Melbourne 2013 Review: THE TURNING Mines Deep Australiana, Unearths Some Gems

Curator, producer and director Robert Connolly knows how to convey a good story. He has been intimately involved with some great Australian productions over the years; from Balibo to These Final Hours. He has the skills necessary to bring together... More »
  

Melbourne 2013 Review: THESE FINAL HOURS, The Genre Film Australia Needs

In 2005, actor Nathan Phillips starred in backpacker shocker Wolf Creek. The film was a revitalization of sorts to pure genre cinema without pretension in Australia. Flash forward to today and that same actor has front and centered another firecracker of... More »
  

Melbourne 2013 Review: JIMMY P, A Psychoanalytical Slog

Director Arnaud Desplechin is a labelled auteur and no stranger to cognitive dissonance. His latest feature, direct from Cannes continues, his inquiry into the mind, but given the previous efforts, it is inexcusable how utterly dull Jimmy P is. The... More »
  

Melbourne 2013 Review: ILO ILO, A Genuine Gem

Ilo Ilo is the debut feature from Singaporean director Anthony Chen, who is now based in London. It is, however, handled with such a deft hand and filled with so much obsessive detail that one would be forgiven for thinking... More »
  

Melbourne 2013 Review: AIM HIGH IN CREATION Respects And Engages Gleefully With The DPRK

Director Anna Broinowski is no stranger to confrontation; kicking off her documentary career with Hell Bento, a film that exposed subsections of the Japanese underworld. More recently she directed a startling fib-filled terror tale about Muslim romance called Forbidden Lie$.... More »
  

Melbourne 2013 Review: PATRICK Offers Safe Chills And Tame Thrills

Our midnight screening of Patrick, the passionate horror remake from Ozploitation devotee Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood), began with an honest and slightly disconcerting preamble from the director: Patrick is an old fashioned Gothic chiller, with little time awarded for rehearsals... More »
  

Melbourne 2013 Review: THE LAST TIME I SAW MACAO Is A Stunted Visual Essay

The Last Time I Saw Macao is a quasi neo-noir cum documentary that centers on Portugal's historical occupation in a city with the highest density on Earth. It has been likened to Marker's Sans Soleil and, on its own merits,... More »
  

Melbourne 2013 Dispatch, Day 5: Presenting Hirokazu Kore-eda's LIKE FATHER LIKE SON

Welcome to my coverage of the Melbourne International Film Festival. I aim to bring you daily updates over the next 17 days of the definitive films that certainly got my attention, as well as links to past Twitch reviews to... More »
  

Melbourne 2013 Dispatch, Day 4: Metaphors, Bittersweet Romance And Thrilling Violence

Welcome to my coverage of the Melbourne International Film Festival. I aim to bring you daily updates over the next 17 days of the definitive three or four films that certainly got my attention, as well as links to past... More »
  

Melbourne 2013 Review: MYSTERY ROAD Is A Beautiful, Repetitive Procedural

Mystery Road, the new Australian film by Ivan Sen that opened the Sydney Film Festival makes the most of its location and recalls films such as No Country For Old Men with its bare-bones harsh reality set against the backdrop of a... More »
  

MIFF 2012 Review: MINE GAMES world premiere

The 61st Melbourne International Film festival is now underway! I will be bringing you coverage for Twitch as the days blitz by over nearly three weeks! Seven shallow, predictable and stereotyped vacationers are heading to their friends cabin in the woods (oh dear) in... More »
  

MIFF 2012 Review: BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO

A timid unsure man Gilderoy (Toby Jones) has just flown in from London to Italy and shuffles through the corridors of a nearly abandoned building. He is greeted coldly by a detached but beautiful secretary Elena (Tonia Sotiropoulou) who directs... More »
  

MIFF 2012 Review: 100 BLOODY ACRES Is A Bloody Good Time At The Movies

Here's a likely scenario for a fun genre piece: three friends Sophie (the lovely Anna McGahan) James (Oliver Ackland) and Wesley (James Kristian) are travelling through the countryside to a music festival, their car breaks down and amidst turbulent relations... More »
  

MIFF 2012 Review: WHORES' GLORY

The 61st Melbourne International Film festival is now underway! I will be bringing you coverage for Twitch as the days blitz by over nearly three weeks!A triptych. That's how Michael Glawogger's masterful documentary Whores' Glory begins. Three panels, each depicting women in the oldest profession... More »
  

MIFF 2012 Review: SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED

The 61st Melbourne International Film festival is now underway! I will be bringing you coverage for Twitch as the days blitz by over nearly three weeks! This is an amazing time for Melbourne when the city transforms into bustling, dedicated... More »
  

MIFF11 - MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE Review

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is in its glorious 60th year and below is a review for just one of many diverse films screening.Martha is a confused and scared girl. She leaves the conflict of her normal life behind... More »
  

MIFF11 - JESS + MOSS Review

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is in its glorious 60th year and below is a review for just one of many diverse films screening. Jess (Sarah Hagan, who you might remember from Freaks and Geeeks) and Moss Austin Vickers)... More »
  

MIFF11 - JANE EYRE Review

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is in its glorious 60th year and if the initial below is a review for just one of many diverse films screening.Jane Eyre, unwanted as a child and brought up in a terribly bleak... More »
  

MIFF11 - THE FUTURE Review

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is in its glorious 60th year and if the initial below is a review for just one of many diverse films screening. Two disenfranchised people in their mid 30's decide to adopt a sick... More »
  

MIFF11 - MYSTERIES OF LISBON Review

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is in its glorious 60th year and if the initial days of screenings are anything to go by, it will definitely be one to remember. I have outlined some MIFF picks, and hope after... More »
  
 
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