MIFF Review: Sonita (Iran, 2015) offers a lot to contemplate

Originally posted on The Iris (August 17, 2016) All too often, the scene of refugees fleeing from the religious violence of Afghanistan and the Taliban is a common image to appear on our television screens and the news publications that slips into our Facebook feeds. The documentary filmmaker, Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, uncovers a more distressing … More MIFF Review: Sonita (Iran, 2015) offers a lot to contemplate

Provocative documentary, The Animal Condition, gets national cinema release

Originally posted on The Iris (August 15, 2016) The provocative Australian documentary The Animal Condition is set for a national cinematic release beginning this week via new Cinema-On-Demand platform, Fan-Force. The documentary follows four NIDA graduates who take an investigative road trip around Australia after coming across online activist videos of suffering farm animals one … More Provocative documentary, The Animal Condition, gets national cinema release

MIFF Review: Certain Women (USA, 2016) is a quiet, gentle piece of cinema

Originally posted on The Iris (August 15, 2016) Proving to be the master of quiet filmmaking, Kelly Reichardt has established quite a name for herself within the independent cinematic industry. With slow-burning, patient films like Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy, her newest picture follows the style of her preceding work. Certain Women, an adaptation … More MIFF Review: Certain Women (USA, 2016) is a quiet, gentle piece of cinema

The 10th annual Sydney Underground Film Festival unleases massive program

Originally posted on The Iris (August 12, 2016) Sydney’s biggest showcase of cult and alternative films, the Sydney Underground Film Festival (SUFF), is back for its 10th year with a lineup of over 100 daring, experimental and controversial films. The festival will run over four big days, with screenings to include various Australian premieres alongside … More The 10th annual Sydney Underground Film Festival unleases massive program

MIFF Review: Chevalier (Greece, 2015) is a hilarious critique of the male ego

Originally posted on The Iris (August 6, 2016) It’s been said that being at sea tests the limits of friendship and one’s own character. Add a touch of boredom mixed with an abundance of male-ego and you have yourself a manhood-measuring-contest that walks the thin line of manners, morality, and absolute absurdity. Chevalier is a … More MIFF Review: Chevalier (Greece, 2015) is a hilarious critique of the male ego

DVD Review: The Adderall Diaries (USA, 2015)

Originally posted on The Iris (June 18, 2016) The Adderall Diaries comes across as an incomplete and incoherent collision of storylines. While an interesting concept to discover the faults in our memory and recollections, the unfocused execution of the film ultimately leaves you confused and bewildered more than it does captivated. Based on the true … More DVD Review: The Adderall Diaries (USA, 2015)

Five Pixar sequels we’re still waiting (and hoping) for

Originally posted on The Iris (June 16, 2016) Pixar is no stranger to sequels. For over 20 years, Pixar have dominated animated cinematic releases with their critical and box-office success. With the massive acclaim behind sequels like Toy Story 2 & 3 and Monsters University, Pixar has now (much to everyone’s excitement) released Finding Dory after … More Five Pixar sequels we’re still waiting (and hoping) for