Tuesday, November 16, 2021

FILM

FILM

Nine Days

It took only four months to see Nine Days. The week we went into lockdown was the week I was scheduled to see a critics’ screening of the film. So, to say I was eagerly looking forward to finally seeing it is an understatement.

International success for local filmmakers

Filmed over five years, I’m Wanita is the story of Wanita Bahtiyar, flamboyant country singer from Tamworth, as she heads to the US to realise her lifelong dream of recording an album in Nashville, honkytonk capital of the world.

‘The World’s Best Film’ at 15th Annual Sydney Underground Film Festival

The World’s Best Film Director: Joshua Belinfante 15th Annual Sydney Underground...

The Courier

The Courier is “based on a true story”. Benedict Cumberbatch’s Greville Wynne really was a businessman recruited by MI6 during the Cold War to undertake Soviet Union intelligence gathering activities.

Judas and the Black Messiah

Good films educate. They provide insight and cause reflection. Judas and the Black Messiah is a good film. It taught me important history lessons ...

Another Round

My fear about Another Round was that it would get all preachy about the dangers of drinking to excess and chart the inevitable descent of all involved ...

Nomadland

Nomadland is actually a gentle story about one woman’s lifestyle, partly thrust upon her by economic circumstances and partly chosen.

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Sacha Baron Cohen’s movie is essentially a series of skits and pranks aimed at easy-target right-wing Trump-supporting Americans in an effort to demonstrate their ignorance.

Freeman

To say that Tenet is a time-travel sci-fi film really doesn’t do it justice. Time isn’t travelled so much as it is scrunched up and folded over multiple times.

Deerskin

To say that Tenet is a time-travel sci-fi film really doesn’t do it justice. Time isn’t travelled so much as it is scrunched up and folded over multiple times.

Tenet

To say that Tenet is a time-travel sci-fi film really doesn’t do it justice. Time isn’t travelled so much as it is scrunched up and folded over multiple times.

Honeyland

Lost ways. Lost bees. Lost serenity. It would be hard to watch this twice Oscar-nominated documentary and not feel devastated for Hatidze Muratova – one of the last Macedonian wild beekeepers.

Snowpiercer

The TV series Snowpiercer is great but may not reach the cult status of the film of the same name ...

The Last Dance, Sunderland ’Til I Die, Drive to Survive, The Test

In this weird sports-free world, sports junkies such as yours truly are looking far and wide for their fix. Bring on the sports documentary series, a relatively new phenomenon tailor made for the pay-per-view generation.

Unorthodox

1917 is not a great WW1 film, but is a great piece of film-making. You probably know by now that it was all filmed in one simulated shot, using some very clever CGI, pin-point editing and some technical wizardry. And it works.

Queen & Slim

Queen & Slim reminds us there are other issues, also of life and death, that will persist well past the time that Covid-19 becomes as common as the cold and they shouldn’t be forgotten or ignored.

1917

1917 is not a great WW1 film, but is a great piece of film-making. You probably know by now that it was all filmed in one simulated shot, using some very clever CGI, pin-point editing and some technical wizardry. And it works.

Judy & Punch

If you have a problem with the lack of strong female roles in cinema then Judy & Punch is the film for you. It’s overflowing with them.

Ad Astra

On the Kubrick-Lucas spectrum (trademark pending), where Kubrick sci-fi films are intense and moody and so deep you can’t see the bottom of them, and Lucas sci-fi films are operatic and melodramatic and fun, with plenty of weird looking aliens, Ad Astra definitely tends Kubrick.

Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

There’s not much that Once Upon a Time In Hollywood and The Nightingale have in common.

Toy Story 4

Toy Story 4 has pretty much ended its run in our cinemas, but that’s okay because this isn’t so much a review of Toy Story 4 but of how I viewed it.

Men in Black: International

If the preview I saw of Men in Black: International was a Sydney Film Festival (SFF) film rather than just showing at the same time as the SFF, people would have walked out on it.

Red Joan

Red Joan is probably the least thrilling spy film ever made.

The Favourite and Vice

Apart from the fact both films are nominated for the Oscars there’s little they have in common, apart from the hours spent in their make-up departments.