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SWITCHCast Episode 48: The House With a Clock in Its Walls, Ladies in Black, Johnny English Strikes Back, Smallfoot, Ghosthunter, I Am Paul Walker
Charlie, Jess and Daniel discuss the week's films, plus we lay shit on the single-worst thing that has ever happened in the history of cinema, ever.
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Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot - A biopic void of humanity
DON'T WORRY, HE WON'T GET FAR ON FOOT
A biopic void of humanity
More dismal than dark comedy, and more an advertisement for AA than a tale of redemption, this lacklustre biopic from Gus Van Sant is missing the genre’s most important trait - humanity.
I Am Paul Walker - A loving tribute, but for fans only
I AM PAUL WALKER
A loving tribute, but for fans only
A charming look at the Paul Walker the public never got to see, and provides a wonderful eulogy to the man that fans will enjoy.
Smallfoot - An important lesson with music to lead the way
SMALLFOOT
An important lesson with music to lead the way
The animation is cute, bright and easily digestible for tiny human eyes. Despite the heavy subject matter, this film displays great humour delivered by adorable and fun characters.
The House with a Clock in its Walls - A potentially fun children film that never finds its rhythm
THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS
A potentially fun children film that never finds its rhythm
It’s a pity it doesn’t work as well as it should, because there’s a really great children’s film in there. It’s only just fun enough to make it not totally forgettable.
Ladies In Black - It doesn't have the
LADIES IN BLACK
It doesn't have the "Goodes"
‘Ladies in Black’ left me feeling bored and borderline appalled that this film will be seen as a representation of not only ourselves but our country as artists and filmmakers.
Beast - A feral study of love, repression and violence
BEAST
A feral study of love, repression and violence
‘Beast’ is a tense, visceral character study that explores the feral sexuality and paranoia that can erupt in repressive environments.
A Simple Favour - Brazen melodrama proves the right amount of flavoursome
A SIMPLE FAVOUR
Brazen melodrama proves the right amount of flavoursome
This is not the movie you’re probably expecting. While it can be a tad uneven, if you choose to go along with it, it’s hard to not crack a grin.
Searching - Cinematic social media fatigue
SEARCHING
Cinematic social media fatigue
While the narrative strains against the confines of its unique style, the film still represents another ambitious step forward for Asian American representation in cinema.
The Predator - Another kick-ass franchise bites the dust
THE PREDATOR
Another kick-ass franchise bites the dust
It’s just a loud, confusing mess, not schlocky or silly enough to make up for all that it lacks. This could have been such a blast. Instead, it’s a bore.
McQueen - A stunning, meticulous vision of a conflicted artist
McQUEEN
A stunning, meticulous vision of a conflicted artist
Like McQueen, this documentary isn’t afraid to push the boundaries of filmmaking, from its gripping storytelling to its lush visuals. This is one of the most impressive cinematic achievements of 2018.
You Were Never Really Here - Brutal yet beautiful
YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE
Brutal yet beautiful
The shots are long, the sets are dark, the dialogue is sparse, and the action is brutal. Joaquin Phoenix embodies Joe, from his excessive physical damage to his uncompromising heart.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post - A glimpse into a rarely-explored corner of darkness
THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST
A glimpse into a rarely-explored corner of darkness
A fascinating glimpse into a rarely-explored corner of darkness. Chloë Grace Moretz’s honest performance escalates this film into a formidable drama with revealing insight.
Hearts Beat Loud - An incomplete medley
HEARTS BEAT LOUD
An incomplete medley
All the elements are there - the cast, the music, the story - it just doesn’t know what to do with them. There's a beautiful heart and loveable characters, but not much else.
The Nun - Lacking both soul and scares
THE NUN
Lacking both soul and scares
I had to wonder if ‘The Conjuring’, ‘Insidious’, and ‘Annabelle’ films couldn’t have been mashed together into one or two decent movies instead of spread thinly over what feels like a dozen poor-to-mediocre films (and counting...).
The Insult - A brilliant examination of the nature of conflict
THE INSULT
A brilliant examination of the nature of conflict
Using masculine aggression as an allegory for escalating conflict, ‘The Insult’ raises interesting (and timely) questions that resonate well beyond the Middle East.
Three Identical Strangers - Triple the twists and turns
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS
Triple the twists and turns
The story of these three men is remarkable and the film matches it, right until the last frame. It will have you hooked - it's simply unmissable.
Crazy Rich Asians - A light-hearted, amusing and witty romcom
CRAZY RICH ASIANS
A light-hearted, amusing and witty romcom
a light-hearted, amusing and witty outing, with a enough emotion to bring out the romantic in you - you’d be hard-pressed not to fall in love with it too.
Kin - A melding of genres handled adeptly
KIN
A melding of genres handled adeptly
A solid offering from a clearly talented creative team, ‘Kin’ is a very different kind of family drama, with an exciting cast and a fantastic debut from the Baker brothers.
Luis and the Aliens - Exceptionally-terrestrial
LUIS AND THE ALIENS
Exceptionally-terrestrial
The filmmakers didn’t understand that children are smart. Once the novelty of the cute and trying-to-be-charming aliens wears off, there is very little for these viewers who the film is intended.
Leave No Trace - Overflowing with hope and compassion
LEAVE NO TRACE
Overflowing with hope and compassion
Simultaneously haunting and yet overflowing with hope, this is a beautiful film, telling a story of a daughter and her father that speaks truths.
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Madeline's Madeline - A star is born in transfixing tale of mental health ownership
MADELINE'S MADELINE
A star is born in transfixing tale of mental health ownership
An unflinchingly provocative piece of work about how we choose to perceive the pain of others and the psychodramas that can shape from bleeding our real lives into our art.
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot - Joaquin Phoenix's dramatic transformation
WIN DON'T WORRY, HE WON'T GET FAR ON FOOT
Joaquin Phoenix's dramatic transformation
Win one of five double passes to see 'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot' in cinemas.
McKellen: Playing the Part - The personal stories and thoughts of the great actor
WIN McKELLEN: PLAYING THE PART
The personal stories and thoughts of the great actor
Win one of five double passes to see 'McKellen: Playing the Part' in cinemas.
Mandy - A psychedelic gonzo masterpiece
MANDY
A psychedelic gonzo masterpiece
The film pays homage to a wide selection of genre classics. If you are attuned to the very specific influences and psychedelic frequencies emitted by this movie, ‘Mandy’ is an absolute delight.
My Big Gay Italian Wedding - A ridiculously fun love story
MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING
A ridiculously fun love story
It's ridiculously fun, guaranteed to make you smile. Showing a truly positive side to same-sex marriage between two people who wholly adore each other, what more could you want to make your heart soar?
Revenge - Gory thrills for the #MeToo era
REVENGE
Gory thrills for the #MeToo era
Stylish, with a neat soundtrack and glossy visuals, and violent in a tough and satisfying way, ‘Revenge’ doesn't wallow in some of the uglier things that the films in this genre tend to.
Tigers Are Not Afraid - Once upon a time in Mexico...
TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID
Once upon a time in Mexico...
You're either transported to a world where the supernatural walks by dirty alleyways and abandoned houses, or taken on a journey through a child's imagination as it justifies unspeakable bloodshed.
Liquid Truth - Struggling to stay afloat
LIQUID TRUTH
Struggling to stay afloat
With an impressive performance from Daniel de Oliveira which rescues the film, it’s not enough to keep the rest of the clunky parts buoyant.
Outrage Coda - A sensationally violent trilogy concludes
OUTRAGE CODA
A sensationally violent trilogy concludes
If you’re a fan of crime movies or “Beat” Takeshi’s oeuvre, ‘Outrage Coda’ and the previous two chapters in the trilogy come very highly-recommended.
Ghost Stories - Sceptical scares
GHOST STORIES
Sceptical scares
An eerie, cleverly-assembled horror film, with scares that will vary depending on how big of a horror buff you are.
Journey's End - A sobering, intelligent tale of fear and bravery
JOURNEY'S END
A sobering, intelligent tale of fear and bravery
‘Journey’s End’ isn’t an epic, guns-blazing war film. Instead, it’s a hard-hitting, timeless exploration of the psychological impact of fear and the struggle to remain brave.
The Happytime Murders - Filthy felt
THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS
Filthy felt
The talent was there, the trailer proved that it was funny, it was also a genuine detective story - so why does it fail?
Mirai - A magical journey through childhood
MIRAI
A magical journey through childhood
As family entertainment, ‘Mirai’ is a leap ahead of most other animated films in cinemas.
West of Sunshine - Struggle in the suburbs
WEST OF SUNSHINE
Struggle in the suburbs
This is a little Australian film with an enticing story that falls flat in its execution. What could have been a gritty, poignant drama of life in the suburbs becomes a dry, dragging drudge.
Book Club - A waste of great talent
BOOK CLUB
A waste of great talent
First-time director Bill Holderman has proven he has a lot to learn about women... and comedy... and storytelling. These are four of the most iconic women in cinema, and they deserved so much better.
The Girl Without Hands - A dreamily animated survival story
THE GIRL WITHOUT HANDS
A dreamily animated survival story
With an ethereal score and the deep, dark, dream logic of the Grimm fable upon which it is based, ’The Girl Without Hands’ is unlike any adult animated film you have seen before.
Lean on Pete - A journey to uncover love and connection
LEAN ON PETE
A journey to uncover love and connection
This film offers an all-too realistic glimpse at the struggles of life through the eyes of a fifteen-year-old boy. Delicately handled, it shows great control from a skilled cast and crew.
Good Manners - Far from 'Twilight'
GOOD MANNERS
Far from 'Twilight'
If bizarre, gruesome, sometimes lesbian, supernatural Brazilian films are your thing, ‘Good Manners’ will probably be right up your alley.
BlacKkKlansman - Spike Lee plays his Trump card
BLACKKKLANSMAN
Spike Lee plays his Trump card
This is arguably one of the most necessary films of 2018. The world is currently on fire, so why not make a film on this subject that acknowledges that?
Submergence - Swimming against the tide
SUBMERGENCE
Swimming against the tide
As a piece of cinema, unremarkable is a perfect description of ‘Submergence’ - it’s all fine, with no major flaws, but also no standout elements.
BOX OFFICE week ending 12 September 2018
1
CRAZY RICH ASIANS
2
THE NUN
3
BOOK CLUB
4
THE MEG
5
MILE 22
6
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT
7
A SIMPLE FAVOUR
8
BLACKKKLANSMAN
9
TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES
10
MAMMA MIA!: HERE WE GO AGAIN
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