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ASHLEY TERESA
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Ashley is a Melbourne-based uni student. She may have a degree in neuroscience but you can catch her at a cinema the moment class is over (or even between classes!). A life-long lover of film, she recently started putting finger to keyboard to start reviewing films she loves and sharing her thoughts with the world.

TOP 3 ARTISTS: Tame Impala, Taylor Swift, Radiohead
TOP 3 MOVIES: La La Land, Whiplash, First Man (Damien Chazelle is my one true love)
BEST CONCERT: Tame Impala at Laneway 2017
FIRST MEMORY OF A FILM: Seeing 'Anastasia' with my cousins and hiding under my chair during the frightening Rasputin scenes.

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Bottoms - Scraping the bottom of the teen comedy genre
BOTTOMSScraping the bottom of the teen comedy genre
A film that should be primed for classic status, but never truly earns it. Perhaps the perplexing praise the film has received both critically and commercially is a result of a barren desert of any other teen comedies, and 'Bottoms' appears as the much-needed body of water nearby.
The Creator - Thank goodness for original science-fiction movies
THE CREATORThank goodness for original science-fiction movies
While it's far from perfect, 'The Creator' is a welcome new science-fiction story. It's not saying anything new, just repackaging and upgrading the software on this strand of thematic storytelling – and sometimes that's all a film needs to do to be deemed worthy of an audience.
Perfect Days - A near-perfect comeback for Wim Wenders
PERFECT DAYSA near-perfect comeback for Wim Wenders
Don't be surprised if you walk out of the theatre the way Hirayama leaves his apartment; smiling, staring at the sky, and full of peace.
BlackBerry - A refreshing take on the brand movie
BLACKBERRYA refreshing take on the brand movie
Despite the obsolescence of the phone through both internal and external factors, 'BlackBerry' refuses to let itself fall down a similar path. It's funny in a way few films of this breed are.
Sanctuary - S&M (sensual and manic)
SANCTUARYS&M (sensual and manic)
It'll tantalise its audiences – and probe them to consider what they themselves want – long after the credits roll.
MIFF 71 Preview - Check out SWITCH's top picks for this year's festival
MIFF 71 PREVIEWCheck out SWITCH's top picks for this year's festival
Despite the bitter chill of the Melbournian winter, this year's MIFF line-up is one to don the puffer jacket and head out for. It's an opportunity to dive deeper into the culture of our beautiful city and celebrate the stunning cinemas Melbourne has to offer.
Talk To Me - The Australian horror debut on everyone’s lips
TALK TO METhe Australian horror debut on everyone’s lips
The refusal to play into routine jump-scare fare, effective sound design and a killer final 30 seconds make this an audacious horror debut. The Philippou brothers are a welcome new voice in the Australian film industry, and I cannot wait to see where their twisted tendencies take them next.
Reality - Sydney Sweeney excels in whistleblower thriller
REALITYSydney Sweeney excels in whistleblower thriller
A compelling bottle film that boasts a must-see Sydney Sweeney performance, and manages to find humanity even in the tensest of circumstances.
We Were Once Kids - Re-tangling a complicated and controversial legacy
WE WERE ONCE KIDSRe-tangling a complicated and controversial legacy
Held together by a treasure trove of archival footage and Harris' natural flair for dynamic storytelling, 'We Were Once Kids' is a conventional yet confronting look at the dark underbelly of an already heavily-contested piece of modern art.
Infinity Pool - TBA
INFINITY POOLTBA
John Wick: Chapter 4 - All hail the king of action movies
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 4All hail the king of action movies
It somehow manages to outdo its own instalments in both quality and spectacle, making for an unforgettable cinematic experience. As for every other action film being released this year, they've well and truly got their work cut out if they want to come even close to taking John's crown.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods - Lightning doesn’t strike twice for DC sequel
SHAZAM! FURY OF THE GODSLightning doesn’t strike twice for DC sequel
A frustratingly middling entry into the DCEU, made even more disappointing by the fact that the formula was already working so well in the first instalment.
The Blaze - French father-son drama fizzles under predictable script
THE BLAZEFrench father-son drama fizzles under predictable script
It seeks to warn us about the dangers of complacency around our ever-changing climate, but in fumbling ways to explore its sentimental edge, it struggles to drive home its messages.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania - Marvel’s latest disappointment
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIAMarvel’s latest disappointment
If superhero fatigue hasn't hit you yet, expect 'Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania' to send you straight into the realm of exhaustion.
Corsage - Period biopic breathes new life into a constrained genre
CORSAGEPeriod biopic breathes new life into a constrained genre
While it's is messy and at times unbalanced, it's worth the price of admission for a magnetic performance from Krieps and a unique take on one of history's most oppressed figures.
Babylon - Here’s to the fools who party
BABYLONHere’s to the fools who party
While 'Babylon' struggles to remain a consistently knockout experience, it's rare that directors are given the budget and resources to do whatever they want and tell original stories, and it's something we should all be supporting and championing.
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On - Your new favourite comfort film
MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ONYour new favourite comfort film
It's a deeply personal project that poignantly applies its musings to the universal experiences of life, resulting in a unique and unforgettable experience.
Stars at Noon - A love story lost in the constellation
STARS AT NOONA love story lost in the constellation
While its sprawling, slow and opaque nature may turn many audiences off, this is a sensual and surprisingly humorous experience for those willing – and able to – get on its wavelength.
Decision to Leave - Park Chan-wook’s mystery of love
DECISION TO LEAVEPark Chan-wook’s mystery of love
Even if it's not quite his best work, this is a true testament to Park Chan-wook's concrete-solid status as one of the best filmmakers of our time.
The Stranger - Aussie crime reaches new heights
THE STRANGERAussie crime reaches new heights
Incredibly unsettling and truly one of the best offerings from the Australian film industry in years.
Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon - Supernatural horror lacks substance
MONA LISA AND THE BLOOD MOONSupernatural horror lacks substance
It's simply a grating experience. Almost every single directorial choice appears poised to rub audiences the wrong way, and not intentionally.
Moonage Daydream - David Bowie doco a revolution for the art of filmmaking
MOONAGE DAYDREAMDavid Bowie doco a revolution for the art of filmmaking
It both successfully encapsulates the world of David Bowie and avoids all the storytelling pitfalls of traditional documentary filmmaking. Its influence on how we view documentaries will no doubt be felt for years to come.
Navalny - A timely and terrifying political documentary
NAVALNYA timely and terrifying political documentary
Daniel Roher has hit the jackpot with 'Navalny', a documentary so meticulously well-timed to capture an integral moment in political history it feels like a once-in-a-lifetime event.
Bodies Bodies Bodies - A bloody slog through internet satire
BODIES BODIES BODIESA bloody slog through internet satire
It's a film that is hiding a worthy and interesting sadness under its satire that is as trapped as David and his guests.
Rodeo - Portrait of a bikie on fire
RODEOPortrait of a bikie on fire
There's a great film in here somewhere, and Lola Quivoron tries her hardest to race away with her audience's hearts, but 'Rodeo' is at times too half-baked to pull off all of its tricks.
Funny Pages - A phenomenally grimy, goofy debut
FUNNY PAGESA phenomenally grimy, goofy debut
One of the most refreshingly comical (pun unintended) and authentic coming-of-age films of the last few years. Owen Kline proves himself to be a talent completely on his own merits.
Dual - High concept, high laughs
DUALHigh concept, high laughs
It's clear that it has plenty of fantastic ideas it wants to explore, but it just doesn't seem to know what these are or how to get there. Despite this, Gillan's performances make 'Dual' a worthy and entertaining way to spend an evening.
Speak No Evil - The holiday from hell
SPEAK NO EVILThe holiday from hell
This plays directly into the horror tropes it holds in contempt, and takes it out on its audience in the nastiest (and best) way possible.
Broker - Chosen family
BROKERChosen family
Despite being far from his best, 'Broker' proves that even a middling Hirokazu Kore-eda project is still leagues above other director's batting averages.
Triangle of Sadness - A cruise through shallow waters
TRIANGLE OF SADNESSA cruise through shallow waters
For all its shortcomings, 'Triangle of Sadness' is an entertaining dive into the lives of the rich and the famous, even if the dive is as shallow as its characters are made out to be. Thank goodness the laughs make it worth it.
Crimes of the Future - Beauty behind the (mutilation) madness
CRIMES OF THE FUTUREBeauty behind the (mutilation) madness
It can be quite disturbing, but there is a tender core to be respected and relished - it's an experience far more hopeful than the nihilistic ways in which the film’s characters use their bodies.
MIFF 70 is here! - Our top picks for the 70th Melbourne International Film Festival
MIFF 70 IS HERE!Our top picks for the 70th Melbourne International Film Festival
So the Melbourne International Film Festival program dropped and you're desperately trying to whittle it down to the films you can make between working, eating and sleeping. Never fear - Ashley was at the line-up launch event, and has distilled the list to her must-see highlights!
Cyrano - Let your heart sing with stellar Peter Dinklage musical
CYRANOLet your heart sing with stellar Peter Dinklage musical
Joe Wright's delicate, lush directing and Peter Dinklage's captivating performance make this film a sight to behold. Dinklage is more weathered, cynical and physical than one could possibly imagine.
The Nowhere Inn - Checking into meta madness with St Vincent
THE NOWHERE INNChecking into meta madness with St Vincent
St. Vincent/Annie Clark cleverly finds a way to have her cake and eat it too, and while the meta loop-de-loops do get a bit tangled, it's a funny and intriguing film that asks if the perceptions the famous have of themselves are just as toxic as the ones placed on them by the public.
Hot Fuzz - A classic corruption of the cop comedy genre
HOT FUZZA classic corruption of the cop comedy genre
It's rare for an action film to have just as much heart as action, but the middle (and arguably best) instalment in Edgar Wright's Cornetto Trilogy is a masterclass in genre-mashing and lampooning.
India Sweets and Spices - Crazy rich Indians
INDIA SWEETS AND SPICESCrazy rich Indians
It has the exact feel of a telemovie one would catch at 12pm on a weekday. The satire just needs a bit more spice, and the script just needs a bit of sugar to really make this film shine.
The Souvenir: Part II - A masterpiece of meta memory
THE SOUVENIR: PART IIA masterpiece of meta memory
Not only is it superior to its predecessor, it's also one of the best films of 2022 thus far. 'The Souvenir: Part II' seamlessly addresses, re-contextualises and justifies the first film.
Belfast - A monochrome telling of a rose-tinted story
BELFASTA monochrome telling of a rose-tinted story
Its existence and execution make sense from a historical perspective, but with its very personal tone, 'Belfast' runs dangerously close to being a film for no one but Kenneth Branagh himself.
The Hating Game - Steamy leads disserviced by a stale script
THE HATING GAMESteamy leads disserviced by a stale script
Rom-com fans will find just enough here to make it an enjoyable experience, but don't expect a masterclass in a workplace romance. It's a film that has just as much to love as there is to hate.
Censor - Art imitates life in this thrilling horror debut
CENSORArt imitates life in this thrilling horror debut
Prano Bailey-Bond's palpable love of horror films - particularly the grittier nasties of decades past - allows her to knock her debut film out of the park, establishing a striking and unsettling tone.
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