As film consumers, we may have subconsciously lowered our standards in the past decade when it comes to comedies, but the enjoyment brought through ‘The Lost City’ was undeniable—perhaps a signal that this once-prevalent genre of cinema is ready to be reinstated in popular film culture.
I never expected to cry over a movie that included an alternate universe where people have sausages instead of fingers, Harry Shum Jr. is controlled by a raccoon (Ratatouille style), and the fate of the world rests on an “everything bagel”. But I did, and it happened to be one of the best movies I’ve seen in the past few years.
‘Olivia Rodrigo: driving home 2 u (a SOUR film)’ tells of the artist’s unrequited love that manifested into the most popular music album in the world. Sharing intimate details never broached before, the singer-songwriter appears more vulnerable than ever in her latest cinematic endeavour.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore follows Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) and their allies in stopping the schemes of Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) who plans to seize control of the wizarding world. The few fantastic beasts that barely earned this film its title were more and more awkwardly shuffled around the human-focused narrative.
Starring Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz, Reeves’ ‘The Batman’ successfully crafts a unique experience that stands out in the long line-up of other Batman and superhero films; a true love letter to the classic superhero, Gotham City and its inhabitants.
Infamous for the altogether uncanny early animation that sparked a wave of viral memes and outcries for redesigns, the translation of Sonic the Hedgehog to the silver screen was a journey of trial and error. Heralded by much more peaceful and pleasant press than its predecessor, the second film of the series marks the filmmakers finding their stride.
Painful realities and the supernatural meld together in Last Night in Soho, a psychological thriller with elements of horror which follows an aspiring fashion designer who has the ability to slip into neon-lit ‘60s London. Her idyllic impression of the era and its glamour quickly cracks and splinters into something sinister, as Edgar Wright proves that not all that’s gold always glitters.
Melbourne Uni’s Fantasy and Science Fiction Appreciation Society reviews Marvel’s ‘Eternals’, who described the film as “an enjoyable experience if you watch without trying to over analyse the details as it flashes before your eyes”.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer, the film adaptation of the hugely successful PlayStation game franchise of the same name, Uncharted, has finally released in Australia on 17 February 2022.
In making ‘Studio 666’, the Foo Fighters (and their collaborators) truly succeeded in being true to their comedic and creative sensibilities. It’s a mean feat which pays off in an entertaining gore-fest that certainly won’t disappoint if you too share that same adoration for rock and horror-schlock.
Allegra McCormack reviews Eiji Sakata’s ‘Sumodo – The Successors of Samurai’, a film offering an eye-opening look into the intimate workings of what it means to be a professional sumo wrestler in modern Japan.
Bella Farrelly reviews Sōshi Matsumoto’s ‘It’s A Summer Film!’, which follows a schoolgirl, underwhelmed by the rom-com being made by the Film Club, who sets out with her friends to make a samurai film to compete with it. First step: convince a mysterious stranger to play the lead.
Set to play in ACMI, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memoria, starring Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton, is a stellar film that sheds light on the complex nature of internalised pain and trauma, and how different people learn to live about it.
Even for audience members who grew up many kilometres away and many decades later, Licorice Pizza is a story which champions the freedom, passion and excitement which are each an integral part of forging your own identity.
In a COVID-19 ravaged world, shrunk for many to the size of a room or a house, Klammer’s film serves as a powerful imperative for us all, and a reminder of the enduring nature of the world around us.
Patel’s documentary is not called The Ants and the Grasshopper because we ought to agree with the dispassionate ants, but because Anita suggests a radical, new, and open-minded reading of the fable – a reading that addresses food security, race, gender, and inequality.
The promises made in A.rtificial I.mmortality’s trailer act much like the opening page of a syllabus, promising a fascinating class that unfortunately fails to meet expectations throughout the semester.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s time to brush off that cynicism clinging to your shoulders and embrace the pastel pink, cotton candy sappiness of a good old rom-com. That’s right, tis the season of Hollywood gifting you outlandish tales of hopeless romantics finding “The One”.
For viewers unfamiliar with the source material, the film is a pretty traditional rom-com, with an interesting premise and enjoyable chemistry that hold its together. The Hating Game is no pioneer in its field but rather a steady proponent of the universal appeal of a predictable romance.
The new ‘Cruella’ film captures the transformation of the villainess—a brash, quirky but sagacious maverick, and the humble but twisted beginnings which induce her maniacal traits.
He empathises with the need to portray a perfect life online and suggests that although these women are mocked for posting such idyllic and seemingly unimportant things, they are simultaneously discouraged from breaking the public’s assumption that their life is perfect and displaying vulnerability.
Understated and unequivocally authentic, Sound of Metal is a stirring rehabilitation drama that sits with the importance of identity and the inevitability of change.
It’s now time for a new member of the Holmes family to take centre stage. Netflix’s Enola Holmes might not be on par with some of the great mysteries such as Murder on the Orient Express, but it does provide an insightful glance into women’s roles during the Victorian period through an observant and outspoken protagonist.