Bad Times at the El Royale

If ever there was a movie that is excessively overt in its desire to be the next ‘cult classic’, then this is most certainly it. Given that the term Tarantinoesque has been legitimised through its inclusion in the Oxford Dictionary, anybody seeking a film (other than those from the man himself) that might loosely demonstrate […]

Madeline’s Madeline

Portrayals of mental illness in film has always been problematic given that fact that the lived experience of every sufferer is unique, making it all but impossible to understand the reality of what any given individual experiences in the day-to-day struggle to forge a place for themselves in a society where mental illness remains stigmatised […]

Rain Can’t Stop the Music

Sure, last Saturday proved wet and windy, but neither was significant enough to stop the inaugural Hidden Lanes Festival from going ahead as scheduled.  Yes, some changes were needed to relocate events such as the suitcase rummage and fashion parade, but the live music program continued without any such interference and, despite the conditions, there […]

Wildlife

Following the success of their on-screen partnership in Ruby Sparks, real-life couple Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano have teamed up again to construct something altogether different with Wildlife, a film that tracks the disintegration of a marriage through the eyes of the child caught in the middle. Written and produced by Kazan and Dano, with […]

Laneway Celebration

Looking for a day of free live music, art exhibitions, fashion parades, markets, master classes and an opportunity to explore some of Fortitude Valley’s best kept secrets? If so, the Hidden Lanes Festival in Fortitude Valley should be right up your alley (pun intended). Running tomorrow (Saturday, October 13) from 10.00am, the festival includes performances […]

Custody

When it comes to debut films, this is about as good as it gets.  This emotionally powerful and prescient family drama from French director Xavier Legrand should leave you reeling, such is the tension that he draws from a scenario that is, unfortunately, far too familiar for women and children around the world.  Legrand creates […]

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot

The pre-release marketing for this movie hinted at something funny and affecting and, whilst that is accurate in that there are a few laughs to be had, this disjointed biopic about Portland-based cartoonist John Callahan, on whose book the film is based, doesn’t generate anywhere near the emotional resonance that might be expected given Callahan’s […]