Do You Value Independent Arts Journalism & Would You Like To Help Us Produce More? Find Out More

The Square movie review: a savagely funny parable

SQUARE
Film, Reviews, Screen |

Much has been made of Ruben Ostlund’s The Square as a satire of the contemporary art world, complete with extraordinary set pieces about avant-garde conceptual art. But Claes Bang’s charismatic performance as Christian, a suavely dressed, cool-cat curator in a showy, modern Stockholm museum, is so nuanced and compelling that what might have been a

Read More

Phantom Thread film review: a dreary expression of ostentation

Thread
Film, Reviews, Screen |
|

Phantom Thread will reportedly feature the final film performance from Daniel Day-Lewis. Some wags have quipped, however, that this is just another example of the three-time Oscar-winner’s famous method approach: for his next role, you see, he will play a retired actor. It was a safe decision for Day-Lewis to entrust his swansong (if indeed

Read More

I, Tonya film review: Margot Robbie is outstanding in a black comedy merging fact with fiction

itonymain3
Film, Reviews, Screen |

I, Tonya is Australian director Craig Gillespie’s fourth-wall breaking biopic about disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding. In the questions it raises about guilt and implication, the individual versus society, the film riffs on Bob Dylan’s blame-searching song Who Killed Davey Moore?, which probed the roles of people associated with a boxer who died in the

Read More

With Godless and Sweet Country, the western is alive and bristling with energy

covernxx19
Film, News & Commentary, Screen |

There is a compelling argument to say motion pictures began with the western. Or at the very least, the genre was around since the beginning. The Great Train Robbery, released in 1903, is among cinema’s earliest narrative films, considered a milestone with a then-whopping 12 minute running time. The meat pie (Australian) western arrived soon

Read More

All the 2018 Oscar nominees..

OSCARS
Film, News & Commentary, Screen |

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE NOMINEES   TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET DANIEL DAY-LEWIS Phantom Thread DANIEL KALUUYA Get Out GARY OLDMAN Darkest Hour DENZEL WASHINGTON Roman J. Israel, Esq. ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE NOMINEES WILLEM DAFOE The Florida Project WOODY HARRELSON Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri RICHARD JENKINS The Shape of Water CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER All the

Read More

Top Ten Australian Films of 2017 with ‘Lion’ at the top with $29.5 million local box office

lion-dev-patel
Film, News & Commentary, Screen |

The Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA) has released finalised 2017 box office figures, with Academy Award® Best Picture nominee Lion the top earning Australian film at the local box office. It took $A29.5 million. The result sees Lion become the 5th all-time biggest Australian film at the local box office and helped Australian films take a 4.1%

Read More

Molly’s Game film review: Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut a snappy poker tale about the American dream

mollysgamexx
Film, Reviews, Screen |
|

His Girl Friday, one of the great comedies of the 1940s, is remembered less for what it says, than how it says it. Australian director Bert Deling, who helmed the grungry 1975 classic Pure Shit, showed his cast the film to encourage them to speak faster and remove gaps between sentences. Streams of frantically paced

Read More

Newsletter Signup