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FILM REVIEW: The Martian

The Martian (Ridley Scott, 2015)

In Ridley Scott’s The Martian, science meets Hollywood, and philosophical musings are bypassed, creating a successful end product that should appeal to many. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Martian

FILM REVIEW: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (Wes Ball, 2015)

The young adult science fiction/dystopian future thing is like, so hot right now, but the overabundance of films in this genre in recent years has made it difficult for many series to stand out. With the best of the bunch, The Hunger Games trilogy, coming to an end in a matter of months, there’s no short supply of franchises to take its place. The Divergent and Maze Runner trilogies both offer up their second slice of pie this year, with one book (read: two films, obviously) still to go in the years ahead. We’ll also get the first instalment of The 5th Wave next year, and who knows what’s going to happen with The Giver, which was critically panned last year, even though Meryl Streep and Taylor Swift were both in it (read: it must have been pretty damn bad considering that casting perfection). Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials


Ex Machina (Alex Garland, 2015)

Ex Machina is one of the best films of the year thus far: smart, thought-provoking, brilliantly acted and well-crafted. But thinking about it for too long may cause your brain to implode. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Ex Machina

FILM REVIEW: Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending (Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski, 2015)

Nothing could have prepared me for what The Wachowskis (Andy and Lana) had in store for us this time around. After spellbinding audiences with The Matrix back in 1999, letting them down with the sequels, and then reclaiming some respect with Cloud Atlas (depending on who you talk to – I enjoyed it, but mainly because of the make-up), they have hit rock bottom with Jupiter Ascending. Five minutes in and I contemplated getting my money back (something I’ve never done) because it was clear from the get-go that this was going to be a monstrosity. If I hadn’t just seen Fifty Shades of Grey a few days earlier, this would have been the worst movie I’ve seen in years. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Jupiter Ascending


Lucy (Luc Besson, 2014)
clairestbearestreviews_filmreview_lucy_scarjoI’m sure scientists the world over cringed when they first saw the trailer for Lucy, which perpetuates the myth that human beings only use 10% of their brains. This myth has long since been discredited, and even director and screenwriter Luc Besson is aware of that fact. But who’s to let that get in the way of a good story? Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Lucy

FILM REVIEW: Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer (Joon-ho Bong, 2013)

Chris Evans
Chris Evans

Considering that this was initially released pretty much nowhere in Australia (Thank you Cinema Nova for being the only place to show it in Melbourne), you might assume that Snowpiercer is a wacky, out-there, too-crazy-to-comprehend type of film, but you would be wrong. While it is a little outside of the mainstream, this is decent science-fiction with a relatively easy storyline to follow, with a few known faces thrown in for good measure. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Snowpiercer


Godzilla (Gareth Edwards, 2014)
godzilla posterThis 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