Author: Natalia Wikana

Film Review: Monsieur Chocolat (France, 2016) (France, 2016) is the less colourful counterpart to Moulin Rouge!

June 29, 2017

Breathtaking and magical, Monsieur Chocolat (directed by Roschdy Zem) is one to watch if you want to experience a Parisian night. Immerse yourself in the world of 19th-century French circus and follow the biopic story of Chocolat (Omar Sy). He journeys from a performer acting as the “cannibal” to a more respected position as a clown in a duo with Foottit (James Thiérrée). Together, they reach fame but things start to fall apart when Chocolat wishes to be more and ambitions clash.... Continue Reading

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AF French Film Festival Review: Monsieur Chocolat (France, 2016) is an emotional ride that leaves you in deep contemplation

March 19, 2017

Breathtaking and magical, Monsieur Chocolat (directed by Roschdy Zem) is one to watch if you want to experience a Parisian night. Immerse yourself in the world of 19th-century French circus and follow the biopic story of Chocolat (Omar Sy). He journeys from a performer acting as the “cannibal” to a more respected position as a clown in a duo with Foottit (James Thiérrée). Together, they reach fame but things start to fall apart when Chocolat wishes to be more and ambitions clash.... Continue Reading

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AF French Film Festival Review: Daguerrotype (France, Belgium, 2016) has its flaws, but creates the perfect eerie atmosphere

March 12, 2017

Best known for his contribution to Japanese horror, director Kiyoshi Kurosawa brings an interesting take on a ghost story. Daguerrotype (Le Secret de la Chambre Noire) follows a Parisian named Jean (Tahar Rahim) who is hired to be an assistant to the elusive photographer Stéphane (Olivier Gourmet). With Jean’s help, they create heart-stopping daguerreotypes, an old form of permanent photography which captured images on silver-coated plates. These images were often of Stéphane’s beautiful daughter and muse, Marie (Constance Rousseau), who wishes to escape from the confines of their home and her father, and sees Jean as her hope to freedom. As the story progresses, bizarre things start to stir within the house.... Continue Reading

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SXSW Film Review: Rat Film (USA, 2016) provides engaging commentary on the urban history of Baltimore

March 11, 2017

From writer, photographer and filmmaker Theo Anthony, Rat Film is a documentary that hooks you in and deserves a pedestal. The feature-length film focuses on rats and their lives as a way to explore Baltimore’s urban history and how humans interact with their world.... Continue Reading

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TV Review: In its pilot, BBC First’s The Moonstone re-invents the period drama

March 4, 2017

A diamond is a girl’s best friend, but according to The Moonstone, it’s a curse. If anything, it warns against steal any treasure, let alone a sacred one. The BBC have delivered another refreshing and breathtaking miniseries here, an adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ underrated classic, considered to be the first detective novel.... Continue Reading

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The Iris’ Weekly Australian TV Picks: 13 – 19 December

December 13, 2016

The festive season is approaching, so our picks for this week are a little festive, from a comedy to a classic, sit back and enjoy them.... Continue Reading

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The Iris’ Weekly Australian TV Picks: 6 – 12 December

December 6, 2016

From Lucifer to Vampires, fashion shows to great Australian comedies, this is a look ahead to your week on free-to-air and Foxtel:... Continue Reading

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The Iris’ Weekly Australian TV Picks: 29 November-5 December

November 29, 2016

We start to get into the Christmas spirit, hang out with some Vampires and return to the Wizarding World (again) in this week’s TV picks:... Continue Reading

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Film Review: Your Name (Kimi no Na wa) (Japan, 2016) will leave you spellbound

November 25, 2016

The Japanese Anime genre has a long history of producing masterpieces. Makoto Shinkai‘s Your Name is no exception. Ahead of its release in Australia, the film has enjoyed rave reviews around the world – and deservedly so. The film centres on Mitsuha (Mone Kamishiraishi) and Taki (Ryunosuke Kamiki), two people with nothing in common except a connection through their dreams. Cutting a long story short, a bizarre twist of fate brings them together so they can save each other.... Continue Reading

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The Iris’ Weekly Australian TV Picks: 22-28 November

November 22, 2016

From Wizards to Superheroes and Robots in the West, here are this week’s TV picks on Foxtel and Free-to-Air…... Continue Reading

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