The Missing Picture

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Mar 202014

It’s hard to know where to start with The Missing Picture, an incredibly unique film which tells a very personal story of the Khmer Rogue and the atrocities they committed between 1975 and 1979. This film portrays such an awful piece of history in an incredibly moving way. My review of the Oscar nominated The Missing Picture after the jump.

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Giveaway: FILTH on Blu-ray

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Mar 182014

Thanks to Icon Home Entertainment we have 3 copies of FILTH on Blu-ray to give away

Available to buy digitally March 26, available to rent or buy on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital April 4


Desperately bored with his duties as a Detective Sergeant, Bruce (McAvoy) survives on a mixture of cocaine, alcohol and sexually abusive relationships. Determined to secure the lucrative promotion to Detective Inspector and reconcile with his estranged wife and daughter, Bruce begins concocting a plan to sabotage his colleagues, including Amanda Drummond (Poots). Bruce turns his nearest rivals against each other, one by one, and by increasingly creative means.

Assigned to lead the investigation surrounding the murder of a Japanese student, Bruce soon finds his life spiralling out of control. With increasingly frequent hallucinations featuring his psychiatrist, Dr.Rossi (Broadbent), Bruce stumbles, schemes and manipulates his way through the investigation, with his mild-mannered friend Bladesey (Eddie Marsan) and partner Ray Lennox (Bell) at his side. When his drug addiction and unchecked psychological issues combine to test his grip on reality, they finally push him over the edge.

To win

Tell us the name of one other film which James McAvoy has starred in. Send all answers, along with your name and postal address to by 9pm on Thursday April 3rd. For an extra entry, ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Check out the terms & conditions of the competition after the jump.
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Mar 172014

A 10 year-old girl living in Saudi Arabia abides by her strict culture yet never stops observing and questions the more unfair notions of a society that operate in the favour of men. All she wants however, is a bike, but she’s told that it’s not appropriate for a young girl’s virtue. She just wants to be an individual with the freedom to experience pure joy, much like any child does. Does it resonate? Do we come to care about a girl and her bike in the first place? My review of Wadjda after the jump.

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Made In America

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Mar 172014

Made in American is a Ron Howard-directed behind-the-scenes documentary about 2012’s Budweiser Made in America music festival, which was held in Philadelphia. The music festival is the brainchild of Philadelphia local and musician Jay-Z. In creating the festival, he hoped to bring together people from all different cultures and walks of life to enjoy the power of music together. The multi-genre festival was held over two days and featured artists such as: Pearl Jam, Rita Ora, Miike Snow, Jay Z and Skrillex.

The documentary covers not only the performances and the festival itself, but it also interviews participating artists about their craft and why they make music/what inspires them, and founder Jay Z about his motivations for both the festival and his career as a whole. While the performances are photographed beautifully & transport you to the heart of the audience, it was the interviews with the performers which I found the most interesting. They all have such different backgrounds and came into the music business in such different ways. Some came in later in life, while others have performed since they could walk. There were several extremely inspirational interviews with performers who came from challenging backgrounds, but fought hard and achieved their dreams. To hear how humbled they felt to have transformed their lives was extremely refreshing – a real look behind their often showy stage persona.

Ron Howard and his team have constructed an extremely watchable and entertaining documentary with Made in America, switching between performances, interviews and segments showing the putting together of the festival. I particularly enjoyed the interviews with one of the roadies, a local who relies on summer events to make it through the barren winter. An interview with an elderly resident who lives next to the festival location was also an amusing highlight. The sound editing is impeccable and recreates the concert experience to the highest quality. The underlying theme of celebrating music and life, even at a time with things are down, was uplifting and inspirational. This is a great documentary for music lovers and those needing a little pick-me-up alike.

By Sam McCosh
Made in America is screening as a special events season from March 20, 2014. More information here.

The Best Films Set In…The Deep South

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Mar 142014

This is the tenth post in the “The Best Films Set In…” series. The setting can be a place (like Tokyo), a location (like the beach), or a time (like Winter). In these posts I’m going to pick my 5 favourite films that are set in that particular place/location/time and explain why I like them.

In honour of season one of True Detective and it’s absolutely amazing setting (which was a character in its own right), we’re going deep.

After the jump, check out my picks for The Best Films Set In…The Deep South.

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Need for Speed

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Mar 122014

A popular street racing video game I vaguely remember playing on weekends during my high school days gets the big screen treatment. Then, they cast Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul in the main role and that’s where things start to get interesting. But can Jesse Pinkman himself lift this one out of the doldrums of video game movie purgatory and into the realm of solid entertainment? My review of Need for Speed after the jump.

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All is Lost

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Mar 102014

J.C Chandor has moved from the boardroom to the ocean with his sophomore feature film, All is Lost. 77-year-old Redford plays the unnamed solo sailor (the credits list him as “Our Man”) who faces every sailor’s worst nightmare. My review after the jump.

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2014 Audi Festival Of German Films

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Mar 082014

For the event’s 13th annual season, Festival Director, Dr. Arpad Sölter and his international jury of movie experts have selected over 50 award-winning and critically lauded features, shorts and documentaries that showcase Germany’s multi-layered, vibrant and ever-evolving culture. This year’s programme includes extraordinary dramas, thrillers, comedies, romances, westerns, historical epics, coming-of-age tales and horror-movies, most of which will be screening as Australian premieres. There’s also a selection of films for the young and the young-at-heart that the whole family will relish, as well as designated school sessions and numerous special events in addition to the Festival’s screenings.

Launching the Festival in Sydney and Melbourne will be Banklady, an action crime-drama starring celebrated German actress Nadeshda Brennicke, who will be the Festival’s guest-of-honour at the Gala Opening Night events in both cities.  Based on a true story, Banklady brings to life the escapades of Gisela Werler, West Germany’s first female bank robber who made the transition from shy worker to notorious felon during her heyday in the 1960s.


Screening highlights of the 2014 Festival include:

EXIT MARRAKECH (Screening in Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane)
Academy Award winning director Caroline Link (Nowhere in Africa) returns with an exploration of culture and personal discovery set in Morocco. A celebrated theatre director and his disaffected teenage son try to reconnect as they explore resentments and issues from the past. Prior to the film’s screening in Sydney and Melbourne there will be an exotic Morocco-themed “Oriental night”.

OH BOY (Screening in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & Canberra)
Niko, a man in his 20s, is beset by a series of unexpected incidents that throw his well-ordered life into turmoil. Shot in black and white on the streets of Berlin, this debut feature by Jan-Ole Gerster has received numerous awards and highlights a side of German life that is not commonly represented in German film.

25 YEARS AGO – FALL OF THE WALL(Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane)
Journey through the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall via two fascinating documentaries and live music from Berlin cabaret pop band, The Beez.


Sydney:  26 March to 10 April  Chauvel Cinema & Palace Norton Street

Melbourne: 27 March to 11 April Palace Cinema Como & Kino Cinemas

Brisbane: 28 March to 3 April Palace Centro

Canberra: 1 April to 6 April Palace Electric Cinema


Information about the full programme, related events and tickets can be found at the festival’s website: