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Posted 28 Sep 2016 @ 12:02pm

 

The Melbourne Underground Film Festival chose to honour dark indie satire Start Options Exit with two successive gongs – the first being Opening Night selection, the second being Best Film. This brings into serious question their entire raison d’etre as a festival, and not because the film they’ve selected is “so contentious”, but because it is precisely the opposite....

Posted 15 Sep 2016 @ 10:31am

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This week, the release schedule is back to normal, but there's also the incredible Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) to contend with, so read up homies!

 

Back to your regularly scheduled giffage! Spring has sprung, bringing...

Posted 7 Sep 2016 @ 3:12pm

Welcome to the Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This just in: TOO MANY MOVIES. There's nine films coming out on Thursday, and I am but one man.

 

As such, your recommended dose of five is below, and it's a shame, really, given I have had to skip four. The first two honourable mentions are Aussie flicks deserving of your...

Posted 31 Aug 2016 @ 12:49pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. My bugbear of unresolved problems on a script level comes roaring back this week, along with some refreshing horror and painterly drama.

 

Six films again? Goodness, I spoil you. To be fair, there's seven releases, but ...

Posted 30 Aug 2016 @ 2:40pm

The 17th Melbourne Underground Film Festival is back for another year to showcase the best in emerging cinema. 

 

Opening the festival comes The Perfect Nonsense - a weird yet accessible journey through violence and humour from Addison Heath, plus short film A Thin Life by Frank Howson.  

 

Further highlights include screenings of SheBorg Massacre from Daniel...

Posted 29 Aug 2016 @ 5:29pm

★★★

 

Six years ago, Tasmanian writer/director Sean Byrne thoroughly freaked out audiences with his horrific yet comical Melbourne made slasher film The Loved Ones (2009) – a story about a psychotic girl who always gets what she wants, even if that means lobotomising boys to like her. What made Byrne’s debut feature stand out from the sea of predictable horrors, was its...

Posted 29 Aug 2016 @ 5:22pm

★★

 

­­Zach’s Ceremony is a unique documentary with an unusual story. Structured around an Indigenous boy’s coming of age, director Aaron Petersen’s feature debut is at once a historical tract, a portrait of a father and son, and a work of ethnography. Though the singular footage it contains and the themes it examines qualify its importance, Zach’s Ceremony fails to narrow in on...

Posted 17 Aug 2016 @ 1:52pm

The Korean Film Festival In Australia (KOFFIA) is back and bigger than ever for its seventh year running with a program busting at the seams covering everything from blockbuster cinema to arthouse and rom-coms, all screened with English subtitles. To help wade through the sprawling lineup, KOFFIA artistic director David Park introduces his five hottest picks of the festival.

 

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Posted 10 Aug 2016 @ 1:50pm

★★★

 

Ants On A Shrimp may sound like the scene you wake up to after a boozy BBQ where nobody can be bothered cleaning up before bed. But for René Redzepi and his staff at four-time World's Best Restaurant winner Noma, it’s a dish they’re putting their reputation on the line for.
 
Screening as part of MIFF, the doco follows the transportation of the Copenhagen-based...

Posted 10 Aug 2016 @ 1:28pm

★★★

 

Beware The Slenderman revisits the bloody betrayal of Payton ‘Bella’ Leutner, at the hands of fellow 12-year-olds Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser. In an effort to appease a towering, faceless ghoul dubbed Slenderman - in actuality, a fictional internet meme - the pair very nearly cost Leutner her life, luring her into a trap and stabbing her a total of 19 times. The...

Posted 10 Aug 2016 @ 1:18pm

★★

 

Frank & Lola edges agonisingly close towards the realm of satisfying cinema. Unfortunately, as it is, Matthew Ross’ story of troubled love never quite gets there.
 
Frank & Lola revolves around the gradual evaporation of a couple’s honeymoon period, paving the way for resentment, suspicion and an assortment of audacious maneuvers in the name of love. On...

Posted 9 Aug 2016 @ 2:53pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Today is an auspicious day, as I've finally given up completely on DC after its total botch job on Suicide Squad

 

Two big studio comedies hit screens this week, along with a local offering making waves on the festival circuit...

Posted 4 Aug 2016 @ 1:50pm

★★★★

 

In an interview on the Dinah Shaw Show in 1977, Iggy Pop offers a pithy assessment of the cultural impact of the Stooges, the iconic and infamous garage rock band Iggy had formed in Ann Arbor, Detroit ten years earlier.  “We destroyed the 60s,” Pop says with his typical impish grin. 
 
A critic once said the Rolling Stones were dirty, but The Doors were dread...

Posted 4 Aug 2016 @ 1:35pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Hey, you know how you got a bonus film last week? Well, now I'm taxing you. Or, more accurately, there's only four films out this week.

 

I'm making up the shortfall with a SURPRISE GUEST that shows how deeply current I am. Witness me.

 

Thing is, for me, there's only...

Posted 1 Aug 2016 @ 1:54pm

★★★★

 

Walking out of a screening of Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie is surreal and, to be honest, a little bit terrifying. Is that white car following me? Am I being secretly filmed? Are they out to get me now too?
 
It's unconventional for a Theroux film. The British documentary king is normally allowed almost unrestricted access into the most weird and...

Posted 27 Jul 2016 @ 11:21am

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Another key franchise entry for the year takes to the silver screen this week, along with classic adaptations that make this cycle truly anachronistic.

 

With a timeline spanning from 18th century England to the Wild Wild East, the present day and the distant future, there's...

Posted 14 Jul 2016 @ 1:32pm

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) will explore the rise and fall of Melbourne's forgotten railway line in a one-off documentary night. 

 

The Outer Circle Line, built between 1888 and 1891, ran a distance of about 20km between Oakleigh and Fairfield. It was designed to get goods trains from Gippsland into Spencer Street Station and bypass a privately owned railway,...

Posted 14 Jul 2016 @ 11:00am

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. The holiday schedule has finally righted itself and we're back on track for some flippin' fun!

 

But look, there's really no contest this week. Aykroyd called it, man. AYKROYD. I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW HE WAS IN THIS PICTURE. And yeah, he might...

Posted 21 Jun 2016 @ 3:04pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This week promises more attention to the month's big-budget blockbusters, as well as some SFF content getting broad release. 

 

Everybody Wants Some!! hits the mainstream on Thursday, but we've already...

Posted 1 Jun 2016 @ 1:28pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. That's right, we're back! After May's trailer BONANZA, I'm reining this beast in to a sedate and reasonable pace at five films a week, as is tradition.

 

American summer releases are slowing down, and June's off to a...

Posted 3 May 2016 @ 3:11pm

All trailers must go! Dear readers, your beloved TL;DR will be taking a month-long sabbatical over the course of May, but fret not! Do you really think I'd leave you bereft of any access to trailers, release info and snappily-worded if unsolicited opinions for a whole month? I'm not a monster, you guys.

 

So here for your delectation and delight is every flipping movie coming out...

Posted 26 Apr 2016 @ 3:50pm

Welcome to the Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. It's the last mammoth week of April, and Marvel is calling DC's all-in. The combined universes are here, ladies and gents, and here to stay.

 

Unlike me - I'll be jetting off for the next month and TL;DR will be taking a sabbatical. Fear not, dear readers, for I shall soon gift thee...

Posted 19 Apr 2016 @ 4:59pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. As the mid-year releases tend to come in uneven spurts, I've decided to let a couple of next week's premieres sneak in early and get a mention today.

 

This week's newcomers are...

Posted 22 Mar 2016 @ 5:01pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. The folks over at DC are pooling the heroes of their expanded universe for one big all-in brawl, even if it comes rather late - Marvel are already teasing their third.

 

But hey, maybe you find Marvel's happy-go-lucky scamps to...

Posted 14 Mar 2016 @ 12:51pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. March is proving to be a bumper month for silver screen scares, but I'm getting ahead of myself - I'm a little too excited about next week...

 

Back to the matter at hand! An exciting sequel, a...

Posted 4 Mar 2016 @ 8:59am

Welcome to the Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. The Oscars have come and gone, and you may need to duck into the cinema just to escape the braying of Leonardo DiCaprio's fans.

 

Fortunately, there's plenty on offer this week, and the themes run the gamut from homelessness to heists, from...

Posted 23 Feb 2016 @ 5:09pm

Welcome to the Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. February is quite literally going out with many, many bangs - this week, the screens are dominated by action.

 

There's something to appreciate in every one of these epics. Well, except for one of them. So let's just get that out of the way first...

 

 

13 HOURS...

Posted 17 Feb 2016 @ 12:48pm

Remebering The Man, the feature length documentary that follows the story of Tim Conigrave and John Caleo's relationship, will screen as part of the upcoming Melbourne Queer Festival.

 

Through interviews with friends and colleagues alongside access to archival footage and family photos, Remembering the Man takes audiences back through 1970s and 1980s Australia to tell this story...

Posted 17 Feb 2016 @ 11:02am

Who among us hasn't fantasised about that inevitable moment we look down from the Dolby Theatre stage at a grinning Jack Nicholson or wide-eyed Anne Hathaway as we thank the Academy for such a remarkable award, from Hawthorn to Hollywood, aww shucks, what a ride it's been? If you find yourself with a successful short film at Flickerfest, that distant dream becomes a whole lot closer. As an...

Posted 17 Feb 2016 @ 10:59am

★★★★☆

 

If you’re thinking of not seeing 45 Years because it looks like Oscar-bait, don’t do yourself the disservice. With its wonderfully accented, BBC veteran cast, it would be easy to assume: but you would be wildly wrong. 45 Years looks at the relationship between Kate (Charlotte Rampling) and Geoff (Tom Courtenay) in the week leading up to their 45th wedding anniversary...

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