Reviews / 03.09.2020

You have to feel for everyone involved with The New Mutants, which has experienced one of the most difficult journeys to the big screen in recent history. After shooting wrapped in September 2017, the film has seen its release date bounce around several times over the last three years. First, it was April 2018, then February 2019, then August 2019, then April 2020, before a global pandemic saw it shelved indefinitely. Most of us assumed the film may never see the light of day. During all these release changes,...

Reviews / 02.09.2020

Independent cinema loves a good coming-of-age story. From Ghost World to Rushmore, indie filmmakers consistently highlight the complicated journeys of the young, quirky oddballs mainstream cinema often ignores. Indie films provide "non-conformists" their chance to shine and offer a different take on a genre often fraught with tired, nauseating clichés. Such is the case with writer/director Adam Carter Rehmeier's terrifically enjoyable and unexpectedly heartwarming black comedy Dinner in America, which is easily one of my favourite films of the year thus far. With a streak of anarchy running throughout...

Reviews / 01.09.2020

From The Evil Dead to Cabin Fever, the idea of setting a horror film in a creepy cabin in the woods is nothing new. It's practically a sub-genre all of its own, particularly after Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon sharply skewered the conceit with the meta-aware genius that was 2011's Cabin in the Woods. By virtue of unfortunate timing, writer/director Amelia Moses' Bleed With Me stands as the third horror film of 2020 to take place within the claustrophobic confines of a spooky, isolated cabin. Thankfully, Moses delivers...

Featured, Reviews / 30.08.2020

Ask and you shall receive. For almost three decades, passionate fans of lovable time-travelling jugheads William S. Preston Esq. and Theodore Logan have been crying out for a third adventure of the cinematic duo better known as Bill and Ted. With rumblings of a third film beginning all the way back in 2010, it's been an exhausting wait to finally see Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter reprise their iconic roles. In Bill & Ted Face the Music, Reeves and Winter finally reunite to deliver precisely the dose of silliness...

Reviews / 28.08.2020

Nobody likes a trip to the hospital, especially during a crippling pandemic. It's a setting the horror movie genre has often tapped for all sorts of terrifying mayhem. However, it's rare to find a black comedy set within the walls of an infirmary, given the difficulties of making light of a place of such misery. A sardonically dark comedy full of bloody violence and twisted humour, 12 Hour Shift has all the makings of something wickedly fun. If only the humour landed as well as the gallons of...

Reviews / 27.08.2020

In another addition to the film industry's current obsession with music biopics (Judy, Rocketman, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Straight Outta Compton, plus Aretha to come later this year), it's time to take a trip back to the 1970s and the song that became the unofficial anthem of the women's liberation movement. For the baby boomer generation, Helen Reddy was a feminist icon and the song forever synonymous with her name stood as the battle cry for females all over the globe. With women's rights staggeringly still under attack five decades...

Reviews / 26.08.2020

For kids of the 1980s and 90s, we all likely have stories of taking a risky spin on wildly unsafe theme park rides and carnival attractions that would never exist in the 21st century. As a youngster, I came close to dying on one myself. At a local "action park" that shall remain unnamed, I was coerced by my friends into jumping off a 20-foot tall attraction known as "The Rock," which stood atop a deep and dark pool of water, bearing a sign stating this thrill-ride was...

Reviews / 25.08.2020

From 1917 to Birdman, the device of presenting a film as one continuous shot is a daring challenge for any filmmaker. Whether you consider it a cheap "gimmick" or an impressive conceit is entirely up to you. Our brains may have a tendency to spend much of the film attempting to ascertain where cuts were seamlessly blended together, which can tend to pull you out of the film. It's a risky venture and one that doesn't always dazzle like those that have captured Oscar glory. When a film is...

Awards Season, Featured, Reviews / 22.08.2020

There are few directors who love to craft a good mindfuck quite like Christopher Nolan. Whether it's the multiple timelines of Dunkirk, the interdimensional wormholes of Interstellar, or practically every frame of Memento, Nolan has always had a knack for testing an audience's patience with cinematic confusion that consistently flirts on frustration. After numerous coronavirus-induced delays and a staggered worldwide release schedule that's rather brutal for anyone outside of Australia, Nolan's latest epic is finally here, and it's every bit as baffling as you're expecting. After the cinema closures...

Reviews / 20.08.2020

One of the many joys of being a writer in the 21st century is unconsciously opening yourself up to the white-hot vitriol fired off by nasty keyboard warriors around the globe. Amongst the open forums of social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, there will always be those looking to victimise, bully, and harass anyone with an opinion slightly different from their own. By daring to share your voice in the online world, we inherently accept hatred is all but a predestined certainty. The relative anonymity of the internet...