Melbourne International Film Festival

MIFF 2014: Mommy (2014) 1
by / on August 9, 2014 at 3:35 pm / in Festivals, Film, Foreign, Melbourne International Film Festival

MIFF 2014: Mommy (2014)

I’ll admit it now, I’m a Xavier Dolan novice. Mommy is only the second film that I’ve seen of this French/Canadian wunderkind, and the first, Tom at the Farm, I saw the night before. For those who are Dolan diehards, this review may seem a tad uninformed and will not go into a discussion of his four previous films. Steve […]

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MIFF 2014: Curtain Call (2014) 0
by / on August 9, 2014 at 3:18 pm / in Australian Cinema, Documentary, Festivals, Melbourne International Film Festival

MIFF 2014: Curtain Call (2014)

“Regrets, I’ve have a few, but then again, too few to mention.” – lyrics from My Way (sung by Frank Sinatra and many others). These words frame one crucial element of Justin Olstein and Eleanor Sharpe’s Curtain Call, a documentary about actors Terry and Carole Ann Gill and their now closed theatre restaurant The Tivoli, formerly located in Melbourne’s Inner […]

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Film Review: Mystery Road (2013) 0
by / on October 13, 2013 at 8:00 am / in Australian Cinema, Festivals, Film, Melbourne International Film Festival

Film Review: Mystery Road (2013)

Rich, moving and intricately layered, Mystery Road is just shy of the masterpiece it could have been, but a thrilling movie experience none the less.

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Film Review: The Best Offer (2013) 1
by / on August 25, 2013 at 6:03 pm / in Festivals, Film, Melbourne International Film Festival

Film Review: The Best Offer (2013)

A superficial scrutiny of The Best Offer might assert it to be a slightly unpalatable story of love-across the-age-divide between Virgil Oldman (Geoffrey Rush), successful antique art auctioneer with his own priceless collection of female portraits, and Claire Ibbetson (Sylvia Hoeks), twenty something agoraphobic orphan of life-long antique collectors.

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MIFF 2013: Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012) 0
by / on August 25, 2013 at 5:01 pm / in Festivals, Film, Melbourne International Film Festival

MIFF 2013: Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012)

Responding to the recent economic disaster in his home country of Hungary and its effects on his film industry, director György Pálfi has made the ultimate love story, about the ultimate man meeting the ultimate woman, compiled of hundreds of clips from cinemas finest. The ultimate man is built like Brad Pitt in Fight Club, suave like Humphrey Bogart in […]

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MIFF 2013: Fruitvale Station (2013) 0
by / on August 18, 2013 at 8:04 pm / in Festivals, Film, Melbourne International Film Festival

MIFF 2013: Fruitvale Station (2013)

Fruitvale Station begins with some blurry footage. Taken with a camera phone it’s difficult to make out faces, but what’s clear is that there’s a disagreement and the police are involved. There is loud shouting, and widespread confusion. But the conclusion is unmistakable. Someone gets shot by police. Fruitvale Station, which was written and directed by Ryan Coogler and is […]

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MIFF 2013: The New World (2013) 0
by / on August 18, 2013 at 7:58 pm / in Festivals, Film, Melbourne International Film Festival

MIFF 2013: The New World (2013)

In a world characterized by rapid globalization there is also an increasing effort by countries to enforce and protect boundaries. Dutch film The New World, written and directed by Jaap van Heusden and co-written with Rogier de Blok, focusses on the ‘no man’s land’ at a Dutch airport, where asylum seekers are detained whilst their claims are being processed. The film is also […]

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MIFF 2013: The Spectacular Now (2013) 0
by / on August 18, 2013 at 7:52 pm / in Festivals, Film, Melbourne International Film Festival

MIFF 2013: The Spectacular Now (2013)

The Spectacular Now is one of the better recent entries into the coming-of-age film genre, and its success is largely due to its commitment to depicting a believable portrait of teenage relationships and anxieties.

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MIFF 2013: A Quiet Place In The Country (1968) 0
by / on August 11, 2013 at 9:35 pm / in Festivals, Foreign, Melbourne International Film Festival

MIFF 2013: A Quiet Place In The Country (1968)

Screening alongside classics like Dario Argento’s Deep Red (a masterpiece, and still arguably the high point of the genre) and Tenebrae, as well as Lucio Fulci’s seminal early work Don’t Torture A Duckling, are more obscure items like The Pyjama Case (set in Sydney of all places and starring Ray Milland) and A Quiet Place In The Country.

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MIFF 2013: Harmony Lessons (2013) 0
by / on August 5, 2013 at 8:47 pm / in Festivals, Film, Foreign, Melbourne International Film Festival

MIFF 2013: Harmony Lessons (2013)

Ultimately this haunting Darwinian tale of violence and morality is a social commentary on the normality of violence and crime in the region. One can only hope the extreme brutalisation against children from the police force is an exaggeration of current times in Kazakhstan, rather than a reality.

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