Another week of 2013 films, I checked out some great new releases including This Is The End, Before Midnight and The Conjuring which are all out in Australia on July 18. I also caught up on To The Wonder and Trance as well as reviewing Call Girl in preparation for it’s MIFF screenings in a fortnight. Finally, I checked out french film Les Apaches which will also be playing at the Melbourne International Film Festival.
This Is The End (2013) – Release Date: July 18 - Full of energy, this film was certainly a laugh-out-loud Comedy. It’s hilarious and so great to see the extensive list of cast members making fun of themselves and doing crazy things, as the apocalypse starts to occur at James Franco’s house. It’s great not knowing which actors are going to appear around the corner and to just name a few, Jonah Hill and Michael Cera are definite highlights. The humour works most of the time and the movie actually has some decent scares and jumps when it is being serious, which isn’t too often. I can’t wait to watch it again, the funniest comedy film of the year so far! A-
To The Wonder (2013) – Terrence Malick (Tree of Life) is back with a similar type of film to his last. Often calming, easy on the eye and peaceful, those feelings quickly turned to boredom and frustration for me. Perhaps for those with great attention spans. C+
Trance (2013) – I caught up with this Danny Boyle directed film and I really enjoyed it! An art auctioneer who has become mixed up with a group of criminals partners with a hypnotherapist in order to recover a lost painting. It does get a bit convoluted towards the end though, however I’m happy to recommend this one around. B+
Before Midnight (2013) – Release Date: July 18 - Do yourself a favour and check out Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004) as Before Midnight is the final in the trilogy and it will have a bigger impact if you’ve seen the previous films. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are back, this time in Greece, and their chemistry is truly amazing and believable. It has been 20 years since they first met on a train in Vienna. My favourite film of the three, the material and discussions are so relevant and genuine. It’s hard not to love this film, definitely one for all audiences and ages to enjoy. B+
Call Girl (2013) <<< Click here for my review. The same cinematographer (Hoyte van Hoytema) as Tinker, Tailor Soldier, Spy and soon to be Nolan’s Interstellar. Loved this one. B+
Les Apaches (2013) - My review is still to come next week, but I love how it tells the story from a youth point of view at all times. C+
Les Apaches is playing at the Melbourne International Film Festival on Wednesday July 31 and Saturday August 10, for more information head to the MIFF site.
The Conjuring (2013) – Release Date: July 18 - I’m not a huge Horror fan and seem to be easily scared. This film was no different as it had me gripping the chair and anything else I could find in anticipation of every scene! Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson give great performances, as well as all the kids. From the select few I’ve seen this year, it’s definitely the best of the year so far! B+
With the Melbourne Film Festival starting next Thursday the 25th of July, I’m finalising my schedule and getting some reviews out of films I’ve been lucky enough to see before the festival. These include The Act of Killing, Frances Ha and The Rocket which I’ll see over the next week! I’ll also be reviewing Last Days Here which gets it Australian DVD release on July 25 as well.
As well as updating the site, I’ll be updating my Letterboxd account with all the films I see from the Melbourne International Film Festival. You can check out the current list here: http://letterboxd.com/athomas/list/miff-2013-ranked/