As you might have guessed, my triumphant return to ccpopculture hasn’t quite gone off as planned. There’s a lot I can attribute that to, but my main explanation is that the cinematic landscape as it stands isn’t particularly inviting to a COVID-inspired funk; big brainless blockbusters are perpetually delayed and I’m increasingly not in the…
There are a few established Australian Boxing Day traditions. (For the unfamiliar, Boxing Day is the day immediately following Christmas Day.) An MCG test match. (For the unfamiliar…oh, you know what, nevermind.) Sales. Hangovers. Christmas leftovers. And, if you’re feeling especially motivated, perhaps you’ll brave the multiplex to see one of the half-dozen new releases…
The King of Staten Island isn’t going to be anyone’s favourite film. But it’s nice. It feels authentic. It’s even a little moving from time-to-time.
The Assistant is an important corrective to bombastic Hollywood takes on this subject.
We Summon the Darkness is a perfectly competent horror film.
You can’t fault Robert Eggers’ ambition.
The focus is on the impressive camerawork… which would have been more powerful in service of a memorable story.
Nazi-centric films don’t tend to be particularly fun. Enter Taika Waititi.
Sorry We Missed You’s heartfelt social realism has a smack of truth that inoculates it from accusations of exploitation.
At its best, Blinded by the Light is an encapsulation of the power of music.