Nitram – first-look review

The problem with Nitram is the problem with true crime more generally since the genre exploded in popularity: the focus continues to be on the perpetrators of these horrific crimes rather than their victims. Caleb Landry Jones is “Nitram” (Martin backwards) with a surprisingly good Australian accent, while Judy Davis and Anthony LaPaglia play his concerned but ultimately loving parents. (The real-life Carleen Bryant believed her son to be innocent, despite the overwhelming evidence against him, until as recently at 2016). It’s clear that the intention here is to humanise…

France – first-look review

Instead, the reckoning promised by the title comes through a somewhat cryptic diagnosis of France’s depression and disillusionment. Her segments are shallow and staged, but despite being Exhibit A in Dumont’s diagnosis of a sick society, they’re not obviously sensationalist or irresponsible compared to so much actual European tabloid media. What’s wrong with France? Though France, befitting her celebrity, wears expensive, stylist-approved outfits, she’s often stuck in a mood of tearful inertia. Sometimes breaks down and cries for no reason, which she sometimes decides is good television, heartstrings-tugging reporting. On…