Film Review

SFF 2011: Tabloid & Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

Most modern documentary filmmakers working today could learn a lot from Errol Morris. The way he embraces subjective truth is infinitely fascinating and TABLOID, while a minor entry overall in his canon, is possibly his most concerted examination of this idea.

SFF 2011: Tree Of Life

I've been putting off writing about TREE OF LIFE for 24 hours now. I simply don't know how to approach it and I'm not even sure how I feel about it. Unlike others who really emotionally connected with it, I felt it kept me personally at quite a distance. Its ethereal approach did strike some chord within me but it was so intangible that I can't even begin to describe it.

Sff 2011: Cool It & Corridor

The midpoint of a film festival is always a tricky moment. An odd type of film-lag sets in regardless of how well slept you are. Films begin to blur, sometimes even while you are watching them. I've forgotten what fruit looks like and the thought of more fast food makes me feel rather ill.

SFF 2011: Project Nim & Hobo With A Shotgun

As the days begin to blur, my fourth day of the festival brought yet more delights in what is turning out to be one of the most consistently good run of films I have experienced in quite a while. My mediocre festival diet is starting to blur my perception of reality.

SFF2011: The Future, Target, End Of Animal, Stake Land

As the rain continues to pour down, the festival is still haunted by iffy projection difficulties. A screening of the documentary El Bulli was struck with a missing audio track resulting in apparent mass walkouts (a refund was strangely only offered to those who didn't stay for the duration).

SFF 2011: Kill List

Ben Wheatley's second film after the solid Down Terrace last year is an amazing step up in every respect. Kill List is a painfully tense and stunningly well structured genre piece that signals Wheatley as a filmmaker to watch over the coming years.

SFF 2011: Septien & Cave Of Forgotten Dreams

Seems like there are some slight issues with sessions starting on time so far this year which is strange as the program looked well timed from a distance with good breaks between films. Oh well, that's the way it goes. P.S: Tried supposedly one of the best cafes in Sydney's CBD (Workshop) and received an literally undrinkable coffee. Bitter, burnt and generally sickening, I was not pleased. Would've returned it in a flash if I wasn't running to a session. Did I mention I was from Melbourne?

SFF 2011: Sleeping Beauty - A Devastating Achievement

“In the mad rush of getting critical responses filed (or tweeted) before the 4th or 5th screening of the day begins, critics and commentators make snap judgments read by millions around the world, long before anyone else has a chance to even see the film, let alone formulate a counter-opinion.”

SFF 2011 Day 1: Tucker And Dale Vs Evil

Hello Sydney. My you are a bit chilly aren't you.

Snowtown: A Visceral Kick in the Guts

Justin Kurzel's debut feature film Snowtown comes with a degree of infamy behind it. From the numerous walk-outs that seem to occur every time it screens (5 people out of 25 in my theatre) to the now classic comment from Australia's pre-eminent something or other Richard Wilkins who was so offended by the movie he described it as a disgusting snuff film.
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