The MIFF (Melbourne International Film
Festival) proceedings begins today. Even for non-members, all sessions are now open to
purchase tickets for as screenings commence the 22nd and conclude August 8th. I
thought it a prudent time to post my viewings (OK not all of them but the
highlights) and talk a little about the great line-up this year, which has
turned out to be very diverse and a tiny bit disappointing.
years program included 'Love Exposure' which at the time I was desperate
to see, so it was a relief that it was included and turned out to be the
festivals best film, if not, dare I say the best film ever, and also a relief
that brilliant distributors Third
Window Films released on DVD
year my must-see movie is Nakashima's school revenge tale 'Confessions'
which was not on the program, nor was the Cannes winner 'Uncle Boonmee who
can recall his past lives' which was definitely odd as the Sydney Film Festival had just finished screening it.
disappointment ends there however as the strong line-up does include some great
films. From Australia the faux-western 'Red Hill', a 3D documentary
about 'Cane Toads: The Conquest', spooky deserted island horror 'The
Uninhabited', an alternate take on loss and mourning with 'The Tree',
premedidated murder gone wrong in 'Blame' and MIFF's opener the darkly
comic 'The Wedding Party' shot entirely in our great city.
Korea we have Sang-soo Im's 'Housemaid' and the original by Ki-Young
Kim, the touted next Mother 'Poetry', mockumentary (they should really
make mockumentary an official word as it is coming up as misspelled on here,
but I digress) 'The Actresses', mystery thriller 'Paju' and
Sang-soo Hong's insipid 'Hahaha'.
gems from Japan,
although no Kitano's 'Outrage' which is an outrage! Koreeda's 'Air
Doll', about a sex doll that comes to life which is a lot sadder than it
sounds, Sabu's new film 'Kanikosen', Wakamatsu's 'Caterpillar',
and Matsumoto's 'Symbol' which defies description, 'Beetle
Queen Conquers Tokyo' which is a brilliantly shot doco about
insects and Japanese society. For this year however Japan's offerings in the animation
scene include Studio 4c's 'First Squad: the moment of Truth', 'Summer
Wars' and 'Mai Mai Miracle'.
the west we have Oizo's tyre odyssey 'Rubber', Polanski's political
thriller 'The Ghost Writer', 'The Disappearance of Alice Creed',
the anti-social psychosexual 'Leap Year', Noe's mind-screw 'Enter the
Void', Chris Morris's suicide bomber black comedy 'Four Lions', the
Cronenberg-esque 'Splice', the American Psycho-esque 'The Killer
Inside Me' and the commercial but fun 'Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World'.
else at the top of my head is Honky slasher 'Dream Home', the steamy
sensual Vietnamese 'Adrift', Ian Durey biopic 'Sex & Drugs &
Rock & Roll', an in-depth look at Phillipino exploitation films with 'Machete
Maidens Unleashed!', Godard's surely last 'Film Socialisme',
Croatian war-time horror 'The Blacks', Solondz's 'Life During Wartime',
Canadian Rushmore 'The Trotsky', Coppola's 'Tetro', 319 minute 'Carlos'
the jackal biopic and over 300 films that I have barely touched upon!
the tagline goes for this year 'it's a matter of taste' and this cannot be any
truer than the brilliant previously used 'everyone's a critic'.
this said, I would love to hear from any Melbourne-ites who are attending and
would love to hear your personal highlights, as I have missed many great films!
hope to review everything I see and as always appreciate your insights.
viewing everyone, below are just some of the great trailers.