Welcome to our 799th weekly edition; Thursday, June 28, 2012

EDITORIAL:
Hitting Australian cinemas three days before the July 1, 2012 introduction of the controversial carbon tax, Cool It would have been perfectly timely, says Andrew L. Urban, but cinemas didn't want to book it - because it was made in 2010.

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Movie reviews & Interview:
POLISSSE
(France, 2011) Dir: Maïwenn. Stars Karin Viard, Joeystarr, Marina Fois, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Maïwenn. ".. plays out like a vibrant, explosive slice of life ... It's not always comfortable to watch, but one thing is assured: this is one film you will not forget," says Louise. "..a cohesive energy and dramatic weight draws us ever tighter to its gut wrenching centre," says Andrew.
REVIEWS
INTERVIEW: Meeting Maïwenn - in a boardroom; Andrew L. Urban reports.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
BOX OFFICE: Twice weekly reports & charts.

COMPETITION
BLACKTHORN DVD
Win one of 10 copies of Blackthorn starring Sam Shepard and Eduardo Noriega, the story of Butch Cassidy, 20 years later, courtesy Pinnacle Home Entertainment. Now available on DVD

Movie review:
THE THREE STOOGES
(US, 2012) Stars Sean Hayes, Will Sasso, Chris Diamantopoulos, Jane Lynch, Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Hudson. "Every 8 - 10 year old, and adults with 8 - 10 year old funny bones, will guffaw and giggle at the dim wits with big hearts whose originators are part of showbiz royalty. The iconic threesome are resurrected in look and sound-alikes," says Andrew.

Movie review:
ICE AGE 4: CONTINENTAL DRIFT
(US, 2012) Voices of Peter Dinklage, Sean William Scott, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Frost. ".. retains its central theme of the importance of family in a brand new colourful, happy adventure in 3D. Sid the goofy, buck-toothed Sloth (John Leguizamo) remains my favourite character," says Louise.

Movie review:
WHERE DO WE GO NOW?
(France/Lebanon/Egypt/Italy, 2011) Dir: Nadine Labaki. Stars Nadine Labaki, Claude Baz Moussawbaa, Layla Hakim, Yvonne Maalouf. "If Christopher Hitchens were alive to see this film, he would be nodding in sad agreement at the depiction of violent behaviour fuelled by differences in religion," says Andrew.

Movie review:
PAINTED SKIN: THE RESURRECTION
(China/Hong Kong, 2012) Stars Vicki Zhao, Zhou Xun, Chen Kun, Feng Shaofeng. "The story may be fanciful -it is a fantasy after all - but the film is an absolute visual feast, both in its use of settings and in its use of effects. There isn't a single frame that is dull," says Andrew.

Australian premiere release (DVD):
WOODY ALLEN: DOCUMENTARY
(US, 2012) Documentary. "If I could pick a handful of dinner guests from anyone in the world, Woody Allen would be among them. It might not be quite the same as meeting the man himself, but in this candid, revealing and wonderfully entertaining documentary, I felt as though I got to understand, in part, the tousled filmmaker with the black rimmed glasses, whose many films have characterised his cutting humour, foibles and philosophies," says Louise.

AFTRS 40th Anniversary:
GRADUATES VALUE NETWORKING, SURVEY REPORTS
Australia's world famous AFTRS celebrated the 40th Anniversary of its founding last Friday night with the results of a survey of its graduates, who identified networking as the single most important factor in their career progression. They said that AFTRS had helped create and provide these networks.

Chronicle:
THE SHADOWCATCHERS
A picture is worth a thousand words - and this book is full of them. The recently published The Shadowcatchers is a vital and illuminating record of Australian cinematography. Andrew L. Urban flips through it.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming soon, Cosmopolis, starring Robert Pattinson. "Is it an essay on capitalism? Or a statement on technology? A discourse on control, perhaps? Maybe, an examination of sexual urges? Provocative, intriguing and often pretentious, David Cronenberg's perplexing adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel Cosmopolis could be described in any number of ways . or some may argue it is a film that defies description," says Louise.]
List of films releasing soon.

NEW TRAILERS
Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
The King is Dead!, stars Dan Wyllie, Bojana Novakovic, Gary Waddell;
Argo, stars Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman;
Django Unchained, stars Jamie Foxx, Leonardo diCaprio, Christoph Waltz;
Polisse, stars Karin Viard, Joey Starr and Marina Foïs;
Breaking Dawn: Part 2, stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner
Resident Evil: Retribution, stars Milla Jovovich;

At a glance:
TOP 20
Short and sweet (or not) opinions on the most popular current releases. An easy reference for choosing which movie to see tonight .. or tomorrow .. or right now! (Occasionally we also slip in a few of the editors' favourites if they don't make the top 20...)

DVDS THIS WEEK
THE ARTIST
Stars Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell. " .. everything about The Artist is unique, from its beautiful black and white images as it pays tribute to the silent movies of the 1920s," says Andrew. "Exquisitely made with winning performances, we are reminded of the effectiveness of storytelling without words and the impact of music as a powerful emotional tool," says Louise.

EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE
StarsTom Hanks, Thomas Horn, Sandra Bullock, Zoe Caldwell, Max Von Sydow. "Stephen Daldry's knock-out drama has every bit as much emotional clout as his highly lauded Billy Elliot in 2000," says Louise. "The 9/11 wound is still open for many, especially in New York and America generally; this story wants to be balm for that wound; and in that it succeeds," says Andrew.

GONE
Stars Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Carpenter, Wes Bentley, Daniel Sunjata. "There are plenty of red herrings in this competently made and engaging thriller with Seyfried grabbing our attention as she follows leads as if treading on stepping stones over a treacherous river.. the film slips into slight melodrama which detracts somewhat. Seyfried carries the film however, with her huge eyes and haunting expression," says Louise.

Competition winners:
MY WEEK WITH MARILYN DVD
To win one of 10 copies of My Week with Marilyn, starring Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, courtesy Roadshow Entertainment, we asked: To what famous place in the world would you take Marilyn Monroe to show her around - and why? Tim Hasted (VIC): I would probably take her along to a doctor in New York or Venice or the Great Wall or any famous place she felt like. A Seven Year Itch really needs to be looked at.

AUSTRALIAN FILMS
Every Australian film we have ever reviewed (film / DVD / video release), or have reported from the set, or featured in any way, is listed here, going back to films made even before the launch of Urban Cinefile, such as The Piano, Romper Stomper, Muriel's Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and dozens more. Over 500 films.

Travelfile:
LA FONDA, BAJA COAST, MEXICO
Naked luaus on the beach, a unique tequila-in-belly-button championship, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Madonna dining with Sean Penn, Bette Midler, Lee Majors, spaced-out magicians and surprise bare-breasting; these - and much more - are the ingredients that make up the legacy of La Fonda. Hotel No-Tell. Andrew L. Urban reports.

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