Family & My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

Note: For those simply interested in the review, this can be found towards the end of the article.

  • Director – Kirk Jones
  • Starring – Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Michael Constantine
  • Writer – Nina Vardalos
  • Year – 2016
  • Running Time – 94 mins

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In 2004, I took the first big step in any serious relationship, meeting my partner’s parents.  I had done this a couple of times before, but never had someone insisted that before I did, that I sit down and watch My Big Fat Greek Wedding.  However, this was exactly what my wife to be did and she made it clear, this wasn’t a suggestion, this was mandatory viewing.  While her family were Italian, and not Greek, she explained her family dynamics were worryingly similar and in the spirit of due diligence, she felt it was only fair for me to be prepared for the almost certain inquisition, sorry I mean welcome, that awaited me 12,000 miles away in Australia. She would also understand that if after watching the film, I decided to not take the flight….. (more…)

Screen Time: March 2016

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Welcome to the March edition of Screen Time for 2016, which covers and documents the films and television shows I have seen on all types of screens over the preceding month split down into the following areas:

  • Highlights:  What has stood out for me this month.
  • Lowlights:  What has stood out for all the wrong reasons.
  • Cinema Screenings:  First time watches I have seen in the cinema.
  • Couch Screenings:  First time watches at home.
  • Rewatches:  Any rewatches, either in the cinema, at home or on the move.
  • TV Shows:  Any TV Shows I’m currently bingeing on.
  • Score Sheet:  The tallies for the year, so far.

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My Cinematic History: The Origin Story

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What was the first film you ever saw at the cinema, is a question often posed in cinematic conversations? For a long time I was always proud that my answer was 1980’s ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, one of the most critically and pop culturally relevant films of my lifetime.

I have vivid memories of as an eight year old, being hunkered down in the dark of Screen Two at my local Canon cinema back in the UK, watching the AT ATs attacking the rebel base on Hoth, all while my Dad slept soundly in the seat next to me. This scene was seared into my imagination (the AT ATs, not my Dad’s snoring) and was then lovingly recreated in thick crayon into the pages of an old 1980s schoolbook the following Monday morning during topic talk.  With this being my first exposure to cinema, how could I not become the half-arsed cinephile that I grew up to be. (more…)

Mississippi Grind (2015)

  • Director – Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
  • Starring – Ben Mendelsohn, Ryan Reynolds, Yvonne Landry
  • Writer – Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden
  • Year – 2015
  • Running Time – 108 minutes

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Hollywood folklore would seem to suggest that play the man, not the cards, is key to success at the poker table (Casino Royale anyone), however Mississippi Grind asks what happens when the man is not across the table, but instead is looking back at you in the mirror. That man is Gerry, (Ben Mendelsohn), who along with his perceived lucky charm, Curtis (Ryan Reynolds) head down the Mississippi in search of that elusive river card and a seat at a big money game. (more…)

Dendy Cult Classics

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Its time to celebrate Mondays again with the return of the Cult Classics series at Dendy Canberra.

Each Monday in March through to May, at 10am and 6.30pm Dendy Canberra will be showing a selections of films which have inspired dedicated followings and are rarely able to be seen on the big screen.  This series has been going for a few years now and always bring a cineliterate crowd, a cracking atmosphere and the chance to see some classics films up where they belong.

Highlights for me this year are Pulp Fiction, Jaws, Goodfellas, Blade Runner and the opportunity to take my two girls to see The Princess Bride in its full glory.

The full program is listed below, tickets are only $12, so what better way to bring Mondays back.

Here is the full program, or for more details check out on the Dendy Canberra site.

March

7th – Pulp Fiction

14 – Goodfellas

21 – A Clockwork Orange

28 – The Shining

April

4 – Reservoir Dogs

11 – The Dead Zone

18 – Enter The Dragon

May

2 – The Princess Bride

9 – Jaws

16 – Blade Runner

23 – Fight Club

30 – The Rocky Horror Picture Show