Aug. 1, 2010, 10:19 p.m. CST
by jon pertwee
in my hurry to be first i forgot to read the article
Aug. 1, 2010, 11:07 p.m. CST
at least thats how my drunk eyes read the title. Now my question is, who the hell is Latauro and why should i care?
Aug. 1, 2010, 11:07 p.m. CST
Aug. 2, 2010, 12:34 a.m. CST
by Alex D
As a Melburnian, I had to put up with these neo-Nazi protesters last year and here they are again. Palestine or Gaza is the biggest fundraiser in the world. No other cause receives as much funding and donations as these so-called "Palestines". They just built a three level shopping center over there, for fuck's sake! Just go to Palestine Today (a Gaza run web site) to see how huge their markets are. And these neo-nazi protesters go on about genocide. Why don't they protest against the true genocide in Darfur where thousands are getting sliced up by Muslims? Oh yeah, they're not Jewish! FUCKING CUNT HYPCORITES!!!
Aug. 2, 2010, 1:13 a.m. CST
First of all, saying that Palestinians get the most funding in the world is ludicrous. Israel gets roughly 3 billion dollars of American taxpayer money each year without question. By contrast, the Palestinians only get about 300 million. Also, just because they have markets doesn't mean millions of them aren't homeless and without adequate food and water.
Aug. 2, 2010, 1:59 a.m. CST
I'm as surprised to see the Israel/Palestine conflict flare up here in this talkback as i am to see it do so on the city streets each night. What the hell do you think you're achieving, all of you? This is a film festival and not a summit meeting, so first of all get your priorities straight. Secondly the complaint here is ludicrous, the festival is not funded by Israel nor does it have a pro-Israel stance. The only stance the festival takes is one built as a conglomeration of all of it's individual films. So by attempting to be dis-included the film-makers here are the real ones disenfranchising Palestine. If Moore had chosen to exclude or mistreat the film based on its political message then they would have a point, but by selecting and screening their work he is supporting their cause and they're simply turning around and biting him for it. I agree that perhaps his handling of the e-mail array could have been improved but he has done a great job overall in keeping the festival neutral.
Aug. 2, 2010, 2:02 a.m. CST
by Alex D
superunknown85, Arafat died a multi millionaire in Paris where his wife still resides in luxury. So much for suffering for your people, hey?
Aug. 2, 2010, 2:03 a.m. CST
by Alex D
Agree with VT, Richard Moore should be applauded to holding his ground against Jew haters like Ken Loach and the like. If only the London Film festival followed his lead as they succumbed to Loach's demands and withdrew funding for an ISraeli filmmaker.
Aug. 2, 2010, 2:06 a.m. CST
GU3 is rather poor, especially if you find your self near the back, i agree but there are worse in that complex. GU5 is so poorly designed, the entire centre section - the best block of seats in the house- has been replaced by a giant gaping maw of an entrance staircase leaving only the peripheries open for seating. The whole place is a bit of a joke though really, i can see why the festival can basically hire the entire place for two weeks. I'm pretty Miffed that i missed Air Doll and Please Give but i agree completely on The Tree and Tetro (Although i'm in the Antichrist is a masterpiece camp myself) You should try and catch Riley's if it plays again though as it was a rather charming little film and one of the real surprises of the fest for me this far (Alongside the fact that i booked a ticket for the Strange Case of Angelica? How did that happen?)
Aug. 2, 2010, 2:25 a.m. CST
Dude's done A LOT of good stuff
Aug. 2, 2010, 2:28 a.m. CST
by Alex D
I hate the GU cinemas except maybe for Cinema 6 which has a big screen. ACMI cinemas are great. They used to use the Capitol but that is not available this year - at least it had a nice big screen even though the cinema was old but I didn't mind it. I guess they are trying to locate the cinemas within walking distance of each other to make it easier to get to between sessions.
Aug. 2, 2010, 4:18 a.m. CST
Saw Airdoll opening weekend. I liked it but to me it felt like it outstayed its welcome, seem to drag a bit longer than it should have. So its um so so for me on air doll. Saw a pretty great documentary last night called Marwencol, a bit heavy really honest and interesting, I highly recommend it. Only doing one film a day or so on my end so I'm being pretty lazy and easy with miff this year... having said that, seeing your schedule just makes me feel tired.
Aug. 2, 2010, 5:21 a.m. CST
Maybe this site should be called Its-Culos (look up a Latin dictionary if you don't know what the second half of this phrase means. Alex D (ickhead) is obviously still in a state of pre-puberty. The simple point is the State of Israel is a racist apartheid State just like the one that existed in South Africa. It has brutalised Palestinians and denied them their Human Rights and ignored UN resolutions and International Law for a very long time. People who are saying enough is enough and that the civilised world should have nothing to do with them (Yes, Boycott) until they clean up their act are not Anti-Israelites, Anti-Semites and not supporting the human rights of people in Darfur any less. They are not anti-dialogue or anti-”art”,whatever that is. If all you give a damn about is watching movies and wanking on this site, pox on you, your family, and the education system that produced you. Bunch of spoilt, shallow little turds.
Aug. 2, 2010, 6:05 a.m. CST
Aug. 2, 2010, 8:41 a.m. CST
Unless it is the true story of how Arafat found enlightenment by fucking a blind, half dead desert goat.
Aug. 2, 2010, 8:46 a.m. CST
But I agree that Inland Empire is an example of a conceited, syphilis suffering, arrogant bastard who has no clue how to make a movie anymore and decides to just say 'fuck it and fuck all of you who paid to see this worthless piece of shit maybe someone will call it art!
Aug. 2, 2010, 9:17 a.m. CST
by The Wrong Guy
It really is. Just hilarious from start to finish- no love interest, no important life lessons learnt- just consistant, utterly hilarious comedy through and through. And a welcome antidote to the Apatow stuff invading cinemas nowadays. As long as Armando Iannucci (Alan Partridge?) and Chris Morris continue making films, though, I'll be one happy chappy.
Aug. 2, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST
by Alex D
Stop following the tired old Islamic narrative that Gaza is a prison camp and Israel commits genocide. Per capita, Gaza receives more money than any nation in the world. You follow the Islamic narrative again by quoting only what the US provides GAza but fail to give an account of the worldwide donations. The quickest way to become a multi-millionaire these days is to set up a Gaza charity. There is also currently an obesity problem in Gaza while people, including many children, are starving in Darfur. But you stick with the Jew bashing because it obviously fills you with such joy and continue supporting the terrorist organisation in Hamas.
Aug. 2, 2010, 7:46 p.m. CST
I mean, faster than I was expecting. And I was expecting it to be fairly fast.<BR><BR> A couple of you seem to be missing the point entirely. MIFF's sponsorship does not favour any country's politics over another, which is why it can show Palestine's SON OF BABYLON (portraying Arabs in a positive light) and Israel's LEBANON (portraying Jews and, believe it or not, Muslims in a positive light -- or, if not necessarily positive, then a non-judgmentally believable light).<BR><BR> Seb_wog, if people are protesting to pull films and stop people watching them because one of the many sponsors is Israel, then yes, they ARE against an open dialogue. If you don't grasp this concept, then I'm not sure you quite understand what it means. Secondly, and I can't believe I actually have to tell you this, but Ain't It Cool is a movie site! We care about movies! This article is about covering a film festival! That's not *all* we care about, and it's certainly not all I care about, but when I'm writing on AICN, I am approaching it from a cinema perspective. My point was not that people should not have a beef with Israel, it was that trying to pull films from a festival which is all about discovering different cultures is entirely the wrong forum in which to do it! And lose the high-and-mighty act. If you didn't care about movies, you'd hardly be coming to a website about movies.<BR><BR> The point is this: for two weeks, stop the hating. Two of the best, most brilliant films I've seen in the past week have come from Palestine and Israel respectively. It may not be much, but it may be something.
Aug. 2, 2010, 8:42 p.m. CST
I felt that the film was good, funny and well acted, if a little aimless, but I had the opposite view when it comes to the audience. The sold-out friday screening was packed with people clearly (read:loudly) enjoying every minute of the film, but it felt as if the entire crowd was eating up every slightly gay thing in the entire movie, because the fact that two men kiss, or cuddle, or show emotion towards each other is funny in and of itself. There was more to the story (and the jokes) than "Them two straight guys what pretend boyfriend and girlfriend so we can laugh and feel less uncomfortable about the gays" and my enjoyment of the genuinely funny parts (of which there were many) was completely overshadowed by the uproar of laughter at every serious (or even mundane) moment, because it was between two men. Would that scene have been "funny" if it was with a man and a woman? Is two actors kissing any different if they're the same sex? I saw two other incredibly good films about gay characters (BROTHERHOOD and I KILLED MY MOTHER) but almost every person I've tried to talk to about all three has in some way dismissed the merits of the films as just being "gay" and nothing more. Until we can get rid of the attitude that they're so different from the rest of us there's never going to be any real change, rights will still be inequal and movies about unashamedly gay characters will continue to be shelved, fail at the box office, be relegated to film festivals and be dismissed as just "gay" films instead of being judged for what they are. <End rant>. Oh and also, if you're in Melbourne, BROTHERHOOD is playing tonight at the Forum, it's been my absolute favourite of the festival so far and will absolutely knock your socks off. Go see it!
Aug. 2, 2010, 11:42 p.m. CST
Make it a documentary. I'de probably go see it. Oh and make it 3D so the kids will see it.. ahem
Aug. 2, 2010, 11:44 p.m. CST
Make a miff film about dislexic milfs... eh just an idea.
Aug. 3, 2010, 7:46 a.m. CST
dude where's my car?
Aug. 3, 2010, 8:54 a.m. CST
Point taking about the high and mighty Latauro. Still I have no problem with righteous, one has to take a stand. My essential point I state again is that the protesters are not against the movies but against MIFF's CULTURAL PARTNERSHIP WITH THE STATE OF ISRAEL just like the filmmakers of SONS OF BABYLON. Look at the Sponsors page, p4 of the guide,not the movie list ! Apologies but I reckon you need to read some solid history books mate. You constantly reduce the history of the Middle East to some hatred between people. You obviously don’t have your head up your arse like Alex D but would you have asked the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto to stop resisting, you would call it “hating” for two weeks so cosmopolitan Poles in the capital could watch movies comfortably at a Festival sponsored by the Nazi government ? The filmmakers of SONS OF BABYLON want you to see their film but not at a Festival sponsored by a racist rogue state. That really aint that hard to understand. Your call for some kind of cultural “love-in” is pretty lame considering the history of the Middle East. The world has been telling the State of Israel to pull its head in for 63 years! At the same time the military machines of US and Israel have been rampaging and making life hell for everyone in the Middle East for a long time. I don't hate anybody. But some people on your website are beyond the pail with the bile and horse shit they sprout. I cannot retract my raging gypsy curse regards them. I apologise to you. Yes I am a film fan, but still I feel people change the world not films or talking about them.
Aug. 3, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST
by Alex D
You seem to follow word-for-word the classic Islamic narrative spewing your anti-Israel diatribe. The same spin word-for-word.
Aug. 3, 2010, 7:04 p.m. CST
by Alex D
to compare the current situation in Gaza to the Warsaw Ghetto obviously shows you know nothing. I don't recall the Warsaw Ghetto having a three level shopping centre and full of food markets and truckloads of supplies being given to them. You're an uneducated tool.
Jan. 1, 2011, 3:42 a.m. CST