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JOEL KALKOPF
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Born and raised in Melbourne, Joel completed his studies in Entrepreneurship at RMIT (yes it’s a real degree!). Although currently working in the property industry, films are where his heart is and always has been. His parents educated him from a young age with 'The Sound of Music', 'Oliver!', 'Fiddler on the Roof' and the like, and ever since his passion for movies has continued to grow. He's just started in the reviewing game because whilst art is subjective, he believes his opinions are right and should be shared.

TOP 3 ARTISTS: The Killers, Vampire Weekend, Alan Menken
TOP 3 MOVIES: Inglorious Basterds, The Life of Brian, Singing In The Rain
BEST CONCERT: Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto Tour, Melbourne
FIRST MEMORY OF A FILM: I think it was my very first trip to the cinema to see Muppet Treasure Island. To this day, an underrated all time classic that makes me laugh every time.

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Coraline - Exploring a cinematic blindspot
CORALINEExploring a cinematic blindspot
Creepy beyond what is necessary and overall otherworldly in a delightful way, 'Coraline' exceeds all expectations to become one of the all-time greats. A film that almost didn't get made and had several stumbling blocks, it is a lasting testament to trusting a vision and great source material.
Riceboy Sleeps - A personal and tender immigrant story with universal ideas
RICEBOY SLEEPSA personal and tender immigrant story with universal ideas
There are numerous universal ideas that audiences will gravitate towards, and the way Shim draws on his own personal story to get there is laudable. Shot beautifully and impactful from the first minute to the last, 'Riceboy Sleeps' is deserving of a far greater audience than I fear it may get.
May December - A cheeky and daring film fraught with drama
MAY DECEMBERA cheeky and daring film fraught with drama
An actress involves herself in the lives of a couple whose story may have gripped the nation, but whose presence will test the depths of their relationship.
The Sweet East - A satirical lens of the contemporary United States
THE SWEET EASTA satirical lens of the contemporary United States
While not as seminal or lingering, this film still has something to say and rightly embraces the indie tag for an altogether funny and complex journey of the people that shape the United States.
Renfield - An unfamiliar story from Dracula’s familiar
RENFIELDAn unfamiliar story from Dracula’s familiar
Strung together with high-octane action sequences, 'Renfield' is a bloody reminder of how old characters can be given new life.
Maybe I Do - A rom-com with no rom or com
MAYBE I DOA rom-com with no rom or com
Keaton, Gere, Macy and Sarandon - not even these acting heavyweights can save this dull excuse for a rom-com.
My Neighbour Adolf - He’s not my neighbour, he's a very naughty boy
MY NEIGHBOUR ADOLFHe’s not my neighbour, he's a very naughty boy
It's hard to say what the purpose of this film is or what it aims to achieve, but there is sweetness, there is comedy, and although fairly surface level, there is the insight into trauma.
EO - Kindness and cruelty in the eyes of a donkey
EOKindness and cruelty in the eyes of a donkey
Transcendent and often spellbinding, 'EO' puts all sides of humankind on the table for us to dissect and explore. We may not always find the answers we desire, but the beauty of this film lies with the simplicity of the exploration.
The Blue Caftan - A finely crafted and tender film about love
THE BLUE CAFTANA finely crafted and tender film about love
A truly magnificent film that doesn't aim too high, but passes with flying colours to ensure the delivery of a poignant and tender film that will leave audiences feeling the beauties of love in all its forms.
Mayday - Modern sirens that empower woman
MAYDAYModern sirens that empower woman
There is wonderful power provided in the connection of the sisterhood, and Ana's arc can hopefully provide comfort to any audience members who will certainly find relatable elements, but 'Mayday' ultimately feels short-changed and wanting for more.
What's Love Got To Do With It? - British-Pakistani rom-com of walking and then falling in love
WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?British-Pakistani rom-com of walking and then falling in love
This film shows great representation of an otherwise overshadowed culture and practise. Director Shekhar Kapur has no right to bring such delight to the rom-com genre, but we are glad he did.
Tim Minchin: Back - He's back and better than ever
TIM MINCHIN: BACKHe's back and better than ever
At first the tunes make you take notice, then you appreciate the craft, and then finally ask for more. Minchin is back, and we couldn't be happier.
The Lost King - A corpse, a corpse! My kingdom for a corpse!
THE LOST KINGA corpse, a corpse! My kingdom for a corpse!
It's delightfully agreeable and pleasant to sit through, with enough comedy to keep you entertained, and enough adventure to keep you interested.
A Taste of Hunger - Making a relationship work in the ruthless culinary world
A TASTE OF HUNGERMaking a relationship work in the ruthless culinary world
As a film that explores the ideas of what makes a relationship work and what it takes for it to all go sour, 'A Taste in Hunger' is more than serviceable. It's not the best family drama nor does it have the best food scenes, but in the current climate where audiences want a taste of both, then look no further.
McEnroe - A therapeutic look at the fire inside the belly of a beast
MCENROEA therapeutic look at the fire inside the belly of a beast
For anyone after a deeper look into an idolised athlete, this film will certainly deliver. However, there is not much here to shake anything up, and there are superior materials out there that discuss the psychological aspect of sport.
On the Count of Three - A dark comedy that stares down the barrel
ON THE COUNT OF THREEA dark comedy that stares down the barrel
There are two sides to the coin, and while this is really a well-balanced in tragedy and comedy, there is no denying the haunting theme that can be triggering and devastatingly real.
Brian and Charles - The perfect companion to fill that robot-shaped hole in your life
BRIAN AND CHARLESThe perfect companion to fill that robot-shaped hole in your life
Full of heart, warmth and laughter, it feels like a hidden gem before it's even hit the screens. With an intimate atmosphere and quirky characters, it seems at times like this film was made specifically for you to have a good time.
Good Luck to You, Leo Grande - Sex positive and positively charming
GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDESex positive and positively charming
Effortlessly charming with the right amount of comedy mixed in for good measure, it knows what it wants to say and puts that message of pleasure and human connection front of centre, forcing the audience to listen and take on the challenges.
Official Competition - Stars collide in the name of art
OFFICIAL COMPETITIONStars collide in the name of art
At a time when celebrities are simultaneously worshipped, derided, pitied and envied, this film shows us these artists can be sensitive, serious and silly, but it all services the art they wish to produce.
Thor: Love and Thunder - Guns N' Roses N' Love N' Thunder
THOR: LOVE AND THUNDERGuns N' Roses N' Love N' Thunder
Fans of the MCU will surely flock to the nearest multiplex to get a glimpse of the latest entry, and Taika Waititi fans should definitely check this one out too. It's a fun and entertaining enough adventure.
A Hero - Oscar winner Farhadi's latest film and Cannes Grand Prix winner
A HEROOscar winner Farhadi's latest film and Cannes Grand Prix winner
This film does a phenomenal job of presenting the facts, but twisting the narrative around the characters' best intentions creates a tense and engrossing drama.
Pompo the Cinephile - For Anime and film lovers everywhere
POMPO THE CINEPHILEFor Anime and film lovers everywhere
For cinephiles everywhere, this will be viewed as a sweet, energetic and adoring embrace to the world of film. For others, it should still be appreciated for what is - a visually engrossing and fun anime that’s not afraid of being itself.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - How modern day blockbusters hoist this film to greater heights
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S ENDHow modern day blockbusters hoist this film to greater heights
It may not have been loved at the time, but this big, bold, dark and funny film demands more respect and more recognition.
The Good Boss - Javier Bardem tips the scales in his favour
THE GOOD BOSSJavier Bardem tips the scales in his favour
This sharp, dark and often funny film won't leave you wanting. Nominated for 20 Spanish Oscars and winning six including Best Film, 'The Good Boss' will guarantee a good time.
Memoria - Big screen or bust
MEMORIABig screen or bust
The slow pace brings a mystical experience, exploring dreams, nature, ghosts, human existence and memory. It won't be for everyone, but audiences should try to allow themselves to be taken by it.
Nowhere Special - Taking you somewhere truly special
NOWHERE SPECIALTaking you somewhere truly special
A delicate yet gruelling film, it's filled with moments that make you want to hug your loved ones. It has the capacity to break your heart, but takes you to a sensitive, warm and heartfelt place.
Jewish International Film Festival 2022 - Program launch with artistic director Eddie Tamir
JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2022Program launch with artistic director Eddie Tamir
JIFF is back on the big screen for 2022 - and Joel chats with the festival's artistic director Eddie Tamir about the highlights from this year's line-up.
Drive My Car - Life is a journey, not a destination
DRIVE MY CARLife is a journey, not a destination
An astounding piece of art. This is a film that so beautifully posits what it means to garner deep human connections, poetically weaving through the silent moments of reflection.
C'mon C'mon - An intimate odyssey of love and guidance
C'MON C'MONAn intimate odyssey of love and guidance
One might be excused for assuming this road trip film will show an adult and child teaching others the values of life, but it's also an exploration of resilience, reflection, love and perseverance.
The Matrix Resurrections - Welcome to the real world - again
THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONSWelcome to the real world - again
It's colourful, it's ambitious, we get to see Neo and Trinity again, but it also lacks any real spark or reason to exist.
Clifford the Big Red Dog - A giant puppy-eyed family adventure
CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOGA giant puppy-eyed family adventure
Just like a puppy staring lovingly at you, even after doing something wrong, no matter how many flaws you might find throughout, you will feel obliged to look back on this film and say - "awwww".
The Holiday - It may not be the best, but it <i>is</i> the perfect Christmas movie
THE HOLIDAYIt may not be the best, but it is the perfect Christmas movie
This film stands the test of time by being a perfect concoction of Christmas magic, and therefore, a perfect Christmas movie.
Best Sellers - Caine and Plaza go on a book tour
BEST SELLERSCaine and Plaza go on a book tour
It can feel like a combination of a bad Sunday flick and a good Hallmark movie, but you can't help but feel sentiment every now and then.
To Chiara - Italian family drama on the streets of Calabria
TO CHIARAItalian family drama on the streets of Calabria
It's full of energy and Italian flavour, with care and attention to the characters, settings, and emotions director Jonas Carpignano wants to leave his audience with.
The Beta Test - A thrilling and sexy Hollywood satire
THE BETA TESTA thrilling and sexy Hollywood satire
While it doesn't necessarily hit all its marks, it's still an engrossing, sexy, satirical thriller that is well worth the ticket, even if at the beginning you thought you bought the wrong one.
Fiddler on the Roof - A personal letter on a universal story
FIDDLER ON THE ROOFA personal letter on a universal story
To mark the 50th anniversary of 'Fiddler on the Roof', Joel has penned a letter his own son about the future.
Limbo - A witty yet humanising look at the refugee experience
LIMBOA witty yet humanising look at the refugee experience
It holds all the right cards, setting it apart. Funny without belittling, sad without being tragic, and relatable without pitting, this is a rewarding film that will leave audiences smiling.
Some Kind of Heaven - A bizarre lens into a Floridian retirement village
SOME KIND OF HEAVENA bizarre lens into a Floridian retirement village
However bizarre The Village is, it's the characters that hold this film together. The pursuit of their desires can be uncomfortable and even sad at times, but their journeys are fascinating.
The Fox and the Hound - Celebrating 40 years since Disney's saddest tail
THE FOX AND THE HOUNDCelebrating 40 years since Disney's saddest tail
This is one Disney film that is often forgotten about and rarely brought up, but it's a film that utilises its sadness to bring hope and beauty to its world.
TOPOWA! Never Give Up - Uganda is alive with the sound of music
TOPOWA! NEVER GIVE UPUganda is alive with the sound of music
It's said Africa taught the rest of the world rhythm, and 'TOPOWA!' certainly shows plenty of that. Radiating with positive energy, viewers will be forgiven for jumping out of their seats and leaning into the beat.
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