Reviews / 03.08.2020

Over the decades of cinema, we've seen countless adaptations of novels, plays, television shows, and comic books, but rarely has a series of photos formed the inspiration for a film. It's the unenviable task facing first-time feature film director Kelly Blatz, who stamps his claim as a filmmaker to watch with his remarkable directorial debut Senior Love Triangle. A surprising little gem that will ultimately break your heart, it's an unexpected love story that packs a hefty punch. Inspired by co-writer Isadora Kosofsky's award-winning photo essay series of the...

Reviews / 30.07.2020

By fortunate virtue of every summer blockbuster moving out of its way, Unhinged arrives in Australian and European cinemas this week with far more attention than it would have initially received. Sure, it's got an Academy Award winner at its helm, but you get the feeling this film was heading straight to DVD/streaming before scrupulous studio executives saw an opportunity to seize on the fact there's barely anything else new to cinemas right now. Standing as a test case for cinemas desperate to get back on their feet after...

Reviews / 24.07.2020

Taking seemingly innocuous elements of daily life and spinning them into something terribly nasty is a fairly stock-standard formula for horror movies. Over the years, the horror genre has made us terrified of videotapes, clowns, porcelain dolls, rolling fog, and practically every creature in the animal kingdom. It came as no surprise to see horror filmmakers turn the concept of renting a stranger's home via Airbnb into a blood-soaked nightmare. The latest entry in this growing sub-genre of horror arrives in the form of The Rental, the impressive directorial...

Reviews / 16.07.2020

Back in 1986, Australia's tradie-turned-comedian Paul Hogan took America by storm with Crocodile Dundee, one of the most successful independent films of all time. On a shoestring budget of $8 million, the film took a staggering $328 million worldwide (which equates to roughly $893 million in 2020), making it the highest-grossing Australian film ever made. Hogan won a Golden Globe for Best Actor, scored an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay, and even co-hosted the 59th Academy Awards with Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn. To say the world went...

Reviews / 10.07.2020

There are few female actors working today with the versatility of Charlize Theron. She's got the Oscar (and two additional nominations) to prove she can handle heavily dramatic roles. She's occasionally dabbled with comedy where she's managed to outshine her more seasoned co-stars. And, more recently, Theron has shown her deft capacity for tackling gusty action heroines in films like Mad Mad: Fury Road and Atomic Blonde. The woman can do it all. It should come as no surprise to hear Theron offers another powerful heroine to add to...

Reviews / 09.07.2020

Movie trailers are often a double-edged sword. On the one hand, they can give you a tantalising taste of what to expect from a film. On the other, they have the potential to completely ruin any element of surprise pertaining to a film's plot. Their existence forms a necessary element of every studio's marketing plans, but, sometimes, your experience with a film would be far greater by going in completely cold on details. Such is the case with the romantic comedy Palm Springs, which was a film this critic...

Reviews / 07.07.2020

Another day, another film affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. With America's dad Tom Hanks at its helm and a planned theatrical release to time with Father's Day, Greyhound was looking like the perfect film to capture the war movie-loving older male crowd. When coronavirus saw its release shelved by Sony Pictures, most assumed it would be rescheduled for late 2020, much like practically every other planned mid-year release. In a surprise decision that Hanks has now described as "an absolute heartbreak," Greyhound was sold to Apple for a staggering...

Awards Season, Reviews / 03.07.2020

The history lesson that made history, there has rarely been a Broadway phenomenon quite like Hamilton. After opening at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in July of 2015, the brainchild of the genius that is Lin-Manuel Miranda soon became the hottest ticket in town, much to the delight of opportunistic scalpers everywhere. After winning 11 Tony Awards from a record-setting 16 nominations, a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Hamilton firmly staked its claim as one of the most acclaimed and successful...

Reviews / 29.06.2020

In the horror genre, there is a litany of blood-soaked, jump scare-heavy films which exist to elicit screams from any audience and very little else. Every now and then, a horror film comes along that manages to terrify its viewer while also serving as a deeply insightful metaphor for real-world issues. Whether it's the commentary on inherited mental illness in Hereditary, the biting social critique of race and class in Get Out, or The Babadook analysing childhood trauma, horror is often at its best when it has something...

Reviews / 25.06.2020

Much like everything else in 2020, the campy fun that is the Eurovision Song Contest was cancelled earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For fans of the gimmicky music competition, a suitable substitute to tide you over until 2021 arrives on Netflix in the form of Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. An occasionally hilarious comedy with a hefty dose of heart, it's a film that, much like the song contest itself, is overly long and over the top, yet ultimately a harmless piece...