Boyhood (2014)

Why Does Everyone Like Boyhood So Much?

If you’re anything like me, you’re tired of reading about Boyhood by now, and the film hasn’t even come out in Australia (it’s released tomorrow). There were the months of pre-release hype as the rumoured-Linklater-twelve-project became an actual thing being released. There was the tsunami of hyperbolic reviews – coming in progressive waves as it…

The Hunger Games (2014)

The Fault in our (Movie) Stars – The Lack of Social Media in the Cinematic Medium

The Fault in our Stars is a Young Adult phenomenon, combining healthy box office receipts with a generally positive critical reception, but it’s yet another example of a mainstream movie that fails to engage with modern teenagers’ reality. Despite flaunting contemporary technological trappings – X-Boxes and iPhones (with increasingly popular texts-appearing-on-screen imagery) – The Fault…

Sydney Film Festival 2014

Sydney Film Festival Roundup

2014’s Sydney Film Festival was only my second film festival (after last year’s Brisbane International Film Festival) and my first time travelling to attend a festival. All told I caught eleven films over a long weekend, and had an excellent time, thanks to so much more than those films (though I remain jealous of anyone…

Sydney Film Festival: Boyhood (2014)

When I was growing up, I used to imagine that I was the star in my own movie. That my adventures on the playground or walks home from school were shadowed by an unseen camera crew, recording my every experience for an enraptured audience. While the idea was ridiculous in its egotism – who would…

Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan and Jeff Goldblum in Le Week-End (2013)

Le Week-End (2013)

Overseas holidays often serve as impetus to examine one’s life, to recognise and ponder the crossroads you stand at. Roger Michell and Hanif Kureishi’s Le Week-End instead finds Meg (Lindsay Duncan) and Nick (Jim Broadbent), in Paris for their thirtieth wedding anniversary, at a roundabout. Much like tourists encircling the famous l’arc de triomphe, they…

Slacker (1991)

Midway through Slacker’s loose collection of mostly-unrelated vignettes, a girl wanders into a dusty bookstore and idly peruses a paperback pertaining to JFK’s assassination.  As she flips through the pages, another customer sidles up to her and reveals himself as a classmate of hers (almost every character in Slacker is a university student), and discusses…

Bernie (2012)

Bernie is an odd film; an odd story about an odd man. It tells the tale of Bernie Tiede (Jack Black), a funeral director unfailingly described as “nice.” The kind of man who looks you in the eye and listens to everything you say as though it’s the most important thing he’s ever heard. We…