Overland

Overland is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Lauren Carroll Harris
Rating Title/Year Author
Stranger by the Lake (2013) Tara Judah In many ways, adhering as it does to semiotic storytelling and other visual tropes, this is a typical genre film. It's also daring and extremely good. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
The Loneliest Planet (2011) Tara Judah A far cry from the limitlessness of experimenta and the deliberately jarring and abrasive aesthetic of the avant-garde, Loktev's visual style fits with an atypical narrative mode. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
Stories We Tell (2012) Tara Judah Sarah Polley's funny and engaging documentary is also intelligent - academically and emotionally. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
The Past (2013) Tara Judah The film questions responsibility and shows how sometimes people do the wrong thing. It is begs the question: what exactly is the right thing, and how can we recognise it? EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
A Touch of Sin (2013) Tara Judah A Touch of Sin puts together a picture of social unrest, class injustices and violent response bubbling just beneath the surface. Each story is loosely connected but the real link is a brewing anger levelled at an unfair social system. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
The Selfish Giant (2013) Tara Judah A social-realist contemporary re-working of Oscar Wilde's children's tale of the same name, this film is unapologetically miserable, gritty, British cinema. And it's brilliant. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
Something in the Air (2012) Tara Judah I love that Assayas keeps me on my toes and I look forward to his next hot potato. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
Beyond the Hills (2012) Tara Judah The film's greatest strength is its constant insistence on ambiguity. Almost nothing is explicit and as a result, everything the viewer thinks, feels and judges is based on inference, allusion and their own prejudices and convictions. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
Salinger (2013) Tara Judah Beyond its disturbing aspersions cast on mental illness, the film tells a story that is inherently flawed by the absence of its own key player. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
Lovelace (2013) Tara Judah Lovelace is structurally sound, telling the popular Hollywood version of events before re-tracing some of its steps and revealing a glimpse of the violence that went on behind the scenes. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
Ukraine Is Not a Brothel (2013) Tara Judah Though informative, [it does] little more than pile up in the waste bin of my cinema-going life. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
The Act of Killing (2012) Tara Judah Beyond this intellectual actualisation, I can't help but think that the film falls short of its supposed brilliance. Surely watching socially or politically charged documentaries should achieve something more than cognition! EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
Beloved Sisters (2014) Tara Judah ...engaging and even arty enough to satisfy. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) Tara Judah I loved it. I knew before it began that I would. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
Hannah Arendt (2012) Tara Judah Von Trotta's film is neither profound, nor radical. It belongs to that grand dramatic tradition that trivialises and sentimentalises history until all that's left is a series of generic conventions. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
Flu (2013) Tara Judah As a viewer, then, the challenge isn't to survive the narrative, but to leave the screenings unscathed by the conservative, hetero-procreative agenda. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
Metro (2013) Tara Judah If we were to break down the message it would read: If only Russian women - beautiful, sexy trophies though they are - were less deceptive and more domestic, the nation wouldn't face this crisis in the first place. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
The Tower (2012) Tara Judah Ta-weo is surely the stupidest film I will see all year so I won't spend too much time explaining its Swiss cheese plot. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
Metamorphosen (2013) Tara Judah Slow, reflective portraiture... EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
Before I Go to Sleep (2014) Tara Judah There are limits to how much control the men directing can exert. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
Nightcrawler (2014) Tara Judah Nightcrawler attacked the mainstream media and the global financial crisis and the social inequities that create an undereducated class of internet-only consumers. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
Boyhood (2014) Tara Judah Boyhood spanned everything and nothing in 2014's most joyous examination of the passage of time. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
John Wick (2014) Tara Judah ...my truly guilty pleasure of the year. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
Snowpiercer (2013) Tara Judah Convolution is preferable in an age where repetition and over-expository presentation is king. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
The Babadook (2014) Tara Judah The Babadook...is a brilliant manifestation of grief. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
12 Years a Slave (2013) Tara Judah 12 Years a Slave also means that there is finally a film about slavery in America that is not told only through white people's eyes. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
Charlie's Country (2013) Tara Judah David Gulpilil stole my heart with his performance in Charlie's Country, an Australian film that represents Indigenous culture in a way that is not told solely from a white perspective. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
52 Tuesdays (2013) Tara Judah 52 Tuesdays brought honesty to the screen. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013) Tara Judah I do wonder why one of the highest-profile films about a lesbian relationship starred two straight actresses and was directed by a man. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
Kill the Messenger (2014) Tara Judah Kill the Messenger was, in my opinion, one of the more solid dramas in this year's local release schedule. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) Tara Judah Inarritu gives us cause to pause but, like so much great cinema that refuses to be absorbed in a single viewing, he doesn't allow us the time in which to do it. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019