Tag Archives: 4.5/5

Short Term 12 (2013): “Why are you so nice to me?”

Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, Short Term 12 is a 2013 drama film starring Brie Larson as Grace, a staff member at a residential group home for children and adolescents; a home which is meant to house the young people for a short period of time between foster homes, however the reality is that many […]

Goodnight Mommy (2014): Quick-shot review!

A creepy and atmosheric Austrian horror film, Goodnight Mommy (2014, dir. Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala) recalls the existential dread of both childhood and parenthood, and the child’s attachment to its caregiver, in an extremely excruciating and tense manner. Its synopsis is as follows: In the heat of the summer, a lonesome house in the […]

The Act of Killing (2012): “My conscience told me they had to be killed.”

Originally posted on FILM GRIMOIRE:
Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing (2013) is a surreal documentary about a dark time in Indonesia’s history. In 1965 to ’66, an anti-communist purge occurred all throughout the country, as a new president was elected and the country’s Communist Party was decimated. Death squads were responsible for killing one…

The Look of Silence (2014): “We could forgive them.”

The follow-up to director Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing (2012), The Look of Silence (2014) is brutal but essential viewing. Grounded in history, The Look of Silence speaks to the years 1965 to 1966 in Indonesia’s history, where an anti-communist purge occurred all throughout the country, as a new president was elected and the country’s […]

Genre Grandeur: Sunshine (2007)

For the month of January, the genre of choice for Movierob‘s Genre Grandeur series was sci fi, chosen by Natasha of Life Of This City Girl. I decided to watch and review a film I’d never seen before, but had heard excellent things about – Danny Boyle’s Sunshine (2007). You can find the rest of […]

What We Do In The Shadows (2014): “I think we drink virgin blood because it sounds cool.”

A mockumentary with clasically deadpan New Zealander humour plus vampires? I’m in. What We Do In The Shadows (2014, dir. Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi) is, believe it or not, a mockumentary about vampires set in New Zealand. Viago (Taika Waititi), Vladislav (Jemaine Clement), Deacon (Jonny Brugh), and Petyr (Ben Fransham) are four vampires of […]

Two Short Films: Bag Man (2014); The Heart of the World (2000).

I haven’t watched any short films for a while now, as I haven’t seen much that I’ve been interested by. However, today that changed when I watched two films which are quite different to one another – Bag Man (2014), and The Heart of the World (2000). Both differ in terms of story construction, direction […]

Chronos (1985): Quick-shot review!

It is my intention to watch all of the famous “time-lapse footage set to music” films. So far, I’ve watched Koyaanisqatsi (1982), but I also need to watch the next two in the Qatsi trilogy, and also Samsara (2011) and Baraka (1992). I love watching this style of film because they are generally relaxing, and […]

Amy (2015): “I’m just a girl that sings.”

The opening scene of this film contains some archival footage of a fourteen year old Amy Winehouse singing “Happy Birthday” to a friend – her voice so developed, so mature, soulful, pure and jazz-like, that you almost can’t believe it’s a very young woman singing. It’s the perfect introduction to Amy (2015, dir. Asif Kapadia); […]

We Are The Best! (2013): “We’re not a girl band.”

Probably one of the most joyful and heartwarming films I’ve seen recently, We Are The Best! (2013, dir. Lukas Moodysson) is based on a graphic novel by Coco Moodysson, and is set in early 1980s Stockholm, Sweden. It tells the story of three girls – Bobo, Klara, and Hedvig – who decide to start a […]