Welcome to our 858th weekly edition; Thursday, August 15, 2013

INTERVIEW: "The Cate Blanchett problem on top of the Jean Simmons problem is finally one too many and I'm hanging out for a Scotch ..." from producer Sue Milliken's revealing memoir, Selective Memory: A Life in Film; she talks to Andrew L. Urban.

Movie reviews:
(US, 2013) Dir: Neill Blomkamp. Stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, William Fichtner, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga. "... it is easy to find relevance in Neill Blomkamp's sci-fi thriller Elysium, in which non authorised residents of the elitist man-made wheel-shaped space-station are kept at bay," says Louise. " ... very much a film of weapons, gadgets, physical violence and space age travel, Elysium still relies for its success on the performances, and especially on Matt Damon's, and on that of his nemesis, the mercenary with attitude, Kruger, played with ferocious intensity (and a feral South African accent) by Sharlto Copley," says Andrew."
INTERVIEW: Sharlto Copley talks to Andrew L. Urban.

NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Iranian film star and filmmaker Niki Karimi guest at Fest;
* I Am A Girl - the world over;
* Four of Australia's top screen composers show & tell;
* The Blue Sapphires blue;

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

Win one of 10 copies of The Details on DVD, starring Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney, Ray Liotta, Kerry Washington, courtesy Roadshow Home Entertainment. Available to rent and own on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download from August 14, 2013.

Movie reviews:
(US, 2012) Dir: Noah Baumbach. Stars Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Michael Esper, Adam Driver. "The film is like a breath of fresh air, with each gulp taken at the forks in the road that Frances encounters. It's fluid and free with as much spontaneity as a bird taking flight," says Louise. " ... a virtuoso piece of writing, acting and direction to bring to the screen a 27 year old New Yorker who is more a dreamer than a pragmatist, more a romantic than a materialist and less able to control her life than to guess it," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
(Aust, 2013) Dir: David Roach, Warwick Ross. Documentary narrated by Russell Crowe. "Like a fine wine whose pleasures go far beyond its bouquet, the winding journey of this Australian co-production (with France, UK, China and Hong Kong) is long and far-reaching," says Louise. "There isn't a wine writer or wine maker of note who doesn't get a say about the traditional prestige of Bordeaux wines, especially the almighty Lafite and Margaux labels," says Andrew.

Movie review:
(US, 2013) Dir: Rawson Marshall Thurber. Stars Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Ed Helms, Jason Sudeikis, Will Poulter, Emma Roberts. "Offering some chuckles along the way, the film delivers exactly what it promises - a crass Hollywood tall tale about drugs, sex and family - with a glossy ending. And some questionable outtakes," says Louise.

Movie review:
(Aust, 2013) Dir: Johan Earl, Adrian Powers. Stars Johan Earl, Denai Gracie, Martin Copping. "... an impressive and memorable film that should have a long life in digital form, even though its cinema releases are limited," says Andrew.

Movie review:
(India, 2013) Dir: Rohit Shetty. Stars Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan. "This Bollywood farce, dressed in the colourful costumes of a romantic adventure with music, is an oversize comedy and a couple of hours (plus intermission) of sheer escapism," says Andrew.

Bayside Film Festival:
Under the guidance of new Artistic Director, Richard Moore, who ran the Melbourne International Film Festival from 2007 to 2010, the 2013 season of Bayside boasts a greatly expanded programme incorporating Q&A with filmmaker David Brooks, live performance, and premiere screenings designed to give audiences both a local and international film experience.

[Coming in September, Lovelace, starring Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, Juno Temple, James Franco, Sharon Stone, Chris Noth. "Based on the life of Deep Throat porn star Linda Lovelace, there's more tragedy than titillation in this story about a young girl intimidated by her perverse, abusive husband who forces her into corner of sexual depravity," says Louise. "The film begins with the outer layer of Linda's experience, and only taking us into her real nightmare once her fame has been established and thus it serves to put everything in context." says Andrew.]
Calendar of films releasing in August

Blancanieves, stars Maribel Verdú, Daniel Giménez Cacho;
Patrick, stars Rachel Griffiths, Sharni Vinson, Charles Dance, Jackson Gallagher;
Runner Runner, stars Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton, Ben Affleck;
The Turning, stars Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett;
The Wolf of Wall Street, stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConnaughey;

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)

Stars Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum. " "Channeling my inner 18 year old, the first word that hits my keyboard is - awesome!" says Andrew.

Stars Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, Fred Dalton Thompson. "you'll find it scary and unsettling for much of the time," says Andrew.

Stars Ebizo Ichikawa, Koji Yakusho, Hikari Mitsushima. "a cinematic work of art, presenting a world in which humanity is banished in favour of the rituals of an ever-warring people," says Andrew.

Stars Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Dave Franco. "this adaptation stiffens like a corpse thanks to its silly script," says Louise.

Competition Winners:
To win Oblivion on DVD, courtesy Universal Sony Home Entertainment, we asked: Where in Australia would you take Tom Cruise for a weekend of 'oblivion' and why? David Martin (QLD:) The local pub around the corner..... we frequently have weekends of oblivion! I often wake up on Monday thinking what happened to me?

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, Paul Middleditch's A Cold Summer (pic) and dozens more. Over 500 films.

Finding the Hotel Carramazza almost by accident, Andrew L. Urban meets the man whose family has lived there for 430 years - enough time to accumulate many secrets. The hotel is now gone, but the secrets remain ...

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