Ten years in the making, the latest Mad Max instalment blazes into cinemas this month with a resounding bang. Forget The Avengers, forget Transformers, forget every other action movie you’ve ever seen (because chances are, they weren’t that good). And get ready for George Miller to change the game. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Mad Max: Fury Road→
By now, you’ve probably heard that sugar is the devil. It’s making us fat, tired, and anxious, all the while rotting our teeth and reducing our life spans. Apparently we need that message rammed down our throats just a little bit more, hence actor Damon Gameau’s That Sugar Film. Coming ten years after Morgan Spurlock‘s Super Size Me, the focus shifts from high fat to high sugar diets. Gameau’s film also coincides with the release of his That Sugar Book, because you can never have too many non-expert opinions.
Aussie movies aimed at kids don’t seem to come around too often. Try to think of a film set in Australia with Australian characters that is primarily for children. From this millennium. I can only come up with two – Hating Alison Ashley (2005) and Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger (2008) and these are both aimed more specifically at girls in early secondary school. It is thus a welcome rare event for Paper Planes to be released these school holidays. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Paper Planes→
Following his starring role in the biblical epic Noah earlier in the year, Russell Crowe once again plays the hero who can feel the water coming. But this time it is a local story, and one that acts as his directing debut. The garish opening credits lower expectations and it’s fairly obvious that The Water Diviner hasn’t been made by a seasoned pro. It’s one of the weaker Australian films released in 2014 (as there have been some great ones) but it still has its strengths. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Water Diviner→
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.
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→
Predestination (Michael Spierig & Peter Spierig, 2014)
Oh look, ANOTHER great Australian film. And for those who can’t hack the local stuff, you can be rest assured that its local origins are barely recognisable. Starring Ethan Hawke and set in New York, you could easily assume it to be an American work – and indeed, it is based on American Robert A. Heinlein’s short story All You Zombies. But just know this: the film adaptation IS Australian, and it IS awesome. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Predestination→