Reviews / 15.09.2020

While your brain still recovers from the exhausting and unsolvable puzzle of Tenet, Netflix steps up to the plate to deliver a chaotic, complicated Southern Gothic horror noir with so many intertwining story threads, you might initially need a corkboard and some string to understand how it all weaves together. Thankfully, unlike Christopher Nolan's nonsensical failure, The Devil All the Time becomes clearer as it travels through a grim narrative dripping with blood and shrouded by a sense of unrelenting dread right from its opening scene. With a bleak...

Awards Season, Reviews / 22.08.2020

There are few directors who love to craft a good mindfuck quite like Christopher Nolan. Whether it's the multiple timelines of Dunkirk, the interdimensional wormholes of Interstellar, or practically every frame of Memento, Nolan has always had a knack for testing an audience's patience with cinematic confusion that consistently flirts on frustration. After numerous coronavirus-induced delays and a staggered worldwide release schedule that's rather brutal for anyone outside of Australia, Nolan's latest epic is finally here, and it's every bit as baffling as you're expecting. After the cinema closures...

Awards Season, Reviews / 29.01.2020

In the horror genre, a sophomore film is the ultimate test for a filmmaker who dazzled with their terrifying debut work. After both Jordan Peele (Get Out) and Ari Aster (Hereditary) respectively knocked it out of the park with Us and Midsommar in 2019, all eyes turn to Robert Eggers, whose tense and disturbing 2016 film The Witch is a mighty tough act to follow. With only his second offering, Eggers stakes his claim as one of the most exciting young filmmakers working today, proving his previous work was only...

Awards Season, Reviews / 13.10.2019

Way back in 1996, Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet twisted a classic piece of Shakespeare's work into something palatable enough for mainstream audiences to lap up, particularly teenage girls currently fawning over a young Leonardo DiCaprio. Taking equal inspiration from a piece of Shakespeare and with this generation's teen dream Timothée Chalamet at its helm, David Michôd's The King might just unintentionally pull in a similar crowd. Whereas Luhrmann's work was a direct (albeit wildly unique) Shakespearean adaptation, The King blazes its own daring trail by leaving Shakespeare's infamous iambic pentameter behind,...

Reviews / 15.06.2019

In the life of a film critic, there will always be critically-acclaimed arthouse darlings you simply cannot connect with. These are the types of films you feel you're practically required to award five stars to, in order to prove your high standards. This Sydney Film Festival season, that film is High Life, a 110 minute-long test of patience you will either find completely fascinating or tediously dull. There's little grey area on this one. It's divisive arthouse cinema at its best and worst. Working in the English language for...