Film Review: The Walk (USA, 2015)

After seeing the trailers for Joseph Gordon Levitt’s new film The Walk,I was anticipating a complete and utter disaster that would make me wonder what I ever saw in the actor. The preview entailed horrible French accents and what appeared to be incredibly unnecessary 3D. It seemed to be Hollywood gone wild; but oh, how wrong I was.

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Film Review: The Lobster (UK, 2015)

Yorgos Lanthimos’ first English-language feature film is a brutal and confronting dark comedy with a touch of surrealism. In a community that is fixated on couples, a man called David (Colin Farrell) checks into a hotel where he must either find a suitable partner in 45 days, or be turned into an animal of his choice. Longevity and lifelong fertility lead him to his choice of animal, that is – you guessed it – the lobster (hey, that’s totally the title of the film!).

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Film Review: By The Sea (USA, 2015)

“What a waste of a good holiday”, exclaimed the woman seated next to me as the credits rolled. And she’s not wrong – there’s plenty of things I’d do in France if I was given the chance. I would swim every single day. I’d go for walks in the beautiful countryside. I’d drink every bar dry. But, such fun seems to be lost on the couple that inhabits Angelina Jolie Pitt’s new film, By The Sea. Starring Jolie Pitt and husband Brad PittBy The Sea is an egotistical melodrama that offers a glimpse into the life of a troubled American couple on a holiday that, quite frankly, makes you want to go back to work.

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Film Review: The Big Short (USA, 2015)

You probably already know director Adam McKay from his extensive catalogue of cringe-comedy – Anchorman, Step Brothers, and Talladega Nights, amongst others. The Big Short is the most recent film from McKay, and one that completely redefines the joker perspective that he is often associated with. It’s hilarious, but at its core The Big Short is an intelligent tragedy about the gruelling effects of the 2007 world financial crisis.

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Sydney Film Festival Review: A Pigeon Sat On A Branch And Reflected On Existence (Sweden, 2015)


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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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