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Perth International Arts Festival – A Separation review

A Separation – Starring Peyman Moaddi, Leila Hatami and Sareh Bayat. Directed by Asghar Farhadi. Rated M. Originally published July 31, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. This review was first run during the Melbourne International Film Festival. A Separation plays the Perth International Arts Festival from January 30 to February 12. Click here for more details. […]

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Perth International Arts Festival – Buck review

Buck – Directed by Cindy Meehl. Rated PG. Originally published August 1, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. This review was originally run during the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Buck plays the Perth International Arts Festival from January 23 to February 5. Click here for more details. Following the exploits of real-life cowboy (as well as inspiration […]

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Cult favourite – Martha Marcy May Marlene review

Martha Marcy May Marlene – Starring Elizabeth Olsen, John Hawkes and Sarah Paulson. Directed by Sean Durkin. Rated MA. Originally published July 22, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. If Winter’s Bone was just a little too chipper for your liking, perhaps you’d prefer the decidedly darker Martha Marcy May Marlene. Although the plots of these films are rather different (in the former, we deal with meth-cooking Mississippians; […]

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Ready to start – Beginners review

Beginners – Starring Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Mélanie Laurent. Directed by Mike Mills. Rated M. Originally published August 1, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. One of the great cosmic practical jokes is humanity’s enduring inability to capture, well, humanity on screen, which is probably why we make so many films about fighting robots instead. It’s the great desire of an artist; to depict human […]

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Runs like a dream – Drive review

Drive – Starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan and Albert Brooks. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. Rated MA. Originally published August 7, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. This review was first run during the Melbourne International Film Festival. Drive opens in Australian cinemas October 27, 2011. The best word to describe Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive – based on James Sallis’ […]

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Lars von Trier appears in character poster for Melancholia

Classic Lars. Note the “persona non grata” badge he earned after getting kicked out of the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. We only hope the Lars von Trier collectable action figure is around the corner! Check out the rest of the character posters (featuring actual characters from Melancholia) over at Empire. You can read […]

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Monkey trouble – Project Nim review

Project Nim – Directed by James Marsh. Originally published July 27, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. This review was first run during the Melbourne International Film Festival. Project Nim opens in select cinemas across Australia September 29, 2011. You can also read Jess Lomas’ review here. Project Nim is the new film from director James Marsh, who gave […]

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The life aquatic – Submarine review

Submarine – Starring Craig Roberts, Noah Taylor and Sally Hawkins. Directed by Richard Ayoade. Rated M. Originally published July 24, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. This review was first run during the Melbourne International Film Festival. Submarine opens nationally on September 8, 2011. Give me an affectation-heavy coming-of-age comedy, and make it extra affectatious! Richard Ayoade (best known as […]

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Bloody glee – The Guard review

The Guard – Starring Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle and Mark Strong. Directed by John Michael McDonagh. Rated MA. Originally published July 24, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. This review was first run during the Melbourne International Film Festival. The Guard is now screening nationally. Here’s an understatement: Brendan Gleeson is one of the most reliable and enjoyable actors […]

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A Separation, Senna top MIFF audience polls

The people have spoken! Quake in fear at their almighty decision-making ability! The team at the Melbourne International Film Festival has unveiled the results of their audience polls, with Iranian drama A Separation topping the list of fiction films and F1 flick Senna proving to be the most popular documentary. Aussie productions proved to be quite popular with MIFF […]

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Poster Debut: Martha Marcy May Marlene

Sean Durkin‘s slow-burn psychological thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene caused quite a stir at Sundance back in January, and has wowed Australian audiences at the Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals. A bunch of appropriately unsettling posters have debuted online ahead of its proper release. Elizabeth Olson stars as Martha (or Marcy May, or Marlene), a […]

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Lady vengeance – The Woman review

The Woman – Starring Pollyanna McIntosh, Sean Bridgers and Angela Bettis. Directed by Lucky McKee. Rated R. Originally published August 6, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. This review was first run during the Melbourne International Film Festival. The Woman is now screening exclusively at the Cinema Nova in Melbourne. In David Mamet’s Spartan, Kristen Bell – starring as the […]

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An accurate title – Win Win review

Win Win – Starring Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan and Alex Schaffer. Directed by Thomas McCarthy. Rated M. Originally published July 25, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. This review was first run  – in slightly shorter form – during the Melbourne International Film Festival. Win Win is now screening nationally. When you see the Fox Searchlight logo before […]

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The need for speed – Senna review

Senna – Directed by Asif Kapadia. Rated M. Originally published July 23, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. This review was first run during the Melbourne International Film Festival. Senna is now screening nationally. Asif Kapadia’s documentary on the life and early death of F1 racer Ayrton Senna – a man and sport, I admit, I knew […]

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Poster and Trailer Debut: Drive

Start your engines Gosling fans. A new poster and trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn’s high octane drama Drive have been released. Slashfilm wisely points out the possibility of overhyping this punchy film – which we caught at the Melbourne International Film Festival – but it deserves all of the praise being heaped on it. Drive […]

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Brit Marling joins the Company of Redford and LaBeouf

Up-and-coming ‘it’ girl Brit Marling is in talks to star opposite Shia LaBeouf and Robert Redford in the new political thriller The Company You Keep, Variety reports. Marling has been in high demand since her film Another Earth debuted at Sundance earlier in the year. Her performance in the film, which also screened at MIFF, impressed […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival – The Best of the Fest

Melbourne International Film Festival – The Best of the Fest. By Simon Miraudo. Having finally awoken from a 36-hour slumber following the end of the 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival (where I caught 60 films in 17 days), I am delighted to bring you a report on the best (and worst) films that played the […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Sixteen

Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Sixteen. By Simon Miraudo. I don’t normally write movie reviews while wearing a suit – it just seems a little formal considering the nature in which I usually watch the films; unshaven, in a hoodie, eating a kit kat – but I’m about to head off to the Closing […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival – Melancholia review

Melancholia – Starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kiefer Sutherland. Directed by Lars von Trier. By Simon Miraudo. People don’t realise that Lars von Trier has quite a sense of humour, which is why he gets into so much trouble at press conferences when he tries to crack wise. Like any comic, sometimes his jokes […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Fourteen

Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Fourteen. By Simon Miraudo. Something strange is happening here. Festival fatigue is slowly setting in; not just upon me and my fellow ‘60 Film in 17 Days’ Blog-A-Thoners, but apparently also the entire cinema-going population of Melbourne. A couple of days ago, Thomas Caldwell at Cinema Autopsy spotted the […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Twelve

Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Twelve. By Simon Miraudo. Blimey, if we aren’t speedily approaching the end of the 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival! It’s been a hell of a fest, and despite my occasional complaints of hitting the wall and enduring conversations with a variety of rather racist cab drivers, I’ve truly loved […]

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Ready to start – Beginners review

Beginners – Starring Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Mélanie Laurent. Directed by Mike Mills. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Beginners played the Melbourne International Film Festival. It arrives in Australian cinemas August 25, 2011. One of the great cosmic practical jokes is humanity’s enduring inability to capture, well, humanity on screen, which is probably why […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival – The Guard

The Guard – Starring Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle and Mark Strong. Directed by John Michael McDonagh. Rated MA. By Jess Lomas. The Guard screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival. It opens in Australian cinemas August 25, 2011. The premise of John Michael McDonagh’s Irish comedy crime caper The Guard is far from original: the […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Ten

Melbourne International Film Festival – Day 10. By Simon Miraudo. Only yesterday I was lamenting the fact that I had hit the proverbial wall in my attempt to watch 60 films during the 17 days of the 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival. Well, like a bolt from the blue, my singular brand of melancholia was […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Nine

Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Nine. By Simon Miraudo. So this is what it feels like to hit the wall. It had to happen eventually. The mental exhaustion, poor diet, and lack of both sunlight and sleep have proven to be too much for me, a small man with almost no muscle mass. I’m […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival – Project Nim review

Project Nim – Directed by James Marsh. By Jess Lomas. Project Nim plays the Melbourne International Film Festival Sunday 31 July. “It was the seventies!” Is a line used in this documentary, to justify what was known as Project Nim; the forceful taking of a baby chimpanzee from its mother for the purpose of science. […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Eight

Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Eight. By Simon Miraudo. I’m writing this very sentence to you at 2:32am on Friday evening (or rather, Saturday morning), on this, the eighth night of the 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival. You’ll forgive me if I end my introduction here and get right on to discussing the movies, […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival – Take Shelter review

Take Shelter – Starring Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain and Shea Whigham. Directed by Jeff Nichols. Rated M. By Jess Lomas. Take Shelter plays the Melbourne International Film Festival on Saturday 6 August. Writer/director Jeff Nichols’ sophomore film, Take Shelter, is a slow-burn mix of family drama and thriller driven by the mental breakdown of its […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Seven

Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Seven. By Simon Miraudo. Well, that’s one week down. To think it was only seven days ago that I arrived in Melbournetown and trekked to the Greater Union on Russell Street for the very first time. 168 hours later (give or take), and I’ve seen 24 films at the […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival – Submarine review

Submarine – Starring Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige and Sally Hawkins. Directed by Richard Ayoade. Rated M. By Jess Lomas. Submarine plays the Melbourne International Film Festival on Thursday 28 July. The feature directorial debut for actor Richard Ayoade is an impressive though familiar exploration into the coming of age for one awkward teenager. Based on […]

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