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, 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...

Reviews / 19.08.2020

With everything that's happened in 2020, you've likely forgotten the year in film started with the colossal $175 million flop that was Dolittle. Much to no one's shock, it continued a string of recent talking CGI animal films (Cats, The Lion King) that focused too heavily on crafting said digital creations and forgot they needed a heart to land any shred of resonance with an audience. Trepidation abounds when approaching another CGI creature feature this week. After the pandemic-induced cinema shutdown forced Disney to pull their adaptation of beloved...

Reviews / 18.08.2020

Ever since the launch of gay "dating" app Grindr in 2009, sex has become increasingly more transactional in the gay community. With roughly 30 million users (of which almost 4 million are classified as daily users) around the globe, it's never been quicker and easier for gay men to find someone nearby for a randy NSA (no-strings-attached) rendezvous. Whether this is a blessing or a curse for the gay community likely depends on your views of casual sex. For those uninitiated with this world, something like Samuel Van Grinsven's...

Reviews / 13.08.2020

After the unexpected success of 2008's guilty pleasure Taken, Liam Neeson found himself stuck in a casting pigeon hole, with the actor seemingly exclusively starring in generic action thrillers for the better part of the last decade. In a welcome change of pace, Neeson heads back to something a touch more subdued with the equally-generic familial drama/romantic drama Made in Italy, which is likely the closest any of us will get to a Tuscan getaway for some time yet. An inoffensive timekiller of a film, Made in Italy stretches...

Reviews / 09.08.2020

Can an idea be just as contagious as the deadly virus the world is currently suffering through? That's the startling question broached in writer/director Amy Seimetz's intoxicating and atmospheric horror She Dies Tomorrow that could be the most unexpectedly relevant film of 2020. By presenting a dazzling vision of a contagion of the mind, Seimetz has inadvertently tapped into the crippling anxiety many of us are feeling over what tomorrow will bring. If tomorrow brought your certain death, how would you react? That's precisely the follow-up question Seimetz ponders...

Reviews / 07.08.2020

Back in 1999, The Blair Witch Project gave new life to the "found footage" genre of horror filmmaking and created a voyeuristic experience that was equal parts captivating and horrifying. In recent years, the genre has evolved into the "computer screen film," where the entire visual narrative is constructed within the digital devices of the film's characters. At a time when we are so reliant on video technology to remain connected with friends and family, it hardly surprising a horror film is here to make us terrified of...

Reviews / 05.08.2020

By the mid-1980s, Walt Disney Feature Animation was on its last legs. After the catastrophic box office failure of 1985's ambitious disaster The Black Cauldron, many within the Disney studio feared the once-illustrious animation department was on the verge of being shut down. It would take the herculean efforts of a dream team of collaborators to resurrect Disney animation and it would be spearheaded by a man whose influence was compared to Walt Disney himself. Arriving almost three decades after songwriter Howard Ashman's tragic premature death, Howard is a...