Picnic at Hanging Rock tagged posts

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad-Max---Fury-Road-posterDirector: George Miller

Writers: George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nico Lathouris

Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Zoe Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Nathan Jones

Cert: 15

Running time: 120mins

Year: 2015


The lowdown: 30 years beyond the Thunderdome, George Miller once more unleashes Carmageddon. And in a marketplace crowded with mopey superhero movies, how refreshing it is to breathe in the exhaust fumes of Fury Road’s inspired lunacy. Plot is distilled into a prolonged chase scene as Tom Hardy’s Max helps Charlize Theron’s Furiosa spirit precious cargo from warlord Immortan Joe. But, the stunts are just one part of the spicy stew Miller has concocted – there are sights and sounds here far beyond the imaginings of most blockbusters...

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The Keeping Room

The-Keeping-Room---posterDirector: Daniel Barber

Writer: Julia Hart

Cast: Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, Muna Otaru, Sam Worthington, Kyle Soller, Amy Nuttall, Ned Dennehy

Cert: 15

Running time: 95mins

Year: 2014




The lowdown: Ferocious American Civil War horror from director Daniel Barber, taking a major step up from his debut Harry Brown. Brit Marling and Hailee Steinfeld are Southern sisters besieged by two Yankee soldiers, including a dead-eyed Sam Worthington. Grim Southern Gothic, laden with atmosphere and dread, and graced by performances as intense as the subject matter.

The Keeping Room - Brit MarlingThe Keeping Room - Brit Marling, Muna Otaru, Hailee Steinfeld

The full verdict: Featuring rape and triple murder in the opening minutes, The Keeping Room sets out its stall from the get-go.

An unflinching look at war’s brutalising effects in an already brutal time, although there are plenty of s...

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Tracks (2013)

Tracks posterDirector: John Curran

Writer: Marion Nelson

Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver

Cert: 12

Running time: 112mins

Year: 2013

 

The lowdown: Robyn Davidson’s epic 1,700 mile 9 month trek across Australia arrives after decades languishing in the outback of Development Hell. Mia Wasikowksa is impressively prickly and enigmatic as Davidson, ably assisted by spirited camels and a faithful dog. John Curran plots the film along a traditional wilderness adventure path, but this is a journey worth taking.

Tracks - Wasikowska, camelTracks: Mia Wasikowska as Robyn Davidson and Adam Driver as Rick Smolan

The full verdict: Walking the Australian Outback with only a dog and a quartet of camels would seemingly give any right minded person the hump.

But, Robyn Davidson did just this, became a global sensation and penned a bestseller based on her exploits.

The Painted Veil director John Curran, succee...

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