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MIFF: Ain\'t Them Bodies Saints

Replete with a WTF title, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is a pretentious bore. Writer/director David Lowery borrows both tropes (fugitives, a Southern setting) and style (minimalist dialogue, laconic narration) of early Terrence Malick, with considerably lesser results.

MIFF: Stoker

Director Park Chan-wook’s Stoker is a gothic horror/family drama/thriller-hybrid … and is just as unwieldy as that breakdown suggests. Written by British-born, US-raised actor Wentworth Miller (the lead in the TV show Prison Break), the plot – about a grieving daughter, India (Mia Wasikowska) and her oddball relationship with her father’s estranged brother (Matthew Goode) – doesn’t make much sense, but the occasionally witty script and Park’s truly baffling flourishes give the story a genuine sense of ‘otherness’ lacking from most thrillers.

Sydney Film Festival: Only God Forgives

Danish auteur, Nicholas Winding Refn’s, Only God Forgives, the festival’s Competition Winner, is a visceral journey into Thailand’s underworld, touching on themes of spiritualism, rage and revenge.

Sydney Film Festival: Upstream Colour

............................ After his 2004 cult low-budget feature, Primer, with its complex language and mind-boggling time travel, Shane Carruth’s sophomore effort, Upstream Colour, is mind-boggling, experimental sci-fi.

Sydney Film Festival: What Richard Did

Irish indie hit, What Richard Did, follows a university-bound alpha male over the course of a hedonistic summer, and the haunting accident that threatens his future.

Sydney Film Festival: Pluto

................. Pluto, an intense, often brutal South Korean film, starts with the murder of top high school student Yujin (Jun Sung).

Sydney Film Festival: Stories We Tell

Sarah Polley is a bona fide talent, both in front of the lens and behind it. The Canadian actress confirmed her writing and directorial skills with 2011’s Take This Waltz – a stunning meditation on long-term romantic relationships.

Sydney Film Festival: Greetings From Tim Buckley

No applause here tonight. Maybe you’ve been to festival films where no one has clapped, but I can only think of maybe one other (the very weird Faust from last year) – and even then, I’m not so sure.

Fantastic Planet: Australian Sci-Fi and Fantasy Gala Shorts/Crawlspace

So this is the Australian slice of the Fantastic Planet film festival...

Fantastic Planet: In space, no-one can hear you laugh...

I’m pissed off with They’ve given Space Milkshake – one of the two solidly entertaining and frequently hilarious comedies to bookend the Fantastic Planet/A Night Of Horror film festivals – the thumbs down.