I found the report on police walking out of a special preview of REDBALL
a little surprising in that one of the strong elements of the film for me was the way in
which it created a world in which, whilst not condoning the actions of the police, one did
get a very real sense of the pressure under which they work, the thin line between
acceptable and unacceptable behaviour, and the ease with which someone in their position
might cross that line. I also loved the creation of such a strong central female character
as Jane "JJ Wilson (Belinda McClory) - a police officer first and foremost, someone
who just happens to be female.
Saw Praise last night and was really impressed. I think that the bravery
of the actors is what shone through the most. It’s a grim world that they inhabit,
but they live with a certain strange grace and dignity. The film looks fantastic (except
for one overexposed outdoor scene), and the soundtrack is also really good. The two leads
play probably the most unflattering roles ever recorded on film, and they do it so well. I
can't imagine this film will find a large audience, but I think it will find a place in
the hearts of some film lovers and stay around for a while.
The release date of the up and coming Australian film Two Hands has been
changed so many times, that I need to know once and for all. When can we see this long
anticipated film grace our screens?
July 29 is the date according to distributor REP. But it can STILL change!
Recently, we saw an interview with Stephen Baldwin in which he referred
to an ongoing "feud" with Nicolas Cage. Apparently the whole thing was sparked
by some inappropriate comments made by Baldwin, which were reiterated during the interview
(essentially that Cage cannot act). Does anyone know where the initial comments were
recorded and if there is any substance to the so-called "feud"?
A champagne bottle, please check your facts a little more clearly in
future Ms Keller :
"In 587 B.C., King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon completed his destruction of Jerusalem.
He was also known for a perplexing dream that he did not understand. The king called out
to all the wise men in his kingdom for the one man who could not only interpret the dream,
but first reveal the contents of the dream; a statue serving as avatar of his great
kingdom destroyed by a rock." This is what the name of the ship was referring to (in
Matrix review). A small but valid point.
Louise replies: Nebuchadnezzar was certainly
the King of Babylonia - you are absolutely correct. However, as I spent some years
promoting the Champagnes Pommery and Lanson in Australia, my preference for reference is
to the largest Champagne bottle. As my trusty Macquarie Dictionary says, Nebuchadnezzar is
a large wine bottle having a capacity of 20 ordinary bottles and used mainly for display
purposes (from Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylonia, 604-561 BC).
I would like to know the video release date for Urban Legends in
Louise replies: Urban Legends will be released
on video in Australia in July 1999
Dear Urban Cinefile,
I am surprised that there are a few Australian films released back in the 1970s that have
not yet been given a video release here yet. Here is a list of the films that I have
noticed have not been ever issued on video.
BARRY MACKENZIE HOLDS HIS OWN(Bruce Beresford).
SHIRLEY THOMPSON VS. THE ALIENS(Jim Sharman).
SUMMER OF SECRETS(Sharman)
I hope some video companies will eventually release the above films on
video. Certainly STORK and SHIRLEY THOMPSON deserve to.
Now some suggestions:
1.Please try and do an interview with Isaac Hayes, the singer/actor who is coming to
Australia for the Logies. Besides voicing Chef in the South Park TV show & upcoming
movie, he's scored movies like SHAFT (For which he won a Best Song Oscar) and appeared in
movies like ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and FLIPPER(1996).
2.Please do an interview with George Lucas once STAR WARS;EPISODE 1 is released.
Bye for now.
Andrew Kieswetter, Adelaide
The last film I saw was Lolita, although there was much to admire about
the quality of the film, I cannot relate to any admiration of the girl who played Lolita,
I found her portrayal quite largely over acted and extremely annoying
at times. Jeremy Irons was his usual self but the film portrayed the story as it should be
a tragic story of the ruin of a number of lives by selfishness. Anyway we all see movies
through our own eyes and although I disagree with
you (Review )on this count, I believe that the film deserves to be seen and I see it as a two and a
half star film only.
Thankyou for both your web site and your tv program,
Cheers Terence Michael Purdey
1/4/99: RESPONSE TO THE OSCARS
I totally agree with the opinion that this year, Miramax simply bought
the Oscars for their film. Congratulations to those guys, they truly deserve a special
Academy Award for the Loudest Promotional Campaign of the year. Make no mistakes, I loved
the movie; it fully deserved its Oscars for Best Script and Judy Dench was a delight as
Queen Elizabeth. But it simply wasn't the best film of the year. How can you compare
'Shakespeare' to the powerful, emotionally devastating journey that Saving Private Ryan
was? At least they gave Best Director to Spielberg, otherwise I would have been forced to
come down to USA and torch the entire Academy. It was also sad to see the over-hyped
Gwyneth Paltrow winning over fantastic Cate Blanchett, who had a misfortune to give a
top-notch performance in a little movie that didn't have as much money behind it as
'Shakespeare' did. To me at least, Paltrow's performance was only pleasing, and nothing
else. I was never the one who whines and complains about Academy Awards being
overcommercial, but I must admit that this year's Oscars made me feel pretty disappointed
and cynical about the whole thing.
1. I just about threw up at Whoopi Goldberg's "come to America with
your movies" crap at the end.
2. Giving Judi Dench (yeh i know she's a living treasure etc) the award for supporting
actress is a bit like saying the soothsayer is the most important character in Julius
Caesar. As she said, it was only 8 minutes work, and compared
with the other nominees....
3. I'd like to retract my previous comment in letters 25/3/99 about Gwynneth Paltrow. I
couldn't tell if her award was for Shakespeare in Love or her acceptance speech. I don't
like her anymore. Worst acceptance since any of Tom Hanks.
While I don't live or die by who wins the gold statuettes each March, and
don't believe the genuine actors do either, I still, in all my naivete, believed until
this year, that the Academy Awards were an accurate representation of the industry's most
illustrious and accomplished players bestowing accolades on the year's most worthy films
and the talented souls who contributed to their creation. The concept this year, of
Shakespeare in Love doing well as a result of presidential style campaigning and shameless
million-dollar efforts of unadulterated schmoozing makes me ill. The film had considerable
merit, but this is hardly the point. Alas, now I believe the Academy Awards actually have
less credibility than the Aussie Logies. Although what's less then nil ??