Category Archives: DVD and Blu-Ray

Blu-Ray review: Morgan (MA15+) (USA, 2016) is well-intentioned, though not entirely successful

A well-intentioned, though not entirely successful debut venture from Luke Scott (son of Alien director Ridley Scott, for those of you playing along at home) Morgan is more a shallow version of Ex-Machina than the slick sci-fi character study it so clearly desires to be.... Continue Reading

TV Review: Wayward Pines‘ sophomore season survives by stepping into the unknown

The first season of Wayward Pines made its premiere with auspicious timing. Aside from recruiting veteran actors Matt Dilon, Juliette Lewis and Toby Jones, or the fact that M. Night Shyamalan had joined as a producer and would direct the series pilot; the show would find its most eager audience in a void that had formed six months earlier.... Continue Reading

DVD Review: Take Down (USA/UK, 2016) is a contrived thriller that tries too hard to be Brat Camp meets Hunger Games

Take Down (aka Billionaire Ransom) is what you would get if you made cardboard cut-outs characters and put them in a world that was like Brat Camp-meets-The Hunger Games. The film is a thriller that is short on character development and suspense. It means that what ensues feels rather slow, tedious and contrived.... Continue Reading

DVD Review: Rosehaven Series One (Australia, 2016) is a funny comedy misadventure about two unlikely friends

Rosehaven is a comedy show that finds the funny in lots of things. It’s a fish-out-of-water comedy, a buddy comedy and a sitcom set in rural Australia. This eight-part series debuted on the ABC in 2016 and it was a hit with audiences. This is because it’s a funny show about two rather unlikely friends and their lives in the fictional town of Rosehaven.... Continue Reading

Building Pete’s Dragon: How an Indie Director and a New Zealand Studio Helped Redefine Disney

As it turns out, giving the reigns of a big-budget Disney film to a Director who until now has been best known for indie cinema can be just the thing an old underappreciated story needs. That’s exactly what Walt Disney Studios did to breathe new life into Pete’s Dragon, recruiting David Lowery to helm an artful reinterpretation that not only turned out to be one of the studio’s critical highlights of 2016 (and that’s saying a lot, it’s been a strong year for Disney), but subverted the cultural pushback many critics have led against the nostalgia-driven emergence of reboot culture.... Continue Reading

Win a copy of Robert Redford’s The American West on DVD

The American West is a factual docudrama that recently aired on Foxtel’s History Channel, which catapults you into a violent world of cowboys, Native Americans, outlaws and gunslingers. The ground runs red with the blood of their stories, from Jesse James to Billy the Kid. These men were the first to live the American dream, and the first to die for it.... Continue Reading

Win a copy of Jack Taylor Season 3 on DVD

Based on the bestselling crime thrillers by Ken Bruen, Jack Taylor is an Irish ex-cop, on the wrong side of forty who has become a finder with a sharp tongue and a soft heart. He takes on the cases The Guards won’t touch, no matter how hopeless. He’s pig stubborn. He defends the lost and the broken. He’s good because he looks where no one else looks, talks to the people no one else talks to. Moreover, he knows every back street in his hometown, Galway, knows the seed and breed of everyone in it. But small towns have big memories, and like Jack they are quick to anger and slow to forgive.... Continue Reading