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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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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.
Breaking Bread - Why not <i>not</i> eat pigs together
BREAKING BREADWhy not not eat pigs together
All the ingredients are there, all the tools are in place, and 'Breaking Bread' proves that with the right combinations and platforms, anything is achievable.
Too Far Away - Scoring all sorts of goals
TOO FAR AWAYScoring all sorts of goals
A warm and sentimental film. If you're expecting an underdog sports family drama, you'll instead find a film about a blossoming friendship against the odds, filled with adventure, heart and smiles.
King Otto - The world plans, and the Greek gods laugh
KING OTTOThe world plans, and the Greek gods laugh
For football fans, this is a decent overview of the man behind the most remarkable fairytale, and for non-football fans, there are enough lessons here to leave you empowered, if not overjoyed.
Shrek - After 20 years, do we need a reboot?
SHREKAfter 20 years, do we need a reboot?
The originality that burst onto our screens 20 years ago may have lost some of its edge over the years, but the same cannot be said of its charm and warmth.
De Gaulle - Historical biopic on Free French leader
DE GAULLEHistorical biopic on Free French leader
A very basic - and oftentimes, very sweet - look at this period of Charles de Gaulle's life. It's really nicely shot, but will leave you feeling generally unamused.
Twist - Please sir, can I have a lot less of this?
TWISTPlease sir, can I have a lot less of this?
The film genuinely has no idea if it wants to be a homage, a wink, a parallel, or complete coincidence. Yet the strangest part is that it manages to convince a really stellar cast to take part.
Amélie - The perfect companion piece to 'Soul' for a life of joy
AMÉLIEThe perfect companion piece to 'Soul' for a life of joy
The fantastical atmosphere of 'Amélie' holds a special place in viewers hearts all over the world, with its distinctive tones being eternally memorable. With 'Soul' now trying to teach similar and valuable lessons, we have no excuse not to open our eyes and appreciate life's little gems.
Cross The Line - A gritty descent into a feverish hell
CROSS THE LINEA gritty descent into a feverish hell
This is Mario Casas film, and the way he carries himself throughout is truly remarkable. These great thrillers are rare, and with a friendly runtime of 90 minutes, don't find an excuse to miss it.
Tom & Jerry - A spiritless reimagining of a classic cartoon
TOM & JERRYA spiritless reimagining of a classic cartoon
The spirit of the old cartoons is nowhere to be seen here. There's enough to entertain families, but for those looking to revisit some old favourites, it's best to look elsewhere.
The Grizzlies - Freedom Writers meets Mighty Ducks
THE GRIZZLIESFreedom Writers meets Mighty Ducks
It loses its way when it tries to be an inspirational sports drama, but when it focuses on the Inuit community and the troubles they face, it gives you every reason to smile and even shed a tear.
Night Shift - A promising premise that lets you down
NIGHT SHIFTA promising premise that lets you down
A fairly messy approach to what should otherwise be a very focused and minimalist film. Let down by wanting to cover too much results in an unfortunately forgetful and unsympathetic exploration.
Asia - Israel's award-winning drama
ASIAIsrael's award-winning drama
Audiences witness the slow ascent of a mother finding her feet to become more dependable and more caring, which comes together in a devastating finale that will leave few dry eyes in the crowd.
Golden Voices - Immigration struggles with amusing challenges
GOLDEN VOICESImmigration struggles with amusing challenges
This amusing story of Russian dubbing stars may seem ultra-specific, but it clearly has a universal theme for all to appreciate and enjoy, and presents the idea in an amusing and heartfelt way.
Anton - That's what friends are for
ANTONThat's what friends are for
It's harmless and sweet in a way that should encourage children to watch it, but simultaneously lacks the heart and focus to make it more memorable.
The Shepherd - A true story through an unflinching lens
THE SHEPHERDA true story through an unflinching lens
Brutal, honest, painful and creatively stunning. Focusing a war story on a lonely shepherd in a rural town with minimal dialogue should not make for captivating viewing, but it certainly does.
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit - A charming and poignant tale of survival
WHEN HITLER STOLE PINK RABBITA charming and poignant tale of survival
In terms of introductory films that address the horrors of the Second World War, this film goes a long way in putting its hand up for number one spot.
Assassins - Did two girls really commit political assassination?
ASSASSINSDid two girls really commit political assassination?
A run-of-the-mill documentary that presents a great story, but little else. It would have benefited more by going deeper into the psyche of these girls to unlock more of this bizarre story.
Pixie - A violent bunch of eejits
PIXIEA violent bunch of eejits
There are lots of laughs, and though there's not much new, the chemistry between the characters is wonderful. Crass, funny and violent, what are movies for if not to escape reality and enjoy yourself.
Lupin the Third: The First - Honour and adventure amongst thieves
LUPIN THE THIRD: THE FIRSTHonour and adventure amongst thieves
There's little here for fans not to enjoy, and although it's certainly not going to blow the mind of any newcomers, it's a fun introduction to the world's greatest gentleman thief, Lupin.
A Call to Spy - The unknown stories of real-life heroes
A CALL TO SPYThe unknown stories of real-life heroes
It falls into the traps that too many biopics suffer, but with a great ensemble cast, there is space for this film to exist and prosper. These real-life heroic women deserve your attention.
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