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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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Perth International Arts Festival – The Kid with a Bike review

The Kid with a Bike – Starring Thomas Doret and Cecile de France. Directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. Rated M. Originally published July 28, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. This review was first run – in slightly longer form – during the Melbourne International Film Festival. The Kid with a Bike plays the Perth International […]

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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. Here’s an understatement: Brendan Gleeson is one of the most reliable and enjoyable actors working today. I have trouble recalling a film he didn’t steal. Needless to say, he kills in The Guard, written and directed by John Michael McDonagh. Gleeson stars as Boyle, […]

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The Artist named Best Picture by NYFCC

The New York Film Critics Circle has officially kicked off the awards’ season by being the first major guild to bequeath honours to the films of 2011. Silent black-and-white flick – and Cannes favourite – The Artist was named Best Picture, with helmer Michel Hazanavicuius picking up Best Director. The Weinstein Company’s crowd-pleaser is now […]

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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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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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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 Thirteen

Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Thirteen. By Simon Miraudo. “Nothing cleanses the palate after watching a movie about Satan (or perhaps a vengeful Jesus) wreaking havoc on Earth like a documentary about Elmo.” “You know what I LOVE? Silent films about circus folk living in a war zone.” “No day would be complete without […]

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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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Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Six

Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Six. By Simon Miraudo. Sweet release! After days of endless movie watching, I felt the need to temporarily take a break from the cinema and recalibrate my now-square eyes to their traditional circular form. Don’t get me wrong … I still went to the movies (there ain’t no real […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Five

Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Five. By Simon Miraudo. Today a woman approached me outside of The Forum – one of the primary cinemas screening features at MIFF – and asked if I was from Melbourne. Blush! Had it only taken me five days to acclimatise? Was my super cool sweater/jacket/scarf combo convincing everyone […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Four

Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Four. By Simon Miraudo. 25%. One quarter. Half a half. That is how far I am into the 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival 60 Films in 17 Days challenge. Thankfully, only a fifth of the films I’ve seen so far have been out and out clunkers, whilst a number […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Three

Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Three. By Simon Miraudo. We’re three days into the MIFF Blog-A-Thon challenge (in which myself and five other bloggers attempt to watch/review 60 films in 17 days), and I realise I’ve yet to offer a status report on my state of mind and physical wellbeing. In regards to the […]

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