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Tuesday 11 June 2013
Film

film review: farewell, my queen

Natalie Salvo
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  Farewell, My Queen (or Les adieux à la reine) is a film about three important women from French history. They are a Queen, her lover, and the Queen’s reader who is hopelessly devoted to the monarch. The latest film from director, Benoît Jacquot is a sumptuous and intimate costume drama with lots of upheaval,…
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Thursday 16 May 2013
Film

dvd review: back to stay (abrir puertias y ventanas)

Natalie Salvo
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  Back To Stay (Abrir puertas y ventanas) is the debut film from Milagros Mumenthaler. The winner of numerous international awards (including best film at the 2011 Locarno Film Festival); it is ultimately a low-key family drama. It’s also a semi-autobiographical tale from this first-time director. The movie is actually a concentrated character study that…
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Friday 5 April 2013
Film

dvd review: lore

Natalie Salvo
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[**Spoiler Alert**] Lore is not your typical film about World War II. The story is based on a novel by Rachel Seiffert and is about a young family of middle class German children who are forced to flee their home as the allies overtake Germany at the end of the war. It is an eye-opening…
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Thursday 7 March 2013
Film

dvd review: housos vs. authority

Natalie Salvo
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Housos vs. Authority isn’t a film that takes itself too seriously. Instead, this is a high-octane, provocative comedy that has sacred cows on its radar. It’s also about as subtle as a slap in the face with a cold, dead fish. So, welcome to Sunnyvale- a town where being dumb, drunk and racist is worn…
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Monday 8 October 2012
Film

film review: the words

Natalie Salvo
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The Words is based on an excellent premise. If you were a fledgling writer (although artist, musician or another job could also be added here) what would you do if you were unsuccessful at your craft? If you had spent years lovingly working away at things and were faced with a constant stream of rejection,…
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Tuesday 2 October 2012
Film

film review: on the road

Natalie Salvo
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The film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s seminal book, On The Road has been a long time coming. Some 55 years since the semi-autobiographical novel was first published, audiences are now getting the chance to see the silver screen version. It comes courtesy of director, Walter Salles who is best known for bringing another coming-of-age, road…
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Friday 31 August 2012
Film

film review: the face of birth

Natalie Salvo
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At the heart of the Face Of Birth documentary is a question. That is – do women have a right to choose where and how they will give birth? It is a hot button issue, yet one where other developed nations have deemed that a one-size-fits-all approach does not work. This Australian documentary plays like…
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Sunday 12 August 2012
Film

film review: saving face

Natalie Salvo
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In one second a life was ruined. So goes one of the many harrowing statements made in the documentary film, Saving Face. Directors Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy have detailed a sensitive issue, exposing the plights of victims of acid attacks in Pakistan, with this Oscar award-winning short proving to be worth a feature-length runtime….
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Tuesday 7 August 2012
Film

film review: cosmopolis

Natalie Salvo
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At first glance, Cosmopolis has all the right ingredients to be a hit. A David Cronenberg film, it stars Twilight’s Robert Pattinson and includes cameos from the ultra-talented: Juliette Binoche, Samantha Morton and Paul Giamatti. But where it falls down is in the execution. This adaptation of Don DeLillo’s novel was best left to the black and…
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Friday 6 July 2012
Film

film review: dragon eyes

Natalie Salvo
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Everybody was kung fu fighting. Or at least that’s what it feels like in Dragon Eyes. The action film sees two feuding gangs disarmed by a mysterious stranger who hides his chequered past. But behind those eponymous eyes is a warrior king and one who is also the living embodiment of the great masters. Cung…
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Thursday 14 June 2012
Film

film review: le chef

Natalie Salvo
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Check out Natalie Salvo’s review of the French delight, Le Chef. Visit Lip regularly for more great film content!

Sunday 3 June 2012
Film

dvd review: boy toy

Natalie Salvo
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Boy Toy is a light and airy comedy. It’s one for the fans of Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo and those no brainer, teen comedy flicks. It is one upbeat and casual romp that errs on the formulaic and predictable. Jake – played by John White (American Pie presents Beta House/The Naked Mile) is an unsuccessful…
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Tuesday 15 May 2012
Film

dvd review: the skin i live in

Natalie Salvo
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The Skin I Live In is a provocative film. While some people will find elements of it titillating, others will no doubt find it extreme and even grotesque. It is a difficult film, a suspense-filled drama that is initially shrouded in many layers of ambiguity. The dramatic build-up does reach a serious climax, as all…
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Wednesday 9 May 2012
Arts

live comedy review: stephen k. amos, enmore theatre, 4 may 2012

Natalie Salvo
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Stephen K. Amos is pretty fly (for an English guy). The Americans have mistaken him for Geoffrey from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air while the Thais thought he was Samuel L. Jackson. He didn’t mind being called the latter until he discovered that the actor is 63-years-old. His show, Laughter Is My Agenda, had a…
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