2016 Sydney Film Festival Notes

Lucky to catch six films this year! Here we go:

1. Lo & Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

Werner Herzog's take on the impact the internet has had on the world via ten short stories. Great subjects which were mostly explored on the surface. Light entertainment for potentially heavy subject matter  - ***/5

2. Tickled

Unexpectedly tense and riveting exploration into an unusual company behind an online tickling fetish empire. Unbelievably insane and brave - ****/5

3. Under the Sun

A rare inside look into the everyday lives of North Koreans through the guise of a propaganda film shoot. Great for those fascinated by the whole "North Korea" thing. HAIL GREAT LEADER KIM JONG-UN - ***/5

4. Everybody Wants Some!!

Richard Linklater's 80s "Dazed and Confused" follows a college freshman getting up to what college kids get up to as he moves into his baseball fraternity house the weekend before college starts. Fun and surprisingly profound - ****/5

 

5. The Man From Mo'Wax

Follows Mo'Wax record label boss James Lavelle signing DJ Shadow and the ups and downs of his ambitious UNKLE project. A little self-indulgent but great for those keen for an insight into a chapter of the trip-hop/ progressive hip hop scene.  ***/5

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6. Winter At Westbeth

Follows three aging residents of Westbeth Artist Housing in NYC still pursuing their artistic ambitions and dreams. Inspiring and heart-breaking - ***/5

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Average Cat is Average

From the people who brought us FML and MLIA, comes Average Cats, a parody of Lolcat, with gems like:

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Next! On Sick Sad World…

Daria is coming to DVD in 2010!

and so it seems that my life will once again have meaning...

And for nostalgia's sake:

As soon as the DVDs come out, i'm going to purchase 3 sets. One for regular viewing, one for back up, and one to put in a safe deposit box at the bank, along with my imaginary gold bullions and treasury bonds.

In other news re TV shows of yesteryear:

A porno version of SEINFELD was made!

and a NSFW original trailer can be found here:

Should be called "Seinfeld: A Porno About Nothing"

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Art and Copy

So me and my lovely friend went to see a movie as part of the Sydney Film Festival today, and watched a film about the advertising industry. The movie was part history lesson, on how the industry got to where it is today, part social analysis of the profound effect of advertising on modern culture, and part personal stories of how the most influential creative forces behind the ads and changed the way we live.

There were some pretty awesome vintage ads shown in the movie:

One point that was discussed in the movie particularly resonated with me. This advertisement was shown:

The ad was revolutionary at the time it was made because up to that point, all ads were made to sell a product based on design or functionality. This ad barely mentions the product. It instead tells a story with a particular kind of humour. Budweisser is then no longer a beer, it becomes badge for all those who subscribe to this kind of  humour.

Overall I thought it was a pretty good film, not only was it insightful, funny, immensely charming, it was also the perfect advertisement for the industry. I left the cinema with the unyielding urge to sell something.

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