Film Review – Spotlight

Spotlight tells the true story of the Boston Globe journalists who revealed a cover-up of hundreds of paedophile priests by the city’s archdiocese, it is in many ways an old-fashioned journalism thriller in the same vein as All the President’s Men (1976), which chronicled the work of the newspaper men who uncovered the Watergate scandal….

Film Review – The Revenant

  Film Review – The Revenant Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy go toe to toe in this stunning film from Academy Award Winning Director Alejandro González Iñárritu “Inspired by actual events”. The primary event inspiring this narrative being the near fatal mauling of 19th Century American Frontiersman Hugh Glass by a grizzly bear in South Dakota…

Film Review – The Martian

  When, early in the film, Matt Damon’s character Mark Watney, an astronaut stranded on Mars proclaims ‘I’m not going to die here”, you immediately think – Yes you are mate. He’s over 200 million kilometres from Earth, with only his cheeky scientific mind to keep him alive until a rescue mission can reach him….

Film Review – Ant-Man

As Ruby reminds me, this is not about a man who becomes an ant, but rather a burglar who reluctantly takes part in a larger plot to save the world by donning a suit that allows it’s wearer to shrink to the size of an ant. Paul Rudd who most of us know as the…

Film Review – The Mountain Between Us

Directed by Hany Abu-Assad Written by Chris Weitz and J. Mills Goodloe, based on the novel of the same name by Charles Martin.  Idris Elba and Kate Winslet star as a surgeon and a journalist, respectively, who survive a plane crash and are stranded in High Uintas Wilderness with injuries and harsh weather conditions. Here is a film that contradicted my expectations. I figured I’d be getting…

Film Review – Home Again

In a scene about halfway through Reese Witherspoon‘s new dramedy Home Again, a Hollywood producer Justin Miller (Veeps’ Reid Scott) expresses his desire to break out from being well known for his horror films into new territory. “There’s three types of film I want to make.” he tells aspiring filmmakers George (SNL’s Jon Rudnitsky), and brothers Harry…

Film Review – Blade Runner 2049

  REPLICANTS ARE BIOENGINEERED HUMANS, DESIGNED BY TYRELL CORPORATION FOR USE OFF-WORLD. THEIR ENHANCED STRENGTH MADE THEM IDEAL SLAVE LABOR AFTER A SERIES OF VIOLENT REBELLIONS, THEIR MANUFACTURE BECAME PROHIBITED AND TYRELL CORP WENT BANKRUPT THE COLLAPSE OF THE ECOSYSTEM IN THE MID-2020s LED TO THE RISE OF INDUSTRIALIST NIANDER WALLACE, WHOSE MASTERY OF SYNTHETIC…

Film Review – Flatliners

I had been meaning to watch the original Flatliners (1990) this week to get a sense of what might be different in a 2017 version. I’m kind of glad I didn’t see the first one as this contemporary version is for the most part an  entertaining sci-fi thriller with sexy horror riffs. It is also…

Film Review – Battle of the Sexes

Until a few days ago I knew very little about a pivotal moment in sports and equality that took place when I was not quite one week old. By sheer coincidence I stumbled upon the excellent Soundtracks program on SBS the night before seeing the film Battle of the Sexes, and the episode kicked off…

Film Review – The Lego Ninjago Movie

Lah-Loyd is having a bad day. In fact he is having a bad life. On his 16th birthday this mild mannered teenager who lives a double life as a member of an elite team of martial artists receives a call from Ninjago‘s resident villain Garmadon, who also happens to be Lah-Loyd’s Dad. Unfortunately, the incoming…

Film Review – Mountain

There’s been plenty of movies about mountains. Cold Mountain, The Mountain Between Us, Brokeback Mountain and now just plain Mountain. However, there’s nothing ordinary about this latest  Mountain film – “a cinematic and musical collaboration between acclaimed director Jennifer Peedom (SHERPA) and the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), one of the greatest chamber orchestras in the world….

Film Review – The Emoji Movie

Watching The Emoji Movie, I honestly couldn’t comprehend the amount of vitriol dished up for what is essentially a pretty funny animated film for kids. Apparently the world needed a whipping boy and The Emoji Movie came along at just the right time for people to unload extra harshly on this relatively sweet piece of…

Film Review – Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Movies based on comic-books are predominantly superhero blockbusters, so when Kingsman The Secret Service hit cinemas in 2015, an adaptation of the Mark Millar comic series, it breathed some welcome fresh air into cinemas around the world offering comic book tropes in a world outside superpowers.. The first film was a glossy, fun, funny, silly,…

Film Review – Patti Cake$

There is a quote in the poster above for this film that is spot on – “An Instant Classic”. That observation goes straight to the heart of this raucous motion picture about a girl in New Jersey who wants to escape her drab existence and rhyme her way to the top of the Hip Hop…

Film Review – IT

OK. So I am a super jumpy  guy. My fright threshold is very low and as a result, horror films are amongst my least favourite things to experience. (I am slowly warming to rollercoasters…) It was with considerable dread and trepidation that I took myself along to see the second Stephen King adaptation in a…

Film Review – Girls Trip

FILM REVIEW – GIRLS TRIP The gang of four is a cinema staple that I have little experience with in my own life. I’ve been in sports teams and bands and classrooms, but I can’t remember having a gang of three other mates that defined my existence. Perhaps the “Wolfpack” is a generational thing? A…