Saturday, 31 December 2016

My Top 10 Films of 2016


With 2016 coming to a close in just a few short hours, it's time to look back at the year that was and recount my favourite films from the last twelve months. 


Thursday, 29 December 2016

The 2016 Fuzzies Film Awards



You're following the Oscars and you've pretended to care about the Golden Globes - now, discover the film awards that really matter with the Fuzzies Film Awards!

Now into their fourth year, the Fuzzies have slowly grown from inauspicious beginnings to a worldwide audience of dozens! Who will take home prestigious awards such as Best Actor, Best Director and Best Onscreen Butt? Find out all the winners right here...

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

My Top 5 Worst Films of 2016


For the most part, my blog is all about discussing and celebrating awesome movies. Films that make you woop, cheer, punch the air, cry, gasp and grin with joy.

Inevitably, if you see as many movies as I do, there is going to be the occasional turkey. Every now and again, a film will come along that is just so utterly hopeless that it can't be ignored. This then is my Top 5 Worst Films of 2016.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

My Top 5 TV Shows of 2016


Crikey, would you look at the date? 2016 is almost over and that can only mean one thing - it's time to recap the best and worst that popular culture had to offer throughout the year.

Film Review: Trolls


Based on those ugly ass dolls from the 80s, Trolls is the latest animation from Dreamworks that partners Anna Kendrick with Justin Timberlake for a colourful yet disposable time at the movies.

My 2016 Movie Soundtrack Playlist

"I want to write and feel the drama. Music is essentially an emotional language, so you want to feel something from the relationships and build music based on those feelings" - Howard Shore

Every December I take a look back at the year that was and cherry pick some musical highlights, whether they be soaring orchestral scores or licensed tracks that have been inserted into films to great effect.

This year has been a stellar year for film scores in my opinion; now more than ever, I find myself listening to film scores in my spare time instead of 'normal' music.

My personal favourites include Johann Johannsson's haunting ambiance for Arrival, Abel Korzeniowski's sweeping score in Nocturnal Animals and Dario Marianelli's fantastic oriental inspired strings in Kubo and the Two Strings. Flashing back to the beginning of the year, Howard Shore and Ennio Morricone both worked wonders in Spotlight and The Hateful Eight respectively. More recently, the original scores for La La Land and Moana have been swimming through my head - you'll discover a lot of tracks from each in the playlist below.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Film Review: La La Land


A struggling actress and an unemployed pianist find renewed purpose in one another while chasing stardom in Hollywood. This is Damien Chazelle's applauded musical La La Land...

Monday, 19 December 2016

What Happened to Quality Christmas Movies?


The saying goes that they don’t make them like they used to. And while this broad adage can be applied to practically anything, it’s certainly true of contemporary Christmas movies…

Monday, 5 December 2016

Monday, 28 November 2016

Rank the Films: Harry Potter


As any regular reader of this blog will know, I think lists are pretty darn nifty. I have a profound appreciation for straight-up lists. This is the thinking behind Rank the Films, a regular feature that pulls apart the pros and cons of a series of films, ranking them in order of bad to good.

To celebrate the release of the new Harry Potter movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, I'm delving back into the Wizarding World and ranking all of the films from worst to best. Across 16 years, five directors and nine movies, the Harry Potter universe has soundtracked my childhood, adolescence and early adulthood - which means the series holds a lot of cherished memories for me, someone who grew up devouring all of the books and associated materials.

So pull on your Hogwarts robes and grab your Nimbus 2000 - these are my thoughts on every Potter picture to date; where does your favourite rank? Read on to find out...

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Film Review: Arrival


Arrival is the latest film from French Canadian director Denis Villeneuve; starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker, it's a tightly-packaged sci-fi that firmly places itself amongst the best that 2016 has to offer.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Film Review: A United Kingdom


A United Kingdom is a period biopic from director Amma Asante that follows a political upheaval in Botswana following the banishment of their King and his Caucasian wife by the British Empire in the 1950's.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Interview: Michael Caton-Jones


They say variety is the spice of life – an oft-repeated adage that Scottish filmmaker Michael Caton-Jones has found to be self-evident over a directorial career stretching nearly three decades.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Film Review: Hell or High Water


A bleak and authentic modern western that doesn't take crap from nobody - David Mackenzie's Hell or High Water is hands down one of the best films of 2016.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Film Review: Ouija - Origin of Evil


Ouija: Origin of Evil is another horror movie about ancient spirits and creepy kids speaking in tongues - but wait a second, could this one actually be good?

Friday, 28 October 2016

Film Review: Doctor Strange


Things are about to get...strange. The fourteenth film in Marvel's titanic Cinematic Universe sees Benedict Cumberbatch grappling with magic and the ethereal as Doctor Strange.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Rank the Films: Mission Impossible


As any regular reader of this blog will know, lists are pretty darn nifty. I have a profound appreciation for straight-up lists. This is the thinking behind Rank the Films, a regular feature that pulls apart the pros and cons of a series of films, ranking them in order of bad to good.

To celebrate the release of Tom Cruise's new movie Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, the series under the microscope this month is Mission Impossible. From 1996 to present, the Mission Impossible series has covered five films and five directors, all with one indisputable star at the centre - Tom Cruise's daredevil hero Ethan Hunt.

So pull on your prosthetic mask and cling to the 40th floor of the nearest skyscraper as I list the series down from best to worst; where does your favourite rank? Give my list a read to find out...

Monday, 24 October 2016

Oscars 2017: 9 Films To Look Out For


With Christmas and New Year fast approaching, it’s time to take a look at which prestige pictures are tipped to characterise awards season.

Ah, awards season – the time of year when everyone becomes an armchair expert on red carpet dresses and pretends to know the difference between sound mixing and sound design (don’t @ me).

All kidding aside, the latter quarter of 2016 and early 2017 promise to enthral us with some particularly juicy cinematic gems, and to help demonstrate we’ve picked nine buzzed about movies that you should keep your eyes peeled for over the next few months.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Film Review: Deepwater Horizon


Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg reteam for another true tale of survival in Deepwater Horizon, a film that is centred around the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill and the titanic drilling rig explosion that proceeded it.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Film Review: The Girl on the Train


Billed as the book that shocked the world in 2015, Paula Hawkins' thriller The Girl on the Train makes the transition to the silver screen courtesy of director Tate Taylor.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Film Review: Perfect Strangers


Paolo Genovese’s Perfect Strangers is the film equivalent of a rich Italian lasagne; a delectable mixture of piping hot performances, tasty flavours and multiple layers of character-driven drama pressing them together.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Film Review: Don't Breathe


Don't breathe. Breathe and you're dead. He is fast, faster than you can believe. Don't make a sound. Don't turn and run. And don't breathe. Good luck...

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Film Review: Girl Asleep


Having taken the independent film festival circuit by storm both back home and overseas, Rosemary Myers' Girl Asleep sets fire to Australian cinema screens today.

Friday, 2 September 2016

7 Movies Still To Come in 2016


Blockbuster season may be done and dusted, but that doesn't mean we're short on movies to look forward to. Spring has sprung and that can only mean one thing - awards season is kicking into gear! 

So whilst we're all looking forward to films like Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them and Rogue One, I thought I'd preview some of the smaller, more Oscar-centric films from the next four months that I'm excited for.

Which spring flicks are you pumped to see? Let me know in the comments section down below!

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