Ten personal bests in film, plus favourite television series and repertory screenings in 2015.
When plot takes precedence over all else. Plus, its much-needed antithesis, Rectify.
Catching up with ex-pat Kiwi humourist John Clarke, who Barry ‘Dame Edna’ Humphries describes as “Australia’s greatest comedian.”
At the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Song Fang’s astute debut feature; plus, via “Changing Channels”, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s first foray into television.
New to DVD: Now into its fourth series, Armando Iannucci’s foul-mouthed political satire still bites.
New to DVD: John Clarke’s shrewd Olympic Games satire.
New to DVD: The plundering of the John Clarke archives continues.
SAM GASKIN and ALEXANDER BISLEY recap the best and rest in film and DVD: A Serious Man, Sherlock Holmes, An Education, New York, I Love You (Film); Flight on the Conchords: The Complete Second Season, Extras: The Complete Collection, The Simpsons: The Complete Twelfth Season (DVD).
STUART LYNCH and ALEXANDER BISLEY recap the best and rest in film and DVD: Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities, Somersault, Pete Seeger: Live in Australia 1963, Until Proven Innocent, Soul Men, Notorious, Defiance, The Wrestler (DVD); Cathay Pacific Italian Film Festival 2009, The Strength of Water, Disgrace, District 9 (Film).
Our writers recap the best and rest in film and DVD: The Dark Knight, Snow Angels, 30 Rock—Seasons 1 & 2, Extras—The Special, Persepolis, Cassandra’s Dream. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead. Damily Guy—Season 7 (DVD); Frost/Nixon, Dean Spanley, Valkyrie, Empties (Film).
In Melbourne, John Clarke chews the fat on Flight of the Conchords, Billy T. James, Stephen Colbert, and Larry David.