Reviews / 18.11.2019

There are comedic films made exclusively for children that respect their young audience enough to refuse to lower their comedy into the gutter to elicit a few cheap laughs. Then there's something like Playing With Fire that embarrassingly treats children as if they're entirely too stupid to enjoy anything other than poop jokes and ludicrous slapstick comedy for 96 minutes. Look, I get there's absolutely a place for movies crafted just for kids. I was a kid once. I understand. I even invited my two young nephews along to...

Reviews / 14.11.2019

Ready to feel old? The big-screen adaptation of Charlie's Angels was released almost 20 years ago. Yes, it's been nearly two decades since Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu lit up the screen with McG's (remember him?) glitzy relaunch that was all sorts of campy fun. Alright, it wasn't exactly a masterful film. And it certainly hasn't aged well. But, dammit, that movie was a bloody good early-millennium time at the cinema. After many were left disappointed with the bombastic 2003 sequel (full disclosure - I kinda love it) and...

Awards Season, Reviews / 13.11.2019

After taking a "divisive" plunge into the Star Wars universe, writer/director Rian Johnson returns to what he does best; richly engaging original cinema, loaded with a whole swag of killer twists to knock you off your feet. With Johnson's own fresh take on the well-worn whodunnit murder mystery genre, the deliciously enjoyable Knives Out is one of the most outrageously entertaining experiences you will have in a cinema this year. With a phenomenal ensemble cast, a pointedly sharp screenplay, and an ingeniously twisty narrative, Knives Out is just good old-fashioned solid...

Awards Season, Featured, Reviews / 11.11.2019

Standing as one of the year's more misleading titles, Ford v Ferrari is far from the film you may be expecting. Sure, the inherent plot is the true-life battle of America's mighty Ford Motor Co. versus the Italian goliath of sportscar racing. But at the very heart of this film is an endearing and wildly entertaining tale of the two men behind the machines, played with terrific gusto by two of the best in the game. With plenty of technical motor racing jargon and several exhilarating race sequences, there's...

Reviews / 06.11.2019

Deck the halls and break out the tinsel. Whether we like it or not, the festive season is once again upon us. And, this year, Universal Pictures is hoping you'll journey out to the cinema for a fresh Christmas romantic comedy, instead of popping on Love Actually for the 87th time. No judgement on that. It should be required December viewing in every household. With all the gooey schmaltz and fuzzy romance seen in every film of the yuletide genre, Last Christmas delivers everything you're likely expecting and very...

Awards Season, Reviews / 03.11.2019

Since that fateful September day in 2001, American cinema has offered numerous tales from the months and years following the events of 9/11. Just last year, Adam McKay delivered a divisive portrait of the mastermind of the post-9/11 war effort in Vice. With a narrative flirting on humanising someone many consider a war criminal, it left some with a sour taste in their mouths. How refreshing to have something like The Report come along at just the right time to provide the perfect sobering antidote. A slow-moving yet utterly...

Featured, Reviews / 01.11.2019

It's no secret Stephen King hated Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film adaptation of his novel The Shining. From the moment the film was released, King has been expressing his dissatisfaction with Kubrick's work any chance he gets. For those who have read the book, you can empathise with the author. For better or worse, it's a very different beast, particularly its vastly-different ending. Over three decades later, King finally wrote a sequel novel, partly as an attempt to reclaim the story he felt had been bastardised by Kubrick.  Many assumed...

Featured, Reviews / 30.10.2019

Just four years after the last disastrous reboot attempt, it's time for yet another Terminator sequel, desperately hoping to recapture the magic that's been missing from this franchise since 1991. After beating the dead horse that is this saga for over 25 years, these revivals are films nobody really asked for, yet always seems to pique enough interest to continually keep popping up every few years. Much like those rascally cyborgs themselves, the Terminator franchise simply refuses to die. But given the series has gone far off the rails in...

Awards Season, Reviews / 29.10.2019

After his recent comments on Marvel movies sent Film Twitter into a misguided and absurd frenzy, Martin Scorsese is back to grabbing headlines for all the right reasons. With a reported budget of $160 million, a production time of over two years, and a three-and-a-half-hour runtime, The Irishman is one of Scorsese's (and Netflix's) biggest gambles to date. Thankfully, it all pays off handsomely. Returning to the gangster genre his career has been intrinsically linked with, Scorsese proves once again why he's one of the greatest filmmakers of all time....

Awards Season, Reviews / 28.10.2019

Sometimes, a movie star disappears, never to be heard from again. Occasionally, it's more an extended break before a stellar comeback performance to put them right back on the map. We've seen that once already this year, with Renée Zellweger making a roaring return in Judy. Now it's time for the glorious resurrection of Eddie Murphy, in a performance that's the best thing he's offered in more than a decade. After a string of disastrous failures which led to four (!) Razzie Award nominations in just six (!!) years,...