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Sweet Country (2017)

Published in S
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 22:18
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong violence.

  • The pitch

    Revenge is Sweet.

  • Starring

    Hamilton Morris, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Tremayne Doolan, Trevon Doolan, Anni Finsterer

  • Directed by

    Warwick Thornton

  • Running time

    110 minutes

  • Rated

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are raped, shot, beaten, chained, grabbed, hit with objects, pushed, handcuffed, hit, threatened (I'll skin him and then I'll skin you and then I'll tie up that young one/I'll cut your f*cking hands off/I'll shoot you for desertion/not until that murdering bastard is swinging by his neck), speared, punched, knocked to the ground, bitten (scorpion), stomped on, pursued, pistol-whipped, imprisoned, sprayed with blood spatter. A woman is knocked to the ground and held there (potential rape implied). Door/house shot up with occupants inside. A scorpion is crushed underfoot. A man who "just came back from the [Western] Front" appears to suffer from PTSD. A bull's testicles are castrated/fried/eaten. A man raises his gun/fists toward his wife. Theft. Object thrown. Yelling, shouting. Blood/gore: Bloody corpses. Bloody faces, mouths, heads, neck, forehead, shirt, knife, bullet wounds, clothing, open gash; blood spatter, spurting blood, gurgling blood. Chunks of gore around bloody bullet wounds/fatal head gash. Swollen black eye. Funeral.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A woman is raped (offscreen/noises heard). Unwanted pregnancy. A man says he was hoping to have sex with a young girl. Couple in bed together (sex implied). Ogling, flirting. Nude man (genitals obscured). Shirtless men. Infertility mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, beer). Intoxication, alcoholism. Smoking (pipe, cigarettes; spitting tobacco). Pub setting.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, p*ss. Name-calling (idiot, black bastard, wanker, blackfellas, black stock, little thief, mad, bloody dog, whitefella, mild breed, prisoner, cheeky, miserable, murderer, not right in the head, dolt, d*ckhead, cowards, etc). Religious references (reading from the Bible, prayer) and exclamations (in the eyes of the Lord, the Christian thing to do, what the hell, Jesus Christ, etc).

  • THEMES

    Arrernte people, Australia, indigenous history, racism, inequality, sexual abuse, alcoholism, tracking, murder, injustice, revenge, mercy, surrender, grief, death, self-defense, guilt, oppression, prejudice.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Funeral, court, prison cell, pub settings. A hangman's noose is tied. Horses, dog, cows, bulls, scorpion, flies. Vomiting, lightning, thunder, rainbow. Roast chicken eating. Some subtitles. Inspired by a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Harsh, beautiful, lyrical, beautiful, angry, poetic, vivid, phenomenal, intelligent, stark, lean, splendid, solemn, muscular, quiet, urgent, tragic, subtle, clear-eyed, full-hearted. Excellent/stunning performances, richly drawn characters, sparse/moving dialogue, understated costume/production design, measured/unhurried/beautiful pace, layered/lithe/soaring storytelling, riveting second half, ravishing/striking/magnificent/scorched landscapes, arresting/accomplished/handsome/expressive/breathtaking/stunning/epic/panoramic cinematography, music-free soundtrack.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Some characters are less satisfying drawn/some flavourless dialogue.

Australia Day (2017)

Published in A
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 11:32
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Chasing April in January.

  • Starring

    Bryan Brown, Shari Seebens, Miah Madden, Sean Keenan, Daniel Webber, Elias Anton, Jenny Wu, Phoenix Raei, Isabelle Cornish, Neveen Hanna, Chris Haywood

  • Directed by

    Kriv Stenders

  • Running time

    98 minutes

  • Rated

    MA15+ (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A young man is accused of raping and drugging a female. Suicide note. People are shot, pursued, punched, restrained, tied up, gagged, racially taunted, slapped, arm-grabbed, hair-pulled, finger-snapped, elbowed, pushed, locked in a bedroom, throat-grabbed, slammed up against fridge/cupboard, elbowed, shirt-grabbed, dragged, kicked, beaten. Blades held to faces/throats, people held at gunpoint. A girl threatens to jump off a bridge. Overturned car/shattered glass. Phone stomped on/smashed, cars hit/thumped, wall/doors kicked, banging on doors, file stolen. TV news report about homicide. Panic, screaming, arguing, shouting. Putting down cattle, friend committed suicide (shot himself) mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpse hanging out of overturned car, corpses on floor. Body bag. Very bloody heads/faces/neck/back/lips/mouth/knuckles/urine/clothing/objects/floor/water. Blood spatter, bloody bullet wounds, bloody gashes, pooling blood, mopping up blood. Swollen finger, eye swollen shut, bruising, dripping saliva. Wound-dressing, CPR. Finger snap heard.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    References to rape, prostitution, incest. Nude couple in bed together/others sleeping in room. Exposed breasts, shirtless men, nude male (rear view), cleavage, man in towel. A male inspects beneath the skirt/underwear of an unconscious female for sexual evidence. A man inspects a line-up of prostitutes. An older man sleazes onto a young girl. A brother scrolls through text messages on his sister's phone showing photos of her in underwear. People in swimwear. Hugging.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (drug overdosing/people shooting up/drug deal/junkies/rolling a joint/injecting heroin/bags of pills/non-responsive users/arm checked for drug tracks). Alcohol (beer/bar setting). Smoking (cigarettes). Getting off the gear mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    C-word, f-words, s-words, a-words, p*ss. Name-calling (murderer, pr*ck, idiot, dirty, truant, pigs, d*cks, dumb, stupid, etc). Frequent racial slurs and derogatory terms. Religious references (oh my god, Christ, etc). Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES

    Australia Day, racism, race-related violence, revenge, siblings, minority groups, police incidents, custody, crime scenes, family, patricide, prostitution, drugs, addiction, overdose, dysfunction, guilt.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead sister, dead fathers. Bank foreclosed on property, child services/custody mentioned. Urination. Meat pie eaten. Foreign languages (no subtitles/translation).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Provoking, effective, well-paced, ambitious. Some good acting.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Hollow, generic, predictable, unconvincing, ham-fisted, cloying, relentless, muddled, unsubtle, overstuffed, depthless, contrived, unfocused, miserable. One-note/cliched/stereotyped/flat/shoe-horned characters, clunky/overdone dialogue, very weak script, lazy storytelling, soap-opera cinematography, Australia Day setting is a poor/unearned framing device, lacks intelligence/ambiguity/nuance, way too much running, cold/bluish colour grading doesn't fit with sweltering Brisbane summer setting.

David Stratton: A Cinematic Life (2017)

Published in D
Saturday, 18 February 2017 05:50
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    A cinematic film.

  • Starring

    David Stratton, Gillian Armstrong, Eric Bana, Bryan Brown, Russell Crowe, Judy Davis, Nicole Kidman, George Miller, Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Fred Schepisi, Warwick Thornton, Jacki Weaver, Michael Caton, Jack Thompson

  • Directed by

    Sally Aitken

  • Running time

    100 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    (Film excerpts). People are hanged, shot, slashed, sliced, punched, hit by vehicles, wrestled, hit with objects, run off the road, terrorised by bikers/skinheads, racially abused, beaten, slapped, kicked, grabbed, slammed up against wall. A couple jump off a cliff (murder/suicide). Animals are taunted. A kangaroo is hit by a car. Armed soldiers. Explosions. Burning vehicle, burning bush (arson), burning crops. Vehicle pursuits, car rammed, car crash, motorbike crashes. Objects thrown, shot. Images of Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, swastikas. Screaming. Blood/gore: Hanged/hanging man. Very bloody heads, faces, hands, knuckles, clothing, cuts, objects. Weapons protruding from heads/bodies. Exploding bodies, blood/gore spatter. Dead kangaroo. People in wheelchairs/on crutches.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (Film excerpts.) Implied sex (aggressive), kissing (m-m/m-f), full male and female nudity, shirtless men, drag queens, cleavage, people in swimwear/dancewear. Martial affair mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (snorting powder, tying belt around arm). Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, cocktails, champagne). Smoking (cigarettes, cigar, pipe). Intoxication, petrol-sniffing. Smoking pot mentioned. Pub, nightclub settings.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-word, p*ss. Name-calling (terrible, mental, pervert, monkeys, ignorant, stupid, bastards, pompous windbag, b*tch, bozos, etc). Religious references exclamations (oh my god, goddamn, prayer, bible, etc).

  • THEMES

    David Stratton, film criticism, Australian cinema, censorship, screen heroes, Picturegoer magazine, brothers, approval, collections, representation of Indigenous people.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    (Mostly film excerpts). Contains images and voices of Aboriginal persons who may be deceased. Dead wife and baby (murdered), dead baby (animal attack). Church, wedding, pub, nightclub, war settings. Marriage proposal. Helicopters. Horses, cattle, waterbirds, camels, kangaroo, ants, donkey, goats, dogs, crocodile, greyhounds. Steak, chicken, oysters eaten. Animal skins seen. Spitting. Brief subtitles.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Poignant, moving.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    A little disjointed/overstuffed. Focuses more on the history of Australian cinema than David Stratton himself.

Red Dog: True Blue (2016)

Published in R
Monday, 12 December 2016 22:06
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  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes and coarse language.

  • Starring

    Levi Miller, Jason Isaacs, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Bryan Brown, Thomas Cocquerel, Justine Clarke, Steve Le Marquand, Zen McGrath, Kee Chan, Winta McGrath

  • Directed by

    Kriv Stenders

  • Running time

    88 minutes

  • Rated

    PG (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are chased by a horse, slapped over the back of the head, wrestled, spanked (implied). An animal is struck by lightning. Motorbike crash (off-screen). An animal is prepared for branding. A man throws a stone at an animal. A tree crashes through a window. A lad tells a story of a constable who was shot, gang members hung. Strychnine poisoning, Vietnam [War] mentioned. Yelling, arguing, barking, growling, howling. Blood/gore: Corpse (animal). Butchering a side of meat. Vaccinations (needles jabbed into skin). Bruising, scars. Milky/blinded eye.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, flirting, ogling, hand-holding. Shirtless man, short shorts, woman in pyjamas. Orgies, San Francisco summer of love mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, spirits). A man is handed a vial of pills (medication assumed).

  • LANGUAGE

    Crap, bloody, bugger. Name-calling (trickster, dumb, blackfellas, whitefellas, stupid, idiot, scaredy-cat, daft, crazy, mystery, strange, soft, goannas, orphan, etc). Religous references and exclamations (Jesus, for God's sake, damn, etc). Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES

    Best friends, grandfathers, father-son relationships, outback Australia, Pilbara region, loneliness, adventure, cattle stations, first love, mental illness, coming-of-age, Aboriginal Dreaming, bushfires, spelunkering, Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead father/grandmother mentioned. Funeral setting. Estranged mother. A woman is wheeled into a room in an asylum. Lightning, thunder, fireworks, full moon. Dogs, horse, cows, kangaroos, chickens, birds, lizards, flies. Light aircraft, helicopter. Grilling/eating beef. A dog farts, urinates. Vision during end credits.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Sweet, enjoyable, creative, smooth, well-paced, fun, wholesome, respectable, funny, poignant, great, delightful, satisfying. Colourful/eccentric/likeable characters, beautiful/stunning cinematography, delightful score, terrific/scene-stealing cameo by John Jarratt, family friendly.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Contrived. Not as memorable/enjoyable/original/emotional/funny as the first film.

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

Published in T
Monday, 31 October 2016 00:06
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and a sex scene.

  • The pitch

    A light look at a dark subject.

  • Starring

    Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz, Florence Clery, Jack Thompson, Thomas Unger, Jane Menelaus, Garry McDonald, Anthony Hayes, Benedict Hardie, Emily Barclay, Bryan Brown

  • Directed by

    Derek Cianfrance

  • Running time

    133 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Multiple miscarriages/still births. Woman in pregnancy-related pain (sweating/cramping/panicking/in distress/screaming/yelling). A man is pushed/slapped. A man is arrested/jailed. Suicide (jumping off cliff) mentioned. References to WWI, deaths of soldiers, harrassing/disowning people for being German, being hanged if found guilty of murder. Child abduction and murder mentioned. Arguing, screaming. Blood/gore: Dead body (a baby is found in a boat alongside a dead man). Bloody nightgown. Men with missing legs/on crutches. Crosses marking graves of miscarried babies. Heart attack. Weak heart mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A couple have bedroom sex (newlyweds/implied). Flirting, kissing, caressing. Shirtless man, exposed breasts, bare shoulders, bare belly, women in nightgowns. Nude baby in bath (cute butt seen).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, beer). Smoking (cigarettes, pipes). Reference to intoxication/hangover ("sleeping off the night before").

  • LANGUAGE

    Bloody. Religious references and exclamation.

  • THEMES

    Family, childbirth, miscarriage, pregnancy, adoption, grief, depression, isolation, mental health, deceit, police investigation, war veterans, lighthouse keepers, confession, absolution.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Child taken from mother. Grave-digging, burial. Dead brothers, dead mother, dead parents, abusive father, dead wife mentioned. Cemetery, hospital, wedding, jail settings. Based on the novel by M.L. Stedman.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Lush, heartbreaking, beautiful, sustained, mature, crackling, lovely, gut-wrenching, pretty, poignant, affecting. Exquisite/subdued performances, exotic/evocative setting, superb/flawless Australian accents, lucid/involving/agonising/daring/sweeping/grand/gorgeous/sad plot, muted colour palette, raw/resplendent/lavish/beautiful cinematography, decorous/lovely score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Lacking, improbable, melodramatic, self-serious, uneven, lifeless, underwhelming, frustrating. Misguided/tacked-on final minutes, emotionally manipulative.

Gods of Egypt

Published in G
Thursday, 25 February 2016 05:37
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  • Rating

    M: Fantasy themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    Death is not the end.

  • Starring

    Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, Elodie Yung, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton, Geoffrey Rush, Rufus Sewell, Chadwick Boseman, Emma Booth, Bruce Spence, Bryan Brown, Goran D. Kleut

  • Directed by

    Alex Proyas

  • Running time

    127 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), NR (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are stabbed, impaled, run through, punched, kicked, hit with objects, knocked down, thrown through the air, slammed against objects, singed, stomped on, shot (arrow), throat-grabbed, slashed, dragged, beheaded, crushed (implied), near-eaten, pursued, headbutted, caged/trapped, taunted. People fall over, hit their heads, fall from high ledges, have their eyes plucked out/wings cut off, limbs removed. Objects knocked over, smashed, destroyed, thrown. Destroyed buildings, temples, structures. Fireballs, explosions, lightning beams. Stealing. Billowing smoke (burning village implied). Yelling, arguing, mass panic. Feed them to the jackals, I'll snap your neck mentioned. Blood/gore: Eyes are removed/inserted. Wings/leg/head cut off. Brain, heart removed. Some characters bleed golden blood (on faces, heads, clothing, ground, objects). Bloody wound, face, mouth. Hanging lion (corpse), burning animal. Some characters have dead-looking faces with missing noses and exposed/decayed bone and skin. Human skulls, sarcophagi. Dead animals, body cut into pieces, liquified brain mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A man goes to bed with his mistress (sex and full nudity implied). Kissing, flirting, ogling, massaging. Shirtless men, women in very skimpy clothing, bare-backed woman, cleavage. Dressing. Statues of creatures with exposed breasts. Fornicating mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    People lie comatose (intoxication implied). People hold goblets of unknown liquid (wine assumed). Wine mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words, a-words. Name-calling. Slang for genitals. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Egyptian gods and goddesses, love, power, masculinity, family, offerings, fratricide, revenge, betrayal, slavery, exile, demons, creation, reincarnation, knowledge, lying.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead brother/father, dead girlfriend. Dead mother (suicide) mentioned. Flocks of birds, horses, underworld creatures that resemble animals (snakes, rams, dog, horse, eagle, scarabs, giant wormlike creature with many teeth/Apophis), skeletal creatures, beasts with tentacles, elephants, scorpions, woman with forked tongue. Waterfalls. Feathers, leather worn. Spitting. Some sweeping/dizzying camera angles, bright strobe flashes of light.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Surreal, effects-driven, extravagant. Busy visuals, corny humour, audience-friendly cast, ornate costumes, passable chemistry between leads, serviceable performances, the opening isn't terrible.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Overlong, silly, tedious, repetitive, uninvolving, cliched, puzzling, whitewashed, ersatz, dreadful, chintzy, self-indulgent, interminable, overstuffed, wilted, bloated, shoddy, flat, bonkers, ridiculous, cheesy. Baffling characters, numbing/unimaginative action, unresolved conflicts, superficial imagery, unengaging narrative, over-emphasised aesthetics, weird accents, nervous editing, shlocky/unimpressive CGI.