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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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Limbo - A witty yet humanising look at the refugee experience
LIMBO
A 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.
King Richard - Biopic on Williams sisters is a crowd-pleasing volley
KING RICHARD
Biopic on Williams sisters is a crowd-pleasing volley
One of the best sports biopics so far this century. Though the focus drifts, it's an outright emotional joy to watch, making this one of 2021's most jubilant films.
Scream - A satisfying and wickedly fun return to Woodsboro
SCREAM
A satisfying and wickedly fun return to Woodsboro
This reboot takes the time to ask what we loved about the series in the first place. A balance between horror and humour is maintained, especially when married with meta-commentary on the genre.
The 355 - 'Ocean's' ripoff sinks
THE 355
'Ocean's' ripoff sinks
An extremely paint-by-numbers crime film that, regardless of its star-studded cast, comes across as bland and forgettable. There isn't a single plot point that isn't easily predicted
Red Rocket - Another American classic from Sean Baker
RED ROCKET
Another American classic from Sean Baker
It's an honest character study of an alarmingly shameless man brought to life by Simon Rex's magnetic performance.
The King's Man - A welcome realignment for the unusual franchise
THE KING'S MAN
A welcome realignment for the unusual franchise
The performances are strong, the action is zippy and the historical context is handled with far more attention and integrity than you would ever have expected from this franchise.
The Addams Family 2 - Unhappy to them again
THE ADDAMS FAMILY 2
Unhappy to them again
There is nothing new or elevated here, with absolutely no reason to see it unless every other kid's film is sold out and this is an absolute last resort.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife - Wholesome family Ghostbusting
GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE
Wholesome family Ghostbusting
It's both a throwback and step forward for the franchise. The nostalgia is strong but the new characters really steal the show. Aided by heart, scares and comedy, it's the ultimate summer blockbuster.
House of Gucci - Haus of Gaga and home of bad Italian accents
HOUSE OF GUCCI
Haus of Gaga and home of bad Italian accents
Lady Gaga shines, but Ridley Scott seems out of touch with the material here. While the film is technically flawless, its run time makes the watch incredibly taxing.
Clifford the Big Red Dog - A giant puppy-eyed family adventure
CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG
A 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 Worst Person In The World - A Norwegian '500 Days of Summer'
THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD
A Norwegian '500 Days of Summer'
The film expertly balances the ecstasy and the agony of young love and young life with the pursuit of passion and purpose.
West Side Story - Spielberg's revelatory reimagining of the musical masterpiece
WEST SIDE STORY
Spielberg's revelatory reimagining of the musical masterpiece
What Steven Spielberg has done is exactly what a great adaptation should do: strip away the cobwebs of a classic, dig deep into the questions it poses, and remind us why we love it in the first place.
Licorice Pizza - Paul Thomas Anderson's odyssey of growing pains
LICORICE PIZZA
Paul Thomas Anderson's odyssey of growing pains
Paul Thomas Anderson's coming-of-age journey features both fresh-faced debutants and some Hollywood heavyweights to transport us to a world of lively characters and their madcap schemes.
The Matrix Resurrections - Welcome to the real world - again
THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS
Welcome 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.
Sing 2 - Singing the same song
SING 2
Singing the same song
It doesn't pander to its audience, but it's little more than celebrities doing pop covers to mediocre animation. For better or worse, you can take the family this holiday season.
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Spencer - A beautifully strange and deeply moving fable of the People's Princess
SPENCER
A beautifully strange and deeply moving fable of the People's Princess
Pablo Larraín has delivered us a beguiling cinematic treasure, with a career-defining performance from Kristen Stewart that will be discussed for years to come.
C'mon C'mon - An intimate odyssey of love and guidance
C'MON C'MON
An 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.
Flee - A must-see animated refugee tale
FLEE
A must-see animated refugee tale
We get to know Amin and, despite the heartbreaking details of his life, his confessional is ultimately as uplifting as it is impossible to turn away from.
The Tragedy of Macbeth - No sound or fury in this new adaptation of the legendary play
THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH
No sound or fury in this new adaptation of the legendary play
It won't leave with a fresh perspective on the play, and apart from Kathryn Hunter's performance, doesn't offered any moments of surprise and awe.
Boxing Day Movies 2021 - The year's biggest films bursting onto our cinema screens
BOXING DAY MOVIES 2021
The year's biggest films bursting onto our cinema screens
Take a look through our collection of Boxing Day films, and let us know if you agree with our reviews of these highly-anticipated movies!
Spider-Man: No Way Home - Something old, something new
SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME
Something old, something new
It's trying to be more colourful, trying to be bigger, and trying to give its action more wallop. It doesn't always gel as nicely as it could, but the shift is welcome.
Undine - A gently magical romance in the German capital
UNDINE
A gently magical romance in the German capital
While it might the slightest of Christian Petzold's films thus far in his career, 'Undine' is a tranquil and supremely touching relationship drama.
The Scary of Sixty-First - A so-so psychosexual shocker
THE SCARY OF SIXTY-FIRST
A so-so psychosexual shocker
Despite its final sequence, 'The Scary of Sixty-First' isn't scary, and only takes a glancing look at how infectious these paranoid conspiracy worldviews can be.
Spider-Man, ranked - Taking the ultimate spin!
SPIDER-MAN, RANKED
Taking the ultimate spin!
Connor rewatched and ranked all eight Spider-Man films as old and new prepare to come together.
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City - Turn on for video game fans, but disappointing for horror lovers
RESIDENT EVIL: WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY
Turn on for video game fans, but disappointing for horror lovers
For fans of horror fans, the film lacks both scares and gore. Fans of the game might get a kick out of a reference here and there, but it's a pretty forgettable watch.
The French Dispatch - Thank god Wes Anderson doesn't write my local paper...
THE FRENCH DISPATCH
Thank god Wes Anderson doesn't write my local paper...
Bamboozled by all these stories, characters, and comprehending its bigger picture, it seems that Wes Anderson has made this one a little too highbrow.
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 Holiday - It may not be the best, but it <i>is</i> the perfect Christmas movie
THE HOLIDAY
It 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.
Encanto - Family matters derail the latest from Disney Animation
ENCANTO
Family matters derail the latest from Disney Animation
The premise has great merit, but it does not fulfil the promise of its credentials. Rather than a new modern classic, the film is a confusing mess that leaves you frustrated rather than enchanted.
Mad God - A nightmarishly beautiful animated masterwork
MAD GOD
A nightmarishly beautiful animated masterwork
It's a truly indescribable film, but if you want a gorgeously chaotic and visually rich experience that will wash over you, 'Mad God' is worth seeking out.
BOX OFFICE week ending 12 January 2022
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SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME
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SING 2
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GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE
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THE KING'S MAN
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HOUSE OF GUCCI
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THE ADDAMS FAMILY 2
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CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG
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THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS
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DUNE
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