Why I Love… #134: Wake in Fright

Year: 1971 Director: Ted Kotcheff Stars: Gary Bond, Donald Pleasence, Chips Rafferty With much of the UK currently enjoying our annual summer sun (known as a nice weekend in other countries), I've been thinking about movies that reflect or express a sense of heat and hotness. I'm terrible in hot weather. I get grouchy, I … Continue reading Why I Love… #134: Wake in Fright

Review: Relic

Director: Natalie Erika James Stars: Emily Mortimer, Bella Heathcote, Robyn Nevin With most UK cinemas shuttered, you might be hard-pressed to find a new set of scares this Halloween, but consider the arrival of Natalie Erika James' new Australian offering, which has plenty of chills to suit your needs this October 31st. Indeed, chilly is … Continue reading Review: Relic

Review: Babyteeth

Director: Shannon Murphy Stars: Eliza Scanlen, Toby Wallace, Essie Davis Ten years ago, going to the movies got strangely uncomfortable. Following the smash hit Avatar, 3D became the new fad, with all the big studios (and a handful of curious auteurs) jumping on the bandwagon. This repackaging of an old gimmick had its moment of novelty … Continue reading Review: Babyteeth

Review: Sweet Country

Director: Warwick Thornton Stars: Hamilton Morris, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill There is a point in Warwick Thornton's Sweet Country in which the director shows us the sun. Acting as his own cinematographer, Thornton passes the lens of the camera across the sky and our distant star is recast as a remorseless beast sporting white-hot tendrils. And … Continue reading Review: Sweet Country

Review: Hounds Of Love

Director: Ben Young Stars: Emma Booth, Stephen Curry, Ashleigh Cummings The world outside is subdued. It's half-asleep. Practically comatose. Director Ben Young shows us this with scattered use of stylish, aesthetically pleasing ultra-slow motion. Girls play netball in suspended animation or suburban sprinkler systems erupt droplets that might never land. That's how it seems to … Continue reading Review: Hounds Of Love

Review: The Rover

About two-thirds of the way through The Rover there's a delightful and unusual moment in which Robert Pattinson's character Rey is seen by himself, at night, sitting behind the wheel of their parked car in the outback, fidgeting (as he does perpetually) and singing along to the pop song "Pretty Girl Rock" by Keri Hilson, the … Continue reading Review: The Rover