Melbourne 2018 Review: GIRLS ALWAYS HAPPY, Yang Mingming's Biting Dysfunctional Family Film Debut

Girls Always Happy proves anything but in Yang Mingming’s feature film debut. She both directs and stars as Wu, the troubled daughter and one-half of the powerfully dysfunctional family dynamic that anchors the film. The other half is her mother...

Melbourne 2018 Review: PIERCING, Sharp, Sweet and To The Point

From the same deranged brilliant mind behind Japanese horror novel Audition comes Ryu Murakami's latest adaptation from page to film. The short novel Piercing has been given a smart and frantically fun screenplay by Nicolas Pesce, who has a unique take...

Melbourne 2018 Review: WRATH OF SILENCE Violently Twists and Turns an Epic Tragedy

Genre influenced festival fare from China keeps on impressing, and Wrath of Silence may be the best, and most commercially friendly of recent efforts yet. This is the kind of film that grips you, and long after seeing it, parts...

Melbourne 2018 Review: HOLIDAY Will Get Under your Skin

Holiday is an extremely unpleasant film, and yet it is stunningly bright, vibrant and set in a Riviera. This strange contradiction is also reflected in young mob moll Sascha (Victoria Carmen Sonne). Its opening stretch emphasizes the sun-soaked surroundings, but...

Melbourne 2018: MIFF Becomes Cannes With Record Acquisitions

It is that time again, as my personal tenth Melbourne International Film Festival looms on the horizon and I am reminded how old I am getting. What better way to celebrate or commiserate than with a record-breaking splurge of titles...

Review: DEADPOOL 2, Satirical Lunacy Cranked To 11

Expectations were pretty low for Deadpool 2. What could have easily been conceived as a cash-cow on Marvel's part, merely another cog in the exhaustive line-up of films that have been and are to come, is instead a self contained...

Review: TOMB RAIDER, Exhuming Yet Another Lifeless Video Game Adaptation on the Masses

Lara Croft, a pioneer of videogame heroic protagonists, a sex symbol, and part of the United Kingdom export of girl power, has endured since the PlayStation convinced us that pixels can be appealing. Sex, of course, was a lot easier...

ScreenAnarchy's Favourite Films of 2017

Another year over, and what an annus horribilis it proved to be in so many ways. But away from the political atrocities that took place in pretty much every country you care to mention, and the sexual harassment scandals that...

Australia's British Film Festival 2017: Classy Fest Demands Attention With Top-Tier Titles

The best in bumper British (and the Isles) film returns in 2017, as part of a suite of country and region-specific festivals operating yearly under exhibitor and chain Palace Cinemas. This year features a smattering of retrospective murder mystery screenings,...

Melbourne 2017 Review: PERSON TO PERSON, A Wonderfully Expansive New York Narrative

Expanded from the quirky short of the same name, Person to Person is an effortless riff on a specific indie vibe. Crafted lovingly and naturally by director Dustin Guy Defa, Person to Person moves from his initial concept, following the quest...

Melbourne 2017 Review: INGRID GOES WEST, Hashtag Essential Satire

Truly great films that exist for the moment tackle relevant and contemporary themes, acting at times as a mirror into our own lives and critically picking apart what makes society function. It is refreshing, then, that Matt Spicer’s Ingrid Goes...

Melbourne 2017 Review: RABBIT Falls Down a Meandering Yet Mesmerizing Hole

Luke’s Shanahan’s twisted twin sci-fi thriller Rabbit is a bold and confident debut feature with wonderfully detailed small moments and plot twists that recall some of the best in psychological horror. The film has a focused idea of how it...

10+ Years Later: Checking-in On The Cult Status Of BATTLE ROYALE

More than ten years ago, my infatuation with surreal, thought provoking, challenging and unique anime was what led to my initial discovery and viewing of Kinji Fukasaku’s controversial and vastly influential final film Battle Royale. The anime I refer to...

Review: A GHOST STORY Offers Top-Tier Existential Horror

A definite highlight of the year, David Lowery's new film grips you completely as it explores fresh ground in how it tackles mourning and losing a loved one.

Melbourne 2017: Massive Cannes Lineup Covers All Bases

MIFF announcement time again! Every year the Melbourne International Film Festival relishes in its big catches from the Croisette, and this year has basically peaked, with picks appealing to every moviegoer. More after the bump. Thirty-five features from Cannes are...

Scandinavian 2017: Nordic Film Festival Brings TV Noir Director To Australia

The Scandinavian Film Festival is on its way and will feature twenty films hailing from different parts of the Nordic. Some of the films on offer dabble in Noir, and with the recent boom of the 'Nordic Noir' craze hitting...

Melbourne 2017: MIFF 66 Opens With World Premiere of Daniel Radcliffe Lost In The JUNGLE

UPDATED: Watch the first trailer for Jungle below.  The world premiere gala screening of Greg McLean’s (Wolf Creek) new film Jungle starring Daniel Radcliffe will open the 66th Melbourne International Film Festival. Artistic Director Michelle Carey had this to say...

Melbourne 2017: First Glance Entices With Both Local and International Reveals

It is winter here in Australia, and as the sky darkens and the days feel long and grey, First Glance reminds us we are just less than two months away to the Melbourne International Film Festival. Topping the announcement is...

Review: LOVE OFF THE CUFF Charmingly Caps Off the Trilogy

“n 55!w !” this string of characters is the first thing that fills the cinema screen. It is an especially important moment, as only fans of this rom-com trilogy will feel a knowing nostalgic flutter stemming from those random letters,...

Screen Anarchists On ALIEN: COVENANT

("And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?" The Second Coming, 1919 - W. B. Yeats) Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant has arrived in cinemas, and a strange film it is indeed....