2019 MONDAY MOVIES

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FILM . . . . LORENZO’S OIL (1992, 2hr 9min, IMDb 7.3)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 2 December 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


This is the true story about Lorenzo Odone who was, until the age of five, a normal child. After then, strange things began to happen to him: he would have blackouts, memory lapses, and other strange mental phenomenons. He is eventually diagnosed as suffering from ALD (AdrenoLeukoDystrophy): an extremely rare incurable degenerative brain disorder. Frustrated at the failings of doctors and medicine in this area, Lorenzo’s parents begin to educate themselves in the hope of discovering something which can halt the progress of the disease.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVglxC31t-g

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorenzo’s_Oil

REVIEW . . . . https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/lorenzos-oil-1993

IMDb . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104756/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

SOURCE . . . DVD from Melbourne Library

ARTICLE . . . https://people.com/archive/trying-to-will-a-miracle/

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FILM . . . . MARY AND MAX (2009, 1hr 32min, IMDb 8.1)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday dd Month 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


In the mid-1970’s, a homely, friendless Australian girl of 8 picks a name out of a Manhattan phone book and writes to him; she includes a chocolate bar. She’s Mary Dinkle, the only child of an alcoholic mother and a distracted father. He’s Max Horowitz, an overweight man with Asperger’s, living alone in New York. He writes back, with chocolate. Thus begins a 20-year correspondence, interrupted by a stay in an asylum and a few misunderstandings. Mary falls in love with a neighbor, saves money to have a birthmark removed and deals with loss. Max has a friendship with a neighbor, tries to control his weight, and finally gets the dream job. Will the two ever meet face to face?

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgRjB8PEDkM

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_and_Max

AWARDS . . . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_and_Max#Awards

REVIEWS . . . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1209767_mary_and_max/

IMDb . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0978762/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1209767_mary_and_max

SOURCE (SBS ONDEMAND) https://sbs.com.au/ondemand/mary-and-max

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FILM . . . . Hunt For The Wilderpeople (2016, 1hr 41min, IMDb 7.9)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 18 November 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


This New Zealand adventure comedy-drama film written and directed by Taika Waititi follows Ricky, a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive in this hilarious and heartfelt adventure. Stars Julian Dennison and Sam Neill.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPaU4Gymt3E

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunt_for_the_Wilderpeople

REVIEWS . . . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hunt_for_the_wilderpeople/reviews

IMDb . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4698684/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hunt_for_the_wilderpeople

SOURCE . . . KANOPY – https://www.kanopy.com/product/hunt-wilderpeople

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FILM . . . . THE IRON LADY (1998, 1hr 39min, IMDb 6.8)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 11 November 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene. Winner Golden Globe Best Actress; Academy Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role and Best Achievement in Makeup.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jX398kx-OCM

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Iron_Lady_(film)

REVIEWS . . . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_iron_lady/reviews

IMDb . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1007029/?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_iron_lady/

SOURCE . . . DVD from City of Port Phillip Library
https://catalogue.portphillip.vic.gov.au/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/OPAC/BIBENQ?BRN=297913

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FILM . . . . WOMAN AT WAR (2018, 1hr 41min, IMDb 7.5)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 4 November 2019 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias “The Woman of the Mountain,” Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry. As Halla’s actions grow bolder, from petty vandalism to outright industrial sabotage, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminum smelter. But right as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything. Her application to adopt a child has finally been accepted and there is a little girl waiting for her in Ukraine. As Halla prepares to abandon her role as saboteur and savior of the Highlands to fulfill her dream of becoming a mother, she decides to plot one final attack to deal the aluminum industry a crippling blow.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2v3_jHrvBQ

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woman_at_War

REVIEWS . . . https://rottentomatoes.com/m/woman_at_war/reviews

IMDb . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7279188/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . https://rottentomatoes.com/m/woman_at_war/

SOURCE . . . DVD from City of Melbourne Library
https://librarysearch.melbourne.vic.gov.au/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/OPAC/BIBENQ?BRN=627678

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FILM . . . . ONCE WERE WARRIORS (1994, 1hr 42min, IMDb 7.9)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 4 November 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


This classic 90’s indie sleeper hit put New Zealand on the cinema map with its intense and controversial tale of a Maori family torn apart by alcoholism and violence set against the backdrop of traditional tribal culture.

Amidst the mean streets of Auckland, Beth Heke lives with her husband Jake and their children in a tenement house for native Maori. Jake’s battle with alcoholism frequently results in terrifyingly violent outbursts, but Beth’s unwavering devotion prevents her from seeing how much his rage is destroying their family – until it’s almost too late.

Winner of nine New Zealand Film Awards, this groundbreaking adaptation of Alan Duff’s hard-hitting novel set local box office records and launched the international career of director Lee Tamahori.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4jPG0XXXb8

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Once_Were_Warriors_(film)

REVIEWS . . . https://rottentomatoes.com/once_were_warriors/reviewss

EBERT . . . . . https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/once-were-warriors-1995

IMDb . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110729/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . https://rottentomatoes.com/m/once_were_warriors

SOURCE . . . Once Were Warriors Part 1 – https://dailymotion.com/video/x6vketi
. . . . . . . . . . . Once Were Warriors Part 2 – https://dailymotion.com/video/x6vkef8

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FILM . . . . SHOPLIFTERS (2018, 2hr 1min, IMDb 8.0)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 28 October 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


SHOPLIFTERS won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018 and 33 other international awards.

After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them.

The film is in Japanese with English subtitles.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9382rwoMiRc

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoplifters

AWARDS . . . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoplifters#Accolades

REVIEWS . . . https://rottentomatoes.com/m/shoplifters/reviews?type=top_critics

EBERT . . . . . https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/shoplifters-2018

IMDb . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8075192/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/shoplifters

SOURCE . . . DVD borrowed from class member David Bourne

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FILM . . . . CABARET (1972, 2hr 4min, IMDb 7.8)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 21 October 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


Adapted from the Broadway show, this hard-hitting musical drama is set in decadent 1930s Berlin during Hitler’s rise to power. The film chronicles Cambridge student Brian Roberts’ friendship with the high-spirited Sally Bowles, a singer at the sleazy Kit Kat nightclub, where the anti-Semitic emcee sets a tone of debauchery.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYZ8cqMLuQg

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabaret_(musical)

AWARDS . . . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabaret_(musical)#Awards_and_honors

REVIEWS . . . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cabaret/reviews?type=top_critics

EBERT . . . . . https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/cabaret-1972

IMDb . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068327/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cabaret

SOURCE . . . DVD from City of Melbourne Library
https://librarysearch.melbourne.vic.gov.au/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/OPAC/BIBENQ?BRN=10283

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FILM . . . . PERSEPOLIS (2007, 1hr 39min, IMDb 8.0)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday dd Month 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


Persepolis is a 2007 adult animated film based upon the Marjane Satrapi autobiographical graphic novel of the same name. The story follows a young girl as she comes of age against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution. The title references the historical city of Persepolis.

Marjane is precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl who was nine years old during the Islamic Revolution when the fundamentalists first take power–forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands. She cleverly outsmarts the “social guardians” and discovers punk, ABBA and Iron Maiden, while living with the terror of government persecution and the Iran/Iraq war. Then Marjane’s journey moves on to Austria where, as a teenager, her parents send her to school in fear for her safety and, she has to combat being equated with the religious fundamentalism and extremism she fled her country to escape.

Marjane eventually gains acceptance in Europe, but finds herself alone and horribly homesick, and returns to Iran to be with her family, although it means putting on the veil and living in a tyrannical society. After a difficult period of adjustment, she enters art school and marries, continuing to speak out against the hypocrisy she witnesses. At age 24, she realizes that while she is deeply Iranian, she cannot live in Iran. She then makes the heartbreaking decision to leave her homeland for France, optimistic about her future, shaped indelibly by her past.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZ22VyjJ6n8

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persepolis_(film)

AWARDS . . . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persepolis_(film)#Awards

REVIEWS . . . https://rottentomatoes.com/m/persepolis/reviews

EBERT . . . . . https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/persepolis-2008

IMDb . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808417/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/persepolis

SOURCE . . . VIMEO – https://vimeo.com/244927462

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FILM . . . . IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (2000, 1hr 38min, IMDb 8.1)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday dd Month 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


Wong Kar-wai takes his time shooting a film, setting out without a conventional script and waiting to see where the mood takes him; his actors rarely have possession of the bigger picture. As it turned out, this is a sizzling romance about two cuckolded next-door neighbours (Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung) who fall in love with one another. As rendered by Wong’s regular cinematographer, Christopher Doyle (and his replacement, Mark Lee Ping-bin, who took over when the shooting schedule overran), the lush colours on screen are mellowed with nostalgia and ripened by sensuality. As much as this is the story of love blossoming out of rejection, it is also a testament to its director’s ongoing infatuation with cinema. What he can do with a passage of music, a close-up or an adjustment in film speed makes most other directors look unfit to shoot a nativity play. Doyle observes the tentative encounters from behind lamps and cabinets, or from under a bed. If you didn’t already know this cinematographer’s work, you might assume Wong had hired a private detective for the job, so skilful are the furtive compositions.

It is an unorthodox romance, widely regarded as the director’s finest work. And it is as impeccably turned out as you would expect from a Wong Kar-wai film. Audiences might well emerge craving props and costumes featured in the movie – the silk and gossamer dresses worn with perfect Audrey Hepburn poise by the regal Cheung, or the brilliantine that gives Leung his authentic Clark Gable sheen, or the snazzy noodle-flasks with which these almost-lovers collect their supper from a basement cafe. Unlike its 2004 semi-sequel, 2046, there is more here than just style. A heartbreaking final scene more than substantiates the idea that it is a Brief Encounter for the 21st century. Ryan Gilbey – The Guardian – Sat 16 Oct 2010

The film is in Cantonese and Shanghainese with English subtitles.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWVDZ98AFhI

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_the_Mood_for_Love

REVIEWS . . . https://rottentomatoes.com/m/in_the_mood_for_love_2001/reviews

EBERT . . . . . https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/in-the-mood-for-love-2001

IMDb . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118694/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/in_the_mood_for_love_2001

SOURCE . . . DVD from City of Melbourne Library

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FILM . . . . LOCAL HERO (1983, 1hr 54min, IMDb 7.4)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 16 September 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


Some may be turned off by the apparent disregard of plot. Amazing characters, scenery and music make this a truly brilliant movie. It’s a movie that may not be fully appreciated until you’ve seen it three or four times. Burt Lancaster steals the show in a small role. Peter Riegert is perfectly cast as a lost American who finds a place where he belongs. The memorable scenes are countless: the aurora borealis show, the eccentric beachcomber who offers to sell for a dollar per grain of sand in his hand, the injured rabbit, Riegert proposes to trade places with Gordon, etc., etc., etc. Mark Knofler’s music is worth the price of admission alone.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nufb3JysCgY

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_Hero_(film)

MUSIC . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kfAWkDh4rg&ab_channel=Mirco

REVIEWS . . . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/local_hero/reviews

EBERT . . . . . https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/local-hero-1983

IMDb . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085859/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/local_hero/

SOURCE . . . https://catalogue.portphillip.vic.gov.au/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/OPAC/BIBENQ?BRN=182373

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FILM . . . . CHARADE (1963, 1hr 53min, IMDb 7.9)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 9 September 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn star in this stylish comedy-thriller directed by Stanley Donen, very much in a Hitchcock vein. Grant plays Peter Joshua, who meets Reggie Lampert (Hepburn) in Paris and later offers to help her when she discovers that her husband has been murdered. After the funeral, Reggie is summoned to the embassy and warned by agent/friend Bartholemew (Walter Matthau) that her late husband helped steal 250,000 dollars during the war and that the rest of the gang is after the money as well. When three of the men who attended her husband’s funeral begin to harass her, Reggie goes to Joshua for help, at which time Joshua confesses that his name is actually Alexander Dyle, the brother of a fourth accomplice in the gold theft. The three men from the funeral are revealed to be the three other accomplices in the crime, and though she knows next to nothing of the heist, Reggie is caught in a ring of suspense as she is followed by the shadowy trio, all after the money. Apparently, the only person she can trust is Joshua/Dyle — until Bartholomew tells Reggie that the fourth accomplice had no brother, and Joshua/Dyle reveals that he is, in fact, a crook named Adam Canfield. Now Reggie doesn’t know where to turn. The musical score by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini was nominated for an Academy Award. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6T2Q4XO7uA

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charade_(1963_film)

AWARDS . . . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charade-Awards

REVIEWS . . . https://rottentomatoes.com/m/1003883_charade/

IMDb . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056923/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1003883_charade

YOUTUBE . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5zHUg3RCBg

KANOPY . . . https://melbournepl.kanopy.com/product/charade

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FILM . . . . THE SHINING (1980, 1hr 54min, IMDb 8.3)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 2 September 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer’s block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and his son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack’s writing goes nowhere and Danny’s visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel’s dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S014oGZiSdI

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shining_(film)

EBERT . . . . . https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-the-shining-1980

IMDb . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081505/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/shining

SOURCE . . . DVD from City of Melbourne Library

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FILM . . . . MUSTANG (2015, 1hr 37min, IMDb 7.6)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 26 August 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


It’s the beginning of the summer. In a village in the north of Turkey, Lale and her four sisters come home from school, innocently playing with boys. The supposed debauchery of their games causes a scandal with unintended consequences. The family home slowly turns into a prison, classes on housework and cooking replace school, and marriages begin to be arranged. The five sisters, driven by the same desire for freedom, fight back against the limits imposed on them.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABNB3zw5BAo

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mustang_(film)

AWARDS . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3966404/awards?ref_=tt_awd

REVIEWS . . . https://rottentomatoes.com/m/mustang_2015/reviews

IMDb . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3966404/?ref_=ttawd_awd_tt

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mustang_2015

SOURCE . . . DVD from Melbourne Library (Recommended by Denis Threlfall)

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FILM . . . . THE LONG DAY CLOSES (1998, 1hr 39min, IMDb 6.8)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 18 August 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


The Long Day Closes is the story of eleven-year-old “Bud.” A sad and lonely boy, Bud struggles through his days. With cinema as his main source of solace, he haunts the local movie-house. All the while, his family looms large in our peripheral vision as do the menacing bullies of his school, but Bud is the center of attention both from the camera’s angle and from his doting family. With a grey background, the film fuses clips and audio from classic movies into Bud’s dreary childhood and brings it to life with an elegance Bach would bring to your home movies. The overall effect is a montage of memory which seems to ignite flashes of recognition in the viewer.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Gd9IVdLX3Y&ab_channel=Film4

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Long_Day_Closes_(film)

REVIEWS . . . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/long_day_closes/reviews

EBERT . . . . . https://www.rogerebert.com/terence-davies-the-long-day-closes

IMDb . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104753/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/long_day_closes

SOURCE . . . DVD from City of Melbourne Library.

YOUTUBE . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVREKuV5i8Y (FULL MOVIE)

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FILM . . . . MONSOON WEDDING (2001, 1hr 54min)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Monday 12 August 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


Mira Nair directs this charming family drama about a very chaotic Indian wedding. Lalit Verma (Naseeruddin Shah) is a wealthy father who is trying to see that his daughter Aditi’s wedding goes off without a hitch. Though familiar with Western ways, he has little patience with them and is dead set on seeing the nuptials done properly and traditionally. Disillusioned with her long time relationship with Vikram — a man who is almost twice her age — Aditi (Vasundhara Das) suddenly agrees to submit to an arranged marriage with Hemant, an engineer from Houston. Yet as the ceremony nears, she gets cold feet and returns to see her former lover — even though it could spell disaster for everyone involved. Meanwhile, Aditi’s comely 17-year-old cousin Ayesha is coming to terms with her blossoming sexuality and has her sights set on Rahul, another relative who is a college student in Australia. Then there is Rai — also Aditi’s cousin — who has a shocking revelation to make. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto and Venice Film Festivals. At Venice, Monsoon Wedding won the prestigious Golden Lion award.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjQjw-UyAX0

REVIEW . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ApEUhwT3t0

SOURCE . . . Port Phillip Library – https://catalogue.portphillip.vic.gov.au

YOUTUBE. . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvB-dokfP2Y (the complete film)

This film was suggested by class member Denis Threlfall.

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FILM . . . . DEPARTURES (2008, 2hr 10min, IMDb 8.1)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 5 August 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


Director Yojiro Takita and writer Kundo Koyama examine the rituals surrounding death in Japan with this tale of an out-of-work cellist who accepts a job as a “Nokanashi” or “encoffineer” (the Japanese equivalent of an undertaker) in order to provide for himself and his young wife. Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki) is a talented musician, but when his orchestra is abruptly disbanded, he suddenly finds himself without a source of steady income. Making the decision to move back to his small hometown, Daigo answers a classified ad for a company called “Departures,” mistakenly assuming that he will be working for a travel agency. Upon discovering that he will actually be preparing the bodies of the recently deceased for their trip to the afterlife, Daigo accepts the position as gatekeeper between life and death and gradually gains a greater appreciation for life. But while Daigo’s wife and friends universally despise his new line of work, he takes a great amount of pride in the fact that he is helping to ensure that the dead receive a proper send-off from this state of being.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks6ZghMqJqA

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Departures_(2008_film)

AWARDS . . . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/accolades_by_Departures_(2008_film)

REVIEWS . . . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/departures/reviews?type=top_critics

IMDb . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1069238/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10010675_departures

SOURCE . . . DVD from David Bourne and Barbara Coles

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FILM . . . . THE PAINTED VEIL (2006, 2hr 5min, IMDb 7.5)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 29 July 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


THE PAINTED VEIL is a film based on the book by W. Somerset Maugham.

Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920s, it is the story of the beautiful, but love-starved Kitty Fane. When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to the heart of a cholera epidemic. Stripped of the British society of her youth and the small but effective society she fought so hard to attain in Hong Kong, she is compelled by her awakening conscience to reassess her life and learn how to love.

The Painted Veil is a beautifully written story of the human capacity to grow, to change, and to forgive.

William Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in 1874. He spoke French even before he spoke a word of English, a fact to which some critics attribute the purity of his style.

His parents died early and, after an unhappy boyhood, which he recorded poignantly in Of Human Bondage, Maugham became a qualified physician. But writing was his true vocation. For ten years before his first success, he almost literally starved while pouring out novels and plays.

Maugham wrote at a time when experimental modernist literature such as that of William Faulkner, Thomas Mann, James Joyce and Virginia Woolf was gaining increasing popularity and winning critical acclaim. In this context, his plain prose style was criticized as ‘such a tissue of clichés’ that one’s wonder is finally aroused at the writer’s ability to assemble so many and at his unfailing inability to put anything in an individual way.

During World War I, Maugham worked for the British Secret Service . He travelled all over the world, and made many visits to America. After World War II, Maugham made his home in south of France and continued to move between England and Nice till his death in 1965.


TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ftkmhs8BEms

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Painted_Veil_(2006_film)

IMDb . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0446755/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/painted_veil

SOURCE . . . https://catalogue.portphillip.vic.gov.au

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FILM . . . . GREEN BOOK (2019, 2hr 10min, IMDb 8.2)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 22 July 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


In 1962, Tony “Tony Lip” Vallelonga, a tough bouncer, is looking for work when his nightclub is closed for renovations. The most promising offer turns out to be the driver for the African-American classical pianist Don Shirley for a concert tour into the Deep South states. Although hardly enthused at working for a black man, Tony accepts the job and they begin their trek armed with The Negro Motorist Green Book, a travel guide for safe travel through America’s racial segregation.

Together, the snobbishly erudite pianist and the crudely practical bouncer can barely get along with their clashing attitudes to life and ideals. However, as the disparate pair witness and endure America’s appalling injustices on the road, they find a newfound respect for each other’s talents and start to face them together. In doing so, they would nurture a friendship and understanding that would change both their lives.

Green Book was nominated for five awards at the 91st Academy Awards, winning three awards for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkZxoko_HC0

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Book_(film)

AWARDS . . . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Book_(film)#Accolades

REVIEWS . . . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/green_book/reviews

IMDb . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6966692/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/green_book

SOURCE . . . DVD from City of Melbourne Library

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FILM . . . . MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (2011, 1hr 34min, IMDb 7.7)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 15 July 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) is a screenwriter and aspiring novelist. Vacationing in Paris with his fiancee (Rachel McAdams), he has taken to touring the city alone. On one such late-night excursion, Gil encounters a group of strange — yet familiar — revelers, who sweep him along, apparently back in time to the 1920’s, for a night with some of the Jazz Age’s icons of art and literature. The more time Gil spends with these cultural heroes of the past, the more dissatisfied he becomes with the present.

The film is a fantasy, romantic, comedy, written and directed by Woody Allen.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAfR8omt-CY

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midnight_in_Paris

AWARDS . . . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midnight_in_Paris#Accolades

REVIEWS . . . https://rottentomatoes.com/m/midnight_in_paris/reviews

EBERT . . . . . https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/midnight-in-paris-2011

IMDb . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1605783/?ref_=tt_urv

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/midnight_in_paris

SOURCE . . . DVD from City of Melbourne Library.

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FILM . . . . ABOUT ELLY (2015, 1hr 59min, IMDb 8.0)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 24 June 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


ABOUT ELLY is a film by Iranian director, Asghar Farhadi. This gripping mystery is set among a group of old friends on a holiday retreat. With the return of their close friend Ahmad from Germany, a group of former college pals decide to reunite for a weekend outing by the Caspian Sea. The fun starts right away as they quickly catch on to the plan of lively Sepideh, who has brought along Elly, her daughter’s kindergarten teacher, in hopes of setting her up with recently divorced Ahmad. But seemingly trivial lies, which start accumulating from the moment the group arrives at the seashore, suddenly swing round and come back full force when one afternoon Elly suddenly vanishes. Her mysterious disappearance sets in motion a series of deceptions and revelations that threaten to shatter everything they hold dear.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hM3Nj-xiHVk

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/About_Elly

AWARDS . . . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/About_Elly#Accolades

REVIEWS . . . https://rottentomatoes.com/m/about_elly/reviews?type=top_critics

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1360860/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/about_elly

SOURCE . . . https://librarysearch.melbourne.vic.gov.au/

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FILM . . . . LADIES IN BLACK (2018, 1hr 49min, IMDb 6.7)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 17 June 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


Ladies in Black is set in Sydney in the summer of 1959, against the backdrop of Australia’s cultural awakening, breakdown of class structures, and liberation of women. It tells the coming-of-age story of suburban schoolgirl Lisa, who while waiting for her final high school exam results with dreams of going to the University of Sydney, takes a summer job at a large department store. Here she works side-by-side with a group of saleswomen who open her eyes to a world beyond her sheltered existence, and foster her metamorphosis.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rd7aD7F2QCg

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladies_in_Black_(film)

REVIEWS . . . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/ladies_in_black/reviews

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6684884/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/ladies_in_black

SOURCE . . . DVD from City of Melbourne Library

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FILM . . . . THE SIXTH SENSE (1999, 1hr 47min, IMDb 8.1)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 3 June 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


What makes this film so wonderful to watch is not simply the acting, or the terror it instills, or even the plot itself. It is the way in which the writer/director M. Night Shyamalan takes his vision from the page, and carefully crafts a tale that completely absorbs the viewer. As a result, we are treated to a wealth of emotion: fear, sadness, joy, confusion, and humor, each one a compliment to the other.

Haley Joel Osment delivers, plain and simple. By now, so much has been said about the young actor that any more would be repetition. Needless to say, his portrayal of Cole Sear is remarkable. His ability to communicate, through a simple look or gesture, the depths to which his character’s soul has been thrust is what truly carries the film. He succeeds at this task beautifully, convincing us while never going over the top; indeed, by the time Cole utters his now-famous line, you not only believe him, you are chilled by the fact that Osment the actor may actually believe it himself.

Bruce Willis turns in a stellar performance, complimenting his young co-star while never overshadowing him. It is a tribute to his respect of the material in so much as he fine tunes his delivery to seem reserved, yet not too toned down.

The Sixth Sense is more than simply a wondrous two hours. It has, in effect, created a new genre of filmmaking… the film is neither drama, nor horror, nor action. Rather, it is a seamless blending of all three, a film that encompasses the best aspects of each genre, without being limited by the worst. Hollywood has taken notice of this, and one can only expect a series of poor imitations to follow. But at least they’ll always have The Sixth Sense to guide the way.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VG9AGf66tXM

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sixth_Sense (Contains spoilers)

REVIEWS . . . https://rottentomatoes.com/m/sixth_sense/reviews?type=top_critics

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0167404/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/sixth_sense

SOURCE . . . DVD from City of Melbourne Library

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FILM . . . . GET OUT (2017, 1hr 44min, IMDb 7.7)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 3 June 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


In this horror, mystery, thriller film, Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating and Rose invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with her parents, Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.

Critics agree that Get Out is funny, scary, and thought-provoking, and seamlessly weaves its trenchant social critiques into a brilliantly effective and entertaining horror/comedy thrill ride. They have rated it the number 1 horror movie of all time.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzfpyUB60YY

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Get_Out

AWARDS . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5052448/awards?ref_=tt_awd

REVIEWS . . . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/get_out/reviews?type=top_critics

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5052448/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/get_out

SOURCE . . . DVD from the City of Melbourne Library

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FILM . . . . OUR LITTLE SISTER (2015, 2hr 7min, IMDb 7.5)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 27 May 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


Three sisters Sachi, Yoshino and Chika live together in a large house in the city of Kamakura. When their father absent from the family home for the last 15 years dies, they travel to the countryside for his funeral and meet their shy teenage half-sister. Bonding quickly with the orphaned Suzu, they invite her to live with them. Suzu eagerly agrees, and a new life of joyful discovery begins for the four siblings.

This poetic, gently-paced drama was nominated for the Palme d’Or when it premiered in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015. Our Little Sister is directed by acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Kore-eda Hirokazu.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1ef12pHDmo

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Little_Sister

REVIEWS . . . https://rottentomatoes.com/m/our_little_sister/reviews?type=top_critics

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3756788/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/our_little_sister

SOURCE . . . DVD from City of Melbourne Library

ACMI . . . . . . The film will be shown at ACMI in Fed Square between 22 June 2019 and 1 July 2019. See details at https://www.acmi.net.au/events/our-little-sister/

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FILM . . . . ABOUT SCHMIDT (2002, 2hr 5min, IMDb 7.2)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 20 May 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


Warren Schmidt is a man without resources. He has no intellectual curiosity. May never have read a book for pleasure. Lives in a home “decorated” with sets of collector’s items accumulated by his wife, each in the display case that came with the items. On his retirement day, he is left with nothing but time on his empty hands. He has spent his entire life working at a job that could have been done by anybody, or, apparently, nobody. He goes to the office to see if he can answer any questions that the new guy might have, but the new guy doesn’t. In a lifetime of work, Warren Schmidt has not accumulated even one piece of information that is needed by his replacement.

Why would Jack Nicholson accept the role of this boring character? Come and see the film and you will find out.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-dafG40eGU

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/About_Schmidt

REVIEWS . . . https://rottentomatoes.com/m/about_schmidt/reviews/?type=top_critics

EBERT . . . . . https://rogerebert.com/reviews/about-schmidt-2002

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0257360/?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/about_schmidt

SOURCE . . . DVD from City of Melbourne Library

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FILM . . . . INCENDIES (2010, 2hr 11min, IMDb 8.3)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 13 May 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


The Academy Award nominated Incendies is a masterful cinematic achievement – at once a tightly woven mystery; an epic, sweeping family drama and deeply affecting, profound and transcendent work. A bona fide masterpiece.

It is ironic that one of the best films about the Middle East conflict, and specifically the tragic Lebanese Civil War, should be made by a Canadian film maker. Incendies is based on a play but it feels as though it has been adapted from a great literary work. In fact there is no specific mention of any country in the film but no one can be in any doubt that the unnamed country is Lebanon.

A Canadaian-Lebanese woman dies in Canada and in her will she leaves two letters to her twin son and daughter. One is to be delivered to their brother (whom they did not know existed) and the other to their father (whom they had presumed dead). To find these people they have to travel to Lebanon to unravel the mysterious past of their deceased mother. As we follow their search, flash backs slowly reveal to us key moments in the life of their mother.

There are extremely powerful and unforgettable images and scenes in Incendies. Suffice to say that even if you have no interest in the history of the Middle East, this film will capture your attention from the start and grips you right till the end. (From Canada, in French and Arabic) (2010)

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nycksytL1A

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incendies

REVIEWS . . . https://rottentomatoes.com/incendies/review/critics (33 of 38 positive)

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1255953/?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/incendies

AWARDS . . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incendies#Accolades (33 awards)

SOURCE . . . City of Melbourne Library

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FILM . . . . SLIDING DOORS (1998, 1hr 39min, IMDb 6.8)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 6 May 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


In London, Helen (Gwyneth Paltrow), a Public Relations  Manager, is fired from her position in a PR company. While returning home, she does not catch the train in the subway. But in another possibility of her life, she catches the train in the subway. The story shows two parallel lives of Helen: in one life (as a brunette), she stays with her boyfriend Gerry, and in the other life (where she is a blonde), she finds that Gerry cheats her with Lydia and she falls in love with James.

The reviews of the “top critics” (see below) give this romatic comedy the “thumbs down”, but I think they miss the point of the film. The film explores the consequences of how a seemingly minor event in life can have massive consenquences in the future. I look forward to hearing what you think.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSBu80PCnE4

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sliding_Doors

REVIEWS . . . https://rottentomatoes.com/m/sliding_doors/reviews/?type=top_critics

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120148/?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/sliding_doors

SOURCE . . . City of Melbourne Library

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FILM . . . . The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007, 1h 52min. IMDb 8.0)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 25 February 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


This French film tells the true-life story of Jean-Dominic Bauby — a man who held the world in his palm, lost everything to sudden paralysis at 43 years old, and somehow found the strength to rebound.

The film follows Bauby’s story to the letter — his instantaneous descent from a wealthy and congenial playboy and the editor of the French magazine “Elle”, to a bed-bound, hospitalized stroke victim with an inactive brain stem that made it impossible for him to speak or move a muscle of his body. This prison, as it were, became a kind of “diving bell” for Bauby — one with no means of escape. With his mind unaffected, his only solace lay in the seemingly depthless fantasies and memories in his mind.

Because of Bauby’s physical restriction, he only possessed one channel for communication with the outside world, his “butterfly”. By fluttering his eye lids and blinking his functioning left eye, he not only began to interact again with the world around him, but — astonishingly — authored his memoir, one letter at a time, via a code used to signify specific letters of the alphabet.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eawGsbRLzHQ

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Diving_Bell_and_the_Butterfly_(film)

REVIEWS . . . https://rottentomatoes.com/the_diving_bell_and_the_butterfly/reviews/

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0401383/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . https://rottentomatoes.com/the_diving_bell_and_the_butterfly

SOURCE . . . DVD from City of Port Phillip Library

AWARDS . . . The Diving Bell and the Butterfly won awards at the Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Globes, the BAFTAs, and the César Awards, and received four Academy Award nominations. Several critics later listed it as one of the best films of its decade.[3] It ranks in BBC’s 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century.

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FILM . . . . MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969, 113 Min, IBDb 7.9)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 1 April 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


Convinced of his irresistible appeal to women, Texas dishwasher Joe Buck (Jon Voight) quits his job and heads for New York City, thinking he’ll latch on to some rich dowager. New York, however, is not as hospitable as he imagined, and Joe soon finds himself living in an abandoned building with a Dickensian layabout named Enrico “Ratso” Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman). The two form a rough alliance, and together they kick-start Joe’s hustling career just as Ratso’s health begins to deteriorate.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2yBydiEJrI

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midnight_Cowboy

REVIEWS . . . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/midnight_cowboy/

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064665/?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/midnight_cowboy

AWARDS . . . . Midnight Cowboy > Awards > Academy Award for Best Picture

SOURCE . . . DVD from City of Melbourne Library

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FILM  . . . . The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society (2018, 124 Min)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 25 March 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


London, 1946. Juliet (Lily James), a charismatic and free-spirited writer receives a letter from a member of a mysterious literary club started in Nazi-occupied Guernsey. Her curiosity piqued, Juliet decides to visit the island. There she meets the delightfully eccentric members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, including Dawsey (Michiel Huisman), the rugged and intriguing farmer who wrote her the letter. As the secrets from their wartime past unfold, Juliet’s growing attachment to the island, the book club and her affection for Dawsey will change the course of her life forever.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTDNGv61-Dk

WIKIPEDIA . . https://wikipedia/The_Guernsey_Literary_Potato_Peel_Pie_Society

REVIEWS . . . https://rottentomatoes.com/the_guernsey_literary_potato_pie_society

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1289403/?ref_=nv_sr_1

SOURCE . . . Lois Daley’s Video Library

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FILM . . . . Blade Runner (1982, 117 Min, 8.2 IMDb)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 18 March 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


A blend of science fiction and noir detective fiction, Blade Runner (1982) was a box office and critical flopt upon its initial exhibition, but its unique postmodern production design became hugely influential within the sci-fi genre, and the film gained a significant cult following that increased its stature.
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Harrison Ford stars as Rick Deckard, a retired cop in Los Angeles circa 2019. L.A. has become a pan-cultural dystopia of corporate advertising, pollution and flying automobiles, as well as replicants, human-like androids with short life spans built by the Tyrell Corporation for use in dangerous off-world colonization. Deckard’s former job in the police department was as a talented blade runner, a euphemism for detectives that hunt down and assassinate rogue replicants. Called before his one-time superior (M. Emmett Walsh), Deckard is forced back into active duty.
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A quartet of replicants led by Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) has escaped and headed to Earth, killing several humans in the process. After meeting with the eccentric Eldon Tyrell (Joe Turkel), creator of the replicants, Deckard finds and eliminates Zhora (Joanna Cassidy), one of his targets. Attacked by another replicant, Leon (Brion James), Deckard is about to be killed when he’s saved by Rachael (Sean Young), Tyrell’s assistant and a replicant who’s unaware of her true nature. In the meantime, Batty and his replicant pleasure model lover, Pris (Darryl Hannah) use a dying inventor, J.F. Sebastian (William Sanderson) to get close to Tyrell and murder him. Deckard tracks the pair to Sebastian’s, where a bloody and violent final confrontation between Deckard and Batty takes place on a skyscraper rooftop high above the city.

TRAILER . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083658/?ref_=nv_sr_2

FILM NOIR . . https://jacksfilmaddiction.com/2017/12/27/blade-runner-film-noir/

REVIEWS . . . https://rottentomatoes.com/m/blade_runner/reviews/?type=top_critics

EBERT . . . . . https://rogerebert.com/reviews/blade-runner-the-final-cut-1982

WIKIPEDIA . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blade_Runner

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083658/?ref_=nv_sr_2

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/blade_runner

FILM TITLE . https://theverge.com/blade-runner-name

SOURCE . . . DVD from City of Melbourne Library

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FILM . . . . The Shape of Water (2017, 123min, 7.3 IMDb)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 4 March 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


From master storyteller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER – an other-worldly fable, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFYWazblaUA

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shape_of_Water

REVIEWS . . . https://rottentomatoes.com/m/the_shape_of_water/reviews/top_critics

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5580390/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_shape_of_water_2017

SOURCE . . . DVD from City of Melbourne Library

AWARD . . . . Oscar for Best Picture 2018

ENDING. . . . The Ending Explained (WARNING – This article contains SPOILERS)

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FILM . . . . ROMA (2018, 135 Min, 7.9 IMDb)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 25 February 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre

If you only have time to read one article, read this one ROMA

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BS27ngZtxg

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roma_(2018_film)

GUARDIAN . . https://theguardian.com/film/2018/nov/29/roma-review-alfonso-cuaron

REVIEWS . . . https://rottentomatoes.com/m/roma_2018/reviews/?type=top_critics

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6155172/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/roma_2018

SOURCE . . . https://www.netflix.com/watch/80240715

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FILM . . . . Muriel’s Wedding (1994, 106 Min, 7.2 IMDb)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 18 February 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre

A socially inept young woman slowly learns to overcome her insecurities in this Australian hit film. The unconventional Muriel (Toni Collette) is deeply unsatisfied with her life, stuck in the nowhere town of Porpoise Spit and feeling rejected by her friends and family. Believing herself unattractive and worthless, she seeks meager solace in ABBA songs and fantasies of gorgeous weddings, with herself as the bride. Muriel’s life takes a turn for the better, however, when she befriends the carefree Rhonda (Rachel Griffiths), who encourages her to take control of her life. Together, the two women travel to Sydney, where a series of liberating experiences help Muriel develop self-esteem and take the first steps towards maturity.

TRAILER . . .  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLDcevp5w5o

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110598/?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/muriels_wedding

MUSICAL . . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muriel’s_Wedding_(musical)

SOURCE . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glMeFLajLU8

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FILM . . . . The Book Thief (2013, 131 Min, 7.6 IMDb)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 11 February 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre

Based on the beloved international bestselling book by Australian Markus Zusak, The Book Thief tells the story of an extraordinary, spirited young girl sent to live with a foster family in WWII Germany. Intrigued by the only book she brought with her, she begins collecting books as she finds them. With the help of her new parents and a secret guest under the stairs, she learns to read and creates a magical world that inspires them all.

A stunning tale of adolescence in Nazi Germany, The Book Thief follows the life of Liesel Meminger as she grows up in the home of her adoptive parents. Rebellious in nature, Liesel feeds her hunger for stories by stealing books from book burnings. Liesel is shown the true stakes of the war when her father hides a young Jewish man in thier basement. The more time she spends with this man, the more she learns about the value of life and of words.

In the wake of a terrible familial tragedy, 11-year-old Liesel Meminger is taken in by the compassionate working-class painter Hans Hubermann and his stern but well-meaning wife, Rosa, in 1938 Germany. Bullied for being illiterate, young Liesel is encouraged to learn how to read and write by her foster father during perilous times, as the Nazi’s grip on Germany progressively tightens, and public ceremonial book burnings have already begun. But soon, things will take a turn for the worse when the German couple offers shelter to Max Vandenburg, a mysterious Jewish man on the verge of death, from whom the voracious reader, Liesel, will learn the essence and the interminable power of words. In the end, it is the words and an irrepressible imagination that will paint a mystical escape from Adolf Hitler’s tyranny.

TRAILER . . .  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92EBSmxinus

INTERVIEW . . https://www.abc.net.au/news/one-plus-one/markus-zusak/

AUTHOR . . . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Markus_Zusak

AWARDS . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0816442/awards?ref_=tt_awd

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0816442/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

WIKIPEDIA . . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Book_Thief_(film)
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FILM . . . . Annie Hall (1977, 93 Min, 8.0 IMDb)
TIME . . . . 1.00 pm Monday 4 February 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre

“Annie Hall” is a comical look at the up and down relationship between Alvy Singer (Woody Allen), a New York City TV writer, and his aspiring actress/singer girlfriend, Annie Hall (Diane Keaton).

At the 1978 Academy Awards this comedy/romance won 4 Oscars: Best Picture (Charles H. Joffe), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Diane Keaton), Best Director (Woody Allen), Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman). In total the film won 26 awards.

The awards that Annie Hall gained marked the beginning of Woody Allen’s career as an important filmmaker. Allen’s earlier films were funny but a bit silly. They lacked serious insights into the personalities of his films characters as did his later films.

TRAILER . . .  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b2O_N6ogi8

AWARDS . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075686/awards?ref_=tt_awd

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000095/?ref_=tt_ov_dr

REVIEWS . . . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/annie_hall/reviews/

EBERT . . . . . . https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-annie-hall-1977

WIKIPEDIA . . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_Hall

FUNNY BITS . . https://www.theguardian.com/annie-hall-at-40-funniest-moments

TOMATOES . .  https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/annie_hall

SOURCE . . . . . PORT PHILLIP LIBRARY
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The Singing Detective (1986, Six Episodes each of about 60 Minutes)

Dennis Potter’s compelling, wonderfully surreal six-part musical miniseries probes the mind of cynical mystery writer Philip E. Marlow, who’s bedridden in a hospital with a debilitating case of psoriasis when he begins to fantasize that he’s a crooning 1940s gumshoe in one of his pulp novels. Blurred with his hallucinations are reflections from his troubled childhood. The Peabody-winning production first aired on the BBC in 1986.

TRAILER . . . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UlPzVzf8rA#t=33s

WIKIPEDIA . . . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Singing_Detective

IMDb . . . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090521/?ref_=nv_sr_2

REVIEW . . . . . . https://www.theguardian.com/singing-detective-bbc4

EPISODE 1 – SKIN (Click on for full screen in YouTube, Esc to return)


Writer Philip Marlow is in hospital being treated for a severe skin affliction, something he has suffered from for 25 years but is now worse than it has ever been. He finds himself in a general ward with a group of other men being treated for a variety of ailments. Marlow’s psoriasis covers him from head to toe and even the slightest movement proves extremely painful.The doctors have tried numerous treatments and medication, but to no avail. His only relief, ever so slight, is to have his body greased from head to toe even though he is embarrassed at his reaction when the pretty Nurse Mills tends to him. Unable to use his hands, he nonetheless keeps working on a novel by imagining the events. In wartime London, Mark Binney goes to a sleazy nightclub where he leaves with two of the girls working there. One of them is later fished out of the Thames.

EPISODE 2 – HEAT (Click on for full screen in YouTube, Esc to return)


After 10 or 11 weeks in the hospital, Marlow has a session with a psychiatrist, Dr. Gibbon, that does not go well. Gibbon believes that the root of Marlow’s skin disorder is psychological and that he will not heal until he deals with his inner demons. Marlow recalls events, real or imagined, from his childhood growing up in a coal mining community. His father’s singing, his beautiful mother’s piano playing and the taunts from classmates. He also recalls encountering his mother in the woods with a man. In his novel, Mark Binney hires Marlow the private detective on the recommendation of his solicitor. He’s spent the night with the Russian, Sonia, and now she’s nowhere to be seen. He’s even been told by the police, who didn’t believe him when he said two men were watching his flat, not to disappear.

EPISODE 3 – LOVELY DAYS (Click on  full screen in YouTube, Esc to return)


Marlow recalls the last days of World War II and a train journey with his mother when they visited her family. He again recalls his mother going into the woods and having sex with a man they know, Raymond. When soldiers on the train try to get friendly with her, he lashes out. At the hospital, he has another session with the psychiatrist, Dr. Gibbon, who questions if Marlow really wants to get better. His condition is slightly improved however and he’s now able to light his own cigarette. In his re-imagined novel, Marlow and Mark Binney have a row after the investigator questions his source of income. Binney pays him off and tells him to take a hike. When a woman who wants to speak to him urgently is shot, he learns that the sleazy nightclub Binney visited is a front for something sinister.

EPISODE 4 – CLUES (Click on for full screen in YouTube, Esc to return)


In his novel, Marlow has contacted the police and they have taken the dead woman away. He suspects that Mark Binney, who admitted that his visit to the nightclub wasn’t entirely by chance. Marlow decides to test Amanda as she leaves the club and he now finds himself under surveillance by the two trench coat-wearing hoods who were keeping an eye on Binney. As a young lad, Philip and his mother are visiting her parents in London. His mother tells him that his father will be joining them soon but the reaction of the others suggests otherwise. At school, Philip’s teacher is aghast at what one of the student has left on her desk. Philip becomes the object of her interrogation. At the hospital, Marlow’s psoriasis is showing constant improvement. His ex-wife Nikola visits him with news that a film company wants to option his novel, The Singing Detective. He really doesn’t want to see her and tells her he had already written a screenplay. She knows that already, but doesn’t let on as she is quite obviously hiding something.

EPISODE 5 – PITTER PATTER (Click on  full screen in YouTube, Esc to return)


In the hospital, Marlow’s ex-wife pays him another visit clearly intent on getting him to sign a contract to option his book The Singing Detective, the screenplay for which her friend Mark Finney will try peddle as his own. Marlow begins to wonder if paranoia is setting in when when he sees two trench coat-wearing hoods – characters as imagined in his novel – in the ward. One of the ward patients, Reginald is impressed that the author of the book he’s reading is a fellow patient. Philip’s psoriasis is also getting better but he disagrees with Dr. Gibbon about whether their sessions are worthwhile. He also recalls when, as a 10 year-old, he first developed his psoriasis and his mother finally admits to him that his father will never be joining them. He in turn asks if it’s because of what she did in the woods with Raymond Binney, father of Mark Binney the boy he identified as having left a little surprise on the teacher’s desk.

EPISODE 6 – WHO DONE IT (Click on for full screen in YouTube, Esc to return)


In the final episode of the series, memories of Marlow’s childhood, his dreams and the events in his re-imagined novel collide with present day reality. Marlow continues his sessions with the psychiatrist, Dr. Gibbon and recalls his return to his Dad after the death of his mother. He reveals the lie from his school days that lead to a classmate, Mark Binney, being severely beaten by their teacher. The events and characters in his re-imagined novel are blended into his childhood memories, his fantasies about his ex-wife and her lover, the outcome of the novel and his medical condition.

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