Film Reviews, Films, Sundance 2019

REVIEW: Hail Satan? (2019)

Satanism probably conjures up images of virgin sacrifices, drinking goat blood and other fiendish demonic behaviours. Some of us remember the ‘Satanic Panic’ of the 80s and 90s (more of which later), which bled into popular culture through films such as The ‘Burbs and Dragnet…

Drama, Film Reviews, Foreign, Sundance 2019

SUNDANCE 2019: Dolce Fine Giornata

Civil life, love, and politics don’t tend to coexist so harmoniously in Jacek Borcuch’s wonderfully crafted film Dolce Fine Giornata. Enrobed in decadent layers of family drama and metaphors of the times, Borcuch’s film quietly flourishes as both a love letter and critique of a…

Film Reviews, Sundance 2019

REVIEW: Judy & Punch (Sundance 2019)

Judy and Punch was the second of three Australian films I saw at Sundance (the other two being The Nightingale and Little Monsters) and has a surprisingly similar subject matter to The Nightingale – a woman seeking revenge against a violent and abusive man. Tonally, however,…

Film Reviews, Sundance 2019

REVIEW: The Nightingale (Sundance 2019)

Director Jennifer Kent has gone in a somewhat unexpected direction as a follow up to her cult hit, The Babadook. Mining the uncomfortable corners of her country’s past, Kent has conjured a work full of relentless brutality, which will definitely prove too much for some,…

Film Reviews, Sundance 2019

REVIEW: Honey Boy (Sundance 2019)

Honey Boy plays like a therapeutic passion project penned by Shia LaBeouf and thoughtfully directed by Alma Har’el. It’s a devastating confrontation of abuse, alcoholism, and the effects of waiting so long before you can find solace for yourself and the need to forgive those…

Film Reviews, Films, Sundance 2019

REVIEW: Animals (Sundance 2019)

Adapting her own 2014 novel of the same name, screenwriter Emma Jane Unsworth has teamed with director Sophie Hyde to tell the tale of two hedonistic women in their early thirties who are struggling with the concept of settling down and ‘acting their age.’ Starring…

Film Reviews, Films, Sundance 2019

SUNDANCE 2019: Greener Grass

Directors Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe have a tight, twisted grasp of society because they scrutinize and indulge it so effortlessly in their debut feature film Greener Grass. It’s absolutely bonkers. There’s no way around that and you’ll find yourself laughing obnoxiously at every cringe…

Events, Film Reviews, Films, Sundance 2019

SUNDANCE 2019: This Is Not Berlin

Politically fearless, individual, and deliciously subversive, Hari Sama’s fifth feature film This Is Not Berlin showcases a period of Mexico’s society, more specifically from its adolescent perspective, that’s in a state of wayward angst and yet finds the energy to make its case. It’s entirely…

Film Reviews, Films, Sundance 2019

SUNDANCE 2019: The Souvenir

Director of the amazing Unrelated (2007), Archipelago (2010) and Exhibition (2013) (all of which have gone under-the-radar, particularly in the US) Joanna Hogg now returns with the eagerly anticipated The Souvenir Part One. Those familiar with her work will be used to her slow-paced, but…