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We Are The Best!

It's not often I'm reduced to feeling like an early teen when writing about a film. Feeling a bit nervous, trying not to gush and lose my cool. Truth...

ACMI presents 'Tom at the Farm'

Why doesn't Tom just leave that godforsaken farm? Why are the creepiest people sometimes the sexiest people? And why in the heck does Xavier Dolan briefl...

Lavazza Italian Film Festival

Ohhhh, Italy. You boot-shaped, pasta-inventing paradise. You gave us Monica Bellucci and margherita pizza. Versace. Leonardo Da Vinci. Ravioli. The Roman Emp...

Night Moves

Night Moves, like all of Kelly Reichardt's films, is seriously 'indie.' And not indie like ukelele soundtracks, naval-gazing teenagers, puffs of ...

What We Do in the Shadows

I've lived in some pretty weird share houses in my time – including one where the previous tenant collected their menstrual blood in a jar in the bathroo...

'One Day In Tokyo'

Imagine a magical land where everything is cute (even the damn salad), you're allowed to dress like this, gift wrapping is recognised as the art form it ...

Magic in the Moonlight

The jazz age. Magic fakery. An older man interested in a (much, much) younger woman. Let's get this out of the way, shall we? Yes, Woody Allen traverses ...

Wetlands

When Charlotte Roche's Wetlands (Feuchtgebiete) came into Australian bookstores c2009, hordes of girls were scooping it up for its anti-patriarchal, '...

Boyhood

Some of us attempt to forget our childhoods. We pack the embarrassing details away and shoebox them into our parents' garage, or shred our epically cring...

Display Home

In between running the very-much-killin'-it label This Thing and producing his own solo work at a prolific rate, you'd think Wooshie wouldn't hav...

20,000 Days on Earth

A lot of critics have commented that 20,000 Days on Earth is only of worth to the musician's fans. Not true. I'll be honest, my own Nick Cave knowled...

MIFF guide for the disorganised

A lot of the MIFF films that you heard were great and wanted to see have already screened or sold out (I'm looking at you, Force Majeure) but it's OK...

MIFF presents 'Ping Pong Summer'

The final shot of Ping Pong Summer is a freeze frame of two best friends (Teddy Fryy and Rad Miracle) hugging in mid-air after defeating bullies at ping pong...

Palo Alto

Gia Coppola's debut film Palo Alto feels totally familiar when you watch it. During pre-production for the coming-of-age tale - drawn from James Franco&#...

The Keeper of Lost Causes

The hard, humourless detective. Arrogant, difficult and brilliantly intuitive. His wife's left him. He chain smokes, hates bad coffee and falls asleep in...

MIFF presents 'Silk'

“She said: ultimately none of this has anything to do with me. And it's not just about the music either. It's about being moved and whatever ha...

MIFF presents 'L For Leisure'

L For Leisure is the kind of film you sit through waiting for it to start. It just goes on and on and then it's over and you're like 'wait, what?...

Freaks and Geeks

Remember that time our guidance counsellor embarrassed us with a gender-neutral version of Alice Cooper's Eighteen? Or what about when Jason Schwartzman ...

MIFF Roundup Edition 3

This is serious now, guys. A lot of this stuff is selling fast. But it's ok, take a deep breath. This final (for now) MIFF post rounds up documentaries, ...

Sex Tape

Politicians and outraged conservative fuddie duddies are wasting their energy pointing at Frozen, queers on the telly and teaching in schools for pushing a h...

MIFF Roundup Edition 2, International Panorama

We're putting the 'I' in MIFF with the second roundup because the world is a diverse and many-voiced orb with plenty of tales to tell. Tickets to...

An interview with Alejandro Jodorowsky

Cult filmmaker and spiritual guru Alejandro Jodorowsky is having a resurgent cultural moment. Known for his esoteric movie classics El Topo and The Holy Moun...

MIFF Roundup Edition 1

Melbourne International Film Festival! What a time of year. The wind is merciless, everyone is grumpy and long-faced and birds probably have a fairly hard ti...

Scandinavian Film Festival Guide for the Disorganised

Clogs? Tick. Pinterest board of mid-century Danish furniture you can't afford? Tick. Weakness for mulled wine aka glögg/gløgg/glögi? Tick. A weird obsess...

All This Mayhem

Skater boys. So cute! Soooooo disgusting. They make more sense when you understand skateboarding; the playful bravado, creative transgression and nihilistic ...

Calvary

If you had just seven days left to live, would you quit your job and turn into one of those bucket list assholes? Probably. Chances are you'd at least re...

Muscle Shoals

Deep south in the U.S. is a region that has enthralled for years, and while Australia is about to OD on po' boys, pulled pork, and honkytonk bars, those ...

The Two Faces of January

Donuts, minotaurs, gold snake bracelets, crisp suits, murder: I’d give my last Aegean cat to go back to Greece in 1962. Happily, Patricia Highsmith wrote abo...