Tag Archives: Five Stars

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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Film Review: Everybody Wants Some!! (MA15+) (USA, 2016)

Dubbed the “spiritual predecessor” to his classic film Dazed and Confused, Richard Linklater’s new film Everybody Wants Some!! takes us from the 70s to the 80s, and from the last days of high school to the first days of college in Texas. Much like in Dazed, we meet a group of young people about to embark on a new chapter of their lives. And where as Dazed may have involved the football players, in Everybody our group of College students are the school’s baseball players, ready to begin training for the first games of the season, ahead of the first days of school.... Continue Reading