MIFF2014: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her

the disappearance of eleanor rigby 1It’s rather bizarre not to see a Beatles track sneak into “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby”, an interesting film that looks into a deteriorating relationship from the perspective of both parties involved. This feature debut from Ned Benson is actually two films shown back to back subtitled Her and Him respectively. While the order of the presentation may vary depending on which screening you attend, the one at the Melbourne International Film Festival kicked it off with Her followed by Him. In addition to the ambitious storytelling, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is anchored by solid performances from the leads Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy. In addition, the supporting characters ranging from Bill Hader’s comedic touch to Isabelle Huppert’s fun portrayal of Eleanor’s chain-smoking wine guzzling mum surely helps this film move along its lengthy runtime. Continue reading

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MIFF2014: Boyhood

boyhood 1Despite not being a perfect movie, Boyhood delivers one of the most interesting cinematic experiences of the year. Filmed over twelve years, it beautifully highlights the growing pains of childhood but it is also a harrowing reminder how quickly time passes by. Continue reading

MIFF2014: Life After Beth

DSC_0255.JPGIf you thought there wasn’t much left to chew on for zombie movies, well you might be wrong there. Life After Beth is a smart zombie comedy that retains its central message while it keeps the laughter rolling throughout. The directorial debut of “I Heart Huckabees” co-writer Jeff Baena reminds us all the fact that while we enjoy a good zom-rom-com flick, the mash-up of the three genres is an awfully bizarre monster of its own. Continue reading

MIFF2014: 112 Weddings

112 weddings 1The concept for 112 Weddings is so good that I’m surprised that this hasn’t been done many times before by others out there. After spending two decades sidelining as a wedding videographer to fund his career as a filmmaker, Doug Block has revisited some of the couples he has filmed in the past to see what has become of them since their wedding day. The end result is an interesting time capsule full of love stories and a life lesson wrapped into one. Despite lacking any in-depth insights, the film is shamelessly entertaining and it has successfully invoked tears and laughter from everyone in the audience. 112 Weddings is a bittersweet portrait of modern marriage and life after the ‘happily ever after’ moment on their wedding day, but the prevailing tone is more sweet than bitter. Continue reading

MIFF2014: Web Junkie

web junkie 1With so many good films at the Melbourne International Film Festival, there is bound to be a film that would fail to ‘click’ with me. There is so much potential for this film to milk this topic of internet addiction but all it provides is a very small glimpse into a boot camp in China and the angry teens locked up inside without any insight into the social problem as a whole. Continue reading

MIFF2014: Happy Christmas + Post-Film Q&A

happy christmas 1Happy Christmas is Joe Swanberg’s most satisfying film to date. It is definitely a worthy follow-up to last year’s equally enjoyable Drinking Buddies. This film is a nice little portrait of a middle class family set during the Christmas holidays in the city of Chicago. Despite a somewhat slow start, the film beautifully highlights the angst we commonly experience in adulthood and looks into the struggle between maintaining a creative life while being a parent to a toddler. Well in this case, perhaps two toddlers. Continue reading

Entertainment Link-Off: Short and Sweet

nina dobrev lets be cops premiereLet’s keep it short and simple this week. I am currently busy from the Melbourne International Film Festival screenings, so I’m a bit short on words this week in the ELO. Perhaps you can catch some of my updates from the film fest when I get around to posting them all! In the meantime, let’s kick things off with Nina Dobrev at the Let’s Be Cops premiere.

After the jump, imagine if GoT had a subway line, Bear Grylls tells us how to survive movie situations, watch Chris Pratt rap and finally catch Nina tackling giant beer pong with Jimmy Fallon. Continue reading