All posts by Harris Dang

Sydney Film Festival Review: Alice in Earnestland (South Korea, 2015)

The dark comedy is, in my opinion, one of the hardest genres to accomplish. To take serious and taboo themes and put a humourous view on it requires an assured hand on all aspects of the storytelling. If the story is shown too serious, the humour will be seen as out of place. If the story is too comical, the serious themes will be seen as jarring. Great examples of dark comedies are American Psycho, A Clockwork Orange, Heathers and of course, Dr. Strangelove. So when I was about step into the rabbit hole to watch Alice in Earnestland, I was very nervous. Was the trip worth taking or will it end up landing with a thud?... Continue Reading

Film Review: Finding Dory (G) (USA, 2016)

Pixar Studios has long been regarded as one of the best animation studios in the world today, alongside Studio Ghibli, which in my denial still exists. But ever since the release of Cars 2, a disappointing sequel to a film that wasn’t that good to begin with, the seemingly infallible quality of Pixar has fallen. With films like Brave, Monsters University and The Good Dinosaur, they seemed to go towards that theory, but a creative surge with the release of Inside Out, a wonderfully exuberant and creative film, seemed to push them back in the right direction. And now we have Finding Dory, the long-awaited sequel to the 2003 hit, Finding Nemo. Will the film be worth the 13 year wait, or will it end up a disappointment?... Continue Reading

Sydney Film Festival Review: The BFG (USA, 2016)

Like many people in the world, Roald Dahl has been one of my favourite authors during my childhood. His twisted sense of humour, his unique whimsical touch and its warm-hearted tone have delighted kids as well as adults all around the world and even the film adaptations of his works have all been well-regarded by critics as well as audiences.... Continue Reading

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