Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story documentary review: of human cruelty

MaryAnn’s quick take… A heartbreaking, deeply upsetting exposé of “the largest wildlife slaughter anywhere in the world,” one that has much to say about us humans and our relationship with the natural world. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

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Here’s another newly unveiled savagery to add to the litany of all the ways in which people are awful: Thousands of kangaroos are killed every night in Australia in semi-legal culls by hunters using brutal means that inflict untold suffering on the animals, and which leave orphaned young to die of exposure and neglect. But then, as is often the case when you learn of such horrors, we also instantly get a small reprieve: there are many not-awful people who are trying to stop this happening.
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Film Review: ‘Kangaroo — A Love-Hate Story’

The provocative documentary “Kangaroo — A Love-Hate Story” drills deeply into the complex question of why Australia’s beloved and iconic creature is also regarded as a dangerous pest that must be slaughtered and turned into everything from fancy fashion products to pet food and gourmet cuisine. In their examination of the kangaroo from cultural, environmental, economic and political perspectives, co-directors Mick McIntyre (“Aussie Rules the World”) and Kate McIntyre Clere (“Yogawoman”) have gathered high-quality testimony from experts and stakeholders on all sides of the issue. With glorious footage of kangaroos bounding through the Outback juxtaposed with graphic images of night-time “culling” of the marsupials, “Kangaroo” is guaranteed to prompt plenty of discussion when it hops into limited U.S. cinemas Jan. 19. Australian theatrical release is set for March 15.

Though the film does present views from farmers, kangaroo industry representatives and politicians explaining why numbers must be kept in check, there’s no doubt “Kangaroo” will be read
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'Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story': Film Review

A heartfelt defense of a cute, inspiringly odd creature outsiders might assume needs no such defense, Kate McIntyre Clere and Michael McIntyre's Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story finds its eponymous animal in the crosshairs of Aussies who think they're pet food at best, a "plague" at worst. Eye-opening in some respects but frustratingly one-sided, it will win some viewers to its cause but play best with those who tend toward the vegan side when it comes to questions of humans' treatment of non-human animals.

Opening with eerie night-vision footage, the filmmakers follow an activist as she sneaks around on her own...
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Film News Roundup: Mary Elizabeth Winstead Joins Aaron Paul in ‘The Parts You Lose’

Film News Roundup: Mary Elizabeth Winstead Joins Aaron Paul in ‘The Parts You Lose’
In today’s film news roundup, Mary Elizabeth Winstead joins Aaron Paul in “The Parts You Lose,” “Kangaroo — A Love-Hate Story” gets a U.S. release, and Phillip Noyce is honored in his native Australia.


The H Collective has hired Mary Elizabeth Winstead to join Aaron Paul and newcomer Danny Murphy in Christopher Cantwell’s “The Parts You Lose.”

The dramatic-thriller is fully financed by the H Collective, with Mark Johnson producing under his Gran Via banner with Tom Williams and Paul. Principal photography began Tuesday in Winnipeg, Canada.

The Parts You Lose,” written by Darren Lemke, follows the unlikely friendship that unfolds between a young deaf boy and a fugitive criminal who takes refuge in an abandoned barn on the family’s rural North Dakota farm. After forming a deep bond with the man, the boy must decide where to place his allegiances when the authorities begin to close in on the fugitive. Winstead
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Abramorama Acquires Rights To ‘Kangaroo – A Love-Hate Story’

Exclusive: Abramorama has acquired the North American rights to Kate McIntyre Clere and Mick McIntyre's controversial documentary Kangaroo – A Love-Hate Story. The film, which examines Australia’s love-hate relationship with its best-known icon, will be released theatrically in New York and Los Angeles on January 19 before releasing to select cities nationwide. Australia Day is on January 26, and the film challenges those Down Under and around the world to question the…
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Yogawoman Movie Review

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Yogawoman Movie Review
Title: Yogawoman Directors: Kate McIntyre Clere, Saraswati Clere Narrated by Annette Bening, “Yogawoman” is a rangy but lethargically paced documentary about the gender-specific practice of yoga, and a serviceable and well-meaning project that could have benefited from a stronger editorial vision. Yoga is presently practiced by an estimated 20 million people in the United States, 85 percent of whom are women. But the ancient practice, born of India thousands of years ago, was actually designed specifically for men, and initially brought west by a lineage of male teachers. Directors Kate McIntyre Clere and Saraswati Clere shine a light on some of the world’s leading experts and teachers who have helped blaze a dynamic new [ Read More ]

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