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AICN-D: New Zealand Horror flick BLACK SHEEP (with WETA effects), plus Radcliffe's DECEMBER BOYS and MADDIGAN'S QUEST!

Published at: Nov. 14, 2005, 9:38 a.m. CST by staff

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a look at the goings on downunder from our own Latauro. He's got info on a New Zealand Horror film called BLACK SHEEP that sounds really fun (please be about killer sheep, please be about killer sheep, please be about killer sheep... UPDATE, it IS about killer sheep! Check this out: CLICK HERE FOR WETA ART!!! It looks awesome! Thanks to Spydaweb for the heads up) as well as THE DECEMBER BOYS, Daniel Radcliffe's first big non-Potter role, which has just started shooting in Australia. He's got tons more, too, so read on! Enjoy!

This isn't good cop, bad cop. This is fag and New Yorker.

AICN-DOWNUNDER

It occurs to me lately that the Australian film industry is not in dire straits.

This has been a pretty good year for local films. THREE DOLLARS, WOLF CREEK, THE PROPOSITION, LOOK BOTH WAYS, LITTLE FISH... I mean, generally I consider it a good year if we get two films of high quality, let alone a bunch! Last year saw Chloe Maxwell nominated for an AFI -- who would have thought that this year there'd be such an embarrassment of riches that actors who deserved nods wouldn't get them! Astonishing!

Now, I've been shaking my head at the state of the industry and using this column to discuss what could be done to improve it. Most people think we're doing badly, others use the above examples to show how well we're doing. The more I think about it, however, the more I realise that the Australian film industry is not in the danger zone. Why?

We don't have a film industry.

It took a bunch of successes for me to realise it, too. I was looking at them and thinking, "Wow, this is a great collection of films... but we're still doing badly". Then I started wondering what it would take for me to believe the industry was doing well. A high quota of great films and I'm still not satisfied? What the hell does it take?

What it takes is some momentum. This isn't the start of a new wave. It's not indicative of what next year's slate will be like. Greg McLean notwithstanding, how often does a filmmaker in Australia go straight into their second film? John Hillcoat brought out THE PROPOSITION this year, but his last film was TO HAVE AND TO HOLD, nine years ago. Rowan Woods was critically-acclaimed for THE BOYS, but it took him seven years to get LITTLE FISH made. Andrew Dominik made one of the greatest Australian films ever with cHOPPER, but that was back in 2000. Only now has he started work on his next film, but it's over in America and stars Brad Pitt.

Unlike other countries, Australia does not encourage filmmaking careers. The official line is that we're open to first time directors, but isn't that a double-edged sword? It's great that we give a leg-up to the little guy, but where does he go after his film makes $100 000 at the Como and he loses the AFI to Philip Noyce?

To have an industry, we need to be able to take our successes and build upon them. We need to have some sort of funding body in place that can cultivate writers and directors. While Palace Films, a non-government body that has funded some of our best work (CHOPPER, GODDESS OF 1967, etc), seems to be slowly building a style and network, it's still early days, and they're still small. The majority of our films comes from state and federal funding, and it's not enough.

If these bodies are going to encourage first-time directors, we need to have another system in place to pick them up. Government funding is terrific, but we need a studio system. I'm not saying we need a big, American-style collection of behemoths. Maybe model ourselves on the British system. We certainly have enough famous directors and actors to sustain it. It may just be lip service, but every Australian actor talks about how they'd love to come back and work in their home country if only there was the work available. There's certainly an audience there. If we can get past our pretentious hatred of genre pieces, cast anyone from Russell Crowe to Guy Pearce to Eric Bana to Hugh Jackman to Nicole Kidman to Cate Blanchett to Heath Ledger, I think we'd find ourselves with some pretty big hits. WOLF CREEK is topping the local box office at the moment, and that's without star power backing it up. Imagine if we took a film as good as that one and put some stars in it. I think we'd find ourselves with an international hit.

Of course, it's all academic (isn't everything?). But I do feel a little more realistic in my view of the industry as it stands. I still get excited at individual films (if you haven't seen THE PROPOSITION yet, you haven't lived), but despite those particularly successes, I'm not excited about our industry; we haven't got one.

NEWS

New Zealand genre film BLACK SHEEP has just been greenlit. The film, a horror centered around the fact that sheep in NZ vastly outnumber humans, has scored WETA to handle the effects -- and WETA is full-pelt into it. This one's high on my anticipation scale...

DECEMBER BOYS, which will feature the first big non-Potter role for Daniel Radcliffe, will begin shooting this Monday in South Australia. The film follows four orphans who slowly give up on the hope of being adopted as the years go by. Given the number of seasoned actors who can't nail the Australian accent, I'm very curious to see how Radcliffe handles it.

Still in New Zealand; I don't usually report on TV stuff, but a new fantasy series called MADDIGAN'S QUEST has just completed post-production. Set on a post-apocalyptic Earth, the story follows a traveling circus on a quest to save their home city of Solis. I mention is because (a) after keeping the whole production very, very quiet, the producers showed me some cool shots from the show, and (b) the cool shots are really, really cool. Now, I know as well as anyone that awesome visuals doesn't automatically mean great product, but if the quality of the story matches the quality of the screenshots, this Australian/New Zealand co-production could be something pretty special.

AWARDS AND FESTIVALS

NEW YORK CITY SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL 2005

The Australian short A MESSAGE FROM FALLUJAH screened in Official Competition at the New York City Shorts Film Festival. The film screened at the Peter Norton Symphony Spaces in NYC.

23RD INTERNATIONAL FICTS SPORT MOVIES AND TV FESTIVAL 2005

The Ewan McGregor-narrated doco TROY'S STORY about Australian motorcyclist Troy Bayliss has picked up the Mention D'Honneur at the ceremony in Milan on November 1. The film was written and directed by Australian William Mather-Brown, who died tragically in June of this year whilst saving his children from drowning in the Le Var river in France.

BOX OFFICE

Remember that surge of national pride I told you to feel last week? Feel it............. NOW! Yes, a 100% Australian production (those two English actresses are really Australian! Amazing!) has topped the box office. Makes you cry. Haven't yet seen the latest Cameron Crowe, but will finally be catching it this Sunday night.

1. WOLF CREEK
2. ELIZABETHTOWN
3. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
4. DOOM
5. IN HER SHOES

RELEASED THIS WEEK

A lame remake of A LADY VANISHES is made lamely for lame-oes, casting directors Robin D. Cook and Kim Hardin break casting and genetic barriers, the crazy remains of Timothy Treadwell are explored by Herzog, an unexpectedly arousing documentary about Mark Felt makes us all a little uncomfortable, an Australian comedy gets its release seventy-three years after completing production, three well-deserved comebacks jump into the one film, and Dave Chappelle's non-union French equivalent gets dancy.

FLIGHTPLAN
FOUR BROTHERS
GRIZZLY MAN
INSIDE DEEP THROAT
JOSH JARMAN
KISS KISS BANG BANG
RIZE

REVIEWS

5X2

Wow. What a pile of unmitigated shit.

Glancing over the press notes, I realised that Francois Ozon was a filmmaker whose work I'd been interested in for some time. I'd wanted to see 8 WOMEN and SWIMMING POOL, but hadn't got around to it. After seeing 5X2, I no longer plan to.

The "plot" follows a woman (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, a French Felicity Huffman) and a man (Stephane Freiss, an ultra-French Vincent Cassel) as they... um... have a relationship. Sort of. There are five vignettes, played backwards. We begin with the couple divorcing, go to an awkward dinner party, then to the birth of their son, then to their marriage, and then to their meeting. The reason for this device? The film would not be worth watching forwards. Hell, it's not worth watching backwards.

Monsieur Ozon, I'm a fan of low-key character dramas. Some of my best friends are low-key character dramas. But even the most benign Woody Allen film has a story to it. Interesting characters. Things that HAPPEN.

For ninety minutes, I was waiting for some sort of interesting plot twist. And I'm not talking about some MEMENTO-style mind fuck. I just wanted there to be a reason I'm watching. I mean, if it's just a character piece, you need to create characters we care about. If you're going to tell a story backwards, there needs to be a reason for it. As pretty and potentially full-of-meaning that final shot actually is, it's too little, too late.

What's most disturbing is that we get two scenes that tell us in pretty clear terms that rape is okay. Yes, even if though the woman may protest at the beginning, shout, try to push you off, etc, she really does want it. Just keep going, she'll get into it. If this is an attempt at controversy, it's lame. If it's meant to be ironic, it's not. It's just two cases of a woman enjoying being raped.

One other thing: could we have a little more quality control with subtitles? For a start, "alright" is not a word. Secondly, why are the subtitles in American English? "Mom"? "Realize"? Given the almost unstoppable infusion of American culture into everything we watch and read, can't we at least be spared when seeing a French film? It sounds like a petty complaint, but it's not. It's a clear message from the distributor that we (English, Australians, New Zealanders) are of secondary importance to the American market. It's just not acceptable.

But back to the film itself; I've always found the uniquely American hatred of the French to be pretty random and meaningless. I've always found stereotypes of the French to be pretty stupid and pointless. However, if I wanted to enforce or reinforce those stereotypes and convince someone that the French really do make boring, plotless, pretentious, middle class shite, this is the film I would show them.

KISS KISS BANG BANG

Yes; it really is that good.

I've never been a massive fan of Shane Black. I didn't really care how much he got paid for LONG KISS GOODNIGHT; I cared more about the fact that it sucked. I never really liked LETHAL WEAPON and never saw THE LAST BOY SCOUT. It's only recently that I've started to appreciate his contribution to cinema. Still doesn't mean I like the films, though.

KISS KISS is brilliant. It's a collection of interweaving mysteries that all tie together, featuring characters who grew up reading detective novels. After the first act, the film gets a bit convoluted and vague, but it gets it together towards the end. It's a staple of these films that the audience is sometimes left behind, but KISS KISS is perhaps a shade or two too confusing. Just a shade or two. You won't be coming out of the film asking your friend just what in the hell happened, but you might find yourself squinting around the second act.

The biggest joy, for me at least, was watching Robert Downey Jnr getting a role he so richly deserved. Even when he joined Ally McBeal in its "unwatchably shite" period (which, admittedly, took up the majority of its run), I continued to tune in for Downey and Downey alone. The man is so insanely charismatic and charming, it's a crime his sordid past has prevented him from more lead roles. Maybe that's why this one is so satisfying; it's so damn rare!

Val Kilmer doesn't have as much to do, but he's still brilliant as Gay Perry. I grew up loving a lot of Kilmer's roles (say what you want about WILLOW, but Madmartigan rocks), and, like Downey, he's had a lot to overcome. Remember that period in the 90s when all the top directors (by which I mean Joel Schumacher and John Frankenheimer) were loudly proclaiming that Kilmer was an egomaniac who was impossible to work with? I really didn't think we'd hear much from him after that. Lately he's been enjoying something of a comeback, with his performance in SPARTAN being, in my opinion, something of a career high. For him to go from Mamet to this film is very satisfying.

There's so much to love in this film. The dialogue is really, really snappy; the plot is inventive and unrelenting; the production values are all stylish and cool. Michelle Monaghan is really good, but her character isn't terribly appealing; it's a minor complaint, though, and doesn't really get in the way of the film.

My hope is that this film kicks off a bunch more. I'd love to see a series of detective films with Downey and Kilmer; especially if they're all as good as this one.

BROTHERS GRIMM

I want to know who is responsible for this film. I want to know who to blame. It can't be Terry Gilliam. I've seen all of Gilliam's films, and all of his work is brilliant. You can see his signature in every single shot. In fact, there are few directors working on the same visual level as Gilliam (the only one that comes close is Australia's Clara Law). That's how I know Gilliam had nothing to do with this film; there's not a single shot in the film that suggests he was anywhere on set.

It might be the Weinsteins. There was a lot of talk of their interference with the shoot, and while it's tempting to dismiss them as mindless executives getting in the way of a brilliant auteur, you just can't put a finger one what it is they actually did. Besides, even studio meddling couldn't produce a film *this* bad.

No, while the directing is sloppy and practically non-existent, I think the majority of the blame should go to Ehren Kruger, whose script is so thoroughly bad, he should consider changing his name to Akiva Goldsman Jnr. I'm now convinced ARLINGTON ROAD was a fluke. An accidentally-brilliant film that I'm now happy to credit to Mark Pellington. No, after the atrocious SCREAM 3, the bland RING, and a series of low-key thrillers that looked too boring to bother with. But this script... my god...

It's such a great opportunity. It sounded like the perfect material for Gilliam. A fantasy with a bit of an action/buddy comedy spin. Two charismatic stars who, luckily, happened to be really good actors. A chance for a big hit that would enable him to get QUIXOTE back off the ground. No, Kruger's script is an incomprehensible mess of a plot, with nonsensical character motivations, cliched characters, and a really muddled attempt to bring a whole bunch of fairy tales together.

One of the most ridiculous things are the English accents sported by Jake and Will Grimm. Neither of the characters are English, and the rest of the cast has (approximately) accurate accents. It's another one of those "Well, if the two leads aren't American, at least make them English" ideas; English is the acceptable form of "foreign".

It also confirms my theory about villains. In a typical US film, the lead actor will be a handsome, white American. More often than not, the villain will be English, be it Sean Bean in NATIONAL TREASURE, Sean Bean in THE ISLAND, or Sean Bean in RONIN. If, however, the lead character is English, the villain must then be French. As I said earlier in my 5X2 review, the random hatred the Americans have for the French is perplexing. Only America could take an important historical event, like the Nazis invading France and blame it on the French. Here, we have to suffer through more of this boring stereotype, as every Frenchman our brave heroes encounter is either a fool or bad to the bone. It's phenomenally tiring, and only increases my contempt for Kruger's work.

The performances aren't great. Matt Damon probably comes off the best, giving a performance that might have been really good had he been treated to some direction. Heath Ledger walks the very fine line between giving an interesting performance and coming off like a twat, and unfortunately spend most of the time on the latter end of the scale. I like Ledger. I don't really like any of his films, but I've always liked his work. Here, he goes overboard, lapsing into self-conscious tics that might have worked had he also been given some direction. The supporting cast is quite lame, with Lena Headey incredibly miscast as the tough love interest, Jonathan Pryce embarrassing himself in the stupid villain role, and Peter Stormare going for broke and failing as the Italian villainous fool. It might be because she has the least to do, but of all the supporting actors, Monica Bellucci is easily the breast.

It's a real pity the film had to be this bad. No one I speak to can believe it, and most of my friends are planning to see it anyway. I can understand that. Despite all of the bad reviews I read from reviewers who I generally trust, I was still chomping at the bit to see it, and rushed eagerly to the press screening on Friday. It's Gilliam. No one can quite believe it's this bad unless they see it. As I said, the blame should probably be laid squarely at the feet of Mr Kruger, although part of me is impressed: it must take an incredible amount of self-delusion to write a film this badly.

NEXT WEEK

- The DGA and WGA file a suit against Paramount, when it announces production on a new film that *won't* form the first part of a new trilogy

- George Lucas vows to keep the script for INDIANA JONES IV secret from both Spielberg and Ford until the end of post-production to ensure safety from "spoilers and quality"

- Lorenzo Lamas will play Doc Brown and Justin Long will play Marty McFly in a new TV series of BACK TO THE FUTURE which will take place between parts one and two and flesh out the moments we never saw

Peace out,

Latauro



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  • Nov. 14, 2005, 10:06 a.m. CST

    sheepshagger

    by Cottonwood

    SHEEPSHAGGER, that's the title of a UK novel - they should make a movie of that one. Oh boy. oh boy, killer sheep, how cool would that be? Btw, I've seen a flash or two of the new original KONG dvd - it rocks like we won't believe.

  • Nov. 14, 2005, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Killer Sheep

    by Boba Fat

    It is about killer sheep. WETA had some concept art on their site a while ago, don't know if it's still there.

  • Nov. 14, 2005, 10:43 a.m. CST

    you

    by the_man_from_Rio

    i have to disagree with you on the brothers grimm. i thought it was gilliam at his best. there were so many shots using palletes as backgrounds...something almost NO director does nowadays, plus i totally saw gilliam

  • Nov. 14, 2005, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Killer Sheep

    by Gungan Slayer

    damn, that concept art looks awesome. Dude, this has potential to be an fun film, lol. Here's hoping it gets released stateside.

  • Nov. 14, 2005, 11:02 a.m. CST

    hmmmmm....

    by occams_razor

    killer fucking sheep...well there's my happy thought for the day. I hope this one is as fun as those pictures are.

  • Nov. 14, 2005, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Am I the only one that thinks this looks like the TOMACCO episod

    by R.C. the "Wise"

    TOMACCO!!!

  • Nov. 14, 2005, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Black Sheep....

    by Josh Town

    Looks absolutely amazing!!! Perfect!! There's something in that new Zealand water. Put another shrimp on the barby, baby.

  • Nov. 14, 2005, 12:11 p.m. CST

    by MinasTirithII

    "Hey, we've decided to let you go if you'll do a favor for us and help out with a little anti-terror drill we are planning in Jordan. See, we want you to pretend you're a terrorist and all you need to do is carry this fake bomb belt into this wedding party to see if the guards are paying attention. If you get all the way into the wedding party, this tiny radio transmitter we've already hidden there will will tell the fake bomb that you made it, and we'll pay you, oh, lesse here, five thousand dollars. Okay? Deal? Here's the fake bomb. Here is some cab fare."

  • Nov. 14, 2005, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Listerine -- now with WETA! Coppertone -- now containing WETA! F

    by Roguewriter

    Keep yer ginkgo baloba, bitches! =) Seriously, I know people ding Herc all the time about his Whedonverse obsession (which is understandable... but so is the dinging!) but this is the one that always catches my attention. Seriously, is it improper geek etiquette to say I could give a monkey's anal pores who does FX anymore? The era of the true magic men, from Dick Smith and Tom Savini to Stan Winston and Chris Walas, is over -- nowadays it's all technology, not hand-craftsmanship, and for that reason, I just can't give a damn. Yes, WETA does great work... but seriously, are there ever gonna be WETA folks who get recognized as cult heroes the way Savini or Greg Nicotero do? Part of the problem is a general below-the-line malaise in cinema in general -- nobody seems to give a damn anymore about the grunts who make the project sing -- but despite WETA's great work, I'm just not gonna be sold on a flick by their involvement. It's too much like suggesting any sandouts among the the ranks of, say, motion-sweetener CGI techdroids at Pixar will ever become an FX legend. CGI and tech-heavy modern FX have ruined this formerly praiseworthy segment of the cinematic process. Or maybe I'm just still cranky today from a root canal... Anyone else feel this way?

  • Nov. 14, 2005, 12:23 p.m. CST

    http://www.upstatefilms.org/weather/main.html

    by MinasTirithII

    http://www.upstatefilms.org/weather/main.html In October 1969 hundreds of young people, clad in football helmets and wielding lead pipes, marched through an upscale Chicago shopping district, pummeling parked cars and smashing shop windows in their path. This was the first demonstration of the Weather Underground's "Days of Rage." Outraged by the Vietnam War and racism in America, the organization waged a low-level war against the U.S. government through much of the 1970s, bombing the Capitol building, breaking Timothy Leary out of prison, and evading one of the largest FBI manhunts in history. The Weather Underground is a feature-length documentary that explores the rise and fall of this radical movement, as former members speak candidly about the idealistic passion that drove them to "bring the war home" and the trajectory that placed them on the FBI's most wanted list.

  • Nov. 14, 2005, 12:26 p.m. CST

    sorry -- should have been "STANDOUTS among the ranks..."

    by Roguewriter

    Definitely the root canal. Definitely. ... Oh, and bring on the killer sheep. Gotta be better than the unnecessarily campy UNDEAD!

  • Nov. 14, 2005, 12:31 p.m. CST

    fatwa on ehren

    by reckni

  • Nov. 14, 2005, 12:56 p.m. CST

    8 Women

    by blackwood

    is a great film - really strange, sort of a musical, sort of a mystery, very "post-modern" and funny in its way.

  • Nov. 14, 2005, 1:56 p.m. CST

    A better title would have been....

    by The Handsome 12th Doctor

    Night of the Sheepus

  • Nov. 14, 2005, 2:23 p.m. CST

    What's with all the Francodius hating?

    by Regenhund

    The French love to be hated anyway- it allows them to feel martyred while maintaining their elitist snobbery. <woof> ***** "My daughter married a Canadian. -but not the french kind, so we&#39;re okay with it." -My Name Is Earl

  • Nov. 14, 2005, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Sorry LaTardo...

    by cyanide christ

    ...but there are plenty of moments in the Brothers Grimm that are Terry Gilliam through and through. An example would be any time that Johnathon Pryce is on screen. I hate to break it to you, but Gilliam has made a sub-par movie. Yeah, I&#39;m still hurting a little too.

  • Nov. 14, 2005, 2:48 p.m. CST

    OK, I would definitely plunk down $8 to see NIGHT OF THE SHEEPUS

    by Roguewriter

    Especially if they eat some French people. <g> I always thought most of the French hatred resulted from the snooty, name-calling character atop the castle keep in MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, "You miserable kuh-niggits!"

  • Nov. 14, 2005, 6:09 p.m. CST

    The Proposition

    by Rasputin77

    What most impressed me about the movie was how hostile the country seemed. Who would want to live in an environment like that? The flies, the heat. I have never seen hell on earth depicted better in a film!

  • Nov. 14, 2005, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Tommy Boy was better.

    by Darth Philbin

    It was better than the one about Lewis & Clark though.

  • Nov. 14, 2005, 6:34 p.m. CST

    What&#39;s all this about yanks hating frogs?

    by raw_bean

    We Brits have been doing that for way longer, and we do it much better, too. :^)

  • Nov. 14, 2005, 6:35 p.m. CST

    And of course you have to blame them for being invaded by the Na

    by raw_bean

    Damn cheese-eating surrender monkeys. :^)

  • Nov. 14, 2005, 8:40 p.m. CST

    gonna go and watch them film The December Boys

    by Cherub Rock

    they&#39;re filming it at the spot my extended family has been holidaying at annually for more than fifty years (if they have security keeping people out we know all the back roads and ways to get around over the hills). intrigued to see a film getting made...

  • Nov. 15, 2005, 1:57 a.m. CST

    Shane Black

    by thanner

    Lat.....you are normally on the ball, in this case it could be a generational thing (you under 30?). There was a period in mid 80&#39;s actioners that for the most part has now been lost. It is hard to define, but Shane Black was at the forefront of it. I can&#39;t fathom how you&#39;d find Kiss Kiss&#39;s dialogue snappy, but not Long Kiss Goodnight ("The dog, Alice") or possibly Last Boy Scout ("head or gut") which was the last great film of that period. This period was headed by Commando, Predator & Robocop. I dunno what I&#39;m talking about really, but I have to explain to friends why "insert film name" is complete crap, but Road House is a total classic. Why Big Trouble in Little China is so awesome. Why Hard Target,Face Off & Kiss of the Dragon are the only two good US films made by the foreign action brigade (ok, Leon was good too). They got very close to this mysterious style with Walking Tall recently.....like a said, probably a generational thing....

  • Nov. 15, 2005, 3:20 a.m. CST

    Couple of things

    by Monkey Butler

    Undead wasn&#39;t that bad. It was actually kinda fun for a film that was basically two kids mucking around in the backyard. Second, Richard Taylor will, or at least should, become an effects cult hero (although he mainly does props and stuff, but sitll). Third, no, we don&#39;t hate the French, it&#39;s just that seppos don&#39;t understand the phrase "taking the piss". And fourth, I saw a review of Grizzly Man on At The Movies months ago, is it really only coming out now? Cos I just assumed I&#39;d missed it.

  • Nov. 15, 2005, 4:46 a.m. CST

    Isn&#39;t BLACK SHEEP about Major Greg "Pappy" Boyington the ace

    by Mike Nesmith

    Does Robert Conrad have a cameo?

  • Nov. 15, 2005, 6:14 p.m. CST

    DocFrost

    by Rasputin77

    Apart from the occaisional joke, I fail to see how Australia hates the French as much as Americans. I have lived here my entire life and never noticed any hostility to France (Nuclear testing aside). Ive heard plenty of Anti-English and anti-American things said, but I don&#39;t think France is even on our radar. We have very little to do with France at all. I agree with Latauro that the anti-french stuff I see and hear on American tv and films is quite over the top though.

  • Nov. 15, 2005, 7:51 p.m. CST

    The Don remains elusive.

    by AwesomeBillFunk

    Brothers Grimm aint gonna get it done. seems if anything this movie has reduced rather then increased Gilliam&#39;s chances of finally making Don Qui friggen xote. I bet he feels real unclean. Poor Gilliam, keep faith buddy. Wolf Creek number one! National pride surge! woo! Down with French! Although Wolf Creek and the Proposition i felt were a bit over rated. I liked both, and both have their strong points (Proposition&#39;s wonderful cinematography and use of colour Wolf Creek&#39;s connection to the characters and Jeffy J) but neither are what I&#39;d call great films, both are quite flawed I feel. Still, both along with the collection of other quality Australian productions we&#39;ve had this year, would surely give someone the hint that our film industry needs more attention. Alas I fear Lat is right, we don&#39;t really have one. And any momentum will by next year be lost.

  • Nov. 15, 2005, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Oh and killer fricken sheep!

    by AwesomeBillFunk

    Yeah. I want more movies about killer sheep. ps Uruguay suck.

  • Nov. 15, 2005, 8:26 p.m. CST

    AwesomeBillFunk

    by Rasputin77

    I can see how you would be dissapointed in the Proposition if you walked into the cinema with preconcieved ideas. It isn&#39;t the type of film to knock you on the head with amazing scenes or plot twists. It works more on a slow burn level. I am not sure what you mean by saying it was a flawed film. The film makers made the exact film they planned to make. I had it in my head for days after I saw it, and my appreciation for it has grown since then. Now I want to see it again. This is a film that will age quite well, I think.

  • Nov. 15, 2005, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Ras dude

    by AwesomeBillFunk

    I&#39;m not critic by any means, I just watch films and like em a lot, so when I say it was flawed I mean from purely my own personal stand point. I felt liked it lacked a little bit of cohesion and left me unsatisfied. And I&#39;m not squeamish or anything but the violence seemed to lack purpose, and was kinda indicative of what I felt was a lack of overall arching denouement in the movie. I can see there is intended complexity in the characters and the script, but none of it really emotionally resonated with me and ultimately left me somewhat hollow. I never really felt involved with or allured by any of the characters. It kind of lacked an emotional journey, it starts of drab and stark and just moves on in a continuous monotone drab and stark manner that made it difficult for me to really engage. I agree it is what the makers of the movie wanted it to be, but I found it left me a bit hollow. Although perhaps it will sit with me better on a second viewing.

  • Nov. 16, 2005, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Hey Latauro!

    by Rasputin77

    Was that you slamming Brokeback Mountain on the Chud website? Care to explain why it didn&#39;t work for you?

  • Nov. 16, 2005, 8:06 p.m. CST

    (drops head in shame) Yes, that was me...

    by Latauro

    I will explain in detail in this weekend&#39;s column. I was trying to write my review, and seeing "Brokeback Mountain Discussion" on the CHUD message boards was like a red flag to a bull, as I&#39;d only come out of the film an hour earlier. You outed me quite easily -- maybe I should change my name. Something like "LaTardo" or anything equally hilarious...

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