Tag Archives: Five Stars

Sydney Film Festival Review: I Am Not Your Negro (USA/France, 2016) is a powerful and evocative look at the Civil Rights Movement

America has long been a country divided, afflicted by the separation between white and black men and it still continues to this day. I Am Not Your Negro is a unique documentary that is an analysis of the civil rights movements of the 50’s and 60’s right through to the current Black Lives Matter movement. But also an insight into the very personal dealings of African American essayist, playwright and social critic James Baldwin with his friends and civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. ... Continue Reading

Film Review: Damien Chazelle’s La La Land (USA, 2016) achieves cinematic and musical perfection

La La Land is the new film from offensively talented director Damien Chazelle, who last impressed with the Oscar winning film Whiplash, a story (in part) about the search for musical perfection in a young Jazz drummer. In La La Land, we remain in a musical world, as Chazelle takes us back to the classic Hollywood musical – Singin’ in the Rain being one of the most on-the-nose examples thematically and artistically – against the landscape of jazz music (a running theme in all of Chazelle’s films) and a love story across the seasons.... Continue Reading

TV Review: Ash vs Evil Dead Season 2, Episode 8 “Ashy Slashy” (USA, 2016) is the best episode of the series yet

I was under the impression that Ash vs Evil Dead had reached it’s peak. That episodes like the last two and season one’s finale and Killer of Killers couldn’t be topped. After all, a goofy horror/comedy genre mash-up probably has no right to strive for anything brilliant. Right. Right? No. Ashy Slashy now holds the crown as the single greatest episode of the show yet and if it’s closing moments are any indication, it shows no signs of quitting while its ahead.... Continue Reading

TV Review: Ash vs Evil Dead Season 2, Episode 7 “Delusion” (USA, 2016)

I remember writing a review for a season one episode of Ash vs Evil Dead that started with “well that was different”. The final verdict was that it was the first mediocre episode of the series. Delusion also goes through a vicissitude, breaking the norm and presenting something totally different to what we have expected. Only this time, it works and it’s one of the best episodes yet.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Nocturnal Animals (MA15+) (USA, 2016) is one of the best films of the year

Better known as one of the world’s greatest fashion designers, Tom Ford proves himself every inch the competent filmmaker with Nocturnal Animals.  Verifying his debut feature A Single Man was no flash in the pan either, Ford juxtaposes a relationship drama feature with a violent revenge tale in such an effortless fashion you’d swear you were watching the work of a seasoned director.  Cross-cutting between his various stories without sacrificing their individual ingredients, Ford has delivered an enthralling film that not only demands your attention but deserves it as well.... Continue Reading

Film Review: The Age of Shadows (MA15+) (South Korea, 2016) is a brilliant, gripping, must-see experience

South Korean Director Jee-woon Kim’s film credits comprise an impressive catalogue of thrilling action films. His balls to the wall 2005 film A Bittersweet Life is still one of my favourite action movies; he’s payed homage to Sergio Leonne with The Good, The Bad, The Weird and in 2013 he teamed with Arnold Schwarzenegger for his Hollywood debut The Last Stand. Now he’s back in his home land, joined by some familiar faces for a 1920’s spy thriller.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Tickled (MA15+) (NZ, 2016) is documentary work at its finest

Seemingly about the fun, bizarre world of an adult sub-culture called ‘Competitive Endurance Tickling’, comes a documentary that takes fast steps sideways, trips down some steep, morbidly dark stairs and leads viewers into the world of abuse, identity theft and cyber bullying. Like so many great documentaries before it, you walk away from Tickled wanting – NO, needing – someone to pay for their actions.
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