FILM REVIEW: Wadjda

Wadjda (Haifaa Al-Mansour, 2012)
wadjda runnersWadjda is a ground-breaking film, in that it is the first feature length film to be shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first film made by a female Saudi director (Haifaa Al-Mansour). Due to Saudi Arabia’s restrictions on women, Al-Mansour was not allowed to interact with the male crew members, meaning she directed some scenes from a van and used a walkie-talkie for others. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Wadjda

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FILM REVIEW: Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet (Carlo Carlei, 2013)
r&JFrom a director we’ve never heard of, comes the most recent adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, starring a bunch of actors we sorta know, including Chuck Bass and Nick Brody (I mean, Ed Westwick and Damian Lewis). Many of the cast and crew have their roots in television, which may partly explain why this version of Romeo and Juliet wasn’t too crash hot.

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Reviews from the French Film Festival (Domestic Lives, Going Away, It Boy, The Finishers)

I recently had the pleasure of seeing a number of films at the Alliance Française French Film Festival, including previously reviewed Populaire (Régis Roinsard, 2012) and Venus in Fur (Roman Polanski, 2013). While French cinema can be obscure at times, there are plenty of delightful films out there. Do yourself a favour and try and catch one some time. Subtitles are no biggie. Read on for a few short reviews on the remaining films I saw at the festival. Continue reading Reviews from the French Film Festival (Domestic Lives, Going Away, It Boy, The Finishers)

Terrible films coming soon… or maybe not because they’re terrible

Every now and then I check out the trailers for upcoming movies on imdb.com and occasionally I will find one that shocks and amazes… for all the wrong reasons. Here are a few films which may have to be seen to be believed… but then again, no. Will these get a straight-to-DVD release in Australia? Will they get released here at all? Only time will tell…

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10 films that shocked/ amazed/ emotionally affected me

How often do you see a film that overwhelms you, or stays with you for a long time after viewing? Probably not that often. Here are a list of ten powerful films that have had that effect on me. Continue reading 10 films that shocked/ amazed/ emotionally affected me

FILM REVIEW: The Armstrong Lie

The Armstrong Lie (Alex Gibney, 2013)

I don’t know much about cycling or the Tour de France. When people used to mention Lance Armstrong I thought they were talking about the first man on the moon. Of course I did learn who he was because the media practically shoved it down our throats, but I didn’t know much about the details and I didn’t overly care. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Armstrong Lie