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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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Shoplifters - A gorgeous drama on the families we make for ourselves
SHOPLIFTERS
A gorgeous drama on the families we make for ourselves
A gorgeous reminder that the most beautiful aspects of human life can be found in the smallest places, and it’s the string that connects us from heart-to-heart that makes each day worth living.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - A fantastic failure for the Potterverse
FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD
A fantastic failure for the Potterverse
J.K. Rowling did a really terrible job with this screenplay. The whole thing is lazy, contrived, and has way too much exposition.
Suspiria - An ecstatic dance to the edge of sanity
SUSPIRIA
An ecstatic dance to the edge of sanity
This is a film that will divide, and is certainly not for everyone. Luca Gadagnino has created a dark symphony in honour of the classic, in the process creating a work just as powerful and unsettling.
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.
Boy Erased - All the best intentions, but never quite reaches them
BOY ERASED
All the best intentions, but never quite reaches them
There's something quite moving and sorrowful about ‘Boy Erased’, and it gives us the chance to see Lucas Hedges in a lead role, something long overdue and enormously satisfying.
Wildlife - A subtle and moving portrait of family in crisis
WILDLIFE
A subtle and moving portrait of family in crisis
Paul Dano is a director to watch, and the performances are excellent. This isn’t a film that tries to make much noise, but it beats with a heart that is clear and strong, and leaves you deeply moved.
Bohemian Rhapsody - It won't rock you
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
It won't rock you
A spirited performance from Malek and some exciting recreations can only do so much to balance the pedestrian screenplay. If you want to show the life of someone shrouded in legend, do so accordingly.
Backtrack Boys - Heart-rending and inspiring
BACKTRACK BOYS
Heart-rending and inspiring
Not only is this a thoughtful mediation on Australian youth and (at times) a complete tear-jerker, but it's also a striking-looking film. It’s impossible not to become emotionally invested.
Halloween - A thrilling and worthy successor to the horror classic
HALLOWEEN
A thrilling and worthy successor to the horror classic
‘Halloween’ is more than worthy of the legacy of Carpenter’s foundational classic, and an impressive piece of horror filmmaking in its own right.
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.
Beautiful Boy - Great performances drowning in a sea of mediocrity
BEAUTIFUL BOY
Great performances drowning in a sea of mediocrity
There’s such a need to treat an important topic with appropriate weight, but many moments that could have packed more punch thanks to the work of Carrell and Chalamet end up feeling bloated.
The Cleaners - Gruelling but engrossing
THE CLEANERS
Gruelling but engrossing
The material is tough to absorb. At times, ‘The Cleaners’ feels more like a grim, neon-lit, science-fiction noir than a documentary.
Donbass - A caustic look at the brutal absurdities of war
DONBASS
A caustic look at the brutal absurdities of war
An oppressive but thought-provoking viewing experience that peers deep into the Russian soul and finds there an unfathomable blackness.
Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist - Punk's not dead
WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST
Punk's not dead
A truly inspirational and fascinating look into a style icon, this is the story of her life, and it is a fascinating life to witness.
A Star Is Born - Keep the music, ditch the rest
A STAR IS BORN
Keep the music, ditch the rest
This film has all the ingredients to rock audiences to their core with characters and a tale that truly means something.
1% - A gang drama void of stakes
1%
A gang drama void of stakes
This film is missing any real stakes, any real anticipation, any real tension. It’s an outdated concept of Australian storytelling, and audiences deserve much better.
First Man - An incredible and deeply moving journey into the impossible
FIRST MAN
An incredible and deeply moving journey into the impossible
A powerful and moving experience, it will leave you marvelling at the ability of our species to dream, to invent, to strive and to survive.
Bad Times at the El Royale - An unexpected and subversive delight
BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE
An unexpected and subversive delight
Is it just a great little genre play on the trope of a group of strangers forced together under unusual circumstances, or is it something much bigger? You’ll just have to find out for yourself.
American Animals - An unusual crime caper
AMERICAN ANIMALS
An unusual crime caper
The opening half hour is all about the adrenal rush of planning and strategising a heist, but occasionally feels like an exercise in style over substance.
Venom - Monstrous fun
VENOM
Monstrous fun
While ‘Venom’ has plenty of rough edges, I’d rather watch a scrappy film that was genuinely entertaining and different than another by-the-numbers instalment in a franchise whose edges have been sanded down into nothingness.
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The Lord of the Rings - 40th anniversary of an animated oddity
THE LORD OF THE RINGS
40th anniversary of an animated oddity
When you tell people that there was an animated version of ‘The Lord of the Rings’, they either think you’re joking or stare in disbelief.
The Blood of Wolves - A gore-splattered love letter to the Japanese crime thriller
THE BLOOD OF WOLVES
A gore-splattered love letter to the Japanese crime thriller
It's more of stylish homage to cult gangster cinema than an attempt to redefine and relaunch the Yakuza genre. This crime thriller will leave an impact on you.
Robin Hood - A new take on a classic hero
WIN ROBIN HOOD
A new take on a classic hero
Win one of five double passes to see 'Robin Hood' in cinemas.
Overlord - Solid Nazi-mutant kill-thrills
OVERLORD
Solid Nazi-mutant kill-thrills
This could be the best World War II action/horror film to date. If you’re looking for a gory Nazi-mutant kill-fest, then look no further.
Spitfire - The plane's story as told by the last-surviving combat veterans
WIN SPITFIRE
The plane's story as told by the last-surviving combat veterans
Win one of five double passes to see 'Spitfire' in cinemas.
Happy Halloween - The best horror films of 2018
HAPPY HALLOWEEN
The best horror films of 2018
SWITCH has put together a collection of the scariest films from 2018! Wander back through some brilliant horror offerings, and bring in All Hallow's Eve with the best movies that go bump in the night.
Minding The Gap - A mesmeric portrait of imperfect youths coming of age
MINDING THE GAP
A mesmeric portrait of imperfect youths coming of age
For a non-fiction piece of filmmaking, its emotional intelligence is grounded in such tangible intimacy, it is heartbreaking as much as it is astonishing.
A Prayer Before Dawn - Tough but insubstantial
A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN
Tough but insubstantial
A tough watch with a strong central performance, but it doesn’t quite overcome an extremely pared-down story that doesn’t have much to say.
The Raft - Smooth sailing
THE RAFT
Smooth sailing
In its best moments, ‘The Raft’ strives in teaching us how simple it can be for our ambition to become our downfall.
Our New President - Fake news has never been so aimless
OUR NEW PRESIDENT
Fake news has never been so aimless
For a film that proves unrelentingly misguided, ‘Our New President’ offers very few redeeming qualities. It is a miscellany of disinteresting acclamations devoid of any insight.
Custody - A taut, stifling domestic drama
CUSTODY
A taut, stifling domestic drama
Xavier Legrand's ‘Custody’ is a powerful exploration of the aftermath of divorce and the trauma of abuse.
The Green Fog - The ultimate elegy to Hitchcock and San Francisco
THE GREEN FOG
The ultimate elegy to Hitchcock and San Francisco
The film acts as an hour-long reconstruction of Hitchcock’s 1958 suspense classic, replicating the original using only clips from other '50s noir, experimental films, '70s prime-time TV, and more.
Killing Jesus - The struggle between empathy and vengeance
KILLING JESUS
The struggle between empathy and vengeance
Rough edges aside, ‘Killing Jesus’ is a well-shot, tense drama that traces the intersection of the complexities of grief.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BOX OFFICE week ending 7 November 2018
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BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
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A STAR IS BORN
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HALLOWEEN
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GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN
5
VENOM
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HUNTER KILLER
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FIRST MAN
8
LADIES IN BLACK
9
SARKAR
10
CHARMING
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