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BIFF 2007

August 1, 2007

It’s biff time again, so far I’m hoping to see:

  • The City of Violence
  • Eye in the Sky
  • Eagle vs. Shark
  • Hana
  • Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast-Food Grifters
  • Day Watch
  • 3 Men and a Bulb, Transit
  • All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane
  • Boxing Day
  • Control
  • Valley of Flowers
  • Parents, Phobias
  • Sounds of Silence
  • Queens of Sound
  • Unfinished Sky, Yolk
  • SHorts (Short Film Package)
  • Once
  • Walking on the Wildside, Graceland
  • Lights in the Dusk, Conte de Quartier
  • Squatterpunk
  • Woman on the Beach
  • Fay Grim
  • A Mighty Heart, CM FAST FILM Winner
  • The Banquet
  • Rescue Dawn
  • The Witnesses

Little Jerusalem

March 28, 2006

A very intense story of one persons attempt to make sense of family, lust, faith and truth.

The lead is an Jewish philosophy student, physically attracted to a Muslim, she struggles to reconcile her religious faith with her belief in reason, and her base urges with her family’s values.


March 28, 2006

A very artsy look at cambodia. It’s almost like a documentary of peoples daily lives, but with the commentary replaced with classical music.

There’s a strong emphasis on children and teenagers.

Zim & Co.

March 28, 2006

A lovely winding story about how far a group of young immigrants will go to look after each other. With a sharp tongue and a sardonic attitude they grin and bear the worst that a racist, elitist French society throws at them.

A remarkably upbeat film considering the topic.

Reel Anime

November 8, 2005

reelanime is a small collection of anime films I’m catching at the Dendy. Highlights include Ghost in the Shell 2, and Appleseed.

The season pass tickets were annoying to purchase, you had to know which session of each film you intended on seeing.

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

July 21, 2005

A documentary on the rise and fall of Enron.

A very well produced movie showing the personalities behind the company, very little narration, mostly it’s just the former employees and associates talking, which certainly leaves the impression that not much editing was required to get this particular viewpoint.

It’s sad really, a lot of the ideas they came up with were very interesting, but lacking a basic business plan to actually bring money in, and moral scruples to keep everything open, Enron appeared to be a cesspool from day one.

Some great motown music in the background. It does contain some bushbashing, but the previous Democrat governor is made to look pretty stupid too.

Another year, another BIFF

July 14, 2005

Films I’m interested in seeing:

  • 36 Quai des Orfevres
  • Blowin’ in the Wind
  • Akale
  • The Beautiful Washing Machine
  • Dumplings (cloest thing to a Miike Takashi film this year)
  • The Hunter
  • Into the Picture Scroll – The Tale of Yamanaka Tokiwa
  • L’Amant
  • Sanctuary
  • So Cute
  • The Taste of Tea
  • Vital
  • My Korean Cinema
  • Blacktown
  • Girl in a Mirror
  • I Told You I Was Ill: Spike Milligan
  • Jabe Babe – A Heightened Life
  • Look Both Ways
  • Mosaic (*)
  • Betelnut Bisnis
  • Coca: The Dove from Chechna
  • CQ2
  • Darwin’s Nightmare *
  • Dead Man’s Shoes
  • I Am a Sex Addict
  • The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess *
  • Manners of Dying
  • Moolaade
  • Murderball *
  • Phil the Alien
  • State of Fear
  • Yes
  • Inside Deep Throat
  • Pink Ribbon
  • Heaven’s Gate *
  • The Fearless Freaks
  • I, Curmudgeon
  • Piccadilly * (Medecins Sans Frontieres screening)

Asterixes denote films I’d really rather not miss. Thirty Eight here, there maybe some I’ve missed.

There are more Australian films that have caught my eye than usual. There’s a stupid car movie collection, there’s plenty of them on the roads thank you very much.

I’m not sure how much time I’m going to be able to take off, having just started a new job, so here’s hoping most of them are after hours.

War of the Worlds.

July 4, 2005

Pure crap. I couldn’t wait to get out of the cinema. I felt so totally turned off the whole unbelievably stereotypical dysfunctional family that I was hoping they’d all die, particularly whenever the daughter started screaming.

Can directors please get past the Matrix for visual inspiration?

There were a couple of good lines about terrorists and Europeans.

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

May 12, 2005

I can’t really remember much of the book myself, it was read to me too many years ago. But the movie is fun and quirky.

It was a little soppy for my liking.

I am Marvin.


May 5, 2005

Showing as part of the Madman Anime Film Festival at the Schonell.

I haven’t seen this film for a long time, it was great to see on the big screen. How do you describe a film like this? It’s big and small at the same time, dealing with small things like teenage angst, but ramping up to deal with questions of identity and being like Ghost in the Shell.

Some of the anime feels dated now, but some of it (I’m thinking of the building shots) is still startlingly modern.