It’s Only the End of the World (2016)

Xavier Dolan’s sixth feature film, It’s Only the End of the World, had its Australian premiere at Sydney Film Festival from a precarious position. Arriving from Cannes with a pair of strange, if increasingly common bedfellows – widespread critical derision and the Grand Prix prize – it’s perched on a pedestal that demands either full-throated…

Macbeth (2015): Cheat Sheet

Last week saw the Australian release of Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth adaptation, which Jonathan awarded 4 stars in his review. As part of my series of “cheat sheets” on films taught in secondary schools, unpacking their themes and detailing related texts, I examined Kurzel’s film for SBS Movies. Check it out via the link below! Read Macbeth: Cheat Sheet at SBSMovies.

Macbeth (2015)

Watch Macbeth if you like your Shakespeare slick and relentlessly bleak. Michael Fassbender gives an awards-worthy clinic as the flawed, tortured king. But a word of warning: this story is not for everyone; and I recommend doing your homework. I’ve never studied ‘The Scottish Play’ and I found the language equal parts beautiful and frustrating…

Two Days One Night

Two Days, One Night (2014)

Featuring the best performance of the year so far, the Sydney Film Prize-winning Two Days, One Night is a tale of injustice and persistence whose simplicity belies its emotional and political poignancy. The latest from two-time Palme d’Or winners Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne hews closely to their social realist/humanist template. It follows their trademark stripped-back…