Film

July 30, 2007

If it were not for the fact that Werner Herzog’s Rescue Dawn is a damn good movie, I would wonder why it was in the film festival at all – it’s just too entertaining. I can’t imagine any sector of the population not enjoying and being moved by it. Herzog has a thing for slightly [...]

July 30, 2007

Few films have the power of The Secret Life of Words. It’s a bit of an anomaly, a Spanish film, shot in Ireland and featuring Eastern European and American protagonists. Hanna (Sarah Polley), an Irish factory worker, seems to do little more than exist. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

July 30, 2007

The documentary Manufactured Landscapes follows photographer Edward Burtynsky as he travels the world observing changes in landscapes due to industrial work and manufacturing. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

July 30, 2007

This debut film by director Sanchez-Cabezudo is an intense thriller about several different protagonists in a small town in rural Spain. Bringing in multiple characters across the film’s different chapters, the story tells of a scientist and his team who are sent to investigate a newly discovered cave on the outskirts of the town. Share [...]

July 30, 2007

Pia Marais’ debut film The Unpolished is not so much a snapshot of an idyllic, rambling childhood summer gone slightly awry as an exercise in terrible parenting. Fourteen-year-old Stevie (played brilliantly by Ceci Chuh) lives with her junkie mother, her fresh out of jail father (the almost endearingly deadbeat Birol Ünel from Head On) and [...]

July 30, 2007

Watching Tuli is the ultimate dichotomy; you will either be bored as hell or interested beyond measure. I fall into the latter category. In second year, I wrote an essay on the Philippines, concluding that the island nation was perhaps the biggest contradiction I had ever encountered. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

July 16, 2007

Heading South is a film about middle aged women who head to Haiti in the late 1970s, for fun in the sun and to pay for sex with young black men. The two main characters are Ellen, a Boston French literature professor, and Brenda, a stay-at-home wife from Savannah. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to [...]

July 16, 2007

Paris, je t’Aime is a collection of short films, strung together by the common theme, as suggested by the title, of love in Paris. It’s a film of solid pedigree, the directors including Hollywood critics’ darlings Gus van Sant and the Coen Brothers, Germany’s Tom Twyker, French legend Gerard Depardieu, and Mexican Alfonso Cuaron among [...]

July 16, 2007

The Northern Territory Board of Inquiry’s report into sexual abuse of Aboriginal children entitled “Little Children are Sacred” has sparked a federal military takeover of Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this