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Life's tough when you're a teenager. All those raging hormones. The confusion, the angst, the opposite (or same) sex, what to do with your life. Issues universal to all teenagers maybe, but compound that with being the only teenager... More »
By James Dennis   

SAVE YOUR LEGS Trailer Knocks It Out Of The Park

We've come a long way since Bodyline. While this staid period miniseries was a huge success for George Miller and Australian television, it didn't exactly launch cricket as a genre we started seeing more on screens - whether as a backdrop... More »
By Simon de Bruyn   


Daniel Edelstyn's ramshackle but absolutely captivating documentary How to Re-Establish a Vodka Empire is a pretty good argument for the idea that, if you're not sure how to tell your story, you should just throw all of it at the... More »
By Matthew Lee   

London 2011: HERE Review

Cartography is a strange discipline these days. With the physical geography of the world long since mapped (though that may change with global warming,) most cartographers are either concerned with political lines, or with incredibly detailed satellite imaging made possible... More »

London 2011: TRISHNA Review

Even in Michael Winterbottom's prolific and varied film career, it is probably inevitable that he would again tackle an adaptation of a classic english novel, and (as is befitting his Britishness) make a film set in India. His latest film... More »

London 2011: ALOIS NEBEL Review

Graphic novels might have a reputation for frivolity, but they also have been proven to be very good for dealing serious topics that require the kind of creativity offered to deal with trauma. Art Spiegelman's Maus and Joe Sacco's Safe... More »

London 2011: CARNAGE Review

It might seem that adapting a play for the screen is easy and fairly natural. You can recreate the setting, or add new ones. It's still a group of actors performing for an audience; they just deliver their words more... More »

London 2011: SNOWTOWN Review

Note to self: do not see films about killing and child abuse first thing in the morning. It will ruin your day. Which is to not to suggest that a film about such subjects is bad; far from it. When... More »


While cults and communes are not the exclusive domain of the United States, ones located within its borders are great fodder for artistic exploration. In the case of ones that abuse residents either physically or psychologically or both, we are... More »

London 2011: NOBODY ELSE BUT YOU Review

Even though she died nearly 50 years ago, Marilyn Monroe still holds a fascination for many film and conspiracy theory lovers. Director and co-screenwriter Gérald Hustache-Mathieu's film Nobody Else but You is a relatively light neo-noir thriller, with rather bizarre... More »


The Dardenne brothers might just be the most reliable film-makers working today. With a unique brand of realist cinema they've made a succession of critically lauded dramas concerned with Belgium's grimmer locales and inhabitants. Often involving low level criminality,... More »
By James Dennis   


Early One Morning (De bon matin) opens with middle-aged banker Paul Wertret (Jean-Pierre Daroussin) entering his office as normal before shooting two of his fellow workers dead without hesitation. Through a series of flashbacks as Paul sits at his desk,... More »
By James Dennis   

London 2011: DARK HORSE Review

Todd Solondz is either a pretty happy guy with a great imagination, or rather miserable and willing to share. Or it could be somewhere in between; either way, he has a knack for creating misanthropic characters who just can't seem... More »

BIFF 2011: 13 ASSASSINS review

Miike Takashi's chanbara flick 13 Assassins will probably strike a lot of people as much more impressive than it really is, if they've never seen a Kurosawa movie, read Lone Wolf & Cub or even missed out on Yôji... More »
By Matthew Lee   

BIFF 2011: MEEK'S CUTOFF review

Woe betide anyone who turns up for Kelly Reichardt's Meek's Cutoff expecting anything like a typical Western. Languid, spare and dreamlike, other than the setting and the motif of a journey across vast, inhospitable stretches of America there's little else... More »
By Matthew Lee   

Third Window Acquires SAWAKO DECIDES For Theatrical and Home Video

Our friends at Third Window Films are happy to announce their latest acquisition: Sawako Decides.  The film played to very appreciative audiences this year at Camera Japan in Rotterdam, Fantasia in Montreal, and the New York Asian Film Festival.  It... More »
By J Hurtado   

London 2010: A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN Review

A farcical comic drama form Norway, Hans Petter Moland's A Somewhat Gentle Man stars Stellan Skarsgard as Ulrik, released from jail after a lengthy sentence for killing the man who slept with his wife. Re-entering the free world with more... More »
By James Dennis   

London 2010: SOMEWHERE Review

[Our thanks to Shelagh Rowan-Legg for the following review.]Quentin Tarantino received a great deal of controversy when the jury at the Venice International Film Festival, of which he was the head, awarded the Golden Lion to Sofia Coppola's Somewhere. Many... More »
By Todd Brown   

London 2010: THE KING'S SPEECH Review

[Our thanks to Shelagh Rowan-Legg for the following review.]Winner of the Cadillac People's Choice Award at TIFF 2010, it's hardly surprising that The King's Speech would be getting probably the most attention of any film at LFF this year. It... More »
By Todd Brown   

London 2010: MEEK'S CUTOFF Review

[Our thanks to Shelagh Rowan-Legg for the following review.]Everything and nothing happens in Kelly Reichardt's new film Meek's Cutoff. But that is precisely the point, and what makes this film a work of quiet genius. Unlike most tales of settlers... More »
By Todd Brown   
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