If you’ve ever stepped inside a gym for even a second you’ll have a newfound respect for the kinds of weights these guys are lifting.
Veronica Mars, it’s good to see you again.
The plot is ridiculous, and the coincidences, preposterous conveniences and baffling plot holes become hard to ignore. In the end, it matters little. This is pure escapism…
A little of the spark from The Raid is missing in The Raid 2: Berandal but Evans’ artistry as an action director is undeniable. Evans, Uwais and Indonesia are the new centre of the arse kicking universe.
Need for Speed ensures that the reputation of films based on videogames remains in tatters. It’s a lemon.
The sequel, The Raid 2: Berandal (meaning hoodlums), is an exercise in dethronement.
Deciphering the meaning of the narrative will provide all different enlightenment for different people, but there is a lot more to All is Lost than just Redford in a yacht.
The Wind Rises is far from the most whimsical Studio Ghibli film.
300: Rise of an Empire is the kind of film a football coach would deploy to inspire his brutes before a big match. Let’s call him Coach Bicep. You can imagine Coach Bicep yelling at his players “look at the odds these guys overcame!’
Like a black cloud stalking the horizon, co-writer/director Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace has all the aesthetic and sensory cues that you’re about to be dropped into a no win situation. Stuck in a…
Nebraska is undeniable; agonisingly hilarious, unyielding in its paternal love and devastatingly authentic to the ache of life closer to its end than the beginning.
Relentless, terrifying and fiercely satirical; Wolf Creek 2 is best the horror sequel that this reviewer has ever seen and a high water mark for an already great looking year for Australian cinema.
While The Wind Rises will not rank amongst my favourites from Miyazaki, it is undeniably a grand finale.
In a world where we have four f*cking Transformers films and a Taken sequel, I think collectively we should all get off Vampire Academy’s dick.
Nebraska is a sublime piece of cinema that’s densely layered and packed with emotion. Payne proves the modest stories can be the most powerful.
The Past doesn’t have the thrilling tempo of Farhadi’s previous Oscar winning A Separation; but it’s as if you’re cemented into concrete boots and tossed into the chasm of consequence.
Don’t be fooled, That Awkward Moment (retitled Are We Officially Dating for Australian audiences) takes a tired 90s feeling premise, promptly forgets it and meanders for an excruciating ninety minutes only to deliver its best material in the outtakes.
Lightly avoiding sentimentality and punishing misery I found this quite delightful.
Hi all and welcome to 2014, it’s good to be back and writing again, I took quite a hiatus but there’s only so long before the beck and call of a keyboard and some choice snarky words bring me back into the loop. It is a privilege to write for the up-and-up Graffiti crew and I hope you are all enjoying my Asian content, which I hope to focus on even more this year.
Berg reboots his career as a director (see Hancock and Battleship) with this harsh tale of war.