FILM REVIEW: SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER

  Sometimes Always Never proves its only words. This UK dramedy is about a father and son’s complex relationship. It has an English sensibility and a profound love for the Scrabble board game. The result is a quirky and whimsical character study that feels like it pans out in real-time. This film at first was a…

DIGITAL REVIEW: BIRTHMARKED

The debate over nature versus nurture has long been an important one. The best piece of art to explore this issue was undoubtedly Lionel Shriver’s We Need To Talk About Kevin. The same cannot be said about the dark comedy, Birthmarked. This film is one that feels as though it is half-cooked on the petri dish….

FILM REVIEW: A HORRIBLE WOMAN (EN FRYGTELIG KVINDE)

  It may be cliché to say, but it takes two to tango. That is certainly the environment that the film, A Horrible Woman (En frygtelig kvinde)operates in. This Danish dramedy is a provocative observation of a dysfunctional relationship. It is also one that will prompt some serious discussion by audiences in its wake. The film…

DVD REVIEW: HAMPSTEAD

Hampstead is a charming little film provided you don’t mind your reality served with extra sugar. It is based on a true story but you get the sense that this is only loosely. It is a pleasant, neat and gentle rom-com about an unlikely couple of older people who find each other in some contrived circumstances…

FILM REVIEW: AFTERLOV

    If a relationship break-up has ever left you questioning, “Why?” or “What’s next?” then Afterlov is the film for you. This Greek dramedy sees its main protagonist grappling with these questions to the point of obsession. So what is this leading man to do but confront these things as well as his ex. The only…

DVD REVIEW: THE FAMILY LAW

  The Law family have returned bigger and brighter than ever. That dysfunctional band of Chinese-Australians based on writer, Benjamin Law’s actual family and chronicled in his 2010 memoir of the same name are up to some of their usual hijinks. The second season of The Family Law picks up where the first one left off…

DVD REVIEW: CARNAGE

  It is to be expected that kids will behave badly at times because they’re children. But the film Carnage is about some adults – four parents to be precise – behaving badly. The story is a long, slow one that shows a disagreement between some onerous people escalating to an argument of epic proportions. This…

FILM REVIEW: 20TH CENTURY WOMEN

  20th Century Women is a slow-burning dramedy about humans of Santa Barbara. Or put that another way, a pseudo-family of five individuals living amidst the social and cultural changes taking place in America in 1979.   This semi-autobiographical film by writer/director Mike Mills (Beginners) reads like a love letter to his mother.   Annette…

DVD REVIEW: CAFE SOCIETY

  It seems that La La Land is not the only film to look affectionately at some halcyon days in Hollywood. Woody Allen’s Café Society manages to do this as well as celebrating the jazzy nightlife of New York. This is a light yet fun film that is like a love letter to old money and its trappings,…

FILM REVIEW: ROSALIE BLUM

  French film Rosalie Blum is a new adaptation of the graphic novels of the same name by Camille Jourdy. It’s a quirky dramedy told across three separate parts, taking in the different viewpoints of three separate characters. In act one we are introduced to Vincent Machot (Kyan Khojandi). He is the king of predictability,…