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STAR WARS: EPISODE VII – THE FORCE AWAKENS

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When confirming the RSVPs for the one and only STAR WARS Episode VII press screening in SYDNEY, the polite email received from DISNEY surprisingly included a very severe and stronger-than-usual hype about spoilers and embargoes: “In order to give audiences around the world the opportunity to enjoy STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS  to its fullest and allow them to discover its surprises and plot twists in the cinema, we respectfully ask that you refrain from specifying plot points in your coverage, including on social media.”

Strangely smarmy and couched in slimy corporate-speak (Wow and thank you for making me a full partner, and precisely how many revenue points for this movie, are you giving away to each journalist?).

This film is the continuation of the famous science fiction saga, all created by writer/director George Lucas . . . The movie takes place 35 years after “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)”, 10 years after “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)” and 16 years after “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)”.

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away . . . ” OKAY, because you asked so sweetly, there never ever is a need to explain, what actually happens anywhere during this movie.

SPOILER ALERT: “Star Wars VII – The Force Awakens” . . . yes this brand new episode in the franchise, is with little re-working, very obviously a full remake intended for millennials of the well remembered “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)”.                  Continue reading STAR WARS: EPISODE VII – THE FORCE AWAKENS

While We’re Young

Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts in While We're Young
Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts in While We’re Young

WHILE WE’RE YOUNG, Noah Baumbach’s comedic mid-life crisis film rotates around a bromance between Josh, a mid forties documentary maker and film lecturer played by Ben Stiller, and his new buddy, the cool mid twenties student Jamie, played by Adam Driver.

Baumbach has been praised for insight into the generation gap between Generation X and the rise of the Millennials. The lead actors, Ben Stiller, Adam Driver, Naomi Watts and Amanda Seyfried, aim to portray this well. Yet the setting, storyline and characters tend to constrain any genuine character development The characters are stereotypical, white and privileged.

They have expensive New York apartments,  there are ‘mommy-and-me’ music lessons for mothers and babies, hip-hop classes and black-tie dinners. Jamie demonstrates privileged narcissism and manipulative behaviours and this is forgiven because he is just being young. Continue reading While We’re Young

TRACKS

Robyn Davidson and Mia Wasikowska at the Australian premiere of TRACKS
Robyn Davidson and Mia Wasikowska at the Australian premiere of TRACKS

The marvelous Mia Wasikowska is carving out quite a remarkable career overseas but back on home turf that career seems to magnify. Distinguishing herself as a director for her segment in TIM WINTON’S THE TURNING, just released on DVD through Madman, she now stars in the long gestating screen adaptation of TRACKS (M), playing the indefatigable Robyn Davidson who dropped into Alice Springs, 1975, with the idea of crossing the desert, a two and half thousand kilometres odyssey west from the dead heart to the Indian ocean.

Robyn is happiest without humans, holing up with Diggity, her loyal canine companion, but she knows she needs transport and funds. The former comes in the shape of four wild camels that she earns through months of backbreaking labour first with a hard Austrian émigré and camel breeder, Kurt Posel portrayed by Rainer Bock, then with the Afghani camel farmer Sallay Mahomet played by John Flaus.

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