From the Vault – $9.99 (2008)

Director: Tatia Rosenthal | 1h 18mins | Animation, Drama A number of tenants, living in a rundown Australian apartment complex, all struggle to find their own answer to the meaning of life. Tatia Rosenthal’s adult stop-motion animation is a strange exercise in the surreal and existential. Based on the short stories of Israeli writer Etgar Keret, it follows a number of Australian citizens living in … Continue reading From the Vault – $9.99 (2008)

From The Vault: The Fighter (2010)

Director: David O. Russell | Runtime: 1h 56mins | Biography, Drama From The Vault: The Fighter (2010) is written by Connor Cudmore. Based on the true story of professional boxer Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) as he attempts to step out of the shadow of his troubled by successful older brother Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale). It’s difficult to find autobiographical stories in cinema that don’t feel … Continue reading From The Vault: The Fighter (2010)

REEL Review – Beginners (2010)

Director: Mike Mills | Runtime: 1h 45min | Drama, Comedy, Romance Spanning a number important moments in Oliver’s (Ewan McGregor) life, we follow him as he meets Anna (Mélanie Laurent) a few months after his father Hal’s death (Christopher Plummer), the time Hal tells Oliver he’s gay as well as the times that followed. Writer/Director Mike Mills hasn’t had the most widely known feature length … Continue reading REEL Review – Beginners (2010)

REEL Review – In Gora (2018)

Director: Andy Collet | Runtime: 44mins | Documentary Modern nomadic couple Val and Tim renovated an American school bus to travel around Europe in a very eco-centric lifestyle with their daughter, Fenna, and their Great Swiss Lewis. In this short feature, a group of skiers and snowboard riders join them for a 6000km, month long journey through Austria, Slovenia, Macedonia and more, discussing their eco-friendly … Continue reading REEL Review – In Gora (2018)

REEL Review – Pom Poko (1994)

Director: Isao Takahata | Runtime: 1h 59mins | Animation, Comedy, Drama | Language: Japanese, English (dub) The ever expanding city of Tokyo causes a development to encroach on the land of the raccoon-like tanuki, a magical race of shapeshifting creatures. After the constructions start to cause real issues with their home, the raccoons decide to fight back. With the recent addition of most of Studio … Continue reading REEL Review – Pom Poko (1994)

From the Vault – Game of Death (1978)

Director: Robert Clouse | Runtime: 1h 40mins | Action, Crime, Drama When Martial Arts movie star Billy Lo (Bruce Lee/Tae-jeong Kim) won’t sign a deal with a corrupt and dangerous management company, he must fake his death and take down the people who attempted to murder him. One of the obvious tragedies in Hollywood history is the untimely death of Martial Arts legend Bruce Lee, … Continue reading From the Vault – Game of Death (1978)

From The Vault – You’ve Got Mail (1998)

Director: Nora Ephron | Runtime: 1hr 59mins | Comedy, Romance Joe Fox & Kathleen Kelly (Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan) have been messaging for sometime, getting to know each other without any personal details. In the meantime, Kathleen’s small children’s bookstore comes under threat from a large chain called Fox Books as they open a new venture right around the corner, and Joe soon realises … Continue reading From The Vault – You’ve Got Mail (1998)

REEL Review – Irrational Man (2015)

Irrational Man (2015) director: woody allen | runtime: 1h 35mins | comedy, drama Tormented and flawed philosophy Professor, Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix), gets a new lease on life when he decides to commit an act of murder. This new outlook allows him to find happiness, all while trying to deal with the fact his student Jill (Emma Stone), has fallen for him. Despite having such … Continue reading REEL Review – Irrational Man (2015)

REEL Review – Love Story (1970)

Love Story (1970) director: Arthur Hiller | runtime: 1h 40mins | Drama, Romance Oliver (Ryan O’Neal) and Jenny (Ali MacGraw), despite coming from very different backgrounds, manage to fall in love during their time at college. With their relationship continuing into their young adult life, much to the dismay of Oliver’s father (Ray Milland), they must learn to fend for themselves. The term ‘tear-jerker’ frequents … Continue reading REEL Review – Love Story (1970)

REEL Review – Lord of War (2005)

Lord of War (2005) director: Andrew Niccol | runtime: 2h 2mins | Crime, Drama Ukrainian immigrant Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage) becomes one of the biggest arms dealers in the world, but in the process is forced to face the morality of his work. While his international acclaim grows stronger, a dedicated Interpol agent (Ethan Hawke) begins to track his every move. In the first 10 … Continue reading REEL Review – Lord of War (2005)