Welcome to our 867th weekly edition; Thursday, October 17, 2013

REMEMBRANCE: FEATURED PREVIEW - "To those who swore they'd seen enough Holocaust-themed films to last a lifetime: Rescind your vow, just this once," says Michael Fox, of JWeekly.

Movie reviews:
(Aust, 2013) Dir: Ivan Sen. Stars Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson, Tony Barry, Ryan Kwanten, David Field. "The narrative begins with the discovery of a murdered aboriginal girl; Jay's solitary work is to work out for what he is searching. The journey that Sen invites us to take is one of discovery, as he metaphorically digs in the dusty earth to find the clues that allow the mystery to be unravelled," says Louise. "Mystery Road, not far from Massacre Creek, is a place where mysteries are finally solved in Ivan Sen's powerful and gripping murder mystery. It has the makings of a genuine modern Australian myth, a rare thing in Australian cinema and one to be cherished," says Andrew.
INTERVIEW - It's all in the head, Ivan Sen tells Andrew L. Urban.

NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* AACTA Awards (Jan. 30) telecast on Ten at 8.30;
* Breaking the silence on Chains;
* Steph Elliott to host Designer Guild Awards;
* Patrick sold to US & Canada;

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

Win one of ten double inseason passes to Pablo Berger's Blancanieves, starring Maribel Verdú and Emilio Gavira, courtesy Rialto Distribution. "A film like this does not come along every day, so grab the bull by its horns!" says Louise. "This is a beautiful film," says Andrew. In cinemas October 24.

Movie reviews:
(US, 2013) Dir: Denis Villeneuve. Stars Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Paul Dano, Maria Bello, Melissa Leo. "Blurring the lines between the hero and the perpetrator compounds the tension in this multi-layered and complex psychological thriller that will keep you anchored to your seat," says Louise. "Although it's quite long at 2 ½ hours, Prisoners holds interest and tension thanks to the strength of the screenplay and craftsmanship of the cast and crew. Be warned: you will not want to take a bathroom break during the film, so go before," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
(Aust, 2013) Dir: Mark Hartlet. Stars Rachel Griffiths, Charles Dance, Damon Gameau, Jackson Gallagher, Peta Sargeant. "Pino Donaggio's glorious discordant orchestral score is a standout, making the hairs on the back of our necks stand up, never letting up and always keeping us tightly on the leash. Bloody scary!" says Louise. "It's a film that'll be most appreciated by lovers of cinema, especially aficionados of the horror genre - not the new wave but the old school," says Andrew.
INTERVIEW: The first version of Patrick was his first ever VHS, Mark Hartley tells Andrew L. Urban.

Movie reviews:
(UK, 2013) Dir: Richard Curtis. Stars Rachel McAdams, Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander. "If you loved Four Weddings and Love Actually, you will also love this warm, funny and uplifting film that champions living each moment to the max," says Louise. " .. romantic comedy with tragic twists. Feel the joy, feel the pain ... sweet and sour. Cinematically, the juxtapose is key," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
(US, 2013) Dir: Beth B. Documentary. "Beyond burlesque or rather bumper burlesque, this fascinating doco explores a sort of underworld where the apparently freaky performers turn out to be eminently sane, well adjusted and in complete control of their lives," says Andrew. "Exposed is a highly entertaining wonderful exploration and celebration of life, art and the human body. It may be too shocking for some, but I for one, adored it," says Louise. (Limited release Sydney & Melbourne; R rated)

Movie review:
(Aus, 2013) Dir: Lynn-Maree Milburn. Documentary. "The film is a great story, and special praise for the editing team, whose contribution to the tone of the film cannot be overstated," says Andrew.

Once Upon A Time in Vietnam, a martial arts period spectacular, is the second of a new seam of Asian movies to be distributed by Incubate in Australia, this from Dustin Nguyen, who also stars. It opens in Melbourne (Cinema Nova, Village Century City, Village Sunshine) on October 17, and in Sydney (Event Cinemas George Street and Liverpool)) on October 24.

Getting political:
From a positive take on politics of Mr Smith Goes to Washington (1939) to a pessimistic one in State of the Union (1948), all in less than a decade of Hollywood . but there is more in this tightly written doco about politics at the movies. Isn't that all of them, asks Andrew L. Urban. (8.30pm, Sunday, October 20, 2013. TCM Channel, FOXTEL)

Now online:
Andrew L. Urban's doco of the second and most successful edition of the now defunct Dungog Film Festival; includes interviews with Margaret Pomeranz, Joel Edgerton, Matt Newton, Chris Hayward, Noni Hazlehurst and festival directors Allanah Zitserman & Stavros Kazantzidis among others, plus clips from festival films, including The Nothing Men (Colin Friels, David Field) and Black Water.

[Coming in November, Nicole Holofcener's Enough Said, starring James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette. "The way Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini figuratively dance around each from their initial meeting at a party after a damning statement that neither is attracted by anyone present, is highly compelling as the twists and turns of their relationship evolve," says Louise. "It may well have been titled Too Much Said, as two divorced women and a bickering married one are thrown into a relationship train wreck - two of them participants, the third a snappy onlooker," says Andrew.]
Calendar of films releasing in October

Captain Phillips, stars Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener;
Jack Ryan, stars Tom Cruise;
Insidious: Chapter 2, stars Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson;
Kill Your Darlings, stars Daniel Radcliffe, Elizabeth Olsen;
The Butler, stars Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda;

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 Rose Byrne, Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson "..laughs, screw ups and silliness in good, non-demanding escapist entertainment," says Louise.

Stars Vera Fermiga, Lili Taylor, Patrick Wilson. "While sticking to the conventions of the mystery horror/thriller genre (including a ghastly doll with a fixed dead smile), Malaysian born Australian filmmaker James Wan makes a satisfying and compelling package of the screenplay," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
To win tickets courtesy Dark Matter, we asked: What is the coolest address where you or friends or family have lived and why? Ingi Noris (NSW): I lived in Twinsburg, Ohio for 18 months and several years later after I moved to Australia, I had twins. Lucky I didn't live in Quad town!

To win tickets courtesy Umbrella Entertainment, we asked: Who amongst family and friends has an obsessive streak and what is it? Katrina Bradfield (VIC): My husband has to enter the door that he left through. This extends to his driving back into the same freeway entrance he left from - even if he is going to another part of town!

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, Kieran Darcy-Smith's Wish You Were Here (pic) and dozens more. Over 500 films.

So many vineyards, so little time ... and so many amazing people to meet, as Andrew L. Urban discovered in between screenings and parties at CinéfestOZ. Margaret River is not just a river, not just a town, not just a destination - it's a way of life.

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