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by Expert Criticism » Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:10 am

The only positives I could take from this movie were Ed's disturbing, creepy performance and the Soundtrack.

Other characters and the story were cliched, predictable and frustrating.

The funniest part was watching the last half hour sped up 1.5x and seeing them walk fast - and I didn't miss any dialogue or depth of character by watching it like this I assure you.

by tommy five-tone » Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:54 pm

A friend of mine suggested that AQFB's problem was that people went to see A Few Best Men the month before and would only go to one Australian comedy a year.

Any Questions for Ben

by foolhardycousingeorge » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:57 am

I got around to seeing AQFB on the weekend.

I did enjoy it to a point, though, having seen the film, I do agree with the criticisms of AQFB written about here.

So, the reasons why AQFB was a flop, was not entirely to do with it being released at the wrong time of year. It was said that, since it got released in late January/ early February, AQFB had to compete at the box office with the other romantic comedies that are released to cash in on the Valentine's Day crowd.

I liked how Working Dog showcased Melbourne, making Melbourne out to be a 'hip and groovy' place.



logifuse wrote:Hmm, well. We watched it last night & it was OK at best.

The test I apply to Aussie films is "if it was a US/UK film, would I watch it?" In this case, I'd have to say no. Familiarity with the actors was really the only thing keeping me engaged.

I struggled to get a handle on the timeline. Every now & then there was a "two months later" super, but other times where I was thinking we'd moved along a good 6 months, there'd be dialogue that suggested it was only a month or two.

Rob Carlton didn't ring true as Ben's dad, Rob Sitch seemed to be playing a Late Show parody rather than a character, and Lachy Hulme - maybe it's because I'm not from Melbourne that I didn't appreciate the over the top nature of his character? Bar/restaurant owners in Sydney tend to be either chefs or underworld identities.

I thought the cinematography was spectacular & the music soundtrack was excellent, although the music was overly loud in comparison to the dialogue, meaning a juggling of the volume in an effort to make sure the toddler didn't wake up. (I'm not soliciting advice for my surround system - it's correctly calibrated).

Sadly I can see why it flopped at the box office.

by Bean Is A Carrot » Sun Sep 09, 2012 6:56 pm

Any Questions For Ben? gets a London screening on 22 September: http://www.filmfestaustralia.org.uk/#/22-sep/4567249904

by half goon half god » Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:19 pm

menagers wrote:
I would've bought this DVD now if there WERE ANY EXTRAS!! But, I reckon I'll wait for the $6.99 version.
Extras? In a Working Dog DVD that Tony Martin isn't involved with? Hah!

:(

by menagers » Thu Aug 02, 2012 11:16 pm

Yeah, unfortunately this film is regularly referred to as "Can Anyone Relate to Ben?".

I would've bought this DVD now if there WERE ANY EXTRAS!! But, I reckon I'll wait for the $6.99 version.

by baudrillard » Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:39 pm

LOL Love it Skel!

by skel » Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:42 pm

The point of city scapes in movies is to establish place and time. Basically this movie established we were in Melbourne at the start of evry fucking scene. Don't need to go to Melbourne ever again. I've seen it. All of it. Every square inch of it. Melbournites- I've seen your houses. I know there are several potholes on St Kilda Rd that need fixing. I know what the same buildings look like in daytime and nightime settings. I know that Captain Cooks Cabin was once funny but isnt anymore. All thanks to this screensaver of a movie!!!!

by baudrillard » Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:37 am

menagers wrote:The other is this one with Rob on ABC Breakfast. Just 'cos he's a bit funny and cute, and I think it might be the only interview that has successfully persuaded him to bust out an old character.
Damn, I totally missed your post menagers and the damned video's expired.

by logifuse » Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:32 am

The Melbourne shots looked fantastic. All the locations were great I thought. The rooftop cinema - anyone been there?

I'm from Sydney (born & always lived), but I don't subscribe to the Sydney is a beautiful city mantra. Get away from the harbour & it just isn't. Even just to the west of the CBD they've uglied it up with Darling Harbour, the Pyrmont developments, & now Barangaroo will make it worse. The inner city suburbs simply aren't that nice scenery wise, & the outer suburbs are....

Melbourne on the other hand has the benefit of being more planned & the inner ring of suburbs (don't really know much beyond there) are much more feature rich & the parks & gardens are spectacular. Melbourne doesn't have that harbour focal point, but has much more beyond that. You see it in Offspring (around Fitzroy & East Melbourne) & you see it in this movie.

So to me, the scenery wasn't the issue, it was the "we were there doing that, now we're here doing this!" nature of the film. That's what constantly threw me with the timeline.

No criticism of the song choices from me, it was just too intrusive. It was almost like they were thinking "oh no, we've had 20 seconds of dialogue, we're going to lose the audience! 3, 2, 1, blast the music to wake them up!" Dare I say commercial FM style.

And the lying in bed staring at the ceiling - imagine what a Late Show would have done with something like that if it was in a prominent Aus film at the time.

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