Live-action/cartoon hybrid hurt by inconsistency.
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL: Nothing if not ambitious, Ari Folman’s long-in-production follow-up to his 2008 hit Waltz with Bashir is based upon a 1971 novel by Polish sci-fi master Stanislaw Lem—The Futurological Congress—and begins intriguingly, with...
A thoughtful adaptation, albeit an unnecessary one.
When a favourite foreign film is earmarked for an English language remake, the temptation is overwhelming to let the hackles to go up, the knives to come out and the chorus of disapproval to commence its vocal warm-ups.
A strong and honest melodrama about real people.
Matching Jack has a squirmy kind of emotional truth to it. It’s funny, but it’s not a comedy. It has graphic and harrowing scenes where young kids, cancer sufferers, must endure the awful symptoms of a terrible disease; or else undergo painful...
No country for old or young men.
This excellent adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Cormac McCarthy novel dwells in the limits of endurance. In its simple story of a father and son’s journey across a post-apocalyptic landscape, it questions how much you can permit the heart...
Dense puzzle drama cryptic to the end.
SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: In writer/director Tony Krawitz’s adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas’ 2005 novel, death hangs like a virus, cultivated by a ferocious anti-Semitism. It moves along like a thriller, which is a neat trick since the actual narrati...