Re: BANNING MOVIES (ROMANCE)
Thanks for providing the e-mail address of the Office of Film & Literature
Classification - it probably wouldn't have occurred to me otherwise that I could make
myself heard (let's hope, anyway). I'm hoping that as many people as possible - and not
just those visiting the site - are doing likewise. Here's looking forward to a sane review
of the decision. Keep up the good work.
The heart of how men and women relate to each other can be drawn back to the bedroom. If
we can't get past expressing what goes on in the bedroom, then it will forever hold back
any evolution of how we relate to each other.
From what I have read of the film's content it should remain banned. Pornography is not art and it is definitely not an acceptable medium. From reading the other readers' responses it seems that most people are irate at the fact that someone else made a decision on their behalf. Well, in our desensitized culture that may not be such a bad idea considering the swing away from moral standards and our society's inability to distinguish wrong from right. I must be one of the "ignorant ones" seeing as I choose not to destroy my mind or my marriage with the "evil" of pornography. I'm thankful
that the committee [OFLC], in this case, chose to make a right decision. Finally, just remember that children have boundaries placed for their protection not their deprivation. Maturity, not age, signals when one is able to make an equally mature decision. Australia needs to grow up.
Nick Brown, Darwin
Re: ENTRAPMENT RAPT
Hi! I have just received my prize pack from the Entrapment competition. Let's just
say I'm rapt and very happy. Thanks a million. Just one thing. When do I get the original
Water Lilies by Monet? You are stealing it for me aren't you? Regards and thanks again,
Andrew replies: Uh, sorry to break the news, Christina, but Monet's Water Lilies
which we had deftly stored away for you got…um, er…stolen….
Hi there, I really love your website. I just felt like blowing off steam about release
dates; I'm totally peeved that we have to wait till the end of March to see Magnolia, I'm
dying to see how Tom Cruise mixes it up with the Boogie Nights Team!! Oh well they say
patience is a virtue, meanwhile keep up the great work. Thanks.
Note: Magnolia is now set to open March 9. They must have heard you and brought it
Hi,Could you please tell me where I can find a listing of all feature film releases for
1999 (Australian release). I don't mind doing some digging but I can't find this info
anywhere. Do you also know where I can find accurate history (on a weekly basis) of Box
Office and Screenings for the above films. Thanks.
Louise replies: The month by month schedule is listed under U (upcoming film
openings) in REVIEWS ARCHIVES. Happy digging! As for BOX OFFICE, our archives will also
give you that, on a week by week basis. Go to and click on the drop down menu on the left,
then select by date and then press the 'View Archive' button. You'll have to do your own
addition, though! Re Screenings - not sure what you mean….maybe the box office will
also give you that.
How fantastic is this? Santa just brought me a DVD player, and - just when I had given up
finding a 'Special Edition' that had anything remotely special about it, I come across
your DVD review section...And now my life is complete. (Well, notwithstanding Spielberg
return my calls...) Your reviews are both informative and well targeted toward the
Indie-filmmakers amongst us who yearn for the inside goss on...well, just about everything
there is to know about the film we're watching. So thanks again Andrew, Louise and gang,
keep up the great work! Kindest Regards
Brian M Logan
Director - Producer - Screenwriter
Andrew: We're thrilled to have been of service, Brian, and thanks for the note. Our
DVD section is poised to grow alarmingly over the coming months - and there will be more
DVDs to win, such as last week's competition for a copy of The Mummy (a terrific DVD with
hours of extra behind the scenes stuff)
PS: Spielberg says he didn't get your message...
Hi Cinefiliacs, would you know anywhere I can get the video of Deepa Mehta's film Fire? I
can't find it anywhere!
Louise replies: Fire was released on video (rental) by Columbia TriStar's Triumph's
label on April 7, 1998, but was never available to buy. Columbia TriStar does not have
any stock, so this may be a difficult video to track.
It may be a matter of trial and error; you may have to ring video stores and
chains. But it is certainly worth the effort. (Deepa
Mehta's second film in the trilogy Earth will be released later this year on video). Good
luck! Any reader information welcome. Please write FIRE in subject field.
Re: HOLY SMOKE
Me again… I was just reading your reviews of Holy Smoke, and I agree that the film
was a bloody mess. Not sure Campion really thought what it was going to be. Kate Winslet
is just stunning in it, which probably saves the movie. Just want to say though, that as a
confessed India addict (travel, food, music, film, etc), the opening scenes probably
captured the feel of India better than any film i have ever seen, Indian or otherwise. You
could almost smell that amazing "incense and piss" fragrance!
Ed: First it's on Fire, then Holy Smoke…is this serial Letter-ing?
Firstly, thanks for a providing a fantastic service in a brilliant website. One query:
would it be possible to break the film review up into pars because it is quite difficult
to read the one long block of text. Just wondering. Thanks again.
Maria Louise Tickle
Ed: We'll see how it looks. Have a look at the Stigmata reviews.
Re: OLD FRIEND
Hello, I have just joined your Movie Club, thank you for offering the service, it looks
great. I am hoping you might be able to help me. I am from Perth and have lost touch with
an old friend of mine, whom I am keen to contact again. His name is Paul McKay and I have
been told that he was doing some of the casting for Moulin Rouge. I was wondering if you
knew the name of the casting agency that did this. This way I can contact them and
hopefully get Paul. EMAIL
Thank you in anticipation.
Re: CHE BAKER'S SHORT FILM, TESTAMENT
A hearty welcome and thank you to Brad Green for his REVIEW of the (Tribe) Australian All Shorts Video. I could not agree more with his comments,
especially about the 'extended low point' on the tape of Testament.
The film was perhaps
NOT the greatest production ever to be made on.....you guessed it $500. The 4th generation
dump that finally made it onto the tape probably didn't help matters either, but I suppose
that is to be expected? I do happen to know that this little story was in fact not based
on Rienfields Celestine Prophecy - the writer of Testament has not even read the book, nor
really does he know much about it - it does not surprise me though that an idea such as
the one presented in the film has probably been thought of in one way or another somewhere
else....but the film maker was not aware of any such publication and did in fact think up
the whole thing on his own.
I am not defending the film, although I thought it was a good
little effort (just to finish) if you knew the situations in which it was created...which
no one would so that's okay. I liked Rachael Griffiths piece too, and wish I had her team
and budget for my next project - but more power to you Mr. Green who has the amazing
ability to spot plagiarism where it doesn't exist.
Oh, and Newsreel was directed by Lindsay Adams not Che' Baker; a mistake of Tribe's.
Anyway, keep up the good page and thanks for the review....I will frame it on my wall when
that next blockbuster comes in.
Brad Green replies: I admire the intrepid spirit required to produce a film for
$500. I also admire the dedication -- and skill -- required to complete such an
undertaking (whatever the value of the finished product). Further, I admire the initiative
of Tribe Enterprises, which has provided national distribution for such productions.
the reverse side to major distribution is that big budget, low budget, or no budget, a
film must stand on its artistic and entertainment merits alone. Spellbinding visual
effects are impossibilities for the fund-challenged but there are other, more subtle,
creative forces that can be deployed.
Perhaps it is worth noting that, despite Rachel
Griffiths' superior resources, her film is just over half the length of Testament. Was 26
minutes really a good idea on $500? Of course, I retract "a steal" and
substitute "a paean to unoriginality"; a fresh and riveting concept is surely a
prerequisite on such a budget. I look forward to future Che Baker "blockbusters"
and hope you leave room on your wall for any Brad Green-penned encomiums they may inspire.