Jackie (Pablo Larraín - 2016) Movie Review
Jackie Kennedy, the woman behind one of the greatest and most influential Presidents in the history of the United States, gets an intimate impressionist portrait. Forging the myths of “Camelot,” interrogating the morality of being a widow in the most drastic and heavily scrutinised circumstance; director Pablo Larraín and hypnotic star Natalie Portman finds ways to render gut punching alternate perspectives to well trodden history.
Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford - 2016): The Wretched
Nocturnal Animals is a dark tragedy. Ford's motivation for the film is writ large in the opening credits. Obese, grotesque, American women gyrate in slow motion like a 'Fourth of July' themed, trailer park strip show. Like war photography, Ford wants to find the beauty in darkness.
Hell or High Water (2016) Movie Review: No Country For Bad Accents
Hell or High Water has had some pretty poor comparisons to No Country for Old Men in the buzz and hype for the film. That's not to deny that HOHW is a quality viewing, but rather that the world at large is not generating forces like Javier Bardem's Anton Chigurh to be unleashed upon the characters. Instead writer Taylor Sheridan is tackling American financial corruption head on.
Elle (2016) MIFF Movie Review: Michele, Ma Belle
Bet you never thought you’d see the words ‘rape revenge comedy’ in the one sentence to describe a film? Well, you probably weren’t considering Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct, Showgirls). Coupled with Isabelle Huppert, Elle is a visceral and unstoppable force that will suck you in from start to finish.
Swiss Army Man (2016) Movie Review: Home is Where the Farting Corpse Is [Sydney Film Festival]
Swiss Army Man's reputation precedes itself. When you reanimate the corpse of our cinematic Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe, and have his arsehole barking out more noises than the guy from Police Academy, you'd expect the attention.