Category Archive: Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) 2016 – 18

Thoroughbreds (2017)

Thoroughbreds (2017) Good Breeding Gone Bad Coming across like a stagier, more self-serious version of Heathers (1988) shaded with a dash of Bret Easton Ellis, Thoroughbreds, the debut feature from writer and director… Continue reading

1% (2017)

1% (2017) 99% of motorcyclists are law-abiding citizens. The stage is set for a bloody dynastic struggle in Perth motorcycle club The Copperheads when founder and president Knuck (Matt Nable) is released from… Continue reading

Searching (2018)

Searching (2018) He just missed his daughter’s final call. It’s the formal boldness of the new thriller Searching that is its most prominent feature. This is a big screen thriller that is mediated… Continue reading

Three Summers (2017)

Three Summers (2017) There’s Something Funny About This Festival A folk music festival set in Western Australian seems to be an odd backdrop for filmmaker Ben Elton’s latest ensemble piece, Three Summers. Although… Continue reading

Final Portrait (2017)

Final Portrait (2017) The search for perfection never ends Gone are the days when a ‘biopic’ would have to cram a person’s entire life into one single feature. Instead of showing the whole… Continue reading

Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016)

Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016) From so simple a beginning. Writer-director Terrence Malick seems to have had a sudden, drastic change in his filmmaking output since the great success of The… Continue reading

Girls Trip (2017)

Girls Trip (2017) You’ll be glad you came ‘Ladies on the loose’ or ‘women behaving badly’ seem to be making a comeback, the sub-genre having its moment in the sun, again. Back in… Continue reading

Ingrid Goes West (2017)

Ingrid Goes West (2017) She’ll Follow You In this day and age the word Insta-famous is worryingly real, the term holding a lot more weight than it did only a short number of… Continue reading

A Gray State (2017)

A Gray State (2017) It’s easy to ridicule conspiracy theorists, especially when their figureheads are people like Alex Jones, a guy who’s denied the whole Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and the current… Continue reading

Personal Shopper (2016)

Personal Shopper (2016) Not everyone knows how to react after seeing French critic-turned-filmmaker Olivier Assayas’ latest, Personal Shopper, given that it’s the first film ever to receive a four-and-a-half minute standing ovation at… Continue reading