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MIFF 2014: Mommy (2014) 0
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: In Bob We Trust (2013) 0
by / on October 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm / in Documentary

Film Review: In Bob We Trust (2013)

Supported by the Melbourne International Film Festival’s Premiere Fund and one of the highlights of this year’s festival, In Bob We Trust is entertaining and extremely touching. This is a film for everyone, regardless of whether you know much about McGuire or not.

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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: 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: 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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MIFF 2013: Death For Sale (2011) 0
by / on August 5, 2013 at 8:47 pm / in Festivals, Film, Foreign, Melbourne International Film Festival

MIFF 2013: Death For Sale (2011)

The audience knows where the film is headed long before it gets there, very much like watching a trail slowly derail. As the title indicates, Death For Sale doesn’t provide any happy endings. These men are a product of their society, which unfortunately doesn’t elevate them to fulfil any kind of potential.

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MIFF 2013: The Weight of Elephants (2013) 0
by / on August 5, 2013 at 8:47 pm / in Festivals, Film, Foreign, Melbourne International Film Festival

MIFF 2013: The Weight of Elephants (2013)

Beautifully filmed by Sophia Olsson, with a clear Scandinavian influence, the aesthetics might obscure the story a little at times but this is a minor trifle. Adrian’s life is anything but straightforward (I’ll say it again; it’s just very bleak) and so the plot can be forgiven for swaying every now and then.

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