Melbourne Documentary Film Festival Review – ‘Batman and Me’

Tim Burton’s ‘Batman‘ released June 1989, grossed a whopping $411 million at the worldwide box office, while its associated merchandise generated over a billion USD. After a childhood memory leads to a Google search for Batman slime, Australian filmmaker Michael Wayne (not related to Bruce Wayne aka The Dark Knight himself, FYI) visits a Batman-merchandise […]

Review – ‘The Assistant’

In Kitty Green‘s narrative debut ‘The Assistant‘, we follow one day in the life of Jane (Julia Garner – ‘Ozark‘), a recent college graduate and aspiring film producer, who has recently landed her dream job as a junior assistant to a powerful entertainment mogul. Her day is much like any other assistant’s – making coffee, […]

Review – ‘Endings, Beginnings’

Bad breakups, toxic behaviour and fear of your own thoughts, that’s exactly what Daphne (Shailene Woodley – Big Little Lies) is dealing with in ‘Endings, Beginnings‘. Living in her sister’s guesthouse, she regularly witnesses her sibling and her brother-in-law fighting, which not only aggravates Daphne’s growing despair regarding long-term love, but on top of that […]

SSAFF Review – ‘Back of the Moon’

The closing film of Sydney’s South African Film Festival 2020 is Academy Award-nominated director Angus Gibson‘s (Mandela) ‘Back of the Moon’, a tragic love story set in a rundown part of Johannesburg. It’s 1958 and Badman (Richard Lukunku – Black Sails), an intellectual and the leader of the most powerful gang in Sophiatown, lives life […]

SSAFF Review – ‘Fiela Se Kind’

In Brett Michael Innes‘ adaptation of Dalene Matthee‘s classic novel, a coloured woman living in the dried up valley, Karoo, takes in a lost white child and raises him as her own. Nine years later, the boy is removed and forced to live in the Knysna Forest with a family of woodcutters who claim that […]

Review – ‘How To Build a Girl’

Caitlin Moran‘s novel (who also wrote the screenplay) ‘How To Build a Girl‘ tells the story of teenager Johanna Morrigan’s (Beanie Feldstein – Booksmart) journey as she reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde. Yesterday, a teenager in search of her own identity; today, a sex-positive wild child with an infamous look, and trash talking the finest […]

Review – ‘The Lodge’

Who doesn’t want to go to a remote lodge in winter to celebrate Christmas with the family?! Unless of course it’s with your stepmom, who you don’t necessarily have anything in common with. That’s exactly what happens in Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz‘s newest film ‘The Lodge‘. After its premiere at Sundance over a year […]

Review – ‘Color Out of Space’

Cult director Richard Stanley (who once famously got fired as the director of ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau‘) directs H.P. Lovecraft‘s cosmic nightmare Color Out of Space. The story follows Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage continuing his Cage-aissance) and his family, whose recent retreat to rural life gets interrupted when a meteorite crashes into their front […]

Review – ‘Butt Boy’

Who is Butt Boy? Where is Butt Boy? Why is Butt Boy? Let’s settle it once and for all: Butt Boy just is! That’s right. Writer, director and star of this one-of-a-kind experience, Tyler Cornack (this is also his directorial debut), has created something so foolish and ridiculous, it turns into something exceptionally entertaining unlike […]

Review – ‘Vivarium’

“I’m not your fucking mother!” – Gemma Social distancing in The Twilight Zone. There isn’t a better time to release Vivarium, a film about a young couple dying to find the perfect home. Soon after Gemma and Tom (played by Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg) visit house nr. 9 in what seems to be copy-pasted […]