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  • The Lobster

    The Lobster 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 31 Jul, 2015

    Lanthimos usually frames his social satire through the worldview of a small cluster of characters. In Kinetta, his solo debut feature, it was three people involved with a seaside hotel in the off-season (naturally there are parallels with The Lobster in location), in Dogtooth it was a terrifying take on a nuclear family, and in Alps it was a troupe of pseudo-performers unveiling the absurd human response to grief. The Lobster, though, is different right from the get-go, the mass…

  • Force of Destiny

    Force of Destiny 2015

    ★★ Watched 30 Jul, 2015

    Paul Cox’s Force of Destiny cannot really be faulted for aiming to be an earnest exploration of impending death and pushing a strong pro-organ donation message, whilst also, as Cox said before the film opened the Melbourne International Film Festival last night, strongly arguing for the importance of love in humanity. In the film’s execution, though, this journey through grief and self-evaluation is a scattershot affair, abstract collages distract from the mostly plain cinematography, the gradually (and unnecessarily) non-linear plotline…

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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★½ Watched 28 Oct, 2014 6

    Almost instantly forgettable, Nolan's latest feature might contain some stunning visual sequences but they are squished between mountains of clunky exposition, underwritten characters and cringe-inducing dialogue.

    The film takes 45 minutes to actually get started, the Earth-set first act tethered to a very poorly explained future and weirdly simple plan to save it before we actually get into space. When that happens, we find ourselves at a recurring juxtaposition between some of the best visual depictions of deep space ever…

  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★½ Watched 09 Jan, 2015 5

    I'm not entirely sure what this film thinks it is, throwing so much shit at the wall and hoping something profound sticks. I do know, though, that without that really good drum score it would have been a whole lot more dull to sit through; we witness the process of the film figuring itself out, messily and unconvincingly over its far too long runtime.

    Norton was great, if you want to tackle self-obsession and ego in art and theatre, make…