• Tonight (Mon 4th): Seminal precursors to Baraka, the first two of Godfrey Reggio’s Quatsi Trilogy, Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance and Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation screen at Astor. Must be seen on the big screen. Baraka will screen next Monday. [Astor]
  • Wed 6th: A double feature of silent Danish films at Cinematheque. Benjamin Christensen’s trippy film Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages and The Master of the House by Carl Dreyer about the breakdown of a marriage. [Cinematheque] Meanwhile Melbourne Spiritual Cinema are screening at Glitch Secret Space II a documentary that investigates the evidence supporting the idea that highly intelligent ‘star gods’ with reptilian features have visited planet Earth. Okay… [Spiritual Cinema]
  • Thu 7th: Too many new releases to choose from. The Star Trek juggernaut releases wide. Samson and Delilah, the Australian indigenous love story competing at Cannes, and The Baader Meinhof Complex, a look at the inner workings of the German terrorist group the Red Army Faction, get an arthouse release. Synecdoche, New York the directorial debut of Charlie Kaufman gets a very limited release exclusively at Cinema Nova. [Cinema Nova] And if that ain’t enough, Soul Power begins a season (7th May-24th May) at ACMI. The film documents the 1974 concert that preceded the Ali vs. Foreman ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ featuring such greats as James Brown, B.B. King and Bill Withers. [ACMI] Finally, Bastardy an Australian doco about Jack Charles, an actor/drug addict/cat burglar. The film got great word of mouth at MIFF last year and opens at Kino today. Thanks, Paul M for the tip. [Kino]
  • Fri 8th: Freaky Fridays at ACMI are playing 1950s sci-fi flicks Cat Women on the Moon and Devil Girl from Mars. [Freaky Fridays]
  • Sat 9th: ACMI are playing the 1975 Australian film Pure Shit, which the Herald Sun at the time called ‘the most evil film ever made’. A look at Melbourne’s drug culture, the cast and crew will reunite for a Q&A session after the screening. [ACMI]
  • Sun 10th: ACMI screens the Muhammed Ali documentary When We Were Kings. [ACMI] The classic spaghetti western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly from Sergio Leone screens at the Astor. [Astor]

Trailers embedded after the jump:

Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance

Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation

Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages

Secret Space II

Star Trek

Samson and Delilah

The Baader Meinhof Complex

Synecdoche, New York

Soul Power

Cat Women on the Moon

Devil Girl from Mars

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly



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  1. May I also suggest that Bastardy, opening Thursday at the Kino, looks like it’s worth a look. The doco has a truly fascinating subject, who I stopped in the street to talk to a few years back. He’s quite a character.

    At the opposite end of the spectrum, a fellow film blogger’s Ozploitation film, Prey looks like fun. Starring Natalie Bassingthwaite, I believe it has a 2-week season at the George. I thought it started this week, but I can’t find any info on Palace’s website.

  2. BTW, did you use the Zazie image from my blog, or is just coincidence? I like the way you’ve cropped it. Did you like the Malle season? I thought it was great.

  3. Brad

    Coincidence. The Malle season was great. I would consider myself a big fan now and definitely want to check out more of his stuff. I disagree with whoever said he doesn’t fit the definition of an auteur – I think there are common philosophical concerns in all his movies about the nature and ethics of desire.

  4. tim

    samPson and delilah? angus?

    synecdoche. mind/reality/dream craziness.


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