Sunday, October 31, 2010

I Love You Too

A romantic comedy. I laughed. Recommended.

Metro Study Guide

Review by Luke Buckmaster

Animal Kingdom

You have to watch this film. I was totally gripped by it's intensity. The characters convince.

If you want to download a study guide: Metro:Animal Kingdom

The Official Film Site Animal Kingdom

Article about AFI nominations: Luke Buckmaster

This is Australian film at its best.

Animal Kingdom

Monday, September 20, 2010

Tomorrow When the War Began

This film is thought provoking as the book was. I like John Marsdon's writing because he doesn't treat the audience to a clearly defined judgement, yet places us in predicament's through the protagonists. Reading the book with year 9 classes, the debates and discussions provoked by this story are no stranger to me. That is the value of it for teenagers (and readers in general) I believe. It asks you to question your reality or perspective of how you fit in the world.

I loved the shot of Ellie in front of the mural of the Brittish invasion of Australia. I was pleased Corrie was reading an Australian classic and the line about films not being as good as books. I've read a number of reviews since seeing the film and like my classrooms there is debate about the story. Here are a few:

Luke Buckmaster (also read the comments)

Beyond Hollywood

Phillipa Hawker

Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Soloist

I loved this film. It touched me in many ways. It is a great story that reveals lots of human themes such as friendship, judgement, values, commitment and love. It gives insight into homelessness and mental health. I watched it last night and I want to see it again. The music was precious as were the characters. All of them. This film is good.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Inglourious Basterds

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Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds' was enjoyable. When I purchased it the salesperson told me it wasn't very good. I like Tarantino a lot though. Some of his films are among my favourites. People I trust had enjoyed it:-)

It had that great mix of funny, shocking, surprising, amusing, bizarre and lots of action and random characters.

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Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds Motion Picture Soundtrack

Some Kind of Monster

This documentary about Metallica exceeded my expectations. I am not a big fan of their music and had no idea to be honest the size of the crowds they draw and the business value of that. 'Some Kind of Monster' is very revealing look at the band as they fall apart and come together. It shows the humanity of the band members and the dynamics of groups.

I don't enjoy heavy metal music. I find it too angry and agressive and whilst I can appreciate lyrics and performances, it's not often I would feel like listening to it.

This was one of the scenes I found quite facinating...
I really enjoyed this documentary and I believe I will appreciate Metallica more in future from getting to know a little more about them.