While the Japanime festival that screened in Sydney at the Dendy was
excellent, it’s a pity that Hiyao Miyazaki's one absent feature Laputa ; Castle In
The Sky (based loosely on Gulliver's Travels and brilliant by all accounts) was not
screened. Also, it would have been good to have screened episodes of classic anime shows
like Dr.Slump (a truly insane show, best described as Astro Boy meets South Park) and the
original Dragonball series (more humor-orientated than its successor Dragonball Z).
Finally, I'm surprised that in Warner's Maverick Directors video series
there are no films by that great Hollywood maverick Robert Altman. Warner Home Video has
the rights to some of Altman's films like Mccabe And Mrs.Miller, Thieves Like Us, Brewster
McCloud And The Long Goodbye. I really hope Warner will consider releasing some of
Altman's films on sell-through soon.
Andrew Kieswetter, Adelaide
CHOPPER LETTERS 18/8/00
We asked readers to comment on Chopper, starring Eric Bana as the real
life Mark Chopper Read. Some of the comments:-
1. Chopper, quite a distinct, brutally original film. What I found interesting
is that it is like a character study. Like a human behavioral case study. Probably the
best Australian film since Romper Stomper. I can't think of any other Australian film
since then that has been so damn good. Dialogue in the script is called for, like
everything that is said has a reason, strong acting from Bana and supporting actors. Also
of a worthy note is how the soundtrack is not splashed all over the film as you get with
most films. Sterlingly directed with imaginative shots throughout like the introduction
which sets the tone of the film. Silently powerful.
2. I went to see the movie (Chopper) in Melbourne on the 4th of August; I must
say I rarely go to the cinema, but I grew up in Melbourne in Broadmeadows, and knocked
around in similar company. You captured the era and reality as I have not witnessed
before. I laughed from the start to the finish, you did a first class job.
Ed: Colin is referring to the filmmakers, of course, not to us here at Urban
3. I am a 35yo male and went and saw Chopper. I think it is one of the best
films I have ever seen and I've seen a lot of movies. The portrayal of Chopper by Eric
Bana is just about the best performance I've ever seen in a film. I think he should win
the award for best actor. I was absolutely mesmerized by the film and I've seen it 3 times
already. It is definitely one of my top 5 films of all time. Good onya Eric and the crew,
you deserve medals for this one. Brilliant Film... you can E-mail me at: Terence_of_Oz@yahoo.com.au
PS. you might think this is crazy but I've got Chopper wallpaper on my computer....
Dear Urban Cinefile,
Can you please give me the Australian release dates for The Nutty Professor 2 and Don
Bluth's Titan A.E. ?
Andrew Kieswetter, Adelaide
Louise replies: Klumps (aka Nutty Professor 2) opens December 14 and Titan A.E.
opens January 4.
I don't get it - why do film critics always write films off as
sentimental or maudlin - I don't understand why having a good cry or being sentimental is
bad - I like films that have the power to affect me, whether happy or sad.
Just a thought
Andrew L. Urban replies: It’s not ‘sentiment’ we
criticise – it’s ‘sentimentality’ where feelings are displayed as
‘weakly emotional’. We all like films that move us emotionally: the difference
is ‘showing sentimentality’ instead of containing sentiment.
Two years ago I took a trip to Australia and on the plane I saw a film
called Amy, about a little girl who is mute. Since arriving back in England I have not
been able to find or purchase this film on video. I would be grateful if you could give me
any information on how to purchase this film, whether it be in England or Australia
through the internet or post.
Louise replies: We have made enquiries through Roadshow Entertainment
who released the video for rental, but it has not been released for sale. I have been
unable to find out who is the UK distributor. It is available, however, to rent in
Australia. You may be able to find out more, if you contact David Parker (Cascade Films) -
producer, writer, cinematographer. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi, I was wondering if I could get a copy of the interview you did with Philip Noyce on
18.11.99. It would be great if you accomodate this sort of request on your website.
Thanks, it's a great site
Louise replies: Thanks for your comments. We do have a search
function, which you can access from any page, but click HERE for the interview. We did a live CHAT in November 99 that may interest you, and you may be interested also to read the interview for THE SAINT
I have only recently discovered your site. As film booker for the
Launceston Film Society, it is invaluable. Our film society is able to show recent and
current films, but we avoid what the commercial cinemas show. You site has the technical
details we need, and for me, the name of the distributors. I particularly like your short
synopsis and review style.
I used to look at the Australian, but now I don't go there and have your site as my
Thank you for a great job well done.
Peter Gillard, Launceston