Tara Judah

Tara Judah
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T-Meter Title | Year
81% The Wind (2019) The Wind is a western, but it's not about a man. It's also a folkloric, supernatural horror but it's not exactly about monsters, either. The Wind is a film about a woman, and the domestic space she tends and defends. - Desist Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
96% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) Amirpour's debut is a truly arresting work of art. - Desist Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
86% Under the Wire (2018) Martin relies too heavily on direct to camera interviews for information and, though the truly enigmatic Paul Conroy is the subject of these interviews, the formal set up and emotive score mean contrivance outweighs his earnestness. - Desist Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
83% Distant Constellation (2018) The juxtaposition of the old and the new, told through breath, laughter and sighs of exhaustion, is as grounded and otherworldly as cinema can ever hope to be. - Desist Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
94% Stranger by the Lake (2014) In many ways, adhering as it does to semiotic storytelling and other visual tropes, this is a typical genre film. It's also daring and extremely good. - Overland EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
73% The Loneliest Planet (2012) A far cry from the limitlessness of experimenta and the deliberately jarring and abrasive aesthetic of the avant-garde, Loktev's visual style fits with an atypical narrative mode. - Overland EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
94% Stories We Tell (2013) Sarah Polley's funny and engaging documentary is also intelligent - academically and emotionally. - Overland EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
93% Le passé (The Past) (2013) The film questions responsibility and shows how sometimes people do the wrong thing. It is begs the question: what exactly is the right thing, and how can we recognise it? - Overland EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
94% A Touch of Sin (2013) A Touch of Sin puts together a picture of social unrest, class injustices and violent response bubbling just beneath the surface. Each story is loosely connected but the real link is a brewing anger levelled at an unfair social system. - Overland EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
98% The Selfish Giant (2013) A social-realist contemporary re-working of Oscar Wilde's children's tale of the same name, this film is unapologetically miserable, gritty, British cinema. And it's brilliant. - Overland EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
81% Something in the Air (2013) I love that Assayas keeps me on my toes and I look forward to his next hot potato. - Overland EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
90% Beyond The Hills (2013) The film's greatest strength is its constant insistence on ambiguity. Almost nothing is explicit and as a result, everything the viewer thinks, feels and judges is based on inference, allusion and their own prejudices and convictions. - Overland EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
36% Salinger (2013) Beyond its disturbing aspersions cast on mental illness, the film tells a story that is inherently flawed by the absence of its own key player. - Overland EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
53% Lovelace (2013) Lovelace is structurally sound, telling the popular Hollywood version of events before re-tracing some of its steps and revealing a glimpse of the violence that went on behind the scenes. - Overland EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
96% Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015) Panahi's taxi-cam is a sort of consciousness, unable to stop searching, capturing and presenting the truth. - Desist Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
96% The Forbidden Room (2015) Searching for that now giant key needed to unlock the door to return to reality, Maddin must take hostages. We join him, in cinephilia, in its celebration, in keeping it alive. - Desist Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
No Score Yet Lily Lane (Liliom ösvény) (2016) Lily Lane is a dark, haunting journey over well-trodden, grim ground. - Desist Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
92% A Quiet Passion (2017) One or two not entirely convincing performances of Dickinson's fits notwithstanding, A Quiet Passion is a fine, reverent film. - Desist Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
92% Maquinaria Panamericana (2016) The result is a bawdy satire about the problems of industry and democracy. - Desist Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
No Score Yet Eldorado XXI (2016) The intensity of its duration offers a glimpse into the cycles of poverty; pain, hope, disappointment, loss, endurance, persistence. - Desist Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
No Score Yet The Mole Song: Hong Kong Capriccio (Mogura no uta: sennyû sôsakan Reiji 2) (2017) Takashi doesn't like to stand squarely on either side of the problematic and deeply disturbing fence he has spent his career building. Instead, he likes to make everyone who is watching feel like they are the seedy yellow colour palette... - Desist Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
76% Manifesto (2017) Rosefeldt explores cerebral engagement by going for the gut. - Desist Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
89% Super Dark Times (2017) The film is unthinkable and yet it is resonant and relevant. - Desist Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
17% Bright Nights (Helle nächte) (2017) Dramatic tension doesn't build in this utterly boring father-son drama. - Desist Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
81% The Party (2018) Patricia Clarkson gives a killer performance... - Desist Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
89% On Body and Soul (A Teströl és Lélekröl) (2018) I'm filing it under Amelie in my fantasy rolodex of overrated and ultimately empty films. I choose to remember the delicious cheese sandwich I ate immediately after, instead. - Desist Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
67% Spoor (Pokot) (2017) Beautifully photographed and aurally matched by a magnificent score, Spoor is let down by its far-fetched premise. - Desist Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
46% The Dinner (2017) The adaptation of Hermann Koch's brilliant biting satire, The Dinner, was a huge disappointment to me. - Desist Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
55% The Human Surge (El auge del humano) (2017) The Human Surge was difficult to engage with; the handheld camera work is shaky and unfocused, the POV ventures into naturally (read poorly) lit spaces and Williams completely refuses to construct seamless linear progression... - Desist Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
No Score Yet Ulysses in the Subway (2017) I can say with certainty that something happened. Something exciting, and a little frightening and definitely provocative. - Desist Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
93% Johnny Guitar (1954) While I won't say that I loved the film (it retains enough of its genre's tropes to not quite work for me), I was surprised by how glorious the sets and landscapes looked. - Desist Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
94% Young Frankenstein (1974) The ability of corny and literal gags to land on internationally diverse ears was infectious and heart-warming. It is also one of the most stunning black and white digital restorations I have seen. - Desist Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
86% Wise Blood (1979) Wise Blood is an unsettling account of post-war machismo and mental illness wrapped up in small town values and big ideas. - Desist Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
100% Dawson City: Frozen Time (2017) So much more than just a lesson in Dawson City's own history, and extending further still than the bounds of film history, Morrison's approach to archive film offers us an experience of the past that is unwaveringly contemporary. - Desist Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
57% Australia Day (2017) Taking one of the most loaded terms in Australian history as its titular provocation, Australia Day asks us to think about what one might be running towards - and whether ineffective systemic management of inbred injustice can amount to anything more... - Desist Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
No Score Yet Broken Highway (1993) Broken Highway is an extraordinary film. It is identifiably Australian, in both its sound and for its themes. - Desist Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
96% Western (2018) Western knows there is a hierarchy in remembered violence. - Desist Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
86% Bitter Money (Ku Qian) (2016) Courtisane presents art on its own terms, not only for what it is not. - Desist Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
No Score Yet Weapon of Choice (2018) A strange and astounding ride at times, Weapon of Choice is a deftly handled, illustrated history of the white European born global ecology that sustains rising gun crime in America and armed terrorists in the Middle East. - Desist Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
100% The End of Fear (2018) Inventive in its approach, Visser's autopsy of the art world is full of wry humour, painful honesty and is sure to provoke. - Desist Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
32% Welcome to Woop Woop (1998) Sure - it's dark and admittedly daft, but somewhere beneath its damaging depiction of the detritus of contemporary Australian culture lies a harsh historicality; an indubitable landscape, unpleasant and unforgiving. - In Film Australia EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
No Score Yet Uninhabited (2011) Beautifully shot and incredibly atmospheric, but let down by too many stand out issues, Uninhabited is a film whose ambition outweighs entertainment. - In Film Australia EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
83% Kiss or Kill (1997) Largely improvised to great effect, Kiss or Kill is a film that adheres to a classical narrative paradigm complete with plot causality whilst offering another level of reflection thereupon for a clued-in cine-literate audience. - In Film Australia EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
60% Summer Coda (2010) Ultimately, Summer Coda fits the paradigm of a romantic drama. - In Film Australia EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
60% Accidents Happen (2010) Accidents Happen is a credit to the Australian film industry... - In Film Australia EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
No Score Yet Little Deaths (2007) Little Deaths is a technical mess at best. - In Film Australia EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
No Score Yet Hawke (2010) Audiences are surely waiting eagerly for the next instalment which, no doubt grittier if gloomier, will get to the real turn of events in Australia's political history... - In Film Australia EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
96% Gravity (2013) ...a very simplistic story against some incredible achievement in visual effects and filmmaking craft. - Junkee EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
No Score Yet Ukraine Is Not a Brothel (2013) Though informative, [it does] little more than pile up in the waste bin of my cinema-going life. - Overland EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
95% The Act Of Killing (2013) Beyond this intellectual actualisation, I can't help but think that the film falls short of its supposed brilliance. Surely watching socially or politically charged documentaries should achieve something more than cognition! - Overland EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019