BORDER POLITICS REVIEW AVAILABLE AT X-PRESS MAGAZINE

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I’m very glad to say I was sent another screener of a film to review for X-Press Magazine. Border Politics is a new Australian documentary about the plight of refugees and the changing attitudes towards them in the West. With such a divisive and complex issue you can’t fault the filmmakers for ambition but sadly I did not really find a lot to recommend here. You can read my full review at http://xpressmag.com.au/border-politics-gets-5-10-emotional-territory/ As always please feel free to like or comment if you can on the site.

X-Press Magazine was established in 1985 and at one point was Australia’s highest circulating free weekly entertainment publication with over 40,000 copies reaching 1,000 outlets every week.  On the 24th May, 2016 Issue 1527 (the last one in print) hit stands. Like many publications of its ilk X-Press Magazine is now foremost an online magazine engaged globally and making the most of the possibilities that new digital technology offers. It’s roots though are tied to its home city, love of local artists and productions and music which it supports wholeheartedly. Perth a capital city most isolated from all the other capitals is continuing to grow and develop culturally and artistically with its own identity and talent. X-Press has always been there to capture this growth and will continue to do so.

-Lloyd Marken

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TOP 10 FILMS OF 2018… SO FAR… LIST AVAILABLE AT X-PRESS MAGAZINE

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X-Press Magazine have released a list of the best films given an Australian 2018 release so far as voted by critics of the mag. It is with particular pride and humble gratitude that I have been asked to contribute and that some of my words have been used for three films mentioned. Some of those listed will be films that were released in 2017 elsewhere most prominently Stateside.

You can read the entire list here http://xpressmag.com.au/top-10-films-of-2018-so-far/ which includes great stuff from my fellow writers. Having already written about some of these films with my own Top 10 for 2017 it was a lot of fun to find a new way to discuss these films yet again with original words.

X-Press Magazine was established in 1985 and at one point was Australia’s highest circulating free weekly entertainment publication with over 40,000 copies reaching 1,0000 outlets every week.  On the 24th May, 2016 Issue 1527 hit stands. Like many publications of its ilk X-Press Magazine is now foremost an online magazine engaged globally and making the most of the possibilities that new digital technology offers. It’s roots though are tied to its home city, love of local artists and productions and music which it supports wholeheartedly. Perth a capital city most isolated from all the other capitals is continuing to grow and develop culturally and artistically with its own identity and talent. X-Press has always been there to capture this growth and will continue to do so.

-Lloyd Marken

LOST IN PARIS REVIEW AVAILABLE AT X-PRESS MAGAZINE

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It’s just a pleasure to review films for X-Press Magazine where I have gotten screeners from some truly interesting and diverse work. I was first published with them December 14, 2017 contributing to the Top 20 Films of 2017 List and then on December 21, the Top 20 TV Shows of 2017 List. Which when you think about it was a pretty privileged way to start as a contributor. In the five months since I have reviewed for X-Press The Crown Season 2, Ellipsis, We Don’t Need A Map, Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, In The Fade, The Endless, Tully and now in my tenth published post for them the 2016 French/Belgian co-production Lost in Paris.

I had never heard of Fiona Gordon or Dominique Abel who wrote, directed and star in this latest collaboration between the real life couple who met years ago in the circus. I defy anyone to not be charmed by this film a little and you can read more of my thoughts here http://xpressmag.com.au/lost-in-paris-gets-8-10-the-french-connection/

X-Press Magazine was established in 1985 and at one point was Australia’s highest circulating free weekly entertainment publication with over 40,000 copies reaching 1,000 outlets every week.  On the 24th May, 2016 Issue 1527 (the last one in print) hit stands. Like many publications of its ilk X-Press Magazine is now foremost an online magazine engaged globally and making the most of the possibilities that new digital technology offers. It’s roots though are tied to its home city, love of local artists and productions and music which it supports wholeheartedly. Perth a capital city most isolated from all the other capitals is continuing to grow and develop culturally and artistically with its own identity and talent. X-Press has always been there to capture this growth and will continue to do so.

-Lloyd Marken

100 POSTS PUBLISHED

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After seeing Raw starting a tradition of Grilled Burgers while on assignment. Copyright Lloyd Marken

 

 

I probably wanted to be more Steven Spielberg than Roger Ebert growing up. Maybe Mel Gibson or Harrison Ford perhaps. But whenever I thought about film critics it just sounded like the best every day job you could have if you didn’t get to be a movie star. In 2004 in my final year of uni I had a film review published and it kind of made a dream come true but despite a few follow up efforts nothing really came of it. 2017 is many years on from 2004 so you can understand that when Scenestr published a film review of mine it was not something I took for granted. Suddenly things were possible, I set goals but remained scared this had been a fluke or I’d be found out. Since though I’ve submitted successfully to five publications, seen countless shows and films and interviewed some remarkable individuals. So I thought I would take stock because in April last year the idea of being published 100 times seemed very far away.

I’ve been published 9 times with Perth based X-Press Magazine recently, 8 times with Buzz Magazine where I mostly get to write about blockbusters, 25 times with Heavy Magazine, once with FilmInk magazine and I’m counting the review with Utopia from all those years ago. Rounding out the 100 is the 56 times (20 interviews, 16 reviews of theatre shows, 15 film reviews and 5 stand-up performances) I have been published with Scenestr magazine produced by the incredible team at Eyeball Media Enterprises.

This would maybe be the part where I tell you what some of the highlights were for me but they were all highlights so instead I’d like put it out to you gentle reader. Was there a review or an interview that you read over the past year that you still remember and think was kinda cool? It’s a tricky question I know, of those I regularly follow I couldn’t tell you their favourite posts. I liked when you got married or talked about Warren Zevon or waxed lyrical about Meg Ryan or said the Girl from Ipanema was a good song and quoted Frasier or wrote about your girl or hung shit on a bad teen comedy or relayed the sad facts of a long ago war. But maybe your memory is better than mine so who knows but I’d be interested to hear what you think.

As for me I just count myself very lucky to get this side gig and have it continue and that you here in my small blogging community continue to support me. It means a lot.

-Lloyd Marken

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Karen and I with the cast of Aladdin. Copyright Lloyd Marken

TULLY REVIEW AVAILABLE AT X-PRESS MAGAZINE

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I went to my first preview screening for X-Press Magazine which was another thrill of a milestone for me. It was for the film Tully a few weeks back which reunites star Charlize Theron with director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody. If you’re a fan of their previous collaboration Young Adult you should enjoy this understated gem. Its box office debut in the States was a little soft but I have little doubt this film will find an audience and make bank at some point. Theron is pushing her screen image into new areas here and I think the film is a thoughful meditation on motherhood yes but also about getting older in general. You can read more of my thoughts here http://xpressmag.com.au/tully-gets-8-10-carpe-diem-baby/

X-Press Magazine was established in 1985 and at one point was Australia’s highest circulating free weekly entertainment publication with over 40,000 copies reaching 1,000 outlets every week.  On the 24th May, 2016 Issue 1527 (the last one in print) hit stands. Like many publications of its ilk X-Press Magazine is now foremost an online magazine engaged globally and making the most of the possibilities that new digital technology offers. It’s roots though are tied to its home city, love of local artists and productions and music which it supports wholeheartedly. Perth a capital city most isolated from all the other capitals is continuing to grow and develop culturally and artistically with its own identity and talent. X-Press has always been there to capture this growth and will continue to do so.

Happy Mother’s Day from Australia.

-Lloyd Marken

THE ENDLESS REVIEW AVAILABLE AT X-PRESS MAGAZINE

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I was lucky enough to get sent a screener of a film to review for X-Press Magazine again. This was for the film The Endless, from the directing duo Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson. This is their third film together, where Hollywood offered them a lot but they struck a balance between sticking to their roots and upping their ante. So far my work for X-Press has seen me reviewing quality films that may not get a big budget or marketing platform but are all offering something different and strong. Moorhead and Benson are established on a lot of people’s radars already but it is with their third effort that I’ve gotten a peek at their work and all I can say is I believe we’ll be hearing a lot from them in the future. I won’t spoil the plot just to say its a genre film that features all that entails but strongly engages the audience with the mystery of what is going on and focuses on character as much as plot. You can read more of my thoughts here http://xpressmag.com.au/the-endless-gets-8-10-cult-film/

X-Press Magazine was established in 1985 and at one point was Australia’s highest circulating free weekly entertainment publication with over 40,000 copies reaching 1,000 outlets every week.  On the 24th May, 2016 Issue 1527 (the last one in print) hit stands. Like many publications of its ilk X-Press Magazine is now foremost an online magazine engaged globally and making the most of the possibilities that new digital technology offers. It’s roots though are tied to its home city, love of local artists and productions and music which it supports wholeheartedly. Perth a capital city most isolated from all the other capitals is continuing to grow and develop culturally and artistically with its own identity and talent. X-Press has always been there to capture this growth and will continue to do so.

-Lloyd Marken

IN THE FADE REVIEW AVAILABLE AT X-PRESS MAGAZINE

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I’m very lucky to have been sent another screener to review a film for X-Press Magazine. In The Fade is a 2017 film from Germany starring Diane Kruger in a performance that won her Best Actress at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Telling the story of a domestic terrorist act from a very different and personal perspective it is an interesting film with a great performance at the centre of it. You can read the review here http://xpressmag.com.au/in-the-fade-gets-7-10-clear-divides/

X-Press Magazine was established in 1985 and at one point was Australia’s highest circulating free weekly entertainment publication with over 40,000 copies reaching 1,000 outlets every week.  On the 24th May, 2016 Issue 1527 (the last one in print) hit stands. Like many publications of its ilk X-Press Magazine is now foremost an online magazine engaged globally and making the most of the possibilities that new digital technology offers. It’s roots though are tied to its home city, love of local artists and productions and music which it supports wholeheartedly. Perth a capital city most isolated from all the other capitals is continuing to grow and develop culturally and artistically with its own identity and talent. X-Press has always been there to capture this growth and will continue to do so.

-Lloyd Marken