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Woody Allen Retrospective 2017 – Classic Cinema Elsternwick – Screening Dates/Booking/IMDB links


MANHATTAN (1979)

12 February 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Manhattan
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079522/

BANANAS (1971)
19 February 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Bananas
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066808/

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX* *(BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK)
(1972)

26 February 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Everything-You-Wanted-To-Know-About-Sex-But-Were-Afraid-To-Ask
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068555/

SLEEPER (1973)
5 March 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Sleeper
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070707/

LOVE AND DEATH (1975)
12 March 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Love-And-Death
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073312/

THE FRONT (1976)
19 March 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/The-Front
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074554/

INTERIORS (1978)
26 March 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Interiors
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077742/

STARDUST MEMORIES (1980)
2 April 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Stardust-Memories
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081554/

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S SEX COMEDY (1982)
9 April 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/A-midsummer-Nights-Sex-Comedy
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084329/

ZELIG (1983)
16 April 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Zelig
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086637/

PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO (1985)
30 April 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Purple-Rose-Of-Cairo
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089853/

HANNAH AND HER SISTERS (1986)
7 May 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Hannah-And-Her-Sisters
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091167/

RADIO DAYS (1987)
14 May 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Radio-Days
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093818/

SEPTEMBER (1987)
20 May 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/September
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093940/

ANOTHER WOMAN (1988)
28 May 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Another-Woman
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094663/

CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS (1989)
4 June 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Crimes-And-Misdemeanors
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097123/

ALICE (1990)
11 June 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Alice
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099012/

SHADOWS AND FOG (1991)
18 June 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Shadows-And-Fog
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105378/

HUSBANDS AND WIVES (1992)
25 June 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Husbands-And-Wives
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104466/

MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY (1993)
2 July 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Manhattan-Murder-Mystery
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107507/

ANYTHING ELSE (2003)
9 July 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Anything-Else
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0313792/

CAFE SOCIETY (2016)
16 July 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Cafe-Society
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4513674/

IRRATIONAL MAN (2015)
23 July 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Irrational-Man
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3715320/

MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT (2014)
30 July 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Magic-In-The-Moonlight
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2870756/

BLUE JASMINE (2013)
6 August 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Blue-Jasmine
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2334873/

TO ROME WITH LOVE (2012)
13 August 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/To-Rome-With-Love
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1859650/

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (2011)
20 August 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Midnight-In-Paris
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1605783/

VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA (2008)
26 August 2017

https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Vicky-Cristina-Barcelona

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0497465/

WHATEVER WORKS (2009)
3 September 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Whatever-Works
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1178663/

YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER (2010)
10 September 2017

https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/You-Will-Meet-A-Tall-Dark-Stranger


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1182350/

MIGHTY APHRODITE (1995)
17 September 2017

https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Mighty-Aphrodite

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113819/

BULLETS OVER BROADWAY (1994)
24 September 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Bullets-Over-Broadway
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109348/

SWEET AND LOWDOWN (1999)
1 October 2017

https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Sweet-And-Lowdown

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0158371/

SMALL TIME CROOKS (2000)
8 October 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Small-Time-Crooks
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0196216/

DECONSTRUCTING HARRY (1997)
14 October 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Deconstructing-Harry
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118954/

MIFF 2016: Film shortlist

Based on my first read through of the program without having any limtations for screening times or fitting on an E-Mini Pass added.

Might actually reschedule some of these to see at Cinema Nova after the festival after the festival as a lot of them are screening there.

High Rise
The Neon Demon
The Handmaiden
Heart of a Dog
Lo and Behold: Reveries of a Connected World
Neon Bull
Clash
How Heavy This Hammer
Operation Avalanche
Girl Asleep
Monsieur Mayonaise
Destination Arnold
Three
Right Now, Wrong Then
Office
Tokyo Story
Smorgasboard
Which Way to the Front?
The Big Mouth
Jerry Lewis: The King of Comedy
Kedi
The Lovers and the Despot
The Eagle Huntress
The Lost Arcade
Zero Days
Tickled
Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie
Don’t Bloml: Robert Frank
National Bird
Notes on Blindness
The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe
Miss Sharon Jones!
Meal Tickets
The American Epic Sessions
Ella
Kubo and the Two Strings
Long Way North
Our Huff and Puff Journey
The Red Turtle
NUTS!
Seoul Station
The Love Witch
Train to Busan
Phantasm: Remastered
The Lure
Bugs
WTF Shorts
Animation Shorts

MIFF 2015 – Battles Without Honour and Humanity (1973)

Directed by: Kinji Fukasaku
Starring: Bunta Sugawara, Hiroki Matsukat, Nobuo Kaneko, Tatsuo Umemiya, Kunie Tanaka

When a movie starts with a nuclear explosion you know it not screwing around. Starting in 1946 in the Hiroshima prefecture, men fight each other like dogs for whatever scraps they can find and become the top dog.

There is no real “good guy” in this movie but Shozo Hirono (Bunta Sugawara) is the least bad and ends up involved with the Yakuza after standing up for a friend and ending up in prison. There he meets a Yakuza who he becomes friends with who explains it is more a matter of circumstance people end up in crime.

Upon his release he ends up joining the one crime family with his friends and things take off from there. It is kind of pointless to try and talk about all the characters and plot developments as there are so many of them. The box set of the five movies actually came with a chart so you could track where people were in the various families.

The movie also helpfully tells you when a main character dies, which is quite a lot as it turns out. A lot of the time it is for the stupidest reason or so one boss can gain a momentary advantage. This movie does not glamourize Yakuza life as much as try and show you how it really would be. One example would be the finger chopping scene. Nobody knows how to do it and when they present the finger the other boss says “you didn’t need to go to all that trouble!”

A lot of the characters do not act in ways you would expect from this sort of film, such as the crying Yakuza boss or the ex-friend Shozo’s who cries like a little girl when he finds out he is going to be killed. Shozo is pretty much sick of the whole thing by the end and could go either way.

I watched this on the big screen in a festival environment and could not understand why people were laughing at some scenes. I enjoyed it and did not need to laugh at it and it explains a lot of things I have seen in other movies about the Yakuza and even western crime movies.

Even though the other movies in the series are hard to get I would like to try and see them now and see how the rest of the story plays out. Also there is a sequel to the series set years later.

MIFF 2014 – The Search for Weng Weng (2014)

Director: Andrew Leavold
Producers: Daniel Palisa, Andrew Leavold

It says seven years in the making but I know Andrew has been working on it for much longer than that. I remember going to a screening of a double bill of For Yur Height Only and the Impossible Kid (live dub as it was only in French) and I was one of the only people there.

There’s also the whole saga of what happened with Machete Maidens in 2008, but that is for another time.

Weng Weng (Ernesto De La Cruz) appeared in 14 movies and only seven are known to exist at this time. Andrew has six of them and has seen seven. There was a musical that Weng Weng appeared in but they could not get the rights to use it in the documentary, but hopefully they will get to screen it at MIFF in the future.

Andrew has been to the Philippines many times in making the documentary and Daniel Palisa now lives there.

The narrative of the documentary is a detective story where Andrew starts off not even knowing Weng Weng’s real name and through leg work and in some cases good fortune ends up meeting many of the people who worked with Weng Weng including the man who edited all his movies. They could not get to interview the film’s director as one had died and the other is no longer talking to them. You can’t say they did not try, but it reflects badly on that person as the other people interviewed do not have anything good to say about her as Weng Weng was exploited and was still living in the same shack when he died that he was before he even starred in movies.

The sequences with Imdela Marcos were very strange and got a strong reaction in the Phillipines. She seems to be somewhere off in her own world and has no self awareness of how much people hate her. Ferdinand Marcos is still lying in state waiting for a state funeral, it shows an unusual amount of restraint people didn’t just throw him on the garbage dump and set him on fire.

I did like hearing from all the old stuntmen and film makers from around that era as they all have fond memories of working with Weng Weng and are sad that he was treated badly. Werner Herzog even got a mention as one person being interviewed said they showed “Even Dwarves Started Small” to the director of the Weng Weng movies.

While one interviewee said that the Philippines was “cut off” from Asia, I believe the traditional spiritual and cultural beliefs combined with the Roman Catholic religion from Spanish settlement and the USA’s involvement from World War II onwards is what makes the Philippines unique as many of the things in the documentary would not have developed otherwise.

Santo Niño was mentioned in the film and Weng Weng was dressed as him during religious celebrations. During a screening of the documentary right outside Weng Weng’s house one of his neighbours said that Weng Weng cured him as he believed he was the reincarnation of Santo Niño.

The version shown at MIFF was the “festival” cut and there are still special features being completed. The final version will be screened as the Monster Festival in November and will be a three disc set including a soundtrack.

I did like the footage from James Batman and talked to Daniel Palisa after the screening who said they have subtitled the film and hope to screen it. It is still under copyright so they cannot release it. There were a lot of superhero knock offs in Philippines.

MIFF 2014 – Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)

Director: Mark Hartley
Featuring: A. Martin Zweiback, Adolfo Quinones, Al Ruban, Alain Jakubowicz, Alan Roderick-Jones, Albert Pyun, Alex Winter, Allen DeBevoise, Andrew Stevens, Avi Lerner, Barbet Schroeder, Bo Derek, Boaz Davidson, Cassandra Peterson, Catherine Mary Stewart, Charles Matthau, Christopher C. Dewey, Christopher Pearce, Cynthia Hargrave, Daniel Loewenthal, Danny Dimbort, David Del Valle, David Engelbach, David Paulsen, David Womark, Diane Franklin, Dolph Lundgren, Edward R. Pressman, Elliott Gould, Franco Nero, Franco Zeffirelli, Frank Yablans, Gary Goddard, Gary Nelson, Gideon Porath, Greydon Clark, Harrison Ellenshaw, James Bruner, Jan Gan Boyd, Jerry Schatzberg, Jim Shooter, John A. Amicarella, John G. Avildsen, John Grover, John Platt, John Thompson, Just Jaeckin, Lance Hool, Laurene Landon, Lucinda Dickey, Luigi Cozzi, Malcolm J. Christopher, Marina Sirtis, Mark Goldblatt, Mark Helfrich, Mark Rosenthal, Martine Beswick, Melody Anderson, Michael Armstrong, Michael Chambers, Michael Dudikoff, Michael Hartman, Mimi Rogers, Molly Ringwald, Oliver Tobias, Olivia d’Abo, Pete Walker, Pieter Jan Brugge, Quentin Falk, Richard Chamberlain, Richard Edlund, Richard Kraft, Rick Nathanson, Robert Forster, Robert Gosnell, Robin Sherwood, Ron Purdie, Roni Ya’ackov, Roy Langsdon, Rusty Lemorande, Sam Firstenberg, Sharon Kahn, Sheldon Lettich, Sheldon Renan, Stephen Tolkin, Sybil Danning, Ted Newsom, Tobe Hooper, Todd Roberts, Tom Luddy, Vernon Messenger, William Sachs, William Stout, Wings Hauser, Yftach Katzur

Tagline: “Would you fuck that monkey?”

Covering the rise and fall of film outsiders Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus from their beginnings making films in Israel through to the bitter end when financial problems saw the end of their studio and the termination of their partnership, this documentary is a wild ride through many highlights and lowlights of their films and the people who worked on them.

It is not a secret that the company released a lot of films that were not regarded as high quality at the time, but the thing is that looking at them today they are still very entertaining and I cheered seeing some of them on the big screen.

Films as product may be the normal thing today, but back then it was seen as tacky to treat films this way and the subject of the films themselves where not treated as seriously back then. There are people these days who watch nothing but cult and action films non ironically and talk seriously about them (shout out to Cult of Muscle podcast), so many of these films now are getting bluray releases or being made available on video on demand for a new audience.

Many of the people who worked on the films did not have that good of a time, I felt sorry for the women who were exploited in particular. This is acknowledged and dealt with in a serious manner and it is good to see their viewpoint on the matter that is not sugar coated or looked back on with rose coloured glasses.

While many of the people interviewed are not huge stars these days, there are lots of fans of the cult movie genre who would appreciate hearing what they have to say and hearing new things about the production of these movies.

Mark Hartley said before the film that is was a tribute to his researcher Rosemary Long that they managed to find one interview subject still alive who everyone thought had died. They had to take a photo and show people so they would believe them. Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus were approached to be interviewed for the documentary, but instead made their own documentary “The Go Go Boys” which beat this film to release by three months.

This documentary already has a lot of interest from other film fans and is sure to do well touring the festival circuit. I am looking forward to a DVD release and also revisiting some of the films featured in the documentary.

I had to skip out on the question and answer session after the film, but during the introduction Mark Hartley said this would be his last documentary due to now concentrating on making films himself.

Films featured in the documentary (more added as I remember):
Eskimo Limon (1979) [Lemon Popsicle]
Death Wish II (1982)
Death Wish 3 (1985)
Missing in Action (1984)
Invasion U.S.A. (1985)
Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985)
Delta Force, The (1986)
Over the Top (1987)
Cyborg (1989)
American Ninja (1985)
Enter the Ninja (1981)
Ninja III: The Domination (1984)
Revenge of the Ninja (1983)
Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1987)
America 3000 (1986)
Exterminator 2 (1984)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1989)
King Solomon’s Mines (1985)
Apple, The (1980)
Breakin’ (1984)
Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984)
Forbidden Dance, The (1990)
Going Bananas (1987)
Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood, The (1980)
Lambada (1990)
Last American Virgin, The (1982)
Over the Brooklyn Bridge (1984)
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
Invaders from Mars (1986)
Lifeforce (1985)
Masters of the Universe (1987)
King Lear (1987)
Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1981)
Otello (1986)
Wicked Lady, The (1983)
Mata Hari (1985)
Runaway Train (1985)
Sahara (1983)
Bolero (1984)
Barfly (1987)
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, The (1986)
Hercules (1983)

Full list of Cannon films here:
http://www.cannonfilms.com/films2.html

Trailers:
Eskimo Limon (1979) [Lemon Popsicle]

Death Wish II (1982)

Death Wish 3 (1985)

Missing in Action (1984)

Invasion U.S.A. (1985)

Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985)

Delta Force, The (1986)

Over the Top (1987)

Cyborg (1989)

American Ninja (1985)

Enter the Ninja (1981)

Ninja III: The Domination (1984)

Revenge of the Ninja (1983)

Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1987)

America 3000 (1986)

Exterminator 2 (1984)

Journey to the Center of the Earth (1989)

King Solomon’s Mines (1985)

Apple, The (1980)

Breakin’ (1984)

Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984)

Forbidden Dance, The (1990)

Going Bananas (1987)

Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood, The (1980)

Lambada (1990)

Last American Virgin, The (1982)

Over the Brooklyn Bridge (1984)

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)

Invaders from Mars (1986)

Lifeforce (1985)

Masters of the Universe (1987)

King Lear (1987)

Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1981)

Otello (1986)

Wicked Lady, The (1983)

Mata Hari (1985)

Runaway Train (1985)

Sahara (1983)

Bolero (1984)

Barfly (1987)

Love Streams (1984)

House of the Long Shadows (1983)

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, The (1986)

Hercules (1983)

MIFF 2014 – Sessions purchased

The only one I missed out on was Advanced Style as all three sessions were on standby tickets already.

Why Don’t You Play in Hell?
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Canon Films
The Known Unknown: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld
The Tale of Princess Kaguya
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness
Rouge
Don’t Throw Stones
The Imp
Irma Vep
Mr Vampire
The Search for Weng Weng
The Gold Spinners

MIFF 2014 – A Perfect Midnight: Haunted Hong Kong

A Perfect Midnight: Haunted Hong Kong
http://miff.com.au/program/streams/a-perfect-midnight-haunted-hong-kong

A program of Hong Kong horror movies from the 1980s. I will probably go to see one or two of these, they were played quite a bit on SBS back in the day but it is always good to see them on the big screen. Irma Vep is also screening at the festival.

Encounters of the Spooky Kind

http://miff.com.au/program/film/encounters-of-the-spooky-kind

The Imp

http://miff.com.au/program/film/the-imp

Mid-Nightmare
http://miff.com.au/program/film/mid-nightmare

Mr Vampire

http://miff.com.au/program/film/mr-vampire

Rigor Mortis

http://miff.com.au/program/film/rigor-mortis

Rouge

http://miff.com.au/program/film/rouge

I have seen Mr Vampire and Encounters of the Spooky Kind dozens of times, probably don’t need to watch them again. I would like to see Rouge and Rigor Mortis though.

MIFF 2014 – Shortlist

This came around a lot quicker this year and I have been busy recently so I did not get to read the program over the weekend after I got it like I usually like to.

The following are movies that look interesting from the first look through the program. I will just get an E-Mini Pass this year and I already have other stuff to go to during the festival.

Trailer Trash – Talking Pictures
Spooky & the city – Talking Pictures
We Are the Best!
Bloody Beans
Jacky and the Kingdom of the Women
Run
Queen & Country
White God
Kumiko, Tresure Hunter
Fish & Cat
The Princess of France
Listen Up Philip
Hard to be a God
Free Range
The Vanquishing of Witch Baba Yaga
The Unity of All Things
Still Our Country
Don’t Throw Stones
The Animal Condition
Electric Boogaloo – the Wild Untold Story of Canon-Globus Films
Ukraine is not a Brothel
Black Panther Woman
Aunt Hilda!
Patema Inverted
Paper Planes
Ping Pong Summer
Clara and the Secret of the Bears
The Grandmaster
Love Hotel
Jalaran
R100
Girl at My Door
Irma Vep
A Hard Day
‘Til Madness do us part
The Mole Song – Undercover Agent Reiji
Mr Vampire
Mid-Nightmare
Rouge
Rigor Mortis
The Imp
Tomorrow We Disappear
John & Jane
Advanced Style
Point and Shoot
The Gold Spinners
The Notorious Mr Bout
An Honest Liar
The Kill Team
The Great Museum
Iranian
I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story
The Salt of the Eart
Nan Goldin: I Remember Your Face
The Known Unknown: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld
Hapiness
Sepideh: Reaching for the Stars
Web Junkie
Focus on Infinity
Why Don’t You Play in Hell?
We We Do in the Shadows
Babylon
Li’l Quinquin
Australian Shorts Program
WTF Shorts Program
Animation Shorts Program
Print the Legend
Sorcerer
Touki Bouki
Life Itself
Phase IV
Irma Vep
I Hired a Contract Killer
Come Worry with Us
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
Finding Fela!
Dont Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll
Cheatin’!
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness
The Tale of Princess Kaguya
Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?
Turkey Shoot
The Search for Weng Weng
Where Animals Dream
Among the Living

A Century of Chinese Cinema – Swordsmen, Gangsters and Ghosts – Trailers

Swordsmen, Gangsters and Ghosts
https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=swordsmengangstersghosts

A Chinese Odyssey (Part I: Pandora’s Box)

A Chinese Odyssey (Part II: Cinderella)

A Touch of Zen

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Drunken Master

Drunken Master 2

Election

Election 2

Fist of Fury

Hero

Infernal Affairs

Long Arm of the Law

Once Upon a Time in China

Once Upon a Time in China II

One-Armed Swordsman

Police Story

The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

The Banquet

The Story of a Discharged Prisoner – can’t find it, this’ll do

Anyone know Italian?

Wong Fei-hung: The Whip That Smacks the Candle