Welcome to our 839th weekly edition; Thursday, April 4, 2013

WHAT MAKES A MAN A MAN
Filmmakers from Mad Bastards and Men's Group are among those interviewed by Andrew L. Urban in a 5-pack DVD set of 16 interviews forming the inaugural package for Sydney psychologist Agi O'Hara's virtual mentoring project, launched at Junee Correctional Facility last week (28/3/2013).

Movie reviews:
TRANCE
(UK, 2012) Dir: Danny Boyle. Stars James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel. "It's one hell of a trip and Danny Boyle jerks us well beyond our comfort zone in this intriguing and often bewildering tale," says Louise. " . creative filmmaking that elevates what could have been a pretentious thriller into an artistic, compelling and intriguing surprise," says Andrew.

Latest:
NEWS:Gossip-free zone
* What's So Funny - inaugural genre movie course presented by Andrew L. Urban starts May 8 at CCE Newtown (Sydney); 4 Tuesdays;
* And in case you missed our Exclusive on Easter Monday: Nicola Roxon launches Victims 'R' Us filmfest;

BOX OFFICE: Reports & charts every Monday & Thursday (after 4pm)

COMPETITIONS
THERESE D
Win one of 20 double inseason passes to Thérèse D. starring Audrey Tautou, Gilles Lellouche and Anaïs Demoustier, courtesy Icon. Directed by Claude Miller. "An exquisite portrait of a free spirit, stifled in a marriage of convenience, Thérèse D. plays like a beautiful melody whose main voice is the silent counterpoint that reflects the yearning of a woman quashed," says Louise. Only at the Movies April 11.

TRANCE
Win one of 20 double inseason passes to the mind-blowing thriller Trance, directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting) and starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel, courtesy Twentieth Century Fox. "This is no bedtime story - Trance will keep you awake, in the best possible way," says Louise. Only at the movies April 4.

Movie review:
SAVING GENERAL YANG
(Hong Kong, 2013) Dir: Ronny Yu. Stars Ekin Chang, Fan Xu, Raymond Lam, Adam Cheng. "Cinematically exquisite, Saving General Yang is lush and wide and sweeping and bloody . all those things that culminate in the description 'epic'. The film is a spectacle, made more so by stunning widescreen cinematography and fabulous costumes, jewellery, hair and overall production design," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
SLEEPWALK WITH ME
(US, 2012) Dir: Mike Birbiglia, Seth Barrish. Stars Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose, James Rebhorn. "Based on an off-Broadway play and novel, the humour is cumulative, emanating from the characters and situations and resulting in a bubbling feel-good snapshot of life from the view point of an aspiring comic with an oddball slant on things," says Louise. "Moments of comedy and drama are preserved, but even at 81 minutes the film seems a tad long," says Andrew.

Movie review:
THE IDENTITY THIEF
(US, 2013) Dir: Seth Gordon. Stars Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet. "There's probably a funny film buried somewhere deep within this concept of a morally corrupt protagonist, whose compulsion to steal identities finds her facing off with the man whose identity she has stolen, but this isn't it," says Louise.

Download release:
PREMUM NON NOCERE: FIRST DO NO HARM
(Hong Kong, 2012) Dir: James Reynolds. Documentary featuring senior medical experts, academics and lawyers from around the world. "Filmmaker James Reynolds uses the tools of cinema to present images to arrest us, and with blood being a liquid, he is able to maximise the moving image - not to mention manipulate mood with music. In these respects, the film satisfies our hunger for a cinematic experience that embraces and enhances the information package," says Andrew.

Insider Briefing:
CONSENSUS V THE EVIDENCE
Australian filmmaker and founder of Asia Geographic, James Reynolds, outlines the background to his disturbing documentary Premum Non Nocere: First Do No Harm about the dangers of blood transfusion, which are being ignored by the 'consensus' of medical practitioners - against clear evidence - an attitude that isn't unique.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming soon, The Other Son, stars Emmanuelle Devos, Pascal Elbe, Jules Sitruk, Mehdi Dehbi. "All the explosions are internal ... the impact of two babies accidentally switched at birth in Israel has profound consequences, not the least being that one is brought up across enemy lines in Palestine," says Louise. "The original idea for this screenplay comes from Noam Fitoussi - and original it is. It is also highly relevant, poignant and interesting, exploring the essence of identity, exploring the nature of prejudice and setting it within the context of family - and the Israel/Palestine conflict. It's a rich field to mine," says Andrew.]
Calendar of films releasing in April

NEW TRAILERS
Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
The Wolverine, stars Hugh Jackman;
First Position, documentary;
White House Down, stars Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal;
Pain & Gain, stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson;
Happiness Never Comes Alone, stars Gad Elmaleh, Sophie Marceau;
Warm Bodies, stars Nicholas Hoult, Jonathan Levine, Theresa Palmer;

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
PITCH PERFECT
Stars Elizabeth Banks, Rebel Wilson, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse. "..funny, happy coming of age film that promotes friendship, love and following your dreams," says Louise.

FUN SIZE
Stars Victoria Justice, Chelsea Handler, Jane Levy, Thomas Mann. "The incongruous, colourful and bizarre are jumbled together in a Halloween size pumpkin in this occasionally puerile, at times endearing and often silly comedy," says Louise.

THE TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE
Stars Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Chelcie Ross, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake. "Trouble with the film, if you'll excuse the cheap wordplay, is that it's not a Clint Eastwood film," says Andrew, but Louise says: "I loved every minute of this uplifting, passionate film."

Competition winners:
SKYFALL BLU-RAY
To win copies of Skyfall on Blu-ray starring Daniel Craig, courtesy Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, we asked; Which Aussie actress would you cast as the next Bond girl and why. Ann Hughes (QLD) says: Sarah Murdoch because she's already had lots of practise as a BOND'S girl.

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, The Piano (pic), Muriel's Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and dozens more. Over 500 films.

This travelling life:
Travelfile:
VILLEFRANCHE-SUR-MER, FRANCE - A PORT WITH A VUE
It's the most popular cruise ship destination in the Mediterranean, but by drink o'clock, Villefranche-sur-mer is all yours. And the locals are friendly, as Andrew L. Urban discovered staying at the aptly named Belle Vue apartment in the old and charming medieval port within easy reach of all the glam spots on the Riviera.

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