The Hunt – Film Review

Touted as the “most controversial film of the year that nobody’s seen”, The Hunt has faced numerous obstacles to finding an audience. Firstly, this violent black horror comedy about 12 strangers who wake up in a field to discover they are the targets of a group of “liberal elites” hunting them for sport, was pulled…

Honey Boy – Film Review

You might know Shia LaBeouf from his 3 Transformers films between 2007 and 2011 or his subsequent 2017 arrest for public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and obstruction. Zac, his brilliant co-Star in The Peanut Butter Falcon which was filming at the time told him to pull his head in, and, while on a 10 week court…

The Professor And The Madman – Film Review

Mel Gibson and Sean Penn are multiple Oscar winners, so you’d back their ability to spot a premium project when they see one. The Professor and the Madman has all the hallmarks of an Oscar-worthy production, in an incredible true story about the difficult birth of the Oxford Dictionary based on the 1998 book by…

Guns Akimbo – Film Review

Imagine waking up to find to a pistol crudely bolted to each of your hands. Makes using a phone, toilet or doorknob pretty tricky. This is the challenge faced by Daniel Radcliffe’s character Miles in the video game worshipping schlock film Guns Akimbo from Kiwi writer/director Jason Lei Howden. In this, the follow up to…

Emma – Film Review

At school I found studying Jane Austen too difficult. Her use of language was impenetrable to me and sadly I was deprived of enjoying the fabulous narrative of her famous prose. I’m fortunate to have a 12-year-old daughter with whom I sat through 2020’s Emma.  A cautionary tale against behaving badly that’s just as relevant…

Richard Jewell – Film Review

Clint Eastwood experienced the second lowest ever opening of his career when Richard Jewell released in the US against Jumanji: The Next Level in mid-December 2019. It is shame because, despite a rough first hour or so where the veteran director seems to be working overtime to make this true story seem entirely unbelievable, Richard…

Birds of Prey – Film Review

I wasn’t overly excited for Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), this latest DC Comics tale starring Margot Robbie as the shrink-turned-psycho Harley Quinn, fresh from her split with the Joker teaming up with a handful of other lesser known DC comic book characters. WOW – what a blast! From…

Fragments of Leunig – Film Review

Michael Leunig is a prolific cartoonist famous for drawings of ducks, hearts and teapots. But for every cartoon full of whimsy, there’s one to punch you in the guts. On his 50th anniversary of being a professional cartoonist, a drawing of a parent pushing a pram looking at a phone while their child lay behind,…

Midway – Film Review

It is fitting that the WW2 story of the Battle of Midway be told by Roland Emmerich, a director synonymous with “disaster porn” – blockbuster popcorn movies with enormous bodycounts including The Day After Tomorrow, Independence Day, 2012 and White House Down. A collector of Second World War memorabilia, here he sticks to the history…

Seberg – Film Review

Kristen Stewart plays Jean Seberg, an actress from the American Mid-West who found fame as Patricia in French New Wave classic Breathless in 1960. The film kicks off in 1968 as Seberg leaves her husband and young son behind in Paris while she travels to Hollywood to film Paint Your Wagon, co-starring Clint Eastwood. On…

A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood – Film Review

Tom Hanks is one of the most watchable people on the planet. Over the Summer school holidays our family has been rewatching a lot of his classic movies. From Cast Away to Forrest Gump, he’s a got a face you can emotionally invest in. Throw in a random selection of other titles like Captain Phillips,…

The Peanut Butter Falcon – Film Review

Amidst the modern landscape of blockbuster franchises dominating the big screen , a film like The Peanut Butter Falcon can easily slip between the cracks. But this is a film that deserves to be seen by a broad audience. On paper it is a pretty unlikely recipe for a hit movie, but this is a…