Change Your Image
Upload An Image
Crop And Save
The Five-Year Engagement (2012)
If I'd known Jude Apatow was involved here or indeed anyone else involved with "Knocked Up" I'd have definitely thought twice. As sadly "The Five Year engagement" is even more tedious than "Knocked Up". He really needs to get the blueprints out for "The 40 year Virgin" and try again. It's about the last funny movie he made.
Positives from the cinema visit was it was a cold day, the seats were comfortable, the coffee was great. Just a few weeks earlier we were in the same upstairs cinemas at Melbourne's art deco Westgarth Cinema seeing "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" which was entertaining.
Jason Segel you're going to have drop these low self esteem character roles. Loved you in "I love you Bro". Emily you were so fetching in "Dan in Real Life" and "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen". Must admit here I much preferred your hair later in the film when you were involved with your professor.
The only funny characters here were Emily Blunts characters sister and some of Emily Blunts Michigan classmates.
This is certainly no "Bridesmaids". Apart from not being a comedy at all it painted a very bleak picture of Michigan which may or may not be true. I'd save your money on this one.
Les petits mouchoirs (2010)
Who cares.... what a waste of time!
Gosh I wished I'd taken the time to read some of these reviews and particularly the one from Grinchkb who was right on the money.
Advertised here in Australia as a comedy we went off to the movies on a winters Sunday afternoon dreaming of a summery French movie with a few laughs. Nothing could be further from the truth. Entering a packed cinema my wife and I were seated about 5 seats apart. The cinema chain has initiated a new plan whereby if you don't like the film in the first 30 mins you can leave the cinema and they will give you passes for another film. I was so tempted yesterday to stand up and shout out "25 mins, whose leaving" Sadly I was in a middle row and good manners held me back.
Faults with this film.. where do you start? A lead actor Max who looks like a French version of Dustin Hoffman, some very strange characters, one guy somehow smitten with the godfather of his child. What a horrible mess this film is. And to make matters worse it runs for close on 3 hours.
Marion Coulthard and the summery setting is the lure here. I couldn't figure out her character nor many of the others. Already at the 30 min mark I'd lost interest. They are simply not characters you can warm to or take an interest in.
Take my advice... avoid this like the plague. It's lame.
How the other half lives : seeing the world through the eyes of a free spirit
I'd seen a preview of Copocabana and was aware that Huppert and her on screen daughter were mother and daughter in real life... although this is very hard to pick.
Babou (Huppert) is a free spirit, probably once a hippie, arty, restless, a real free spirit. The complete opposite of your middle class reviewer and indeed her on screen daughter and most of the other characters in the film
I wouldn't call Copocabana so much a comedy as a very interesting study of those us married to jobs, relationships and being settled. Versus people like Babou who blow like the wind from place to place.
When her daughter announces she's going to get married and to save her mother the cost of paying for part of the wedding (and to save the daughter the embarrassment of her mother being there), her daughter tells her in laws her mother is in Brazil and won't be back to attend the wedding.
Hearing this Babou is hurt. One of her men friends (plutonic as it turns out) tells her about a job selling timeshares in Ostende, Belgium. So to prove to her daughter she can hold down a job & be responsible, Babou applies for and gets this job.
Arriving at Ostende we find a seafront high rise building in winter, in the off season with Babou and 3 or 4 others recruited to solicit potential buyers on the streets. Being winter and being winter in Belgium it's all a bit bleak and depressing. Aren't most movies set in Belgium slightly bleak? Betty Blue, Rosetta come to mind.
Slowly though we see Babou make one or two friends. A party of people dining out invite Babou to join her at their table and here she meets Bart played by Jurgen Delnaet who has similar red hair to Huppert but must be 10 or 15 years younger. I really liked Bart whose quite keen on Babou. But once again we see the contrast how she lives from day to day, whereas he works on the wharves unloading boats and has more sense of work and routine.
This is a film worth seeing and persevering with. Babou is a kind soul, we see her become a success and then... I won't spoil the ending.
Is it that work, long hours, relationships, living in the one house for many years makes us dull? What are the pluses and minuses compared to being a free spirit like Babou? You'll have to make your own mind up.
One things for sure I left the cinema thinking maybe there is more to life than work and maybe many of us need to be more spontaneous. Or at least have a bucket list of things to do, maybe draw these out of a hat. I've only personally known a few free spirits, restless souls like Babou. One girl who father was in the army and probably moved 25 times in 20 years. Another family of 5 where the father was a captain in the army and moved all the time. And another long lost friend, poet Adrian Rawlins who was an Australian equivalent of Babou, god rest his soul.
A thought provoking and in the end inspirational movie.
Sto vathos kipos (2009)
Very little to laugh about
Synopsis from the Greek Film Festival booklet: Titled for the Australian 2010 Greek Film festival as "The Tell Tale Garden" this is a black comedy based on filmmaker Kleanthis Danopoulos's novel 'Athootites', A Tell-Tale Garden is the year's most underground film, how underground? About 6 feet under!
Fedonas and Anastasia's life together is only just beginning; madly in love with plans for a family they find themselves a big house to start their new life. But when Fedonas decides to plant a palm tree in their backyard the garden gives up a long-buried secret and with it comes some unwanted attention from the police and the local mafia. As the landlord had warned them "Never dig... in someone else's garden!"
Featuring hilarious and dark comedic performances A Tell-Tale Garden is about new life, old crimes and the secrets buried at the bottom of the garden.
Review: I received some free, last minute tickets to this screening @ the 2010 Greek Film Festival earlier this week. My wife who a few days early had picked the best film of the festival 180 Degrees (review here elsewhere) looked at the booklet for this and stayed home. Apart from a nice drive to the cinema on a perfect Melbourne spring night I wish I'd done the same.
Positives on arriving at the theater were that Monday night the tapas and cocktails are half price so with a Strawberry Daquari & a nice plate of cheese, etc I found my seat.
The directors, etc here were in such of a hurry to get to the garden here with all the buried bodies that the meeting and courtship of the leading couple all took place in about 2 mins. We saw their courtship in one shot with a series of Polaroids! So forget about any romantic build up.
The advice from an Indian workmate/fortune teller that the lead man had to dig a hole and plant a big palm tree so he and his wife who'd been trying without success to have their first baby could do so is the basis of the story.
It's all pretty lame. Dead bodies, skeletons and skulls are not my thing. Once again like a lot of bad Greek films this felt more like a play or theater production with most of the film taking place in the back yard.
So unless you can score a free ticket or have a half price cocktail at the cinema I'd give this one a definite miss. For me it had none of the energy a true comedy needs.
I Love Karditsa (2010)
Not fit for export markets, a 2010 film with 1950 values
Synopsis: Weird science, 30 million dollars in missing mob money and a couple of hit men on a mission create a riotous comedy farce from filmmaker Stratos Markidis.
When New Yorker Mike Kanias stops for some cigarettes and loses a truckload of mafia money he knows it's only a matter of time before the mob comes looking for him. But Mike isn't your average guy - he's the world's first human clone, created in the 70s by a group of pioneering scientists. Now to escape his pursuers he's traveling to the small Greek village of Karditsa to trade places with Grigoris Kanias, the man they cloned him from, but lazy womanizer Grigoris is in some trouble of his own.
Review: The other reviewer Yiannis from Greece hit the nail on the head. Unless you are Greek I warn you this is lame and a throw back to Greek movies of the 1950s. In a bad way.
All the male actors are extremely unattractive looking lot with one exception in a minor role. Lead actress is easy on the eye with her short boyish haircut. Whether she can act or is just eye catching I can't tell you. Betsy Malfa is engaging, attractive as the unhappy wife Maria.
After seeing the very stylish Greek comedy 180 Digress (reviewed elsewhere here) a week earlier I thought this one might be the same. Greek island,some scenery, Katerina Papoutsaki eye catching. The reality is this feels more like a play, the production values are out of the 1950s, it rarely gets out of comedy first gear, being clumsy and vulgar rather than funny. If I saw another scene where someone appeared through an open window I'd scream. My wife who does speak Greek told me the sub titles which were fairly colorful were much more colorful than the spoken dialog.
The only worthwhile points of the film maybe, if the portrayals are accurate, are that Greek society is basically matriarchal, the strange dowry system they have to marry off what are portrayed in the film as overweight, unattractive daughters.
The only other positive apart from this being 90 minutes I will never get back was the theater last night was full and the foyer after wards was alive. There were certainly no Greek women needing dowries at the Como last night.
Motto here with these film festivals must be if you find a really good film, like 180 Degrees, be content with that. Go chasing a second one and chances are you'll end up with a dud like this.
180° moires (2010)
A very engaging film with comedy, romance, scenery
We saw this at a 7pm session Sat night session of the 2010 Greek Film Festival in Melbourne, Australia and what an enjoyable 83 minutes this is.
Courtesy of the festival booklet "Art, crime and infidelity take center stage in this hilarious madcap adventure that proves that sometimes changing your life for the better means turning it around 180 degrees.
Trapped in a loveless marriage with a rich workaholic, Anna finds her husband Giannis is more interested in his work, his art collection and his secretary than he is in her. With Giannis away on a business trip she's alone again, that is, until a burglar named Vasilis decides to break in and rob the house. Before she knows it, Anna is on the run with Vasilis, escaping police, escaping her past and escaping Giannis.
Fast-paced, frantic and fun, 180 Degrees is about finding peace where you can and taking the opportunities that come your way, even if it means risking everything"
Review : Although a lot of the audience were Greek speaking, the movie was also subtitled in English. It's an engaging story, well written with some very good visual as well as verbal comedy. Apart from 6 or 7 engaging characters we're also treated to a Greece road trip taking in some very scenic locations in what looks to be Northern Greece.
Panagiota Vlanti who plays the blonde wife Anna is very easy on the eye (for Aussies she looks a lot like Rebecca Maddern who reads the Ch 7 news). Rebecca is 33, Panagioto might be late 30s, early 40s. Likewise Mixalis Marinos plays it just right as the burglar and then developing romantic interest. Vladimiros Kiriakidis playing Anna's husband Yiannis is a very funny guy or blessed with very funny lines that set the tone at the start of the movie.
Chick flick, comedy, date movie, romance, scenery, nice looking women and men, there's a lot to like here and a lot of genres with boxes effortlessly ticked and without being obvious in the process. Certainly we and the rest of audience left the theater with a very good vibe. But just one small tongue in cheek warning (taken in context from the sub titles)... "be very careful of the UN f***ed woman". Having said this the film was a delight. I find it hard to understand how the external critics only managed a 3.5 out of 10. This is easily an 8. Perhaps the Greek critics do not like or cringe at Greek comedies.
This is one Greek comedy they should be proud of and shouting from the rooftops about.
Escape to the Country (2002)
Our favourite Friday night TV show
Out here in Oz, Escape to the Country is our favourite end of week show, screening @ 8.30pm. My favourite host is Catherine Gee. Once you adjust to a very small percentage of the people on the show actually buying anything it's fine. Generally I watch and tape this as for some strange reason it doesn't look like DVDs are available. Generally have a British atlas next to the TV so pinpoint where they are looking.
Some episodes are better than others. It all comes down mainly to the type of houses and areas the people are looking to move to. That's about 80% of the appeal, 20% the contestants themselves. Whether or not it's because most of the people are yet to sell, the buy rate feels like about 5%.
I can't believe some of the properties these people pass over.
After Escape there's another guilty pleasure, another English show "60 minute makeover" Hosted by Claire Sweeney whose very easy on the eye, warm and charming the challenge is to redecorate a number of rooms in a house in 60 minutes. Generally a team of about 30 contractors descend onto a house under the guidance of a weekly designer, many of whom reappear throughout the series.
Quite like some of the designers and some of the outcomes (done in two thirty minute bursts with a tea break in between) are stunning.
Dieci inverni (2009)
Winter by name, wintry, cold and dark by nature
I'd hoped to enjoy this movie, be engaged by it... sadly neither happened.
It was my wedding anniversary and first film for the 2010 Italian Film Festival playing in Australia in Sep/Oct 2010. So I was looking for something romantic. (In the synopsis Ten Winters is described as a romantic drama, it's definitely not a comedy). With the festival you hope your first picks are good ones as this is encouraging to see more. When the first one like this is a bit of downer it cast doubts over going to other screenings.
For me I knew we were in trouble on 2 or 3 fronts. Firstly the leading players, secondly the locations. What I've seen described elsewhere as a quaint cottage on one of the Venice Islands that the story in Venice is largely centred around. I'd hoped they might have been on the Venice Lido somewhere off the main street. But the cottage just off the end of the pier where the ferry docked looked like a fishing shack, cold, unloved, unappealing.
Of the players the lead actress reminded be of Isla Fisher with the personality turned down. I liked the supporting actresses better, especially the ones who played Silvestros other girlfriends. Likewise with the men. the leading character was a bit geeky. I preferred the actor and the character who played Camilla's boyfriend when she went to live in Russia.
Being an Italian/Russian co-production the film moves to and fro Venice and Russia. Sadly I was looking for a romantic film. This was more drama, with a feeling of back and forth and going around in circles. Perhaps with hindsight I should have seen it coming. Ten Winters as the English title name is a clue. I obviously was after 10 Springs or 10 Summers preferring my films to be light and brighter than this one. But 10 Winters we were stuck with and 10 fairly long ones at that.
I guess the purpose of IMDb is to tell it as you see it, so this was that for me.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - -
From the Italian Film Festival booklet here's their synopsis
"Ten Winters (Dieci inverni) A decade of missed chances beguiles and rewards the quietly unassuming debut from Valerio Mieli who won the David di Donatello (Italian Academy) Award 2010 for Best First Time Director for this moving tale of two friends who secretly have deeper feelings for one another. TEN WINTERS screened in the Venice International Film Festival's Controcampo sidebar.
Winter, 1999. Camilla (Isabella Ragonese, La Nostra Vita IFF10), a student of Slavic literature, leaves home to take up residence in a semi-derelict house in an overcast Venice devoid of tourists. On the last leg of her journey - a ferry to her island - she's spotted by a would-be Romeo, Silvestro (Michele Riondino, The Past Is a Foreign Land, IFF08). Despite getting the brush-off, Silvestro follows Camilla to her home and manages to insinuate himself as a guest for the night but he fails in his gentle efforts to seduce her. Over the next ten years, Silvestro and Camilla develop a strong bond, and the narrative captures a beautifully painful, reflective push and pull between two souls who keep finding their way back to each other.
Charming performances by leads Michele Riondino and Isabella Ragonese combine with a restrained, intelligent atmosphere to create an involving romantic drama which echoes the mantra "Would've, could've, should've" and highlights that, in life, timing is everything"
Animal Kingdom (2010)
Virtually "plagarized"... another dark depressing Aussie movie
If you live in Victoria where this is set I'd say the script here is virtually "plagarized" being so closely based on lowlife real life family the Pettingill's.
Take a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pettingill_family and you'll see the blueprint.
With one or two very small changes this was all based on fact. How people here in comments and some interstate national Australia film reviewer can rave about this is beyond me. It's a strange mix of real life and story lines and locations like used in the Australian TV series "Stingers" The fact is if you live in Victoria and particularly Melbourne all these low lifes and their stories are so well known we are sick of them. Australia's greatest or best film?... you have to be kidding!
The older brother Dennis Pettingill was a drug dealer, covered with tattoos just like the actor in the film and a real lowlife. The first brother to be killed in the film in real life was a criminal called Graeme Jensen who was shot by police. He was a best friend of Victor Pierce, Kath Pettingills son and no doubt one of the characters in this film. 13 hours later Pierce and others ambushed and shot dead the 2 police you see in the film as a reprisal.Everything about this in the film is identical including the car being left in the middle of the road. Except in the film the suburb is Hawthorn whereas in real life it was Walsh Street South Yarra. Hawthorn is a similarly leafy green suburb not far away.
With the girlfriend in the film whose given a hotshot not sure about the reality of this. But Victor Pierce who was tied up in Walsh Street killing was shot dead in Port Melbourne a few years later (much like in the film). And Kath Pettingill's grand daughter died of a heroin overdose fairly recently at the age of 24.
Really a bunch of lowlifes and it really irked me to pay money on the premise of seeing something supposedly fictional so close to real life. The fact that guilty people were found not guilty at the Walsh Street killing trial because some of the family members perjured themselves/retracted evidence is a further cause for distaste. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walsh_Street_police_shootings
Victor Pierce got his just desserts as part of a later Melbourne gangland war very well covered in the TV mini series Underbelly. The architect of nearly 30 killings in 10 years, poor old Carl Williams ended up in jail for 35 years in a high security wing. He was killed in custody earlier this year. So crime the ways these guys work is not very glamorous, very successful or the recipe for a long life.
Why do they persist in making these dark, depressing movies. There's plenty in Australia to be upbeat about. P..l...e...a...s....e don't talk about an Animal Kingdom 2. 1 is lame enough.
Je vais te manquer (2009)
Champagne cast, dialogue, script = a romantic gem
As an Australian reviewing a French film with English sub-titles screening at the 21st French Film festival in Australia in Mar 2010 it's apparent my review is going to be vastly different to the first one here. 2nd film of the festival of 43 films think have found my favourite film for this year. My biggest question is where have this body of actors been hiding/been hidden?
Carole Bouquet as Julia the mother, tall, elegant, easy on the eye, shift over Charlotte Rampling. Pierre Arditi as the author.. what a character. Looking back I've seen him earlier in "Private Fears in Public Places" and a real 2004 favourite "The First time I turned 20" But they must have been minor parts with less attractive characters and certainly characters with less to say. Here he dominates the screen, charming one minute, cutting the next (I wonder who played his maid in this film)
Anne Marivin playing the blonde lonely heart 30s unable to have children moving to Canada was also in "Welcome to the Sticks" She looks a bit like a french Kylie Minogue. Her's is the sort of part perhaps a Cameron Diaz would play elsewhere. Patrick Mille who plays Oliver the separated father with the very cute 7 or 8 year old daughter. Look as I might I cannot find the name of the actress who played his daughter. Pictures yes but not a name. His character here reminds me of Alan from Two and Half Men.
The only name I could really recognize here was Cecile Cassel surely the sister of Vincent. She plays Anna the lesbian (or was it the confused) daughter of Julia. I really liked Melanie Thierry the pregnant daughter of Julia, driver of the AUDI and sister of Anna. Then there is Anne Marvins 4 friends in the film.
Rich, colourful settings, a film with a lot of dialogue, great camera work, attractive to the eye, ear and soul. All checked. People taking risks on romance, offers and counter offers, change. We see the author start to write again.. I wonder if his life diary slipped into the little girls backpack on the plane by Julia makes its way back to her editor father in France?
A combination of great writing, smart stylish location, the right theme if you like people and romance and fate entwined make this an extremely enjoyable 95 mins. There's a touch of "Italian for Beginners" and certainly at times "You'll miss me" climbs the Mount Everest of romantic /romantic comedy genre.
For me I'll miss the characters of "You'll miss me" They could happily spin off a few sequels here and I'd be lining up for more. Surely for many of the cast this ensemble piece is their finest hour and writer director Amanda Sthers has made her mark and is one to watch. I wonder how many words there is in this script. It's certainly wordy but for those of us who like romance it's music to the ears.
Year in, year out we see Depardieu, Rampling, Auteuil, Dussollier and way too much Jean Pierr Darroussin (some of whom must be directors favourites). Of course personal favourites like any of the Seigners and the Frots we cannot get enough of. Some years we are flooded by Cecile France, this year it's Vincent Lindon.
It's a real eye opener for an outsider/non resident of France to see "You'll miss me" and to see all these actors who must be otherwise normally engaged in television or earlier minor parts rise to the top. Performance wise and character wise what an engaging lot they are!
For some additional stills from the film http://www.allocine.fr/film/fichefilm_gen_cfilm=126895.html