Film

Film – Hidden Figures and Moonlight

 

· Friday, March 10, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

 

The appearance of three African-American tales up for best picture at the Academy Awards this year (Hidden Figures, Moonlight, and Fences) is welcome and curious.

Film – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

 

· Wednesday, February 15, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

 

It’s hard to criticise Rogue One because where it fails in terms of ridiculous aliens, clunky dialogue and absurd plot devices (the floppy disk that contains all the…

Film – Arrival

 

· Saturday, December 10, 2016 · 1 Comment 

 

Arrival tells a fairly straightforward story of first contact. Like many such films made since Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Arrival shares a common conflict between…

Film Review – The Magnificent Seven 

 

· Sunday, October 9, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

 

The Magnificent Seven

Director Antoine Fuqua

Starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke

Genre Moderate

Film Review – Free State of Jones

 

· Wednesday, September 7, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

 

The only thing more disappointing than a film that has nothing to say is a film that tries to say too much.

Film Review – The Lure

 

· Wednesday, July 6, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

 

When it came to the Sydney Film Festival for 2016 it was difficult to resist this SFF special; a Polish musical about bisexual vampire mermaids lured into performing…

Film Review – Money Monster

 

· Wednesday, June 8, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

 

There are plenty of good and great actors who became successful directors. Ron Howard, Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood and Ben Affleck are some recent examples. If Money Monster is anything to go by, then Jodie Foster will not be one of them.

Film Review – Batman v Superman

 

· Thursday, May 5, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

 

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Director: Zack Snyder

Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams

Genre: Death riding the good guys

Film Review – Spotlight

 

· Wednesday, April 6, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

 

I’ve also railed on numerous occasions against the concept of films “based on a true story”. The Revenant, Dallas Buyers Club, and Lovelace amongst others were all biopics…

Film Review – The Revenant

 

· Friday, February 5, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

 

The reality that “inspired” The Revenant is that Hugh Glass, an 1820s fur trader, survived a bear attack and was left for dead by his fellow fur traders…