Category Archives: Film Reviews

September 26

Mother! – Darren Aronofsky and the feminie real. (Film Review)

Mother! For me, the central question of Darren Aronofsky’s new film Mother! is how a man can get the position of women so right? It’s a depressing thing when you see a woman’s position portrayed with so much horrific accuracy, and yet it is a man ‘showing me,’ using a legitimizing consensus that eludes me as […]

December 06

Elle – The story of woman, such that it is. (Film Review)

I’ve had some large scale personal projects this year that have prevented me from reviewing films. But there are a couple of 2016 film experiences I think are important, so I will address a few of them before the year is out. Elle (Please note! This review contains spoilers) Our first encounter with Michèle LeBlanc […]

December 05

Ghostbusters – Ten reasons the 2016 Ghostbusters is better than the 1984 original. (film review)

I’ve had some large scale personal projects this year that have prevented me from reviewing films. But there are a couple of 2016 film experiences I think are important, so I will address a few of them before the year is out. Ghostbusters Initially I was just going to ignore the hate around the 2016 […]

May 28

The Nice Guys – touching on tough subjects without comment. (Film Review)

The Nice Guys The complex notion of the teen age girl as seen through the eyes of men remains predictably unresolved in Shane Blacks The Nice Guys. The opening scenes reveal a teenage boy coming to terms with females and as expected its through a sexual context. The Nice Guys is set in nineteen seventy-seven, […]

May 25

The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos beats us to death with his laboured philosophy again. (Film review)

Note: I first wrote this review in October 25, 2015.  If you’re at all familiar with Yorgos Lanthimos’ previous works, then disappointingly, you don’t have to see The Lobster. He needs a new set of friends, or a new set of books or something, because the tiresomely dull philosophy at the core of The Lobster […]

March 22

A Bigger Splash -What’s below the surface can remain buried. (Film review)

A Bigger Splash The nymphete swanning about her mother or father’s house in bikinis is a creature that never existed except in the minds of unpleasant males who chose to interpret a person before them in the most superficial manner. No teen girl, no matter how she pretends at social courage is confidently seducing much older […]

December 28

Suffragette – The overdue narrative of a female war. (Film Review)

Of all the complex and contradictory feelings I had as I was watching Suffragette, the most interesting was the revelation that the story was long overdue. I’m not the only female critic who had this experience. I’ve read of two others who experienced being bludgeoned with the observation that the story was late, and the […]

December 16

Star Wars: The force Awakens – Looks like we might have a female Jedi. (Film review)

Please note – there are no spoilers in this review. However, it contains a comparison between one aspect of the latest film with the first Star Wars that may be construed as a spoiler in some circumstances. Consider yourself warned. It’s almost as impossible to ignore Star Wars: The Force Awakens as it is to […]

December 07

Truth – Truth and bias and the old journalism. (Film Review)

It is no casual thing that James Vanderbilt’s Truth casts Robert Redford as Dan Rather in its depiction of the death of the values associated with journalistic integrity. Bob Woodward himself playing the man that “was there when the news became profitable” is the ultimate symbol of the death of investigative journalism. Robert Redford played […]

November 29

Films released in Sydney this week ending Sunday 6 December.

Well, the silly season is upon us and by silly I mean holiday blockbuster and awards seasons hitting us up for our valuable cinema dollars. I’m a little behind with the reviews this week, 99 Homes and By the Sea two films I wanted to chat about, along side an examination of whether Katniss is […]