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Hamlet + Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

Aug 22, 18 Hamlet + Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

I have 1 x double pass for both HAMLET and ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, for the Opening Gala Night Saturday 25 August 7:30pm for R & G or Sunday 26 August 6pm for Hamlet, at The Amphitheatre, Roma St Parklands

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

“Tell me which show you want to go to (R & G on Sat night, or Hamlet on Sun night), and what you love most about Shakespeare!”

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

SEASON RUNS 23 AUGUST – 9 SEPTEMBER

SYNOPSIS:

“WE KNOW WHAT WE ARE, BUT KNOW NOT WHAT WE MAY BE…”

This Spring QSE returns to the gorgeous Roma Street Parkland Amphitheatre, but this time things are a little different…

An Ensemble of 15 actors will present Hamlet and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead in ‘rep’: alternating shows each night with actors playing the same role in both plays! A first for the company.

Prince Hamlet is having a rough time. After his father’s death, he is overlooked for the crown in favour of the guy who killed his Dad and, even worse, married his mum. Caught between cultures and philosophies, Hamlet careens between paralysis and unconsidered action. Part philosopher, part improvised explosive device, Hamlet is the anti-hero we are all afraid we might become, and secretly want to. Inspired by Hamlet and a classic in its own right Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead sees 2 ‘minor’ characters take centre stage. Witness the comic horror as these ordinary folks vacillate between witty banter and philosophical ponderings on the point of their existence all while being flung in and out of the orbit of the Prince of Denmark. “It’s a tale for anyone who has ever felt out of their depth and in over their head… so everyone really!” says Director Rebecca Murphy

Both shows will include live music by QSE’s always popular band, make use of the magical atmosphere of the Parkland and be delivered with QSE’s trademark accessibility, clarity and wit.

The company will once again be running its community initiatives A Night At The Theatre (ANATT) and Relaxed Performance. First run in 2016 ANATT invites patrons to make a donation of the price of a ticket, QSE then works with community partners Australian Red Cross​, Communify​, and Arafmi Queensland​ to share tickets with people who might not have otherwise been able to experience live theatre. A Relaxed Performance of Hamlet will be held at 2pm on Sept 1st. Relaxed performances are designed to welcome those who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment including, but not limited to, individuals with
sensory sensitivity; click here for more information.

For more details and ticketing: http://www.qldshakespeare.org/hamlet.html

Thanks to Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble

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Crazy Rich Asians

Aug 21, 18 Crazy Rich Asians

IN CINEMAS AUGUST 30!

SYNOPSIS:

The story follows New Yorker Rachel Chu (Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother taking aim. And it soon becomes clear that while money can’t buy love, it can definitely complicate things.

Thanks to Roadshow

#CrazyRichAsians

 

REVIEW:

Nerida

The romantic comedy genre is a flavour that gets a bad rap for being one-note and heavily playing on sappy/silly tropes, even if that is not always the case. I have learned to expand my horizons when it comes to the genre and fit more good titles in there that don’t necessary hit that mark. Last year, we were graced with the best of the genre staple I’ve seen in a long time in The Big Sick because of its strong writing. I am pleased to say that we have a winner again this year, and a lot of it has everything to do with how the editing complements the writing and directing.

 

Crazy Rich Asians is an entry that treads lightly on both the romance and comedy (there are plenty of laughs to be had, I just never got an abs workout or fell out of my chair is all) and instead delivers a story built around culture, respect and trust, taking pages from Meet the Parents and The Devil Wears Prada. It is an absolutely accessible film for all audience members. Through framing, editing and choice of music, director Jon Chu finds a way of bringing about action in a film that is entirely devoid of it. He really highlights Singapore as a character in the film full of vibrancy and vivacity, claiming set-pieces to dictate entire acts of the story. There is a lot of symbolism that is foreshadowed very subtly, and almost everything has a payoff instead of making the audience question what a certain setup was meant for. We get to see the crazy-rich invite us to their fantastical routines as side-characters like Awkwafina hilariously bask it all in and takes nothing for granted. We envy their possessions, even if we may not envy their lifestyle.

 

Our main protagonist couple is a duo worth rooting for as they yearn for a cathartic endgame with one another, despite what morals stand in their way. They drive the story’s purpose, but they are on the bland end of personality when it comes to delivering the comedic goods, and this is totally okay; they let those around them bring us most of the character and laughs. A couple of them are thrown in for the cheap shtick, but there are nearly a dozen characters which get the limelight with their own romantic subplots. This ends up being more than just one love story, and normally I would consider this a detriment but this drawn out middle act of the film spends a lot of time establishing tangible and intangible values, and these characters’ interactions are a big part of that. We get a lot of conversation regarding the betterment of characters from each side of the proverbial fence that separates rich versus not-rich, Chinese versus American cultures, and wants versus needs. In a movie that could have easily only stated messages for an elite class of individuals or specific ethnic group, they spend a long time catering to the other 99% so we can be a part of the journey and not just seeing it from a particular lens.

 

From the earlier marketing, I did not expect this movie to win me over. It did, and I think you will feel the same if/when you decide to check this one out. Story-wise I felt some unevenness, but Jon Chu strikes enough visual flair to make a duvet out of a blanket. What could have been a tedious sitting was instead a raucously good time, and I really feel like there is something for everybody here. It is a recommended watch. Go check it out.

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Oz Comic-Con

Aug 20, 18 Oz Comic-Con

I have 3 x double weekend passes for the annual extravaganza of Brisbane OZ COMIC-CON, Saturday and Sunday 22nd/23rd September, 9am – 6pm Daily, at the Brisbane Convention and Entertainment Centre

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

“Tag who you would take with you to Oz Comic Con and let me know what you’re most excited to see/do over the weekend!”

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

ONE WEEKEND ONLY!

SYNOPSIS:

Oz Comic-Con Brisbane is an exciting culmination of multi-genre content, from across the spectrum, with a lot of everything, for everyone – appearances by film and television stars, comic book artists and voice actors; gaming demonstrations and cosplay competitions; creative workshops and master classes; and hard-to-find, exclusive merchandise from vendors that’ll leave convention goers totally geeking out.

TICKET INFO:

Early Bird tickets are now on sale – save up to 35% with General Admission Single Day Passes.
General Admission tickets will be $42.50 at the door, children under 12 are free. There’s also a variety of online
exclusive tickets on-sale, while allocations last.
For tickets and additional information visit www.ozcomiccon.com

Thanks to Oz Comic Con

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Kin

Aug 17, 18 Kin

I have 5 double in-season passes to KIN

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

“In what way are you an unexpected hero?”

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

In Cinemas AUGUST 30


SYNOPSIS:

A pulse-pounding crime thriller with a sci-fi twist from the producers of Stranger Things and ArrivalKin is the story of an unexpected hero destined for greatness. Chased by a vengeful criminal and a gang of otherworldly soldiers,​ a recently released ex-con and his adopted teenage brother are forced to go on the run after finding a futuristic super-weapon of mysterious origin as their only protection. 

Thanks to Studiocanal

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Luis & The Aliens

Aug 15, 18 Luis & The Aliens

I have 2 family in-season passes to LUIS & THE ALIENS

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

“What would you buy for an alien?”

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

In Cinemas AUGUST 30


SYNOPSIS:

LUIS AND THE ALIENS tells the story of an 11-year-old boy who makes friends with three loveable little aliens who crash their UFO into his house. In return for Luis’ help in finding the home-shopping channel stuff they came for, they save him from boarding school – and an exciting adventure follows.

Thanks to Icon Films 

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BlackKklansman

Aug 15, 18 BlackKklansman

IN CINEMAS AUGUST 16!

SYNOPSIS:

From visionary director Spike Lee comes the provocative story based on Ron Stallworth’s real life as Colorado Springs’s first African-American police officer who went undercover to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. Unbelievably, Detective Stallworth (John David Washington) and his partner Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) penetrate the KKK at its highest levels to thwart its attempt to take over the city. Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award® winning Get Out, Spike Lee uses his trademark take-no-prisoner style and humour to tell this story often missing from the history books.

Thanks to Universal Pictures Australia

#Blackkklansman

 

REVIEW:

Nerida

Spike Lee remains one of the most interesting American directors working at this moment, regardless of the varying quality of his work as of late, it’s immediately apparent with any of his projects that even in his early 60s he remains just as eager to experiment and indulge as he was when he got out of film school. Even his outright bad films contain so much cinematic flair and so many flat out ballsy choices, that they are worth watching. BlacKkKlansman, his best film of late, bounces with so much energy that it’s easy to forget how much of the runtime is given to discussion, how much is dedicated for varying parties to reveal their view points and logic. Its a film which bounces effortlessly between black comedy and police procedural, which is filled equally with gut busting wit and sweat inducing suspense, and most importantly which never skimps on entertainment. But Lee is always aware that his film is first and foremost a vehicle to deliver social commentary, and he ends the film on a left field gut punch the likes of which haven’t been seen since Do the Right Thing. After 2 hours of laughter and a good time, the final frames of this film left me speechless in a way that few films have, and crystallise the films message in the boldest terms imaginable. Many people will hate this film because of its politics, because it states things that are frankly uncomfortable to think about, but the message is supported by top notch craftsmanship, the film making on display is inspired to say the least, and it feels like Lee is again filled with the same infectious energy which made him a legend 30 years ago.

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