Sydney Social 101 was invited to the Sydney premiere of The Wolf of Wall Street last night and was absolutely privileged to be one of the first people in Australia to see the complete film.
The Wolf of Wall Street is one of the most sought after movies for quite some time! Whilst monitoring Sydney Social 101’s traffic, there has been a significant number of visitors coming to Sydney Social 101 via Google looking for information on Leo’s sixth pairing with Martin Scorsese.
I have often entered into debate with my friends about Leonardo DiCaprio and how it is quite shocking that he has never won an Oscar – I stand by this claim even more so now than ever before. Leonardo’s performance in this film in nothing short of amazing, if he doesn’t get the recognition from the Academy that he is so deservedly of, I might have something to say – and it wont be nice…
For any of you who have read the book, I’m sure you’re intrigued to see how the story of Jordan Belfort can transcend from pages of a book to the silver screen. An anti-climax for many on so may occasions when a great read that sets your imagination on fire crumbles as it plays out on the big screen.
“Who would you have playing you in a film of your life?!” is question many are asked throughout your lifetime (Blake Lively or Jennifer Lawrence just incase you were wondering), I can only imagine that in his wildest dreams would Jordan Belfort have expected that Leo, one of the best actors of his generation, would depict his story from rags to riches and him stepping on anyone and everyone to get there.
I won’t spoil the plot for those of you who haven’t read the book, however I will provide you with a succinct synopsis: “The best film of the 2000s by a long way!”. Complete with every 522 F-bomb and a storyline that will leave you feeling a mixture of awe and hatred for Jordan Belfort, it is a film that should absolutely be in your calendar for its official release on 23.1.14.
It is sometimes hard to believe that Jordan Belfort is a real person as you follow the real-life story of his ambition and realisation of becoming a successful stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, ego, corruption and selfishness that is beyond comprehension.
Funny, whitty, cringeworthy and gripping – the film evokes many emotions in the 1-minute-shy of three hours epic. Sterling performances by Aussie’s own Margot Robbie, who plays Jordan’s Duchess-wife, Jonah Hill is wonderful at playing the rage educing Donnie Azoff and Rob Reiner portrays Jordan’s Dad Max wonderfully.
This soon-to-be classic already has a 8.7 rating on IMDB, impressive to say the least.
Sydney Social 101 gives the Wolf of Wall Street 9.5/10 as nothing is perfect – but this film comes pretty bloody close!
When I am asked to review films I’m allowed to take a guest. Now I knew most my male friends would laugh at the invitation. To my luck the first female friend I asked jumped with excitement and told me she just finished reading the book. Jackpot I thought. This would be the perfect person to give their thoughts on how the book compared to the film. To be honest, I had no idea this was originally a book, aren’t they all nowadays.
Before I start this review I must say that I have watched Twilight, mainly because I don’t like to know half a story, I have also watched the sequels that followed. Don’t Judge! I do like my fantasy films but I think the films were far too soppy for me. Love stories are just not my genre. The reason I mention this is because Beautiful Creatures has attracted attention for the many similarities. The is a fantasy film based around a love story. I did go in to this viewing keeping an open mind, as always.
The story is about Ethan Wate, played by Alden Ethrenreich, who lives in a small quiet town where not a lot happens. Then the Duchannes family moves back to the town with their youngest member Lena, played by Alice Englert. The family are the outcasts in the town and there is something odd about them. Story sound familiar? Fairly quickly Ethan becomes attracted to Lena and a young love starts. Lena is hiding a little secret… she is a witch. On her 16th birthday she is going to become a good witch or a dark witch. Either way, her relationship with Ethan is not a good idea… Again I’m hearing Bella and Edward. Like the original Twilights both main actors are relatively new, but they do hold their own throughout the film.
Unlike Twilight there are some well known names to help back up the new comers. Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson play big parts in the film and are the stand out actors. I don’t want to give too much away in regards to their parts in the film.
So I asked my friend what she thought of the film and how it compared to the book. A grind on both of us was the heavy HEAVY South Carolina accents. As with all girls reading love stories they imagine the main character to be handsome etc etc etc. Apparently Alden doesn’t meet the standard of Robert Patterson. And I have to say Lena is no Bella. However it’s good not to have 10/10 looking characters all the time. As with most book to movie adaptations, there is a lot of differences between the two and there were some big differences. Again I will not spoil the changes or the film for those that haven’t read the book. I don’t think my friend was too impressed. Gee, free ticket and that’s the thanks you get.
I just don’t see Beautiful Creatures having the same hype as Twilight. I may be wrong as fans now need a new series to become obsessed about.
If you have read the book then be prepared for the changes. If you liked Twilight then I am sure you are going to like this film more than most.
Sydney Social 101 gives Beautiful Creatures 6.5/10. Beautiful Creatures was reviewed by Syrus Wynne, our guest blogger.
Back for it’s 21st installment, Australia’s largest short film festival Tropfest had a stellar line-up of talent and celebrity guests yesterday!
This year, taking to the black carpet was a host of Aussie superstars, including Hollywood heavyweight Sam Worthington, who was one of this year’s judges.
The ‘Clash of the Titans’ star, who won ‘Best Actor’ at the ‘2000 Tropfest festival’ for his role in short film ‘A Matter of Life’, revealed to the media beforehand what he was looking out for while judging.
“The thing I want to see is how the films connect with the audience,” he confided.
Also attending the bash as judges, was ‘Packed to the Rafter’s’ Rebecca Gibney, ‘Kath and Kim’ star Magda Szubanski and actor Richard Roxborough.
The traditional signature item in each film this year was a balloon, and the story lines in each flick were original, ranging from water fights to time travel or milkshake bombs and many other themes portrayed in the 16 finalist clips.
The official event was held yesterday at The Domain in Sydney, with live sites set up across the country in Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Wollongong, Hobart and Surfers Paradise.
The winner of the evening was Nick Clifford for his masterpiece ‘We’ve All Been There’, about a pregnant waitress who is down on her luck. Nick scored himself the top prize with a heap of goodies as well as a trip to LA for a week of meetings with film industry directives.
An impromptu award was created by ‘Avatar’ star Worthington yesterday, who offered $3000 for best personality in a feature. He handed this to Sydney Pensioner and dancing busker Raymond Borzelli, who appeared in Jefferson Grainger’s film ‘Better Than Sinatra’, which came in second place.
For more information on winners, check out the official website now – http://tropfest.com/au/
Sydney Social’s roving reporter Jennifer Fletcher attended last night’s event.
Tropfest has announced the 16 talented finalists for 2013’s short film festival, whose films will screen to the crowd at the Domain, Sydney, and free to air on SBS One on Sunday 17 February 2013. This year’s selection is an eclectic mix of experienced and new filmmakers and a diverse selection of genres.
From documentary to animation, with the staple comedy and drama packed in between, Tropfest 2013 is shaping up to be a brilliant showcase of the work of Australia’s creative minds. You can tell just by reading the notes on the making of these films that we’re in for an amazing night of film – the stories in these production notes are film-worthy themselves.
This year’s filmmakers have shown incredible dedication to the cause by facing creepy haunted buildings, extreme weather and various run-ins with the authorities, all in the name of independent film.
For example, the locations in this year’s films have gone above and beyond the average: a 19th Century gothic mansion in Katie Wall’s Scene 16; an abandoned mental asylum in Matt Cerwen’s Inside; the depths of Canadian winter in Tim Blackburn and Lyndal Moody’s Monobrow and even dangerous cartel territory in the Mexican desert in Michael Noonan’s Remote.
You’ll witness guest appearances from Mel and Kochie (playing Mel and Kochie) in a film shot on set at Channel 7’s studios (Daniel Reisinger’s CA$H COW – a 63% True Story). And although Tropfest serves up some of the best films made by talented Australians, this year’s film selection features three internationally shot pieces (Mexico, Canada and LA).
Tropfest introduced the Nikon DSLR Film category in 2013. Established to recognise the immense range of capabilities and versatility of video recording on DSLRs, the category offered filmmakers a new, accessible outlet through which to express their creativity.
Over a quarter of all entries were made on DSLR and Tropfest is excited to announce that five of the sixteen finalist films were submitted in the DSLR category!
Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Arts, George Souris, said the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, is proud to support Tropfest 2013, the world’s largest short film festival.
“Tropfest has a long history of success in Sydney, a city that is not only recognised as a UNESCO City of Film, but is also Australia’s creative hub,” Mr Souris says.
“Tropfest is an important feature on the NSW Events Calendar, and joins a number of Sydney’s fantastic free outdoor events including Sydney New Year’s Eve, Sydney Festival and Sydney Mardi Gras Parade. A launch pad for filmmakers of all ages, having a film screened at Tropfest can be the start of a very exciting career in film. I would like to wish all finalists the best of luck.”
This year APRA Tropscore, Tropfest’s competition for screen composers, will reward one of ten finalists for their vital contributions to film.
Matt Bird, a Tropfest Finalist for the third year in a row with his 2013 Finalist film Taser, provided the film for Tropscore 2013, a beautiful piece of cinema and a clean musical slate for which all entrants composed a score. Tropscore winners receive a neat $5000 cash prize along with the chance to perform their score live on stage at Tropfest.
On Sunday February 17, the Finalist films will screen live at the Domain, Sydney and at venues across Australia to a crowd of around 150,000 and to a judging panel of celebrities and industry heavyweights – past judges include Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor & Geoffrey Rush – who will together decide the champion of Tropfest 2013.
The talented winner will leave a richer, more mobile and better-equipped filmmaker in an all-new 2012 Toyota Corolla Levin ZR, holding $10,000 cash prize courtesy of Kennedy Miller Mitchell, and preparing for a trip to Los Angeles for a week of meetings with film executives organised by Motion Picture Association and the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft. The victor will also take home the latest Nikon D800 and $2000 RRP worth of lenses and accessories.
And don’t forget: not only can you watch this show live on SBS that night, but Tropfest runs three days’ worth of parties, film nights and talks including Tropfest Roughcut leading up to the night.
For more info about past winners, themes or Tropfest’s global events, head to http://www.tropfest.com/au
Australia’s largest outdoor cinema, Opel Moonlight Cinema, will welcome the return of summer with its 17th season of film in some of the nation’s finest public parks and gardens.
Combining a festival-like atmosphere with an unrivalled setting, Opel Moonlight Cinema will showcase an impressive mix of advance previews, recent release, classic and cult films during its three month season across Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Sydney.
Highlights of the program include Peter Jackson’s prequel to the Lord of The Rings trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey; Daniel Craig’s return in the 23rd installment of Ian Fleming’s James Bond series, Skyfall; and the highly anticipated film adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic Les Misérables.
Cinema-goers can also look forward to the family friendly animated comedy, Wreck-It Ralph; the adventure film based on the 2001 best-selling novel of the same name, Life of Pi and the 2012 thriller, Argo, directed by Ben Affleck. The program will also feature much-loved cult films including Top Gun and Grease Sing-A-Long.
To complete the ultimate night of film under the stars, guests can bring along a picnic hamper, hire a bean bed and sample the delicious range of food and beverages available or indulge in a little luxury with PayPal Gold Grass tickets* including reserved seating and premium viewing location.
Moonlight Cinema 2012-13 season dates and locations:
The official program will be announced in November. For further information visit www.moonlight.com.au.
*PayPal Gold Grass is available only in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
Sydney Social 101 was invited to attend a screening of The Intouchables by Event Cinemas and Roadshow Films. I had previously seen a trailer when watching Holy Motors and thought that it looked amazing, so was very excited about this one!
The Intouchables is an irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility, THE INTOUCHABLES has broken box office records in its native France and across Europe.
Based on a true story of friendship between a handicap millionaire (Francois Cluzet) and his street smart ex-con caretaker (Omar Sy), THE INTOUCHABLES depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humour between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common.
Directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, the film was nominated for a total of nine 2012 César Awards, France’s equivalent to the Oscars, including Best Picture, and won Best Actor for breakout star Omar Sy. I can understand why the film also won the Grand Prize at the 2011 Tokyo International Film Festival. THE INTOUCHABLES has received Audience Awards from U.S. film festivals including the San Francisco Film Festival, COL COA, and the Nashville Film Festival.
I couldn’t recommend this film highly enough, it is amazing and will leave you laughing, crying and humbled!
Directors: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
Writers: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
Stars:François Cluzet, Omar Sy and Anne Le Ny | See full cast and crew
The Intouchables will be release Australia-wide on 25thNovember.
Readers of Sydney Social 101 can purchase tickets to The Intoucables online: http://www.eventcinemas.com.au/Movie/The-Intouchables
Event Cinemas Bondi Junction facebook page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/eventcinemasbondijunction
Sydney Social 101 was a guest of Event Cinemas for the screening of The Intouchables
Sydney Social 101 was invited to attend the screening of End of Watch, a new film written and directed by the writer of Training Day. The setting of the scenes for the film is very similar to what you would normally expect from a cop/ thriller movie, but the difference here is that most the film is seen through a handheld camera. I have to be honest and admit that I’m really not fond about this new popular craze with films nowadays. I find that more often than not they can affect the viewing experience and provide a shaky frame, which can be prone to making the viewer feel like they are on a boat in a storm. However, with End of Watch I found that I forgot all about the camera after a while, which I was definitely pleased about.
The film follows two police officers, Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal), and Mike Zavala (Michael Peña). In their mission to abide by their oath to serve and protect, Officer Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and
Officer Mike Zavala (Michael Peña) have formed a powerful brotherhood to ensure they both go home at
the END OF WATCH. The only guarantee for these officers is that there are no guarantees when patrolling
the streets of South Central, Los Angeles.
Between the blue lights, blaring sirens and adrenaline pumping action thrives an honest and often
humorous banter between partners who spend most of their days in a police car awaiting the next call. The
officers have formed a bond that allows them to function as a unit in the face of danger, knowing full well,
at any moment, they could be called on to lay down their lives.
The film follows Brian filming the project with the camera as they go about their daily routine policing dangerous South Central. The highlight of the film for me was the constant banter between the two main characters, you find that most of the time they’re tearing into each other about non important issues, but from the word go you can see there is a strong bond between them. The chemistry between the two leads is definitely tangible! The strong performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, which was expected and the ensuing relationship with his on-screen partner ensure that the momentum of the film keeps on going.
The story takes the viewer on a journey and you are invited to be a ‘fly on the wall’ as they go about their day-to-day business, which involves keeping the peace on a few call standard calls outs.
Unfortunately for the partners they stumble across a couple of big drug busts that are run by one of the local Hispanic gangs. The connections to the gang are higher up the tree than they know. This in turn leads to retaliation from the gang on the two officers. As the film builds in speed and action, so does the violence with all out shootings and some horrific scenes which I won’t spoil. It leads in to a great and unexpected ending.
If your genre of music is hip-hop and rap then you will enjoy the soundtrack with a couple of classic songs and some great new ones.
I would recommend End of Watch for anyone who enjoyed films like Boyz in the Hood, Menace 2 Society and of course Training Day.
Sydney Social gives End of Watch 8/10.
End of Watch is released in cinemas across Australia on 29th November 2012.
Syrus Wynne, Sydney Social 101’s roving ‘Bloke’ reporter attended the screening of ‘End of Watch’ as a guest of Roadshow Films.
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Last week Sydney Social 101 was invited to attend and review the Opening Performance of Sydney’s Legally Blonde The Musical! The international award-winning hit has arrived in Australia, playing now at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre.
I am going to begin by saying (just in case you don’t read to the end) that is by far and away one of the most fun, energetic, gripping musicals I’ve ever seen! I would recommend it without hesitation! It’s literally like watching the movie, but with music, and better!
Sydney has welcomed the musical after Legally Blonde ran for three triumphant years in the West End, over two years on Broadway and is currently on a major UK tour. The winner of seven major awards including the coveted Best New Musical 2011(Olivier Awards) this all singing, all dancing romantic comedy is about knowing who you are and showing what you’ve got!
Sydney’s VIPs came out to celebrate the opening night in style! Guests included The Veronicas, Natalie Braithwaite and Australian Idol 2011 winner Reece Mastin to name a few.
All Socials credited to photographer Matt Watson
College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods can handle anything. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her for someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and heads for Harvard Law School to win him back. With some help from new-found friends Paulette and Emmett plus her Chihuahua, Bruiser, she learns that it’s so much betterto be smart.
Based on the hit movie of the same name starring Reese Witherspoon, Legally Blonde the Musical is the award-winning London and Broadway sensation created by a top-of-their-class creative team, led by Tony Award-winning director and Olivier Award-nominated choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray). This funny, feel good musical comedy will be the highlight of your year. Legally Blonde the Musical will take you from the social whirl of California Campus life to Harvard’s Halls of Justice with Australia’s brightest new heroine (and of course, her Chihuahua, Bruiser). The verdict? This much fun shouldn’t be legal!
The all star Australian cast includes Lucy Durack (Wicked) as Elle Woods, Rob Mills (Young Talent Time) as Warner, David Harris (Miss Saigon) as Emmett, Helen Dallimore (The Wharf Revue) as Paulette, Erika Heynatz (Next Top Model) as Brooke Wyndham and Cameron Daddo (Big River, Packed to the Rafters) as Professor Callahan.
Legally Blondeis produced by Howard Panter for Ambassador Theatre Group and John Frost, in association with MGM ON STAGE, Darcie Denkert and Dean Stolber.
Howard Panter, joint Chief Executive and Creative Director of Ambassador Theatre Group said, “Legally Blonde The Musical has been a roaring success on both sides of the Atlantic, critically acclaimed, getting standing ovations night after night, and record repeat business. I have no doubt Australia will take Legally Blondeinto their hearts as well and have an Elle of a party at the theatre. I am thrilled that Legally Blonde The Musical, the success story from Broadway and London has come to Australia, and that I am producing it with John Frost in our first collaboration.”
John Frost is excited to be co-producing Legally Blonde. “This show is 100% pure entertainment, and I know Sydney will fall in love with the show as much as I have. I’m delighted to be working with Howard Panter for the first time, and to be presenting my third major musical in 2012 at the beautiful Lyric Theatre.”
The Australian Premiere of this award-winning Broadway and West End sensation was secured for Sydney with the assistance of the NSW Government through Destination NSW and the City of Sydney.
Legally Blonde is the funniest and most fabulous musical around. The best show in town, case closed.
(FIVE STARS) “The best legal high in town. A Triumph!” – Time Out
(FIVE STARS) “Perfection. Ridiculously Enjoyable” – The Independent
”Legally Blonde simply blows other musicals out of the water. Sensational” – The Sun
Venue: Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star
Season: To January 27, 2013
Performance Times: Tues 7pm, Wed–Sat 8pm, Matinees Wed 1pm, Sat 2pm & Sun 3pm
Price: $75.90 – $139.90
Bookings: 1300 795 267 or ticketmaster.com.au
Groups of 12 or more (02) 8240 2290
Sydney Social 101 was invited to attend the preview screening of The Expendables 2 on Monday 27th August at Event Cinemas at George Street, Sydney CBD. I feel I must highlight before I start this review that I thought that the first Expendables film was shocking (not in a good way!). ‘Why’ I hear you cry… Well let’s just say that the fact that Stallone and Lundgren were trying to kill each other throughout the film, only to ’kiss and make up ‘at the end, as though nothing happened, was truly awful! In my opinion the first film was pure ‘cheese’. Suffice to say that I didn’t go to this particular screening with too many high hopes, however I was pleasantly surprised by this one.
This film is exactly what you expect, ageing macho men with over-the-top violence. Within the opening scene there are more deaths than all the ‘Rambo’, ‘Terminator’ and ‘Die Hard’ movies put together.
To his credit, Sylvester Stallone managed to get all the original team from the first movie together again including action heroes: Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews and Randy Couture. Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger are also back and I’m happy to report that they both played much bigger parts in this film. There was also some fresh young blood with the addition of Liam Hemsworth and, the only female in the team: Nan Yu.
Do not expect to get a thrilling storyline with twists and turns, this film is pure action – from start to finish. There are plenty of jokes throughout which are usually at Lundgren’s expense. The best cheers and laughs came from the cameo of Chuck Norris, especially when he told one of his ‘facts about Chuck Norris jokes’.
The villain of the film is played by Jean-Claude Van Damme who is still able to pull off those spin kicks like the old days. It was great to see him on the other side for once.
The film has the climax you were always looking for with an all out war and a final battle between two old school action legends.
It is hard to say why I preferred this film so much more than the first one but it just worked this time around. If you are looking for an all out action film with plenty of head splatters and a reason to leave the girlfriend at home, then this is it. With The Expendables 3 cast already coming together and rumours of Nicholas Cage plus possibly Steven Segal joining the team, I’d recommend you skip the first as I feel this will definitely be the film to join the series on.
Written by Sydney Social’s resident ‘bloke’ reporter – Syrus Wynne. Sydney Social 101 gives ‘The Expendables 2’ a respectable 7/10.
It’s been one of the most talked about films of the last few months and now The Campaign has finally hit Down Under!
In the new flick Will Ferrell plays politician Cam Brady who fights to win an election against a new candidate Marty Huggins, played by Zach Galifianakis.
So who better to bring the highly anticipated movie to our shores other than funny man Will himself?
“I had to kiss a lot of babies in the movie and people still bring me their babies to kiss now,” he told the media on the carpet at the Hoyts Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park.
Also joining him at the Sydney premiere were some of Australia’s finest celebs, such as model Laura Dundovic, who glowed on the red carpet.
Also turning heads was the gorgeous TV presenter Zoe Balbi in a white floaty top.
Meanwhile, fellow comedian and radio presenter Tom Ballard also attended the opening night.
The cinema was decked out with flags and banners so Aussie swimmer Lisa Curry decided to get into the swing of things by waving a flag for photographers!
And MTV VJ Kate Peck revealed that she couldn’t wait to see the new film.
“Yeeehaa bring on will Ferrell the campaign movie premier!” she tweeted beforehand.
Meanwhile, heaps of fans waited outside the cinema to catch a glimpse of the legendary comedian.
“We’ve been here since early this morning to get a good spot, as we want to see Will,” one of his followers told Sydney Social 101.
Don’t miss The Campaign when it hits cinemas on August 9 across Australia!
Sydney Social’s 101 reporter Jennifer Fletcher was at the Red Carpet to report and take pictures at the star-studded premiere.
Stay tuned for Sydney Social 101′s review of The Campaign!