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September 8, 2008

Directed by Ole Christian Madsen Christoffer (Mads Mikkelsen, last seen in the compelling family drama After the Wedding, and, more notoriously, scratching Daniel Craig where the sun don’t shine in Casino Royale) and Maja travel from Denmark to Prague to retrieve Cristoffer’s father’s body. The father inexplicably left when Christoffer was 12, and had barely […]

May 12, 2008

The Painted Veil is a luscious period piece set in China during the roaring 1920s. Based on the Somerset Maugham book of the same name, it follows young doctor Walter Fane (Ed Norton) and his new wife Kitty (Naomi Watts). While Walter is smitten with the beautiful socialite Kitty, she sees the marriage as a […]

April 28, 2008

Margot at the Wedding American indie movies can be great in that they are liberated from Hollywood happy endings, moral overtones, wooden big-name acting and implausible plots. However, they can also be pretentious, deliberately idiosyncratic, and as realistically boring as real life. Thankfully, Margot at the Wedding avoids these potential pitfalls. Neurotic, destructive Margot (Nicole […]

March 17, 2008

Red Road is the first in a trilogy of films set in Glasgow with the same actors and characters. Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier (of Dancer in the Dark and Dogville fame, also known for his perennial hate of the USA, a place where he has never set foot) handed the actors and a few […]

March 10, 2008

One of the bad things about living in the southern hemisphere is that all the good movies come out in February, which happens to be the best month of the year weather-wise. This phenomenon can be attributed to it being winter in the North, where nearly all movies come from. In turn, the fact that […]

March 10, 2008

I’m often surprised at the paucity of films about South Africa given that it is a rich mine of not just gold and diamonds but also cinematic subject matter. As the setting of one of the most abhorrent yet enduring social experiments of this century, South Africa’s past is as compelling as its present is […]

March 3, 2008

What to expect of Michael Clayton? Oscar-nominated (though not Oscar-winning) for Best Picture, with a stellar cast (George Clooney, Tilda Swinton and Sydney Pollack) and produced by Steven Soderbergh, it promised much in terms of artistic merit. Focusing on corporate deviancy and greed, it even looked interesting.

February 25, 2008

I always find it interesting to track the paths of directors once they leave wherever they came from and move into Hollywood films. Some continue to make films with verve and panache; some sell out completely and make the Hollywood blockbuster schlock which is sadly everywhere these days; some even return to their native country, […]

October 8, 2007

Directed by Richard Roxburgh I would say that there’s something in the water in Australia at the moment – except that there isn’t much water in Australia at the moment. Good films, however, abound. Last year’s film festival showed the taught, wickedly clever Last Train to Freo alongside the beautiful Ten Canoes. It also featured […]