Most of the ‘Rocky’ films run on a simple formula. Rocky cannot win a boxing match unless he knows that Adrian loves him. ‘Hitchcock’ applies the same formula to a small portion of… Continue reading
Quentin Tarantino is a self-confessed film lover who happily boasts that he never went to film school, he went to film. Since being smuggled behind the walls of the studio system as a… Continue reading
‘Compliance’ wades through the foggy grey area of human behaviour in an intriguing power play between authority and those who yield to command.
All great art has the power to make us question what higher authority or force of nature empowered someone to create a masterpiece. ‘Life of Pi’ is director Ang Lee’s artistic expression of… Continue reading
In the fickle world of filmmaking with so many reboots, remakes and films based on theme park rides, it’s amazing that something as pure as ‘Cloud Atlas’ can make it off the lot… Continue reading
Filmmaker Tom Hooper manages to break a record for climbing to the apex of movie musicals with ‘Les Misérables’. Unfortunately, he does it within the first hour of proceedings and the slide back… Continue reading
In the opening moments of ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’, for this reviewer, an entire life with J. R. R. Tolkien’s book flashed before my eyes. It’s an overwhelming moment knowing that the… Continue reading
If you were lucky to have an irresponsible uncle or older sibling who allowed you to watch a horror film at a young age you’ll probably remember the nightmares that followed and the… Continue reading
‘Laurence Anyways’ is a grand story that breaks down the love between two people to its purest form as a matter of the heart beyond the physical that’s delicately handled by writer and… Continue reading
The trials of the teenage years manage to cross the boundaries of time and it’s a shared experience across each generation as we put the first stamps on who we are. That first… Continue reading
Frank Sinatra sung ‘My Way’ with gusto as he faced retirement and the final film in the ‘Twilight Saga’ is kind of like that final proud lyrical statement from ole blue eyes. ‘Breaking… Continue reading
‘Smashed’ screened at the Canberra International Film Festival Most takes on alcoholism in film are either rich people looking for answers in a bottle or desperate white trash trying to suck whiskey out… Continue reading
‘The Master’ is an insightful and explosive examination of humanity in the aftermath of World War II with commentary on American culture.
After James Bond was rebooted in ‘Casino Royale’ and the slight detour via the dreadful ‘Quantum of Solace (QOS)’, Daniel Craig’s era of Bond has spent a lot of time with training wheels… Continue reading
It’s frustrating watching someone play a videogame and all you want to do is take the controller and rectify their mistakes. A similar experience waits with Dredd with its arcade mechanics imploring you… Continue reading