Category: Film

LAST AND FIRST MEN [2020]

As this film finishes, one feels that no words can justly convey the unsettling beauty this unique piece of art possesses. Directed by the late Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, it may have been considered unfinished at the time of his death but the editing… Continue Reading “LAST AND FIRST MEN [2020]”

French Film FESTIVAL: DEERSKIN (LE DAME) [2019]

Quentin Dupieux has never been one to shy away from absurdity, most of his work lavishly bathing in it as if there is nothing strange to be seen. This is the attitude that the film and it’s protagonist absorb: despite the consistent weirdness, both… Continue Reading “French Film FESTIVAL: DEERSKIN (LE DAME) [2019]”

HARPOON [2019]

  Harpoon is director Rob Grant’s most conventional film of his decade-long career given his past experimental approach to film-making. Harpoon is hardly experimental and therefore much more accessible, though it retains the staunchly independent qualities that define his work. This latest effort possesses… Continue Reading “HARPOON [2019]”

BEASTIE BOYS STORY [2020]

Ignoring typical tropes of most documentaries, The Beastie Boys Story is refreshing in its presentation as it is delivered similar to a comedy show, being presented to a live audience. Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, the remaining members after the passing… Continue Reading “BEASTIE BOYS STORY [2020]”

AUSSIE CLASSICS: CHOPPER [2000]

Originally written as a bite-sized review for THOMAS J: My Journey Through Film, aka digitalshortbread.com If you haven’t seen Chopper, watch it. A movie that will forever linger in your brain, it is also perhaps the quintessential Aussie film, a preservation of the ‘occa’… Continue Reading “AUSSIE CLASSICS: CHOPPER [2000]”

THE PAINTED BIRD [2019]

Original review written for Cinemaaxis.com Not unlike Pasolini’s ‘The 120 Days of Sodom’, The Painted Bird film will be known by some as ‘that three hour child torture movie’, ‘child torture porn’, or a similar, basic summary along these lines. I hope I am… Continue Reading “THE PAINTED BIRD [2019]”

CAPONE [2020]

After 2015’s cinematic disaster, it is hard to fathom why Josh Trank received funding not just for a major film, but one to star Tom Hardy in the titular role. At least 12 months ago, photos of Hardy in full make-up as an older… Continue Reading “CAPONE [2020]”

AN OFFICER AND A SPY (J’ACCUSE) [2019]

His best picture since The Pianist, The Officer and The Spy (or J’Accuse, its title in France) is Polanski’s third and arguably most accessible film since he began working in French seven years ago. Refreshingly, no opening titles announce that the film is based… Continue Reading “AN OFFICER AND A SPY (J’ACCUSE) [2019]”

CORPUS CHRISTI (BOZE CIALO) [2019]

As always, thanks again to Courtney: The Polish nominee for this year’s Academy Awards is a poignant, emotional drama that follows Daniel, a young man who finds his spiritual self in Christianity while in a juvenile detention centre. The opening scene briefly shows his personality… Continue Reading “CORPUS CHRISTI (BOZE CIALO) [2019]”

THE GENTLEMEN [2019]

As always, thanks again to Courtney:   Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen signifies a return to the crime-laden and humourous style that originally established his career. Save for Matthew McConaughey’s criminal protagonist ‘Mickey’, who hails from the US in a very odd and out of… Continue Reading “THE GENTLEMEN [2019]”

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