April 28th, 2017

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.

Review: Killer Elite

★★ What a sad state of affairs it is when Robert De Niro’s name on a poster is an indication to stay away.

Review: The Whistleblower

★★ With the U.S. – and, by extension, Australia – currently contracting private firms for all manner of logistical services in two ugly foreign wars, the timing of The Whistleblower’s release could barely have been more appropriate.

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.