Wednesday, 20 June 2018

What's new in Odeon's this week : Thursday 21st June 2018.

On Sunday evening 17th June, the 65th Sydney Film Festival drew to a close with its screening of American drama comedy 'Hearts Beat Loud' as Directed and Co-Written for the screen by Brett Haley and starring Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Toni Collette and Ted Danson. The film tells the story of an old school Brooklyn record store owner and his daughter, who become overnight sensations on the Internet when a song they recorded together goes viral. The film Premiered at Sundance in January this year, went on release in the US earlier this month, and saw its Australian Premier at the Sydney Film Festival.

In other breaking SFF news, the winner of the AU$60,000 Sydney Film Prize, announced at the festival's closing ceremony, is the same-sex drama 'The Heiresses' ('Las Herederas') the first feature film by Paraguayan filmmaker Marcelo Martinessi. Set in Asuncion, Paraguay's capital city, this story centres around down on their luck and their fortunes socialite Chela (Ana Brun) as she adjusts to a new, more impoverished reality after her life partner of thirty years Chiquita (Margarita Irun) is imprisoned for fraud. After falling into work almost by accident, as a taxi driver for her elderly and wealthy neighbours, Chela meets Angy (Ana Ivanova), a younger woman who awakens her desire and her sense of adventure to live her life to the full. Martinessi is reported as saying 'I grew up in a world shaped by women: mother, sisters, grandmothers, aunts, ladies in the neighbourhood. I wanted my first feature to get into that female universe'.

The 2018 Sydney Film Prize was awarded by a five-person jury chaired by Australian artist and filmmaker Lynette Wallworth, and featuring fellow Australian Actor Ewen Leslie, Filipino Producer and Writer Bianca Balbuena, South African film composer and songwriter Chris Letcher, and Tokyo Film Festival program director Yoshi Yatabe. This Prize is awarded each year to the most 'audacious, cutting-edge and courageous film' in Sydney Film Festival's official competition. For the complete wrap-up you can go to :

Turning attention to the week ahead, there are five new films coming to your local Odeon. We launch with the fifth instalment in this hugely popular and successful modern day dinosaur franchise that saw a reboot three years ago that smashed Box Office records and propelled that film into the Top Five of all time - will this second film in a planned trilogy have equal success? Only you can make that happen! We then move to a comedy about a gay male couple whose life is turned upside down by the unexpected arrival of a young grandson. Next up is an Aussie dark comedy about two brothers wanting to rid themselves of their stepdad in a well planned murder plot that doesn't go off quite as well in the execution. We then turn to a hiking adventure offering with an octogenarian widow setting herself the challenge to climb a Scottish mountain in memory of her father. And then we conclude with an acclaimed Israeli film about the futility and boredom of war from the standpoint of four soldiers manning a desolate and remote desert outpost.

Whatever your taste in big screen film entertainment is this week - be it any of the five latest release new movies as Previewed below, or those doing the rounds currently on general release and as Reviewed and Previewed in previous Blog Posts here at Odeon Online, you are here warmly invited to share your movie going thoughts, opinions and observations by leaving your relevant, succinct and appropriate views in the Comments section below this or any other Post. We'd love to hear from you, and in the meantime, enjoy your big screen Odeon outing during the week ahead.

'JURASSIC WORLD : FALLEN KINGDOM' (Rated M) - and so another much hyped highly anticipated sequel marks its return to the big screen in the form of this follow up offering to 2015's hugely successful 'Jurassic World' and the fifth instalment in the 'Jurassic Park' series. This film is intended to be the second in a planned trilogy of films, with the third due for release in June 2021. 'Jurassic World' made US$1.67B at the Global Box Office off the back of a US$150M Budget and making it the fifth highest grossing film of all time and the most financially successful in the franchise so far. Colin Trevorrow Co-Wrote and Directed the 2015 film, and this time he returns as Co-Writer and Executive Producer alongside Steven Spielberg, giving away the Directorial duties to J.A. Bayona whose previous Directing credits include 'The Orphanage', 'The Impossible' and 'A Monster Calls'. The principle cast reprise their roles, and the film is released in the US this week too.

Set three years after the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park on Isla Nublar off Central America's Pacific Coast, the escaped dinosaur's have roamed freely, until now when their very existence is threatened by an impending volcanic eruption that may destroy their island sanctuary. Former Jurassic World Operations Manager Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) forms a dinosaur rescue organisation - The Dinosaur Protection Group and teams up with Sir Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), the former partner of John Hammond, to bring the creatures to an estate  sanctuary in America, joined by Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) a former dinosaur trainer at Jurassic World and the love interest of Claire Dearing. Having successfully rescued many dinosaurs before the island erupts in a ball of fire and brimstone, Claire and Owen are on the receiving end of betrayal when they discover that the dinosaurs are being auctioned off at Lockwood's Estate. But a more immediate threat looms large when a dangerous and intelligent hybrid dinosaur escapes and begins to reign down death and destruction on the Estate and potentially the much wider community. Also starring Rafe Spall, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, B.D. Wong, Geraldine Chaplin and Jeff Goldblum.

'IDEAL HOME' (Rated M) - here we have an American comedy drama offering Written and Directed by Andrew Fleming who has helmed numerous film and television series episodes over the years including features 'The Craft', 'Dick', 'The In-Laws', 'Nancy Drew' and 'Barefoot' amongst others. The film saw its World Premier screening as Sydney's Mardi Gras Film Festival back in February this year, is released this week in Australia and next week Stateside. The film tells of gay couple Paul (Paul Rudd) and Erasmus Brumble (Steve Coogan) whose life is turned upside down and inside out when unexpectedly a ten year old lad comes a knocking on their door claiming to be the grandson of Erasmus. But neither Erasmus as a TV Chef, nor Paul as his TV show Director, are quite prepared to give up the lifestyle they have become accustomed to in order to become full-time parents. But maybe this little lad has a thing or two that he can teach the oldies about the value of family and the need to belong. Jack Gore stars as Bill Brumble, the estranged Grandson of Erasmus, with Alison Pill and Jake McDorman.

'BROTHERS' NEST' (Rated MA15+) - this Australian black comedy offering is Directed, Co-Produced and stars Clayton Jacobson, the brother of Aussie film star and television personality Shane Jacobson, who also stars in this film. The two brothers last collaborated on the highly acclaimed 2006 Australian comedy 'Kenny' which propelled Shane Jacobson into the limelight, from which he has not been absent since. Here, two brothers Terry and Jeff (played by the two brothers Shane and Clayton respectively) have hatched a plan with meticulous detail to dispense with their stepfather Roger (Kym Gyngell). One cold Victorian morning the pair arrive at their family home with plans to make the murder look as though it was a suicide. Their motive, to get their mother (Lynette Curran) to change her Will in their favour. However, what they don't plan on is the repercussions of spending a whole day together under the same roof when the brothers personalities clash with varying views of the world, old grudges come to the surface and their troubled past is reignited. Also starring Sarah Snook.

'EDIE' (Rated M) - this film Premiered at the June 2017 Edinburgh International Film Festival, and has since gone on a very limited release winding up Down Under only now. Directed by Scottish Writer, Director and occasional Actor, Simon Hunter who's previous feature length credits are the 1999 horror thriller 'Lighthouse' and 2008's Sci-Fi actioner 'Mutant Chronicles' here he has a very different change of pace with this offering. The film tells the story of 83 year old Edith Moore aka Edie (played by 85 year old Sheila Hancock) who as the film opens has just bid farewell to her difficult and controlling husband George (Donald Pelmear) who we learn was incapacitated by a stroke three decades or so before. Edie's daughter Nancy (Wendy Morgan) wants to check her mother into a care facility, but octogenarian Edie has different plans given her new found independence. In her possibly last hurrah, Edie decides to climb Scotland's Mount Suilven having remembered her fathers wish to scale the fabled peak all those decades ago, but due to her husbands ill health, she was never able to accomplish, until now. She boards a train bound for the Highlands, armed with an old stove and an even older pair of gum boots and so her adventure begins. En route she meets the owner of a local camping shop Jonny (Kevin Guthrie) who  agrees to lend her assistance on her journey, from which they both have new experiences and learnings. The film has received generally positive Reviews.

'FOXTROT' (Rated MA15+) - this Hebrew language Israeli film has been widely acclaimed having picked up sixteen award wins and another fourteen nominations from around the festival circuit including three wins, one of which was the Silver Lion at last years Venice Film Festival. It was also entered into the Academy Awards this year as a Best Foreign Language Film contender but was never nominated. Written and Directed by Israeli Samuel Maoz the film opens up with Michael and Dafna Feldmann (Lior Ashkenazi and Sarah Adler respectively), an affluent Tel Aviv couple, learning that their son, Jonathan, a soldier in the Israeli Defence Force, has died in the line of duty.  The military authorities refuse to inform the distraught parents where and how Jonathan died, or if his body had been recovered. Several hours later, they are told in a matter-of-fact kind of way that there has been a mix-up, and that it was coincidentally some other Jonathan Feldman that had been killed. We then backtrack to follow Jonathan's experiences during his military service as one of four soldiers manning a desolate checkpoint under primitive conditions, with more camel traffic than human traffic to pass the time of day, until late one night, the soldiers kill four young Arabs travelling together after they mistake a beer can that fell out of their car for an explosive device.

With five new release films out this week to tempt you out to your local Odeon, remember to share your movie going thoughts with your other like minded cinephile friends afterwards here at Odeon Online. Meanwhile, I'll see you sometime somewhere in the week ahead at your local Odeon.

-Steve, at Odeon Online-

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