April 25th, 2017

MIFF day nine: Top Floor Left Wing, Route Irish, Outrage

Top Floor Left Wing (Dernier étage gauche gauche, Angelo Cianci, France/Luxembourg) The debutante French director Angelo Cianci set himself quite a task in his first feature film. He attempts to combine a tense hostage drama situation with broad, silly humour, and inject an undercurrent of biting sociopolitical satire and cross-cultural commentary as well. It’s not […]

MIFF day eight: The Big Sleep, Oki’s Movie, Cold Fish

The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks, United States) One of the many events happening at the fringes of MIFF this year is a series of “illustrated film talks” by noted British academic Adrian Wootton, canvassing subjects such as Frank Sinatra, Graham Greene, and Elvis Presley, among others. After the film talk “Howard Hawks: An Introduction” guests […]

MIFF day three: Magic Trip, The Guard, Submarine, The Yellow Sea

My second day at the Melbourne International Film Festival saw me ramp up my daily film quota from two to four, and it would have been five if I had woken up early enough to catch Jean Cocteau’s 1946 Beauty and the Beast. As it happens I’m glad I slept in because by the end […]

MIFF day two: Three, The King of Comedy

Melbourne pulled out some unseasonably pleasant weather for the second day of the Melbourne International Film Festival. It must have known the interstaters were watching. Don’t be fooled.I started my own personal MIFF journey slowly, with a mere two films: Three, Tom Twyker’s first non-Hollywood film since 2000’s The Princess and the Warrior; and Martin […]

MIFF 2011: Top ten most anticipated MIFF picks

Melancholia

Tomorrow marks the opening night of the 60th annual Melbourne International Film Festival, and to me that sounds like the perfect time to start a film blog. So it is with no fanfare at all that I welcome you to Cinema Quest, a place where I can air my von Trier-related grievances, viciously defend the […]