Awards Season, Reviews / 27.12.2020

While its heydey may have ended some six decades ago, the Western genre refuses to truly die. They may not exactly light up the box office (remember that?), but Westerns can still be event films, particularly when one of the world's most beloved actors dips his toe into the genre for the very first time. Sure, it's a style of film that's unlikely to thrill the masses, but there's a classic charm to something like Paul Greengrass' sprawling Western epic News of the World that we could use...

Reviews / 07.07.2020

Another day, another film affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. With America's dad Tom Hanks at its helm and a planned theatrical release to time with Father's Day, Greyhound was looking like the perfect film to capture the war movie-loving older male crowd. When coronavirus saw its release shelved by Sony Pictures, most assumed it would be rescheduled for late 2020, much like practically every other planned mid-year release. In a surprise decision that Hanks has now described as "an absolute heartbreak," Greyhound was sold to Apple for a staggering...

Awards Season, Reviews / 28.09.2019

Full disclosure - until last year, I had never heard of Fred Rogers. As someone living in the bubble that is Australia, the unassuming brilliance of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood had somehow never reached our shores. It took Morgan Neville's gorgeous and inspiring 2018 documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? to introduce the magic of Mister Rogers to those of us previously uninitiated. After the documentary provided an intimate insight into both the public and private lives of Rogers, there seemed no need for a full-scale biopic. Thankfully, that's entirely...

Reviews / 18.06.2019

When Pixar brought their Toy Story franchise to an emotional close in 2010, they did so in truly remarkable fashion. Both critically-acclaimed (it remains the last animated film to be nominated for Best Picture) and universally adored (it was the first animated film in history to gross a billion dollars), Toy Story 3 was the perfect farewell to a perfect trilogy. Few truly wanted a fourth film. It wasn't needed. We'd said goodbye. We'd closed that door. We all suspiciously sneered at the announcement of another instalment as a cheap...

Awards Season, Reviews / 09.02.2018

In 1995, the 67th Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Honouring the films released between January 1, 1994, and December 31, 1994, the awards were held on March 27. The ceremony was hosted by late-night talk show host David Letterman for the first (and only) time. Letterman's awkward performance as host was met with such negative criticism, he was never again invited to host. For the first time in 56 years, a performer would win consecutive acting Oscars. With his second win for...

Awards Season / 19.02.2014

Next cab off the rank in the Best Picture race is Captain Phillips. Is anyone crowing for the Captain to sail away with Best Picture? Maybe not, or at least not publicly, but it still holds a strong chance and here's why. The snub of Tom Hanks. Out of all the crazy snubs at the nomination announcement, the one that stood out for most Oscar observers was the ludicrous snub of Tom Hanks for Best Actor, who was seen as a sure thing, even in a crowded category. The...