Tag Archives: Isabelle Huppert

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 […]

June 11

Abuse of Weakeness – Catherine Breillat and the solitary female creative. (SFF Film Review)

Abuse of Weakness is currently showing at the Sydney Film Festival. You can grab your tickets here. Abuse of Weakness opens with pure, crisp white bed sheets, the movement of a body beneath them. the camera pans up on Isabelle Huppert as she is waking from her sleep. Her left arm reaches for her right, […]

February 23

I heart Huckabees – David O. Russell and what happens in the meadow at dusk. (Film review)

It will come as no surprise to regular readers of this blog (have I told you lately that I love you?) that I heart Huckabees is not only my favorite David O. Russell film, but its one of my favorite films to watch and enjoy – perhaps it’s not completely convincing in its approach and […]

March 01

Coup de torchon (Clean Slate) – Bertrand Tavernier and the dark comic side of French Colonialism. (film review)

Hot on the heels of my watching Dead Man, I saw Coup de Torchon.  Where Jarmusch depicts a savage landscape shaping and creating its previously half dead inhabitants, Bertrand Tavernier gives us a very dark show of law men plonked in French occupied Senegal just before the outbreak of world war two.  These films have […]

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 […]

January 18

Time of the Wolf – Haneke and the start of all things at the end of the World. (Film Review)

If you ever catch yourself wondering how the first full realized (as we know it today) human creatures “decided” to bring religion and politics into their lives, Time of the Wolf is the film for you. A truly underrated Haneke masterpiece, Time of the Wolf is a typically complicated tale of desperation in human beings […]

8 Femmes – Francois Ozon alludes to anything and everything.

I’m not the only film viewer to see a nod to Comte de Lautréamont’s Les Chants de Maldoror as well as the more obvious ode to Technicolor, musicals, and of course to the Georges Cukor’s The Women.  IN fact I would have to say this film shines in paradoy more than it does in the watching. I enjoyed […]

SFF: Captive – Brillante Mendoza goes Political

I saw Captive at the Sydney Film Festival last week and despite the fact that it is terribly clichéd, I had a reasonable film experience. Like so many of these sorts of films, based on true stories, it has received terrible press. I have to confess, the poor reviews are warranted. This is a terrifying […]

SFF: Amour – Michael Haneke and the question of the end.

I saw Amour last night at the Sydney Film Festival and I am still wrapped up in its world. What a delicate, beautifully made film – one completely deserving its accolades and applause.  There is little to say that hasn’t already been said about this film – and it isn’t due for release till after […]

Sydney Film Festival 6 June to 17 June 2012 – My home for the next 12 days.

Lucky lucky me starts my Sydney Film Festival experience tonight – hot hot hot on the heels of Cannes, I have several of the Cannes line-up and winners to see, as well as a slew of other wonderful films. Of particular interest is the films Holy Motors (trailer featured above) and “Moonrise Kingdon” as they […]