Welcome to our 821st weekly edition; Thursday, November 29, 2012

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

Trending:
AN ASIAN MOMENT
The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA, Nov 23) have now got to the stage of being probably the biggest and most prestigious film event in Australia, says Geoff Gardner; it seems we are indeed in an Asian moment, as this year's Awards are presented in Brisbane - but still no Federal support. (Record 82 entries in US$100,000 APSA Film Fund)
APSA Winners

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Turkish filmmakers honoured in Brisbane at APSA;
* $100,000 to four new film projects;

BOX OFFICE: Reports & charts every Monday & Thursday (after 4pm)
Mary Sum Says: Skyfall did not disappoint - neither creatively nor commercially - with a stirring $12.3 M opening weekend; notably higher screen averages ($21,215 on 580 v $7,325 on 613) on fewer screens than Twilight, which slipped a deep 64%. $16.7 M of the top 20's $18.68 M went to these top 2 films.

COMPETITIONS
MAGIC MIKE DVD
Win one of 10 DVD copies of Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike, starring Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer and Olivia Munn, courtesy Roadshow Home Entertainment. Available to rent and own on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Download from November 26.

LIBERAL ARTS
Win one of 25 double inseason passes to Liberal Arts, starring Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Richard Jenkins (Killing Them Softly), Allison Janney (The West Wing), courtesy Icon Film Distribution. Only at the movies December 13.

Movie review:
BACK TO 1942
(China, 2012) Dir: Feng Xiaogang. Stars Adrien Brody, Tim Robbins, Fan Xu, Guoli Zhang, Alec Su, Daoming Chen. "Disaster movie and war movie in one dramatic realisation of a dark chapter in China's history, Back to 1942 is epic in its intentions and its scope. Based on factual reports, Feng Xiaogang's big subject, big budget yet often intimate account puts the cinematic microscope to the famine that devastated Hunan province in 1942," says Andrew.
Insider Briefing - For three months, Feng Xiaogang travelled along the route of the refugees to experience the journey first hand.

Movie reviews:
THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER
(US, 2012) Dir: Stephen Chbosky. Stars Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd. "Chbosky's adaptation from his semi-autobiographical best selling novel is a zinger of a screenplay, and he directs it with verve and sensitivity. Charlie's journey is beautifully conveyed and it's done without sentimentality," says Andrew. "Self confidence, relationships, love and other firsts are canvassed but it is the notion to accept the love we think we deserve, instead of the one that we want, that offers the most resonance. Funny and sad, involving and moving, this quirkily named film with its mixed cocktail of characters offers more than you expect," says Louise.

Movie review:
CELESTE & JESSE FOREVER
(US, 2012) Dir: Lee Toland Krieger. Stars Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Ari Graynor, Eric Christian Olsen. "With a twist on the rom com formula, the notion addressed by talented Rashida Jones and co-writer Will McCormack, is that in mathematical terms, friendship + sex + commitment does not necessarily equal happiness... Although some of the action is infantile and unbelievable, the charm of the characters and a charismatic performance by Jones in particular, allows much of this energy filled, zany love story to zip along," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
STEP UP TO THE PLATE
(France, 2012) Dir: Paul Lacoste. Documentary featuring Michel and Sébastien Bras. "Paul Lacoste's documentary about the gastronomic lifestyle of the Bras family ... explores the men beyond their reputations in the world of fine cuisine, where Michelin Stars are priceless diamonds on a dark and starless night," says Louise. "The film attempts to tell the story of father Michel handing over his restaurant business to son Sébastien, but it makes a botch of it," says Andrew.

Movie review:
FUN SIZE
(US, 2012) Stars Victoria Justice, Thomas Mann, Jackson Nicoll. "The incongruous, colourful and bizarre are jumbled together in a Halloween size pumpkin in this occasionally puerile, at times endearing and often silly comedy in which a giant fake chicken violates the rear of a yellow Volvo as its ultimate low point. The scene might have been funny, had first time director Josh Schwartz not lingered too long and overplayed the joke," says Louise.

Theatrobatica:
AN INTIMATE EMPIRE
The man who choreographed Baz Luhrmann's films Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby has turned his hand to the intimacy of the Spiegeltent's theatrobatica, Empire. John 'Cha Cha' O'Connell tells all about it to Andrew L. Urban.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming soon, Quartet, starring Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon. "I smiled throughout this funny, stirring and uplifting film in which talents, egos and temperaments dance in time with the music," says Louise.]
List of films releasing in December

NEW TRAILERS
Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
Les Miserables, stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway;
Anna Karenina, stars Keira Knightley, Jude Law;
Hitchcock, stars Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren;
Quartet, stars Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly;
Lincoln, stars Daniel Day Lewis, Sally Field;
Parental Guidance, stars Billy Crystal, Bette Midler;
Love Story, stars Florian Habicht, Masha Yakovenko;

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 OUT THIS WEEK
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Stars Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Liam Neeson, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway. "By the time the police by their thousands and Bane's violent army clash in the streets, I had mentally switched off," says Louise.

MAGIC MIKE
Stars Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum, Olivia Munn, Alex Pettyfer.
Sex, illusion and striptease are the tantalising ingredients of Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike, in which an impressionable teen is given a license for women, money and a good time, says Louise.

AND IF WE ALL LIVED TOGETHER
Stars Jane Fonda, Guy Bedos, Daniel Brühl, Géraldine Chaplin, Claude Rich. " .. nothing feels real: the film plays out like a careful construct, awkwardly glued together albeit with the best intentions," says Louise.

ICE AGE 4: CONTINENTAL DRIFT 3D
Voices of Peter Dinklage, Sean William Scott, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Frost. "..central theme of the importance of family in a brand new colourful, happy adventure in 3D," says Louise.

IN DARKNESS
Stars Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Fürmann, Agnieszka Grochowska. "Harrowing yet satisfying, In Darkness once again pits human decency against human evil in the context of the Nazis and their determination to wipe Jews from the face of the earth," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
BELLFLOWER DVD
To win one of 15 copies of Bellflower (MA15+) on DVD, courtesy Accent, we asked: With which friend would you go on a Mad Max-themed adventure around Australia and why? Kerryanne Bourke (NSW): My Hubby! Mad Max was a movie that he had never seen before we started dating and it was one of the first movies we saw together. It would make a true adventure to remember.

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, Chopper, Black & White & Sex (pic) 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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