Tuesday, 25 April 2017
Can director James Gunn navigate the pratfalls of the difficult second album on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? Give my review of Marvel's latest a read right here...
Monday, 24 April 2017
Perfectly passable in every perceivable way, Going in Style unites a trio of cinema legends for an agreeable heist romp.
Tuesday, 18 April 2017
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 eighth entry, The Fate of the Furious, arriving in cinemas over the weekend, I'm delving back into the high-octane world of the Fast and Furious franchise, ranking them all from worst to best. Across 16 years, five directors and eight movies, the Fast and Furious films and the action sequences they feature have proven to be hugely popular with audiences of all ages.
So strap in, grab a Corona and push the NOS button - it's time to categorically rank the films from worst to best. Where does your favourite sit in my list? Read on to find out...
Saturday, 15 April 2017
Friday, 14 April 2017
After making waves at the US box office, Get Out arrives on Australian screens next month - but the question is, should you care?
Thursday, 13 April 2017
Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Since swooping onto the scene in Detective Comics #27 in 1939, Batman (or the Bat-Man as he was originally known) has appeared in countless graphic novels, radio and television serials, animated series and blockbuster movies.
Tuesday, 11 April 2017
The archetypical Hollywood movie star is dead. We live in a post-movie star world where A-listers mean next to nothing in the grand scheme of what floats and what sinks.
Monday, 10 April 2017
DC Comics and Warner Brothers are now four yeas and three movies into their ambitious interlaced cinematic universe concept - and it's not exactly going to plan. Beset by issues, I take a look at the various projects on the slate and how the future doesn't look any brighter for DC just yet.
Wednesday, 5 April 2017
The Lego Batman Movie finally bursts onto Australian cinema screens - but does it continue the blockbusting success of its hugely popular predecessor?
Tuesday, 4 April 2017
ScarJo goes cyberpunk in this action thriller directed by Rupert Sanders - but is it more than just an empty shell?
Sunday, 26 March 2017
The latest live action remake to roll off the Disney conveyor belt, Bill Condon's Beauty and the Beast actually raises the bar and should put a smile on the face of even the sternest cynic.
Saturday, 25 March 2017
A team of astronauts aboard the International Space Station find themselves trapped and terrorised by a mysterious extraterrestrial being.
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Quick movie reviews, without the waffle. 60 Second Film Reviews is a highly irregular feature where I compile together brief reviews of recent films I've watched at home or at the movies - and generally
On the slate this month are two recent at home releases; Disney's 2016 remake of Pete's Dragon and hectic holiday comedy Office Christmas Party.
Sunday, 19 March 2017
The Eagle Huntress is a 90-minute documentary from English filmmaker Otto Bell about a 13-year-old Mongolian girl called Aisholpan who aspires to become an eagle hunter, an occupation traditionally held by only the fiercest men in her remote community.
Saturday, 18 March 2017
Directed by Gore Verbinski, A Cure for Wellness is a suffocatingly tense and morbid thriller that will most likely divide audiences down the middle.
Tuesday, 14 March 2017
Jeff Nichols' latest offering is a well-acted film that struggles to weave a compelling narrative from its undeniably captivating true story.
Sunday, 12 March 2017
Kong: Skull Island revives a cinema icon for a bombastic blast through the jungle; but is it a sweeping monster mash or a messy graveyard smash?
Friday, 10 March 2017
A coming-of-age dramedy set against the backdrop of Australia's gorgeous South West; it could only be Jasper Jones.
Thursday, 9 March 2017
Miss Sloane is a slick underseen and under-appreciated political drama that offers Jessica Chastain a platform to really flex her acting chops.
Tuesday, 7 March 2017
Move over Punxsutawney Phil, it's time for a tween takeover of the time loop genre in Before I Fall.
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
Well, that's the Oscars over for another year. The 2017 edition was certainly a much more memorable affair, for all the wrong reasons unfortunately. Here is a quick recap with some thoughts on that big drama (and some other stuff too)...
Sunday, 26 February 2017
It's that time of year again! Awards season culminates tomorrow with the Academy Awards, Hollywood's night of nights. Here are my predictions on who and what will win...
Saturday, 25 February 2017
Hugh Jackman dons the mutton chops and adamantium claws for one last time in James Mangold's Logan. Question is, does he send old Wolverine off in style?
Thursday, 23 February 2017
Based on the play written and adapted by the late August Wilson, Fences is a wall-to-wall masterclass in acting, but it can't help feeling a little trapped by the confines of its source material.
Wednesday, 22 February 2017
Manchester by the Sea is a well-made film filled with touching, human performances - but I really struggled to get swept up in the story.
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
First we had Trump’s Mexican wall, now we have Zhang Yimou’s The Great Wall – walls are getting a really bad wrap lately, huh?
Monday, 20 February 2017
Making a movie that caters to China isn't just important anymore; it's a necessity. Hollywood is increasingly dependent on capturing this key international market - but it doesn't always get it right.
Wednesday, 8 February 2017
A microbudget indie that has leapt from the festival circuit to Oscars frontrunner, Barry Jenkins' Moonlight finally hit Australian shores recently.
Tuesday, 7 February 2017
Hidden Figures is a bolt out of the blue, a riotous crowd-pleaser that is just too darn good to ignore.
Monday, 6 February 2017
How soon is too soon? That’s the question that will be continually swirling around your head as you watch Patriots Day, the latest ‘based on real events’ film from director Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg.
Sunday, 5 February 2017
Nominated for six Academy Awards, Garth Davis' Lion is a tender and moving film that follows the incredible true story of Saroo (Dev Patel), an Australian man who was adopted from the streets of India, who returns to his roots to find a family who have long thought him lost.
Monday, 30 January 2017
Thursday, 26 January 2017
Another year, another batch of Oscar nominations has popped into existence. On the whole, I think this was a pretty solid bunch but, as always, there are one or two glaring omissions and snubs that we need to talk about.
Which film(s) do you think missed out on some lovin'? Let me know your thoughts in the comments down below!
Wednesday, 25 January 2017
Tuesday, 24 January 2017
Xander Cage is back action – but should you care? The short answer is no; the long answer is hell no.
Wednesday, 11 January 2017
Tuesday, 10 January 2017
Pablo Larrain gets under the skin of one of America’s most iconic and tragic political figures, Jackie Kennedy.
Monday, 9 January 2017
The Golden Globes have been and gone for another year! There were some highs (La La Land is on a roll!) and some lows (how the hell did Portman lose?), making this a rather typical ceremony filled with the usual shocks, snubs and the occasional flub (we're looking at you Fallon). Here are some thoughts and comments on the winners and losers from the 2017 Globes.
Tuesday, 3 January 2017
January is upon us once again, and with the start of another calendar year comes the promise of another 12 months of exciting cinematic experiences to dive into.
Monday, 2 January 2017
What would you do if you were alone in space for your entire life? That's the question posed by Passengers, an original sci-fi film directed by Morten Tyldum and starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt.