FILM REVIEW: The Infinite Man

The Infinite Man (Hugh Sullivan, 2014)

Josh McConville & Hannah Marshall
Josh McConville & Hannah Marshall

I have to hand it to the writers of time travel stories, even if they are often full of plot holes. As a relatively uncreative person, I can barely comprehend the ability to create these weird paradox/infinite loop stories, just like how I can’t comprehend how dancers can learn whole ballets (and don’t even get me started on choreographers – they’re FREAKS!) You could criticise the inconsistences in The Infinite Man, but let’s face it. Time travel rarely makes sense. I don’t think it can.

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FILM REVIEW: The Little Death

The Little Death (Josh Lawson, 2014)

Josh Lawson & Bojana Novakovic
Josh Lawson & Bojana Novakovic

While there have been many top quality Aussie drama films of late, the comedy genre has been somewhat lacking on home soil. There is plenty of hilarious homemade television (Please Like Me, Twentysomething, It’s a Date, Summer Heights High to name a few) but feature film efforts often seem to be few and far between, or just not that good. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Little Death

FILM REVIEW: The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner (Wes Ball, 2014)

The entrance to THE MAZE
The entrance to THE MAZE

I remember as a child going into a maze at a park and getting frustrated by all the dead ends. Well that ain’t got nothing on the maze in this film, because if you don’t get out in time, YOU DIE! And you have to run, and I really, really, hate running. I also have no sense of direction which might make things a tad difficult. In that sense, this film depicted my version of hell, but it was also a hell of a lot of fun to watch. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Maze Runner

FILM REVIEW: The Immigrant

The Immigrant (James Gray, 2013)

Marion Cotillard & Joaquin Phoenix
Marion Cotillard & Joaquin Phoenix

If you’re enjoying life just a bit too much at the moment, and you want a film that leaves you feeling flat and depressed, LOOK NO FURTHER! For here is a film about an illegal immigrant who gets forced into prostitution. It’s visually drab and dark, the supporting characters are wankers, and the whole situation seems hopeless. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Immigrant

FILM REVIEW: Wish I Was Here

Wish I Was Here (Zach Braff, 2014)

Pierce Gagnon, Zach Braff, & Joey King
Pierce Gagnon, Zach Braff, & Joey King

Zach Braff managed to piss a lot of people off with this movie, and that’s before it had even been made. Due to difficulties finding investors, Braff used Kickstarter to raise funds to shoot his screenplay. Many of those angry loser types on social media criticised him for not contributing the full amount himself (rather than a partial amount), instead relying on his fans to make up the difference.

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FILM REVIEW: We Are the Best!

We Are the Best! (Lukas Moodysson, 2013)

Liv LeMoyne, Mira Barkhammar, & Mira Grosin
Liv LeMoyne, Mira Barkhammar, & Mira Grosin

It’s hard to begrudge a tween punk band who create a rebellious song about their hatred for school sport. Right on sisters! In Lukas Moodysson’s We Are the Best!, androgynous seventh graders Bobo (Mira Barkhammar) and Klara (Mira Grosin) refuse to accept that punk is dead in 1982 Sweden. On a whim they decide to start up a band, despite having never previously picked up an instrument. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: We Are the Best!

THEATRE REVIEW: The Sublime

The Sublime (Melbourne Theatre Company, 2014)

Ben O'Toole, Anna Samson, & Josh McConville
Ben O’Toole, Anna Samson, & Josh McConville

Oh the controversy! I had no idea that Brendan Cowell’s The Sublime had provoked such conflicting reactions until I trawled the internet after seeing it yesterday. The MTC has even published a statement in response to criticism of its decision to stage such a play.

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