Film & TV posts

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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What We’re Watching at MIFF

Here at Readings, we’re very excited about the Melbourne International Film Festival. Last week our film expert Fiona Hardy rounded up her top picks of the festival. Now we’re sharing some of the films our staff are going to see.

Nina’s MIFF List

I bought a ten session eMini pass and my list of MIFF movies includes:

Fruitvale Station

Inspired by the true story of a police shooting in 2009…

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Shocking TV

Fans of Game of Thrones have been crushed by the events of the latest episode. Here, we take a look at other television shows that shocked us.

Nina Kenwood on Dexter

The last scene of Dexter’s season four finale goes down as one of my most shocking moments in TV history. (Disclaimer: major spoilers ahead!)

Season four of Dexter featured John Lithgow as the very creepy Trinity serial ki…

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Silver Linings Playbook: Book vs. Film

by Nina Kenwood

I consumed Silver Linings Playbook in this order: the film trailer, the book, then the film itself.

After watching the trailer a few months before the film release, I bought the book with the assumption I would be reading a romantic comedy. And that’s essentially what the film is – a smart, funny, heartwarming romantic drama. But that’s not how I would classify the book at all.

Both the film …

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Our 2013 Oscar Predictions

Before the Oscars are announced on Monday 25 February (Australian time) we’re making our predictions of who will take out this year’s top awards. You can view the full list of nominees here.

Nina Kenwood, Online Manager

Best Picture: Argo

Best Director: Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Actor i

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