Tag: drama

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The House of Gucci

Friday, January 14th, 2022 Film Reviews,

Shakespeare allegedly set tragedies and comedies in Italy because the stereotype of the excitable Italian was engraven on the Elizabethan mind. One finds the same view at the end of the 18th century in the memoirs of playwright, Vittorio Alfieri, who, caught in an adulterous affair with an English woman, was astonished by the calm, […]

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Licorice Pizza

Thursday, January 6th, 2022 Film Reviews,

There are eagerly anticipated movies that turn out to be duds, and movies such as Licorice Pizza, which are better than might ever have been suspected. The duds are far more common, so when a film of real quality turns up one feels like cheering. Many believe Paul Thomas Anderson (b.1970) to be America’s greatest […]

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The Films of 2022

Wednesday, January 5th, 2022 Film Reviews,

Presuming we don’t emulate success stories such as Denmark and go leaping back into the bunker, 2022 should see a greater range of movies returning to local cinemas. It remains to be seen whether the film industry has been permanently altered by the pandemic, with a large number of people now content to stick with […]

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The Movies: A Boxing Day Round-Up

Saturday, December 25th, 2021 Film Reviews,

For those not turned feral by the Boxing Day sales, the day after Christmas is the traditional detox after all that festive activity. Yes, it’s supposed to be joyous, but it’s also stressful when one has to work harder at a holiday than at a regular job. Hence the popularity of the Boxing Day test […]

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The Power of the Dog

Friday, December 3rd, 2021 Film Reviews,

Don’t go along to The Power of the Dog expecting gun fights at the O.K.Coral. The setting is the rugged wilds of Montana (even though the movie was shot in New Zealand!), the characters are kitted out in chaps and cowboy hats. There’s even a brief appearance by a handful of tame, demoralised Indians. Beyond […]

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Last Night in Soho

Friday, November 26th, 2021 Film Reviews,

Every movie made by British director, Edgar Wright, feels like a classic hits compilation album. With pop songs of the 1960s and 70s being belted out at regular intervals it gives the impression the action has been tailored to match the soundtrack. Baby Driver (2017) took its title from a Simon and Garfunkel song, and […]

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No Time to Die

Friday, November 12th, 2021 Film Reviews,

In almost every James Bond film our hero prevents a psychotic supervillain from realising his dream of world domination. For the makers of these movies world domination is an ambition fulfilled a long time ago. The trick nowadays is to maintain their iron grip on the hearts and minds of the viewing public. For a […]

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The Many Saints of Newark

Thursday, November 4th, 2021 Film Reviews,

It’s said that crime doesn’t pay but movies about crime seem to do very nicely. This may be the main reason why anyone would attempt a film based on a successful TV series such as The Sopranos. When viewers have spent weeks, months, even years in the company of favourite characters, the standard two hours […]

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Thursday, October 28th, 2021 Film Reviews,

After months at home sampling streaming menus Australia is ready to go back to the movies. In November the floodgates will open with the Sydney Film Festival, the Italian Film Festival and the British Film Festival. The most high-profile new releases will include the long-delayed James Bond flick, No Time to Die; the latest superhero […]

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The Last Duel

Thursday, October 21st, 2021 Film Reviews,

Clang! Crunch! Swish! On leaving the cinema after seeing Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel, the sounds of battle still ring in one’s mind. Over two-and-a-half hours Scott unleashes a series of ferocious battle scenes, and a final showdown between two armoured combatants that leaves nothing to the imagination. As we remember from features such as […]