June 27th, 2017

Review: Burning Man

★★★★ The first half-hour of Jonathan Teplitzky’s Burning Man is a frenetic series of excerpts from the life of Bondi chef, negligent father and all-round terrible human being Tom Kinnear (Matthew Goode), the jigsaw almost impossible to fit together because pieces jump forward and back through time and what little dialogue exists is naturalistic rather than expository.

Review: The Cup

★ Before reading this review, please take a few minutes to watch this clip from YouTube: Now, feel free to send me a letter of thanks because I have just saved you from spending 106 minutes and upwards of $15 on one of the worst Australian dramas you’re ever likely to see.

Review: Face to Face

★★★★☆ It’s easy to describe in a sentence the plot of Michael Rymer’s new film Face to Face. What’s not quite so easy is to adequately explain how such a simple set-up makes for the best Australian film of 2011, but it’s all in the execution.

Review: Red Dog

★★ The story on which Red Dog is based – the true account of a canine who rambled through the north-west of Australia in the 1970s – is curious, possibly even interesting. The film, however, is formulaic, laboured, generally unrealistic (which is amazing considering this is a true story) and features some awfully one-dimensional characterisation.