Sunday Territorian 20 Jul 2014
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SUNDAY JULY 20 2014 REVIEW 43 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA VERDICT: INTENSE AND INTRIGUING Gulpilil striking in personal role CHARLIES COUNTRY 108 minutes (M) Director: Rolf de Heer (Ten Canoes) Starring: David Gulpilil, Luke Ford, Peter Djigirr Reviewer: Leigh Paastch *** Territorian actor David Gulpilil in a scene from Rolf de Heer's Charlie's Country, a film partially based on Gulpilils life VERDICT: PASSABLE RAUNCH-COM/ROM-COM Duos sexploits leave a lot to be desired Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz SEX TAPE 94 minutes (MA15+) Director: Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, Rob Lowe Reviewer: Leigh Paastch ** THIS stark, affecting homegrown drama is a passion project for longtime collaborators David Gulpilil and Rolf de Heer. Not a second is spared for self-indulgence. However, there is an element of selfpreservation to the entire production. Particularly for the great Gulpilil, one of our nations most uniquely gifted actors for more than four decades. During a troubled personal period that saw Gulpilil end up behind bars, the decorated director de Heer (The Tracker) persuaded his friend to channel his creative energies into a story worthy of filming. Gulpilils intense and intriguing response is Charlies Country, a partially autobiographical yarn about an indigenous man facing a personal crisis relatively late in life. Charlie (Gulpilil) is getting on a bit, and the rules of life in a small outback town are getting on his nerves. The bush blackfella in Charlie is calling him back to the land, and Charlie reckons he is ready for a return to the ways he once knew. Sadly, the roots Charlie is looking to reclaim are much tougher to dig up than first thought. Some of his old skills are still there, but due to fluctu ating health, Charlies reserves of resilience are dangerously low. As director, de Heer is careful not to alter the unusual beats and enigmatic shifts in mood that define Gulpilil as a storyteller. Indeed, there are several stretches where Gulpilil is clearly calling the shots from in front of the camera, simply by inhabiting Charlie with a pure, persuasive vigour. Just as a wily sense of humour can suddenly come to the fore, so too can a feeling of wry resignation that Charlie and his country are living in worlds drifting wider apart. There is no point in trying to find the point where the real Gulpilil ends and the character of Charlie begins. The actor keeps shifting it as he pleases, often astonishingly so a feat that recently landed Gulpilil a prestigious Best Actor win at the Cannes Film Festival. I DONT have the actual stats with me. Nevertheless, Im fairly sure that over 90 per cent of the time, people about to do the dumbest thing ever will preface it by saying the dumbest thing ever. So let me introduce you to the hapless heroine and hero of the new comedy, Sex Tape, Annie (Cameron Diaz) and Jay (Jason Segel). Annie: Ive just had a great idea! Lets film ourselves having sex! Jay: That is your best idea ever! You are right to assume neither Annie nor Jay is a rocket scientist, and the worst idea they could ever have is about to be enacted. So lets just fast-forward to how this couple will make the mistake of recharging the batteries of a flat marriage. A breezily sleazy montage early in proceedings swiftly establishes that once upon a time, Annie and Jay just couldnt keep their hands off each other. Then came the wedding, the kids, the jobs, the mortgages and all the other anti-aphrodisiacs the modern world can throw at two lovers. After Annie and Jay shoot an epic three-hour adaptation of that famous 70s lovemaking manual, The Joy Of Sex, the old spark seems to have returned. However, all it takes is one accidental upload to the cloud does anyone really know what or where that is? and pretty soon, family and friends are poised to download the marathon sex-travaganza. What follows is a crazy allnight adventure where Annie and Jay try to revoke access to their amorous amateur opus. Sex Tape aspires to surf the same big, broad waves of blue laughter as a Bridesmaids or a Knocked Up, but never catches a ride for too long. At best, its a passable hybrid of raunch-com and rom-com stylings where the good bits just outnumber the dud bits. CITY DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (M) 3D SUN - WED 3.55, 9.15PM 2D SUN 1.15, 6.35PM 2D MON - WED 10.30, 1.10, 6.35PM SEX TAPE (MA15+) SUN 10.30, 12.30, 2.30, 4.30, 6.30, 9.35 CC AD PM MON - WED 10.25, 12.30, 2.30, 4.35, 6.40, 9.35 CC AD PM CHARLIES COUNTRY (M) SUN 10.20, 12.35, 2.50, 5.05, 7.20, 9.20PM MON - WED 10.20, 12.35, 2.50, 5.05, 7.20, 9.30PM 22 JUMP STREET (MA15+) SUN 12.00, 2.20, 4.40, 7.00, 9.20PM MON - WED 12.05, 2.25, 4.45, 7.05, 9.25PM JERSEY BOYS (M) SUN 12.40, 6.40PM MON - WED 10.20, 1.00, 6.50PM TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (M) SUN 3.25, 8.30PM MON - WED 3.40, 8.40PM HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (PG) SUN 11.05AM RIO 2 (G) SUN 10.25AM TINKERBELL AND THE PIRATE FAIRY (G) SUN 10.15AM MON - WED 10.20AM CASUARINA DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (M) 3D SUN 2.35, 5.35, 8.30PM 3D MON 2.40, 5.30, 8.25PM 3D TUE/WED 11.50, 2.40, 5.30, 8.25PM 2D SUN 10.30, 1.15, 4.00, 6.45, 9.30PM 2D MON - WED 10.30, 1.10, 3.50, 6.35, 9.15PM TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (M) 3D SUN 4.40, 8.55PM 3D MON/TUE 4.00, 8.35PM 3D WED 3.45, 8.35PM 2D SUN 1.25, 7.55PM 2D MON 10.30 , 12.45, 7.30PM 2D TUE 12.45, 7.30PM 2D WED 12.30 , 7.00PM SEX TAPE (MA15+) SUN 9.45, 11.00 CC AD, 1.10 CC AD, 3.20 CC AD, 5.25 CC AD, 7.30 CC AD, 9.35 CC AD PM MON - WED 10.55 CC AD, 1.00 CC AD, 3.10 CC AD, 5.15 CC AD, 7.20 CC AD, 9.25 CC AD PM 22 JUMP STREET (MA15+) SUN 2.00, 4.30, 6.55, 9.20PM MON - WED 2.10, 4.30, 6.55, 9.20PM JERSEY BOYS (M) SUN 11.50, 6.25PM MON/TUE 10.30, 1.10, 6.15PM WED 10.30, 1.10PM MALEFICENT (M) SUN 9.15, 11.20, 6.40 CC AD PM MON 1.35 CC AD, 6.25 CC AD PM TUE/WED 11.25 CC AD, 1.35 CC AD, 6.25 CC AD PM THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (M) SUN 9.10PM MON - WED 3.45 CC AD, 9.10PM HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (PG) SUN 9.35, 11.50 CC AD, 2.05 CC AD, 4.25PM MON 10.30, 11.25AM TUE/WED 10.30AM RIO 2 (G) SUN 9.30, 11.45, 2.00, 4.10PM MON - WED 4.00PM TINKERBELL AND THE PIRATE FAIRY (G) SUN 9.15, 10.15, 12.05PM MON - WED 10.30, 12.20PM NO FREE TICKETS BRING YOUR BABY FAMILY PASS AVAILABLE CC CLOSED CAPTIONS AD AUDIO DESCRIPTION Session times are subject to change without notice. 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