FILM REVIEW: She’s Funny That Way

She’s Funny That Way (Peter Bogdanovich, 2014)

Feel like seeing a Woody Allen film but don’t want to support the likes of Woody Allen? Well there’s a solution! Peter Bogdanovich’s She’s Funny That Way has all the hallmarks of an Allen film – a screwball comedy set in New York, it has a quirky score, some over the top accents, and Owen Wilson as the adulterous protagonist who we’re meant to root for because cheating’s no biggie, right? Bogdanovich’s first feature film since The Cat’s Meow (2001), She’s Funny That Way is a blast to the past; its old-fashioned nature is almost a novelty, because as the old folks say, “they just don’t make ‘em like they used to”. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: She’s Funny That Way

FILM REVIEW: The Gift

The Gift (Joel Edgerton, 2015)

Kids will be kids, and kids can be cruel, but karma’s a bitch so be mindful at school.

If Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut was the type of film that included a creepy schoolyard-style chant, this would fit the bill. Exploring the consequences of high school bullying, The Gift is a cautionary tale: don’t be a dick in high school. And if you were, stop being one. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Gift

CONCERT REVIEW: Twisted Broadway (2015)

Twisted Broadway (2015)

Hold onto your hats, chaps. The best show in town has returned. And this time it’s bigger and better than ever. Starting off at Red Bennies in 2010, moving onto Fed Square, and then the Playhouse Theatre, this year Twisted Broadway raised the roof at The Arts Centre’s State Theatre. For the uninitiated, Twisted Broadway brings together performers from the musical theatre industry in a one night only concert event to raise money for Oz Showbiz Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The guys sing the female numbers, the girls the male. And it’s pretty damn amazing. Continue reading CONCERT REVIEW: Twisted Broadway (2015)

FILM REVIEW: Holding the Man

Holding the Man (Neil Armfield, 2015)

It’s a difficult task to make a film that while tragic, is full of so many moments of beauty and joy. But that’s exactly what Neil Armfield has done in Holding the Man. Based on Timothy Conigrave’s memoir of the same name (which later became a critically acclaimed and much loved play), the film details the fifteen year relationship between Tim (Ryan Corr) and his partner John Caleo (Craig Stott), from their initial attraction in high school, through their university years, and their battle with the AIDS virus. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Holding the Man

FILM REVIEW: My Skinny Sister

My Skinny Sister (Sanna Lenken, 2015)

It’s sadly all too common for women in Western society to experience body image concerns. In a culture where thin is in, and beauty is everything, girls are taught to hate their bodies from early on, with severe cases resulting in the onset of eating disorders. Writer and director Sanna Lenken suffered from anorexia nervosa during her adolescence, and witnessed the effect this had on her parents and younger sister. Feeling that this aspect was sorely lacking in fictional onscreen accounts of the disorder, she wrote My Skinny Sister, a fictional portrayal told from the perspective of the younger sister of a teenage girl suffering from anorexia. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: My Skinny Sister

FILM REVIEW: How to Dance in Ohio

How to Dance in Ohio (Alexandra Shiva, 2015)

The too-cool-for-schoolers can relax; this isn’t a Glee spin-off. It barely even features any dancing. Alexandra Shiva has dealt previously with the arts in her 2006 documentary, Stagedoor, which detailed the experiences of teenagers at theatre camp. In How to Dance in Ohio, she documents preparations for a social dance, organised for teens and young adults on the autism spectrum. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: How to Dance in Ohio

FILM REVIEW: Girlhood

Girlhood (Céline Sciamma, 2014)

For the love of god, do your research before you see a film! This is NOT a sequel to Boyhood, nor does it have anything to do with that film. The French title directly translated is ‘Girl Gang’, so be prepared for girls in gangs. An older couple a few rows in front left half-way through the film during the second (and last) brawl scene. Who would’ve thought a film about a gang would feature a brawl? Wowzers. MAKE INFORMED MOVIE CHOICES, PEOPLE! Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Girlhood