July 25th, 2017

About Bradley J. Dixon

Bradley J. Dixon is a freelance writer and blogger from Melbourne.

Review: Manhattan

★★★ Manhattan has ensconsed itself as a classic and in many ways is the quintessential Woody Allen film with its gorgeous visual style and Gershwin score. But despite being delightfully self-defeating and witty it is also emotionally and intellectually muddled.

Review: The Raid

★★★ The choreography in The Raid is among the most mind-blowingly fast-paced and intricate martial arts choreography you’ll see this side of a Jackie Chan movie, but with literally no story and almost every action movie cliché imaginable, it will appeal to existing martial arts action fans but offer little enticement to others.

AFFFF Review: The Rabbi’s Cat

★★★☆ If you imagine Tintin as an elderly Jew and Snowy as a sassy, back-talking feline, and instead of going on dangerous adventures solving crimes they sit around discussing religion and philosophy at length, you’ll have something close to The Rabbi’s Cat.

AFFFF Review: 17 Girls

★★ An inadvertently vicious indictment of teenage empowerment, 17 Girls half-heartedly tries to portray its central characters as budding feminist heroes, but undermines them with an endless stream of clichés, generalisations and one-dimensionality.

Film Review: What’s Up, Tiger Lily?

★★ A bizarre hodgepodge of broad humour, bad music and horrible voices, completely devoid of the incisive sensibility Allen would explore in his later work. History has mostly forgotten What’s Up, Tiger Lily?, and that’s probably a good thing.

An open letter to Jim Schembri

Dear Jim, I could handle your “punking” of the “Twitterverse”, even if your outmoded use of buzzwords run into the ground eight years earlier suggested an inability to recognise how desperately unhip you are. In fact, I sympathised with you. I know what it’s like to be caught saying something you shouldn’t have online, and […]

Running the Scale

Lee Zachariah on that great time of year, moving out of awards season and into festival season: Stop going to see the same old shit like This Means War and Killer Elite and Safe House. Go to some festivals and see something that’ll make you glad you spent the money and the time.

Melbourne cinema façades, 1935–1954

Courtesy of the State Library of Victoria, a small photographic collection of theatre and cinema façades around Melbourne as they were in the 1930s, 40s and 50s:

Alex Cox: “Pirate a bunch of my stuff right away”

In an interview with The Quietus, Repo Man director Alex Cox looks back on his career and his tussles with the Hollywood machine: Repo Man is coming out on Blu-ray but not here in the United States. Why? AC: Universal Studios has an antipathy towards Repo Man and towards Walker. I don’t think they will […]

Review: A Separation

★★★★★ A Separation isn’t just an important work of cinema; it’s an important work of religious-humanistic endeavour. And it’s a film that people the world over should see.