They’re less than stellar students, these four college guys
Who have an audacious plan (yes, it’s clearly unwise).
Of crazy situations
Where twelve mil of rare books are the prize.
Yes, the ridiculous premise requires disbelief suspension,
But there’s laughs re: Duncan giving over-the-top attention
To Tucker’s short, faded career.
Hawke’s clearly having fun here.
A slight, but enjoyable tale (with themes of reinvention).
The shocking system, where talented female directors find
Themselves systematically shut out or undermined
Is examined in this doco (essential).
Discriminatory obstacles mean potential
Is often unrealised (and the fight for recognition's a cruel grind).
A deceptively simple setup: a day’s road trip for a son and dad
(Delivering invitations). There’s piles of obligatory food to be had
(Such generous hospitality conventions).
Familial love and long-held tensions
Are beautifully drawn out. Exquisite balance of the joyous and the sad.
Christian’s going straight: A new supermarket job where he greets
(In the break room) Marion (from the magical aisle of the sweets).
New friends are connected.
Forklift driving’s perfected.
There’s gentle melancholy, black humour, and dodgy processed meats.
Moving stories of seriously ill patients and their agonising waits
For much-needed donor organs. But tragically, the rates
Of donation are dangerously low.
Hopefully this excellent doco will go
A long way towards more awareness, leading to healthy fates.
Time, loss and grief (with its profound feeling of sinking).
Watching, there were fluctuations in my thinking:
From 'I'm gonna cry. Where's my hankie?'
To 'Ugh, now this feels wanky.'
To me, a misstep: sheeted neighbour, with memory shrinking.
Here in the Civil War's South, seven women and girls reside. Enter wounded Corporal John, who otherwise would have died. Both dark and funny (an abundance of wit). Stunning performances. Gorgeously lit. Reflections on vengeance, survival, strength and pride....