Fury, Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed10/23/14
This week Fury is an ultra violent action movie about an American tank crew during the last days of World War Two. Beyond the bucket loads of gory thrills, it's also saying something deeper, and darker, about the cost of war on the victorious. We meet...
Whiplash, Force Majeure
The new American film Whiplash is about an ambitious young jazz drummer who comes under the mentorship of a bullying teacher. It’s young star Miles Teller is being tipped for an Oscar nomination, as is J.K. Simmons who plays the sadistic bandleader...
The Judge, Siddharth
From Gone Girl to Gone Boy. Siddharth is about a poor Indian family whose 12 year old son goes missing. Writer director Richie Mehta, a first generation Indian Canadian, discusses returning to the country of his parents to make it, and how his...
Gone Girl, Obvious Child
Everyone is talking about Gone Girl, the Hollywood film starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike that’s based on the best selling novel about a husband suspected of his wife’s abduction and murder. The book was dogged by criticisms of misogyny, but...
The Equalizer, The Skeleton Twins, In Bloom
This week how two American films - the action blockbuster The Equalizer and indie dramedy The Skeleton Twins - approach fantasies of catharsis in very different ways. Plus Georgian director Nana Ekvtimishvili discusses In Bloom, a film about bride...
We Are The Best! and Two New Australian rom-coms
Swedish director Lukas Moodysson discusses his touching, often hilarious coming of age tale We Are The Best! about three girls who form a punk band in 1982. Plus, what’s wrong with Australian film this time? Two new romantic comedies miss the mark.
The Immigrant, Night Movies, The Giver
American dreams and terror. This week a disturbing look at terror from within that has nothing to do with Islamic extremism. Night Moves is about eco-terrorists in Oregon who plot to blow up a dam, and we meet its writer director Kelly Reichardt....
The Grandmaster, What We Do In The Shadows
Do vampires who live for centuries accomplish more than us mere mortals, or are they the ultimate procrastinators? New Zealand comedians Taika Waititi and Rhys Darby discuss this and other dilemmas of immortality ahead of the release of their...
There are few precedents in the history of cinema that compare to Boyhood, the film from American director Richard Linklater that took twelve years to make. It’s astounding to see actors age in real time, without the help of make up or prosthetics....
Predestination, The Inbetweeners 2
The new movie from Brisbane filmmaking twins the Spierig brothers does something most contemporary science fiction films don’t – it makes you think. Deeply. The brothers discuss how an obscure Robert A Heinlen story inspired them to make...
20,000 Days On Earth, Palo Alto
Does an authorised documentary about a public figure necessarily end up a hagiography, devoid of insight? Or can collaborations between filmmakers and famous subjects deliver authentic, unguarded moments? This is the question pertinent to a new film...
As the Melbourne International Film Festival unfolds in its first week, artistic director Michelle Carey discusses one of her picks from the line-up - Philippe Garrel's Jealousy. Plus, is Luc Besson's Lucy a wake up call for the male dominated,...
These Final Hours, The Selfish Giant, A Most Wanted man
What is the appeal of witnessing our own demise on screen? The Apocalypse is a subject that fascinates filmmakers, and this week doomsday comes to Perth in These Final Hours, a film that has an almost biblical sense of comeuppance for the mining boom...
Deliver Us From Evil, Eric Bana
What happens when genres lose their potency and become empty cliches? This week a new film about exorcism, Deliver Us From Evil, highlights just how difficult it is for filmmakers trying to reinvigorate well worn material. And we meet its star,...
Charlie's Country, Emmanuelle Seigner
There’s a lot of goodwill around Rolf de Heer’s new film Charlie’s Country, about an Aboriginal elder who goes bush and battles alcoholism.
Apes, All This Mayhem, The Lunchbox
Can CGI special effects be too realistic? Do blockbuster directors spend too much time designing monsters and explosions at the computer, and not enough time thinking how to make us feel? This week technique and emotion are not happy bedfellows in the...
Jersey Boys, Calvary
A new film starring Brendan Gleeson as a country priest looks at the frayed relationship between the Irish and the Catholic Church. How does a man carry out the role of a cleric in a society that has become suspicious, and even antagonistic towards...
YSL, The Last Impresario, The Man Whose Mind Exploded
Filmed biographies, fact, fiction and myth. Yves Saint Laurent was both a fashion icon and darling of the French Left, and this year two separate biopics attempt to dramatise his story. But how well can you portray an icon when his powerful allies are...
Galore, The Two Faces of January
This week on the Final Cut The Two Faces of January, an adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith thriller set in the early 1960s about American tourists in Greece who aren’t what they seem starring Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Isaac. It’s the...
The Rover, Good Vibrations, James Benning
What would Australia look like as a third world economy? It’s a question that writer director David Michôd explores in his dystopian road movie The Rover starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, the follow up to his acclaimed gangland film Animal...
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