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Film Review 

REVIEW: Aberdeen (Pang Ho-Cheung – 2014)

Aberdeen is a family drama set in modern day Hong Kong but it could really represent any day and any place and any family. The film is effortless in its depictions of three generations living together, apart and sometimes both in a diaspora of values, culture and complicated histories both for the family and for the history of a place itself.

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Film Review 

REVIEW: The Monkey King (Soi Cheang – 2014)

Hi all and welcome to 2014, it’s good to be back and writing again, I took quite a hiatus but there’s only so long before the beck and call of a keyboard and some choice snarky words bring me back into the loop. It is a privilege to write for the up-and-up Graffiti crew and I hope you are all enjoying my Asian content, which I hope to focus on even more this year.

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Features Opinion 

The Five Most Inappropriate Xmas Films

Christmas (Xmas if you’re not a religious zealot) is right around the corner. Now we have seen lists these past few days come and go like a regular john at the internet brothel, so why not one more, only you’d be remiss or must really hate Xmas or yourself if you threw these on. These films are more likely to spread dissent than holiday cheer, but here they are!

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Features Opinion 

Kwenton Bellette’s Top 10 Asian films of 2013

2013 has been a bumper year for film, it’s criminal to relegate all I have seen, the wondrous experiences and feelings I have felt thanks to cinema this year, to just ten films. Explaining their position is equally tough. Given that my main mission intentionally or not at GwP this year has been to champion Asian cinema, I present to you dear readers my top 10 Asian films of 2013.

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Film Review 

REVIEW: How I Live Now (Kevin MacDonald – 2013)

Kevin MacDonald is a talented director. The Last King of Scotland was an excellent morally objectionable and ethically grey drama centered on characters caught in a crisis of compromise. How I Live Now is the director’s latest, and although it is peppered with similar sentiment and high concept, it does not quite achieve its multi-tiered genre ambitions, but damn does it try.

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Features FIVE STAR FILMS 

FIVE STAR FILMS #58: Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach – 2012)

Shot in black and white Frances Ha follows the titular character (Gerwig); a twenty something struggling to find her place and future in New York City. Yes it is a little bit Girls, a little bit Woody, but undoubtedly its own masterpiece and a wonderful take on the romance genre.

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Features Opinion 

Beer and Soju Diet – The 18th Busan International Film Festival Wrap

My advice, if you love film and can live comfortably out of a dark room, embrace an international film festival immediately, with open arms and wanton abandonment, it will change your life.

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Film Review 

Reel Anime 2013 Review Centerpiece: EVANGELION 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo

Reel Anime 2013 is a film festival by Madman Entertainment that is taking place across Australia, see the website for further details and dates. A collection of great new anime will be showcased, but without a doubt Evangelion 3.0 is the main attraction, here is my review.

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Film Review 

REVIEW: Harmony Lessons [Melbourne International Film Festival]

Harmony Lessons is a debut feature from the harsh terrains of Kazakhstan by young director Emir Baigazin. Thirteen year old Aslan (Timur Aidarbekov) is a troubled but intelligent student who spends his spare time torturing cockroaches after hearing on the news about their capacity to spread disease.

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Film Review 

REVIEW: Badges of Fury (Tsz Ming Wong – 2013)

Badges of Fury is a pulsating Hong Kong martial-arts thrill-ride starring the legendary Jet li as a bad-ass cop on a warpath of bloody vengeance! No wait, sorry scrap that; Badges of Fury is an extravagantly silly Mandarin-speaking (yet inexplicably set in Hong Kong) wire-Fu schlock fest featuring a lazy and deadpan Jet Li as a bemused cop in a trio of inane morons including mainland star Zhang Wen and Taiwanese starlet Shishi Liu. Despite all this I had a blast and laughed till my ribs hurt. Badges of Fury…

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