Author: amber

Joker is no joke, it’s a film for our time

Joker is no joke, it’s a film for our time

When a movie about an iconic comic book villain wins the Golden Lion, the biggest prize at the Venice Film Festival, you can expect it’s not a garden variety super hero movie, and Joker is certainly no standard movie. Not in any category. People have different tastes, and read things in different ways, but I’m…

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Parasite

Parasite

Laugh-out-loud funny and shocking, tense and tragic, sad and satisfying, all at once. That is how I would describe Bong Joon-ho’s Palm d’Or prize-winning film Parasite.

The slow burn of Burning

The slow burn of Burning

Based on a short story by Haruki Murakami, Chang-dong Lee has created an unsettling, creeping thriller in Burning. This is a film that works on multiple layers, with strong performances from all the main cast, but for me the stand-out was Ah-in Yoo as Jong-su.

Jordan Peele shows the horror of Us

Jordan Peele shows the horror of Us

Us is Jordan Peele’s follow-up feature to his hit horror Get Out, and although they are very different films, there is a common thread – they find and express the horror in contemporary American culture.

Loro

Loro

Loro tells the story of notorious Italian politician and media mogul Silvio Berlusconi and the people who surrounded him during the years 2006-2009, the latest by filmaker Paolo Sorrentino. This was a period when Berlusconi lost power, his long list of scandals were exposed, and despite all this he managed to regain power and become…

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The Favourite

The Favourite

The Favourite is an accomplished, funny and clever film from Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos. It’s arguably his most best, and certainly his most accessible film. An entertaining story of palace intrigue and powerplays beautifully shot amongst the decadence of Hampton Court Palace. In fact, Queen Anne spent little time there during her reign. This film…

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Cold War

Cold War

On its surface this is a love story. A tragic romance about two lovers kept apart by the iron curtain. A relationship that spans decades, but is so fiery it can’t be sustained. Their love is one of those impossible kinds so popular in fiction, they can’t live with each other, they also can’t survive…

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Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace

Debra Granik (writer and director of Winter’s Bone) has created a striking film about connection, isolation, community and the responsibility people have for each other in Leave No Trace. This was one of the most popular films at this year’s Sydney Film Festival, and while I missed it then, I was glad to be able…

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Week 2 of the Sydney Film Festival 2018

Week 2 of the Sydney Film Festival 2018

Of the 25 films I ended up seeing at the festival this year, there were two exceptionally good films, both of which I happened to see on the last day, and there were a number of other good films  of course, but it wasn’t the stellar program of last year’s festival. At least, not the…

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