The Delphi Bank 26th Greek Film Festival Announces 2019 Program

From the poetic drama Epiphany starring AACTA award-winner Alex Dimitriades and irreverent black-comedy The Taverna, to the latest masterpiece by weird wave auteur Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster), The Delphi Bank 26th Greek Film Festival (GFF) returns to showcase diverse stories from trailblazing Greek filmmakers across the globe.

With 15 superb features, three engaging documentaries and one Australian short, the Festival returns to Leichhardt’s Palace Norton Street Cinema from 8 to 20 October 2019, with tickets on sale today at www.greekfilmfestival.com.au

“We’re thrilled to announce this year’s eclectic lineup of films, showcasing strong Greek voices from across the globe,” says Festival Chair, Nia Karteris. “From the inspirational, to the thought-provoking, and the downright hilarious, this year’s program showcases an incredible selection of diverse tales that are guaranteed to resonate with Australian audiences.”

Opening and Closing Night

The Festival will open with inspirational sports docudrama 1968, from award-winning Greek filmmaker Tassos Boulmetis (A Touch of Spice)Starring acclaimed Greek actor Ieroklis Michaelidis, the film revisits the legendary victory of the emergent Greek basketball team AEK in the European Cup against the seemingly undefeatable Czechoslovakian team – Greece’s first ever win in history. The landmark event on April 4, 1968 smashed attendance records with over 100,000 spectators flooding the marble Panathenaic Stadium.  

Closing the Festival is Australian director Alkinos Tsilimidos’ black comedy The Taverna. Set in Melbourne, the film chronicles a chaotic night in which an impromptu belly dance at a Greek restaurant leads to a series of unexpected and hilarious mishaps.

Special Events

AACTA award-winner Alex Dimitriades (The Slap) and rising star Caitlin Carmichael (Dwight In Shining Armor) will attend the Festival in Sydney to introduce Epiphany (Oct 17), and engage in audience Q&As. Dimitriades and Carmichael star alongside George Georgiou (Mamma Mia!Game of Thrones) in this love letter to Greek culture, which tells the story of a troubled teen who befriends an older man, and slowly uncovers her family’s mysterious past.

Cypriot Sunday (Oct 13) will be a dedicated celebration of Cypriot cinema, with wine and snacks by the Cyprus Community of NSW. Screening will be: Pause, Tonia Mishiali’s striking debut feature about an overworked Cypriot housewife who dreams of violent rebellion against her sexist husband; and The Bullet Within, the true story of a son who must bury his father before his wedding day, set in today’s divided Cyprus. 

The Delphi Bank 26th Greek Film Festival runs 8 – 20 October 2019 at Palace Norton Street, and also travels to Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane and Perth.

FESTIVAL DETAILS:
WHAT: The Delphi Bank 26th Greek Film Festival Sydney
WHEN: Tuesday 8 October – Sunday 20 October, 2019
WHERE: Palace Norton Street, 99 Norton Street, Leichhardt, NSW 2040
WEBSITE: www.greekfilmfestival.com.au  
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/GreekFilmFestival

Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe go mad in new ‘The Lighthouse’-trailer.

The Lighthouse tells the story of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. A24 just released a 2nd official trailer, and it seems like Pattinson and Dafoe are giving it their all.

After debuting back in May at Cannes Film Festival, The Lighthouse is still sitting at a 94% on RottenTomatoes. The film gets released October 18, in the US.

Clown-Mania Continues with “Wrinkles The Clown”-trailer

He’s just a phone call away.

Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing just released a trailer for what seems to be a horror documentary on “Wrinkles The Clown“, an unidentified man living in Florida, who for a fee of “a few hundred dollars” will attend birthdays, scare misbehaving kids, and prank people.

The synopsis of the film might give us some more information on what this is supposed to be:

In late 2014, a low-res video of a person in a clown mask emerging from underneath a sleeping child’s bed appears on YouTube. The description below the video claims that the clown is named “Wrinkles,” that he lives in southwest Florida, and that he’s been hired by the child’s parents to frighten her for misbehaving. The video goes viral. Soon, more mysterious videos of Wrinkles scaring children appear online, along with a phone number to hire him for “behavioural services.” Wrinkles becomes internet lore – a whole genre of YouTube videos of kids filming themselves calling him appears online, and over a million messages are left at the number. Voicemails range from disturbing to hilarious to terrifying: parents use the number to terrify their children, kids who are obsessive fans of creepy clowns reach out to make a new friend, children threaten to inflict wildly creative violence if he comes anywhere near them. But who is Wrinkles, and why is he doing this? With incredible access to the mastermind behind the mask, Wrinkles the Clown is a cryptic and playful exploration of these questions, as well as an inside look at myth-building and the unpredictable spread of imagination in the Internet age.

Wrinkles The Clown is aiming for an October 4, 2019 release in the US.

Review – The Angry Birds Movie 2

We’re going to need a bigger slingshot.” – Leonard

Silver (Rachel Bloom) working on one of her inventions.

Worldwide mobile game phenomenon Angry Birds got turned into an animated film back in 2016, which grossed over 5x its budget. The 21st century is known for its need of franchises, so three years later we are getting its very simply titled sequel – The Angry Birds Movie 2.

First time full feature directors Thurop Van Orman and John Rice, bring the well known birds back to the big screen, expanding their world and characters to keep everything fresh and exciting. Red (Jason Sudeikis) and company are still battling their “arch-pig-emies“, after saving Bird Island and becoming the local hero. When Pig Island gets attacked by a massive ice ball, coming from a completely unknown direction, King Leonard (Bill Hader) asks for a truce while searching for answers. Zeta (Leslie Jones), a boldly purple diva, is the one behind the attacks. She and her army of eagles will stop at nothing to obliterate the inhabitants of both Pig Island and Bird Island, to turn their worlds into holiday resorts and finally take the vacation she seemingly “deserves”. Now Red, Chuck and his brilliant sister Silver, Bomb (Danny McBride) and Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage) have to join forces with King Leonard and his team of green hogs, to stop Zeta’s extreme lust for destruction.

The animation was stunning in the first film, but it looks even more polished this time around. Flying from one gloriously decorative island to another, diving deep under icy oceans and even rocketing into outer space with a group of fluffy-cutesy-hatchlings. These hatchlings go on a fun adventure, when one of them loses her unhatched-siblings, while reenacting the battle between Red and King Leonard. Voiced by Brooklynn Prince (The Florida Project) and YouTube-personality JoJo Siwa, these little balls of pastel fluff are undeniably adorable. Mostly reminding me of “Ice Age“‘s Scrat, always on the look-out for his beloved acorn.

Comedic voice talent Josh Gad (Frozen), once again shows how funny he can be as Chuck. Hilarious and simply the best character. Awkwafina (The Farewell) and Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) are well known comedy queens, but outrageously under-utilised. The biggest problem I had with the story, was that these Angry Birds weren’t “angry” anymore. They were just trying to save their island from a disgruntled bigger bird. Unlike the first film, there’s almost no character development, just Red having to overcome his fear of being all by himself again, after tasting the glorious feeling of being the hero on the island.

Another thing that didn’t work in my opinion, was the overuse of music in the film. Impressive to say the least, because the hits they were able to get the rights for, are mostly chart-topping classics. But especially in the second half, one song gets followed directly with another to start dance battles or shows us a glimpse of a new character’s secret past. Sometimes less is more.

The Angry Birds Movie 2 is more of the same, with more adult jokes than you’d expect in an animated feature about birds, and less anger issues than its predecessor. After the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, this is another example of Sony Pictures Animation‘s strong animation team, which definitely deserves the same grade as Pixar and Dreamworks Animation.

⭐⭐⭐

Midsommar Extended Director’s Cut will be Exclusive on Apple TV

Let the festivities begin.

We feel you, Dani..

Bloody Disgusting reports that the 171 minutes Extended Director’s Cut of Ari Aster’s Midsommar will only be available on Apple Tv, and this from September 24 (US-release date)

The iTunes store notes, “Your purchase of Midsommar comes with Ari Aster’s extended and unrated director’s cut, exclusive to Apple TV. Plus go behind the scenes with the cast and crew of Midsommar in an exclusive featurette, and watch the creation of Hälsingland in time-lapse footage of the elaborate and meticulous set construction.”

No worries for the fans of the original theatrical cut, the Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) and DVD will go on sale October 8.

Which version did you prefer?

Amazon Announces ‘Jack Ryan’ Season 2 Premiere Date with Trailer

Stand for something. Stop for nothing.

Before season 1 had even aired, Amazon already green-lit a second season for their Emmy-award winning series. Now, we finally have a premiere date: November 1. The streaming service also dropped a brand new full length trailer.

Season 2 of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan sees the CIA-agent, played by John Krasinski, head down to South America to investigate a suspicious shipment of illegal arms in the Venezuelan jungle. As Jack’s investigation threatens to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy, the President of Venezuela launches a counter-attack that hits home for Jack, leading him and his fellow operatives on a global mission spanning the United States, UK, Russia, and Venezuela to unravel the President’s nefarious plot and bring stability to a country on the brink of chaos.

Returning to the series are Abbie Cornish and Wendell Pierce, joined by some fresh faces, such as Noomi Rapace (Prometheus), Michael Kelly (House of Cards) and Jordi Molla (Riddick).

Jack Ryan season 1 is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

A24’s ‘Waves’ Trailer Hits The Internet

A24 dropped a first trailer for their future film ‘Waves’. Directed by Trey Edward Schults (It Comes at Night), the film has been getting rave reviews after premiering at Telluride Film Festival last month, and is about to screen at Toronto International Film Festival.

Waves tells the story of two young couples navigating through the emotional minefield of growing up and falling in love. It stars Alexa Demie (HBO’s Euphoria), Clifton Collins Jr. (The Mule), Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) and Lucas Hedges (Manchester By The Sea).

Waves has been given a November 1st release date for the USA. There’s no dates set yet for any international areas.

Netflix Debuts Trailer for ‘Hello, Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea.’

Chelsea Handler in her last Netflix-documentary series ‘Chelsea Does‘ (2016)

Ahead of her American comedy tour, riding the wave of her New York Times Bestselling-novel ‘Life Will Be the Death of Me‘, Chelsea Handler is ready to release a brand new Netflix-documentary.

Hello, Privilige. It’s Me, Chelsea.‘ follows comedian Chelsea Handler as she confronts and explores her personal and cultural impacts around white privilege. Handler travels around the country speaking with a wide range of people on the topic of race including fellow comedians Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, and W. Kamau Bell, anti-racism writer and activist Tim Wise, a Republican women’s group in Orange County, CA, college students at an open mic night, and her former high school boyfriend in New Jersey.

Hello, Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea. Only on Netflix September 13.

Holiday Horror In First ‘Black Christmas’ trailer

Universal Pictures and horror powerhouse Blumhouse released a plot revealing trailer for their holiday horror film ‘Black Christmas‘.

Imogen Poots (Green Room), Aleyse Shannon (Charmed) and Cary Elwes (Saw) star in the by Sophia Takal directed/written remake of the 1974 film, which sees a group of students getting stalked by a stranger during their Christmas break. The film was entirely shot in New Zealand.

Black Christmas will be released in the weeks leading up to Christmas. In American cinemas Friday 13th of December.

The Handmaid’s Tale gets a sequel – The Testaments

Deadline reports that a spinoff sequel to the ever popular The Handmaid’s Tale, is in the works at Hulu and MGM Television. Margaret Atwood‘s upcoming novel The Testaments is a follow-up to her bestselling The Handmaid’s Tale. Negotiations and discussions are taking place with showrunner Bruce Miller, on how this all could work within the same universe as the award winning The Handmaid’s Tale.

The Testaments will be published on September 10 and picks up more than fifteen years after Offred’s final scene in The Handmaid’s Tale novel.

The Handmaid’s Tale became the first streaming show to ever pick up a Best Series Primetime Emmy Award, amongst many other prestigious awards, such as the Golden Globe for Best Drama Series.

In Australia, season 1 and 2 are currently streaming on Stan. Season 3 is still available on the free on demand service SBS OnDemand.