Film & TV reviews

Advanced Style

Reviewed by Emily Harms

Ari Seth Cohen started his blog, Advanced Style, when he moved to New York four years ago. Inspired by his own grandmother’s unique personal style and the impossible-to-ignore ‘gorgeous and stylish w…

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The Fall: Season 2

Reviewed by Marie Matteson

The second series of The Fall picks up 10 days after the end of series one, so if you haven’t seen that I’ll wait while you go and watch 5 hours of absorbing, glacial darkness.

A crime drama revolvi…

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Charlie’s Country

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo

Charlie (David Gulpilil) lives in a small community in Arnhem Land. A sequence of events, funny yet sadly moving, drive him to eschew the community and go bush. But even he can’t survive in the bush …

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Reviewed by Chris Dite

Inspired by the 1996 film, this adaptation of the Coen brothers’ fan favourite does its muse proud. A wolf named Lorne Malvo has come to rural Minnesota. The sweeping strings in the opening titles le…

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Gardening with Soul

Reviewed by Sharon Peterson

‘You like gardening – review this,’ so said the Readings DVD buyer. Yes, I do like gardening, though I’m not a keen documentary watcher. But my protests fell on deaf ears and I found myself spending …

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

Reviewed by George Munn

The Grand Budapest Hotel is Wes Anderson’s brilliant eighth feature film. It recounts the escapades of the marvellous Monsieur Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes), concierge of the movie’s titular hotel in th…

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Borgen: Season 3

Reviewed by Robert Constantine

‘Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.’ And so reads the epigraph of the final episode of Borgen. Indeed, Lincoln’s words are a fitting illust…

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True Detective

Reviewed by Steve Bidwell-Brown

As the clinical interrogator of civilisation’s ills, the detective trawls through the darkest and least accessible pockets of society in search of answers to the riddles that lay before them. What em…

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The Great Beauty

Reviewed by Sean O’Beirne

The opening scenes of The Great Beauty give you a double helping of Rome, with Rome on top: gardens, monuments, cloisters, statuary, and a disco party next to the Colosseum. And all of this drenched …

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Downton Abbey: Season 4

Reviewed by Sharon Peterson

Julian Fellowes has, as Hugh Bonneville puts it, ‘pulled a rabbit out of a hat’ and produced what must be my favourite season of Downton Abbey so far. While some of the acting can be criticised (I’m …

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