Russian Resurrection Film Festival

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I was fortunate to be given a double pass to the opening night of the Russian Resurrection Film Festival last week so a friend and I attended, having no idea what to expect. I was surprised at how few people were in the heart of the city, even for a week night it was very quiet. Perhaps it had something to do with the upcoming G20 – there was definitely a stronger security presence in town than I’ve seen before.

In any case, off to the festival we went. Sitting in the cinema waiting for it to begin we felt that maybe we were the only ones there who didn’t speak Russian – I had no idea Brisbane had such a large Russian community! The movie was a Russian Classic – Visilisa, set during the revolution. Yes, it was pretty bloodthirsty but a great movie! Subtitled in English, things became a bit tricky once the French entered the story. We now had Russian being spoken, English subtitles and a voice-over interpreting in French!

The after party produced hot finger food, vodka, white wine, vodka, red wine, vodka, vodka shots, and vodka and cranberry juice! And this was the real deal – vodka that just about blew your socks off! One shot was enough for us, before heading out into the fresh air for a look at the light shows on the city buildings.

Thanks Must do Brisbane for the opportunity to attend the opening night of the festival.

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Movie Review: “Whiplash”

Thanks to Weekend Notes, we saw an early screening of Whiplash tonight. Not the kind of movie we’d normally choose but it surprised us both and we really enjoyed it. This is the story of a young boy who desperately wants to be one of the greats in the world of drumming. What he endures to reach his goal is unbelievable and has you sitting on the edge of your seat, wondering what’s going to happen next. Great acting, great drumming, over the top swearing (oh well, two out of three ain’t bad!), great jazz and a twist at the end of the storyline all make this movie great entertainment. The only criticism I have is the constant use of the “f-bomb” but sadly that seems par for the course these days.

My rating out of five: 🍦🍦🍦🍦