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Welcome to our 816th weekly edition; Thursday, October 25, 2012

New on VisionStream: all the latest clips, interviews, extra trailers and background features. Over 100 videos.

Movie reviews:
ARGO
(US, 2012) Dir: Ben Affleck. Stars Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin. "As a real life human drama, it is extraordinary. As a thrilling movie experience, it is unmissable," says Louise. " .. the film has heart and brains as well as balls, the screenplay delivering a clear and strong story without sacrificing either political or personal context," says Andrew.


Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone.
* Live chat with Hugh Jackman on The Wolverine set;
* Piracy theft: the debate, November 7 at Metro Screen in Sydney;
* Gillian Armstrong AM to give Hector Crawford lecture at SPAA in Melbourne;
* Ryuichi Sakamoto honoured at APSA in Brisbane;
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Bathing Franky on stage at The Astor;
* ET bikes it to Sydney Madame Tussauds;

BOX OFFICE: Reports & charts every Monday & Thursday (after 4pm)
Paul Kelly: Stories of Me had a 2-screen 'event' weekend and grossed $118,344 - or $59,172 on each. Sweet music indeed. The top 20 was steady at $10.2 M.

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More information:
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COMPETITIONS
FRANKENWEENIE
Win one of 20 double passes to Tim Burton's Frankenweenie, a black and white, stop-motion animated film in 3D, with voices of Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau and Winona Ryder, courtesy Walt Disney Studios. In cinemas October 25.

SWERVE DVD
Win one of 10 DVD copies of Craig Lahiff's Australian outback thriller Swerve, starring Jason Clarke, Emma Booth and David Lyons, courtesy Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Available to own on Blu-ray and DVD from October 31.

Movie reviews:
FRANKENWEENIE
(US, 2012) Dir: Tim Burton. Voices of Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan. "Uncluttered by the simplicity of the format, the attention to detail is extraordinary with concentration on the storytelling and the characters. That is why we are right there ... through all the emotional hills and valleys," says Louise. "Entertaining and with something to say, Frankenweenie is an ideal family film: it treats children with respect and its extraordinary attention to detail in the stop motion animation, painstakingly done, gives adults as much to enjoy," says Andrew.

Movie review:
DREDD 3D
(US, 2012) Dir: Pete Travis. Stars Karl Urban, Lena Headey, Olivia Thirlby, Domhnall Gleeson. "Karl Urban (he hates it when I call him little bro) sneers and growls his way through this noir comic book movie as the almost faceless Dredd ... Set in a huge, relentlessly grimy, depressing, grey concrete apartment block housing 75,000 - it's one of the many in Mega City One with a population of 800 million - the film imposes its grungy tone and its graphic violence in a concentrated burst of gunfire and mayhem," says Andrew.

Movie review:
PAUL KELLY: STORIES OF ME
(Aust, 2012) Dir: Ian Darling. Documentary featuring Paul Kelly. "Kelly is depicted as a sexual being, keen to squeeze every little drop out of his life's experiences; this insightful documentary paints a vivid picture of an endlessly curious musician ...(he) believes there are only two things any intelligent man should be concerned with. Sex and death. His songs certainly canvass those two things as well all the issues in between." says Louise.

Movie review:
HAIL
(Aust, 2012) Dir: Amiel Courtin-Wilson. Stars Leanne Letch, Daniel P. Jones. "In some cinematic twilight zone between documentary and fiction, Hail is both character portrait and social documentary, as Amiel Courtin-Wilson captures a snapshot of Daniel P Jones' life," says Andrew, "... a raw portrait of Dan's struggle with his own weaknesses and self image."

The Story of Film:
INSIGHT, INFORMATION, INNOVATION & PASSION
Irish filmmaker & critic Mark Cousins reveals how he came to make his astonishing 900 minute history of cinema and Andrew L. Urban previews it on the eve of its Sydney sessions (5 x 3 hours weekly from Nov. 2 at Dendy Newtown)
DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

The clothes that movies wear:
HOLLYWOOD COSTUMES AT MELBOURNE'S ACMI
An eye catching and multi-layered exhibition, Hollywood Costume explores the central role of costume design as an essential tool of cinema storytelling. It will illuminate the costume designer's creative process from script to screen and reveal the collaborative dialogue that leads to the invention of authentic characters in the story. (ACMI, Melbourne, Apr 24 - Aug 18, 2013)

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in December, Ron Fricke's Samsara. "Magical, spiritual, meditative and calming, 20 years post Baraka, Samsara is everything we could ask for - a wondrous, informative and inquisitive work of art," says Louise.]
List of films releasing soon ...

NEW TRAILERS
Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
Iron Man 3, stars Robert Downey Jnr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce;
Jack Reacher, stars Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike;
Flight, stars Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Don Cheadle;
Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, stars Foxx, diCaprio, Waltz;
Gangster Squad, stars Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Sean Penn;
The Sessions, starring Helen Hunt, John Hawkes, William H. Macy;

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
EL NARCO
Stars Damian Alcazar, Ernesto Gomez Cruz, Joaquin Cosio. "Estrada creates a world of corroded lives, inhabited by men stunted by greed and power or need and fear," says Andrew.

MARLEY
Documentary featuring Bob Marley. "It's got sex, politics, religion ... but above all, the Bob Marley story is full of music," says Andrew.

SWERVE
Stars Jason Clarke, Emma Booth, David Lyons, Travis McMahon, Vince Colosimo, Robert Mammone. "..delivering everything it promises yet manages to just leave us wanting. It's a great recipe for a thriller," says Louise.

THE THREE STOOGES
Stars Sean Hayes, Will Sasso, Chris Diamantopoulos. "... the essential trademark physicality of the trio is the film's engine," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED
To win tickets to Safety Not Guaranteed, we asked: With which friend or family member would you go time travelling - to when and why? Kei Ishizaka (NSW) says: I would go time travelling with my girlfriend to several years back to show her my ex-girlfriends because she wants to be sure if she is the best looking one.
JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
To win double passes to the Jewish International Film Festival in Sydney and Melbourne, we asked: Who among family and friends makes the best Jewish penicillin (chicken soup) and what's the secret? Ryan Jordan (Vic) says: My nana; her secret ingredient is duck but I guess that makes it duck soup; does that count?

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, Romeo + Juliet (pic, stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes) and dozens more. Over 500 films.

Travelfile:
GILLETTE CASTLE: CONNECTICUT, USA
Celebrating its 10th anniversary (in 2012) since reopening to the public in 2002, Gillette Castle in Connecticut now attracts over 300,000 visitors a year - yet it's virtually unknown internationally as a tourist attraction, with access to it only via beautiful, winding country roads. Andrew L. Urban drove out to see what's so special about it.

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