Category Film & Television

Logan

I know a lot of people haven’t seen Logan yet, so I will be careful about any form of spoilers… which means this will be somewhat abstract. Nevertheless, I can give you my impressions.   First: as a film, it’s well shot, well composed, and well supported by a sparse but effective soundtrack. The performances […]

Review: The Return of the Caped Crusaders

  Oh. My. God. A few months back, I went to the local cinema to watch the animated version of Alan Moore’s iconic The Killing Joke — an absolute classic in graphic novel form adapted to screen. The cinema was packed. The movie? Wow. It sucked. I mean… it really sucked. Today, however, I went to see […]

Review: X-Men Apocalypse

  Who are all these weird-ass people and why should we give a toss anyway?   Ugh. It was AFL Grand Final day, and a number of my good friends in this area begged for an alternative to hanging around while their parents watched beefy men chase a chunk of leather around the field, so […]

Review: Dr Strange (the movie)

  But probably the not the one you think. Look — Doctor Strange is one of Marvel’s more interesting characters, and I’m as pleased as anybody that Benedict Cumberbatch is going to be playing the Sorcerer Supreme on the big screen. But the truth is simple: old Cumberbunny isn’t the first. Back in the dim, […]

Review: Hardcore Henry

  This movie is ridiculous, awesome, hilarious, stupidly violent, graphic as hell, brutal, ugly, and genuinely brilliant. Like Crank (the Jason Statham vehicle from a few years back) it hits the screen with the kind of pace that directors like Michael Bay just wish they could create, let alone sustain, and it barely lets up […]

Review: “He Never Died”

Hmm. Okay, this one is interesting. Some movies function as a whole. Some excel in certain areas, but fall down in others. As ever, the golden rule holds: it’s the characters that really count. He Never Died lies somewhere between dark fantasy and horror, with a strong streak of remarkably dry and mordant humour running through […]

Review: Dark Matter

You know, I really love Firefly.  And who doesn’t? Show’s been dead more than a decade now (if you don’t count the big old movie adaptation) but it still represents the high-water mark for a certain kind of TV science fiction. And likely always will. Lightning in a bottle there: the right writers, the right […]