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Poised to thrill audiences around the nation, the Alliance Française French Film Festival has today unveiled the full line-up for its eagerly anticipated 31st season at www.affrenchfilmfestival.org

Spreading its cinematic stardust across 8 cities and 4 satellite locations, the Festival, which is proudly presented by the Alliance Française in association with the Embassy of France in Australia, Unifrance Films and screening partner, Palace Cinemas, will commence its national tour from 10 March until 19 April and is set to thrill audiences with a stupendous selection of 49 contemporary and classic French films, many enjoying their Australian premiere.

 We’re also delighted to announce that dynamic filmmaker, Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders, Macbeth, True History of the Kelly Gang), who has long taken inspiration from French cinema, will be the 2020 Festival Patron.

 Additionally, acclaimed director/actor, Zabou Breitman, whose lyrical, animated drama, The Swallows of Kabul (Les hirondelles de Kaboul), has won plaudits from critics and audiences alike on the international film festival circuit, will be visiting Melbourne to introduce a screening of this, her latest feature, which she directed with Éléa Gobbé-Mévellec. This special Festival event is slated for the evening of Tuesday 17 March at Palace Cinema Como, and will be followed by a filmmaker Q&A.

 On a more sombre note, this year has already experienced horrific bushfires ravaging our land and robbing so many of their lives and homes.  The Alliance Française, and venue partners thereby invite you to join us in helping those impacted by this tragedy by supporting special previews of How to Be a Good Wife and In the Name of the Land (both screening courtesy of Palace Films) to be held in all capital cities on 9th and 10th of March.  100% of tickets sales for these sessions will be donated to the Australian Red Cross Bushfire Appeal and Rural and Remote Mental Health.

And in celebration of mankind’s great capacity for kindness and compassion – which often comes to the fore in times of crisis – the Festival will launch the 2020 season with The Extraordinary (Hors normes)one of the most gloriously uplifting films to emerge from France in recent years, which will screen courtesy of Madman Entertainment.

 The latest feature from renowned filmmakers Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano (who delighted with The Intouchables and C’est la vie!), The Extraordinary is inspired by a true story and was honoured as the Closing Night Feature at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. For twenty years, Bruno (Vincent Cassel) and Malik (Reda Kateb) have run two separate non-profit organizations where they train young people from underprivileged areas to be caregivers for autistic youth abandoned by the state system. But the authorities, concerned that they’ve never sought certification and that many of their carers aren’t ‘officially’ qualified, decide to mount an investigation.

 The result of two years’ immersion in the lives of the two associations, The Extraordinary is a crowd-pleasing charmer, which will have viewers experiencing a gamut of emotions as they fall in love with a host of extraordinary characters in exceptional circumstances.  It’s a testimony to the great things that can be achieved when people support one another in the face of adversity.

 And concluding the 2020 season, on a deliciously whimsical note, will be The Bare Necessity (Perdrix)the directorial debut of Erwan Le Duc, starring Swann Arlaud, Maud Wyler, Fanny Ardant and Nicolas Maury.  Set within a tiny town nestled in the woody mountains of Vosges, this sweetheart of a movie, which delighted hardened cynics when it premiered in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes 2019, looks at the romantic mayhem that ensues when an enigmatic young woman forces a stagnant family to re-define their boundaries and begin to truly live.

 With so many highlights bursting from this year’s programme, it’s impossible to list every film, but read on for some of the delights to be savoured:

 

A FRIENDLY TALE (Le Bonheur des uns)

Director:  Daniel Cohen                                                        

Cast:  François Damiens, Vincent Cassel, Bérénice Bejo

In this delicious tale of tested loyalties, the close friendship of two long-time couples is put at risk when one of the two wives unexpectedly becomes a best-selling author, upsetting the intricate balance of this formerly close-knit quartet.

 

AZNAVOUR BY CHARLES (Le regard de Charles)

A Film by Charles Aznavour, Directed by Marc di Domenico                                                                 

Narrator: Romain Duris

Crooner, Charles Aznavour, beguiled his legions of fans with a dream of romance.  But his life beyond music was even more extraordinary.  An actor, political activist, diplomat and filmmaker, this enthralling documentary, with rare footage, reveals a complicated, multi-talented man who entertained for the greater part of a century.

 

DEERSKIN (Le daim)

Director:  Quentin Dupieux                                                                 

Cast:  Jean Dujardin, Adèle Haenel, Albert Delpy

With his life in disarray, Georges might not be able to control his circumstances but he can control his wardrobe.  Believing that the deerskin jacket of his dreams is the answer to all of his problems, Georges’ delusions gradually increase each time he wears it, edging his obsession closer to a violent delirium.

 

EDMOND

Director: Alexis Michalik                   

Cast: Thomas Solivérès, Olivier Gourmet, Mathilde Seigner, Dominique Pinon

Paris, 1897. Although not yet thirty and clearly gifted as a writer, Edmond Rostand already has two children, many anxieties, but scant literary success.  When given three weeks to write a play for a mercurial star of the stage, all he has is the title, Cyrano de Bergerac.  Can he accomplish the impossible?

 

FAREWELL TO THE NIGHT (L’adieu à la nuit)

Director: André Téchiné                                                                            

Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Kacey Mottet Klein

Muriel, a respected member of her idyllic local community, is horrified to discover that her visiting grandson, who claims to be heading to Canada for work, has in reality been radicalised by Islamist extremists.  His plans to fight for ISIS in Syria expose this ordinary woman to a moral dilemma of heart-breaking proportions.

 

HOUSE OF CARDIN

Directors: P. David Ebersole, Todd Hughes

Synonymous with glamour, refinement and sophistication, this documentary provides a rare glimpse into the world of a 20th century icon. Allowing unprecedented access to his personal archives, we follow Cardin from his birth in the Italian countryside circa 1922, to his move to France where he made his name in fashion.

 

HOW TO BE A GOOD WIFE (La bonne épouse)

Director: Martin Provost                             

Cast: Juliette Binoche, Yolande Moreau, Noémie Lvovsky, Edouard Baer

In 1968 amidst the lush regions of Alsace, the head of a housekeeping school that transforms teenage girls into ideal housewives, has her pristine life implode when she encounters her long-lost first love whilst simultaneously learning that her business is on the brink of financial ruin.

 

IN THE NAME OF THE LAND (Au nom de la terre)

Director:  Edouard Bergeon                                                     

Cast: Guillaume Canet, Veerle Baetens, Anthony Bajon

Returning to France in the late 70s, Pierre marries his sweetheart and takes over his father’s farm.  But twenty years onwards, Pierre is exhausted.  With mounting debt, what was once satisfying begins to take an insidious toll on his family who risk being torn apart by the property that binds them, in this powerful tale of resilience.

 

LA BELLE ÉPOQUE

Director: Nicolas Bedos                                                                    

Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Guillaume Canet, Doria Tiller

Disillusioned, his long-term marriage on the rocks, a man is given a second chance when he encounters a company offering a unique theatrical service that enables customers to revisit memories through carefully orchestrated re-enactments, thus allowing him to return to 1974 and the peak of his happiness.

 

THE LOST PRINCE (Le prince oublié)

Director: Michel Hazanavicius                                                           

Cast: Omar Sy, Bérénice Bejo, François Damiens

Djibi, a devoted single father, transforms into a heroic Prince in the nightly fairy-tales he tells his beloved 7 year-old daughter, Sofia. But as the years pass, Sofia is ready for her own stories with different heroes.  But is the Prince ready to become just a memory of his daughter’s childhood?

 

LOVE AT SECOND SIGHT (Mon inconnue)

Director: Hugo Gélin                                                                         

Cast: François Civil, Joséphine Japy, Benjamin Lavernhe

After waking in a parallel universe, Raphaël finds his wife, Olivia, is nowhere to be seen and his professional achievements have vanished.  Without Olivia, his life is empty, but winning her back proves harder than he could have imagined – especially when he realises she doesn’t even know who he is!

 

MY DOG STUPID (Mon chien Stupide)

Director: Yvan Attal                                                                             

Cast: Yvan Attal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Eric Ruf

Henri, a writer in the depths of a mid-life crisis who hasn’t released a successful book in 25 years, strikes-up an unconventional friendship with a stray, bad-mannered dog who inspires him and his dysfunctional family to re-examine their lives and attitudes towards each other.

 

THE MYSTERY OF HENRI PICK (Le mystère Henri Pick)

Director: Rémi Bezançon                                                                                 

Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Camille Cottin, Alice Isaaz

The late Henry Pick, in life an unassuming Breton pizza marker, is celebrated as a brilliant author when a lost manuscript, attributed to him, becomes a literary success.  But one outspoken intellectual thinks the whole thing is a sham, and, after losing his wife, his job and his prominence due to his opinion, decides to uncover the truth.

 

ONLY THE ANIMALS (Seules les bêtes)

Director: Dominik Moll                                                             

Cast: Denis Ménochet, Laure Calamy, Damien Bonnard

Set in an isolated town in the lush, wintery mountains of southern France, the film opens with the departure of Evelyne, a local woman whose disappearance during a snowstorm soon reveals itself as murder. This act of violence gradually unveils the hidden agendas of several locals, setting the unexpected into motion.

 

PROXIMA

Director: Alice Winocour                                                              

Cast: Eva Green, Zélie Boulant- Lemesle, Matt Dillon

As the only woman in the European Space Agency astronaut-training program, single mother Sarah struggles with guilt over the limited time spent with her young daughter, which escalates when she’s invited upon a year-long space mission – Proxima – forcing her to choose between her work and her child.

 

ROOM 212 (Chambre 212)

Director: Christophe Honoré                                           

Cast: Chiara Mastroianni, Benjamin Biolay, Vincent Lacoste

After Maria reveals a long history of affairs to her husband, she opts to spend the night at a hotel opposite their home. But this is a “magical night”, and it’s not long before time collapses upon itself opening a window into the past where young passions are revisited and the very concept of love, questioned.

 

SIBYL

Director: Justine Triet                                                           

Cast: Virginie Efira, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Gaspard Ulliel

Dissatisfied with her life, Sibyl, a psychiatrist, decides to pursue her dream of becoming a writer.  Casting professional ethics aside, she secretly uses the private sessions of her actress patient, Margot, as inspiration for her novel, a decision that irreversibly impacts upon both their lives.

 

SPREAD YOUR WNGS (Donne-moi des ailes)

Director: Nicolas Vanier                                                          

Cast: Jean-Paul Rouve, Mélanie Doutey, Louis Vazquez

Christian, a visionary scientist, studies wild birds. For his son, a teenager obsessed with video games, the idea of spending a vacation with his father in the middle of nature is a nightmare. However, father and son soon bond over a daring project to save an endangered species, which takes them on an incredible journey.

 

THE SWALLOWS OF KABUL (Les hirondelles de Kaboul)

Directors: Zabou Breitman, Éléa Gobbé-Mévellec                        

Voice: Simon Abkarian, Zita Hanrot, Swann Arlaud

Based on the cherished novel of the same name, this critically acclaimed, animated drama follows two couples living in the Afghan capital during the 90s and the impact Taliban rule has on each relationship. Through their individual love stories, unforgettable characters emerge amid the devastating impact of armed combat.

 

THE TRANSLATORS (Les traducteurs)

Director: Régis Roinsard                                                 

Cast: Lambert Wilson, Olga Kurylenko, Riccardo Scamarcio

Nine language experts, hired to translate the final book of a bestselling trilogy, are in lockdown within a luxurious bunker. But when the top-secret manuscript’s first ten pages appear online, their dream job implodes.  The culprit has to amongst them and the publisher is ready to do whatever it takes to unmask who it is.

 

TWO OF US (Deux)

Director: Filippo Meneghetti                                                    

Cast: Barbara Sukowa, Martine Chevallier, Léa Drucker

In this emotionally compelling tale, pensioners Nina and Madeleine have hidden their deep and passionate love for many decades, but their bond is tested when circumstances trigger a series of events, preventing them from moving freely between each other’s apartments.

 

VERNON SUBUTEX

Director: Cathy Verney                                

Cast: Romain Duris, Céline Sallette, Florence Thomassin, Julie Fournier

When Vernon Subutex, an unemployed former owner of a once legendary record shop, is evicted from his flat, he’s helped by old friend rock star Alex Bleach. But Bleach’s sudden death makes Vernon a deadly target when it’s discovered that he’s in possession of 3 mysterious videotapes owned by Bleach.

 

WE’LL END UP TOGETHER (Nous finirons ensemble)

Director: Guillaume Canet                         

 Cast: François Cluzet, Marion Cotillard, Gilles Lellouche, Laurent Lafitte

About to turn 60, nearly broke and estranged from his former friends, restaurateur Max embraces solitude at his soon-to-be-sold beach house.  So when his ex-buddies arrive for a surprise celebration, he turns them away. But this cannot be – something has to be done! The sequel to 2010’s star-studded comedy, LITTLE WHITE LIES.

 

ZOMBI CHILD

Director: Bertrand Bonello                            

Cast: Louise Labèque, Wislanda Louimat, Adilé David, Ninon François

Haiti, 1962…A man is resurrected from the dead and trapped in a nightmare of slavery. Modern-day Paris…Haitian teen Mélissa, the new girl at an elite school, is invited to join a secret ‘literary sorority’.  But the incendiary family secret she harbours becomes a source of fascination to others, who exploit her heritage with shocking results.

 

National dates and venues for the 2020 Alliance Française French Film Festival are:

     

SYDNEY:

 

10 March – 8 April

 

Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Central & Hayden Orpheum Cremorne      

MELBOURNE:

 

11 March – 8 April

 

Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema             Como, Palace Westgarth, Kino Cinemas & The Astor Theatre

PERTH:

 

11 March – 8 April

 

Palace Raine Square, Cinema Paradiso, Luna on SX,

Windsor Cinema & Camelot Outdoor Cinema

CANBERRA:

12 March – 8 April

Palace Electric Cinema

ADELAIDE:

17 March -14 April

Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas, Palace Nova Prospect Cinema

BRISBANE:

18 March -14 April

Palace Barracks & Palace James Street

HOBART:

19 – 28 March

State Cinema

AVOCA BEACH:

19 March – 1 April

Avoca Beach Picture Theatre

PARRAMATTA:

26 – 29 March

Riverside Theatres Parramatta

BYRON BAY:

31 March – 12 April

Palace Byron Bay

BENDIGO:

17 – 19 April

Star Cinema

BALLARAT:

17 -19 April

Regent Cinemas

Transmission Films has released a new trailer for RIDE LIKE A GIRL, the feature film about Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup. It is the directorial debut from renowned actor Rachel Griffiths and stars Teresa Palmer, Sam Neill, Sullivan Stapleton, Magda Szubanski and introduces Stevie Payne. RIDE LIKE A GIRL will be released in cinemas on 26th September 2019 and the film will captivate and inspire families across Australia.

As a little girl, Michelle Payne dreams of the impossible: winning the Melbourne Cup — horse-racing’s toughest two-mile race. The youngest of 10 children, Michelle is raised by single father Paddy. She leaves school at 15 to become a jockey and after early failures she finds her feet, but a family tragedy, followed by her own near fatal horse fall all but ends the dream. But with the love of her dad and her brother Stevie, Michelle will not give up. Against all the medical advice, and the protests of her siblings, she rides on, and meets Prince of Penzance. Together they overcome impossible odds for a shot at the dream: a ride in the 2015 Melbourne Cup, at odds of 100 to 1. The rest is history.

Turbo

Summary: A freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 19th September, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: David Soren

Screenwriter: Darren Lemke, Robert D. Siegel, David Soren

Cast: Michael Patrick Bell (White Shadow (voice)), Aaron Berger (Danny (voice)), Paul Dooley (The Foreman (voice)), Paul Giamatti (Chet (voice)), Luis Guzman (Angelo (voice)), Bill Hader (Guy Gagne (voice)), Samuel L. Jackson (Whiplash (voice)), Richard Jenkins (Bobby (voice)),  Ken Jeong (Kim Ly (voice)), Michael Pena (Tito (voice)), Will Power (Australian Anchor (voice)), Ryan Reynolds (Turbo (voice)), Michelle Rodriguez (Paz (voice)), Maya Rudolph (Burn (voice)), Ben Schwartz (Skidmark (voice)), Snoop Dogg (Smoove Move (voice)),

Runtime: 96 mins

Classification:G

OUR REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘TURBO’:

David Griffiths: Stars(3.5)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Turbo’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel

Greg King: Stars(3)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Turbo’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

Nick Gardener: Stars(3)

Please check Nick’s review of ‘Turbo’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Episode 50

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3)

IMDB Rating:  Turbo (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Turbo′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Episode 50 for our more in-depth review of ‘Turbo’.

Trailer:

Ping Pong

Summary: 8 players with 703 years between them compete in the World over 80s Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia. Terry (81) having been given a week to live, gets in sight of winning gold. Inge (89) has used table tennis to train her way out of the dementia ward she committed herself to. Australian legend Dorothy deLow is 100, and finds herself a mega celebrity in this rarefied world and Texan Lisa Modlich, a new-comer at 85 years old, is determined to do whatever it takes to win her first gold. This film is as much about the tenacity of the human spirit as it is a meditation on mortality.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 6th June, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: UK

Director: Hugh Hartford

Screenwriter: Hugh Hartford

Cast: Nil

Runtime: 80 mins

Classification:CTC

SUBCULTURE MEDIA/THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘PING PONG’:

There are no reviews available for this title.

IMDB Rating: Ping Pong (2012) on IMDb

Trailer:

Home Run Showdown

Summary: Two little league teams take on their coaches sibling rivalry, and end up doing battle in a place the baseball world never expected it: in the outfield of the Home Run Derby.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 23rd May, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Oz Scott

Screenwriter: John Bella, Tim Cavanaugh

Cast: Brandon Balog (Tanker), Barry Bostwick (Big Al), Derek Brandon (Ryan), Dean Cain (Rico), Darren Daulton (Harrington), Wayne Duvall (Simpson), Carlos Faison (Coach Jeff), Annabeth Gish (Michelle), Jesse Harper (Sal), Emma-Lee Hess (Fassi), Kyle Kirk (Lori), Stephanie Koenig (Aunt Joey Moore), Matthew Lillard (Joey), Jordan March (Bobby DeLuca), Harold Martin (himself), Kaleigh Ryan (Felicia Lee), Joshua Saba (Dave), Cristina V. Sasso (Coach Joules), Gary Sheffield (Gonzo), Connor Wise (Carter Ford), Dimitri Young (Tank Turpino)

Runtime: 90 mins

Classification:PG

SUBCULTURE MEDIA/THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘HOME RUN SHOWDOWN’:

There are no reviews available for this title.

IMDB Rating:Home Run Showdown (2012) on IMDb

Trailer: 

Drift

Summary: Based on true events, Drift is a story set on Australia’s spectactacular and rugged coastline in the early 1970s. It begins in a remote coastal town with the two Kelly brothers, who spend their youth searching for the perfect wave. Out of necessity the family launch a backyard surf business; re-thinking board design, crafting homemade wetsuits and selling their new surf gear out of their van. Battling killer waves, small town conservatism and hard-core criminals, the brothers persevere, daring to dream of a world where they can surf to live and live to surf. A story of passion and corruption, deadly addictions and fractured relationships, Drift tells a tale of courage and the will to survive at all odds.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 2nd May, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia

Director: Ben Nott, Morgan O’Neill

Screenwriter: Tim Duffy, Morgan O’Neill

Cast: Kai Arbuckle (Young Jimmy Kelly), Steve Bastoni (Miller), Lesley-Ann Brandt (Lani), Harrison Buckland-Crook (Young Gus), Ross Clarke-Jones (Gomez), Mike Duncan (Derrick), Laura Fairclough (Lisa), John Fairhead (Frank), Aaron Glenane (Gus), Sean Keenan (Young Andy Kelly), Sarah Louella (Tina), Robyn Malcolm (Kat Kelly), Craig Mathieson (Tom), David Meadows (Ron McDermott), Ben Mortley (Buzzcock), Timothy Nathan (Benno), Myles Pollard (Andy Kelly), Xavier Samuel (Jimmy Kelly), Sam Worthington (JB), Joanna Wren (Sheree)

Runtime: 113 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Drift’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘Drift’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Drift′: Check Episode #30 (available 2nd May, 2013) of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Drift’.

Rating: 3/5

IMDB Rating: Drift (2013) on IMDb

Save Your Legs

Summary: Save Your Legs! is an inspirational journey from the heart of Australia to the soul of India. It’s the story of one man who refuses to lose his park cricket team to the realities of growing up. An uplifting adventure filled with comedy, cricket and Bollywood music, Save Your Legs! is an odyssey from the suburbs to the sub-continent in pursuit of a lifelong dream.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 28th February, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia

Director: Boyd Hicklin

Screenwriter: Brendan Cowell

Cast: Mahindar Baba (Ghats), Eddie Baroo (Shadow), Markos Batzias (Hangarz), Brendan Cowell (Rick), Stephen Curry (Theodore ‘Teddy’ Brown), Shibani Dandekar (herself), Micca Delaney (Brett), Bharat Kumar Dingra (Naresh Buddah), Damon Gameau (Stavros), Darren Gilshenan (Colin), Sir Richard Hadlee (Umpire), Darshan Jariwala (Sanjeet Thambuswamy), Pradeep Kabra (Asif), David Lyons (The Prince), Sanjay Mahety (Babu), Sid Makkar (Rai – Tusshar), Ryan O’Kane (Gobba), Paras (Kolkata Barber), Grant Piro (Punter), Ashok Seth (Chai Wallah), Pallavi Sharda (Anjali), Srikanth (Sachin Tendulkar), Brenton Thwaites (Mark), Madeleine West (Janine), Gerard Whateley (Commentator), Prithvi Zutshi (Shri Subhash)

Runtime: 92 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Save Your Legs!’ Review: 

It’s a shame that when Australia’s two biggest pastimes are cricket and Australian Rules that we can’t seem to produce a decent film about either sport, unfortunately that continues with ‘Save Your Legs!’ a cricket film that does its best to lift itself out of a rut but at the end of the day still sits in the ‘disappointment’ camp.

Based on a true story ‘Save Your Legs’ follows the Abbotsford Anglers, a team captained by Theodore ‘Teddy’ Brown (Stephen Curry – ‘The Cup’ TV’S ‘Redfern Now’) who lives and breathes for cricket and also idolizes Indian cricket great Sachin Tendulkar.

However Teddy is very much a man child and while his best friends Stavros (Damon Gameau – TV’S Raw, TV’S ‘Puberty Blues’) and Rick (Brendan Cowell – TV’S ‘The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide To Knife Fighting’, TV’S ‘Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War’) have grown up (in a sense as some of their behaviour would suggest otherwise) and become involved in serious relationships or started families Teddy still lives in Stavros’ garage and seems to only live for cricket.

As Teddy begins to realize that things need to change he decides that the Abbotsford Anglers should be the team that represents Australia in an exclusive limited over tournament. But when they arrive in India they discover that the other teams are all professional and the inclusion of young gun Mark (Brenton Thwaites – ‘Blue Lagoon: The Awakening’, TV’S ‘Home And Away) is causing ripples in the team… well that and the fact that most of the team, including one of their best players The Prince (David Lyons – ‘Safe Haven’, TV’S ‘Revolution’ see it is a free holiday.

Director Boyd Hicklin (‘Peak 08: The Road To Beijing’, ‘Save Your Legs’ (docco)) does do a wonderful job making this film look good. Like recent film ‘The Waiting City’ he captures the hustle and bustle and the landscape of India wonderfully well for the screen but he is let down badly by screenwriter Brendan Cowell (TV’S ‘The Slap’, TV’S ‘My Place’) and a casting choice that sees one of Australia’s finest comedic actors, Stephen Curry, in perhaps the only role in the film that doesn’t have any comedy to deliver.

But really the biggest fault with this film lays with the script. Too many of the so called funny moments just aren’t funny and it seems that the movie has missed out on a golden opportunity to throw some important men’s issues (such as male depression) out into the public spotlight. An even bigger crime however is the fact that most of the characters are just walking clichés so as a result the audience never finds themselves warming to them in the way they should.

Sadly the acting is also well and truly below par with the only highlight being Brenton Thwaites who announces himself as a star of the future. Unfortunately though the likes of Stephen Curry, David Lyons and Brendon Cowell who normally put in a great performances are sub-standard, largely because of the one dimensional characters that they have been given to play.

‘Save Your Legs’ is sadly another Australian film that ends up on the pile titled ‘Should Have Been A Lot Better Than It Actually Was’.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Save Your Legs′: Check Episode #22 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Save Your Legs’. Dave Griffiths also has another review of ‘Save Your Legs’ available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Rating: 2.5/5

IMDB Rating: Save Your Legs! (2012) on IMDb

Summary: Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) has been one of the best scouts in baseball for decades, but, despite his efforts to hide it, age is starting to catch up with him. Nevertheless, Gus—who can tell a pitch just by the crack of the bat—refuses to be benched for what could be the final innings of his career.

He may not have a choice. The front office of the Atlanta Braves is starting to question his judgment, especially with the country’s hottest batting phenom on deck for the draft. The one person who might be able to help is also the one person Gus would never ask: his daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams), an associate at a high-powered Atlanta law firm whose drive and ambition has put her on the fast track to becoming partner. Mickey has never been close to her father, who was ill-equipped to be a single parent after the death of his wife. Even now, in the rare moments they share, he is too easily distracted by what Mickey assumes is his first love: the game.

Against her better judgment, and over Gus’s objections, Mickey joins him on his latest scouting trip to North Carolina, jeopardizing her own career to save his. Forced to spend time together for the first time in years, each makes new discoveries—revealing long-held truths about their past and present that could change their future.

Timberlake is Johnny Flanagan, a rival scout who has his sights on a career in the announcer’s booth…and has eyes for Mickey.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 6th December, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: N/A

Country: United States

Director: Robert Lorenz

Screenwriter: Randy Brown

Cast: Amy Adams (Mickey), Norma Alvarez (Grace Sanchez), Rus Blackwell ((Rick), Matt Bush (Danny), Karen Ceesay (Carol), Tom Dreeson (Rock), Brian F. Durkin (Matt Nelson), Clint Eastwood (Gus), Scott Eastwood (Billy Clark), Louis Fox (Lloyd), James Patrick Freetly (Todd), Jay Galloway (Ringo Sanchez), Jack Gilpin (Schwartz), John Goodman (Pete Klein), Bob Gunton (Watson), Clifton Guterman (Neil), Kevin Harrison (Young Gus), Peter Hermann (Greg), Ed Lauter (Max), Matthew Lillard (Phillip Sanderson), Joe Massingill (Bo Gentry), Seth Meriwether (Wilson), Ricky Muse (Jimmy), Robert Patrick (Vince), Chelcie Ross (Smitty), Bud Selig (himself), Tyler Silva (Carlos Sanchez), Raymond Anthony Thomas (Lucious), Justin Timberlake (Johnny), Julia Walters (Young Mickey), George Wyner (Rosenbloom)

Runtime: 111 mins

Classification: CTC

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Trouble With The Curve’ Review:

‘Trouble With The Curve’ desperately wants to be as good as ‘Moneyball’, yet at the same time wants to take a swipe at its main belief… that modern day baseball scouts can now be replaced by a computer. Sadly though the writer of ‘Trouble With The Curve’ hasn’t developed a script just as good, despite that though the film remains a good watch.

Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood – Gran Torino, Million Dollar Baby) is one of the finest baseball scouts that America has ever had. His track record speaks for himself and he feels that he is safe in his job with the Atlanta Braves despite the fact that he is keeping a big secret – the fact that he is slowly losing his eyesight.

But when the likes of Phillip Sanderson (Matthew Lillard – Deep Dark Canyon, TV’S Criminal Minds) begin to put pressure on Gus’ immediate boss, Pete Klein (John Goodman – Flight, Argo) it seems that Gus’ days in his job may be numbered. Phillip keeps on saying that computers can now determine whether a player should be drafted or not and when Gus’ ideas on a rumoured number one picks seems to be different to everyone else’s it looks like Phillip may be right.

Despite the fact that Gus’ daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams – The Master, On The Road) feels that her father has neglected her over the years she travels to be with him when she learns about his failing eyesight. While the two scope the new recruit they are surprised to find help in the form of Johnny Flanagan (Justin Timberlake – In Time, Friends With Benefits), a player that Gus once scouted but was injured thanks to a mistake by team management.

The major weakness with ‘Trouble With The Curve’ is that screenwriter, Randy Brown has just made too many of the major storylines in the film too obvious to pick where they are going and then in similar fashion made the so called ‘evil’ characters such as Phillip so one dimensional that they just become the token bad guy… almost unbelievable.

But then on the other hand Brown gets a lot of things right. The secret that has caused tension between Gus and Mickey for so many years is brilliant (and certainly can’t be picked early on) while the fact that Brown has also written the scenes between Mickey and Johnny in such a way that the film has a romantic drama storyline rather than making it a stock standard romantic comedy also shows great skill.

Anyone expecting a huge acting effort from veteran Clint Eastwood shouldn’t get their hopes up, he simply plays the grumpy old man role that he has been doing so well over the past few years. Instead the winners here are Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake. Timberlake again shows why he deserves respect as an actor while Adams puts the past sin (known as ‘The Muppets’) behind her with a serviceable performance.

‘Trouble With The Curve’ is nowhere near as good as ‘Moneyball’ but is still a good watch and will be enjoyed my males and females alike even if they know nothing about baseball.

Other ‘Trouble With The Curve’ Reviews By Dave Griffiths: http://www.helium.com/items/2397762-trouble-with-the-curve-review

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

IMDB Rating: Trouble with the Curve (2012) on IMDb

Summary: Winner of Best Documentary at the 2012 Academy Awards, ‘Underfeated’ is an intimate chronicle of three underprivileged student-athletes from inner-city Memphis and the volunteer coach’s mission to help them beat the odds – both on and off the field. The 2009 Summer/Fall football season promises to be the Tigers’ best ever – perhaps the season that finally breaks the 110 year-old playoff jinx. It’s the senior year for the team’s star player, O.C., a left tackle blessed with power, size and speed. With football scholarships hanging in the balance, O.C. will have to juggle practice with the study sessions he needs to pass crucial exams. Also playing his last season is undersized offensive lineman Montrail – known to all as ‘Money’ – an earnest honors student hoping to score an academic scholarship. For Chavis, a talented linebacker in his junior year, the challenge of 2009 lies in keeping his explosive temper in check – something the willful teenager isn’t always interested in doing. As the football season intensifies, tensions mount and tempers fray, it’s up to the tireless efforts of Coach Bill Courtney to keep each player focused on one thing – his future..

Year: 2011

Australian Cinema Release Date: Nil

Australian DVD Release Date: 3rd October 2012

Country: United States

Director: Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin

Screenwriter: N/A

Cast: Montrail ‘Money’ Brown (himself), O.C. Brown (himself), Bill Courtney (himself), Chavis Daniels (Himself)

Runtime: 113 mins

Classification: M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Undefeated’ Review:

Dave Griffiths’s review of ‘Undefeated’ can be found at http://www.helium.com/items/2394720-undefeated-movie-review

Other ‘Undefeated’ Reviews By Dave Griffiths: Nil

Rating: 5/5 Stars

IMDB Rating: Undefeated (2011) on IMDb