Nov 182012


The end of the franchise that propelled two relative unknowns to fame and was the cause of much squealing the world over. Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 is critic-proof, and was always going to appease the die-hard Twihards. But does that mean it should get a pass for being poorly made rubbish? No, no it shouldn’t. Review after the jump.

Continue reading »

Nov 162012


Alcoholics come in all shapes and sizes, and from all walks of life – they aren’t always “the lowest of the low”, or rich enough to check into a high-class rehab center. In Smashed we meet a middle-class, high-functioning alcoholic who drinks her way through life…until she can’t anymore. Review after the jump.

Continue reading »

Nov 152012


A night of celebration will grace the Korean Cultural Office as a selection of award-winning short films screen as part of The Korean Short Film Night 2012, which aims to celebrate cultural diversity. Tales of Korean heritage features films from Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and the United States that focus on Korean stories in a newfound land.

A mix of drama and documentaries will warm your hearts with their moving storylines and genuine characters. The event will also mark the closing of the New Zealand and Korea Year of Friendship, as the Australian premiere of KOWI screens.

Short films are a fantastic gateway into the cinema of a particular culture, and if you’ve thought about watching Korean films but haven’t yet, then this would be a great introduction. The Korean Culture Office always puts on great events and they are very welcoming to new-comers and seasoned cinema-veterans alike.
When? November 29th at 6:30pm
Where? Korean Cultural Office, 255 Elizabeth St, Sydney
Free Entry!!!! (Includes drink & nibbles)

Bookings Essential. See: for more information

Nov 152012

Thermae Romae

The 16th Japanese Film Festival opened in style in Sydney on Wednesday 14 November, with a sold-out screening of the Japanese domestic smash hit, Thermae Romae (テルマエ・ロマエ). This Japanese crowd-pleaser won over the Sydney audience also, with lots of laughs had by all. Congratulations to the Japan Film Festival for a great opening night. Review of the film after the jump.

Continue reading »

Nov 152012


Dead Europe, based on the acclaimed novel is a gritty yet beautiful Australian drama that looks at the ugliest of human nature whilst focusing on family, responsibility and regret. Chris Elena got the chance to chat with Tony Krawitz, the director of Dead Europe about adapting the dense and difficult novel into a film (of only 82 minutes), the challenges he dealt with as a director and how he hopes the audience to respond to the film, especially those who were familiar with Christos Tsiolkas’s novel. Interview after the jump.

Continue reading »

Nov 132012


Isaac Raftis (Ewen Leslie) is a troubled man with an uncertain future, whose family has a very murky past. When the chance arises to travel to Athens for work, Isaac takes the opportunity to explore the country of his origin; and while doing so discovers his family’s unspoken past. Review of Dead Europe after the jump.

Continue reading »

Nov 122012

This is the ninth post in the “The Best Films Set In…” series. This week, Chris Elena makes a first attempt at listing his favourites. The setting can be a place (like Tokyo), a location (like the beach), or a time (like Winter). In these posts Chris is going to pick his 5 favourite films that are set in that particular place/location/time and explain why he likes them. Up this week is The Best Films Set In…New York! Continue reading »

Nov 092012

skyfall bond

Daniel Craig as Bond has been a bit of a mixed venture for some, with Casino Royale receiving high praise from just about everyone (including me); whereas his last outing as the martini drinking, charisma wearing agent proved to be more of a spectacle of stupidity, with bullets replacing smarts in Quantum of Solace (even if I enjoyed it). Now we have Skyfall, which tries to encapsulate the grit, excitement and humanity of both films, yet the charm of the series. Does it succeed? Review after the jump.

Continue reading »