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SWITCHCast Episode 54: Melbourne International Film Festival 2021 Program and 'Mental as Everything' Interview
Charlie and Joel present a special episode of SWITCHCast, as they check out two of the biggest events in Australia's cinematic calendar! To celebrate the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival's full program announcement, we chat to the team behind the line-up, as well as one filmmaker whose film is showing at this year's Melbourne Documentary Film Festival.
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Halloween Kills - Killer sequel is nothing but filler
HALLOWEEN KILLS
Killer sequel is nothing but filler
In trying to be greater than your average horror film, it fails terribly at everything, playing less like an instalment and more like a filler episode while audiences await the killer finale.
Malignant - Another bombastic horror rollercoaster from the great James Wan
MALIGNANT
Another bombastic horror rollercoaster from the great James Wan
You'll jump, you'll scream, you'll look away, you'll giggle, you'll gasp and you'll leap out of your seat with joy, and emerge back out into the sun still tingling from the adrenaline rush.
Love You Like That - Love is in the air - and it's crazy
LOVE YOU LIKE THAT
Love is in the air - and it's crazy
It's just a bad romantic movie, complete with its bad jokes and acting. While it's fun to watch, it's predictable and silly, and inevitably not worth your time.
Lamb - it'll grow on ewe
LAMB
it'll grow on ewe
Valdimar Jóhannsson certainly has ambition, and despite not quite effectively building a unique mood, it suggests he has the talent to swing for the fences in future eerie genre outings.
Nitram - Into the abyss of one of our greatest tragedies
NITRAM
Into the abyss of one of our greatest tragedies
A haunting, at times gothic, ultimately overwhelming look into the abyss of a man who saw pain and chose to laugh. And it is one of the most important, powerful and accomplished films of the year.
Joe Bell - Mark Wahlberg's well-meaning but flawed crusade
JOE BELL
Mark Wahlberg's well-meaning but flawed crusade
In the pantheon of 21st century LGBTQIA+ cinema, this film can't hold a candle to an array of more thoughtful pieces. The crusade to tell Joe Bell's story must go down as a missed opportunity.
Flashback - Not a trip but a chore
FLASHBACK
Not a trip but a chore
There's nothing more disappointing than seeing a film with a great premise completely fumble its execution. Perhaps, in another timeline, there's a version of this movie that works.
Pig - Another dazzling turn from Nicolas Cage
PIG
Another dazzling turn from Nicolas Cage
It explores our dreams, our pain, and our disparity when what we love is jeopardised. But the most rewarding aspect is seeing the tour de force on display from Nicolas Cage.
The Donut King - This inspiring doco has it all... and lots and lots of donuts
THE DONUT KING
This inspiring doco has it all... and lots and lots of donuts
This documentary has everything - immigration, rags to riches, riches to rags, heart, soul, family, love, friendship. It does it all with incredible characters, amazing stories and the humble donut.
The Killing of Two Lovers - Heartbreak warfare
THE KILLING OF TWO LOVERS
Heartbreak warfare
A richly told and deeply vulnerable film. A transfixing tale of love's ability to consume you, the dark things it can make you say and the even darker things it can make you consider.
PAW Patrol: The Movie - The pups' first theatrical mission is barking with joy
PAW PATROL: THE MOVIE
The pups' first theatrical mission is barking with joy
For a TV adaptation it's a surprising success, and while it's clearly made for a younger audience, it's still an absolute delight. It's charming, adorable and a return to form for a pure kids' film.
Ride The Eagle - A meditative look at connection
RIDE THE EAGLE
A meditative look at connection
It's cute, peaceful and occasionally funny thanks in large part to its cast. And there's an adorable dog, always a bonus.
Summer of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Would Not Be Televised) - History reveals itself
SUMMER OF SOUL (...OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION WOULD NOT BE TELEVISED)
History reveals itself
A window into an extraordinary moment in time, the effects of which are still being felt. What was once lost to the public can now, half a century later, be seen for the first time.
Annette - A musical fantasy that never reaches the heights it aims for
ANNETTE
A musical fantasy that never reaches the heights it aims for
Leos Carax is a purveyor of dreams, and 'Annette' is a gorgeous dream to swim in, even just to see and hear the many sights it has to offer.
Candyman - Sweet, sugar, Candyman
CANDYMAN
Sweet, sugar, Candyman
A visually stunning and long-awaited return for one of horror's great slashers, but his modern comeback doesn't come without a few rotten candies.
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Tales of Tomorrow - So-so sci-fi from Brazil
TALES OF TOMORROW
So-so sci-fi from Brazil
Despite some decent low-budget effects and an unexpected turn of events leading into the final stretch, the screenplay holds it back from being a story that you'll be thinking about the next day.
Revisiting the 'Harry Potter' series - 20 years with the groundbreaking fantasy epic
REVISITING THE 'HARRY POTTER' SERIES
20 years with the groundbreaking fantasy epic
The series may now be cheap toys and pointless prequels, but underneath is a guide to young people that they can overcome the demons, things can get better and that they are stronger than they think.
Zola - An odyssey of online outrageousness
ZOLA
An odyssey of online outrageousness
Whether or not you completely buy into Zola's story, it's impossible not to get drawn into the frenetic and seductive storytelling. This film marks an exciting new era of viral storytelling.
Halloween - Reliving the night he came home
HALLOWEEN
Reliving the night he came home
Over 40 years on, the film still feels like a force of nature, eliciting something both subtle and primal. It gets in your bones, and it's rightfully a touchstone of horror.
Gaia - Ho-hum horticultural horror
GAIA
Ho-hum horticultural horror
Visually arresting but narratively vegetative, 'Gaia' is an eco-horror flick that never takes root.
Sydney Film Festival 2021 - Program launch
SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2021
Program launch
It's been a bloody long time since we've been in a cinema - but with lockdown coming to an end, Sydney residents are spoiled for choice with their Sydney Film Festival offerings this year.
Breakfast at Tiffany's 60th Anniversary - The daring, darling Holly Golightly lives on
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S 60TH ANNIVERSARY
The daring, darling Holly Golightly lives on
This film holds complexity. It isn't just about boy chasing girl - it's about girl facing up to her own self. Heck! It's about relationships and belonging, not necessarily love and romance.
A Sexplanation - A long overdue sex education
A SEXPLANATION
A long overdue sex education
A very entertaining documentary that serves as the perfect jumping-off point to begin learning about sex, raising some awkward questions, and teaching you not to be afraid to learn about your body.
Dear Evan Hansen - A disappointing, misguided adaptation of the award-winning musical
DEAR EVAN HANSEN
A disappointing, misguided adaptation of the award-winning musical
This film adaptation delivers barely a whimper. It doesn't serve the material, it doesn't serve Ben Platt, doesn't serve Evan Hansen and, most of all, doesn't serve its audience.
The First Wives Club - Sisters are still doin' it for themselves 25 years later
THE FIRST WIVES CLUB
Sisters are still doin' it for themselves 25 years later
The film is tremendously entertaining, wickedly funny and, at times, enormously silly. But it has persisted as a cultural icon largely thanks to its surprisingly powerful subtext.
The Boss Baby: Family Business - Girl-Boss Baby not worth your time
THE BOSS BABY: FAMILY BUSINESS
Girl-Boss Baby not worth your time
This sequel is more of the same mindless fluff that will hold children's attention, but there are so many better films you could show them instead. It's just a waste of time.
Children of Men - 15 years at the end of the world with Alfonso Cuarón's masterpiece
CHILDREN OF MEN
15 years at the end of the world with Alfonso Cuarón's masterpiece
It's one of the finest films ever made, but not because it is clever or technically impressive. It's a masterpiece because it is humane, as humane as one could ever hope for cinema to be.
CODA - Raise your hands in joy
CODA
Raise your hands in joy
It's hard not to walk away from 'CODA' without a smile on your face... and some moisture in your eyes. With authentic performances, storytelling and a whole lot of heart, it's a must-watch experience.
Dear Comrades! - Motherhood versus the motherland
DEAR COMRADES!
Motherhood versus the motherland
An effective and unforgiving look at a sickening moment in human history, though its messages remain timely, as seen through the eyes of a woman torn between motherhood and the motherland.
An American Werewolf in London - Beware the moon on the 40th anniversary of a horror classic
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON
Beware the moon on the 40th anniversary of a horror classic
After 40 years, there are still very few films like it. It could be called a classic comedy or a classic horror film, but it is undeniably a classic.
BOX OFFICE week ending 13 October 2021
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SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS
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FREE GUY
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PAW PATROL: THE MOVIE
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AINBO: AMAZON PRINCESS
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JUNGLE CRUISE
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SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY
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THE SUICIDE SQUAD
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RESPECT
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JOE BELL
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CHAL METRA PUTT 3
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