Oh my lord this is all kinds of crazy! Way too long crazy, who are all these people crazy and ... an octopus playing drums crazy? Yes, all of the above. But also, it's fun, thank goodness. It's not brilliant by any means, and there is one villain too many - presumably to set up … Continue reading Aquaman
Drawing on themes and images familiar from American Westerns, director Warwick Thornton’s story of a lawman looking for a killer is nevertheless a very Australian story. Set in the 1920s, when the land was settled by ‘white fellas’ who claimed it by the mere fact of being there, and effectively indentured the indigenous people of … Continue reading Sweet Country
A quite incredible story which brought a tear to my eye towards the end. And yet I have the feeling that without the warmth and emotion of Dev Patel, and the raw natural presence of Sunny Pawar as Patel's younger incarnation, this would have been little more than a Hallmark movie - which would have … Continue reading Lion
Why do I find Andrew Garfield so difficult to watch? I can't work out if he's over-earnest, over-rated or over-acting. Or perhaps it's just me. Parts of this film were horrific, parts were like something from the True Life Stories channel and together it was a bit of a mishmash. I could have done without … Continue reading Hacksaw Ridge
Good grief. I'm struggling to find one thing I liked about this. Apart from that it mercifully came to an end. It has a 12A certificate, yet the script sounded like it was aimed at 5 year olds, with some pretty poor delivery and accents from several of the major characters. I didn't see too many … Continue reading Gods of Egypt
A washed-up former rugby star is given a chance at redemption when he is offered shelter by a fan who remembers his glory days. Match-fixing is apparently a real problem in Australian rugby, so this is addressing topical issues, some of them head-on. I liked the performances, particularly the daughter (Claire van der Boom), and … Continue reading Broke
OK, what have I missed here? I will readily admit that technically this has upped the game for action films. But having established that, I have to say that I found it a little repetitive and simplistic. I even wonder why it was called Mad Max, as he plays backup to much stronger and more … Continue reading Mad Max: Fury Road
Guy Pearce is one of those actors whose films I will always make a point of seeing, having admired him for quite some time. And Robert Pattinson may well soon be in this category too. With Cosmopolis and now The Rover, he is proving that there is much more to him than a sparkly vampire … Continue reading The Rover
A man takes on a job to venture out into the Tasmanian wilderness to seek out an allegedly extinct animal. But this is no friendly, cuddly save the animals plot - this is huge corporate greed which will stop at nothing to get what it wants. As he ...
If you want to see the on-screen definition of 'dysfunctional family', then this will certainly help! I haven't seen too many Australian films, but I have yet to see a bad one. This is another great, tense story, following a young man who is thrus...