Film Festival

MIFF2010 Day 7: Bleak Noir and WW2 Anime

A short, sharp two film day for me here. The Anti-Israel MIFF controversy seems to be building as a Palestinian film threatens to be withdrawn. More arguments with uninformed protesters outside cinemas ensue. I am loving the members priority queue!!!

MIFF2010 Day 6: Four Lions & Kanikosen

No, you are not imagining things. Yesterday was a day off so there will be no Day 5 entry. I’ve decided to keep it confusing and skip it. MIFF is really kicking into gear for me though. Some sensational films seen and much to look forward to on the horizon. A highlight today, lets take a look...

MIFF2010 Day 4: Korean Maids, Stolen Babies and B Movies

Start of the first week and things are going well. Not too burnt out, had some arguments with protesters, starting to see familar faces and am getting quite photo-sensitive. All in all a pretty good place to be come Day 4.

MIFF2010: World's Greatest Dad

Bobcat Goldthwait has come a long way from his Police Academy days. This is his third feature film as writer/director and he is definitely grown to become an artist to watch. His 2006 film, Sleeping Dogs Lie, was an interesting but incomplete and uneven work that had a glorious idea at its core but was spread too thin.

MIFF2010 Day 3: Spalding Grey, Hillbilly Noir and Japanese Eccentrics

Things are beginning to get hazy but in a pleasant way. Only 4 films today and nothing longer than 100 minutes! Huzzah! Carlos took alot out of me yesterday. First film up was The Red Chapel which was one of my festival highlights so far and I have written about it separately here.

MIFF2010 Day 2: Carlos with a Machete on an Uninhabited Island

Nothing like a five and a half hour film to clear out the cobwebs. I packed a lunch for this one after learning from the Cremaster 7 hour marathon a few weeks ago that a mere hip flask of vodka is not going to sustain over a long duration. 2 World Premieres were witnessed by me today! Woohoo! I wish I liked them more.

MIFF2010 Day 1: Let's Start at the Bottom Shall We

And we're off on a 17 day journey through sleep deprivation and malnutrition. I'm expecting the gamut of emotions to strike me at this festival. Love, hate, indifference, boredom, offence, it's all gonna be packaged amongst the wintry front of Melbourne city. Lets get straight into it shall we.

Melbourne International Film Festival 2010: The Preview, Part 2

Hey, you're back! Good on you! Soldiering through I see. Buried amongst my ranting there is some valuable information I'm sure. Welcome to the second part of my MIFF preview. Didn't expect it to get so long-winded but we have a lot to talk about. My main concern today will be looking at the documentary selections. Like yesterday I will move from films I am anticipating to films I have already seen. Let's get into it shall we...

Melbourne International Film Festival 2010: The Preview, Part 1

Can you feel it in the air? That whiff of desperation as a malnourished film junkie runs past you in the city on their way to their next fix. Balancing a caffeine hit with some junk food and only one thing on their mind, what's up next? After my brief week long sojourn at the Sydney Film Festival last month, the business end of festival season is upon me.
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