Category: 2018

ADLFF ’18: BACKTRACK BOYS [2018]

It unfortunately isn’t news that many young people have it awfully rough, some not knowing their parents, some beaten by them, many falling into the trap of drinking and/or using harder drugs. It is disturbing to hear from such young kids describing the first…

ADLFF ’18: BEAUTIFUL BOY [2018]

It may not possess the raw grit of a film like Requiem of a Dream or Trainspotting, but much like these, Beautiful Boy is an incredibly accurate portrayal of drug addiction and the effects it can have on loved ones. Much like a situation…

ADLFF ’18: WOMAN AT WAR [2018]

Halla is a middle-aged women who has declared war on the aluminum industry to prevent it from ruining her country. She is pulling down electrical poles as fast as she can to destroy infrastructure. It isn’t long before she is being hunted by law…

ADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL 2018: THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS [2018]

The way The Ballad of Buster Scruggs subverts any type of label is a credit to the writing ability of the Coen brothers. After 30 years of filmmaking, they have moved into new territory yet again, creating an anthology with stories that define any…

BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE [2018]

Bad Times at the El Royale is the second feature film from writer/director Drew Goddard, who seems to have watched a few too many Tarantino films. Heavy on the exposition and light on the action, the film starts with a slow burn, the story…

FIRST REFORMED [2017]

Revolving around an aggressively subtle, nuanced and pained performance by Ethan Hawke, First Reformed is far from revolutionary in its narrative. However, it possesses a visceral script and fantastic performances by key actors inhabiting three-dimensional characters in addition to an unexpected eco-concern plot element…

TIFF 2018: SAF

Originally written for Cinemaaxis.com A powerful, if not confused, depiction of the attitudes many Turkish citizens have toward Syrian refugees, Saf centres around a naive Kamil (Erol Afsin) who is in desperate need for a job. He does eventually find one, but it involves…

A SIMPLE FAVOR [2018]

Somewhat posing as a mystery/thriller film, A Simple Favor could have been a disaster if it took itself seriously. Thankfully, it realises the slight silliness of its plot, and as such the twists and turns the film takes are often darkly humourous, aided by…

SEARCHING [2018]

Searching will instantly seem jarring. The first thing we see is a computer desktop screen, as the father David looks at photos of his daughter Margot and his dead wife Pamela. The death of Pamela seems to have happened about five years previous. It…

TIFF 2018: BLIND SPOT

Originally written for Cinemaaxis.com Mental illness is often hard to depict in a realistic fashion. There are only a handful of examples where it is treated with respect and dignity without exaggerating for the sake of entertainment. Often films that broach the topic, for…

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