Melbourne once again becomes the centre of the cinematic universe (in a manner of speaking) with the 63rd annual Melbourne International Film Festival – or, if you want to sound like a cinematic insider, MIFF. With close to 350 films from dozens of countries screening over eighteen days and nights, this year’s festival promises a wide-ranging and robust snapshot of world cinema today.
Charlie (David Gulpilil) isn’t doing too badly in his remote Northern community. He’s smart enough to put one over both the local police and the white drug dealers who come up to make a quick buck, he can go hunting if he wants a free feed (he’s not a huge fan of the junk food the local supermarket sells), he’s got a humpy to sleep in (he had a house but his family took it over and it was too noisy for his taste) and he’s got friends to talk to if he feels like a chat.
Having toured with the likes of James Vincent McMorrow, Big Scary and First Aid Kit, before indulging in The Sleeper, the sophomore release for Caitlin Park, I was already impressed. Released in May, this album has been kicking around for a few months and was featured quite heavily on many media outlets. ‘Wake Up in a Whirr’ features thundering drum percussion and silky smooth vocal harmonies that to my ear draws comparisons to Thelma Plum in her vocal melodies and song arrangement.
Little Bird had been running for a number of weeks at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne and last week treated some very lucky audience members to a perfomance at GPAC on Thursday 10th July. It is the story of a small-town country boy with some serious Mummy and Daddy Issues! Wren was born to a loving couple who lived in an isolated cottage in the forest.
We will finally get to here Sheezus the latest album by Brit superstar Lily Allen this weekend as she takes to the stage of Splendour and for some sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne. Admittedly, it’s taken a couple of listen to get into but this is a great album. The follow up to her previous album 2009’s It’s Not Me, It’s You and 2006’s Alright Still was always going to be a big task and on this release, we see some of the most intensive and personal lyrics of Allen’s career.
There are a lot of elements working hard to make Sex Tape one of the worst films of the year, so singling out one to blame is both near-impossible and deeply unfair. A film this bad doesn’t just happen. It takes all manner of factors working together to waste ninety minutes of your life this badly. Sometimes they’re little things, like Jason Segel’s weirdly plastic lineless face in the early flashback scenes or Cameron Diaz saying the utterly unbelievable line in 2014, “am I really going to sell my blog for money?”
It’s been a decade since Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and here’s all you really need to know: humanity has all but been wiped out by the “Simian Flu” and a tribe of super-intelligent apes have escaped into the woods to the north of San Francisco. The apes, led by Caesar (Andy Serkis), have built a community and settled down, with Caesar starting a family that includes one grown son, Blue Eyes (Nick Thurston) and another child on the way. As for the humans… well, the apes figure they’ve all died out.
Lance Ferguson is most well known for his work with the Melbourne soul/funk outfit The Bamboos. However, during his busy schedule he has found time to somehow put together a side project album, and get the majority of the Melbourne music scene to sing along on it. Blind Bet by Cookin’ on 3 Burners, (by far the coolest band name I’ve heard in recent times) is a cracking set of tracks.