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Desert Rats Star Tingwell Dies


Charles Tingwell

Aussie actor Charles Tingwell has died at a Melbourne hospital.


The 86 year old appeared in movies like Breaker Morant, The Castle and classic war film The Desert Rats, and hit British and Australian TV shows including Emergency Ward 10 and Neighbours.


He died on Friday (15May09) after a battle with prostate cancer.

Innocence Review


Excellent
The most amazing thing about Paul Cox's Innocence is how unlike a movie it is. I mean that as the highest compliment. If most studios were to profile an elderly couple who rekindle a 40-year-old romance, I'd want to run and hide. The sex scenes would be handled as a farce, producers would shed 20 years off the characters' ages (so Susan Sarandon and Harrison Ford could star) and true love would shine through any obstacle without explanation and consequence.

Along with a charming romantic story, the Australian/Belgian Innocence shows how an increasing sense of mortality combined with revisiting the past while being entrenched in the present can make something that seems so right seem downright questionable.

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Ned Kelly Review


Grim

Plied with fiction and short on depth, the new biopic of legendary Australian outlaw Ned Kelly plays like "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" without the excitement, charm and humor.

Bearded and brooding but otherwise uncharismatic, Heath Ledger stars as the folk-hero bushranger (Aussie for "cowboy"), who according to this film was an upstanding citizen of the Outback frontier until contemptible, crooked, downright sinister lawmen drove him to a life of crime by picking on his family.

They jailed his ma, molested his teenage sister, and falsely accused him and his brothers of horse rustling. They "started a war" against us, Kelly says in voice-over. "So I killed their coppers. I robbed their banks."

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Innocence Review


Weak

Fifty years after a tender, melodious love affair, two septuagenarians sweethearts are reunited and find their hearts rekindled in "Innocence," an ardent and touching -- if sometimes obvious -- life-affirming romantic drama.

After discovering they've been living in the same unnamed European city for years, widower Andreas (Charles Tingewell) and his first love Claire (Julia Blake) spend a day together catching up like old friends while memories of their youthful lovemaking play in their heads (and on the screen in warm, colorful, silent flashbacks).

Lonely and instantly smitten all over again, Andreas persuades Claire -- married for 45 years to a man who is more a friend than a lover -- to meet again and again until she too is so flush with re-awakened ardor that her whole life is turned upside down by her very first extramarital affair.

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