Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sunday Links (18/09)

Well since I last checked in on a links post, plenty has happened. I watched the Richard Ayoade indie flick, Submarine, I finally watched The Wild Bunch having been recommended it by a friend, and in preparation for the new release of Fright Night 3D I watch the '85 original. The 2011 Lavazza Italian Film Festival also opened on Thursday, which meant I was extremely busy all day. Then Thursday night I went drinking with friends. On Friday I left for the beautiful Hunter Valley with some friends to drink again. We visited four wineries, and tried about 40 different wines (including two Merlots - one of which wasn't all that bad), we ate a lot of food and had a grand old time. Now back in Sydney my first port of call is to check out what my blog peeps have been up to - and it is quite a lot, considering it has only been a couple of days.

Everyone has seen Drive, it seems. I have too, but only because I traveled interstate. It was released this week in the U.S. and has been hotly received. That second half sure is something. TIFF has continued throughout the week with a number of prolific bloggers providing extensive and insightful coverage (and even some mini Podcasts). Great stuff. This week I will be trying to see both Fright Night 3D and Eye of the Storm, as well as squeezing in a pair of media-related screenings on Wednesday. I also need to make a start on The Decalogue, which might have to wait until next week, and a pair of Almodovar films...Volver and Broken Embraces. Anyway, I have plenty to do, so lemme get on with it.

Steve @ 1001 Plus reviews Four Lions, a film I find to be hilarious.

Alex @ And So It Begins was pleasantly surprised by Warrior, the new sporting drama starring Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton and Nick Nolte.

My favourite of the Pierce Brosnan Bond films is Goldeye. It's also one of my favourite games. James @ Cinema Sights reviews it this week.

So, for some excellent reviews of Nicholas Winding Refn's Drive, check out Sam and Castor's @ Anomalous Material, John's @ John Likes Movies and Candice's @ Reel Talk

CS @ Big Thoughts From A Small Mind, during his TIFF coverage, reviews an interesting little film called Breathing.

Nick Prigge @ Cinema Romantico finally saw Senna. He gave it two thumbs up, which seems to be the consensus (except for Ebert of course).

Tom @ Movie Reviews by Tom Clift has another Double Feature Friday segment and he reviews A Barefoot Dream, a little-known film playing at KOFFIA, the Korean Film Festival in Australia.

Phil @ Phil on Film reviews a film that drew some applause at SFF and MIFF, Tomboy. Judging by his comments, this is one of his top films if 2011 so far.

A site I recently stumble upon is Popcorn Junkie. Cam reviews predominantly new releases, and at a much quicker pace than I. This week he looks at Fright Night, and Page One: Inside the New York Times.

Tyler's blog, Southern Vision, is great. Be sure to check out his 5 Memorable Abortion Scenes in Movies and his review of Sergei Eisenstein's The Battleship Potemkin.

Ryan McNeil @ The Matinee has been having a blast at TIFF. He has also seen some fantastic films. Check out his reviews of A Dangerous Method, Shame and The Skin I Live In, and his mini Matineecast where he and some other fine folks discuss Paddy Considine's Tyrannosaur.

That's all folks. Hope everyone had a great weekend!


  1. Thanks for the links.

    THE WILD BUNCH is great but if you're talking Peckinpah you need to see STRAW DOGS (which has just been remade) and BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA, two great films.

  2. Thanks for all the great links! I'm bookmarking this to peruse later. :)

  3. Thanks for the link. I'm very curious to see what you have to say about The Decalogue.

  4. Thanks for the links! In every tube station in London there is at least one poster of Warrior and one of Drive, so I am curious!I'll be checking them out!

  5. @ Tyler - I have seen Straw Dogs and while I admired Peckinpah's bold filmmaking, the film left me feeling quite bad. There was not a single likeable character in the film, and I found the climactic sequences to be very improbable. But I'd like to give it another go.

    @ Sam - Great write-up dude.

    @ Steph - I hope you find them interesting :-)

    @ Steve - I don't know if I'll have time to write anything, but I am looking forward to watching them.

    @ Aziza - I am yet to see Warrior, but been hearing some very good things! Glad you enjoyed the links. Some great writers featured here.

  6. Thanks for the link! That Ebert review of Senna is just beyond understanding, isn't it? I mean, love that guy but that review.....I really don't understand what he saw.

  7. I don't understand either. Perhaps he was disappointed by all the race footage - as some have been. "There's nothing for Non-F1 fans" is a common response. I think that's really incorrect. Oh well, I'm glad most people have found it an exhilarating and memorable experience.

  8. Forgot to share my thanks for the linkage. Consider that error corrected! :)

    Also, if Breathing comes your way, via theatre or DVD, I highly recommend you give it a look.

  9. Not a problem CS. Great TIFF coverage. I surely will!