All posts by Harris Dang

Film Review: The Conjuring 2 (MA15+) (2016) (USA)

Our own Australian director James Wan has made quite a name for himself in the horror genre. Alongside some mild detours like the revenge-film Death Sentence and the ventriloquist horror Dead Silence, he started off the Saw franchise – which spawned SEVEN films. Next came the Insidious franchise – which spawned another FOUR films.... Continue Reading

Film Review: The Nice Guys (MA15+) (USA, 2016)

It has been a long time coming, but it is here. It is finally here. A brand-spanking new film by renowned action-maestro Shane Black. For those who don’t know, Shane Black is responsible for writing cult-classic 80’s/90’s films like Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Last Action Hero and The Monster Squad. He knows his action films.... Continue Reading

Human Rights Arts & Film Festival Review: Hooligan Sparrow (China, 2016)

There are a LOT of crazy, yet infuriating stories that happen in Communist China. Some of the stories include an annual dog-eating festival to its catastrophic levels of pollution to hundreds of dead pigs in rivers and many others – but none of them had prepared me for this hard-hitting and shocking documentary.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Eddie the Eagle (PG) (UK/USA) (2016)

Biographical films, especially ones that revolve around triumphs of the human spirit, can range from the truly inspirational The Pursuit of Happiness to award-bait films like the dull and manipulative The Blind Side to unmitigated disasters like the agonizing Patch Adams. However, very few of those films show the comedic side of life and this is where Eddie the Eagle comes in.... Continue Reading

Film Review: London Has Fallen (MA15+) (USA, 2016)

American nationalism is back on-screen once again in full display in the action sequel to Olympus Has Fallen. On a minor note, Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett and others from the previous film are back as well. But seriously, the first film, by director Antoine Fuqua of Training Day fame, was a surprise success at the box office, especially when compared to its more expensive and sleeker competitor, White House Down, by disaster-porn purveyor Roland Emmerich of Independence Day fame. Many thought it was due to the huge disappointment of A Good Day to Die Hard (aka Die Hard 5) and since Olympus Has Fallen had many comparisons to Die Hard, it was seen as the film A Good Day to Die Hard should have been. And now we have London Has Fallen, an inferior yet entertaining sequel that still carries the throwback vibe the first film has and has some other surprises too.... Continue Reading

SXSW Review: We Are X (UK/Japan, 2016)

It must be said before I review this documentary that I know little to nothing about rock ‘n roll. But what compelled me to watch this documentary was that I am a fan of Japanese culture; everything from food to film to settings so their musical culture should be a must see for me. The only rock band in Japan that I know of is Guitar Wolf, a band so popular that they starred in their own movie as themselves fighting zombies, called Wild Zero. But now we have a documentary, We Are X, that provides a glimpse of the near-global phenomenon of ultra-popular rock band, X-Japan. While undeniably entertaining and informative enough for its goals, I wished that it had more depth into their past as well as some other factors that felt glossed upon.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Grimsby (MA15+) (UK/USA, 2016)

Offensive. Repulsive. Shocking. Unapologetic. These words are always associated with a film starring Sasha Baron Cohen as the lead. Films such as Borat, Bruno and The Dictator have brought levels of laughter due shock and wit, and with his latest film, Grimsby, it is no exception. If you hated any of those movies, punch out now. After having dealt with themes of xenophobia, homophobia and dictatorships, Grimsby deals with social class, but like Cohen’s previous films, don’t expect any subtlety whatsoever.... Continue Reading