The credits are rolling on Oranges and Sunshine and so I haven't had any time to properly process it. I don't quite know how to write about it and so I'll start by saying that I feel heartbroken. During the early century through to the 1970s the British and Australian governments, along with the Church ran an organised child migration scheme in which thousands of children living in care were sent to Australia and raised in institutions. They were fed lies that their parents were dead and that Australia offered a sort of utopia. Upon arrival they were shipped off to more orphanages and various institutes where many were neglected and abused. Orange And Sunshine tells the true story of Margaret Humphries, a social worker who stumbled upon the case. Over many years she worked to bring closure to the children (now adults) and to expose the governments and Church's involved. The film works on a very emotional level and the performances are brilliant. David Wenham and Hugo Weaving are particularly good, delivering complex and immersed performances. Emily Watson leads the film and she too is excellent. Along with the stolen generation, this movie represents one of the darkest chapters in Australian history. Curiously when the film ends and additional information is written on the screen, the fact that the Australian and British governments issued formal apologies to the lost children in 2009 and 2010 has been omitted or ignored. Anyhow, this film resonated with me. Great stuff.
The most positive thing I can say about Scream 4 is that its better than Scream 3... but that's not saying much. Here we go again... stupid people doing stupid things. Wanky dialogue about "rules of horror movies" with an "edgy" modern twist. 10 years have past and this movie thinks its pretty clever working in the whole social networking angle... wrong. It's predictable and tiresome. I've never been a fan of the Scream franchise but acknowledge some cool things about the first two movies.Ultimately the scariest thing about Scream 4 is Courtney Cox's face. It's like she's got electrodes attached to her or something. And then there's Mary McDonnell's face? What the hell happened to it? Watching these two women made me feel like I was at some kind of fucked up tupperwear party. Anyhow... Horror genres come in waves that usually last 5-10 years. For example we had a spate of eerie Asian themed ghost movies like Ringu, Grudge, Dark Water etc... and then there was the spate of torture porn movies like Saw, Captivity and Hostel to name a few. We get vampire trends and zombie trends and so on. Horror goes thru cycles and The original Scream brought the slasher back into fashion with carbon copy flicks like I Know What You Did Last Summer and Urban Legend. Unfortunately it introduced a new generation to a lamer brand of slasher and now ten years later I fear that's exactly what Scream 4 is going to do. Kids, go back to the 70s and 80s vaults and check out what truly awesome slasher is all about. Scream 4 references a lot of them so do something that your friends will think is really lame..... go and educate yourself with them!! Scream 4 fail.
Every time I watch this film it creeps higher on my favourite movie's list. In fact its edging its way into my top 10. If you haven't seen it, do. It's a musical which entirely uses Beatles songs to tell its story. Set against a 60s backdrop with Vietnam looming it's about a group of young people who all converge in the same dwelling and love blossoms between the two leads. I reckon it has to be seen to be believed. Its incredible how all of the songs are strung together so well to tell a serious story. The choreography and editing is awesome and there's some great cameo roles from people like Joe Cocker, Eddie Izzard and Bono. I can't talk it up enough.... check it out if you haven't seen it.
I grew up with Dudley Moore's Arthur (and Arthur 2 for that matter) and so naturally the buzz about a remake was disappointing. As with most remakes I couldn't see any point to it. They announced that Russell Brand was cast in the lead and that seemed to be a small consolation. And so with my distaste for remakes I ventured into the new Arthur with trepidation... and now that I have seen it I stand by my question "why bother?". The original still holds up... but the good news is that it's not bad by any means. If anyone is going to step into Dudley Moore's shoes then it's Russell Brand. He's great. And if anyone is going to step into John Gielgud's shoes it may as well be Helen Mirren. She's great too. The movie adopts the same formula and story structure and its just a rehash but it manages to retain the same level of charm and the gags work. Not a piece of shit by any means and worth a look.... but see the original and it's sequel first.