Author: Joseph Doumit

AF Film Review: Four Days in France (France, 2016) is all in the name

March 4, 2018

Four Days in France really is about four days outside of Paris. Since Pierre (Pascal Cervo) has floored it out of the city into a freeway odyssey, with no change of clothes and no clear destination, he is relying on other gay men for somewhere to sleep and just pass the time. He finds young, stranded ones on dating apps, older, paranoid ones scrawled on cubicle walls, and repressed ones in neighbouring motel rooms. All the favourites.... Continue Reading

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Film Review: Stanley Tucci’s Final Portrait (USA, 2017) is filled with effortless charm

October 4, 2017

We meet Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush) in a state of supreme boredom – another day, another exhibition. With his hair sticking up, and a cigarette hanging eternally from his lips, he looks like a crumpled echidna whose snout is on fire, but who cares. It’s James Lord (Armie Hammer) who bothers to bring us this tale. By the end, Giacometti has made a mockery of both James’ narration and enthusiasm; first by telling the art writer that it will take him one afternoon to paint his portrait, and then by taking over two weeks to not quite do so.... Continue Reading

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Film Review: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (USA, 2017) might have been saved by Donald Trump

August 9, 2017

Donald Trump could have saved An Inconvenient Sequel. If Al Gore is the John Wayne of climate activism, as directors Bonni Cohen and John Shenk would have you believe, then Trump is Lee Marvin (AKA Bad M.F). This time it’s personal, as they say. As it turns out, we get very little Truth To Power, and a whole lot of what we already know.... Continue Reading

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Film Review: Don’t Tell (Australia, 2017) doesn’t serve its source material justice

May 16, 2017

May I set the scene? On a farm in Queensland, 22-year- old Lyndall (Sara West) is talking to lawyer Stephen Roche (Aden Young) about her willingness to face the might of the Anglican Church in court over the abuse she suffered in boarding school. She asks about Bob Myers (Jack Thompson), the barrister who would represent her in court. With a thousand-yard squint, Stephen lists the barrister’s many qualities, pauses, then calls him a prick. One person at the back of the theatre laughs. Apparently, they didn’t see it coming.... Continue Reading

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Film Review: Personal Shopper (USA, 2016) falls flat with its supernatural elements

April 10, 2017

Poor Maureen (Kristen Stewart). Her boss, Kyra (Nora von Waldstätten) is impossible, sending her all over Europe for clothes and shoes she is too rich and famous to buy for herself. On top of that, her twin brother died a few months ago, and he still hasn’t contacted her from the beyond, even though he promised.... Continue Reading

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Film Review: Author: The JT LeRoy Story (USA, 2016)

December 28, 2016

One lonely night in the mid-nineties, a struggling writer named Laura Albert telephones a psychologist, Dr Terrence Owens, pretending to be a younger man named Terminator. He has a lot to talk about; most notoriously his years as an underage truck-stop prostitute pimped out by his mother.... Continue Reading

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Film Review: Snowden (USA, 2016) tries too hard to make Edward Snowden look like a hero

September 22, 2016

The new biopic Snowden – in cinemas today – is a film about one of the world’s most famous political dissidents, Edward Snowden (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt), by a filmmaker (Oliver Stone) who is celebrated for his political dissidence. It should be a match made in cinematic heaven. So why isn’t it?... Continue Reading

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Film Review: Hunt for the Wilderpeople (NZ, 2016)

May 27, 2016

Have you seen that ad where the three kids sit in the car and talk about how their dads drive when they’re blazed? If so, you’ll probably recognise Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison), though he’s done some growing.... Continue Reading

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Film Review: Florence Foster Jenkins (USA, 2016)

May 5, 2016

Florence Foster Jenkins opens with St Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant) in front of a red curtain, reciting a little Shakespeare. We soon find out he’s just waiting to introduce Florence (Meryl Streep) his wife and client, who is starring in a cabaret of her own design for the patrons of her music club.... Continue Reading

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Our first impressions of Stan’s new drama The Girlfriend Experience

April 7, 2016

In case you were wondering, the sex really starts in the second episode. But if money is more your thing, you’ll be aroused in the first minute. ... Continue Reading

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