This weird avant garde like picture, is the type of film that will… MoreThis weird avant garde like picture, is the type of film that will appease as well as wet the likes of David Lynch, but hardly anything allegorical compared to Alejandro Jodorowsky. The entire film plays out with many different plot and story threads loosely connected as if it's a bunch of stock footage smashed together, to try and make some connection. Whether it's expressed through words on screen or acting counterparts, the plot an narrative are incredibly hard to follow, but kind of make a thoughtful connection as if the audiences are in some LSD trip. If that's the type of film you like, you may enjoy it a lot more than I did, it just didn't seem to fit together in my case and would maybe give it another viewing a couple if not several years from now to try and make some intellectual sense.
This horror film was Incredibly tense and bleak in its behavior,… MoreThis horror film was Incredibly tense and bleak in its behavior, whilst at the same time adhering to the scary common tropes of 'less is more'. Beautifully crafted on such an ambitious scale along with some fantastic performances from a talented cast, 'The Witch' is definitely not your typical fairy tale inspired film but draws more from popular folk law and myth about the real horrors they are. While there's little to expect from a film such as this, it's certainly a satisfying and gripping flick that horror fans will surely want to watch out for.
Whether being based on some piece of classic source material merits… MoreWhether being based on some piece of classic source material merits enough fidelity to even emulate or transcend the original work. I found this animated feature based on Kahlil Gibran's poetry to be a beautifully animated and touching story. The main plot is concentrated on various character drama at play within it's unique setting, mainly coming to terms with their lives and lessons. The main plot however is distracted by a number of poetic expositions, which were given to various other animation directors utilizing various animation forms that almost completely outshine the main story. Nonetheless the visual structure and subject matter at play is enough to recommend this film.
Though small in scale this South Korean film is particularly charming… MoreThough small in scale this South Korean film is particularly charming and quite funny, with never a dull moment among the natural approach given by the writing and cast's performances. I wouldn't say the film was meant to or even exceed the limit of Art House drama, though it's quite obscure hearing the dialogue mostly in English. But really, the subject matter and drama at play really make the film what it is; a "feel good", "catching up with old friends" type of drama/comedy that barely resembles the type of film viewers would expect to see. Definitely a worth while choice I've seen at MIFF ;)
'The Assassin' is not your typical 'Wuxia' martial arts epic, it is… More'The Assassin' is not your typical 'Wuxia' martial arts epic, it is however an incredibly intelligent and beautifully shot film that relies more on audience perception than the existential expositions and purely on the characters at play. Then after seeing this once I felt I really needed to see it again, not just for it's luscious and outstanding cinematography, but for what's the hidden message so caught up in the drama and conflict at play within its historical setting. Aside from having both inner and surface quality, while it's slow moving at times, the action and fighting is pretty awesome. I urge viewers to come to this film with an open mind and not have expectations for a non-stop all out action flick, for one it out-ranks the most underwhelming or cheesiest Wuxia martial arts epics and would most certainly make viewers think a lot more about what they observe from a film such as this.
Tomm Moore's follow up to his Oscar Nominated 'Secret of Kells', is an… MoreTomm Moore's follow up to his Oscar Nominated 'Secret of Kells', is an outstanding achievement in animated cinema. With an ambitious narrative scope full of rich mythological depth and raw emotion encompassing incredibly beautiful animation throughout, the film's story is nothing short of a masterpiece. The plot takes incredible twists and turns with enough glorification of Celtic Mythology to enchant both kids and adults alike. It is a cinematic that viewers should not miss out on to experience first hand on the big screen that I sincerely hope gets a theatrical release here in Australia. In saying that, much like 'Inside Out' and 'When Marnie was There', I very much look forward to seeing it again as to owning it on DVD.
Several victims of Sleep Paralysis share their scary and unique… MoreSeveral victims of Sleep Paralysis share their scary and unique stories involving very obscure interactions and encounters with paranormal entities. This Documentary even mixes in a bit of horror and mystery fit enough for an X-Files episode, The Interviewees are very honest and disrupted sharing their experience also well re-enacted by the film's supporting cast. Enough of what's at play will send chills up viewers spines and fascinate the most curious. whether or not this type of phenomenon inspired the famous 'A Nightmare on Elm Street', it's respectable enough to portray a very unique and disturbing experience, even for documentary or horror fans.
This British Sci-Fi flick has the right amount of action adventure… MoreThis British Sci-Fi flick has the right amount of action adventure thrills and charms that comes from an independent film that in some way doesn't take itself too seriously. While it's just as inventive as 'Turbo Kid' it takes a more familiar present day inspire sci-fi scenario with a twist that includes enough admirable acting, special effects and inventive sequences adhering to narrative tropes and once again parodying narrative cliches.
This quirky and incredibly humorous sci-fi flick is the pitch perfect… MoreThis quirky and incredibly humorous sci-fi flick is the pitch perfect cult post-apocalyptic action adventure you'll want to see, mainly earning its tributes to the cult sci-fi films of the 80's. While its definitely grounded in it's own stereotypes, the narrative does overcome these with plenty of inventive OTT violent hilarious gore fested action with incidental parodies on typical narrative cliches. There's never a dull moment in this instant cult hit that'll certainly gain a great following even with its existential references to nostalgia and pitch perfect casting and writing for all its low budget glory.
First film I viewed at the Melbourne International Film Festival of… MoreFirst film I viewed at the Melbourne International Film Festival of 2015, a beautifully shot and composed documentary, focusing on the primitive Chilean water landscapes and culture along the country's boarder/coast. A lot of great insight into the mystical understanding of this culture as well as how long it has survived up til modern times. Its big essential viewing on subjects I wouldn't have ever known, especially about Chile's past dealt with dark and intimidating historical stories that are really fascinating.