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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.

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.

Red Dog (2011)

Published in R
Sunday, 18 September 2016 10:22
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes, coarse language and sexual references.

  • The pitch

    A Dog for everyone.

  • Starring

    Noah Taylor, Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor, Rohan Nichol, Luke Ford, Arthur Angel, John Batchelor, Koko

  • Directed by

    Kriv Stenders

  • Running time

    92 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicide attempt (drowning/shark attack). People are tackled, slammed against walls, headlocked, punched, shoved, wrestled, attacked by a cat, killed in a motorcycle accident (implied-carnage seen). Explosion (man killed). Animals are held at gunpoint, poisoned (off-screen, possibly by accident), near-hit by car, attacked by a cat, shot/shot at. People encourage a dog to maul a live bird. Arguing, scream. Slit your throat, stick him like a pig, man attacked by a great white shark, wife and child kid in auto accident, acts of violence, family rescued from fire mentioned. Barking, growling, hissing. Blood/gore: Corpse, coffin. An animal is operated on (in background), given an enema (off-screen). Dead/bloodied roo on road. Bloody cut, bandage. Wound-dressing. Severe sunburn, bite scars. Stitches mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couple in bed together (sex implied). Flirting, kissing. Men in singlets/short-shorts, underwear; shirtless man. A man talks about beautiful women/fighting over women. Whoring mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer). Intoxication. Bar setting. Gambling (betting on eating competition). Anti-convulsants, [on] drugs mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    Cr*p, bastard, p*ss, ass. Name-calling. Religous exclamations (by God, oh my God).

  • THEMES

    Western Australia, mining towns, best friends, community, loyalty, jealousy, relationships, town pets, the outback, romance, love, engagement, humour, stories, suicide, death, grief, hitchhiking, unlikely friendships, mates.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead fiance, dead pet. Dead wife/daughter mentioned. Birth scene, engagement, wedding scene, funeral scene. Dogs, puppy, flock of birds, chicken, cat, shark. Dog farts. Fishing. Meaty dog bone, barbecuing meat. Light plane. Based on real events. Based on the book Red Dog by Louis de Bernières.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Charming, quirky, endearing, funny, moving, Aussie, vibrant, loveable, rare, heartwrenching, delightful, witty, funny, nostalgic, intimate, rewarding, involving, entertaining, eccentric, enjoyable, touching. Emotionally engaging, superb cast, terrific performances, lovely story, likeable/colourful characters, strong sense of place, great chemistry between Josh Lucas and Rachael Taylor, beautiful/superb/vivid/rich cinematography, wonderful/impressive 1970s period design, real-non-CGI performance by Koko as Red Dog.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    A liitle overacted/overstated/sentimental/episodic.