By Bo Nicholson - Managing Director
Each week The Pioneer Australia will give you a guide to the films hitting cinemas in Australia. This week we’ll discuss the new Damien Chazelle film, an all-star cast sharing a deadly hotel and a new movie from the man that gave us House of Flying Daggers.
I guess the big question here is, how will Chazelle surprise us? We know how this story ends. Will the surprises be in the performances of Ryan Gosling or Claire Foy? What directorial flourishes can we expect from Chazelle, especially as he is working with his regular team of Tom Cross (Editor), Linus Sandgren (Cinematographer) and Justin Hurwitz (Composer)?
Verdict: With a Metascore of 84 and the pedigree of all involved, it’s hard to see this being a bad film. This could be the film of the year, make sure you go and see it!
Kurosawa film, where the same scene is replayed a number of times, but from different viewpoints, to give the audience a different understanding of the same events. If done well, it can be genius (see: Rashomon), but if done poorly it can feel repetitive and tiresome.
With mostly positive reviews thus far, it seems that Bad Times at the El Royale has the pizazz to be a real crowd-pleaser, with the potential to be a cult favourite for years to come.
Verdict: We’re excited to check out Bad Times at the El Royale; it looks slick and thrilling and well-worth the price of admission. A potential cult movie for years to come.
Verdict: Zhang Yimou is a man at the top of his game directing what is likely to be the best Asian film of the year. If you’re a fan of Yimou or of the genre, it’d be a crime to miss this.