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Bad Boys for Life – Movie Review

See the return of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in Bad Boys for Life, the third film in the movie franchise, the first being released back in 1995 and the second in 2003.

Mike Lowry (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) are called back into action when an assassin is eliminating certain people across the world, some of whom are personal to Mike and Marcus – so off they go, guns blazing.

With a change of director from Michael Bay to Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the action scenes (which make up most of the movie) seem more coherent and well-rounded than the previous two films.

If you’re walking into the cinema to see Will Smith and Martin Lawrence back on screen as the Bad Boys – kicking arse and telling jokes, then this film will completely satisfy you. But just as a regular action-movie fan, with no connection to the first two films, you could still enjoy this movie.

This is especially true if you compare it with the first two films. In this one, the villains have more depth, the jokes are funnier, and the way the story is told and the movie production are all notably much more sophisticated.

With that said, it is still completely over-the-top with action in true Bad Boys style, and still far from being a ‘good’ movie – but it is definitely the best in the franchise, and is an easy watch for any action-movie fan.


The Men That Come

Flickerfest

Mullumbimby Civic Hall
Thu 30 th Jan: 7pm opening-party | 8pm Best Of International Shorts, $25/22
Fri 31 st Jan: 7pm doors open | 8pm Best Of Australian Shorts, $16/14
Sat 1 st Feb: 3pm doors open | 4pm Byron All Shorts, $14/12
Sat 1 st Feb: 7pm doors open | 8pm Shorts Laughs Comedy, $16/14
Season Pass: $55/$45

Highlights of our Byron All Shorts finalists for 2020 includes the heart warming ‘Wine Lake’ written by and starring Brunswick Heads resident Ailis Logan, which had its Australian premiere in competition at Flickerfest Bondi and The Men That Come by Broken Head resident Clare Sladden which also featured in our Australian competition in Bondi. Other highlights include the touching and positive documentary Limitless from local Mullumbimby production company We Are Explorers and the visually stunning and insightful short The Nightside by Bangalow Resident Sophie Hexter. All are NSW premieres.

Finalist are: Bob, Daryl, Finding Home, Home, Limitless, Manus, My Life To A Tee , The Nightside, Roulette, The Men That Come, Welcome To The Machine and Wine Lake.

Mullum Flickerfest at the Mullum Civic Hall | Thur 30 Jan – Sat 1 Feb 2020. Byron All Shorts, Sat 1 Feb 4pm. 

flickerfest.com.au


Trip of Compassion

Trip of Compassion

Byron Theatre, Community Centre  |  Saturday 7 March  |  8pm

Don’t miss the Byron Bay screening of Trip of Compassion, Saturday 7 March at 8pm at Byron Theatre, followed by a Q&A panel and conversation. The film is a critically acclaimed Israeli documentary on MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and follows patients participating in clinical trials. As the first feature documentary to show footage from within psychedelic-assisted therapy sessions, it offers a fascinating and rare insight into this ground-breaking treatment.

This special event will hold enormous interest for many in the progressive Byron Bay community. Stay tuned for more info next week! Tix from byroncentre.com.au


2020 People Power Campaign

2020 People Power Campaign

The 2020 People Power campaign will ask supporters to donate a minimum of $20 on the People Power Campaign site

On 26 January, 2020 (Survival Day), the 2020 People Power Campaign will be launched online to help raise funds for a very important independent documentary titled, Luku Ngarra; Our Law Since Before Time Began.

This documentary will capture the life and vision of Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra, a senior Yolngu elder of the Dhurilli nation of Northeast Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, who has spent the last 50 years of his life as a civil rights activist for Indigenous Australians. Like his own heroes, Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi, Dr Gondarra has a profound gift for speaking about bigger picture issues and of the beauty of humanity, while shedding light on grave injustices. With his gentle power, he sets the record straight on Yolngu law and culture, which many anthropologists and historians have not been accurate in documenting. Significantly, he speaks in awe of Yolngu women and of their highly revered role in their law and culture, which is deeply complex and refined, and that has held their society in cohesion; and in balance with the natural environment since before time began.

Dr Gondarra’s voice is best known from the documentary Our Generation, which revealed the shocking human rights violations of the NT Intervention, and which won Best Campaign Film at the London International Documentary Festival 2011. Ten years after Our Generation, Director Sinem Saban and Dr Gondarra join forces once again in Luku Ngarra.

Dr Gondarra’s dream for this film is to present the need for diplomatic dialogue with the Australian Government around a treaty with First Nations peoples, with the intention of correcting the wrongs of Australia’s colonial history and paving the road toward justice and empowerment for his people. Ms. Saban’s dream is to make an inspiring documentary that will uphold Dr Gondarra’s legacy, as well as to create more truth-telling educational resources for classrooms, loungerooms and beyond.

Luku Ngarra is an independent production, with around half of the footage already filmed in 2019, and thus-far self-funded by Ms Saban and the Arnhem Land Progress Association (ALPA). A total of $400,000 is needed to complete filming in Arnhem Land, as well as to cover the post-production costs; which is when award-winning editor Tania Nehme (10 Canoes, Charlie’s Country) will weave her magic to help tell the story.

The 2020 People Power campaign will ask supporters to donate a minimum of $20 on the People Power Campaign site: https://www.gofundme.com/f/2020-People-Power


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