Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Film Review: Alien - Covenant

Ridley Scott is back in the Space Jockey saddle for another stab at his beloved Alien franchise; only question is, does this new instalment sail amongst the stars or crash land?

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Deconstructing the Success of Fast and Furious

This post contains spoilers for The Fate of the Furious

Like a torpedo fired from a Russian nuclear submarine, The Fate of the Furious has gone off like a rocket at the box office. But what factors have gone into transforming this series from humble beginnings to the titanic takings its currently enjoying? I unpack the popularity of the Fast and Furious series...

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Film Review: The Distinguished Citizen

A self-righteous Spaniard wanders aimlessly around the Argentinian countryside for 117 minutes; that’s not the only thing left to wander however, when you find yourself wondering what on Earth its all about.

Interview: Fin Edquist

I recently got the chance to interview Australian filmmaker Fin Edquist about his debut movie, Bad Girl.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Rank the Films: Fast and Furious

As any regular reader of this blog will know, I think lists are pretty darn nifty. I have a profound appreciation for straight-up lists. This is the thinking behind Rank the Films, a regular feature that pulls apart the pros and cons of a series of films, ranking them in order of bad to good.

To celebrate the release of the new eighth entry, The Fate of the Furious, arriving in cinemas over the weekend, I'm delving back into the high-octane world of the Fast and Furious franchise, ranking them all from worst to best. Across 16 years, five directors and eight movies, the Fast and Furious films and the action sequences they feature have proven to be hugely popular with audiences of all ages.

So strap in, grab a Corona and push the NOS button - it's time to categorically rank the films from worst to best. Where does your favourite sit in my list? Read on to find out...

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The Enduring Cinematic Legacy of Batman

Since swooping onto the scene in Detective Comics #27 in 1939, Batman (or the Bat-Man as he was originally known) has appeared in countless graphic novels, radio and television serials, animated series and blockbuster movies. 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Monday, 10 April 2017

The DCEU's Crisis on Infinite Films

DC Comics and Warner Brothers are now four yeas and three movies into their ambitious interlaced cinematic universe concept - and it's not exactly going to plan. Beset by issues, I take a look at the various projects on the slate and how the future doesn't look any brighter for DC just yet.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Film Review: Beauty and the Beast

The latest live action remake to roll off the Disney conveyor belt, Bill Condon's Beauty and the Beast actually raises the bar and should put a smile on the face of even the sternest cynic.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

60 Second Film Reviews #26

Quick movie reviews, without the waffle. 60 Second Film Reviews is a highly irregular feature where I compile together brief reviews of recent films I've watched at home or at the movies - and generally couldn't be arsed didn't find time to write a proper review for.

On the slate this month are two recent at home releases; Disney's 2016 remake of Pete's Dragon and hectic holiday comedy Office Christmas Party.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Film Review: The Eagle Huntress

The Eagle Huntress is a 90-minute documentary from English filmmaker Otto Bell about a 13-year-old Mongolian girl called Aisholpan who aspires to become an eagle hunter, an occupation traditionally held by only the fiercest men in her remote community.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Film Review: A Cure for Wellness

Directed by Gore Verbinski, A Cure for Wellness is a suffocatingly tense and morbid thriller that will most likely divide audiences down the middle. 

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Film Review: Loving

Jeff Nichols' latest offering is a well-acted film that struggles to weave a compelling narrative from its undeniably captivating true story.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Oscars 2017: Winners and Losers

Well, that's the Oscars over for another year. The 2017 edition was certainly a much more memorable affair, for all the wrong reasons unfortunately. Here is a quick recap with some thoughts on that big drama (and some other stuff too)...

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Film Review: Logan

Hugh Jackman dons the mutton chops and adamantium claws for one last time in James Mangold's Logan. Question is, does he send old Wolverine off in style?

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Film Review: Fences

Based on the play written and adapted by the late August Wilson, Fences is a wall-to-wall masterclass in acting, but it can't help feeling a little trapped by the confines of its source material.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Monday, 20 February 2017

Pander Express: China in Hollywood

Making a movie that caters to China isn't just important anymore; it's a necessity. Hollywood is increasingly dependent on capturing this key international market - but it doesn't always get it right.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Film Review: Moonlight

A microbudget indie that has leapt from the festival circuit to Oscars frontrunner, Barry Jenkins' Moonlight finally hit Australian shores recently. 

Monday, 6 February 2017

Film Review: Patriots Day

How soon is too soon? That’s the question that will be continually swirling around your head as you watch Patriots Day, the latest ‘based on real events’ film from director Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Film Review: Lion

Nominated for six Academy Awards, Garth Davis' Lion is a tender and moving film that follows the incredible true story of Saroo (Dev Patel), an Australian man who was adopted from the streets of India, who returns to his roots to find a family who have long thought him lost.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Oscars 2017: The Nominations

Another year, another batch of Oscar nominations has popped into existence. On the whole, I think this was a pretty solid bunch but, as always, there are one or two glaring omissions and snubs that we need to talk about. 

Which film(s) do you think missed out on some lovin'? Let me know your thoughts in the comments down below!


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