Featured, Reviews / 06.03.2019

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has taken many interesting turns over the last few years. We've seen the dazzling efforts of Ryan Coogler to inject Black Panther with an authenticity that provided black cinematic representation like never before. We've witnessed the quirky adventures of lesser-known entities like Ant-Man and Doctor Strange. And we've seen the culmination of the entire franchise with last year's gloriously devastating Avengers: Infinity War. In 2019, Marvel Studios maps a course through uncharted territory by finally placing a female character as the lead in their latest...

Reviews / 13.02.2019

When a big-budget blockbuster is pulled from its coveted Christmas release spot and dumped in mid-February, you tend to assume the worst. Even more so when that film cost $200 million and is written and produced by the man responsible for the two highest-grossing films of all time. Something didn't quite add up and disaster loomed for Alita: Battle Angel. While not quite the catastrophe many have feared, the film is far from the triumph it may have been, resulting in a muddled piece of cinema that's equal parts...

Reviews / 03.02.2019

Male politicians have been succumbing to their libidos for decades now, so the portrait of a political sex scandal is hardly groundbreaking fodder for a piece of cinema. But the intriguing story of 1988 U.S. presidential candidate Gary Hart and the affair that destroyed his campaign stands apart by way of being one of the earliest examples of the press finally breaking the unspoken rule of turning a blind eye to such indiscretions under the guise of such stories being in the "public's interest." It's just a shame...

Reviews / 02.02.2019

Anyone in need of an antidote of reality after the fluffy fantasy of Green Book need look no further than director George Tillman, Jr.'s compelling and powerful drama The Hate U Give that demands to be heard. Perfectly capturing the current dire state of race relations in the U.S. and the neverending wave of deaths of innocent young black men at the hands of trigger-happy policemen, a wave of furious anger rightly burns throughout this film, and it's highly likely you'll leave with that fire pulsing through your...

Featured, Reviews / 25.01.2019

The film that's divided America finally arrives in Australia. With a swag of precursor awards season success including winning Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical (it's neither, by the way) at the Golden Globes, taking home the prestigious Producer's Guild of America trophy, and now receiving five Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Green Book has all the hallmarks of a new American classic. But dig a little deeper and you'll soon discover this "feel-good" film is problematic as all hell, making its adoration by awards season...

Reviews / 23.01.2019

In an awards season dominated by powerful female performances, the chance to see two fierce Queens go head-to-head sounds like a tantalising opportunity. In director Josie Rourke's debut film Mary Queen of Scots, the epic showdown promised within the film's somewhat misleading advertising never quite materialises. In its place is a revisionist feminist tale fraught with pacing issues that takes a tad too many liberties with history for the sake of spicing up its narrative, leaving us with a decidedly uneven piece of cinema. Saved by the performances of...

Awards Season / 23.01.2019

Well, that wasn't quite as apocalyptic as everyone was fearing. As always, there were plenty of shocks, snubs, and surprises, as well as a hefty dose of downright ugly and unforgivable moments, but it was far from the total disaster many thought it may be. Where we go from here is anyone's guess, so, for now, let's break down the good, the bad, and the ugly of the 91st Academy Award nominations. THE GOOD We may have our most solid frontrunner in Roma, after scoring a tied field-leading 10 nominations....

Awards Season / 21.01.2019

Well, this awards season has sure been a rollercoaster of insanity. From the collapse of early frontrunners like First Man and Widows to the rise of divisive and "controversial" films like Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody, it's been a calamity of surprising moments few could have anticipated. But the madness of this time of year is what we awards prognosticators live for, even if we're all feeling a little lost and deflated this season. After a year of brilliant cinema, we've ended up with a potential Oscars ceremony from...

Reviews / 16.01.2019

Australian cinema has somewhat of an obsession with crafting adorable animal characters audiences instantly fall in love with. From the gutsy little pig in Babe to the tough cattle dog in Red Dog to those toe-tapping penguins in Happy Feet, it's a long-running subgenre we Aussies do particularly well. A pelican hardly seems the next likely evolutionary step in this chain of cute creature films, but in Storm Boy, you're likely to find yourself captivated by these awkward birds. It's just a shame the film surrounding them is somewhat of a dud. A...

Reviews / 16.01.2019

The legend of King Arthur and his infamous sword in the stone has been portrayed on the big screen many, many, many, many times. The most recent effort, Guy Ritchie's 2017 mega-flop King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, was a gargantuan and unmitigated disaster. Wisely flipping the fable right on its head in The Kid Who Would Be King, writer/director Joe Cornish reboots the well-worn tale with a 21st-century setting and a fresh narrative injected with socially aware themes cleverly hidden amongst good old fashioned family fun. With the...