Flicrit: Milk Of Sorrows

New Cinema Takes review from MIFF 2009 (Melbourne International Film Festival):

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Flick Crit: Last Ride – breaking the cycle

Latest film review at Cinema Takes: Last Ride: breaking the cycle

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Flick Crit: Disgrace

Back in town after 8 weeks in Spain and France without a cinema visit. Broke the drought with Disgrace, an Australian film about South Africa.

Both J.M. Coetzee’s novel and its film adaptation leave their audience wanting more answers. It is a confronting and brutal tale of life in modern South Africa. The message is clear. There are no simple solutions.

Full review is at Cinema Takes: Disgrace – bleak morality tale

Kevin Rennie

Flick Crit: Samson and Delilah

Latest film review at Cinema Takes is Samson and Delilah: the good fight

Samson and Delilah is a film that all Australians should see. It is confronting and disturbing: poverty, unemployment, petrol sniffing, violence, clashes within aboriginal communities and with so-called mainstream society. Nevertheless in keeping with the optimism of its writer/director Warwick Thornton, it offers some hope.


Flick Crit: Tulpan

Latest film review at Cinema Takes is Tulpan: spring in the steppe

Kazakh documentary maker Sergey Dvortsevoy has brought us the acclaimed feature film Tulpan. Its flat, dusty, dry plains are reminiscent of parts of outback Australia but are even more remote.

It’s easy to see why Tulpan has been hot at the film festivals. Superlatives are hard to avoid: original, raw, authentic, genuine, funny, joyous, honest.

Dvortsevoy has restored respectability to the term reality. In fact it is hard not to think that this is a documentary at times. These people couldn’t really be actors. It’s great to see the potential of the movie medium stretched in such powerful ways.


Oz Flick Crit: Closed for Winter

Latest film review at Cinema Takes is Closed for Winter: unlocking summer’s secrets

Australian writer/director James Bogle has given us the very introspective Closed for Winter, an adaptation of Georgia Blain’s 1998 novel of the same name. This dark film brought to mind the recent French language I’ve loved you for so long, “This is a sombre, desolate tale. It is as much about her complex relationships as it is the past.”

Both stories explore coming to terms with loss, about achieving the dreaded ubiquitous cliché and about creating a new beginning.


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Flick Crit: Good the movie

Latest film review at Cinema Takes is Good: just another Third Reich movie

Germany’s Third Reich didn’t last its planned thousand years but there seems little doubt that they will be making movies like Good for that long. It’s certainly a winning genre at the Oscars and the box office.

The key word for this Nazi/Holocaust film is derivative.

If you missed The Reader or The Counterfeiter or classics such as Sophie’s Choice or Schindler’s List, then Good will be a fresh and rewarding experience.