, which is also the big winner of Best Film.

 
  TROPFEST 2016 – WINNERS
Rising Phoenix-like from potential annihilation, Tropfest went smoothly on Valentine’s Day (Feb 14) at Centennial Park, with a four minute stop motion animation taking the major prize: Daniel ‘Cloud’ Campos and Spencer Susser are the winners of Tropfest Australia with Shiny, which challenges the materialistic status quo; it also won the Craft Awards for Sound Design and VFX.
  TROPFEST 2016 – WINNERS
Rising Phoenix-like from potential annihilation, Tropfest went smoothly on Valentine’s Day (Feb 14) at Centennial Park, with a four minute stop motion animation taking the major prize: Daniel ‘Cloud’ Campos and Spencer Susser are the winners of Tropfest Australia with Shiny, which challenges the materialistic status quo; it also won the Craft Awards for Sound Design and VFX.
 
CROSSING, THE (1989) - PAIN DISTILLED CROSSING, THE (1989) - PAIN DISTILLED
Featuring Russell Crowe in his first starring role, the 1989 drama, The Crossing, brought together Crowe with acclaimed director George Ogilvie and his co-stars Robert Mammone - and Danielle Spencer, who Crowe married in 2003. Andrew L. Urban reported on the making of the film from the set on November 13 & 14, 1989.
 
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD - JOHN SEALE ON THE SET MAD MAX: FURY ROAD - JOHN SEALE ON THE SET
It's not a bad way to sign off: Oscar winning cinematographer John Seale is not going to top Mad Max: Fury Road, the futuristic blockbuster that follows in the wake of a low budget action thriller called Mad Max, which made George Miller an international icon of filmmaking. We pay tribute to John with this pictorial, on the May 2015 global release of the film.
 
  5 of the Most Stupid Fight Scenes Ever in Movies
There’s a reason why men (well women too) like action films that include fight scenes. Despite the fact that such movies can be quite violent, we all have to admit that watching people fight is simply thrilling. However, directors can sometimes cross the line and shoot film scenes that are plainly absurd. We’ve seen people doing things that are not only physically impossible, but also look ridiculous. Instead of making us feel excited and even psyched up, they make us laugh, although unintentionally. Still some of us like these films exactly because they make us laugh.
 
  About The Gambler
The Gambler is the sort of film that attracts a lot of highly diverse opinions. A plurality of reviewers have disliked it and a plurality of reviewers have liked it. As such, it might be anyone's guess as to whether a given reviewer or audience member is going to like it or not.
 
  Casino Films
For decades, casinos have often been regarded as a place of glamour, a little bit of mystery, and a place where any man or woman could have the best day of his or her life.
  Casino Royale - James Bond's Best Movie?
Asking the question of who was the best James Bond - and which was the best Bond movie - is one that almost anyone is likely to have an opinion on. Until Daniel Craig made his debut in 2006's Casino Royale - which we will be discussing in this article - the majority of fans would likely have remained loyal to Sean Connery's classic depiction of the sophisticated and devilishly roguish spy. However over the last decade Craig has presented Bond in a very different manner, with his four outings having depicted a much rougher, yet also curiously more vulnerable secret agent.
  Cult Movies That Have Been Made Into Slot Machines Games
Slots, or pokies as they’re called in Australia, are the most popular category of casino games. There is a lot of competition, as there are hundreds of slots and dozens of popular casinos. Therefore, casinos try to come up with ways to attract new players. One of the most lucrative methods is to offer free spins, which give players a chance to win something without risking anything. Check out this list of Australian free spins casinos.
 
  Gambling in the Movies
For years, Hollywood has treated us to films surrounding the topics of Gambling, Spread Betting and Trading, and while they may not always enjoy the greatest of receptions due to the stigma attached to the subject, there have been several that have gone on to become cinematic greats.
 
  Hard Eight
There are lots of movies that manage to take advantage of the casino aesthetic in more ways than one. These movies are usually going to make use of the fact that casinos tend to be well-decorated areas that are already picturesque enough for a film. Some of these movies are about heists, and casinos are more glamorous settings for heists than liquor stores or some of the more common locations for heists in real life. Movies that are more strongly about the experience of gambling are much more rare, and the gamblers that manage to find any of them should appreciate them that much more as a result. Finding a Hard Eight movie review written by an enthusiastic gambler is not difficult.
  HEROES, SUPERHEROES AND WITCHES
Scary fairy tales of evil stepmothers and wicked witches, of monsters and fire spitting dragons, cruel kings and evil spirits are not things of the past. They are not confined to our childhood. Far from it. We also crave them as adults and movies – and video games, and games of chance - deliver them.
 
  NOT ALL SUCCESSFUL FILMS HAVE A HAPPY ENDING
People always tend to say that all movie scripts are just one big cliché, which misleads viewers to believe that everyone gets a happy ending. However, that actually can’t be any further from the truth since there’s a good deal of successful movies that didn’t end well for the protagonists. In fact, historically, movies with tragic endings scored much more awards and respect than simple love stories or unrealistic action movies where the good guy beats the bad guys.
 
  Ocean's Eleven
While all sensible casino players would always be looking for an opportunity to legally take home some winnings from their trip, Ocean's Eleven has a rather special place in many hearts as one of the best heist movies of modern times. Featuring an all-star cast and a script that oozes class and charisma, despite being over fifteen years old it still seems extremely fresh today. The casino's featured in the movie - The Bellagio, The Mirage and The MGM Grand are beautifully shot throughout by director Stephen Soderbergh, and encapsulates the changing times from exclusive pit-based table games in the face of emergent casino onlineaction.
 
  The rise of blockbuster movie themed online pokies
In recent months those who enjoy to play slot machines and pokies at online casinos have witnessed a surge in the range of titles themed around blockbuster movies. Why are so many Hollywood studios selling the rights to their movies to be used as gambling games?
  The Top 5 Casino Movies of All Time
Everyone loves the idea of striking it rich at the casino – the dream of winning a fortune for seemingly little work is one which strikes a chord in all of us. Perhaps this is the reason that the casino has proved such a popular movie setting over the years; perhaps it’s simply the suave, glamourous feel of the casino that makes it the perfect backdrop for our favourite heroes and villains. Either way, there’s no doubt that the casino is a perfect backdrop for many of our Hollywood favourites, whilst you’re reading through this top list you might want to get yourself clued up on the history of some of the card games that are featured within them such as blackjack.
  TRANSFORMERS OR X-MEN: WHICH WILL WIN THE TITLE OF GREATEST FRANCHISE?
 
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  Visit Durban for the Durban International Festival this year!
Every winter in South Africa, the Durban International Film Festival is hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts. This year, the 37th edition will take place from the 16th of June to the 26th and this attracts film lover from all over the country, Africa and the rest of the world. The 10 day celebration of film includes an array of films including feature films, documentaries and short films with a special focus on African film.
 
  Watching the Best Movies With a Casino Theme
Lots of great movies have a casino theme. The casino theme manages to lend itself very well to motion pictures in general, and it isn't surprising that so many films have been set in casinos and so many films have revolved around gambling or casino life in some way, shape, or form.
 
  ZOMBIES VS ALIENS
Within the horror genre of films there is one man who is a legend within his field and this guy is Rob Zombie. He is probably the most iconic figure that is perhaps well known outside the sector but where should the new entrant and fan go and what should they watch? How has this genre developed itself into modern media and are games better than the film? Are there any real life examples of a zombie in modern society?





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