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Thursday
Jan 29 2015

Introducing Sarah Snook,Babadook Slayer!

Americans should probably get to know Sarah Snook.If you're like me then you probably missed her in Julia Leigh's unsettlingSleeping Beauty,but as recently as 2012 she was hailed as Australia's Emma Stone (just google "sarah snook australia's emma stone") for her excessively charming performance in the (otherwise terrible) local rom-comNot Suitable for Childrenand last year impressed in a small role in the apocalyptic rave thrillerThese Final Hours.Her biggest role yet,however,came in the form of the Spierig Brothers'Predestinationand at last night's "Australian Oscars",亚博主页the AACTA Awards,she won the coveted Best Lead Actress prize,stealing it from the grip of two mightily formidable contenders.

The big winners + Cate Blanchett without her shoes (!!!) after the jump...

Who me?

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Wednesday
Dec 03 2014

The Babadook,Russell Crowe and Mia Wasikowska Score at "Aussie Oscars"亚博主页

Glennhere again to look at theAACTAAwards -akathe "Australian Oscars"亚博主页- which announced their annual nominations last night.Lots of big names spread across the field and some welcome nods to smaller films.

It was an expectedly big day for RussellCrowe'sdirectorial debut,The Winter Diviner.While ol' Rusty may be miffed (justifiable?I'm not sure,I have not seen his film yet) that he missed out on a directing nomination,he surely can't be disappointed for too long since his film is scattered all over the nominations.In fact,with eight,theWWIdrama received the second-biggest haul of the day.Somewhat less expected,however,was the film that leads the nomination tally:Predestination.A period-setsci-fithriller from theSpierigBrothers (Daybreakers) that stars EthanHawkeas a time-traveller whose life intersects with a mysterious man whose story spans time,space,fate,terrorism,love and even gender.Thankfullythat refreshing lack of genre bias extended to six nods forTheBabadookandThe Rover.Meanwhile,more traditional dramas likeTracks,The Railway Manand Australia's foreign language entryCharlie'sCountryalso fared very well.

Here are the nominations.

Best Film

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Friday
Apr 11 2014

Posterized: His Majesty Colin Firth Makes a LOT of Movies

The King speaks.Often in motion pictures,in point of fact.Colin Firth has been a mainstay in British and Hollywood cinema since his terrific debut opposite Rupert Everett in the boy's school classicAnother Country(1984).But it's not all stiff homoerotic upper-class Brit movies (though there's a fair share of that).He seems to have no ego whatsoever working in large ensembles,occasionally headlining,and (we assume) gets along with everyone given how often he returns to the same co-stars and directors (multiple films with Kidman and Everett and Egoyan and more).This year US audiences are getting not one not two butSIXColin Firth films:Gambit(released a couple of years ago in the UK),Atom Egoyan'sDevils Knot,Woody Allen'sMagic in the Moonlight,and three (!!!) with Nicole Kidman:Paddington(he's the voice of the bear),the thrillerBefore I Sleepand the post-war dramaThe Railway Manwhich is in theaters now after a quiet festival bow last year.

In the new film he plays a troubled WWII vet suffering from PTSD before there was a name for it.Jeremy Irvine plays Firth as a young man in his POW days and Nicole Kidman provides tough-love wifely support.Still,this is Firth's show through and through.He'squitegood in it though I'll admit that the movie was a little tentative and basic for my tastes.

A temporary projection glitch in the screening at TIFF I attended (strangely the only film I didn't write about that I saw there) stopped the image just as Nicole Kidman entered in one of her only forceful scenes.A flock of gentlemen turned around to look at her and were then paralyzed for several minutes gawking at her.Which isexactlywhat happens to me whenever Nicole Kidman enters a movie.I haven't seen it acted out so literally since Ewan MacGregor and the patrons of theMoulin Rougewent slack-jawed in unison when she descended from the ceiling singing "Diamonds".

But I digress.

We're here to talk Colin Firth.So anticlimactic now,right?Apologies to Mr Firth!How many of his movies have you seen?(Please tell me you've seenAnother Country)

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Friday
Jul 19 2013

Firth and Kidman Chug Along in The Railway Man

Glennhere looking at an upcoming film from my home country.I may live in America now,but I am still very much interested in what Australia is producing (as I and many of my fellow countrymen can attest,it's probably against my better judgement to do so).One title I've been keeping an eye on is Jonathan Teplitzky'sThe Railway Man.There a was a minor fuss a few years back whenThe King's Speechproducers were denied Australian funding and,thus,when it won Oscars it was unable to be classified as an Australian co-production despite its producers being Australian and its others local ties.亚博主页Well,the funding bodies learned their lesson and are officially on board withThe Railway Man,a British/Australia co-production from the memoir by Eric Lomax.

Nathaniel showed a bit more faith than others in the project by listing it in several of his Oscar categories.Other prognosticators don't seem to even know it exists!I've been skeptical that the film would even see the light of day in 2013 since the Australian media love being able to hail a star vehicle such as this as "ours",and yet there hadn't been a peep in terms of trailers,posters,or a release date.They'd be all over it ("Our Nicole Returns Home!"read headlines during production) if there was anything to actually talk about.Well,it's Australian distributor has finally put it onto the schedule and they chose the biggest day of the year - Boxing Day,2013.[more]

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Sunday
Jul 07 2013

Randomness: Wolverine and The Railway Bling Ring

Here's a collection of items that I couldn't be arsed* to talk about separately so I'm grouping them together.Join the conversation in the comments.

What is this?

It's the Pinoy poster for Sofia Coppola'sThe Bling Ring.I hate the font and I have no idea why they've redressed Emma Watson in trashy whore drag (she does not wear this in the movie) but I love the idea of designer labels sharing billing with the stars.That's more than a little clever.Do you like?[Thanks toIpefor bringing this to my attention]

Here's the latest promotional image from The Wolverine.

PostMan of Steelit is suddenly tremendously weird that Wolverine has less body hair than Superman,though he's still much veinier.Given my love for Hugh Jackman you'd think I'd be looking forward to this movie but it's literally the superhero movie of 2013 that I've thought the least about which I blame fully on the terribleness ofX-Men Origins: Wolverine.If this one is only twice as good it will still be bad so they'd better step it way way up.

Remember that long stretch of time in 2012 when mypodcast matesstarted claiming that I had made up the existence ofQuartetwith Maggie Smith?That the movie did not,in fact,exist.Well it finally opened proving me right and even though it was quite bad it was a minor hit (Maggie's renewed drawing power) but each year there's a movie like it that feels half imagined.Here's the latest promotional image from the stealthRailway Manwhich may or may not exist given its lack of distributor or release date and the full calendar of its stars.

I hate that hair on Nicole Kidman but given all the greatness she's delivered lately viaad campaigns,on red carpets,inThe Paperboyandon my freaking telephone,we will follow her anywhere...yes,even into frumpy hair and possibly dull "supportive spouse"roles.

Wednesday
May 02 2012

Link Roll Call

Gold Derbyhas the complete list of MTV Movie Awards.As per usual it's aHarry Potter/Twilightparty,crashed this time out byThe Hunger Games.SoYA.
Movie|Lineinterviews smashing Mark Ruffalo on playing The Hulk and Dance Dance Revolution with his castmates.
Hero Chan"The Birth ofVenusBlack Widow"
Incredible Suitmassive difference between old and new Spider-Man movies demonstrated
My New Plaid Pants"do dump or marry?"The Royal Tenenbaumsedition

Pajiba10 actors who will never be nominated for Emmy no matter how much they deserve it.
Guardianbecause all franchises refuse to die,they're thinking of resurrecting Dracula to star Tom Cruise as Van Helsing.Won't the vampire craze be over by the time they're finished?It has to be on its last legs now.
The EnvelopeOscar is staying put in the same theater for another couple of decades.It is "Kodak"no more but now "Dolby"I believe.
Crackedgreat behind the scenes photos that break the movie spell
VultureApril's best celebrity portraiture from Michelle Williams to Adepere Oduye
Awards Dailyfirst photos of Nicole Kidman on set ofRailway Man.Ugh,I hate when they make my fav goddesses frumpy for movie roles

Finally,I heart this new poster forSnow White and the Huntsman.Oh please let the evil queen win!