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Kajillionaire

Friday, November 6th, 2020 Film Reviews,

Miranda July made a big splash with her debut feature, You, Me and Everyone We Know in 2005. She may not have challenged the superhero flicks at the box office, but she became an overnight sensation on the Indie circuit. A performance artist, actor and novelist, July is an all-round creative personality who treats her […]

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Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm’

Thursday, October 29th, 2020 Film Reviews,

We know what to expect from a new Borat movie: The Worst. We know it will be stunningly vulgar, packed with stunts and gags that seem guaranteed to generate a violent response. The satire will be so broad it offends fans as well as foes. It will be kind of disgusting, with lots of moments […]

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On the Rocks

Friday, October 9th, 2020 Film Reviews,

Born into Hollywood aristocracy, Sofia Coppola was playing small roles in her father’s films while still in nappies. She made a promising directorial debut in 1999 with The Virgin Suicides, but it was her second movie, Lost in Translation (2003), that established her as a rising star. A beautiful, melancholy, funny film about an impossible […]

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St. Ali Italian Film Festival 2020

Friday, October 2nd, 2020 Film Reviews,

This year the celebrations are slightly muted, but the Italian Film Festival is back. Normally the wine and coffee would be flowing freely, with a few glamorous movie stars on hand for premieres. In place of the usual demonstrative Italianisms, director, Elysia Zeccola, says audiences will have to be content blowing kisses to each other. […]

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La Belle Époque

Friday, August 21st, 2020 Film Reviews,

When the Alliance Française French Film Festival was suspended earlier this year because of the pandemic it seemed as if Sydney would miss one of its favourite events. It turns out there was no need for concern, as the AFFF came roaring back for a return season towards the end of July, and has seen […]

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Deerskin

Friday, August 14th, 2020 Film Reviews,

Until Deerskin came along, the ultimate cinematic love story between a man and an item of clothing must have been F.W.Murnau’s The Last Laugh (AKA. Der letze Mann). In this silent classic of 1924, a German doorman falls in love wth his uniform, suffering all the pangs of an abandoned suitor when he is laid […]

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Babyteeth

Friday, July 24th, 2020 Film Reviews,

Last year I spent some time trawling back over the history of Australian cinema, a process with mixed outcomes. It was exhilarating to rediscover the way local movies have captured moments of national anxiety and brash self-confidence. On the other hand, the boldness of past efforts, particularly during the 1970s, casts a withering light on […]

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Greed

Thursday, June 25th, 2020 Film Reviews,

Greed was the title of one of the cinema’s most legendary productions – an 8-hour silent epic of 1924, by Erich von Stroheim, cut by MGM to two-and-a-half hours. Movie historians have been searching for the missing six hours ever since. Greed, by the prolific British director, Michael Winterbottom, is a mere 104 minutes, and […]

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It Must Be Heaven

Thursday, June 18th, 2020 Film Reviews,

Elia Sulieman says he’d never seen a movie by Buster Keaton or Jacques Tati before he made his first feature in 1996. This may be true but these comics remain the inevitable points of comparison for his own style of silent humour. In It Must Be Heaven, Sulieman says exactly four words. When a New […]

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Mrs. America

Friday, June 5th, 2020 Film Reviews,

It takes a moment before one recognises those first four notes in the jazzy theme music for Mrs. America. It’s a ‘switched-on’ version of Beethoven’s Fifth – in the composer’s own famous words: “the sound of fate knocking on the door.” But for whom does it knock? Is it for Phyllis Schlafly, the formidable conservative […]