FILM REVIEW: Last Cab to Darwin

Last Cab to Darwin (Jeremy Sims, 2015)

No doubt assumptions will be made based on this film’s title alone, but it’s not the crap ocker rubbish you might be anticipating. Last Cab to Darwin is based on the true story of cab driver, Max Bell, and follows the 2003 stage production of the same name. In the film adaptation, Rex (Michael Caton), a cab driver in Broken Hill, is given three months to live following a failed surgery targeting his stomach cancer. Euthanasia has been recently (and temporarily) legalised in the Northern Territory, and Rex drives his cab to Darwin, to meet euthanasia advocate, Dr. Nicole Farmer (Jacki Weaver). In doing so he leaves behind his aboriginal neighbour and clandestine missus, Polly (Ningali Lawford), who is heartbroken by his decision to leave. Along the way he meets Tilly (Mark Coles Smith), a troubled young aboriginal man who prefers to play the role of drifter rather than take on the responsibilities of husband and father. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Last Cab to Darwin

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FILM REVIEW: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

You know a film has done its job when Tom Cruise is facing near death and you actually want him to survive. And while it’s tempting to hope that any Cruise vehicle will be a massive flop, they’re often annoyingly quite decent. You’d think with its fifth instalment that a franchise would be reaching its expiry date, but there’s no end in sight for Ethan Hunt – at what age do secret agents usually retire exactly? Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

FILM REVIEW: Trainwreck

Trainwreck (Judd Apatow, 2015)

If you don’t know the name Amy Schumer by now, it’s time to crawl out from under the rock you’ve been living under and rejoin the ranks of society. Following in the footsteps of Lena Dunham, Tina Fey, and Mindy Kaling, Schumer is the latest supergirl of smart female-driven comedy and the latest girl crush of many. Though her rise to the top has seemingly happened overnight, Schumer started hitting the stand-up comedic circuit over ten years ago, before creating her popular sketch show Inside Amy Schumer in 2012. Trainwreck marks her first leading film role as well as her first screenplay and is based loosely on her own experiences. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Trainwreck

FILM REVIEW: Ant-Man

Ant-Man (Peyton Reed, 2015)

Yes, Ant-Man is a thing. It seemed like it could go one of two ways: 1) take itself seriously and be a colossal waste of time, or 2) acknowledge how ridiculous the concept of Ant-Man is and be hilarious as a result. Unfortunately it tried to have it both ways, resulting in a mediocre end product. There were jokes here and there to remind us that it wasn’t taking itself too seriously, but altogether it was pretty damn boring. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Ant-Man