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Saturday
Jun232018

REVIEWS / LOTS OF KIDS, A MONKEY AND A CASTLE

LALIFF 2018: A Spanish matriarch's personal struggle and how her extended family must reconcile their own fate with hers makes for a charming, bittersweet profile in Gustavo Salmerón's winning doco (Click here

Friday
Jun152018

FEATURES / SWAGGER OF THIEVES: THE JULIAN BOSHIER INTERVIEW

2018 MELBOURNE DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL: Julian Boshier embedded himself in the life and music of New Zealand rock gods Head Like A Hole, resulting in a foot-tapping, ear-shattering, occasionally heart-breaking documentary work (Click here)

Thursday
Jun142018

REVIEWS / MY SAGA

A father's journey from Queensland suburbia to a galaxy far, far away with his son by his side makes for a moving documentary experience in Adam harris' My saga (Click here)

Friday
Jun082018

REVIEWS / SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO

It's as if Steven Spielberg had made Saving Private Ryan via Dreamworks Animation. An incredible real-life canine war hero makes for a winning lead character in Richard Lanni's matter-of-fact combat adventure, Sgt Stubby (Click here)

Thursday
Jun072018

FEATURES / PREVIEW: 2018 MELBOURNE DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

MELBOURNE DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL: 60 films over 9 days at six venues (including the big rat doc Rodents of Unusual Size; pictured, left) suggest that the 2018 MDFF is not cutting corners when it comes to representing the global factual filmmaking community (Click here)

Wednesday
Jun062018

REVIEWS / HEREDITARY

The spectre of grief and the ghosts of the past haunt a family already struggling with dysfunction in Ari Aster's Hereditary (Click here)

Sunday
Jun032018

BLOG / THE FIVE-POINT SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL SURVIVAL GUIDE

With thanks to Owen Gleiberman and his wonderful memoir, Movie Freak: My Life Watching Movies, we apply his Five Trade Secrets to surviving festival meltdown to the 65th Sydney Film Festival, which opens this week (Click here)

Saturday
Jun022018

HORROR / BELGIUM'S HORROR MAESTROS FIND LOVE, FINALLY, IN DOCO LOVE-LETTER 

Long overdue recognition for a horror film industry that has largely gone without praise proved strong motivation for director Steve De Roover, the man behind the documentary Forgotten Scares: An In-Depth Look at Flemish Horror Films (Click here)

Tuesday
May292018

REVIEWS / RISKING LIGHT

MELBOURNE DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL: Director Dawn Mikkelson's three-tiered account of grievous injustice and life-altering forgiveness is a work that needs to be seen by a world struggling to find direction (Click here

Tuesday
May222018

BLOG / EIGHT DECADES OF BILL GOLD'S MOVIE POSTER ART.

The passing on May 20 of Bill Gold brings to an end one of the great unsung careers in Hollywood history (Click here)

Saturday
May192018

REVIEWS / SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

The Star Wars universe expands a little bit further with a glimpse at the events that helped form that roguish space scoundrel, Han Solo, in director Ron Howard's blockbuster (Click here)
WARNING: SPOILER ALERT

Tuesday
May152018

MEDIA / FESTIVAL DE CANNES: TRAILER COMPILE

FESTIVAL DE CANNES 2018: First-look images from new films by Spike Lee, Gaspar Noe, Pawel Pawlikoski and Jaime Rosales are amongst the exciting trailers that have emerged from Cannes 2018 (Click here)

Monday
May142018

HORROR / SYDNEY AUDS BRACING FOR FEARFUL FREAK ME OUT SELECTION

SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2018: Programmer Richard Kuiper's annual array of disturbing, demanding genre pics (including, left, Good Manners) proves particularly daunting challenge for SFF audiences in 2018 (Click here)

Saturday
May122018

REVIEW / BRAVEN

Before he fronts the DC Comics blockbuster Aquaman, Jason Momoa plays an everyman hero facing off against angry drug dealer Garrett Dillahunt in the Canadian wilderness (Click here)

Thursday
May102018

FEATURES / RABBIT: THE LUKE SHANAHAN INTERVIEW

The mysterious bond shared by twin siblings is explored in the challenging Australian thriller, Rabbit, the directing debut of Luke Shanahan (Click here)