Category Film Reviews

L’ECLISSE (1962), THE DESCENDANTS (2011) & HUGO (2011): FILMS BY ANTONIONI, PAYNE & SCORSESE

December 25, 2013 Film ReviewsUpdates

 

The fear of disappointment and entrapment, the longing for truth and direction, the irrepressible ordeal of coping with loss and detachment, the power of the past and the persistence of memory, the tenacious plight to set things right. Collectively, they are the vicissitudes of modern life and powerful currents in cinema.

In Michelangelo Antonioni's lavish, textured and lachrymose L'eclisse (1962), Vittoria (Monica Vitti) is a beautiful, talented translator who crosses paths with the suave and urbane Piero (Alain Delon), a stockbroker with an insatiable passion for financial

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MYSTERY ROAD (2013): A FILM BY IVAN SEN

October 22, 2013 Film ReviewsUpdates

 

Searching for truth can often entail crossing treacherous thresholds, breaching entrenched norms and compromising enforced loyalties. It is a predicament made all the more formidable when you find yourself caught between two worlds.

Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) is a young and newly appointed Aboriginal detective in the small rural town of Winton in Queensland. His first case happens to involve the murder of a young Aboriginal girl, Julie Morris, whose mutilated body is discovered in a tunnel beneath the town’s ominous highway.

In searching for Julie's killer, Swan uncovers

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WEEKEND (1967): A FILM BY JEAN-LUC GODARD

December 31, 2012 Film Reviews


Few road trips are as volatile, chaotic and freakishly comical as Jean-Luc Godard's iconoclastic 1967 epic Weekend. A bourgeois and murderous married couple, Roland (Jean Yanne) and Corinne (Mireille Darc), venture by car through the French countryside.


Their destination: Corinne's parents’ house. Their purpose: forcibly securing an inheritance from her dying father. What unfolds, from the moment they board their vehicle, is a toxic onslaught of incidents: feuds with neighbours, altercations with strangers, on-road

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‘THE BICYCLE THIEF’ (1948), ‘TIMECRIMES’ (2007), ‘INCENDIES’ (2010): FILMS BY DE SICA, VIGALONDO & VILLENEUVE

December 31, 2012 Film Reviews

Commenting on modern film, the Russian writer and director Andrei Tarkovsky observed that ‘time becomes the basis of bases in cinema, like sound in music, like colour in painting’.

What better way to ring in the new year than with three films that offer different variations on time: Vittoria De Sica's Ladri di Biciclette (The Bicycle Thief) (1948), Nacho Vigalondo's Cronocrimenes (Timecrimes) (2007) and Denis Villeneuve's Incendies (2010).

The scarcity of employment, the paucity of existence and the bitter timing of misfortune in post-war Italy are powerfully rendered in De Sica's

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TOTAL RECALL (1990 & 2012): FILMS BY PAUL VERHOEVEN AND LEN WISEMAN

December 22, 2012 Film Reviews

One fable can generate two contrasting films. We Can Remember it for You Wholesale, Philip K. Dick's 1966 short story on synthetic memories, secret agents and interplanetary wars, was adapted for the screen by Paul Verhoeven in 1990's Total Recall, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone and Michael Ironside.

The Dutch auteur amplified the philosophical implications of Dickian Sci-Phi to mind-bending frenzy by situating the drama on Mars and accentuating the plight of its grotesque mutant inhabitants. Fast-forward twenty-two years and American director Len Wiseman (of Underworld

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