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Video Drama – Nordacious Art Show

Be kind, rewind, and step back into the chaotic, tragic and cheeky world of Muriel Heslop.

VIDEO DRAMA, an art exhibition by Nordacious, brings together highly-detailed pointillism portraiture with striking digital brush to create artworks that capture memorable moments from this quintessentially Australian film, and a deeper look into the mind of its heroine.

Coinciding with the highly-anticipated premiere of the Muriel’s Wedding Musical, VIDEO DRAMA will include new additions to the series, an immersive video instillation, and plenty of Abba!

All are welcome to attend the exhibition’s opening night at 6 pm on Friday 10th November at Muse, a  creative  New York City style loft event space in the heart of Darlinghurst. Muse is located at 155 Little Oxford Street, Darlinghurst.

VIDEO DRAMA will run all weekend, concludes Sunday 12 November at 5pm. Admission is free!

For more about Video Drama – Nordacious Art Show, visit http://www.nordacious.com/
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Hector And The Pursuit Of Happiness

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In the fabulous book WHAT I LIKE ABOUT MOVIES, published by Faber & Faber, editor David Jenkins writes “Simon Pegg is the very definition of the kind of bloke you’d want to go down to the pub with.”

In his latest film, HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS, the Peggster reteams with his World’s End co-star, Rosamund Pike and instead of doing a pub crawl, embarks on a continent hop, in pursuit of contentment.

Pegg plays Hector, a London psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. He tells his girlfriend, Clara, played by Pike, that he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. He embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness.          Continue reading Hector And The Pursuit Of Happiness

Lucky Them

Toni Collette and Thomas Hayden Church in LUCKY THEM
Toni Collette and Thomas Hayden Church in LUCKY THEM

Directed by Megan Griffiths, executive produced by Joanne Woodward and dedicated to the memory of her late husband Paul Newman, LUCKY THEM has been sitting on the shelf for a wee while.

This happened to another Toni Collette starrer recently, A LONG WAY DOWN, which was only released (finally) for the British Film Festival.   Both films deserve better.

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A Long Way Down

On the beach in Mallorca Spain filming A Long Way Down
On the beach in Mallorca Spain filming A Long Way Down

It’s baffling, to say the least, that the only cinema release that A LONG WAY DOWN is going to receive in Australia is at the Emirates British Film Festival.

Baffling because it boasts such a strong cast and its source material is well sourced.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Nick Hornby, A LONG WAY DOWN stars Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots as four strangers who happen to meet on the roof of a London building on New Year’s Eve each with the intent of committing suicide. Their plans for death in solitude are ruined so they mutually agree to call off their plans for six weeks, forming an unconventional, dysfunctional family and searching together for the reasons to keep on living. Continue reading A Long Way Down

Hector and the search for happiness

Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike at the top of their art
Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike  at the top of their craft

In the fabulous forthcoming book WHAT I LIKE ABOUT MOVIES, published by Faber & Faber, editor David Jenkins writes, “Simon Pegg is the very definition of the kind of bloke you’d want to go down to the pub with.”

In his latest film, HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS, the Peggster reteams with his World’s End co-star, Rosamund Pike and instead of doing a pub crawl, embarks on a continent hop, in pursuit of contentment.

Pegg plays Hector, a London psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. He tells his girlfriend, Clara, played by Pike, that he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. He embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness. Continue reading Hector and the search for happiness

Boxtrolls

The-Boxtrolls-6THE BOXTROLLS is based on Alan Snow’s childrens novel “Here Be Monsters”, part of a series of rather ghoulish but quirky and very clever childrens’ books.

Just as in their previous film CORALINE, Laika Animation has worked really hard to stand out with their unique stop motion movies, and their genuine stop motion is so exquisite in every detail and is uniquely charming, as amply demonstrated in the trailers for their third American animated feature length film BOXTROLLS. I am an absolute fan of movie animation in its many forms, however the physical process of creation by the frame-by-frame alteration of every character, still is a very welcome treat for my eyes. Continue reading Boxtrolls

THE WAY WAY BACK

THE WAY, WAY BACK

Trent:      Duncan, on a scale of one to ten, what do you think you are?

Duncan:  A six.

Trent:      I think you are a three. Since I have been dating your Mum I don’t see you putting your self out there bud. You can try and get that score up at my beach house this summer.

Written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, who collaborated on the 2011 film THE DESCENDANTS, THE WAY WAY  BACK  is a very funny and thoughtful film. I laughed out loud the more this film went on. A lot of the humour comes from the brilliantly written character Owen, played with great charm and outrageousness by Sam Rockwell.

Duncan (Liam James), an awkward teenage boy, who has been taken by his mother, Pam (Toni Collette) and her nasty new boyfriend Trent (Steve Carell) on a beachside summer holiday. Pam and Trent aren’t very interested in Duncan. Trent’s teenage daughter Steph (Zoe Levin) is a confident, bitchy alpha female, so there is no respite for Duncan there either. Duncan’s holiday is going from bad to worse until he is befriended by Owen, a carefree employee of the local water park.

The self-centred adults behave badly. Pam and Trent drink, party and get stoned with Trent’s friends, Kip and Joan. Trent’s alcoholic neighbour, Betty (Allison Janney), is the fifth dysfunctional adult in this drama. She is brash, garrulous and obnoxious. Somehow her children are well balanced and empathetic and form part of the group of children that are better behaved than the slacker adults.

Fortunately Owen decides to mentor Duncan. With gloriously inappropriate behaviour he introduces Duncan to fun and mischief, in striking contrast to overbearing Trent’s  behaviour. Steve Carell is surprisingly good at playing such a bad character.

The ensemble cast all perform well and are directed with a lovely balance of humour and pathos. The story of an awkward boy struggling to fit into a blended family is a little conventional but Nat Faxon and Jim Rash tackle the story with freshness and charm. I strongly recommend THE WAY WAY BACK.