The film becomes increasingly painful to watch as characters slip into tortured madness, echoing the wounds and displacement suffered by those uprooted by the tsunami on March 11.
FROM UP ON POPPY HILL Dir: Miyazaki Reviewed by Adam Goodall Goro Miyazaki’s second chance to win our hearts, Poppy Hill is a nice slice-of-life drama set in post-war Japan, and I use ‘nice’ in both the complimentary and pejorative sense. It’s a harmless, slight story with perfectly likable characters and some attractive landscape paintings, but [...]
That said, for a film that gives a lot of screen time to people seeking wide-sweeping solutions, Bully’s scope feels awfully limited. Hirsch confronts us with the significant impact of this cruelty, but he, like the parents of his subjects, is quick to put responsibility at the feet of the school system.
ROOM 237 Dir: Rodney Ascher Reviewed by Callum McDougal A film about The Shining, and also a film about films that celebrates the enthralling power of great movies (especially Stanley Kubrick’s). This oddity takes (amongst others) themes, cues, motifs and production history from The Shining as starting points for discussions as diverse as the Overlook [...]
THE TASTE OF MONEY Dir: Im Reviewed by Adam Goodall Im Sang-soo’s latest festival film is a pseudo-sequel to the enthralling and laudably bugnuts The Housemaid, sharing a character, an actress (playing a different role), and the themes of upper-upper-upper-class excess and the casual contempt for the disempowered that such power cultivates in those that possess [...]
And What Remains By Miria George, directed by Abby Maori women have been given a choice: sterilization in exchange for their citizenship or exile. What began as a ‘liberal’ health scheme (semi-permanent sterilization for up to two years insuring children are only borne by economically stable families) has turned public conceit (it is, in fact, [...]
BULLY Dir: Hirsch Reviewed by Adam Goodall Actually saw this a couple of weeks ago at a media screening (fancy). Hirsch’s doco gives a really incisive and heart-rending look at the way bullying affects its victims and the way parents and schools try to brush it under the rug and turn to the victims to [...]