52 Tuesdays (Sophie Hyde, 2013) This film was born out of a pretty cool concept, which was to follow two characters that meet up one day a week for a year. The next creative decision was to actually only film on Tuesdays for one year, and no, 52 Tuesdays is not a documentary (the description confused me into thinking it might be). Director Sophie Hyde and screenwriter Matthew Cormack wrote the weekly script just one week ahead of each filming day, meaning the film’s evolution was quite unique. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: 52 Tuesdays→
As someone who used to watch Masterchef on TV, I have to wonder why it was so appealing – they just cook food, big whoop. But there’s something about watching someone make a beautiful dish that somehow hits the spot (and of course the editing adds suspense and humour). We don’t even get to taste the food, but the visuals alone seem to hook us. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Chef→
Godzilla (Gareth Edwards, 2014) This 60th anniversary reboot of Godzilla had the potential to be rather terrible. From all reports the last Godzilla (Roland Emmerich, 1998) was just that, and who could really be surprised when the director had a name like Roland? I have seen the original Japanese film, Gojira (Ishirô Honda1954) and though I can’t remember much about it, I recall that it was decent, or at least by 1950s standards (pretty sure Godzilla was a dinosaur figurine). Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Godzilla→
Maybe she didn’t melt after all… for ELPHABA HAS RETURNED! Following on from its Australian premiere in Melbourne in 2008, Wicked has finally come full circle and is back at The Regent Theatre. From the moment I heard the Original Broadway Cast recording I loved this musical.
Belle (Amma Asante, 2013) ‘Based on a true story’, Belle is inspired by a 1779 painting of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) alongside her cousin, Lady Elizabeth Murray (Sarah Gadon). Reportedly, little is known about Dido’s life and thus the script may take some liberties in its telling of her story.
Transcendence (Wally Pfister, 2014) Set in the near future (it isn’t specified when exactly), Transcendence addresses the issue of the dangers of artificial intelligence (AI), but doesn’t quite probe deep enough. The film is directed by Wally Pfister, cinematographer on many of Christopher Nolan’s terrific films (The Prestige, Inception, The Dark Knight trilogy). This is his first foray into directing, and unsurprisingly he doesn’t quite hit the heights of Nolan’s brilliance. However, where the film is really let down is in Jack Paglen’s screenplay. There are so many deeper issues to be explored but Transcendence only touches the surface.
Bad Neighbours (Nicholas Stoller, 2014) If you have a problem with dick jokes, the notion of a baby eating a condom, seeing Seth Rogen have sex, or a sequence where a lactating woman has to be ‘milked’, then maybe think twice before watching Bad Neighbours. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Bad Neighbours→
The Rocky Horror Show (2014) Anyone unfamiliar with Rocky Horror should be forewarned: it’s weird and it’s sexual. Prudes need not apply. It’s also not for kids. Seriously, parents! DON’T BRING YOUR KIDS TO THIS SHOW. They’re too young for blow job jokes. Continue reading MUSICAL REVIEW: The Rocky Horror Show→
The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro (Marc Webb, 2014)
Spiderman (and I WILL spell it that way because it just seems right) is my favourite superhero. When I expressed this on Facebook last week I was told by a friend of a friend that they felt sorry for my “deprived life and sheltered worldview” where I was “forced to grow up believing that Spiderman is the best superhero or that he even is a superhero”. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Amazing Spider-Man 2→