One mother of a monster movie.
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: A nightmare of grief and single motherhood, The Babadook takes some unsettling, intensely gratifying risks with a horror formula familiar from films like The Others, The Orphanage, and the movie that scared me most as a...
Unconventional approach to a well-mined topic.
It’s become a trope of film criticism to analyse a film’s merits relative to 'the sum of its parts’, but Jonathan Teplitzky’s Burning Man is that rare example of a fine film where the usual arithmetic need not apply. The fragments are the film....
An intermittently enjoyable comedy.
Melbourne International Film Festival: If you take the raucous ocker shenanigans of Dimboola in the 1970s or the insular suburban fantasy of Muriel’s Wedding 20 years later as a guide, then a wedding ceremony may be one of the best conduits for...
Completely lacking in credibility.
The titular Esther (newcomer Danielle Catanzariti) is a young Jewish girl bullied by the blue-bloods at her waspish private school. She lives in a world of domineering routine – at school and at home – where braces, religion and a nerdy brother...
It genuinely charts the pain and confusion of being a teenager.
Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueberger is an Australian teen movie that refreshingly doesn’t paint being an outsider as easy and hip. Instead, our heroine is a bit of a dork at a crossroads. To quote the eminent sociologist Britney Spears, "she's not a...