Reviews / 20.06.2022

Back in 1995, Amy Heckerling reimagined Jane Austen's Emma into one of the greatest teenage comedies of all time, Clueless. The film and Heckerling's quietly brilliant screenplay ultimately highlighted the timeless nature of Austen's writing and how her characters and narratives can be plonked into a modern setting and miraculously still work flawlessly. Taking a cue from Heckerling, stand-up comedian/actor Joel Kim Booster has taken Austen's Pride and Prejudice and deftly spun it into one of the best gay rom-coms of recent times. A gorgeous ode to the power of friendship and a...

Awards Season, Reviews / 25.11.2021

It's not often I find a film that leaves me truly speechless. Then again, it's not every day a film like Julia Ducournau's staggeringly audacious Titane comes along. It may be the most utterly insane film I've seen all year and I sincerely mean that as a compliment of the highest order. Provocative and unnerving but also strangely tender and beautiful, Titane is truly unlike anything else you will see in 2021. Ducournau's unwavering confidence radiates in every single frame of this boldly original body horror tale that's as...

Awards Season, Reviews / 08.11.2021

In the 28 years since Jane Campion became only the second female filmmaker in history to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Director, the writer-director has made just four films. Much like her careful filmmaking and storytelling style, Campion is a director who prefers to take her time. The results are always worth the wait. With her latest effort, Campion may have delivered her greatest work to date and one of the very best films of the year. A slow-burn character study that's as captivating as it is...

Awards Season, Reviews / 04.11.2021

From Brad and Denzel to Angelina and Nicole, you know an actor has really hit the big time when they're known by just their first name. In the sports world, there are two instantly recognisable first names that have dominated the cultural zeitgeist for more than two decades; Venus and Serena. That's why it may seem strange Hollywood's first attempt to capture their life in an Oscar-bait biopic bears the moniker of their father. After viewing King Richard, you'll completely understand why. An entirely rousing crowd-pleaser that will leave...

Awards Season, Reviews / 20.06.2019

"It's a family film." That's how genius South Korean co-writer/director Bong Joon-ho introduced Parasite, his latest acerbic and satirical treasure that genuinely brought the house down at its Australian premiere at the Sydney Film Festival. After taking aim at classism, consumerism, and capitalism in his two previous films, Snowpiercer and Okja, Bong once against shoots straight at the heart of these achingly relevant themes. The result is nothing short of a cinematic masterpiece. While Parasite may not be surrounded by the lashings of metaphorical meanings from the sci-fi settings...

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...

Reviews / 12.06.2019

Most of us long to finally get off our butts, lose some weight, and get healthy. But then the pizza delivery arrives and we go back to sitting on the couch, and those dreams evaporate, as you down your fourth slice while watching whatever the latest buzz-worthy show on Netflix. But what if we actually put on those barely-worn sneakers, stepped outside, and made a go at it? Herein lies the charming narrative of Brittany Runs a Marathon; a film you'll likely assume you've seen dozens of times before...

Reviews / 09.06.2019

Great Britain in the late 1980s. A country in the grip of economic chaos, racial tensions, and political unrest. And a time fashion clearly forgot. It's a setting and era cinema has covered extensively over the years. With an inviting narrative and a soundtrack filled with 80s pop and rock wonders, Blinded by the Light is a dizzying mix of schmaltzy clichés, glorious music, and predictable scenarios, in a film full of the greatest intentions. Standing as both a touching coming-of-age story and a glitzy jukebox musical, writer/director Gurinder Chadha...