Review: The Endless

Whilst promising Lovecraftian horror, artful suspense, UFO cults, and people who appear to not have aged since the 1970s, The Endless is a painful let-down for the lover of smart, indie horror films. All five user reviews on IMDB for The Endless are positive, hailing it as “a rather amazing film” or “a defining film of 2017”—however, I disagree. This film has badly-written dialogue and should be punished accordingly.

13 March 2018
Review: NT Live Young Marx

I have been waiting my whole life for a comic play that answers the question: was Friedrich Engels fuckable?

8 March 2018
Review: Mary Magdalene at Cinema Nova

Mary Magdalene, directed by Garth Davis, follows the ever-changing story of Mary of Magdalene (Rooney Mara). The film covers her decision to leave the small Jewish community she grew up in, to witnessing the resurrection of Jesus Christ (Joaquin Phoenix).  

7 March 2018
Review: Next Gen Student Shorts at the Melbourne Women in Film Festival

I came to sit in the theatre without having much expectations of what the films were going to showcase since I was never a fan of short films. However, I was blatantly proved wrong, even at the start, when the first film was screened. Now, to think about it again, I should have known the films would have a level of substantial standard to be even part of this city-wide film festival that is home to so many inspirational and binge-worthy films from high calibre filmmakers and actors.

6 March 2018
Review: The Death of Stalin

Small screen satirist Armando Iannucci raises his comedy-in-incompetence shtick to new heights in a bizarrely English-language feature adaptation of a French graphic novel based on the antics of Soviet executives after the death of their leader, Joseph Stalin. Filtered through two degrees of creative licence, and stamped with Iannucci’s trademark sense of humour, The Death of Stalin fails to achieve any intelligent satire, but instead provides a generous slop of visual and verbal slapstick against the backdrop of a dark and tumultuous era in Soviet history.

6 March 2018
Review: Music in Motion at the Melbourne Women in Film Festival

On Saturday I had the chance to attend the Music in Motion event as part of the Melbourne Women in Film Festival. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect going into this trio of short films, especially given I don’t normally get the chance to attend these kinds of festivals, but the vibrancy and earnest nature of the films was really refreshing.

5 March 2018
Review: Don’t Tell at the Melbourne Women in Film Festival

An immense film to add to the Australian film canon, Don’t Tell is director Tori Garret’s first feature film and documents the landmark legal case which prompted the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse.

28 February 2018
Review: Shorts Session #2 at the Melbourne Women in Film Festival

I attended a shorts session and saw an amazing diversity of films, and no, I’m not taking about race and gender, but rather ideas, genres and mediums. There were comedies, horrors, metaphors and romances.

26 February 2018
Review: Shorts Session #1 at the Melbourne Women in Film Festival

Despite knowing nothing about any of the films to be screened, we felt welcomed as though we were part of the crews that created them. Each filmmaker spoke modestly about their own work, and gushingly about the work of others. It was clear we were sitting in a room full of women supporting and uplifting one another, and this incentive radiated through all of the films.

26 February 2018
Operation Jeedara
Review: Operation Jeedara

Sea Shepherd’s Operation Jeedara begins with smoke and fire engulfing the screen. The film is book-ended by dramatic shots and detailed descriptions of the damage caused by British Petroleum’s offshore oil rigs.

26 February 2018
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