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Review: SUNRISE Is A Surprising Supernatural Thriller

We go into films with certain expectations. We imagine what a film will be like, based on a title, a logline,  a poster or a trailer. I went into Andrew Baird’s Sunrise with a certain idea of what I thought I was getting. I expected a vampire [...]

February 17, 2024

Uncovering Curiosities: Brian De Palma’s DOMINO

  Any Brian De Palma is better than no Brian De Palma. That’s the way to look at any film from one of cinema’s greatest thriller directors. However, it’s a serious shame that 2019’s Domino feels like the master has had his edges [...]

September 11, 2021

Notebook Reviews: THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO

Kevin Reynolds – 2002 The Count Of Monte Cristo is a wonderfully old-fashioned swashbuckling adventure from director Kevin Reynolds. Much like his 1991 film, Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves Reynold’s adaptation of Alexandre [...]

May 29, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: David Michôd’s ANIMAL KINGDOM

David Michôd’s 2010 film Animal Kingdom is a multi-layered tale which follows a Melbourne crime family – the Cody’s led by Jackie Weaver’s matriarch “Smurf”. Loosely based on the Pettingill family, who took on the Melbourne police in [...]

April 5, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: Andrew Bujalski’s RESULTS

Writer-director Andrew Bujalski’s Results is an energetic black comedy peppered with a vibrancy that can only be created outside the studio system. Bujalski’s mumblecore background means that there’s an inherent realism woven into the 2015 [...]

January 13, 2021

Notebook Reviews: RAVENOUS

Antonia Bird – 1999 A bizarre and darkly comic horror-western, Antonia Bird’s Ravenous is a uniquely entertaining slice of cinema. The film features some great set-pieces and the first hour is stunning – it loses some momentum [...]

November 18, 2020

How Ridley Scott Got It Wrong With PROMETHEUS

Ridley Scott’s Prometheus begins with the birth of mankind, in an over-blown prologue which sets the tone for things to come. We then cut to Elizabeth Shaw and Charlie Holloway (Noomi Rapace and Logan Marshall-Green) who discover a map left [...]

June 18, 2020

Review: Brian De Palma’s DOMINO Is A Disappointing Dud

Any Brian De Palma is better than no Brian De Palma. That’s the way to look at any film from one of cinema’s greatest thriller directors. However, it’s a serious shame that Domino feels like the master has had his edges shaved, leaving [...]

July 30, 2019

DVD Review: Powerful Australian Crime Drama ANIMAL KINGDOM

  During the summer season your local cinema is usually filled with the latest blockbusters, all of them fighting for your attention and your cash. Now, there’s nothing wrong with mass entertainment on a commercial level, everyone loves a [...]

March 28, 2012