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  • The Dead Don't Die

    The Dead Don't Die


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Jim Jarmusch may have been a little late in embracing the vampire sub-genre with 2013’s The Only Lovers Left Alive, but the film ultimately emerged as one of the more stylish entries in a seemingly endless collection of films imagining a world of nocturnal, eternal blood suckers. With his latest release, the indie veteran is again a latecomer to a well-worn cinematic trope, offering up his take on the zombie oeuvre with a droll dive into the world of the…

  • The Farewell

    The Farewell


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Drawing on her own real-life experience, director Lulu Wang has created a film that, whilst quite personal and culturally specific, is a poignant and sometimes quite funny depiction of a family crisis that should appeal to a wide audience. When Nai Nai, the much-loved head of a Chinese family, is struck down with a terminal illness, a decision is made by her family to keep the diagnosis from her, instead staging an impromptu wedding as an excuse for the clan…

Popular reviews

  • Partisan



    Helmed by a first time feature director, populated by international cast and with exteriors shot in Eastern Europe, Partisan is certainly not a typical Australian film. Whilst such diversity in local filmmaking is great to see, it is a shame that Partisan isn’t a better movie. With a great premise that offers so much fodder for an engrossing story, Partisan ultimately suffers from a lack of exposition with regard to the characters and the circumstances in which they find themselves.…

  • Parasite



    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Combining satire, dark humour and social commentary to brilliant effect, it comes as little surprise that Parasite picked up the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival last year. Korean director Joon-ho Bong (Snowpiercer, Okja, The Host) seemingly has little interest in being confined to the narrow parameters of a particular genre, mixing numerous elements to create films that are every bit as funny as they are a serious examination of the state of the world. In this instance, Bong…