I've successfully caught up with "Damages" just in time for the Season 4 premiere next week! It's been a fantastic series although I will say that Season 3 did feel a little rocky towards the end but nonetheless, it's a top tier show. Now to try and find the time to also follow the other shows on FX like "Sons of Anarchy" and "Justified" as well as a whole host of other shows on other American TV channels. Movies have taken a backseat for a while now.
This past week I was volunteering again for Polyglot. They had a workshop program called "Paper Planet" running for children at Federation Square and I signed up to volunteer from Wedensday through to Friday with a good friend of mine. The basic idea of "Paper Planet" was simply that kids could come into the space and contribute to the space by making things compeltley out of cardboard and paper. It was a lot of fun and the kids were never troublesome.
The full program list for films screening at this year's Melbourne International Film Festival was released this week! There are quite a handful of films that I want to see but realistically I probably will only get around to just a small few which will be disappointing. Some of them I can already acquire through pirated imports (the Asian ones, hahaha) out on Victoria Street or in the city though but the rest are touring the festival circuits so that's not possible. Below are the trailers and descriptions of the films that I'm looking forward to seeing.
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult.
Two sisters find their relationship challenged as a nearby planet threatens to collide into the Earth.
15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover who has resurfaced in her life.
ACCENT ON ASIA
A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord.
Upon hearing the song "Norwegian Wood," Toru remembers back to his life in the 1960s, when his friend Kizuki killed himself and he grew close to Naoko, Kizuki's girlfriend. As the two try, in very different ways, to contend with their grief, Toru forms a bond with another woman, Midori. (Based on the Haruki Murakami best seller)
In the Tokyo underworld, dominated by the Sanno-kai crime organization & ruled by Mr Chairman, rival clans clash for power and money while temporal alliances and betrayals become indistinguishable.
A serial killer targeting elementary school students is on the loose—and 5 victims means even the president gets involved in the investigation. When the most probable suspect dies in custody and the case looks like it's reached a dead end, high ranking police brass decide to create a killer—and anyone will do.
In February 2009 a group of Danish soldiers accompanied by documentary filmmaker Janus Metz arrived at Armadillo, an army base in the southern Afghan province of Helmand. Metz and cameraman Lars Skree spent six months following the lives of young soldiers situated less than a kilometer away from Taliban positions.
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
More of a clip than a trailer cuase there isn't a full length one around. Oh well.
The Muppet Elmo is one of the most beloved characters among children across the globe. Meet the unlikely man behind the puppet - the heart and soul of Elmo - Kevin Clash.
The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
A documentary about branding, advertising and product placement that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising and product placement.
Hobo With A Shotgun
A homeless vigilante blows away crooked cops, pedophile Santas, and other scumbags with his trusty pump-action shotgun.
After his wife falls under the influence of a drug dealer, an everyday guy transforms himself into Crimson Bolt, a superhero with the best intentions, though he lacks for heroic skills.
Life in a Day
A documentary shot by filmmakers all over the world that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the 24th of July, 2010.
MIFF 60TH RETROSPECTIVE
Lovers who are happy together are all the same. Lovers whose relationships fall apart are all different, unique in the ways they inflict emotional tortures on themselves and each other. Lai Yiu-Fai (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and Ho Po-Wing (Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing) were in love when they arrived in Argentina from Hong Kong. But something went wrong while they were driving south in search of adventure.
As I said, I highly doubt that I'd have the money to go to all of these sessions so I'll have to prioritise which ones I REALLY want to/need to see. I probably won't have to watch "Happy Together" again but I would just like to see that on a nice big screen is all.
I think I'll leave my post there as there's already quite a bit of content on here (that and it's been a slow news week for films and I haven't seen anything outside of "Damages"). So with that I'll leave you to your business. Peace out y'all.