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Films In 1990

When the magical world of two young boys and the junkyard where they share games and stories and hunt for lost treasure is disrupted by a gang of bullies, the boys call on a mythical creature, the Guardian of the Junkyard, to help them restore order. ... Read more
A quiet look at colour. ... Read more
Art advocacy film about female ejaculation. Black and white to distinguish itself from pornography, multi-layered sound to distinguish itself from the patriarchal narrative, explicit and confronting, yet playful and ironic. Nice Girls Don't Do It is either a post Irigarayian textuality of ... Read more
I SWEAR THERE WERE MOMENTS in Aleksi Vellis' deliriously out of control Nirvana Street Murder when I fully expected Alwyn Kurts or Leonard Teale to appear around the next grimy Fitzroy backstreet in the best tradition of vintage Crawford's police dramas. Such is the energy and vigour of this ... Read more
One of Denis' most controversial films, this study of Parisian cock-fight handlers alienated some viewers with its unflinching (and clearly well-researched) depiction of a vicious sport; nevertheless, it remans an engrossing and challenging work. Two West African brothers, Dah and Jocelyn, make a ... Read more
Melbourne filmmaker Brian McKenzie spent 5 years working on this engrossing study of a not-so-typical Brunswick household. It's a laconic, observational documentary similar to the director's I'll Be Home For Christmas (MFF '85), in which McKenzie plays a central part, camera in tow, as he documents ... Read more
This impressive first feature by South African-horn Elaine Proctor is one of the most effective and intelligent films yet to deal with racism in South Africa. Its determination to explore the root causes of apartheid (rather than dwell on surface dramas and canonise white heroes) sets it apart from ... Read more
A telephone call from mum. A girl, an apple and a worm doing its thing. ... Read more
Directors Note: "A man and a woman try to make love inspired by a French condom. An old man tries to make a "carts castle: inspite of universal gravitation. Nobody succeeds in doing it. In fact, only stock options are going up these days..." - Jean-Paul Lilienfeld ... Read more
At the start of the somberly handsome Italian thriller Open Doors, a calm, neatly dressed man returns to the office from which he has recently been dismissed. He is armed with a long sharp knife. With shocking efficiency he quickly murders two former colleagures who were instrumental in bringing ... Read more
A wicked tongue-in-cheek satire that turns racial stereotyping inside out. Janet and Richard are a black "buppie" couple living in New York City. After calculating that the risk of producing a dark skinned baby is too great, they adopt a white child to, in their words, "promote racial harmony". But ... Read more
They call themselves The Children. They are messengers, welfare recipients, salespeople and prostitutes. The Children live in two worlds, the world of poor Blacks and Latinos in New York City, and the world of Realness, where through costume and competition, dance and inspired performance, they ... Read more
Crosses, horizontal lines and a focus test pattern are rapidly animated. Many shapes/textures are generated. Then flowers. An orange flower seems to sprout out from itself. Other images include shots around Melbourne and my childhood. ... Read more
A film born out of alienation. It is an attempt at valuing the moments when action ceases and reflection begins. It is not a pessimistic film. ... Read more
Abstract pencil animation to a funky rhythmic beat. ... Read more
This film uses archival footage and interspersed interviews to look at the dairy industry and its products, but only as a backdrop, as a social indicator in a society thirsty for modernity, unquestioning of the change that first gives and then takes away-milk bottles, railway stations, windows that ... Read more
Singularly weird depiction of an urban nightmare initiated from a corporate toilet cubicle. A slick production that incorporates sophisticated film techniques with elements of performance art. (S.C.) ... Read more
Through repetition and reversal, a short sequence featuring two people in a domestic setting is continually deconstructed and reinvented. The result is a curious system of spatial dynamics where the filmmaker imposes his own sense of rhythm and choreography. Piece Touchee is representative of the ... Read more
A story of legal folly and misguided white paternalism as it affects Amy, a young Aboriginal woman from a mission in central Queensland who appears on a minor charge at a remote bush court. ... The direction is somewhat conventional but the performances are outstanding, and while the cast reads ... Read more
Todd Haynes' first Film since Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story can hardly fail to set audiences ablaze. Poison is a movie without any obvious precedents, an amyl-charged ride through images of decay, disease and social deviance, it keeps three stories going in parallel, each in a style ... Read more
Robbie Conal is an artist who sneaks about at night with a broom and a bucket of glue. He has a healthy disrespect for most politicians and celebrities, and is keen to show his art outside galleries, in the streets. Despite the illegality of the activity, he encourages other people to sneak around ... Read more
A filmmaker struggles to live. She makes films. She makes love. Co-written and acted by Anna Kotanidis. ... Read more
Subdued tones, cold textures and slow, gliding movement combine to produce an uneasy ambience in a disused institution. The presence of people is replaced by the sparse clarity of empty rooms, tiled floors and metallic fixtures. (SC) ... Read more
To many film lovers, it is both a source of mystery and disgust that Preston Sturges is not currently recognised by the general public as 'the' great Hollywood comedy director. ... During a four-year period at Paramount in the 1940s, Preston Sturges wrote and directed a handful of landmark films ... Read more
A Berlin puppet maker. Goethe, takes his clockwork puppet knife throwing act to New York. It is 1934 and a Nazi spy is watching him. ... Read more
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