Featured, Reviews / 16.10.2019

Disney's monopolistic run on 2019's box office has rightfully taken a slight breather for the last few months. After dominating cinema returns from March to July, we've had a brief respite from their incredible (if not a little worrying) continuous string of blockbuster success stories unlike any in film history. Unsurprisingly, that pause is about to come to an end, as we venture into their third bombastic live-action adaptation for the year. Five years after giving one of their most beloved villains a re-imagining nobody really asked for, the...

Featured, Reviews / 01.10.2019

In a year where we're being offered not one, not two, but three (!) films starring varying digital creations of Will Smith, only one seeks to give you a double dose of the Fresh Prince within the same picture. Yes, it's finally time for the crazy clone film studio executives have been attempting to produce since 1997. Maybe they should have left this one in the 90s where it belonged. With a two-time Academy Award-winning director at the helm, an Academy Award-winning cinematographer behind the camera, and the use...

Awards Season, Featured, Reviews / 13.09.2019

An origin story of Batman's greatest foe was something no one ever really asked for. Much like Disney's ill-fated attempt to flesh out the backstory of one of its greatest villains in Maleficent, the Joker is a character whose mystery is part of his endless charm. He's a character we can never fully understand. Nor should we seek to. So seemingly indiscriminate in his chaos, his brand of evil was perfectly summarised by Michael Caine's Alfred in The Dark Knight when he theorised, "Some men just want to...

Awards Season, Featured, Reviews / 11.09.2019

Renée! Renée! Renée! Does Judy! Judy! Judy! You'd be hard-pressed to find a better project for an absent Hollywood star to make her triumphant comeback than by tackling the most ambitious role of her career. In a twist of meta-laced irony, it's a character Renée Zellweger can clearly identify with. Chewed up and spat out by the industry that made her a household name, Zellweger obviously connects with a thing or two about the experiences of the legendary Judy Garland. In a heartbreaking look at the troubled final days of the Hollywood...

Awards Season, Featured, Reviews / 10.09.2019

There is one golden rule of comedy; either everything is fair game or nothing is. But there are those who consider there to be a few exceptions to this rule (which, in itself, is the definition of an oxymoron). To some, the Nazism movement of the late 1930s seems to be off-limits when it comes to comedy, despite the fact Adolf Hitler has been satirised for decades by The Three Stooges, Walt Disney, Looney Tunes, Mel Brooks, and, perhaps most famously, Charlie Chaplin. By expertly satirising something, you remove...

Awards Season, Featured, Reviews / 09.09.2019

If there was one inclusion on the Toronto Film Festival schedule this year that stood out as an intriguing addition, it was undoubtedly Hustlers; a film which, on its surface, appears like something more at home in a summer blockbuster season than amongst a litany of awards season hopefuls. With its ensemble female cast stacked with big names of both the film and music world and a narrative centred on the exploits of a group of strippers, you may be expecting a film devoid of any substance. You'd be...