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Film

Posted 1 Aug 2016 @ 12:00am

There are scenes from certain films that will stay with you forever, whether because they were incredibly emotional, horrifying, funny or touched you in some significant way. Either way, nine times out of ten, those iconic scenes were probably paired with an iconic soundtrack. 

 

What is a classic movie without an equally timeless soundtrack, anyway? We revisit some of the...

Posted 29 Jul 2016 @ 11:13am

Master of kung fu comedy and film icon Jackie Chan is taking time out of filming his new feature Bleeding Steel to talk about his life, craft and career at the Sydney Opera House.

 

This will be Chan's first-ever public talk in Australia, taking the audience through his beginnings and prolific career until now.

 

Australia has played an important role in Chan's...

Posted 29 Jul 2016 @ 9:00am

Eternally curious, unabashedly forthright and driven by an unwavering dedication to the truth, Louis Theroux has spent his entire career diving into the ostracised fringes of society, determined to discover the humanity that exists behind the extreme.

 

He’s spent years exploring the world’s most deviant ideologies and believes the common thread that runs through them – from the...

Posted 28 Jul 2016 @ 1:13pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Our first film may be typical white tears material, but it's otherwise a diverse and broadly representative week for the big screen.

 

OK, it's not that big a week...

Posted 28 Jul 2016 @ 12:47pm

Dendy Opera Quays is set to host the 11th annual Sydney Latin American Film Festival (SLAFF) this September. 

 

The festival lineup includes eight award-winning feature films plus three documentaries, all screening over five days. 

 

The films tell stories from a stolen World Cup football trophy to political unrest and touching relationships. The program will open...

Posted 26 Jul 2016 @ 4:29pm

What can you tell us about the concept and history behind the Footprints Film Festival competition?

 

The first Film Festival was in 2012. It was initially supposed to be part of World Environment Day celebrations in June, but ended up being added to the Footprints Ecofestival. Ecofestival is an annual event and attracts a few thousand people, which we realised would be the...

Posted 25 Jul 2016 @ 2:47pm

Featuring not one but two sets of identical twins!

 

Oz Comic-Con, a long-running celebration of pop culture, is set once more to return to Sydney this year. The first lineup of guests has just been announced, and it's a doozy.

 

As is to be expected, there will be a plethora of Game Of Thrones cast members, including Daniel Portman and Keisha Castle-Hughes (also of...

Posted 23 Jul 2016 @ 9:00am

★★☆

 

Everything that can be said about Alan Moore's Batman opus The Killing Joke has already been said. Its better lines made it into Christopher Nolan's trilogy, and its verdict on the Joker’s origins is considered definitive. Whilst DC putting its own spin on the adaptation is laudable, something is lost in translation, with nothing added to explore the tale’s dire...

Posted 19 Jul 2016 @ 2:29pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Another key franchise entry for the year takes to the silver screen this week, along with classic adaptations that make this cycle truly anachronistic.

 

With a timeline spanning from 18th century England to the Wild Wild East, the present day and the distant future, there's...

Posted 19 Jul 2016 @ 12:36pm

★★☆

 

The pursuit of powerful new flavours inspires radical thinking, and presentation is as important as taste. To simply plate potent ingredients alongside each other is not enough to inspire. Maurice Dekkers’ documentary shows great professionalism, but does not suffice as a hearty meal.

 

René Redzepi, owner of critically acclaimed restaurant Noma, is about to...

Posted 14 Jul 2016 @ 11:50am

The new trailer gives a sneak peak of Australia's first film to feature a CGI character in a leading role. 

 

Red Billabong is set to be the biggest Australian action film for 2016.

 

The thriller stars Dan Ewing (Home And Away) and Tim Pocock (Dance Academy) and is set in the Australian outback, where two brothers discover old secrets and family lies. As friends...

Posted 14 Jul 2016 @ 10:26am

★★★★

 

From its first joyous expulsion of hot air, Swiss Army Man is resolutely – and proudly – the weirdest film of the year. But beyond that, the little indie that could has a geniality and complexity that make it worth overlooking its childish inclinations.  

 

Hank (Paul Dano) is about to die alone on a desert island, suspended from a poorly tied noose, when a...

Posted 13 Jul 2016 @ 5:37pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. The holiday schedule has finally righted itself and we're back on track for some flippin' fun!

 

But look, there's really no contest this week. Aykroyd called it, man. AYKROYD. I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW HE WAS IN THIS PICTURE. And yeah, he...

Posted 13 Jul 2016 @ 11:52am

We all remember the slew of boy bands back in the '90s who attacked us with curtain cuts and pouty lips - well, now it seems they're the ones being attacked and they've banded together to overcome certain undead horrors.

 

New post-apocalyptic zombie thriller Dead 7 is the brainchild of Backstreet Boys' Nick...

Posted 13 Jul 2016 @ 10:00am

It’s not much of a stretch to say Swiss Army Man is unlike any other film.

 

Think of your favourite buddy cop movie. Now, transplant the action to an uninhabited island, lose the cops, ditch the bad guys, replace one with a gassy, slowly decaying corpse… 

 

Hmmm. OK, what about this – think Apocalypse Now, but instead of Vietnam we have magical bodily functions,...

Posted 13 Jul 2016 @ 9:49am

★★★★

 

Director Paul Feig's female-led reboot of Ghostbusters has been battling foes on all fronts. Not just the usual ghosts, but mainly the dinosaurs who have been passing judgement on the film in the year prior to its release. I’m happy to say that your childhood memories haven’t been trampled upon in the making of this film.

 

No recent comedy has received so...

Posted 12 Jul 2016 @ 4:55pm

What can you tell us about Rafael, the protagonist of your new film Adventures Of A Happy Homeless Man?

 

Rafael (Felino Dolloso) is a former corporate high-flyer who has lost his job, his marriage and his home, but he still insists that he’s happy. Despite being homeless, he never loses his sense of cheekiness and his passion for music. Calling himself ‘Bobo the Hobo’, he...

Posted 12 Jul 2016 @ 4:50pm

The Get Reel Short Film Festival will screen its finalists at a red carpet event this month. What’s your shortest tip for making a great short film?

 

It’s all about the story.  Write a good story, and then it doesn’t matter if you don’t have the best equipment or most famous actors – the film will connect. 

 

What can you tell us about the charity cause behind the...

Posted 7 Jul 2016 @ 10:05am

★★☆

 

In keeping with the steady onslaught of “Disney made it famous, we’ll make it big budget”, the powers that be have turned The Legend Of Tarzan into a full-length feature film, complete with real-life humans and not-so-real-life gorillas, elephants and a whole host of other African animals to substantiate that we’re in Congo circa 1890. 

 

Opening with Phil...

Posted 5 Jul 2016 @ 2:25pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Now that the election has simmered into a compote of confusion, it's time to get back to the business of cinema.

 

Unfortunately, quality...

Posted 5 Jul 2016 @ 1:37pm

The inaugural Get Reel Short Film Festival is all set to select its winning film at a gala event in Randwick this month.

 

Get Reel, a charity competition supporting Suicide Prevention Australia, attracted more than 1,650 entries around its theme of starting a positive conversation about mental health.

 

Those entries have been whittled down to an outstanding top...

Posted 29 Jun 2016 @ 1:49pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. It's a big week for European cinema, further compounding the #Bregret of more than half of England as they realise the BBC can't do everything.

 

It's election week -...

Posted 28 Jun 2016 @ 12:52pm

★★★★

 

Great storytellers speak to painful truths buried beneath our daily lives. They make us conscious of that we wish not to give voice; they make us face our complicity in evil. In challenging modern China’s sexual and political repression, debut filmmaker Wang Yichun proves herself a great storyteller in the making.

 

Jing (Su Xiaotong) lives an unremarkable...

Posted 21 Jun 2016 @ 2:01pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. With this year's Sydney Film Festival all wrapped up, this week promises more attention to the month's big-budget blockbusters, as well as some SFF content getting broad release.

 

Everybody Wants Some!! hits the mainstream on Thursday, but we've...

Posted 21 Jun 2016 @ 11:58am

★★★★

 

The Wait is a film by Piero Messina loosely inspired by Luigi Pirandello’s play The Life I Gave You. In Messina’s version, Juliette Binoche plays Anna, mother to Giuseppe, and Lou de Laâge plays Jeanne, Giuseppe’s lover.

 

Jeanne and the audience are waiting for Giuseppe to arrive, hopefully in time for Easter. Jeanne can’t get Giuseppe on the phone. Is he...

Posted 21 Jun 2016 @ 11:42am

★★★★

 

Picture this: a frat house, jocks everywhere. Hard-drinking, hard-partying, womanising young men – and almost every one of them completely lovable.

 

Everybody Wants Some!! portrays the kind of good-natured college athletes that have been missing from our screens –...

Posted 21 Jun 2016 @ 11:30am

★☆

 

You know those people who wear T-shirts that say, “I’m Not Racist: I Hate Everyone”? War On Everyone is those people in cinema form. This equal-opportunity offender comes thick and fast with the gags, but forgets that satire should make a point.

 

Bob (Michael Peña) and Terry (Alexander Skarsgård) are your run-of-the-mill American TV cops – corrupt to the core...

Posted 21 Jun 2016 @ 11:20am

★★

 

Just as festival fatigue is beginning to set in, and Apprentice tilts it into full swing. The poster boy for that special genre of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard films with no soundtrack and lots of meaningful staring, this Official Selection entry tells an interesting story in a flat, uninteresting way.

 

Prison guard Aiman (Firdaus Rahman) transfers to Larangan...

Posted 21 Jun 2016 @ 11:09am

★★★☆

 

“If you’re gonna tell a story, come with some attitude, man.”

 

That’s the opening statement from a film in which Don Cheadle writes, directs, produces and stars as Miles Davis. You could say the man practises what he preaches. Wish he’d thought of a better title while he was at it.

 

During a period of silence and inactivity, Miles is festering...

Posted 15 Jun 2016 @ 12:04pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. It's the second and final week of Sydney Film Festival, so get your butts to the cinema pronto!

 

My festival has thus far been a delight - only one film has disappointed out of ten, a stellar record. For the discerning cinemagoer...

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