Morning Glory Review

January 25, 2011 by · Comments Off on Morning Glory Review 

Its taken me till January 21st for me to see my first film of the year. For someone who researches and loves to see movies,  that is a huge amount of time without seeing a movie on the big screen. Due to trips to the Snowy Mountains in NSW and to New Zealand, I have not been near a cinema since late December.
Morning Glory is the first film I have seen in 2011 and I have to say that I enjoyed this film. The writing is sharp and very funny. The Film is written by Aline Brosh Mckenna who wrote The Devil Wears Prada.. However it is not at the same level of quality.
The new Producer, Becky (Rachael McAdams), arrives in a chaotic breakfast TV show.  Her job is to rescue the show and increase its ratings and she achieves this by dumbing down the show. Harrsion Ford plays a grumpy has been news reader Mike Pomeroy who believes that the sun shines out of his own ass.
He is recruited to this show and does the bare minimum  to pick up his check.  He clashes with his co anchor Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton) and their mutual dislike spills over into the morning show live broadcast with hilarious results.
One of the major problems with this film is that the story is very predictable as the grumpy Mike Pomeroy   is won over slowly by the energetic young producer Becky. However, this is made up for the wonderful sharp dialogue that flips off the tongues of the actors. You have to admire the script writing. This film is light , some might say fluffy but ulitmately very entertaining. If you want to have a very light escapist 107 minutes this film definitley delivers the goods.
My scores
Dialogue                  9 out of 10
Story                        5 out of 10
Characters                8 out of 10
Film Making Craft   9 out of 10
Overall Score           7 out of 10
As always there are certain criteria that I have for  watching movies.
  • I only see films that I really want to see or that I want to take a chance on.
  • I do this by researching on Rotten Tomatoes and other well know sites that helps pick the Top 70 movies of the year.
  • I only count current films showing theatrically in the cinema
  • I see about one a week usually on opening night or on Friday. Last year I saw  65 movies in the cinema theatrically.
Colm O'Murchu is the owner of International Film Base in Sydney Australia. He is currently written directed and produced The Makeover Feature Film. The Film screened at the recent Cannes Independent Film Festival in France. For more about Colm O'Murchu, http://internationalfilmbase.com/

The Sydney Three Month Film School Starts January 29th

January 11, 2011 by · Comments Off on The Sydney Three Month Film School Starts January 29th 

Yes it is the New Year and I believe this is always a great time to get involved in Film Making Firstly The Makeover, a film that I wrote directed produced edited on a miniscule budget is now ready for Release into the World. The Australian, New Zealand Release is in April 2011. The Makeover won Best Comedy Drama at the New York City Film Festival and as a result has just being picked up by a major American Film Company and will get a considerable exposure and sales in the US. Needless to say we are very pleased. I would love to teach you how to make a film. We are presenting our last Three Month Film School this February – April 2011. This is the last time I will be teaching the practical Three Month Film School. My main focus after April will be my next Feature Film. After this Three Month Film School, we will only do One Week Film Schools in Sydney and Chris Hobart will be teaching this course. So why look at the Three Month Film School. On The Three Month Film School you can still do the school and keep your Day Job as the course is on Tuesday Nights and some Saturdays. We actually teach you how to make a film by actually making a real film. We use all the Camera Lights and Sound Equipment that we used on The Makeover. We  have a real casting, shoot on real locations and have a real edit and do Sound Post Production with a full Professional Sound Designer who works for Channel 9 Please have a look at the final Three Month Film School which starts on Saturday Morning  29th January. You will learn how to make a film properly and join with fellow course participants to make many more films once the course has concluded. For further details about the Three Month Film School please look at, http://www.australianfilmbase.com/courses/three-month-film-school-sydney-january-2011

Here are the following Australian Film Courses scheduled for 2011