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MIFF 2015: The Thoughts That Once We Had (Thom Andersen)
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MIFF 2015: The Thoughts That Once We Had (Thom Andersen)

Essay filmmaker Thom Andersen’s The Thoughts That Once We Had might evade even the keenest Gilles Deleuze fans. Using the latter thinker’s abstruse film-philosophy books Cinema 1: The Movement-Image and Cinema 2: The Time-Image as its structuring narrative (an ambitious undertaking), Andersen navigates a trip through film history, beginning with the affect-images of Griffith (the faces of … Continue reading

Paper Towns (2015): A Paper Girl and a Flimsy Paper Movie
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Paper Towns (2015): A Paper Girl and a Flimsy Paper Movie

You could write off Paper Towns as yet another sonorously dull YA novel adaptation with plenty of ‘problematic’ politico mumbo-jumbo caveats, but you could also make the case that there’s a distinct authorial voice behind it’s lazily procured teen euphoria. It’s marketed at the same cultish horde of impressionable young girls that turned out for The Fault … Continue reading

Oslo, August 31st (2011)
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Oslo, August 31st (2011)

In a scene around the middle of Joachim Trier’s masterful Oslo August 31st, Anders (Anders Danielson Lie) sits dejected in a cafe—hypersensitive to his surrounds—eavesdropping on the conversations of the other patrons. They talk about their lives and aspirations as Anders smiles warmly and knowingly to himself, acutely aware that he is not a part of their world, and … Continue reading

Revelation Film Festival: Best of Enemies (2015)
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Revelation Film Festival: Best of Enemies (2015)

My general antipathy for talking heads was momentarily put to rest for Best of Enemies, a documentary about the power of words and the ideological mud-fights that buck-toothed men in plaid could fight with them. It’s almost impossible to complain when the heads in question are this barbarously witty, proficiently intellectual and malignantly angry. There is … Continue reading

Local Produce: Greenfield (2015)
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Local Produce: Greenfield (2015)

Greenfield, a new, Western-Australian produced web series premiering at Luna Leederville tonight, followed by an online launch immediately thereafter, is a one-way ticket into the heartland of Australian masculinity and prejudice. A brooding and portentous study of a town struggling to equate cosmopolitan ideas with a brutally regressive rural mindset, the series centres around a … Continue reading

Revelation Film Festival: The Look of Silence (2015)
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Revelation Film Festival: The Look of Silence (2015)

Back in 2013, I unsuspectingly wandered into a morning screening of Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing, a documentary about the systemic murder of a million communists, political dissidents and racially ‘impure’ Indonesians at the hands of a brutally thuggish and governmentally sanctioned regime of gangsters between 1965 and 1966. Not even a buttressed spectator … Continue reading