Movie Review

To Consume and Be Consumed: “IT” (2017) & “Raw”’ (2016)

“IT” opens with the cold dusty den of Bill’s bedroom. The rain is pouring and while the town of Derry seeks refuge, there’s an ominous atmosphere right from the outset that there’s something lurking in the edges of this warm and cosy world. Julie Ducournau’s “Raw” begins on a quaint deserted country road, framing the sporadic passing traffic from a position on the side of the road where you’d imagine a speed camera to be lurking. A car comes into frame, and just as it reaches the centre, something suddenly darts into the centre of the road. The car swerves and crashes hard into a tree, killing the occupants. This was clearly no accident. 

To Consume and Be Consumed: “IT” (2017) & “Raw”’ (2016)

Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça Filho - 2016) Movie Review [Sydney Film Festival]

Aquarius is a shrine to an incredible woman with a confounding central performance from Sonia Braga. Writer/director Kleber Mendonça Filho crafts a consuming tale about principles and passion.

Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça Filho - 2016) Movie Review [Sydney Film Festival]

Jackie (Pablo Larraín - 2016) Movie Review

Jackie Kennedy, the woman behind one of the greatest and most influential Presidents in the history of the United States, gets an intimate impressionist portrait. Forging the myths of “Camelot,” interrogating the morality of being a widow in the most drastic and heavily scrutinised circumstance; director Pablo Larraín and hypnotic star Natalie Portman finds ways to render gut punching alternate perspectives to well trodden history.

Jackie (Pablo Larraín - 2016) Movie Review

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Movie Review: And you thought M:I 2 was bad!?

The quality drop between Jack Reacher and Never Go Back might make it a worse sequel than Mission: Impossible II.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Movie Review: And you thought M:I 2 was bad!?

Hell or High Water (2016) Movie Review: No Country For Bad Accents

Hell or High Water has had some pretty poor comparisons to No Country for Old Men in the buzz and hype for the film. That's not to deny that HOHW is a quality viewing, but rather that the world at large is not generating forces like Javier Bardem's Anton Chigurh to be unleashed upon the characters. Instead writer Taylor Sheridan is tackling American financial corruption head on.

Hell or High Water (2016) Movie Review: No Country For Bad Accents

Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie (2015) Movie Review - "Under-exposed"

From Neo-Nazis and the KKK, to swingers and born again Christians, it seems as though Louis Theroux has covered all bases. This time around, he exposes us to the world of Scientology - or does he?

Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie (2015) Movie Review - "Under-exposed"

The Neon Demon (2016) MIFF Movie Review: "Mauled by a Diamond Encrusted Hyena"

The Neon Demon gives fangs to high fashion. It’s a stunning descent into the madness of narcissism and self-preservation even when it’s stating the bleeding obvious.

The Neon Demon (2016) MIFF Movie Review: "Mauled by a Diamond Encrusted Hyena"

The Shallows (2016) Movie Review: "Blake Lively vs Giant Bloody Shark"

Ultimately it feels that the main tension driving The Shallows is not Blake Lively vs a giant bloody shark, rather the film’s high concept genre premise vs its studio backing.

The Shallows (2016) Movie Review: "Blake Lively vs Giant Bloody Shark"

Sausage Party (2016) Movie Review: "Dixar," you're damned right.

Sausage Party should have you laughing out loud and shaking your head in awe. Try slipping a sausage into a bun the same way ever again.

Sausage Party (2016) Movie Review: "Dixar," you're damned right.

Elle (2016) MIFF Movie Review: Michele, Ma Belle

Bet you never thought you’d see the words ‘rape revenge comedy’ in the one sentence to describe a film? Well, you probably weren’t considering Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct, Showgirls). Coupled with Isabelle Huppert, Elle is a visceral and unstoppable force that will suck you in from start to finish.

Elle (2016) MIFF Movie Review: Michele, Ma Belle

Love & Friendship (2016) Movie Review: “War and Peas”

Whit Stillman said that his primary filmic influence for Love & Friendship was the Steve Martin and Michael Caine slice of genius Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Scoundrels would be proud to see the result of his love and friendship.

Love & Friendship  (2016) Movie Review:  “War and Peas”

The Salesman (2016) MIFF Movie Review: Farhadi, You’ve Done It Again!

While The Salesman might not pack the same punch as A Separation (let’s face it, not a lot does), its suspense and tension is transfixing and ultimately devastating.

The Salesman (2016) MIFF Movie Review: Farhadi, You’ve Done It Again!

Jason Bourne (2016) Movie Review: "Bourne This Way"

Bringing the Bourne band back together with director Paul Greengrass, Matt Damon and some great session players in Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander and Vincent Cassel is great; but it feels like déjà vu.

Jason Bourne (2016) Movie Review: "Bourne This Way"

Star Trek Beyond (2016) Movie Review: “Pine-ing for Purpose”

Beyond doesn’t quite have the magic of Abrams’ Trek; but it shouldn’t. If Trek is about dreams, Beyond solidifies the reality.

Star Trek Beyond (2016) Movie Review: “Pine-ing for Purpose”