All posts by Larry Heath

Aussies to the rescue: The Spierig Brothers on revitalising the Saw franchise with Jigsaw

The latest instalment in the Saw franchise hits cinemas today – Jigsaw – which is being helmed by the Aussies who brought us the incredible Predestination (among others), The Spierig Brothers. The film currently sits with the best reviews since the original, which of course was directed by another Aussie, James Wan.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Thor: Ragnarok (USA, 2017) may be the best entry into the MCU yet

Thor: Ragnarok hits Australian cinemas tomorrow, and by now you’ve heard that this Marvel series’ third instalment lives up to expectations. Helmed by the great Kiwi director Taika Waititi, who assembled a cast of returning favourites and a few excellent additions from his own repertoire, Thor: Ragnarok takes the Marvel Cinematic Universe to new heights, delivering what may be the most entertaining, funny and well balanced entry yet. So you can tell this review isn’t going to differ much from what you’ve heard already. But I do want to delve into a few key reasons why this film succeeds above some stiff competition.... Continue Reading

Interview: Thor: Ragnarok Producer Brad Winderbaum on Matt Damon, Devo, Taika Waititi, Jeff Goldblum and the Gold Coast

While in Australia last week for the premiere of the latest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we sat down with Thor: Ragnarok producer Brad Winderbaum to talk about filming on the Gold Coast, working with New Zealand director Taika Waititi and Mark Mothersbaugh from Devo, bringing in Matt Damon and Jeff Goldblum – and we ask the all important question: If we don’t get a Thor 4, can we at least get a Grandmaster spin-off?... Continue Reading

Richard Lowenstein to appear at 30th Anniversary Screening of Australian Made at AMW Film Festival

The first annual Australian Music Week Film Festival got bigger this week with the announcement that legendary Australian Director Richard Lowenstein will be taking part in a Q&A following a special 30th Anniversary Screening of the classic Aussie Rock Documentary Australian Made, which will be closing the festival on Friday November 3rd at Cronulla’s GU Film House cinemas.... Continue Reading

Will anything in Hollywood actually change after Harvey Weinstein?

Over the last two weeks, since The New Yorker published a damning article exposing Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein as a sexual deviant (which puts it mildly), the fairly swift response from the entertainment community has been nothing short of overwhelming. Even surprising. Though certainly deserved. But if this is really endemic of a larger issue, as many claim (including the great Jane Fonda), then will the revelations of Weinstein’s indiscretions lead to any actual change in the film industry?... Continue Reading

Games Review: South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PS4, 2017) is a hilariously addictive RPG adventure

When you first jump into South Park: The Fractured But Whole, you pick up from where the last game, The Stick of Truth, and the last episode of the TV series (Season 21, Episode 4 “Franchise Prequel”), leave off. The boys have stopped playing a Lord of the Rings style quest and are now building their own “Marvel Cinematic Universe”, playing Superheroes and Villians as the Coon (Cartman), Professor Chaos (Butters), Mysterion (Kenny) and more enter their world of make believe, only to unravel some sort of criminal underworld as things get really, really out of hand. Because this is South Park, and that’s just what ten-year-olds do. Continue reading Games Review: South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PS4, 2017) is a hilariously addictive RPG adventure

What’s new in Joss Whedon’s Firefly 15th anniversary blu-ray set?

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since Joss Whedon’s now classic, short running TV series Firefly hit the airwaves. Possibly because so many of us discovered it years later. But with just 14 episodes and a movie (2005’s Serenity), the Firefly universe didn’t expand as much as fans might have liked – a fandom that has only grown with time – however a new home release may give them something to get excited about.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle (UK, 2017) is an enjoyable ride but does it overstay its welcome?

When Kingsman: The Secret Service debuted in 2015, it became a critical darling and surprise commercial hit due to strong word of mouth, and a truly original and exciting approach to the spy (and in many respects, the superhero / comic book) genre. Funny, irreverent and wholly memorable, it stands apart as one of the most entertaining films of the last few years. It’s unsurprising then that the surviving members of the cast – of which there were admittedly few – as well as director Matthew Vaughn (who was previously best known for another brilliant adaptation, Kick-Ass) have quickly reunited for a sequel, The Golden Circle, which hits cinemas today.... Continue Reading

Video Games Hands On: South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PS4, 2017) may be funnier than its predecessor

Last month I had the chance to spend a couple of hours with South Park: The Fractured But Whole, a game which literally picks up from where the last game, 2014’s The Stick of Truth, left off. The boys are still playing wizards, and as The New Kid, your quest to impress your classmates continues — all the while being introduced to the game’s new grid-based fighting system (battling a giant cardboard dragon, naturally). Cartman being Cartman, he throws a wrench in your plan, arriving from the “future” to launch a new game for the boys, part of a bid to kickstart a new superhero universe, and save a few cats along the way. Continue reading Video Games Hands On: South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PS4, 2017) may be funnier than its predecessor