Gerard Elson

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Gerard Elson works as a bookseller at Readings St Kilda.

Reviews

10:04 by Ben Lerner

Reviewed by Gerard Elson

Every moment is charged with illimitable potential in Ben Lerner’s great second novel, and every action pregnant, however involuntarily, with the played narratives of both history and personal past. …

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The Woman In Black

Reviewed by Gerard Elson

His Hogwarts days now behind him, Daniel Radcliffe here joins the ranks of another noble British institution: the newly revived Hammer Film Productions, who from the mid-1950s to the late 1970s were …

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Once Upon A Time In Anatolia

Reviewed by Gerard Elson

Although I’m loath to reduce this masterful sixth feature from Turkey’s Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Three Monkeys) to a trite ‘it’s X meets Y’ comparison, in this instance, I’ll relent: imagine Cormac McCarth…

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Boardwalk Empire: Season 2

Reviewed by Gerard Elson

Nucky’ Thompson (Steve Buscemi) is back, along with everyone left standing at the conclusion of the first season of this Prohibition-era gangster drama from HBO.

Bootlegging, malfeasance, poetic vio…

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Le Quattro Volte by Michelangelo Frammartino

Reviewed by Gerard Elson

The list of films prompted by the writings of Pythagoras must surely be brief. Indeed, were it comprised of nothing but this remarkable debut from Milanese filmmaker Michelangelo Frammartino, it woul…

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The Two Frank Thrings by Peter Fitzpatrick

Reviewed by Gerard Elson

The rise of commercial cinema in Australia and the nascence of our independent film industry provide a fascinating backdrop to this meticulous academic biography of the two Frank Thrings, father and …

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The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius

Reviewed by Gerard Elson

Silence was golden at this year’s Oscars, with this charming throwback to Hollywood’s black-and-white heyday soft-shoeing away with statuettes for Best Picture, Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius) an…

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Arrietty

Reviewed by Gerard Elson

Studio Ghibli – Japan’s finest purveyors of earthy handdrawn animation (Ponyo, Spirited Away) – lend their gentle sensibility to the story of The Borrowers.

Although every bit as charming and excit…

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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Reviewed by Gerard Elson, Readings St Kilda

David Fincher’s (Zodiac, Fight Club) take on the first of Stieg Larson’s Lisbeth Salander novels fascinates most for its utter lack of extraneous content. No moment is wasted, no detail immaterial. …

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Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Reviewed by Gerard Elson, Readings St Kilda

When the Chauvet Cave was discovered in southern France in 1994, it was rightly realised as perhaps the most significant site of prehistoric art the modern world has ever seen. The lone filmmaker per…

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Mildred Pierce

Reviewed by Gerard Elson, Readings St Kilda

Todd Haynes could hardly have picked a more pertinent time to revisit this depression-era saga from novelist James M. Cain, concerned, as it is, with bourgeois ambition run shockingly, silently amok.…

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Reviewed by Gerard Elson, Readings St Kilda

Hardly famed as an instrument of understatement, Gary Oldman nevertheless proves just that as George Smiley, John le Carré’s frog-mouthed MI6 spook in this new adaptation from Tomas Alfredson (Let th

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The Skin I Live In

Reviewed by Gerard Elson, Readings St Kilda

Like Frankenstein reassembled as a modern revenge melodrama, this is the first exercise in out-and-out sci-fi/horror from the matchless Pedro Almodóvar.

The result is expectedly baroque. Antonio Ba…

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We Need to Talk About Kevin

Reviewed by Gerard Elson, Readings St Kilda

Lynne Ramsay (Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar) summons startling cinema from Lionel Shriver’s bestseller about a mother whose son has perpetrated the unthinkable. As Eva, the shell-shocked woman struggl…

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Melancholia

Reviewed by Gerard Elson, Readings St Kilda

Melancholia is the most accessible film yet from self-styled provocateur Lars von Trier (Dancer in the Dark, Antichrist) and it’s likely to go down as his masterwork.

Like other recent stand-out rel…

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Autoluminescent: Richard Lowenstein

Reviewed by Gerard Elson, Readings St Kilda

The late Rowland S. Howard, elegant gloom poet of Melbourne’s early post-punk scene, is given worthy valediction in this illuminating documentary. So fully transformed was Nick Cave’s band of high-sc…

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Drive: Nicolas Winding

Reviewed by Gerard Elson, Readings St Kilda

Ryan Gosling is the world’s most handsome blank slate in this so-chic-it-hurts homage to the wave of spacious 1980s crime thrillers that launched the careers of Michael Mann and Walter Hill. Gosling’…

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News

Shame in Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle series

by Gerard Elson

Last week saw the release of Boyhood Island, the third volume in Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle series, and over the weekend the Guardian published a piece by Hari Kunzru asking is the author brave or shameless? Here, bookseller Gerard Elson responds.

I can’t think of a less appropriate descriptor for Knausgaard than ‘shameless’. He’s the converse of that, its blue, black and white photo ne…

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What I Loved: House of Pleasures by Bertrand Bonello

by Gerard Elson

When it screened at last year’s Alliance Française French Film Festival, Bertrand Bonello’s lavish, lugubrious fin de siècle bore the superior title House of Tolerance. The term was a euphemism for a brothel around the turn of the twentieth century and, given the tenor and milieu of Bonello’s film (which is set in the languid world of high-end prostitution), this was perhaps a far more befitting …

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The Best DVDs of 2012

by Gerard Elson

This year we’ve seen a bumper crop of books, music and film and over the next few weeks we’ll be presenting a series of our favourites, voted for and selected by Readings staff.

Here, our film specialist Gerard Elson shares his top ten DVDs of 2012.

*Inner Space: The Complete Series*

Self-styled sub-aquatic adventurers Val and Ron Taylor wrote the book on vanguard underwater photography. In …

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Five Scary Films To Watch This Halloween

by Gerard Elson

Our film specialist, Gerard Elson, picks out five great DVDs to watch this Halloween.

**Cabin in the Woods**

Scripted by geek doyen Joss Whedon, this is a gleeful subversion of every hackneyed trope in the horror movie handbook, made electric by its creator’s knack for pithy, pop-culture-savvy dialogue and wicked character-based gags. By its apocalyptic end, this ultimately offers no less t…

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Five must watch DVDs

by Gerard Elson

Because I like you, dear reader, I’ll level with you: I haven’t viewed a new DVD in weeks. It feels weird and is not behaviour I’d recommend.

As the author of the Readings Monthly’s DVD page, I’m typically up to my ears in great cinema and television—after all, it’s quite a range we have here. Alas, with the Damoclean sword that is the end of the university year looming ever nearer, I’m ashamed …

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Q&A with Terence Davies, director of The Deep Blue Sea

by Gerard Elson

Our film specialist Gerard Elson chats with iconic director, Terence Davies.

Terence Davies’s The Deep Blue Sea – just his seventh feature film in 27 years – is an adaptation of Terrence Rattigan’s same-titled play from 1952, previously brought to the screen in 1955 by director Anatole Litvak. In it, Hester Collyer (Rachel Weisz), the wife of a loving yet passionless magistrate (Simon Russe…

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