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"Watch the Sunset" (2017) Review

"Watch the Sunset" is an anxiety-inducing single take film that uses its form to amplify the dramatic stakes. Making an independent film is already a somewhat mad exercise and yet co-directors Tristan Barr, and Michael Gosden double-down on madness by making a film that requires such pinpoint execution.

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"Watch the Sunset" (2017) Review
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"The Breaker Upperers" (2018) Review

"The Breaker Upperers" is a film that I had a chance to see twice in one day. After the first viewing, with a second helping on offer, I did not hesitate, not for a second.

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"The Breaker Upperers" (2018) Review
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"Ant-man and The Wasp" (2018) Review

Since the release of the film, and repeated encounters with folks smitten with this quaint, low stakes, messy haired cousin of the Marvel superhero genre; I've attempted to wrangle a take.

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"Ant-man and The Wasp" (2018) Review
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"BlackKKlansman" (2018) Review

Spike Lee's "BlacKkKlansman" is a satire of the ludicrously true to life tale of Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington), the rookie African-American cop that infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. As an early title in the film says: “This joint is based on some fo’ real, fo’ real shit.”

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"BlackKKlansman" (2018) Review
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Graffiti Elsewhere: "Wayne" and "Working Class Boy" Reviews

Each month, for those Graffiti readers unsure of where else they can find my reviews, I'll be collecting them into a single post. This is so that you can catch up without having to scroll through a series of  #OneHeatMinute Live adverts and pics that only fans of the movie “Sneakers” care for.

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Graffiti Elsewhere: "Wayne" and "Working Class Boy" Reviews
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"The Second" (2018) Review

“The Second," the first original Australian film for streaming service STAN, is a superior mystery thriller. Director Mairi Cameron creates an prestige aesthetic that affects a sense of haunting isolation, and writer Stephen Lance's script manipulates time and memory to weave a disturbing tale of creation. What secrets are entangled in this fiction?

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"The Second" (2018) Review
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“Ready Player One” (2018) Review

There’s a pop culture mash-up moment where “The Iron Giant” met “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” in RPO that made me howl with joy. RPO is a movie with a tsunami of these moments from about 40 years of film, T.V and gaming. If you're a collector, you may relish trying to catch them all.

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“Ready Player One” (2018) Review
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"The Miseducation of Cameron Post" (2018) Review

There's a moment in the trailer of Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" where Sandra Bullock's astronaut is cast off the space station and sent hurtling into the void. Tumbling, clutching vacant space; that lack of an anchor is the perfect metaphor for the director and co-writer Desiree Akhavan's "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" a disturbing vision of life behind the lines of gay conversion therapy. 

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"The Miseducation of Cameron Post" (2018) Review
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"You Were Never Really Here" (2017) Review

Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsay elevates the vigilante tropes of  "You Were Never Really Here" into a sensory experience dripping with the haunting psychological cost of death. Dizzying pulsating soundscapes seamlessly edited around fleeting glimpses into disturbing events and a subversive vision of vengeance; Ramsay and star Joaquin Phoenix have delivered something that refuses to be forgotten. 

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"You Were Never Really Here" (2017) Review
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"I Feel Pretty" (2018) Review

Anotherfilmnerd feels like he’s stepped into an episode of ‘The Twilight Zone’ watching the latest film featuring comedienne Amy Schumer.

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"I Feel Pretty" (2018) Review
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Graffiti Elsewhere: "MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE - Fallout" & "Living Universe" Reviews

Each month, for those Graffiti readers unsure of where else they can find my reviews, I'll be collecting them into a single post. This is so that you can catch up without having to scroll through a series of  #OneHeatMinute Live adverts and updates about my newborn son to find where else I've been published.

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Graffiti Elsewhere: "MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE - Fallout" & "Living Universe" Reviews
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Sydney Film Festival 2018 Film Diary Part 1 - "The Blood of Wolves," "Holiday" and "West of Sunshine"

To give you a flavour of 2018 Sydney Film Festival, I'm going to be compiling 'capsule' sized reviews of every film that I caught. The only exceptions to this will be those films that have a guaranteed an Australian cinematic release, in which case you may see a capsule review that forms the bedrock for a more extensive analysis of the movie.

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Sydney Film Festival 2018 Film Diary Part 1 - "The Blood of Wolves," "Holiday" and "West of Sunshine"

"STEVE MARTIN & MARTIN SHORT: AN EVENING YOU WILL FORGET FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE" Review

Anotherfilmnerd watches two of the Three Amigos strut their stuff, and thanks his lucky stars Chevy Chase was nowhere in sight.

"STEVE MARTIN & MARTIN SHORT: AN EVENING YOU WILL FORGET FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE" Review
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Graffiti Elsewhere: "Mystery Road: The Series" "Brother's Nest" and "1%" Reviews

Each month, for those Graffiti readers unsure of where else they can find my reviews, I'll be collecting them into a single post. This is so that you can catch up without having to scroll through a series of  #OneHeatMinute Live adverts and making uncomfortable choices between great movies to find where else I've been published.

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Graffiti Elsewhere: "Mystery Road: The Series" "Brother's Nest" and "1%" Reviews

Arrested Development : Fateful Consequences a.k.a the Season 4 Remix TV Review

Anotherfilmnerd looks at the “remix” of “Arrested Development” Season Four… a re-edit that simultaneously improves on the original cut while magnifying its flaws.

Arrested Development : Fateful Consequences a.k.a the Season 4 Remix TV Review

Two Jessicas: Molly’s Game (2017) and Miss Sloane (2016) Review

“Molly’s Game” is a stranger than fiction story that’s hamstrung by the artifice of Sorkin’s formal craft; and there’s no doubt that it’s the lesser Jessica. “Miss Sloane is a fictional political thriller told with dynamism and craft.

Two Jessicas: Molly’s Game (2017) and Miss Sloane (2016) Review

To Consume and Be Consumed: “IT” (2017) & “Raw”’ (2016)

“IT” opens with the cold dusty den of Bill’s bedroom. The rain is pouring and while the town of Derry seeks refuge, there’s an ominous atmosphere right from the outset that there’s something lurking in the edges of this warm and cosy world. Julie Ducournau’s “Raw” begins on a quaint deserted country road, framing the sporadic passing traffic from a position on the side of the road where you’d imagine a speed camera to be lurking. A car comes into frame, and just as it reaches the centre, something suddenly darts into the centre of the road. The car swerves and crashes hard into a tree, killing the occupants. This was clearly no accident. 

To Consume and Be Consumed: “IT” (2017) & “Raw”’ (2016)

"Red Sparrow" (2018) Review

Tradecraft for a female spy has the dark reality of being required to use sex as a weapon, or at least a distraction to penetrate (no pun intended) the guard of a foe. Francis Lawrence’s “Red Sparrow,” a crisply shot, contemporary spy thriller tackles the harsh sexual and psychological manipulation require to be a successful espionage asset.

"Red Sparrow" (2018) Review

Graffiti Elsewhere: "Gurrumul" (2018) and "Breath" (2018) Reviews

Each month, for those Graffiti readers unsure of where else they can find my reviews, I'll be collecting them into a single post. This is so that you can catch up without having to scroll through a series of "Friday Night Lights" appreciation tweets and #OneHeatMinute episode notifications to find where else I've been published.

Graffiti Elsewhere: "Gurrumul" (2018) and "Breath" (2018) Reviews
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“Murder on the Orient Express” (2017) Review

Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” is a top shelf whodunnit played out with crisp pace and crackles, thanks to a cache of intentionally opaque performances from a prestige cast including Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Olivia Colman, Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad. Branagh has orchestrated the perfect actor/director vehicle for himself that finds the perfect tone between prestige and pulp cinema.

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“Murder on the Orient Express” (2017) Review
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Asgardians, Hulks and Space Bears, Oh My: "Thor: Ragnarok" and "Brigsby Bear" Reviewed

Waititi takes the characters in “Thor: Ragnarok” and makes them act in precisely the way he feels it’s worth his time in this sandbox. “Brigsby Bear” is literally about a guy taking the show that defined his young life (and ended on a cliff-hanger) and giving it the ending that he feels it deserved.

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Asgardians, Hulks and Space Bears, Oh My: "Thor: Ragnarok" and "Brigsby Bear" Reviewed
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"Black Panther" 2018 Review

“Black Panther” is an avalanche, a nexus for underrepresented voices to be thrust into the throne. The superhero genre grew up a decade ago, with the arrival of “Iron Man” and “The Dark Knight”; and since then it’s rarely elevated out of an escapist arrested development.

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"Black Panther" 2018 Review