Film Review – The Osiris Child – Science Fiction Volume One

This extremely impressive science fiction action film from Australian director Shane Abess has a lot going for it. What he has been able to create on a limited budget rivals the best offerings of the genre including Star Wars, The Matrix and Blade Runner. The make-up, costumes, special effects, both visual and physical are second…

Film Review – King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Guy Ritchie. I guess you either love or hate him & his chop-chop style of movie-making. An influence on Matthew Vaughn (Kingsmen) and surely a swag of young filmmakers at home in the UK, and abroad, with his frenetic and kinetic energy in films like ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels‘, ‘Snatch‘ and his two ‘Sherlock…

Film Review – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

In a visual sense, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is at the top of it’s game. Take a look at the picture below of Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha: The Golden High Priestess and the leader of the Sovereign people, one of the first alien races we meet in this follow up to the phenomenal Guardians…

Film Review – Alien: Covenant

Following on from the unjustifiably maligned Alien prequel Prometheus, Alien: Covenant sees another ship in deep space respond to an audio “echo” transmission and set down on a previously uncharted planet, where the crew encounter the remnants of a lost civilisation. While Prometheus boasted a strong and diverse cast including Charlize Theron, Idris Elba and Noomi…

Film Review – Snatched

With Mother’s Day this weekend, be careful which new film you take your Mum to. Alien: Covenant is probably too scary for many Mums, and despite looking like a perfect Mother’s Day flick, Snatched is packed with crude humour that may not suit every Mum. It certainly stars one of the great Mums in Showbiz –…

Film Review – Get Out

SPOILER FREE REVIEW If you want to read something with more detail on the film including major spoilers, there are some great pieces like this and this. One look at the poster above tells you much about what you might be in for in a viewing of Get Out, written, produced and directed by Jordan…

Film Review – A Dog’s Purpose

“Based on the beloved, bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron and from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, The 100-Foot Journey), A DOG’S PURPOSE shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad), who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to…

Film Review – Rules Don’t Apply

When I first saw the trailer for Rules Don’t Apply I thought it looked like a film I’d enjoy. A comedy about the Golden Years of Hollywood in the vein of Hail, Caesar! looked capable of delivering some solid laughs in a slightly bonkers tale about eccentric mogul Howard Hughes. As reviews started to emerge citing…

Film Review – Table 19

It is Friday Night. Having watched Their Finest this afternoon, followed by Table 19, I’ve had enough screen time for one day. Well apart from planning to watch some AFL or Breaking Bad. One thing is for sure, having sat through the entire 87 minutes of this deceptively marketed film that wants to lure cinemagoers…

Film Review – Their Finest

It’s funny how an actor’s previous roles inform our ability to connect with their subsequent identities. Take Gemma Arterton. Her Bond Girl status (not to be mistaken for Hayley Atwell the WW2 era pin up in the Captain America films), makes me think “British, Military, Attractive” when I see her face onscreen. And so in…

Film Review – CHiPs

Who didn’t love the TV show ChiPs as a kid? Apparently not Dax Shepard, writer, director and star of this poorly conceived and misguided effort to capture the nostalgic affection for the beloved motorcycle cops on the highways of California. I’ve certainly been involved in my own fair share of distasteful, crass and crude performances…

Film Review – Dance Academy

  I was dreading seeing this film. Definitely a title I expected to see in the company of my 9 year old daughter who loves dancing and loves any kind of teen drama production. Dance Academy the TV series ran for three seasons and was nominated for an Emmy and won a Logie before winding…