FILM REVIEW: Minions

Minions (Kyle Balda & Pierre Coffin, 2015)

After the surprisingly good Despicable Me and its sequel, studio execs at Universal must have rubbed their hands with glee at the thought of all the extra money they could make off some cute little yellow blobs (THINK OF THE PLUSH TOYS!) Kiddies everywhere were besotted with the Minions (and you can imagine that these young audience members will forever associate the term ‘minions’ with these animated cuties) and will be out in full force these school holidays to see more of their shenanigans on the big screen. Set before the events of the Despicable Me films, Minions charts their journey from prehistoric times up until 1968 in their quest to find the perfect villainous leader. Enter Scarlett Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock) – the most powerful supervillain in the world, who enlists Kevin, Stuart, and Bob’s help in stealing the Queen’s crown jewels. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Minions

FILM REVIEW: Ted 2

Ted 2 (Seth MacFarlane, 2015)

Seth MacFarlane likes to play with fire when it comes to comedy, as proved time and time again in his hit animated series, Family Guy. After the success of 2012’s Ted, the pot-smoking, shit-talking teddy bear returns once more, and he ain’t no Paddington. Ted 2, like its predecessor, is not for the easily offended. But if you think dudes sharing a penis-shaped bong is utterly hilarious, then it may be right up your alley. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Ted 2

FILM REVIEW: Far From the Madding Crowd

Far From the Madding Crowd (Thomas Vinterberg, 2015)

Films based on classic literature are often devoured by lovers of the genre, while the rest of the cinema-going public run as far as they can in the opposite direction. But while Far From the Madding Crowd still sits largely in this niche, it manages to transcend others in the genre by involving a story that not only shows off beautiful language, but where stuff actually happens beyond a verbal sparring match in some rich wanker’s garden. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Far From the Madding Crowd

FILM REVIEW: Inside Out

Inside Out (Pete Docter & Ronaldo Del Carmen, 2015)

Ever since Pixar announced the concept for Inside Out I’ve been waiting with bated breath. I get excited for almost every Pixar film regardless because THEY’RE PIXAR, HELLO! (Toy Story! Cars! Finding Nemo!), but given my work as a school counsellor, I was even more pumped than usual. Because it has ALL THE FEELS! Or at least five of the big ones. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Inside Out

FILM REVIEW: Aloha

Aloha (Cameron Crowe, 2015)

Signs were never good for Cameron Crowe’s Aloha. When Sony’s emails were leaked last year it was revealed that co-chairman of Sony, Amy Pascal, had the following things to say about the film: the story makes “no sense”, “the script is ridiculous”, and “it never not even once ever works”. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Aloha

FILM REVIEW: Jurassic World

Jurassic World (Colin Trevorrow, 2015)

The dinosaurs are back and bigger than ever! The team at Isla Nublar clearly haven’t learnt from past mistakes, but whatever. It’s time to bring the park to a new generation! Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Jurassic World

MUSICAL REVIEW: Anything Goes

Anything Goes (Opera Australia & John Frost, 2015)

Opera Australia and John Frost team up yet again, and praise be to god it isn’t for another Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical. Though they stay in safe, old-fashioned territory once more, there is no denying that Anything Goes is one of the great classics, and this is coming from someone who will choose contemporary musical theatre over the classics almost every time. When I saw this on Broadway back in 2011 I was blown away by the sheer pizzazz of the extravagant production, and I was intrigued to see whether the Australian effort would match it. Continue reading MUSICAL REVIEW: Anything Goes

FILM REVIEW: Entourage

Entourage (Doug Ellin, 2015)

Four years after the conclusion of the hit television series, Entourage arrives on the big screen.  Full disclosure: this reviewer has never seen the television series, and remains unsure as to how exactly it padded out enough material for eight seasons. But it’s not hard to see why Entourage has its fans. It revels in excess – excess money, excess boobs, excess common sense, and all in the excessive town that is Los Angeles. Fans of the television show will likely eat the movie right up, though it does just feel like one extended episode without much of a point. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Entourage

FILM REVIEW: Partisan

Partisan (Ariel Kleiman, 2015)

Start the parade. The best film of the year so far is here and it’s AUSTRALIAN! Though Partisan doesn’t involve an Australian story or setting, it was filmed partly in Melbourne (as well as Georgia) and is made by talented Melburnian writer and director, Ariel Kleiman. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Partisan

FILM REVIEW: Wild Tales

Wild Tales (Damián Szifrón, 2014)

Wild Tales is the most seen Argentinian film of all time, and was nominated for best foreign language film at this year’s Oscars. Though this might work in its favour, many will be tempted to write it off as foreign, pretentious wankery that they won’t waste their time with because subtitles are too much effort, wah wah wah. Well I wouldn’t call myself a lover of foreign film (I see some, I like some of what I see) but I would implore all cinema lovers to see this film. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Wild Tales