This Week in the Territory

I thought those Canberra-based movie going folk who stop by this little corner of cyberspace, might appreciate a look ahead to the films that are coming up this week in the Australian Capital Territory.  I won’t cover the standard multiplex releases instead  taking a look at the wider offerings, which often include gems that you may have missed the first time round.  I will aim to post this on a Monday morning (Canberra Time) in order to be able to plan out the week.

As outlined in my Canberra Film Resources page, we are actually quite spoilt for movie choice here in the ACT and I will try and cover all the delights that we have on our doorstep.  I will also have a ponder and select one film to be the pick of the week.  Please do let me know if you disagree.

Therefore, this week in the Territory I give you:-

ANU Film Group

A golden week for the ANU Film Group with the following on offer:-

  • The Artist (Tuesday)
  • The Hunger Games (Thursday)
  • Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy (Friday)
  • The Constant Gardner (Friday)
  • The Descendants (Saturday)
  • Darkest Hour (Saturday)


National Gallery of Australia

Maunka – Event/Greater Union – The Sydney Travelling Film Festival (4-6 May)


  • Toomelah
  • Buck
  • Martha Marcy Marlene
  • The Kid with a Bike
  • Weekend
  • Arrietty
  • Goodbye First Love
  • Life in Movement
  • The Skin I Live In

All I can say is wow.  What a week, the real bummer is that I will be away for a large part of it, but hoping to catch as much of the Sydney Travelling Film Festival as I can, as there are a lot of films screening that I have missed.

So all that is left is to announce the pick of the week.  Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you……


The Week that Was 22 – 29 April 2012

Well, I think I may have been the only person in the movie blogging world who did not see The Avengers this week.  Do I have a good excuse, well no not really just the usual complexities of life ensuring my screenings were restricted to a single trip to the cinema to see American Reunion.  You can check out the review here.

I did manage to get in a re-watch of David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, which I still think is pretty impressive, but ultimately confused.  Mrs Malone had not seen it so we threw it on on Saturday night.  As we watched it I began to ponder how you approach a film if you are already fully aware of the source material, keep your eyes peeled for a post on this topic later on in the week.

The biggest highlight for me this week though was Letterboxd finally opening its doors to the general public.  As appears normal at the moment, I came to Letterboxd very late compared to everyone else, but I am pretty hopelessly addicted to it now.  Letterboxd is a social site for sharing your taste in film. You can use it as a diary to record your opinion about films as you watch them, or just to keep track of films you’ve seen in the past and maintain a current watchlist of movies you want to check out.  You are also able to rate, review and tag films as you add them.  One particular thing that I like is you are able to see what your friends have watched during the week.  I find it fascinating to see the cross section of films that people watch. I urge you to check it out, but be warned – it will suck time out of you like no-one’s business.

How was your week?


The Wednesday Review – American Reunion (2012)

  • Director – John Hurtz and Hayden Schlossberg
  • Starring – Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klien, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Sean William Scott, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Eugene Levy and Jennifer Coolidge
  • Writer – Adam Herz, John Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg
  • Year – 2012
  • Length – 113 mins

Once a franchise is onto its 4th film we are normally in trouble.  We are either doomed to watch the final death throws of a once great film (both Jaws 4 and Superman IV spring horrifically to mind) or we are into reboot terrority, which lets face it never normally ends well (Phantom Menace anyone….).  Therefore I wasn’t sure what to expect walking into American Reunion.  My first slice of Pie was a good experience, however subsequent courses went considerably down hill. A fourth order seemed a little unwise. I needn’t have worried though as right from the opening scene it is clear that the original Pie Maker is back. They may be a little older, a little wiser, but they’re still just as tasty. (more…)

The Week that Was – 13 – 22 April 2012

Welcome to the week that was, the first of what I hope will be a regular Sunday night (Canberra time) post covering the films that have crossed my bow over the previous 7 days.  This first post actually covers the first 10 days of this little old blog so has a slightly larger number of films than a normal week.  The watch count was also artifically boosted as I was struck down by a bout of tonsillitis, which whilst impeding my speaking, eating and drinking abilities, it did give me a chance to tick some films off my watch list. So silver lining and all that.

So here’s what we have:-

Cinema Screenings

Dr Seuss, The Lorax – A strong environmental and political message, wrapped up in a delightful tale of saving the trees.  My two girls (pretty much the target audience) were captivated and there was plenty to keep Mum and Dad happy.

Couch Screenings

50/50 – Still pondering this wonderful film, a full 10 days after watching it.  Check out the full review here.

Fright Night (2011) – I was sucked into watching this after listening to an old podcast by Ryan over at The Matinee.  Whilst it had some fun moments, it was largely nondescript, pretty much like the 1985 original.  Colin Farrell had a ‘I can’t believe I am being paid for this’ smirk on his face the whole way through and neither could I to be honest.

Into the Abyss – Werner Herzog’s documentary on a Texas death row inmate.  An interesting watch, but I am still slightly unsure on what was the ultimate point Herzog was trying to get across.

Ides of March – Second viewing which underscored how good this film really is.  Reminded me of a slightly extended episode of The West Wing and had me reaching for the ‘skip to next episode’ button as the credits rolled.

Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen’s delightful literary tale of love in different times in Paris.  Check out the full review here.

Take Shelter – Stormy weather indeed.


Midnight in Paris

Ok, so here we go with my 3rd attempt at a movie review, I still think it is a bit wordy and descriptive, but hey ho, this is a learning curve.  So here is my review of Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris.

  • Director – Woody Allen
  • Starring – Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Adrien Brody, Kathy Bates, Michael Sheen and Carla Bruni
  • Writer – Woody Allen
  • Length -100 mins
  • Year – 2011

Woody Allen’s recent tour of Europe has taken in London (Match Point) and Barcelona (Vicky Christina Barcelona), producing two of his finest films for some time.  The third stop on the European tour is Paris, with the wonderful Midnight in Paris.  Will it be third time lucky? It is, very much indeed.

Right from the beginning of the film we can see the affection that Allen holds for Paris.  The opening scenes are full of picture postcard moments depicting every day Parisian life and almost all of Allen’s lead roles spend the film espousing the joys of living in the city of lights.  There are of course some dissenting voices, but these are lost amongst the chorus.  A word of warning; even if you have been to Paris 20 times, or never visited at all, this film will make you want to go back and soon. (more…)