Category: Film Reviews

Free Solo – 4.5 out of 5 (Film 8 of 2019)

I’ve given this film 4.5 stars because I’m sure if I tried I could find a flaw. Seeing Free Solo is the most visceral, immersive movie-going experience I’ve had in a long time. Going into the cinema I know our free-solo climber, Alex, won’t fall to his death. Despite knowing this my palms are sweaty throughout

Green Book – 3 out of 5 (Film 7 of 2019)

The problem with Green Book is it tells the story from the wrong point-of-view. Well, that and it feels like a big-budget, well-acted Hallmark movie. Everything is obvious. This is  storytelling for people who can’t really pay attention or maintain interest if anything gets a bit complex or challenging (Edit: which is meant as a criticism

Roma – 4 out of 5 (Film 6 of 2019)

Eventually I’ll see another film with a really strong story to tell but in the meantime I’ll keep going to see gorgeously shot films with something missing. That is, films like Roma. Is it beautiful? Yes, it’s beautiful. And, yes, I was immersed in a world I knew nothing of – that of a well-off

The Mirror (1975) – Impenetrable, sure, but beautiful

I’m trying to get back into seeing the free films at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The Gallery has a large, beautiful theater where they screen films related to current exhibitions. Now they are screening a series called Cosmic Futures: Visionary Russian Cinema  in relation to the show Masters of Modern Art from The Hermitage. This

Movie 1 of 2019: Vice – Brutal & Hilarious

4 out of 5 This is a brutal, and at times hilarious, bio pic about Dick Cheney. Christian Bale disappears into the role. Steve Carell is both uber Steve Carell and totally Donald Rumsfeld. Amy Adams is utterly Machiavellian as Lynne Cheney. I laughed out loud and uproariously several times between moments of feeling quite

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