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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.

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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Sydney Film Festival 2018 – Week 1 (and a bit)

Sydney Film Festival 2018 – Week 1 (and a bit)

The Sydney Film Festival has got off to a slow start this year, for me at least. But at the half-way point there are a few highlights. Documentaries have, as always, been a stand-out, and there have been a couple of other films worth noting. Here’s a run-down of my hits to date, including some…

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Chappaquiddick – a quick review

Chappaquiddick – a quick review

There are some spoilers in this brief review of Chappaquiddick, so see the film first if that bothers you. The latest film from director John Curran (The Painted Veil, Tracks), Chappaquiddick, covers the 1969 incident that haunted  U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy’s life and career. It is a story that has been well documented. A tragedy…

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Loveless

Loveless

Loveless, the latest from Russian filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev, is a beautiful and bleak film. Set in the suburban high-rises of Moscow, divorcing couple, Zhenya (Maryana Spivak) and Boris (Aleksey Rozin), loath each other but are continuing to share a roof until they can sell their apartment. Also living with them, and barely tolerated by Zhenya…

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Annihilation

Annihilation

Last week Netflix released Alex Garland’s latest film, Annihilation, a much anticipated (by me, at least) adaptation of the Jeff VanderMeer book by the same name. Garland has created a sophisticated, cinematic science fiction story that exemplifies everything a really good sci fi should do. It explores contemporary ideas, drawing on big philosophical concepts, while…

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Call Me By Your Name

Call Me By Your Name

Call Me By Your Name, like all Luca Guadagnino’s films, is mesmerizingly beautiful. The films he is most famous for, I Am Love, A Bigger Splash and now this one, have all been about different aspects of love and desire. Call Me By Your Name explores the transformative power of love, the intoxication of falling…

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