Review – Much Ado About Nothing

High school English teachers can breathe a sigh of relief. If students want to take a cinematic shortcut studying William Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, filmmaker Joss Whedon has made a superb adaptation… Continue reading

Review – The Lone Ranger

‘The Lone Ranger’ is akin to spending $200 million on a cowboy themed birthday party but forgetting all the fun. The film is a complete tonal disaster and it’s one of the goofiest… Continue reading

Review – For Those In Peril

A visceral tale of grief is presented in ‘For Those in Peril’, the debut film from writer/director, Paul Wright, which composites seafaring folklore against the raw emotions of losing a loved one.

2013 in film so far…

Six months of a dent has been in put in 2013, and it’s a good time to pause and look at how the year is tracking so far when it comes to film.… Continue reading

Review – Man of Steel

The comic book fun of Superman is shredded and the caped superhero gets in touch with his solemn science fiction side in ‘Man of Steel’. Sadly, director Zack Snyder seems to have also… Continue reading

Review – Only God Forgives

Justice and cowardice sit side-by-side in the brutally hypnotic ‘Only God Forgives’, the new feature from writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn and his muse Ryan Gosling.

Review – Cutie and the Boxer

The documentary, ‘Cutie and the Boxer’, opens with a big white blank canvas. An elderly man steps into the frame wearing only pants, eye goggles and boxing gloves covered in black paint. He… Continue reading

Review – Monsters University

Life does not follow a plan, no matter how much preparation is involved. The digital animation studio Pixar hones in on the transformative nature of existence in the studio’s first attempt at a… Continue reading

Review – World War Z

‘World War Z’ is a zombie film made by a parents group. A sanitised entry into the genre to ensure that twelve year-olds can lap up the action without mum or dad having… Continue reading

Review – Prince Avalanche

Prepare to add Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch to the list of superb comedy duos as result of ‘Prince Avalanche’, the mirthful new film from writer/director, David Gordon Green. The humour is ace… Continue reading

Review – Frances Ha

Before you hit middle age it’s possible to have a Quarter-Life Crisis (QLC). People prone to QLC are usually from Gen-Y and somewhere in their twenties. Despite having money, shelter and employment their… Continue reading

Review – Mud

The optimism of youth gets scrambled with the affairs of adults in ‘Mud’, the latest film from writer/director, Jeff Nichols (‘Take Shelter’). It’s a stripped back approach to tracking the process of growing… Continue reading

Sydney Film Festival – Day 4

Today was a five film day. Coincidentally, I was working off five hours of sleep too. It’s always good to keep everything in the theme of the festival. As a result my brain… Continue reading

Sydney Film Festival – Day 3

When you have a little spare time at a film festival the best thing to do is…see a film. With Thursday’s morning schedule free of festival films it was an opportunity to head… Continue reading

Sydney Film Festival – Day 2

Nothing says “get into the theatre and indulge in cinema you film geekling” like heavy rain. Umbrellas were out in force for my second day of the Sydney Film Festival, and most of… Continue reading