All posts by Mohini Herse

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival Review: The Orb playfully profiled in Lunar Orbit (Canada, 2016)

If you have never heard of The Orb before I would recommend listening to their 1989 hit A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules from the Centre of the Ultraworld. Even just reading that title would be enough to vaguely understand what The Orb is about and what they continue to represent.... Continue Reading

Sydney Film Festival Review: Vaya (South Africa, 2016) is a brutal coming of age story set in an unforgiving Johannesburg

Like it’s Tsotsitaal namesake meaning “to go”, Vaya, Directed by Akin Omotoso, literally begins on the move. Opening on a train bound to Johannesburg Vaya follows the intertwining paths of three young South Africans journeying from their rural homes in Kwazulu-Natal to eGoli, the city of Gold. All three are tasked with their own promises to fulfil not only to themselves but to their home towns. Unfortunately this living breathing city, a character in it’s own right, tempts them away from their honourable duties as soon as they disembark the train.... Continue Reading

SXSW Film Review: California Dreams (USA, 2017) should be called “California Delusions”

With La La Land having recently dominated the Oscars, its story about 2 hopefuls trying to make it in Hollywood uncomfortably lingered in the back of my mind while watching California Dreams. Both La La Land and California Dreams share a similar premise of “dreams are built on sacrifice”, however the films attack their subject matter of struggling actors in entirely different ways. While La La Land shimmers with the temptation of nostalgia, love and the greediness of having your cake and eating it too, California Dreams explores sacrifice when you can’t even afford the ingredients to make that proverbial cake.... Continue Reading

DVD Review: San Andreas (USA, 2015)

San Andreas is a fault line that extends through a large majority of California and is overdue for a BIG earthquake. “It’s not a matter of if but when” is the premonition that Lawrence (Paul Giamatti) a professor of seismology gives his class at Caltech, and after years of research into the prediction of earthquakes, his results finally take a significant turn. But of course, like any good disaster film, he is too late.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Ricki and the Flash (USA, 2015)

Usually when imagining a career in rock n’ roll and a band called “Ricki And The Flash” you wouldn’t imagine it to involve a handful of old timers in a shabby Californian bar with a 60 something year old lead lady whose only ever record produced is stored in her ex-husband’s rubbermaid. And yet, this is the protagonist of Ricki And The Flash. Directed by Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) and written by Diablo Cody (Juno), three time Academy Award Winner Meryl Streep takes on the role of Ricki Rendazzo, a charismatic rocker chick with a trail blaze of ruin burning behind her. The trailblaze in this case takes the form of her ex-family who she left 20 odd years ago. Continue reading Film Review: Ricki and the Flash (USA, 2015)

Melbourne International Film Festival: Stories I Want To Tell You In Person (Australia, 2015)

Originally a play by the same name, Stories I Want To Tell You In Person was funded by the ABC to make a version for the screen. Intended to be a play about the GFC and commissioned by the Sydney Belvoir Theatre, playwright Lally Katz Stories I Want To Tell You In Person is the result of 2 years of procrastination and conversations with her subconscious regarding a curse that Katz holds, which is that she has put writing infront of love. Written and then acted by herself and featuring cameos from a gruff but understanding Apocalypse Bear and glimmers of Hope Dolphin, Katz takes you on a journey through her life as a writer and the complications that arise when one’s career is about telling stories. Continue reading Melbourne International Film Festival: Stories I Want To Tell You In Person (Australia, 2015)