Snowtown | A

2011 | Justin Kurzel

Snowtown is almost as hard to write about as it is to watch. It is unrelentingly bleak, depressing and persistent in its vision to leave us stranded and helpless. Daniel Henshall is captivating as John Bunting, Australia’s most notorious serial killer, responsible for the deaths of eleven people and sentenced to eleven consecutive life sentences without the possibility for parole. Basing all opinion stated simply from the film, Bunting is, bluntly, an evil man; the true definition of a psychopath. Henshall captures the charismatic demeanour of Bunting perfectly, as he intrigues Jamie (Lucas Pittaway) and the viewer to the point of grim tragedy. Continue reading “Snowtown | A”

Snowtown | A

Man Bites Dog | B+

1992 | Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel & Benoît Poelvoorde

One of the fascinating things about Western culture is the celebrity of criminals, especially serial killers. Our captivation with people such as Charles Manson and John Wayne Gacy has desensitized us to the point where television shows such as Dexter are entirely dedicated to the glorification of serial killers, labelling these people as the heroes of the show, rather than the villains. Oliver Stone (and Quentin Tarantino) typified our media’s determination to celebrate criminals for the purposes of entertainment and profit in 1994’s Natural Born Killers. The opening shot of Man Bites Dog features a woman being grabbed in an alley and brutally murdered. Continue reading “Man Bites Dog | B+”

Man Bites Dog | B+

Animal Kingdom | A

2010 | David Michôd

Inspired by the Pettingills, a real-life Melbourne-based crime family, writer/director David Michôd’s debut feature was a refreshing change for the Australian film industry. Not because its an industry which lacks quality, but because it lacks quality which succeeds. Animal Kingdom was a resounding critical and financial success both in Australia and overseas and is revered not because it is a great Australian film, but because it is a great film, period. Continue reading “Animal Kingdom | A”

Animal Kingdom | A