Category: film

Outside In

American Essentials Film Festival Review: ‘Outside In’

A promising director’s most accomplished work yet Playing at this year’s American Essentials Film Festival, Lynn Shelton latest, Outside In, is easily her most accomplished work yet. She applies the improvised, almost dogme-like Mumblecore approach, headed by this film’s producers…

Film Review: ‘On Body and Soul’

Sometimes the most modest films deserve the biggest screens As production companies continue to balk at theatrically releasing their movies, streaming behemoth Netflix snaps up the most interesting and daring contemporary movies. On the one hand, smaller, more challenging movies…

Abracadabra Film

21st Spanish Film Festival Review: ‘Abracadabra’

The zany, genre-hopping Abracadabra kicks off the 21st Spanish Film Festival The appropriately titled Abracadabra was shown at the media preview for the 21st Spanish Film Festival, showcasing a little of the movie magic in Spanish filmmaking. Beginning 19 April and running…

The Space in Between

‘The Space in Between: Marina Abramovic in Brazil’: Film Review

A spiritual journey that will reflect upon the viewer. Generally speaking, modern Australians are sceptical people. Our childhoods are rarely defined by strict adherence to religion, unlike a Catholic Irish upbringing or an orthodox Jewish American one. I was born…

Happy End

Film Review: ‘Happy End’

Michael Haneke depicts contemporary life better than most directors half his age. Nobody can place a camera like Michael Haneke. Director of cinematic endurance tests (Funny Games) and aggressively perverted relationship comedies (The Piano Teacher) Haneke has a fondness for…

Menashe

Film Review: ‘Menashe’

Skewers loneliness to an almost uncomfortable degree Even with the strictest sense of community, a tight-knit group can still strike a sharp note of loneliness in the individual. That’s certainly what Menashe (Mensashe Lustig) experiences, as the the titular protagonist…

Film Review: ‘Phantom Thread’

The kind of film few directors still get to make Paul Thomas Anderson, who directed Phantom Thread, is an anomaly in today’s Hollywood. He’s what you could call an auteur (a director with a distinctive style and rigorous control over…

Melbourne Women In Film Festival

The Plus Ones’ Guide to the 2018 Melbourne Woman In Film Festival

The Melbourne Women in Film Festival (MWFF) kicks off in the last week of February with a well-crafted program including contemporary and classic feature films, short movie screenings, and eye-opening panels and discussions. Supporting the work of women screen practitioners across…