Review Special: 2019 CinefestOz Film Festival, Western Australia

I was very privileged to have experienced the CinefestOZ Film Festival down in the beautiful Margaret River region in South West Australia recently. It is a neatly-styled, homegrown festival with a community feel and a strong focus on Indigenous film-making. It mainly showcases Australian films, but with a tinge of international influence from the likes … Continue reading Review Special: 2019 CinefestOz Film Festival, Western Australia

The European Masterpieces Part 4: Closely Watched Trains (1966 Jiří Menzel)

Background In 1993, Czechoslovakia dissolved into two independent states: Czech Republic (made up of the Bohemia and Moravia regions) and Slovakia. The 20th Century up until that point had been a turbulent time for the former country. After World War I, it gained independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire and grew into a socially and economically … Continue reading The European Masterpieces Part 4: Closely Watched Trains (1966 Jiří Menzel)

The Two Reviews: Us and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Us (2019, Monkeypaw Productions and Blumhouse Productions) Written and directed by Jordan Peele. Music by Michael Abels. Featuring Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, and Tim Heidecker. The brilliant Jordan Peele returns to the director’s chair with another horror film. This time about a family holidaying in Santa Cruz, California … Continue reading The Two Reviews: Us and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The Two Reviews: Green Book (2018 Peter Farrelly)

Green Book (2018, Participant Media, DreamWorks, Innisfree and Cinetic Media) Directed by Peter Farrelly. Featuring Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali and Linda Cardellini. Review 1 by Annabelle Davis Green Book follows the story of African-American jazz pianist Don Shirley (played by Ali) and his driver-come-bodyguard Tony Vallelonga (Mortensen), set in the early 1960s. Tony is a classic … Continue reading The Two Reviews: Green Book (2018 Peter Farrelly)

Rule 263: Shia LaBeouf Must Never Be Allowed To Partake In Any Film That Is Good

There are certain rules known only to a select few by which it is possible to predict the quality of movies. The origin of these rules is often obscure and difficult to explain. One rule which appeared sometime in the last two decades or so is Rule 263: Shia LaBeouf must never be allowed to … Continue reading Rule 263: Shia LaBeouf Must Never Be Allowed To Partake In Any Film That Is Good