Film Review – Three Summers

I was a big fan of Ben Elton‘s debut novel Stark. As a 16 year old back in 1989, I found the environmental comedy that satirised both rich and greenies a ripping read. The last book of his I read was 2001’s Dead Famous, a dark tale of the dangers of Big Brother style reality…

Film Review – Brigsby Bear

It’s a great week for off-beat comedies from this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The famous champion of indie films has previously given birth to gems like Four Weddings & A Funeral and Little Miss Sunshine. This year has already delivered Patti Cake$ and The Big Sick, and out now, you’ll find the social media ripping…

Film Review – Ingrid Goes West

WARNING: This film may be a trigger for people with suicidal thoughts. I can’t remember the last time I watched a movie with my hand over my mouth, aghast at the behaviour of the central character. Incredulous would be a better description of how I viewed the behaviour of Ingrid the titular character of this…

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,…