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Lion Review

Lion Review

It’s very easy for an inspirational true story to be translated into a film in a very preachy, sentimental manner. Boost the manipulative score at the right moments, implement a voice over to help convey the otherwise unapparent character emotions, close the film with a crowd inspiring speech. Roll credits. These sorts of stories are inspirational for a reason – they’re anomalies within the world ...[Read More]

74 – The Edge of Seventeen, 13th, War on Everyone, 45 Years, Krisha, Other People, The Assassin, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Everything is Copy

74 – The Edge of Seventeen, 13th, War on Everyone, 45 Years, Krisha, Other People, The Assassin, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Everything is Copy

Another collection of 2016-ish films on this episode as we once again trawl through the many films we missed during the year, as we prepare ourselves for our end of year wrap up episode. Here, we go through the teenage years with Hailee Steinfeld in The Edge of Seventeen. Next up we look at the great essay of the way racism is built into the American constitution in Ava Duvernay’s 13th. Mich...[Read More]

Hell or High Water Review

Hell or High Water Review

One of the great things about the dark periods of society is that it can encourage great art to be created. Art that comments and reflects on the society it is created within. Films like The Hurt Locker or There Will Be Blood effectively comment on the state of America, and while they are timeless films, the era that they were created within elevates them even higher. David Mackenzie’s Hell or Hig...[Read More]

61 – High-Rise, Demolition, Mustang, Queen of Earth

61 – High-Rise, Demolition, Mustang, Queen of Earth

Explicit Content We return with another one of Andrew’s most anticipated films of the year – High-Rise – which screened as part of this years Revelation Film Festival. Opening that festival was Jean-Marc Vallée’s Jake Gyllenhaal dead wife flick, Demolition. Not keen on giving the men the entire spotlight we take a look at one of the best foreign language films of the year (...[Read More]

52 – Anomalisa, Hail, Caesar!, Son of Saul, Chi-Raq, The Danish Girl

52 – Anomalisa, Hail, Caesar!, Son of Saul, Chi-Raq, The Danish Girl

Well, what can I say, it’s about time some of Andrew’s script writing reached the world. (Given it’s Andrew who writes these show notes, he’s now referring to himself in the third person. Fool.) After finding some old files, Andrew reads his top 20 films of all time from 2003, followed by a reading of the great script – Spud Deluxe. Following that is the stuff you act...[Read More]

88th Academy Awards Written Predictions

88th Academy Awards Written Predictions

Below are Andrew and Bernadette’s Predictions for the 88th Academy Awards: Bernadette’s Predictions Best Picture: Spotlight Best Director: George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant Best Actress: Brie Larson – Room Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone – Creed Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander – The Danish Gi...[Read More]

51 – Spotlight, Room, Steve Jobs, Deadpool

51 – Spotlight, Room, Steve Jobs, Deadpool

In our pre-Oscar episode, we review some award hopeful films. Starting off with possible-Best Picture favourite Spotlight which has picked up major nominations as Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Editing. Best Picture nominee Room also has hopeful wins for Best Actress, Director, Adapted Screenplay. Steve Jobs showcases Michael Fassbender as ...[Read More]

Son of Saul

Son of Saul

Upon the screen turning black and Son of Saul’s opening text appearing on screen, the lady who I found myself sitting next to commented to her friend ‘this isn’t another holocaust film is it?’ It appears that her tolerance for great cinema that challenges the viewer was quite low as about halfway through the film, her and her friend decided to leave. I mention this mostly because unlike most...[Read More]

Room

Room

*Review includes minor spoilers Room, as directed by Lenny Abrahamson and written by Emma Donoghue, based on her novel, is an honest and moving portrayal of the human will and the strength derived from motherhood as told through the eyes of a child. As the film opens we find ourselves in “Room”, as the camera moves within its claustrophobic quarters, we see an array of handmade drawings and toys t...[Read More]

50 – The Hateful Eight, Carol, Mommy, Women He’s Undressed

50 – The Hateful Eight, Carol, Mommy, Women He’s Undressed

In our fiftieth review episode (there’s fifty of these things? Oh God) Bernadette questions whether this podcasting thing is worth it. Andrew is – of course – no help. After reading some great iTunes reviews (thanks!) we finally get in to discussing this weeks films… Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film, the violent Western epic, The Hateful Eight. Todd Haynes Patricia Hig...[Read More]

Women He’s Undressed

Women He’s Undressed

Australia is a country that prides itself with the success of expats. Whether it be ‘our Hugh’ or ‘our Cate’, we are always happy to applaud and support the success of film stars. Whenever Oscar season rolls around, the nominations are scoured for any possible link to Australia – is there a short film that was co-directed by an Australian? They’re now our hero! So, it’s with some oddity that...[Read More]

In Which Andrew Tells Oscar Winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu How to Fix The Revenant.

In Which Andrew Tells Oscar Winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu How to Fix The Revenant.

In this quick article, Andrew SPOILS the ending of The Revenant and tells three time Oscar winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu how to write and direct his 12-time Oscar nominated film about survival. The Revenant is a film designed to tell the grand tale of survival of Hugh Glass, a man who was left for dead after being mauled by a bear, by his crew – namely, Tom Hardy’s John Fitzge...[Read More]