SFF 2011 Day 6 - Trailer of the Day is AFRICA UNITED

Today's pick for the Sydney Film Festival Trailer of the Day is the delightful AFRICA UNITED. Here's what the SFF Program says about the film: Three Rwandan kids hit the road to soccer's World Cup in this energetic and... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

SFF 2011 - HANNA review

The Sydney Film Festival brings the best new films from around the world right to the audiences of Sydney. It runs from 8-19th of June and is one of Sydney's biggest annual events.A sixteen year old is raised in the... More »
  

SFF 2011 Day 5 - Trailer of the Day is THE FUTURE

Today's pick for the Sydney Film Festival Trailer of the Day is Miranda July's quirky THE FUTURE. Here's what the SFF Program says about the film: Captivating filmmaker, performer and video artist Miranda July embraces the beauty and absurdity... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

SFF 2011 Day 4 - Trailer of the Day is THE GREAT BEAR

Today's pick for the Sydney Film Festival Trailer of the Day is the beautiful Danish animated film THE GREAT BEAR. Here's what the SFF Program says about the film: The bear in question is not Yogi or Boo-Boo, a panda... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

SIFF 2011: THE TRIP (2011) Review

The Trip is a movie that's funny until it isn't, that's keeps returning to the idea of what constitutes "real humor" and then slips into "dramedy" territory. I think if anyone else besides Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon starred in... More »
  

SFF 2011 Day 3 - Trailer of the Day is POM WONDERFUL PRESENTS: THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD

Today's pick for the Sydney Film Festival Trailer of the Day is POM WONDERFUL PRESENTS: THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD, the latest from Morgan Spurlock (SUPER SIZE ME). Here's what the SFF Program says about the film: Brand Morgan... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

SIFF 2011: SUBMARINE Review

Young Oliver Tate, the lead of Submarine as played by Craig Roberts, is terrified that his parents are going to break up. Try as he might, he just can't quite get to the root of their mutual dissatisfaction, and takes... More »
  

SIFF 2011: THE LAST CIRCUS Review

I'd classify The Last Circus as one of the angriest comedies I've had the chance to see recently, with a sense of humor so black that some viewers may have a hard time seeing the joke. This is a film... More »
  

SFF 2011 Day 2 - Trailer of the Day is HAPPY, HAPPY

Today's pick for the Sydney Film Festival Trailer of the Day is the sexy, sexy HAPPY, HAPPY. Here's what the SFF Program says about the film: World Cinema Grand Jury Prize-winner at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Happy, Happy... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

SFF 2011 Day 1 - Trailer of the Day is BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST

The 2011 Sydney Film Festival has officially started with the screening of HANNA as the Opening Night Film. Over the next 12 days, I plan to bring you everyday the trailer for a film showing at the SFF on that... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

SIFF 2011: DETENTION Review

I anticipate a lot of people will intensely dislike Detention, the John Huges mixed with John Carpenter hyper-aware, so post-modern-it's-pre-future movie written and directed by Joseph Kahn. The movie is a ultra-kinetic, fast-talking, self-referential sci-fi comedy slasher film set in... More »
  

SIFF 2011: OUTRAGE (2010) Review

Takeshi Kitano's return to the ultra-violent world of Yakuza film has been, perhaps, misnamed by its writer-director. Outrage conjures up a sense of injustice, of a rejection of the almost normalized criminal behavior depicted in the film which sees Japanese... More »
  

SIFF 2011: THE STOOL PIGEON (2010) Review

The problem with Hong Kong director Dante Lam's new crime film The Stool Pigeon isn't that it's a bad movie but instead that it's depressingly only half a good movie. That half follows recently-released criminal thief and illegal street racer... More »
  

SFF 2011: My Top Picks - 10 Films with 10 Trailers

After diligently studying the festival program and researching the featured films, I have now come up with my picks for the best of the 2011 Sydney Film Festival, which is due to start next week:        ... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

SIFF 2011: WOMB

There can be no doubt that Rebecca, Eva Green's character in Womb, is a monster. Her actions are born of a particular kind of selfishness and madness that poison her life and that of her "son," Tommy. In writer-director Benedek... More »
  

SIFF 2011: KOSMOS (2011)

I'm not sure how to approach writer-director Reha Erdem's mystical drama Kosmos. There are layers of culture and faith embedded within this film that defy access even for a critical viewer. It is--I'm presuming here, having been exposed to very... More »
  

SIFF 2011: KARATE-ROBO ZABORGAR Review

By most objective standards, the films of director Noboru Iguchi (Machine Girl, Robogeisha) aren't very good. Their mix of low-budget gore and lowest common denominator slapstick sit side-by-side with flabby pacing and broad, generally goofy performances. But then that's almost... More »
  

SIFF 2011: LOVE Review

The greatest failing of first-time feature director William Eubank; Love is that ultimately, it's less than the sum of its parts. While nearly every frame of this stranded astronaut film by the former commercial director is immaculately-composed and is occasionally... More »
  

Seattle 2011: An In Depth Guide to SIFF's Ridiculously Rich Lineup

Clocking in with 200-some features playing over 25 days, the Seattle International Film Festival is the king daddy of the regional exhibition fests. While they may not chase a lot of big name premieres, the nice folks at SIFF have... More »
  

SIFF 2011: WITHOUT Review

[With Mark Jackson's Without having its Northwest premiere this weekend at the Seattle International Film Festival, I figured now was a good time to revisit my review from February.] There comes a point in Mark Jackson's debut feature where the... More »
  
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