Reviews / 10.09.2020

Unless you find yourself in a certain target demographic, you're possibly blissfully unaware of the 2019 teen soap opera romance flick that was Away. Based on Anna Todd's popular 2014 young-adult novel that was inspired by One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles, the film was a moderate commercial success, grossing $70 million on a budget of just $14 million. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, the hastily-organised sequel After We Collided clearly isn't meant for you. And it's unlikely it's inherently meant for me either. That being...

Awards Season, Reviews / 08.09.2020

Where does one even begin when describing a new film from someone like writer/director Charlie Kaufman? With his penchant for pushing the boundaries of storytelling and a strikingly unique style that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, Kaufman is a divisive auteur whose screenplays consistently defy the logic and traditions of cinema. Opinions of his work are always sharply divided, and his latest offering is sure to see a similar reaction. Over a decade after his last live-action directorial effort, Kaufman returns with a film that's likely to...

Featured, Reviews / 06.09.2020

If you're still recovering from the terrible trio of Disney live-action remakes we were served in 2019, the idea of another cherished animated classic being lazily rehashed in 2020 is likely the last thing you're yearning for in the middle of a global pandemic. After the soulless shot-for-shot remakes The Lion King and Aladdin and the ambitious misfire that was Dumbo, something decently competent like Mulan ultimately looks like a masterpiece by fortunate virtue of comparison to a string of disappointments. After seeing its March big screen debut scuttled...

Reviews / 04.09.2020

When Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave won Best Picture back in 2013, it should have signalled the end of films centred on slave narratives, or, at the very least, a change in direction for future projects. What McQueen delivered can never be matched. If there are still stories to be told of the pre-abolition era, they should be something we've never seen before. It's what made Jordan Peele's Get Out so refreshingly remarkable. It cleverly used slavery as the basis for a modern narrative that still tapped...

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...

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...