Tag: drama

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Lost Illusions

Friday, July 1st, 2022 Film Reviews,

  Everything is taxed, everything is sold, everything is manufactured, even success.                                                                                                          […]

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A Hero

Friday, June 3rd, 2022 Film Reviews,

Iranian director, Asghar Farhadi, has forged an international reputation with a cinema of complex moral dilemmas. It’s a defining characteristic of Iranian movies in general, partly as a result of oppressive censorship that restricts the range of subjects and treatments available to filmmakers. The best directors have learned how to work within state-imposed limitations, making […]

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Friday, May 27th, 2022 Film Reviews,

Not for the first time I feel as if my reading habits might be working against my ability to enjoy a film-as-film. The great Belgian crime writer, Georges Simenon (1903-89), is a personal addiction. By any standards, Simenon is one of the most remarkable authors of all time. He is said to have written in […]

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Top Gun: Maverick

Friday, May 20th, 2022 Film Reviews,

Top Gun: Maverick is a dangerous film. When the lights went up I swaggered out of the cinema and leapt into my car. Installing myself in the driver’s seat was like sitting in the cockpit of a fighter plane. I hit the ignition, slammed into gear and crawled out of the carpark. On Anzac Parade […]

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To Chiara

Saturday, May 14th, 2022 Film Reviews,

Thanks to The Godfather and then The Sopranos, we’ve become accustomed to the idea that a Mafia movie can also be a family drama. Yet these are fables of wealth and power set in the United States, where money buys a good deal of respectability. Jonas Carpignano’s To Chiara looks at Italy’s criminal underworld from […]

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Friday, May 6th, 2022 Film Reviews,

For a long time the Marvel Cinematic Universe has resembled a global mystery cult that inspires fierce devotion among its acolytes and leaves outsiders bamboozled. While I was watching Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, trying to make sense of the kaleidoscopic swirl of images being thrown onto the screen, the person sitting next […]

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Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

Friday, April 29th, 2022 Film Reviews,

Ryusuke Hamaguchi was as surprised as anyone by the extraordinary success of Drive My Car, which won the 2022 Academy Award for Best International Feature, and was nominated in the Best Picture category. To my mind, it was infinitely superior to CODA, the feelgood flick that took out the top prize. In a career of […]

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The Northman

Friday, April 22nd, 2022 Film Reviews,

If you enjoy the brisk swoosh of a sword carving fabric and flesh, or that thunk! thunk! sound of an axe chopping into someone’s torso, then get ready for The Northman. Those who prefer movies with witty dialogue and psychological complexity may have to look elsewhere. Robert Eggers’s medieval saga has been hailed as the […]

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Farewell, Mr. Haffmann

Friday, April 8th, 2022 Film Reviews,

Perhaps the only positive thing that can be said about the Nazi occupation of France, from 1940-44, was that it has inspired a lot of excellent movies. These years brought out the best and the worst of the French, from the heroism of the Resistance to the scandalous number of collaborators and informers that sought […]

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Friday, April 1st, 2022 Film Reviews,

Dog is a title that tells us a lot about the world today. Even the dumbest movie-goer will immediately think: “Ah-ha! That must be a film about a dog!” We seem to love dogs more as we love each other less. They are so loyal, so non-judgemental. They don’t vote Liberal or Labor, Democrat or […]