Tag Archives: Film Reviews

February 23

Cloud Atlas – The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer make the most expensive independant film of all time. (film review)

Lana and Andy Wachowski have definitely got a “real is not really what you think real is” thing going. With the enormous success of their Matrix trilogy and then the follow-up successes with films such as V for Vendetta, they have established themselves as a powerful force in that world between worlds narrative. Tom Tykwer […]

February 13

Ma Mere – Christophe Honoré and Bataille on the silver screen. (film review)

I love Bataille for many reasons but one of the biggest is his ability to circle around the beautiful and the ugly as if each can be interchanged in a perpetual whirlpool or vortex slung over our base desires. When Christophe Honoré decided to make a film of Batailles unfinished novel published posthumously, he took […]

February 12

Whity – Fassbinder and the dark side of the Western. (film Review)

How interesting to see Whity just two weeks after I saw Django Unchained.  Both Fassbinder and Tarantino pay homage / deconstruct the Western in the two films, while Tarantino goes the Blacksploitation route and Fassbinder goes the gay/subteranean-fucked-up-route.  It will come as no surprise to readers of this blog that I preferred Whity.  It displays […]

January 08

Querelle – Fassbinder does Genet. (film review)

“Objectivity is the partner of total power.” How does one value the quality of a film? If film is art, then like all art, it’s value can’t necessarily be measured in as pure quantifiable logic but must be felt. And yet those “feelings” need to be of a certain quality. It needs to challenge, have […]

Rope – Hitchcock tricking you into seeing what’s “there” when it’s the unspeakable “there.”

I’ve had to watch a slew of Hitchcock in the last few weeks for work, and although I have seen so many of them I confess to having a marvellous time.  I can’t really pin point a very favourite Hitchcock film, but I will say Spellbound, Rebecca and Rope are the front-runners at this point. […]

Cosmopolis – A film and a book.

“Your genius and your animus have always ben fully linked,” she said. “Your mind thrives on ill will toward others. So does your body, I think. Bad blood makes for long life.  He was a rival in some sense, yes? He was physically strong perhaps.  He had a large personality. Filthy rich this chap. Women […]

Hysteria – Enjoyment at its peak.

Female hysteria was a once-common medical diagnosis, made exclusively in women, which is today no longer recognized by modern medical authorities as a medical disorder. Hysteria was widely discussed in the medical literature of the 19th century. Women considered to be suffering from it exhibited a wide array of symptoms including faintness, nervousness, sexual desire, insomnia, fluid retention, heaviness […]

SFF: The Angels Share – Ken Loach and the power of feeling good through Whiskey.

Strangely, whiskey played a rather large role in my very enjoyable experience of the Sydney Film Festival. It started when I saw copious amounts consumed in On the Road and came full circle with The Angels Share last night. What a lovely film this was, filled with all the usual left-wing agendas we know and […]