To even try and explain a Roy Andersson movie is a mission in itself; his signature absurdist and surreal style is often laced with dark comedy, providing an introspective view into humanity. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch and Reflected on Existence is the third instalment from Andersson’s Living Trilogy – films about “being a human being” – following suit with his previous features Songs From The Second Floor and You, The Living.
Sydney Film Festival Review: Slow West (USA, 2015)
Slow West is the story of a young, wide-eyed Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who undertakes a journey to find his ‘true love’, Rose (Caren Pistorius). Silas Selleck (Michael Fassbender) soon enters the picture, vowing to help him survive his journey for a small fee. Unbeknownst to Jay, a bounty has been placed on the heads of Rose and her father (Rory McCann) – a bounty that Silas plans to secretly seize. “You’re a jackrabbit in a den of wolves”, Silas explains to Jay, who soon becomes increasingly aware of his vulnerability in a world that is constantly littered with fresh corpses.
Sydney Film Festival Review: Vincent (France, 2015)
The gifted Thomas Salvador directs and stars in Vincent (2014), a French film that tells the story of a man named Vincent who develops extraordinary superpowers when he comes in contact with water. With his recently discovered ability, Vincent spends much of his time in the water, taking in the awe and wonder that comes with developing strength, agility, and reflexes ten times the usual humans capacity. He soon meets Lucie (Vimala Pons) and falls in love with her, confiding in her his true identity. But after displaying his powers publicly, he is forced to flee, using his superpowers to outrun the police.
Live Review: Fight Club with Popcorn Therapy
Curious Cartel is a relatively new film experience, and on Saturday I got to see what all the fuss was about surrounding their new event Popcorn Therapy. Here’s the jist of Popcorn Therapy – a secret screening of a secret film is held somewhere in a secret location within Sydney… secretly. You know nothing of the event, just a location and time to meet and if you’re attentive, some clues along the way.
Film Review: Boychoir (USA, 2014)
The illegitimate child of an alcoholic mother and an absent father preoccupied with his pre-existing family, youngster Stet (Garrett Wareing) spends most of his time in detention, acting out. However, he has tremendous musical talent, in which Ms. Steel (Debra Winger) recognises, and organises for him to audition for the ‘Boychoir’, fronted by the great Anton Carvelle (Dustin Hoffman).