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Posted 24 Oct 2016 @ 6:23pm

★★★☆

 

Elle is a whodunnit in which the main character doesn’t particularly care who done it.

 

The film opens with a horrific act of sexual violence, played for dark laughs and committed against video game developer and icy matriarch Michele (Isabelle Huppert in a typically brilliant turn). Rather than tell her dopey son or the police about the incident, she...

Posted 19 Oct 2016 @ 1:56pm

★★★

 

Hacksaw Ridge tells the very true story of a man who simultaneously acted as a conscientious objector and a genuine war hero, and therein lies its inherent contradiction: as a film, it both glorifies and condemns, pushing forward for the genre while remaining entrenched in its more unpalatable conventions.

 

Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) is the son of a Great...

Posted 18 Oct 2016 @ 2:57pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. There's some refreshingly original films here that feel like the delightful silver lining on a huge, puffy cloud of repetitive industry dross.

 

Honourable mention to NZ documentary Poi E, which didn't quite make the cut....

Posted 18 Oct 2016 @ 2:38pm

★☆

 

Ever felt like you’re watching great artists totally phone it in for the sake of cashing a cheque?

 

The director of Apollo 13 and Frost/Nixon takes on the world’s most profoundly inventive vision of hell and somehow manages to make the hunt to stop a plague feel like two hours in purgatory.

 

Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) wakes up in hospital,...

Posted 18 Oct 2016 @ 2:19pm

★★★★

 

Danish provocateur Nicolas Winding Refn is a brand of his own now – complete with logo splashed liberally across the credits – and his latest neo-horror objet d’art, The Neon Demon, is that brand’s clearest expression. Pulsing with repressed animosity and insatiable hunger, it is a superficial but viscerally satisfying nightmare ride into the world of modeling.

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Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 1:05pm

★★★☆

 

Australian filmmakers rarely want to be seen as such – they dream of being taken seriously by the ‘real’ cinema industry of America, and it robs them of a cultural identity. Despite this statelessness, and despite outward pretension, Boys In The Trees delivers a gut-punch emotional narrative with plenty of style.

 

Corey (Toby Wallace) is on the cusp of...

Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 12:35pm

★★☆

 

Gillian Flynn’s adaptation of her own bestselling novel Gone Girl sent shockwaves through the industry on its release in 2014, and while The Girl On The Train is no carbon copy in either its narrative focus or characters, it can’t help but suffer from the inevitable comparison.

 

Rachel (Emily Blunt) is in free fall – divorced and living vicariously through a...

Posted 11 Oct 2016 @ 2:57pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. One movie for every day of the week this time around - check out last week's write-up for the lowdown on Zero Days.

 

There's more Tom Hanks than you can poke a global conspiracy at this year, but there's...

Posted 6 Oct 2016 @ 2:46pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. It's time for a big ol' dose of reality, with three docos and one "based on a true story" blowout hitting screens today.

 

But really, you've all been waiting to hear the goss on the latest best-selling crime novel adaptation, right? The biggest thing since Gillian Flynn...

Posted 6 Oct 2016 @ 12:54pm

★★★★☆

 

Cinematic cruelty is an understated currency these days. After all, Hitchcock founded his career on a distinct form of stylised meanness, and everyone from Brian De Palma to French auteur Claire Denis has injected their films with a squirmy kind of sadism.

 

Indeed, it is the shadow of Denis that falls most obviously across Trash Fire, the new film from...

Posted 5 Oct 2016 @ 5:52pm

Sydney’s cultural life sure does get trash talked a lot these days.

 

It seems like everywhere you turn there’s another blog or media outlet denouncing our artistic contribution as being almost nonexistent, and any trace of optimism is a hard find. But although it’s fair to say that the lockout laws have a lot to answer for, Sydney’s still got a great deal of kick left, and...

Posted 29 Sep 2016 @ 1:28pm

★★★

 

Some things are perplexing from the get go: take Trump’s rise to power, daylight savings, algebra and the animated film Storks as just a few examples. Indeed, with its eclectic mix of avian creatures, a pack of supremely collaborative wolves, a pink-haired baby, a red-haired teen and a massive trip down anti-establishment road, Storks sure is one wild...

Posted 28 Sep 2016 @ 11:56am

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. The summer blockbusters are rolling in thick and fast now, with two major season entries hitting screens on Thursday.

 

Middle-class Iran makes another silver screen appearance, Anna Gunn gets to wear the pants for once, and a family connect with their disabled son through the...

Posted 23 Sep 2016 @ 10:36am

 

All good horror films thrive on the tension between the known and the unknown. The power of found footage flicks is about accentuating that divide: about taking a reasonable, overtly ‘filmed’ approach to something utterly unreasonable, applying logic to forces that actively refuse it.

 

In that way the original The Blair Witch Project is an exercise in how the...

Posted 21 Sep 2016 @ 2:13pm

For many animators, winning an Academy Award for your craft would be a career highlight.

 

But when Michael Dudok de Wit won his back in 2001, there’s no way he could have anticipated the phone call from Studio Ghibli asking him if he was interested in making a feature. The resulting collaboration led to the production of The Red Turtle, the first non-Japanese film Ghibli has...

Posted 20 Sep 2016 @ 4:26pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Animation leads the way, but there's also plenty of thrills, both documented and dramatised, to satisfy all you weirdos who prefer IRL life to drawings.

 

It's the kind of release week that caters to a broad range of audiences, composed of a broadly-appealing family funbag, a more...

Posted 18 Sep 2016 @ 3:02pm

★★★★☆

 

Watching is creating. To bear witness to an event is to be an essential part of it, and there is nothing passive about being a spectator. If there’s any one American filmmaker who fully understands this, it’s Brian De Palma, the carnage-driven auteur behind Carrie and Scarface, and a man whose life and work is profiled in exhaustive, near-obsessive detail in De Palma....

Posted 16 Sep 2016 @ 11:33am

★★★★

 

There’s nothing quite so humbling as seeing Earth, the vessel that casually sustains all of life, reduced to a mesmerising mish mash of blue and green. In collaboration with NASA, IMAX have produced the documentary A Beautiful Planet, a breathtaking exploration of our collective home that zooms right out on Earth, turning our planet into a speck rather than a sphere.

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Posted 15 Sep 2016 @ 9:30am

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This week, the release schedule is back to normal, but there's also the incredible Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) to contend with, so read up homies!

 

Back to your regularly scheduled giffage! Spring has sprung, bringing...

Posted 14 Sep 2016 @ 4:05pm

Courses on offer:

 

Screenwise is Australia’s leading film and TV school for actors, specifically designed to provide specialist, career-focused training in acting for film and television. Screenwise offers a full-time accredited Diploma course in Screen Acting, the Showreel Course as well as several short courses all year round, accommodating for all ages and skill levels....

Posted 14 Sep 2016 @ 2:18pm

★★★☆

 

If you’ve ever been on a plane and things have begun shaking too bloody much, then this film is most definitely for you. Sully is an hour and thirty six minutes of visceral aviation pangs starring the one and only Tom Hanks.

 

Sully tells the ‘untold’ true story of Flight 1549 from LaGuardia Airport, a plane that ended up in the Hudson river with every single...

Posted 13 Sep 2016 @ 3:07pm

"Oh hi Mark, meet my legal team!"

 

Tommy Wiseau, director of the cult classic The Room, a film that has more than occasionally been described as one of the worst movies of all time, has reportedly enlisted a legal team in order to "pursue action" against the Sydney Underground Film Festival should they choose to proceed with screenings of Room Full Of Spoons, an expose about the...

Posted 12 Sep 2016 @ 5:40pm

Now in its fourth year, the festival has a quality lineup of golden classics that incorporate British culture, humour and traditions.

 

The festival will open with the Australian premiere of Amma Asante's drama A United Kingdom, which is based on the book Colour Bar by Susan Williams. It comes directly from its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and is also...

Posted 12 Sep 2016 @ 5:38pm

Get ready for Caturday!

 

All you Anime-lovers, this one's for you: Neko Nation, a celebration of all things related to the artform is heading to Sydney.

 

The event will feature a host of different disciplines and showcases for you to enjoy. There will be DJs, opportunities for cosplay, drinks, dancing and so much more. The festival is designed to replicate the...

Posted 10 Sep 2016 @ 2:58pm

Get ready...

 

With a tagline like 'what is it?' how could you not be intrigued by Red Billabong? The film, a new entry into Australia's beloved creature feature subgenre, is heading to Event Cinemas George Street in a special one-off screening that will give horror fans a chance to see the epic new flick up on the big screens, which, let's face it, is really the only way to...

Posted 10 Sep 2016 @ 2:28pm

David Lynch's masterpiece is returning to the big screen.

 

Having recently been voted the best film of the 21st century - how's that for props? - David Lynch's surrealist cinematic trip Mulholland Drive is returning to the big screens.

 

The film stars Naomi Watts, and follows the story of a young ingenue navigating the worlds of success, romance and horrific burnt...

Posted 7 Sep 2016 @ 12:44pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This just in: TOO MANY MOVIES. There's nine films coming out on Thursday, and I am but one man.

 

As such, your recommended dose of five is below, and it's a shame, really, given I have had to skip four. The first two honourable mentions are Aussie flicks deserving of your...

Posted 1 Sep 2016 @ 4:55pm

Is there a guiding philosophy behind the curation of the films in the SUFF?

 

First and foremost, we aim to show films that provoke, push boundaries and are more on the adventurous side. Though we pay homage to the spirit of the historical underground, the exact definition of ‘underground cinema’ is always up for debate, so we see SUFF as a conduit for showcasing the year’s best...

Posted 1 Sep 2016 @ 2:18pm

Courses on offer:

 

AFTRS offers a BA Screen, an MA Screen: Business And Leadership, short courses, nine diplomas, eight advanced diplomas, eight graduate certificates, plus an MA Screen in eleven disciplines.

 

What makes us different: AFTRS is consistentlyrated as one of the top international film schools in the world by The Hollywood Reporter, the onlyAustralian...

Posted 1 Sep 2016 @ 2:17pm

Courses on offer:

 

Sydney Film School offers a Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media. Each course lasts one year.  The diploma provides a foundation in all the disciplines of filmmaking and the advanced diploma allows you to specialise in your chosen field.

 

What makes us different: SFS is Australia’s leading independent film school, and one of the top...

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