Featured, Reviews / 22.07.2021

You have to feel for a director whose first major film earned six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, scored over $600 million at the worldwide box office, and delivered one of the greatest twists in the history of cinema. For the last two decades, writer/director M. Night Shyamalan has been desperately attempting to recapture the lightning in a bottle of 1999's pop culture phenomenon The Sixth Sense with varied results. While there have been the mild highs of films like Signs and Split, there have also been...

The House of Mouse Project / 12.07.2021

The one that was made at home. 2020 will be remembered for many god-awful things we'd all like to forget. For movie lovers, it was the year the world of film ground to a halt. With cinema shutdowns, release date delays, and film festival cancellations, there was little joy for those of us who regularly spend time inside the hallowed walls of a movie theatre. In the midst of a global pandemic and stay-at-home orders from the California government, Walt Disney Animation Studios was faced with the daunting task...

Reviews / 09.07.2021

Have you ever yearned to see King Kong give The Iron Giant a fist bump? Or witness Pennywise, Catwoman, and the droogs from A Clockwork Orange cheering on from the sidelines of a basketball game? If so, Space Jam: A New Legacy is certainly the film for you. In one of the most shameless pieces of cross-promotion cinema has ever seen, this long-awaited (perhaps too long) sequel stuffs so many pop culture cameos into 115 minutes that it would take even longer to name them all. A film that...

Featured, Reviews / 30.06.2021

A new film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe opening in theatres around the globe is surely a sign the world of cinema is beginning to return to some sense of normalcy. After three release date delays and a change in strategy that sees the film debut simultaneously on Disney+ with Premier Access, Marvel Studios' long-awaited prequel Black Widow has finally arrived to give a fallen hero her deserving swan song. Part James Bond spy thriller, part Mission: Impossible action epic with a good dose of tense familial drama, Black...

Featured, Reviews / 17.06.2021

For those of us who live in nations where international travel is still off-limits, watching a film set in a foreign location is the closest we'll get to an overseas holiday for at least another six months. Just in time for the onset of Australia's brisk winter, the wizards of Pixar Animation are here to provide a joyous trip to the sunny shores of the Italian coast with their latest little gem that typically packs an emotional punch. Crafted with a gorgeously quaint storybook quality rarely seen in Pixar...

Reviews / 10.06.2021

Full disclosure - until the trailer for its sequel dropped, I had forgotten 2017's The Hitman's Bodyguard existed. A breezy late-summer popcorn action movie that earned tepid reviews and a mildly respectable worldwide gross of $180 million, it wasn't exactly the most memorable of films. Evidently, it's since found a fanbase that warranted a follow-up. And, let's face it, new distributor Lionsgate is desperate for a successful franchise outside of Saw and John Wick. Much like most action sequels, The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (just FYI - there's no "The" in...

Awards Season, Featured, Reviews / 06.06.2021

With three Tony Awards, three Grammys, an Emmy, an Oscar nomination, and a Pulitzer Prize, it's no surprise Lin-Manuel Miranda is the most in-demand man in Hollywood right now. In 2021, he'll be responsible for composing original songs for not one but two animated films (Sony Pictures' Vivo and Disney's Encanto) plus make his feature directorial debut with Netflix's musical Tick, Tick...

Featured, Reviews / 02.06.2021

With two chapters, five spin-offs, and close to $2 billion at the worldwide box office, The Conjuring Universe is one of the most successful horror movie franchises in cinema history. From the high of 2013's The Conjuring to the low of 2018's The Nun (which, staggeringly, remains the highest-grossing film thus far), it's been an uneven saga where nothing has come close to matching the exhilarating terror of the film that started it all. Naturally, that won't stop Warner Bros. from eliciting a third film from the case files...

Reviews / 21.05.2021

In an uncomfortable twist of irony, a film set in a post-apocalyptic world was one of the first cinematic casualties of the 2020 global pandemic that was causing all manner of terrifying visions of the future. Some 14 months ago, this film critic was mere days away from seeing an advance screening of A Quiet Place Part II before the entire film world was essentially put on pause for the rest of the year. And now that very film just might be the answer to getting audiences back...

Reviews / 14.05.2021

A director whose previous three films have been nominated for a total of 17 Academy Awards including two Best Picture nominations. A six-time Oscar nominee in the lead role plus two Oscar winners in the supporting cast. A screenplay from a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. A score by one of the most beloved film composers in modern history. A cinematographer with five Oscar nods to his name. All of these impeccable ingredients would suggest something truly special was on the way. Where, oh where, did it...