Film Review: The Sapphires

The Sapphires is a sufficiently entertaining comedy drama with great music. However, the serious aspects of the narrative do not gel together with more jovial elements of the film. In 1968 three Aboriginal sisters are keen to showcase their singing talents. When Dave spots them at a talent show he sees their potential. Some changes have to be made before […]

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Film Review: Midnight’s Children

Deepa Mehta’s adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s successful novel Midnight’s Children is rich and interesting. With Rushdie writing the screenplay, producing and narrating, the film certainly has the author’s seal of approval. Saleem Sinai is born within moments of India’s independence in 1947. So is another child, Shiva. One of these children grows up in a family of wealth, the other […]

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Film Review: Antiviral

Brandon Cronenberg carries on his father David’s tradition of science fiction/body horror with Antiviral. At times uncomfortable viewing, the film nevertheless compels. Syd Marsh works in a clinic which sells injections of viruses harvested from sick celebrities to obsessed fans. Syd also supplies vials of these to pirate groups, smuggling out the infections in his own body. When he becomes […]

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Frankenweenie Press Conference

Director Tim Burton, executive producer Don Hahn, producer Allison Abbate and stars Martin Landau, Catherine O’Hara and Martin Short came together to discuss London Film Festival opening film Frankenweenie today. The panel were on good form, with Martin Short impersonating Burton and Martin Landau doing an impression of Alfred Hitchcock. Burton talked about working with the close-nit group. The director […]

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Film Review: Frankenweenie

Tim Burton could make another film that epitomised his output as a filmmaker, but it would be difficult for him to match Frankenweenie in this respect. For Frankenweenie is quintessentially Burtonesque. High school student Victor Frankenstein prefers learning about science than playing sport and enjoys the company of his dog Sparky. When a tragic accident occurs, Victor uses the knowledge […]

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