Tag Archives: Film review

July 02

The Look of Love – Michael Winterbottom’s missed opportunities. (SFF Film Review)

It must have been a terrible blow to misogynistic mythology to find that the greatest sexual revolution that transformed the world forever came not from men being “free” to do what comes “naturally”, but rather the assurance that a woman does not have to have a baby.  It wasn’t until women were promised, unequivocally that […]

July 01

This is the End : Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg do Bromance, again. (Film Review)

This Is The End is about to hit Australian shores and already it has doubled it’s budget in juicy financial returns for writers, directors and producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The film is very much a “two-man show” with Rogen not only writing himself the nicest part of anyone, but also filling the film […]

May 25

The Perverts Guide To Ideology – Slavoj Žižek says we are responsible for our dreams. (Sydney FF Film Review)

This is a review of The Perverts Guide to Ideology which is showing at the Sydney Film Festival. Grab your tickets here. I already am eating from the trash can all of the time. The name of this trash can is ideology. The material force of ideology makes me not see what I am effectively […]

May 22

Blancanieves – Pablo Berger and the rediscovery of beauty past. (SFF Film Review)

This is a film review of Blancanieves, which is showing at the Sydney Film Festival.  Get Tickets here. It’s shocking I know, but I haven’t seen The Artist.  It has everything I love, including being apologetically French, and I am ashamed to say I suspect it was its popularity that turned me off.  This is […]

May 17

Sping Breakers – Harmony Korine goes wild. (film review)

I knew as soon as I saw the trailer, I was going to love Spring Breakers. Spring Breakers is biting social satire. Those who regularly attend the real spring break would be hugely offended if they understood or even recognized subtle (or not so subtle) irony, but fortunately (as Harmony Korine seems to think) those people don’t exist. The […]

May 11

Hangovers, Bridesmaids and Bachelorettes: The strange case of competing naughties. (film reviews)

So I finally took a leap out of my comfort zone and did the whole “The Hangover, Bridesmaids and Bachelorette” films in one go. There seems to be some sort of contemporary theme around wedding fuckups in popcorn films.  This whole ‘who does more damage’ idea, the gals or the guys. It is refreshing to see […]

April 23

The Piano Teacher – Jelinek and Haneke and Austria. (film review)

In 2001 when Michael Haneke decided to adapt Elfriede Jelinek’s amazing novel The Piano Teacher, Elfriede Jelinek had not yet won the Nobel Prize for her work, and Haneke had not yet made The White Ribbon.  The Piano Teacher is a direct (and one of many regular) criticism of Austrian society by Elfriede Jelinek.  She […]

April 16

Water Drops on Burning Rocks – Ozon uses Fassbinder to get steamy. (film review)

And steamy it is. This is one of Ozon’s sexiest films with its ambiguous sexuality and its themes of submission and domination. Water Drops on Burning Rocks is a Fassbinder play, written when he was as nineteen years old as Franz (a pseudonym Fassbinder used many times throughout his career) is in the Ozon film. […]

March 27

Mother Joan of the Angels – Jerzy Kawalerowicz and repression in “Devil Possession” films. (film review)

I wanted to make a film about human nature and its innate reaction against repression and laws which are imposed on it. Jerzy kawalerowicz In the history of films about demonic possession, probably the three most important are The Exorcist, The Devils and Mother Joan of the Angels.  Interestingly, both The Devils and Mother Joan […]

March 26

Rust and Bone – Jacques Audiard’s film on Melodrama. (film review)

When Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain decided to make a film based on Craig Davidson’s book of short stories Rust and Bone, it wasn’t for the plot, or even the characters. It was for the intensity of lives blown out of proportion by drama and accident. There was a complex relationship between hard lives and […]