Category Film & Television

Confessions Of A Sometime Neophiliac

My mum was… not a very good cook. In saying this, I take nothing from her memory. She often admitted this herself: she did not enjoy cooking. The food that sustained my sister and me for so many years was plain, but healthy and sufficient. Even after all this time, I could still list the […]

The Troublesome Question of Star Trek: Discovery…

Now,  here’s a thing. I know perfectly well that expressing an opinion with regard to ANYTHING Star Trek from ANY time or location is tantamount to throwing rocks a wasp nest… a really big wasp nest full of dopey, angry and confused wasps who are nevertheless extremely persistent. But — what the hell. Some days […]

Review: Netflix movie “Bright”

Sue me. I was tired and slightly drunk. I watched ‘Bright’. Normally I’d include an image or two, or a link. Or whatever. But screw it. Too much effort. No. I didn’t like ‘Bright’.  It reminded me of ‘The Matrix’. When ‘The Matrix’ came out, the moviegoing world drew a collective breath and went “Oooh! […]

Review: Train To Busan

I’ve been meaning to catch this one for a while. And what better time then while laid up by a furious ‘flu which bids fair to bring on the zombie apocalypse? Seriously: I haven’t seen so much snot since… no… actually, I don’t think I’ve ever seen this much snot before. It’s like a vengeful […]

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 […]