Tag: MIFF

MIFF 2017: The Venerable W. is a Grim Cautionary Tale

Over the next few weeks, our writer in Melbourne, Sean W. Fallon, will be covering the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) and reviewing some of his favourite movies from the festival. Overview: A look at the conflicts between Buddhists and Muslims in Burma and the monk who has become the face of inciting racial hatred. Les Films du Losange, 2017; Rated-R; 107 mins. Hatred: The hate speech used by Ashin Wirathu (the titular W.) is incendiary, dangerous, and hard to hear. It is also talk that is so commonplace in modern society that I found myself seeing exact phrases and expressions that...

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MIFF 2016: The Family is Heartbreaking and Excellent

Over the next few weeks, our man in Melbourne, Sean W. Fallon, will be covering the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) and reviewing some of his favourite movies that he catches there. Overview: A documentary about The Family, a cult/sect operating in Melbourne, told from the points of view of survivors and the police who sought to shut it down. DCP; 2016; Not Rated; 90 minutes. The Family: Chances are, if you’re not Australian, you’ve never heard of The Family or Anne Hamilton-Byrne. Or maybe you half remember a news story about a yoga teacher who set up a...

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MIFF 2016: Girl Asleep Is A Pitch Perfect Movie

Over the next few weeks, our man in Melbourne, Sean W. Fallon, will be covering the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) and reviewing some of his favourite movies that he catches there. Overview: Greta, a shy teenager, is forced to have a massive birthday party and things get weird. Oscilloscope; 2016; Not Rated; 80 minutes. Love: In order to set the tone let me open with this: I loved Girl Asleep. I loved the bones of it. I loved the music, the actors, the characters, the setting, the dancing, the costumes, the 4:3 ratio photography, the dialogue, the fights,...

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MIFF 2016: Beware the Slenderman is Scary For Surprising Reasons

Over the next few weeks, our man in Melbourne, Sean W. Fallon, will be covering the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) and reviewing some of his favourite movies that he catches there. Overview: A documentary about the Slenderman Stabbings in which two girls, inspired by an internet ghost story, tried to kill their friend. HBO; 2016; Not Rated; 117 mins. Horror: Beware the Slenderman is a scary movie, but not the kind of scary that the posters, title, and blurb would have you think. Yes, the titular Slenderman plays a big role in proceedings and the opening images of...

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