10/07 – Latest AFCA Submissions: Stubbornly Here, The Bikeriders, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, Whale Rider, The Promised Land, Dandelion, KILL, The Vourdalak

Welcome to the latest reviews, interviews, and articles submitted by AFCA members for the week ending 10 July 2024.

The Bikeriders (2023)

Alaisdair Leith – Novastream – Review: A nostalgic slow ride through motorcycle culture worth taking

  • Excerpt: The slow moving tale of how the biker gang was formed and follows its evolution through the years is a fascinating story that is accompanied by some spectacular cinematography from writer/director Jeff Nichols based on a photography book of the same name by photographer and fellow filmmaker Danny Lyon.
  • Rating: 4

Jonathan Spiroff – The Mono Report – Review: The Bikeriders Review – Born to Be Wild

  • Excerpt: THE BIKERIDERS is an outstanding examination of ’60s counterculture crafted through an honesty and sincerity for a bygone era.
  • Rating: 9/10

Nadine Whitney – The Curb – Review: The Bikeriders: Jeff Nichols’ Portrait of a Counterculture to Counterculture in the American Midwest On and Off the Road.

  • Excerpt: Jeff Nichols’ The Bikeriders is an understated masterpiece of lost Americana

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024)

Grant Watson – Fiction Machine – Review: Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024)

  • Excerpt: I did enjoy this sequel in fits and starts, but at no point did I particularly respect it. I feel that is telling.

Stubbornly Here (2024)

Andrew Peirce – The Curb – Interview: Stubbornly Here Director Taylor Broadley Talks About Disappearing Teens and Positive Nostalgia in This Interview

  • Excerpt: Taylor Broadley’s feature debut film Stubbornly Here is a welcome blast of indie filmmaking inventiveness with the Perth-based filmmaker presenting a sci-fi-adjacent story about three teens who live in an apathetic society where teenagers sometimes vanish into thin air. Stubbornly Here speaks to the anxieties of the day, focusing on a generation of kids who have grown up in a world that does not support their future and who the vitality of youth has been robbed of them.

Whale Rider (2002)

Nadine Whitney – The Curb – Review: Retrospective Review: Whale Rider by Niki Caro

  • Excerpt: Niki Caro’s delicately laced film of belief, bravery, and true leadership honours the importance of Rangatira (Chiefs) in Māori self-determination while negotiating the inherent limitations of patriarchal succession by making a young girl the true figure of hope.

The Promised Land (2023)

Nadine Whitney – The Curb – Review: Mads Mikkelsen: The Epic Bastarden

  • Excerpt: A romance, a critique of privilege and greed, a big sweeping drama with Mads Mikkelsen stoic, pained, selfish, loving, grizzled, and fierce. Bastarden is a story that almost seems to come from another time not just as a historical epic, but as low-budget (under nine million USD) saga that Hollywood would make fifteen years ago, but not now.

Dandelion (2024)

Nadine Whitney – InSession Film – Review: Dandelion Peers into the Soul of an Artist

  • Excerpt: Dandelion is precious and rare; a piece of cinema about the creative flame where the drama has more weight the longer the audience considers it.
  • Rating: B+

The Vourdalak (2023)

Nadine Whitney – InSession Film – Review: The Vourdalak: A cinematic reverie beyond time

  • Excerpt: The Vourdalak is a precise enchantment crafted by a director and a team of actors who pull you into their strange web and delight in teasing with genre treats.
  • Rating: A

KILL (2023)

Greg King – filmreviews.net.au – Review: KILL

  • Excerpt: The title says it all you need to know about this visceral, ultra-violent action thriller from India. Kill delivers a high body count and plenty of gore and mayhem. Most of the action is confined to a train, so it comes across like The Raid set on a train.
  • Rating: ★★★★