Film Reviews, Sundance 2020

REVIEW: Shirley (Sundance 2020)

The writer-director of one of the best films of 2018 – Madeline’s Madeline – is back with what appears on the surface to be a biopic of horror author Shirley Jackson, who wrote The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the…

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…

Film Reviews, Sundance 2019

REVIEW: The Farewell (Sundance 2019)

In Lulu Wang’s The Farewell a family prepares to say goodbye to their wonderful matriarch who’s been diagnosed with lung cancer, a little detail the family intends to keep unbeknownst to her. They organize a spontaneous wedding in the family so they can have a…

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…