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The Lighthorsemen #FilmReview ‘The cinematography is epic and best viewed on the big screen”
November 12, 2017, 7:00 pm
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The Lighthorsemen (PG)
War, Drama, Action. 1hr 57mins
Starring: Jon Blake, Sigrid Thornton, Peter Phelps, Garry Sweet.
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Synopsis
Palestine, 1917. The British advance has been stopped by the Turkish line running from Gaza to Beersheba. The latest attack on Gaza has failed. The attacking forces included a regiment of Australian mounted infantry, the Light Horse… Lighthorseman Frank is wounded in a skirmish with Bedouin. He is replaced by a young soldier, Dave, who proves to be a crack shot, but reluctant to fire at the enemy. Dave proves himself during a German biplane attack. Recuperating in hospital, he meets a sympathetic nurse, Anne… The regiment is called upon for a bold flanking attack on Beersheba. But how do you convince the Turks the main attack will come at Gaza? And how do you attack across a desert without water?

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Review
War what is it good for? Providing the film industry with countless cinematic stories, and in this case the South Australian film industry. This 1987 production followed on the tale of the highly successful ‘Gallipoli’ made in 1981, except this time as the title suggests the soldiers are on horseback, as they mount an attack on Beersheba. This is an epic production and I imagine almost everyone who could ride a horse fast in South Australia was employed for a few months. In fact the climatic charge of the Lighthorsemen included many Lighthorsewomen as well.

The cinematography is epic and beautiful, and is best viewed on the big screen. Which was how I viewed it, when I projected it at the Gumeracha Town Hall, marking 100 years since the charge in 1917. The film itself marking 70 years since the attack when it was released in 1987. Despite the epic beauty of the cinematography the story tends to wander around following several different angles including a romantic angle between wounded soldier Dave Mitchell (Peter Phelps) and nurse Anne (Sigrid Thornton). This story thread tends to hold the most screen time and is actually based on a real life romance where they were married following World War 1.

Where the film takes an interesting angle is with the character Dave Mitchell. As his initial journey into war was one of revenge following the death of his brother. However faced with the reality of killing, he chokes putting everyone at risk. But don’t worry he does get a chance to redeem himself without killing anyone in the process.

The real highlight of the film is the charge. Feeling like a mix of ‘The Man From Snowy River’ and ‘Mad Max’. Not surprisingly the man behind the lens Dean Semler shot Mad Max 2 & 3 and you see his trick of keeping the camera extremely low to the ground during the charge, just like the action in ‘Mad Max’. Making it feel incredibly fast and dangerous, especially as things are exploding all around. This cinematography combined with expert editing makes this sequence breathtaking.

The Lighthorsemen is a well crafted epic war film, that unfortunately meanders around a bit long where it doesn’t need too.

Rating ★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★

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Life #FilmReview ‘We Need To Talk About Calvin’
October 23, 2017, 9:12 pm
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Life (2017)
Science Fiction/Thriller, 104 Minutes.
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds.
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Synopsis
‘Life’ is an intense sci-fi thriller about a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly evolving life-form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.

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Review
Many scriptwriters claim that there are no new stories. But that doesn’t mean you should give up, because there are many points of view you can always use to create a unique angle on a familiar plot. Life promises a sci-fi thriller where an alien life form picks off crew members of a spaceship, drawing more than a close resemblance to the movie Alien. However, I was willing to give it a go despite this glaring similarity. After all there have been countless movies dealing with alien life forms that threaten our existence on earth and I am a complete sucker for them.

The alien creature, nicknamed Calvin, starts out being very interesting and original with its beautiful production design. It is kind of like a squid, jellyfish type thing that doesn’t take the appearance of the standard evil alien creature hell bent on taking over the human race. But as it’s size rapidly grows along with the body count the creature quickly starts to take the predictable appearance of something that’s more at home in one of the Alien films, Right down to the disappearing down the throat trick. I don’t think I’ve seen an alien film yet that doesn’t want to jam something down someone’s throat. I thought this let the film down a little, obviously the productions decision makers thought this thing didn’t look nasty enough so they had to keep mutating it as it grows. Haven’t they ever seen a Lion or Grizzly Bear? cute as hell until they are biting your head off. No, it has to be slimy with tentacles.

The film predictably goes on a by the numbers killing spree with only the zero gravity cinematography to keep you interested. The deaths are gross, drawn out and unoriginal. The only reason for the lingering killing scenes is probably down to the fact that there are only six crew members and you’ve got to milk every death scene for what you can.

All in all it sounds like I hated it, but it was actually quite enjoyable. It’s just a shame they didn’t have the guts to turn a familiar plot into something that felt exciting and original.

I also gave the film an extra star for the ending, at least they had the guts to take that somewhere original. I think I was quietly chuckling to myself for the rest of the night after that.

Rating ★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★

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Midnight Special (M) ★★★1/2 Now available for mobile cinema events #ReleaseOfTheWeek
August 24, 2016, 3:53 pm
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Release Of The Week! Midnight Special
Adventure/Drama/Sci-Fi, Rated M, 112 Minutes.
Starring: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst
A father and son go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers. Available 24 August – Outdoor 24 October 2016 (TBC)

'Strongly favouring emotional resonance over narrative certainty, Jeff Nichols’ latest, Midnight Special, takes cinematic cues from the likes of Starman, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T. while inviting viewers on a thrilling ride into the unknown. Boasting Nichols’ strongest cast to date, Midnight Special bestows its youngest member with wisdom far beyond his age and its more senior characters with the childlike wonder they believed to be long lost — gently inviting its audience to do the very same.' – To read the ★★★1/2 review by Jordan Brooks on Letterboxd click on the poster above

‘Strongly favouring emotional resonance over narrative certainty, Jeff Nichols’ latest, Midnight Special, takes cinematic cues from the likes of Starman, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T. while inviting viewers on a thrilling ride into the unknown. Boasting Nichols’ strongest cast to date, Midnight Special bestows its youngest member with wisdom far beyond his age and its more senior characters with the childlike wonder they believed to be long lost — gently inviting its audience to do the very same.’ – To read the ★★★1/2 review by Jordan Brooks on Letterboxd click on the poster above


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