French noir satire kills with comedy.
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL In classic film noir immersions, such as Nicholas Ray’s On Dangerous Ground, the investigating police officer sent to solve a crime reveals flaws that match or mirror those of the perpetrator they obsessively...
A familiar story is elevated to a new level.
After his acclaimed 2005 documentary Grizzly Man, German auteur Werner Herzog (Aguirre, The Wrath of God) turned once more to feature filmmaking, crafting a decidedly tense tale with the feature adaptation of his own 1997 documentary Little...
High-class attempt never takes off.
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Viewers wanting to avoid learning the ending of this downer of a Belgian family drama would be best advised to avoid reading the synopsis on the Melbourne Film Festival website. The first sentence is a plot ...
Story of vibrator's invention fails to satisfy.
Have you seen that Greg Kinnear film, Flash of Genius? It’s a beautifully made dramatic true story about American inventor Robert Kearns, whose creativity and drive led him to make a discovery that had a profound effect on millions of people....
A breathtaking film with a powerful emotional grip.
Max Ophüls’ final film, Lola Montès, was something of an 'orphan’ in its day. Made in 1955, it circulated for years after in battered and cut prints, According to historians, the most expensive French movie made up to that point did not perform...