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2016 Alliance Française French Film Festival

Originally posted on Jordan and Eddie (The Movie Guys):
It’s exciting times for Australian cinema lovers who love their films foreign and in this case infused with the flavour of France as the Alliance Française French Film Festival has kicked off in Sydney and Melbourne for its 27th Annual season from March 1st to 24th. The festival will also be running in other Australian capitals throughout the coming weeks. There are a range of special screenings, Q and A’s and other activities for film fans to enjoy throughout the festivals and for a detailed rundown of proceedings we encourage all readers to click on through to the festivals official website listed here below – http://www.affrenchfilmfestival.org/ We hope you can enjoy some of what the festival has to offer and wish all readers some happy watching ahead! C’EST ICI! 2016 Alliance Française French Film Festival Announces ‘une fabuleuse’ Selection for its 27th Season The nation’s most captivating film event, the Alliance Française French Film Festival, is returning for its 27th annual season in Sydney from the 1st to the…

Oscars 2016, Movie Review: When Marnie Was There

Originally posted on Ice the Burn:
Studio Ghibli. Enough said. While I want to focus this review mostly on the film, it’s difficult to do so without also addressing Studio Ghibli, one of the greatest animation studios, and its current hiatus situation when it comes to the film’s impact and importance of being nominated at the Academy Awards. In any case, I’ll start with the review first. And to point out: I watched this movie in Japanese with English subtitles. I don’t know how voters watched this film when voting for it to be nominated (and voting for the winning film), but I’m sure the difference in voice acting and adaptation of lines and interpretation will certainly have some impact on the experience. It’s a little strange to tackle this film when seeing only one version – especially the Japanese version, but I’m going for it anyway. Check it out: Anna Sasaki, a tomboyish preteen, lives with foster parents in Sapporo, Japan. She is distant from them mostly, and after having an asthma attack at…

Oscars 2016, Movie Review: Room

Originally posted on Ice the Burn:
Here’s what I knew before watching: Brie Larson is getting rave reviews, the young boy Jacob Tremblay gave an adorable acceptance speech at the Critic’s Choice Awards show. I knew the premise of the film and expected an emotional roller coaster. It’s so much more than that! It’s not a simple “let’s decide to escape this life and live happily ever after.” It’s a process as are the consequences that follow. Here’s how I see it and why I want others to as well. Check it out: ? A young mother and her now-five-year-old son have been living in a small shed they call “Room.” Joy, the mother, was imprisoned seven years prior, while her son, Jack, has no idea that there is a world beyond Room. But now that he’s old enough, Joy reveals the truth. Initially in disbelief and outrage towards what she tells him about everything he thought he knew, Jack comes around to help them both escape from their captor, a man they call Old Nick.…

Oscars 2016, Movie Review: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

Originally posted on Ice the Burn:
What a beautiful film. There may have been some things that I was trying to process during this film – like who the people are and what’s going on? But visually this movie was stunning. Not only that, but the setup, the characters, and the stunts made this movie one that I will appreciate moving forward. Check it out: The setup is post-nuclear holocaust world, where civilization has collapsed, and this world is barren desert. There are human survivors, we see some that for the most part seem normal and then there are War Boys, who are human but may have a kind of mutation or disease as a whole, and they are led by Immortan Joe. Max (Tom Hardy) is captured early in the film because he is a universal donor and is used as a human blood bag for sick Nux (Nicholas Hoult). Then Joe’s Lieutenant Imperator Furiosa is sent in a semi-truck to collect gasoline – very valuable in this world – but she is discovered…

“The Revenant” Film Review: Can Everyone Stop Being Mean To Poor Leonardo DiCaprio Now, Please?

Originally posted on The Collective:
“The Revenant” is one of the most viscerally beautiful movies I have ever seen. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu and cinematographer Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki made the fascinating decision to use natural light almost exclusively throughout the entire film, and it pays off magnificently. The winter light feels almost lazy as it bends around frosty trees and bounces off the snow-covered ground. At times there is barely enough light to truly see what’s happening on the screen, which only serves to heighten the film’s often tense atmosphere. This film is truly a feast for the eyes. The acting in this film is absolutely top-notch. It’s easy to see why Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated for an Oscar for this role. He actually has a surprisingly small amount of dialogue, and half of that is in a foreign language. Most of Leo’s work is physical, and it’s demanding and brutal. Yet audiences connect with and sympathize for his character because his pain and anguish, his drive and determination come through so clearly. That’s not an…

Liebster Award

We were nominated for the Liebster Award by the wonderful Erika who runs, one of my favorite blogs, The Farm on the Hill. The Liebster Award is an award for bloggers by bloggers. The goal of the award is to encourage more connection and support within the writing community, as well as assist in discovering up and coming bloggers. The award focuses on bloggers with less than 200 followers. Though we don’t quite qualify in that regard, we’re happy to participate. When someone nominates you for the Liebster Award they ask you a series of questions. Here are the questions submitted by Erika. What originally got you blogging? Like many of my peers, I realized that adulthood didn’t come with a manual. As I wanted to share what I was learning as I learned daily lessons; thus the blog was born. What do you most enjoy about blogging? I love when bloggers comment and interact. I know we all have busy days, but it’s nice when someone takes the time to share their opinion or experiences. …

November Wrap Up

Originally posted on One Little Bookshelf:
As per usual, I am amazed by how fast this month is gone. I can’t believe it’s nearly Christmas! I hope everyone has had a good month as is settling into the holiday spirit 🙂 Anyway, onward to the wrap up! What I read this month… Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #6-10 by Cassandra Clare et al. I really enjoyed these last few stories 🙂 I’ve read the 10 novellas over the last three months, so it’s nice to have finished them. You can find my review of each story here. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera I really liked this book, and thought it was very unique and stood out in the busy YA Contemporary genre. If you haven’t already read this book, I would definitely recommend it! You can find my review here. The Assassin’s Blade, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas I have fallen head-over-heels in love with the Throne of Glass series. This is such an exciting world, with amazing…

An Open Letter to Hollywood

Originally posted on Black Millennials:
Viola Davis put forth a call to action that Hollywood be more intentional in giving women of color — especially Black women — more critical roles. Here’s some steps Hollywood could take towards that aim. By Britt Spruill  Hello, Hollywood. While accepting her historic win at the Emmys this weekend, High Priestess Viola Davis confronted you regarding the lack of acting roles for Women of Color. “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there,” Davis remarked in her passionate speech. Her words come after the recent “whitesplaining” of diversity from actor/director Matt Damon, insisting there is a certain time and place for such matters. He’s obviously wrong in so many ways, but Davis isn’t …and you know it. I urge you to heed her words and take action to close this tragic and unfortunate opportunity gap. As a fat kid, I didn’t really go outside much growing up, so I spent most of my childhood…