Another (not quite) lockdown list

Another (not quite) lockdown list

We’re not really in lockdown anymore, but things are not normal either, and the cinemas are still shut (until next week), so here’s another (maybe the last) lockdown list for your viewing pleasure. It’s far from comprehensive, but these are films and series that I’ve enjoyed and are available to stream from Australia right now…

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire, the critically acclaimed French film written and directed by Céline Sciamma (also known for Girlhood, Tomboy and the screenwriter of the award-winning animation My Life as a Zucchini), is engrossing and beautiful. It tells the story of a 19th century portrait painter, Marianne (Noémie Merlant) who is commissioned to…

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The Irishman is Scorsese at his storytelling best

The Irishman is Scorsese at his storytelling best

The Irishman, Martin Scorsese’s latest contribution to the gangster genre, has just been released on Netflix, and if you’re a Scorsese fan, it’s every bit the film you need it to be.  Scorsese’s mobsters generally aren’t the bosses, they’re men with a job to do, men with families, trying to get ahead, and The Irishman is…

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Ready or Not destined to be a cult classic

Ready or Not destined to be a cult classic

Ready or Not is a wild, entertaining, and fairly gruesome ride from beginning to end. Take a tight script written by Gary Busick and Ryan Murphy, along with slick direction by Matt Bettinelli-Olphin and Tyler Gillett, add beautiful production design and lighting, a star turn by Samara Weaving and an excellent supporting cast, and you…

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Timothée Chalamet is The King

Timothée Chalamet is The King

The King is David Michôd and Joel Edgerton’s reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV and V, combined with additional historical detail and told with a modern eye to story-telling. This is not an updated Shakespeare, it’s quite a different beast, but with Shakespearian roots. The story starts with young Prince Hal (Timothée Chalamet), living whatever passed…

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