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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PERPETUAL DEPARTURE: A PAEAN TO THE ART OF TRAVEL

July 20, 2013 Arts WritingUpdates

The terminal is congested, but I am travelling light: a solitary suitcase scarred with tactile memories of past adventures; an archaic notebook, chrome skin stained with coffee, black keys worn by corrosive blogging; a creased paperback, crisp pages softened by touch, tinted by exposure, faded and fading still. Here, we wait and wield the heaviest burden of all, beyond measure or estimation: nervous, abiding anticipation. ‘Now boarding at Gate 43…’

Why do we travel? How do we account for our movements? In what ways can

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ROMPER STOMPER (1992): A FILM BY GEOFFREY WRIGHT

January 26, 2013 Essays on Film  4 comments

Pulling on the boots and tightening up the laces

Shaving our heads and strapping on the braces

Now you are a skinhead looking for a fight

Skinhead, skinhead, running through the night

 

 

I was a teenager when writer/director Geoffrey Wright’s Romper Stomper (1992) was released in Australia. In a year that witnessed the worldwide success of the uplifting, feel-good drama Strictly Ballroom, Romper Stomper surfaced and stamped its way to notoriety like a rampaging, cinematic juggernaut.

Revisiting the film today, some two decades

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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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