Monday, 31 December 2018

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Thursday, 27 December 2018

My 2018 Movie Soundtrack Playlist

Every December I take a look back at the year that was and cherry pick some musical highlights, whether they be soaring orchestral scores or licensed tracks that have been inserted into films to great effect.

From the good (Black Panther, Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse) to the bad (Aquaman) and the ugly (Venom), superhero films and their licensed soundtracks have covered the whole spectrum in the last 12 months. Everyone from Kendrick Lamar to Pitbull features in my playlist, although the latter is definitely not an endorsement.

I've also included a handful of my favourite 'needle drops' of the year, such as American Animals' use of Elvis Presley and I Tonya going for an unsubtle introduction to its antagonist with Cliff Richard's Devil Woman.

Between Bohemian Rhapsody, Mamma Mia and A Star Is Born, films about music or musicals were all the rage in 2018, with a select few favourites featuring below. Then we dip into the original scores; Annihilation is a firm fave, while Black Panther, Game Night, Mission Impossible: Fallout and First Man should all garner a mention as some of the best from this year. By no means a comprehensive list, feel free to let me know some of your favourite film soundtracks from 2018 and I can add them to the playlist in Spotify.


Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Film Review: Vice


With American politics currently in a nosedive, can Adam McKay’s Vice spin a yarn that is stranger and more compelling than the headlines? 

Friday, 21 December 2018

Film Review: The Favourite


Yorgos Lanthimos' The Favourite puts a devilishly dark spin on English history, with three terrific central performances elevating a decidedly strange and distorted tale of power, war and sex.

Friday, 14 December 2018

Film Review: Overlord


It's the Allied Forces versus a horde of hungry Nazi zombies – that premise alone should entice, but the execution of Julius Avery's Overlord will have genre fans salivating. 

Monday, 10 December 2018

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Film Review: Can You Ever Forgive Me?


Fraud, forgery and a feline-loving culprit – Can You Ever Forgive Me? is an unlikely crime caper set in early 90s New York buoyed by two brilliant lead performances. 

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Film Review: Fantastic Beasts - The Crimes of Grindelwald


Director David Yates and screenwriter JK Rowling return to the Wizarding World for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second entry in the series set several decades before Harry Potter.

Friday, 23 November 2018

Film Review: Roma


The most personal project to date from director Alfonso Cuaron, Roma chronicles a turbulent year in the lives of a middle-class family in 1970s Mexico City.

Monday, 19 November 2018

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Film Review: A Star is Born


It's the film that's already a lock for practically every Oscar, if film news sites are to be believed. But does the 2018 iteration of A Star Is Born - which stars Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga - live up to the sky-high hype?

Monday, 22 October 2018

Film Review: My Generation


The Mini British Film Festival rolls into town this October for another year of celebrating what makes Britain oh so great. Featured on the lineup in My Generation, a documentary about the Swinging Sixties. Groovy baby! Cue Soul Bossa Nova...

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Film Review: Bad Times at the El Royale


Seven strangers, one crummy hotel; Bad Times at the El Royale sees writer/director Drew Goddard serve up a stylish throwback to grimy 90s noir. 

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Film Review: Venom


Fan-favourite Spidey rival Venom gets a solo venture courtesy of director Ruben Fleischer and starring Tom Hardy – and despite its best efforts, this lethargic slog lacks the panache of its web-slinging cousin.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Film Review: First Man


After saving jazz (twice) and winning an Oscar, director Damien Chazelle turns his gaze skyward for a soaring biopic of the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong. 

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Film Review: Boys Cry


A tragic, twisted Italian crime drama about two young men who lose their way, Boys Cry is an effective if harrowing film.

Film Review: American Animals


Kentucky, 2004. Four college students plot one of the most audacious art heists in US history. Fourteen years later, director Bart Layton regales us with their exploits in a darkly comic docu-drama, American Animals

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Interview: Jordon Prince-Wright


Note: This article originally appeared over at Hooked on Film, a Perth-based website where you can find even more new release movie reviews, features, interviews and insight. Click here to check it out.

A five-year production from pen to paper to premiere, The Decadent and Depraved has been making waves with audiences across the state since its big unveiling last December. 

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Film Review: The Leisure Seeker


Love is dead and growing old sucks – what else is new? 

Friday, 8 June 2018

Film Review: Hereditary


A24 hits another horror home run in Hereditary, an unsettling suburban thriller than transforms into a cyclone of stressful supernatural shit.

Friday, 25 May 2018

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