Sunday, June 19, 2011 - 17:22
Most modern documentary filmmakers working today could learn a lot from Errol Morris. The way he embraces subjective truth is infinitely fascinating and TABLOID
, while a minor entry overall in his canon, is possibly his most concerted examination of this idea.
Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 05:59
I've been putting off writing about TREE OF LIFE
for 24 hours now. I simply don't know how to approach it and I'm not even sure how I feel about it. Unlike others who really emotionally connected with it, I felt it kept me personally at quite a distance. Its ethereal approach did strike some chord within me but it was so intangible that I can't even begin to describe it.
Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 16:05
The midpoint of a film festival is always a tricky moment. An odd type of film-lag sets in regardless of how well slept you are. Films begin to blur, sometimes even while you are watching them. I've forgotten what fruit looks like and the thought of more fast food makes me feel rather ill.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 14:26
As the days begin to blur, my fourth day of the festival brought yet more delights in what is turning out to be one of the most consistently good run of films I have experienced in quite a while. My mediocre festival diet is starting to blur my perception of reality.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 00:44
As the rain continues to pour down, the festival is still haunted by iffy projection difficulties. A screening of the documentary El Bulli
was struck with a missing audio track resulting in apparent mass walkouts (a refund was strangely only offered to those who didn't stay for the duration).
Friday, December 30, 2011 - 07:44
Ben Wheatley's second film after the solid Down Terrace
last year is an amazing step up in every respect. Kill List
is a painfully tense and stunningly well structured genre piece that signals Wheatley as a filmmaker to watch over the coming years.
Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 12:52
Seems like there are some slight issues with sessions starting on time so far this year which is strange as the program looked well timed from a distance with good breaks between films. Oh well, that's the way it goes. P.S: Tried supposedly one of the best cafes in Sydney's CBD (Workshop) and received an literally undrinkable coffee. Bitter, burnt and generally sickening, I was not pleased. Would've returned it in a flash if I wasn't running to a session. Did I mention I was from Melbourne?
Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 14:50
“In the mad rush of getting critical responses filed (or tweeted) before the 4th or 5th screening of the day begins, critics and commentators make snap judgments read by millions around the world, long before anyone else has a chance to even see the film, let alone formulate a counter-opinion.”
Saturday, June 11, 2011 - 10:33
Hello Sydney. My you are a bit chilly aren't you.
Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 14:04
Justin Kurzel's debut feature film Snowtown
comes with a degree of infamy behind it. From the numerous walk-outs that seem to occur every time it screens (5 people out of 25 in my theatre) to the now classic comment from Australia's pre-eminent something or other Richard Wilkins who was so offended by the movie he described it as a disgusting snuff film.