Films Screened In 1994

By such techniques as painting and scratching directly onto film, Martin Anibas creates a bold abstract in motion. The film's visual rhythm is echoed in the soundtrack's jazz-influenced score. ... Read more
A young priest returns from Rome to attend his mother's funeral. His father has been bothered by the angels and finds his son's inability to explain things frustrating: "You left me and your mother to go chasing that meddling, long-haired, socialist, Jewish hippy and you don't even know what an angel is!" A wryly amusing tale with a tragic outcome. ... Read more
The spirit of commercialism pervades this Christmas Eve. In a busy bottle-shop, the tireless sales assistant quietly serves alcoholic solace to the cheerless customers. The menial work and her unfriendly employers incite humiliation. In the silent night revenge is afoot, justice eked. ... Read more
Old Joyce and Kevin Harvey are nice country people but a couple of real duds. Young Roy, their boarder, knows what's what and advises them on all matters financial. Sort of a bloke you can trust, I suppose. A cleverly written and acted comedy, knee deep in the Australian vernacular. ... Read more
Dad rushes mum to the maternity ward, and leaves the four young kids at home, and Dad's also locked the dog in who's eating all the rocky road, but the kids are locked out, and the iron has been left on, and the babysitter can't get her dress out of the locked jammed car door, and the mayhem continues and continues and continues. No spoken dialogue but lots of fun and exciting action as the kids a... Read more
Before they put on the wrong trousers, Wallace and Gromit were building a rocket to the moon - before lunch. Of course this requires extensive care, along with cups of tea and plenty of cream crackers. While the rocket plans are flawed, A Grand Day Out definitely launched both Nick Park's career and that of the dim-witted duo, the daffy Wallace and his rocket-scientist canine companion Gromit. ...... Read more
A winged knife slices bread. This recurrent metaphor sets the film's context by juxtaposing the surreal with the mundane. While exploring notions such as romance and memory, the film's black and white photography shimmers and sparkles. ... Read more
The world is a ball and the first human being is called Adam. His first experiences are mostly rather painful and he has to learn all the rules. For instance, 1: if you throw clay around you'll get clay thown back at you. ... Read more
On December 1,1942, a US airforce bomber crashed in the south-east corner of the Gulf of Carpenteria after a bombing raid over New Guinea. Four of the crew survived and, thinking they were near Cairns, naively set off on foot. Their story later made world headlines, but as it was playing out, as they wandered the Gulf coast, another version was being written not very far away, but in a very differ... Read more
A fascinating mixture of puppetry and computer animation techniques, based on a text by William S. Burroughs, with the music of John Cale. ... Read more
Alice is a strange girl who has a doll's house full of bold and malicious figures. Be Alice's guest at her party. It'll be an event you'll never forget - because for Alice, every night is Saturday night. ... Read more
Behind the smile of a model lies a mind. But a cerebellum never got a centre-spread in Playboy. ... Read more
Challenging cinema is rare, unless it is intentionally confrontational (violent or sexual) or highly obscure (avant-garde). Chris Newby's directorial debut is invigorating because Anchoress operates on many levels: political, philosophical and personal. Its story is both straightforward and oblique: Christine, an illiterate, fourteenth century peasant, becomes obsessed with the Virgin Mary, and, s... Read more
Another Girl, Another Planet, a dreamy fable about a guy in an East Village walk-up and his serial love life, has gained considerable acclaim and notoriety over the last year, largely due to its unique look and particular production history. Directed by a respected collaborator of Wenders and Beresford, who had already made one large scale feature film (the wonderful Twister, a lost film in most c... Read more
This is the story of a land far away where an evil king has passed a law against those subjects who are different. Banished from the kingdom, the exiles live happily enough in a cottage deep in the forest...until the King sends his horsemen to destroy them. Through a Brothers Grimm-like fairy tale, Another Story tells an allegorical tale to illustrate the tragedy of discrimination. ... Read more
From Sarajevo to America, award winning director Emir Kusturica's (When Father Was Away On Business, Time Of The Gypsies) bizarre and unbridled imagination comes to grips with small-town USA mores and big-time ambitions. ... It all begins with an Inuit's vision of flying fish...Amateur Ichthyologist and guileless, sexual innocent Axel (Johnny Depp) suspends his nature-worshipping job - counting fi... Read more
Ostensibly tracing the steps of an amateur anthropologist Ray Bud as he takes us back to the site of his boyhood triumph - the finding of mastodon bones in the local park - Arrowhead is a mocking mockumentary, an adolescent's war against anonymity, and a pathetic but ultimately admirable attempt to leave his mark upon an indifferent environment. ... Read more
A month before the liberation of Brussels, Felix Naussbaum was sent on the last train to Auschwitz and murdered. While exploring his paintings the film tells about the Holocaust and examines how young Germans feel about their past. ... Read more
Artists are exploring and creating new forms of electronic art in a world known as cyberculture. Recorded during an international symposium held in Sydney in 1992, artists present their work and discuss the challenges of working within computer cyberspace. ... Read more
A physical cripple, trapped inside a body. Unable to act, his action is through thought. ... Read more
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