The Florida Project

Dec 11, 17 The Florida Project

We have 5 double in-season passes for THE FLORIDA PROJECT

For your chance to win a double pass, answer the question below:

“What was your favourite summer past time as a child?”

Put your answer on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram (with the hashtag #TheFloridaProject, tagging @reviewbrisbane so we see it), Facebook, or below!

In Cinemas DECEMBER 16
With major release in January & February

 

SYNOPSIS:

THE FLORIDA PROJECT is the story of precocious six year-old Moonee (Brooklyn Prince) and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure. Living at a motel in the shadow of Disney World, Moonee is seemingly oblivious to the struggles of adults around her, including mother Halley (Bria Vinaite), and motel manager/father-figure Bobby (Willem Dafoe).

Thanks to Icon Film Distribution

REVIEW:

Nerida

**Contains a few spoilers! – you have been warned!**

Somewhere in the shadows of tourist traps and Walt Disney World is a story waiting to be told. An unconventional, unsettling story about childhood memories within a purple motel filled with the disaffected, forgotten members of American society. It is no place for a child to be raised, but that doesn’t destroy the imagination that every child has. Even in the most desolate of areas, happiness can be found.

The Florida Project is a profound film. We are introduced to a community of downtrodden, unemployed, poor folks trapped in the heart of American family tourism.  Performances here are nothing but exceptional. Willem Dafoe is excellent here as the kind but hardened hotel manager who has to balance his sympathy for his residents with his steadfast refusal to tolerate breaking of the rules in his establishment. He looks out for the children vigilantly even as they test his patience. Newcomer Bria Vinaite makes an impression as a troubled young woman who will do anything, to provide for her daughter. The breakout star of the film is Brooklyn Prince as Moonee, a girl who lives an average childhood in a not so average world, of which she only knows.

Although the film ends on a very uncertain note, it is in keeping with a compelling portrait of innocence toddling through a squalid adult world of poverty, crime and despair. Almost anyone one who watches this attentively will compare it to his or her own childhood, no matter how dissimilar.

This film certainly won’t be for everyone. Some might see it without a plot, others could see it more as a “poverty porn” type of situation, others might just be overly ragey at the scenario that these characters find themselves in, and can’t see past the “unfit parenting” to see the overall story that Sean Baker is trying to tell.

A special shout out to Dendy Coorparoo for putting on the preview screening at the new fancy cinemas just opened up. The premium lounge – and the food and drink deals – look friggen amazing. So if you’re sussing out a new flick over the summer, I would definitely recommend sussing out Dendy Coorparoo if you’re over that side of town.

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Sweet Country

Dec 08, 17 Sweet Country

We have 10 double passes for the preview screening of SWEET COUNTRY, 6:30pm, Monday 11 December, at Palace Centro Cinema

For your chance to win a double pass, answer the question below:

“What do you love most about this Sweet Country?”

Put your answer on Twitter, Instagram (with the hashtag #SweetCountry, tagging @reviewbrisbane), Facebook, or below!

In Cinemas JANUARY 25
But see it first, at the preview screening!

SYNOPSIS:

Inspired by real events, SWEET COUNTRY is a period western set in 1929 in the outback of the Northern Territory, Australia.
When Aboriginal stockman Sam Hamilton Morris) kills white station owner Harry March (Ewan Leslie) in self-defence, Sam and his wife Lizzie (Natassia Gorey-Furber) go on the run.  They are pursued across the outback through glorious but harsh desert country.
Sergeant Fletcher (Bryan Brown) lead the posse with the help of Aboriginal tracker Archie (Gibson John) and local landowners Fred Smith (Sam Neill) and Mick Kennedy (Thomas M. Wright).  Fletcher is desperate to capture Sam and put him on trial for murder – but Sam is an expert bushman and he has little difficulty outlasting them.  Eventually, for the health of his pregnant wife, Sam decides to give himself up.  He is put on trial in the courtroom of Judge Taylor (Matt Day).  But will justice be served?

Thanks to Transmission Films

https://www.facebook.com/SweetCountrymovie/

 

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The Disaster Artist

Dec 06, 17 The Disaster Artist

IN CINEMAS DECEMBER 7

SYNOPSIS:

When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

Thanks to Roadshow

#TheDisasterArtist

REVIEW:

Nerida:

Tommy Wiseau’s move The Room holds a special spot in my heart. Not because it was a cinematic masterpiece, but instead I was able to find entertainment in a constant mess of a movie, especially with the interactive screenings. Over the years, I’ve learned a few quotes from the movie, and looked into the behind the scenes info. I was filled with excitement for seeing The Disaster Artist come to life as a The Room fan but even the curiosity of a solid comedy.

James Franco does a great job as Tommy. A character like Tommy is virtually impossible to play by many people, but he gets as many of his mannerisms, laughs and off beat personality down. As a director, James never lets the movie laugh at Tommy all the time, but he does still inject some empathy for Tommy’s bond with Greg, and when the world pointing at his incompetence. He’s not afraid to call out Tommy either for his questionable decisions on set and how he treated his crew.

As for any setbacks, they mostly fall in a bit of a checklist feel. While it was great seeing iconic moments in the movie played out, a couple moments don’t really connect to the plot as well as others. Also the third act has a bit of a “Hollywood” slight sappy moment that feels a little rushed in emotion.

The Disaster Artist is far from a disaster and I’m happy as The Room fan to say. It’s insanely hilarious, its heart is in the right place, and shows how sometimes our art can take us in places we don’t expect.

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