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

  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 in August 1823, previously told…

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…

Ad Astra – Film Review

Brad Pitt goes where many men have boldly gone before – into an astronaut jumpsuit and into the furthest reaches of space. He plays Major Roy McBride, who miraculously survives a fall from a deep space antenna he was working on, that was hit by a huge energy pulse. The source of the disruption? A…

Rambo: Last Blood – Film Review

1982’s First Blood is a seriously great film. The story of John Rambo, (played by Sylvester Stallone) a Vietnam veteran rambling his way across America, who encounters prejudice in Hope Washington, at the hands of local law enforcement. Rambo is initially escorted to the town limits by the town’s Sheriff, Will Teasle (Brian Dennehy), who…

Abominable – Film Review

DreamWorks Animation have an outstanding record when to comes to creating unforgettable characters. A green ogre and his wise-cracking donkey- Shrek. A Kung Fu Panda? Check A Boss Baby and Dragons you can train are just a handful of the brilliant original titles and now their latest brings us a classic creature, a young Yeti…

Downton Abbey – Film Review

Isn’t “Entitlement” a fascinating word? The fact of having a right to something. And if you happen to have a title bestowed upon you by royalty, well then welcome to the world of aristocracy, where membership DOES have its privileges. In the case of the Crawley family who call Downton home, their lives revolve around…

The Angry Birds Movie 2 – Film Review

Angry Birds was one of the greatest successes in the early days of the iPhone, with downloads in excess of 3 billion, and a feature film starring the key characters, birds and pigs, earning a spot on the top five all time films to be based on a video game. Given, there haven’t been a…

Memory: The Origins of Alien – Film Review

I thought I was fairly knowledgeable about Ridley Scott’s epic space thriller Alien, which turns 40 this year. Turns out I knew very little about the “origins of Alien”, and this new doco by Swiss writer/director Alexandre O. Phillippe is a fascinating deep dive into the story behind the iconic film. Exploring the climate the…

The Nightingale – Film Review

I’ve recently moved from the highly urbanised inner-city of Sydney to regional Australia, and this change of scenery makes Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale all the more real for me. Her film is set in 1825, in Tasmania, home to Indigenous Australians for tens of thousands of years, and British settlers for just 20, with a…

Amazing Grace – Film Review

By 1971, Aretha Franklin had recorded over 20 albums, won 5 Grammys and had 11 consecutive number one pop and R & B singles. Huge hits like Think, Respect, I Say A Little Prayer and A Natural Woman that are still adored today. In 1972, Aretha decided to do something different. She came to a…

Dragged Across Concrete – Film Review

A pair of long-time police partners, Brett Ridgeman (Mel Gibson) and Anthony Lurasetti (Vince Vaughn) make a bust on a Mexican drug runner. Caught on tape using excessive force during the arrest, they are suspended without pay for 6 weeks by their boss, Lieutenant Calvert (Don Johnson). Ridgeman is married, his wife Melanie (Laurie Holden),…

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Film Review

For a native of the country seemingly obsessed with fake news, it’s fake history that Quentin Tarantino has employed across multiple titles in his film-making career to great effect, including his latest and ninth film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Spanning a six month period between February 8 and August 8 1969, and set…

The Australian Dream – Film Review

“Sport has a way of really capturing the essence of what is happening in society” says Stan Grant over an aerial shot of the MCG, as The Australian Dream, the second of two documentary feature films to explore the inexplicable torrent of abuse hurled at AFL footballer Adam Goodes begins. Stan Grant has written an…

A Dog’s Journey – Film Review

Man’s Best Friend is back, and no I don’t mean Dennis Quaid, but Bailey the beloved pooch who, like Tom Cruise’s character in Edge of Tomorrow, has one sole purpose – to “Live, Die, Repeat”. In the first film, A Dog’s Purpose, we get acquainted with Bailey as a Red Retriever puppy belonging to an…