The word coronavirus has been dominating our lives since the early days of the hellscape that is 2020. Between rolling anxiety-inducing news coverage, daily press briefings that consistently struck fear and dread in our hearts, and the restrictions on once innocuous activities we may never take for granted again, there's been no escaping the pandemic that has completely upended our lives. The idea of watching a documentary recounting how the hell we got here may not sound like the most appealing proposition right now. However, with the U.S. election...

A wise man once said, “A wizard is never late, nor is he early, he arrives precisely when he means to.” That may have been true in Middle Earth, but it doesn't quite work that way in the film industry. To see a screenwriter, director, producer, and star make her feature film debut at the ripe age of 40 is hardly a typical occurrence in the film industry, especially for a woman of colour. What an absolute delight it is to see this occur in such a dumpster...

Protestors in the streets. Riot police launching tear gas and executing brutal beatdowns. A legal system where justice rarely seems to appear. For a film that takes place in 1968, it's impossible not to draw a direct line of comparison with the current state of America. By virtue of auspiciously appropriate timing, Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7 arrives in a social climate echoing the events of the past, blessing the film with a staggering aura of potency even a master writer like Sorkin couldn't have...

A family legacy is always difficult to live up to. A family legacy in the film industry is practically a curse, especially on a director attempting to follow in the footsteps of an auteur filmmaker like David Cronenberg. That's the daunting task facing writer/director Brandon Cronenberg, who, with only his second feature film, proves he's inherited his father's talent for crafting cinema dripping in bloody gore and loaded with shocking imagery. Cronenberg deftly delivers one of the year's most twisted delights with Possessor, a chaotic, surrealist fusion of sci-fi...

For better or worse, Julie Taymor is a stage director willing to take tremendous risks that either pay off handsomely (her Tony Award-winning work on The Lion King) or fall flat on their face (the unmitigated nightmare that was Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark). With her background in spectacle-infused theatre, Taymor has a knack for crafting visuals that don't always translate to the screen in her divisive dalliances with filmmaking. Thankfully, Taymor only occasionally digs into her bag of stylistic tricks with her celebration of one of the most...

Earlier this year, we were given the rare treat of experiencing a moment in Broadway history in our living rooms with the Disney+ release of Lin Manuel Miranda's miraculous musical Hamilton. In many ways, Joe Mantello's The Boys in the Band seeks to offer something similar. While not a live stage recording of the Tony Award-winning 2018 Broadway revival of Mart Crowley's seminal 1968 play, Mantello reassembles the entire sublime ensemble cast of openly gay actors to reprise their stage roles and deliver this divisive work to a...

Ever since 2003's Lost in Translation, many of us have been patiently waiting for writer/director Sofia Coppola and universal treasure Bill Murray to once again collaborate. Sure, we had the absurd festive delight that was their 2015 Netflix special, A Very Murray Christmas, but the long wait for Coppola and Murray to join forces on a feature film project is finally at an end. As a filmmaker, Coppola sets the bar so high that something as light and casual as On the Rocks may prove somewhat of a...

Not even a pandemic could stop this year's Queer Screen Film Fest, which has re-branded itself as an "online-plus" film festival to match the evolved film experience of 2020. Available on more screens than ever, the 8th Queer Screen Film Fest will be online and on-demand and can be accessed from anywhere in Australia. Featuring 29 Australian premieres, the full program comprises over 40 feature films, documentaries and shorts – 90 percent of which can be accessed by LGBTIQ+ communities and allies around the country for 11 days from...

In 2019, Sam Mendes' war epic 1917 received lashings of well-deserved praise for the bold choice to stage the entire film as one seemingly continuous take. But Mendes utilised the classic "one-shot gimmick" by virtue of Lee Smith's flawless editing that ingeniously cloaked the moments in which the camera cut. This year, we're served a genuine one-shot wonder where everything we see is happening in real-time. No cuts. No clever edits. No retakes. Just one gut-wrenching unbroken story presented exactly as it occurs. A simple story told in a...

When you think of female revenge cinema, several iconic performances instantly come to mind; Uma Thurman's blood-soaked rampage of vengeance in Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2, Sissy Spacek's brutal slaughter of an entire high school of bullies in Carrie, Ellen Page as a teenage pedophile hunter in Hard Candy, and, of course, Noomi Rapace as the computer-hacker-turned-vigilante Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. In Yuval Adler's conventional psychological thriller The Secrets We Keep, Rapace returns to a similar narrative centred on one woman's quest for...