A very tense and tour de force Australian debut feature. Centering around a man who lost his daughter and begins a new life among Victoria's grand forests whilst befriending a lumberer he believes is behind his daughter's slaughter. Only this Lumberer; is just as flawed as he is not to mention he's gained a daughter of his own. The film has such a fascinating character setup whilst making terrific use of its setting with such stunning cinematography. Add to that the performances are solid which makes up for some truly amazing character development within the plot. Definitely a winner with audiences at the Melbourne International Film Festival.
I must admit I did find this film to be pretty entertaining. John Ridley has shown he can write complex character natures especially from his Oscar winning script '12 Years a Slave'. Whilst I am also have no complaints film-wise towards the casting as well as any factual inaccuracies; the cast solidly played out their parts, the editing was sharp and did add a lot of layers to the character backstories not the mention the soundtrack was also really good. I wouldn't say this film was in any aspect inspiring let alone trying to be incredibly glamorous. This just happens to be an entertaining portrait of Jimi Hendrix and lives up to expectation as a whole without being too special.
Mike Cahill's follow-up to his hugely impressive 'Another Earth'. I Origins follows Michael Pitt's scientist thoughout his life fascinated with the human eye. It then occurs to him throughout his circumstances and research that its possible the eyes are a window to soul. There's a great degree of intelligence and emotion portrayed throughout the film, the actors performances are solid giving their characters the right amount of dimensions. Brit Marling doesn't claim any writing credit here so this is purely Cahill's concept. The very intriguing aspect is seeing where the film's plot will take us along the lines of mixing sci-fi with a sense of spirituality. I must say its very well put off and definitely recommended whether you're familiar with Cahill or Marling's work or not.
Evoking Jeff Nichols' Mud, The Good Life; follows a fugitive father and his two sons who've spent their years running. Its the Sons' desire to life a normal and decent life that's the conflict the drives the story within the family relationship. Maybe its just my choice to watch the unusual side of adolescence written out in a radical yet believable situation in a movie like this. Its all within the actor's performances and central conflict that drives the film forward without being sappy at all. Once again you have an impressive film that manages to live up to expectations.