Featured, Opinion, Reviews / 21.01.2020

What a decade it was for cinema and the very film industry itself. Think back to 2010 and how much has changed in the last ten years. Way back then, the idea of having an entire catalogue of films at your disposal meant stocking up on DVDs. Movie rental stores still reigned supreme and Netflix was merely a mail-order company that would send them right to your door. If only we knew what lay in store. The Marvel Cinematic Universe was barely getting started and had just been taken...

Reviews / 17.01.2020

In another case of a major studio dumping a film in January and hoping no one will notice, Underwater finally arrives in cinemas after bizarrely gathering dust in the 20th Century Fox vault since production wrapped way back in May 2017. The problem of what to do with this film obviously now falls to Disney, who've seemingly discarded it at the start of 2020 to clear it off their books. After viewing the film, you begin to understand why. A film that rarely refuses to do little else but...

Reviews / 16.01.2020

It's been 25 long years since Bad Boys became a surprise hit and, gulp, gave the world its first taste of director Michael Bay. Since then, the filmmaker essentially became a genre all in his own right, with his penchant for tacky dialogue, endless explosions, and calamitous violence. His debut film looks decidedly tame by comparison to his later work, but Bay carved out his cringeworthy niche with Bad Boys and has rarely strayed too far away from it. 17 years after the bloated mess that was Bad Boys...

Reviews / 16.01.2020

Between The Lion King and Cats, 2019 was not exactly a great year for films featuring talking CGI animals. Sadly, 2020 isn't looking much better, as we begin the year with another disappointing CGI creature fest in the form of Dolittle; Universal's big-budget calamity that's been unceremoniously dumped in January after two previous release date changes. Looks like we're kicking off the year in disastrous fashion. With a cast that inexplicably features five (!) Academy Award winners and three Oscar nominees, a screenplay from an Academy Award-winning screenwriter, a...

Awards Season, Featured, Opinion, Reviews / 03.01.2020

Oh, what a year in cinema we had. While the world continued to burn (quite literally in Australia), we film buffs seeking escapism were blessed with a terrific plethora of movies to make us laugh, make us cry, make us wince in terror, make us cheer with delight, and, most importantly, make us feel. From spectacular blockbusters to independent wonders and everything else in between, it's been a magnificent 12 months of movie watching. But it hasn't been all smooth sailing. From Scorsese "criticising" Marvel films as not being...

Reviews / 17.12.2019

One of the biggest surprise packages of 2017 was undoubtedly Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the fresh, lively, and genuinely funny sequel that kickstarted a franchise few ever expected to exist. Over 20 years after Robin Williams' beloved family favourite, this reboot deftly proved the necessity of its existence and walked away with $962 million at the worldwide box office. Admit it. You thought it would flop. After surprisingly taking the title as the fifth highest-grossing film of the year, beating the likes of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, and Guardians...

Reviews / 12.12.2019

Way back in 1974, an unassuming Canadian horror film essentially defined an entirely new subsection of the genre and went on to inspire horror filmmakers for the next few decades, notably John Carpenter and his opus Halloween. While it's far from the greatest horror film of all time, Bob Clark's Black Christmas is one of the earliest examples of the slasher film, making it a landmark moment for horror cinema and rightly earned the film cult status amongst cinema fans. A remake came and went back in 2006, ramping up...

Awards Season, Reviews / 08.12.2019

You're likely assuming you need to be fairly religious to find any pleasure in a film entitled The Two Popes. Of course, those who trundle off to church every Sunday will likely connect with this film on an entirely different level. However, speaking as someone who hasn't paid any attention to religion since mandatory scripture lessons at the age of seven, it's rather unfathomable that I found such tremendous joy within this surprisingly humorous and giddily enjoyable little gem. With one of the year's finest screenplays and starring two...

Awards Season, Reviews / 25.11.2019

Think back to a time before Disney's 2013 box office colossus Frozen became so insanely overexposed and we all started to become entirely sick of it. With a neverending flow of merchandise, "Let It Go" relentlessly playing everywhere you turned, a big-budget Broadway musical adaptation, and that misguided 21-minute-long "short" film that played before Pixar's Coco, it's no wonder Frozen-mania drove everyone a little nuts. With the all-consuming chaos that followed the film, it's easy to forget how sublime Frozen truly was. With a Broadway-style structure which harkened back to the Disney...

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...