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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 Port Phillip 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 create a massive change 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 29 April 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 a stroke 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 flop 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)

SOURCE . . . . . A DVD at the MELBOURNE CITY LIBRARY
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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 . . . . . A DVD at the PORT PHILLIP LIBRARY
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