Tag Archives: One Star

Film Review: Transformers: The Last Knight (USA, 2017) is a nonsensical, explosion littered mess

It’s gotten to a point now where it doesn’t matter what you think. 2014’s soft reboot Transformers: Age of Extinction was a woeful film, torn apart by critics and made its predecessors look like Citizen Kane in comparison. And yet, it grossed over $1 billion worldwide. It maintains a spot in the top 20 highest grossing films of all time. After four films, I guess you couldn’t blame Michael Bay and Paramount for simply phoning it in for their next sequel. And they did. Oh they so did. In fact they texted it in.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Kung Fu Yoga (China/India, 2017) is a disappointment for Jackie Chan fans

Before I get into this review, let’s get this out of the way. Ever since I first saw one of his films on SBS, I’ve been a huge fan of Jackie Chan, due to his incredible dexterity, creative fight choreography, amazing stuntwork and his likable aw-shucks persona.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Office Christmas Party (USA, 2016) delivers chaos but no comedy

Subplots run amok in Office Christmas Party, an overwraught holiday comedy that marks a return to the big screen for directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck, who are best known for the Will Ferrell and Jon Heder mishap Blades of Glory. Though unlike the 2007 sports comedy, the team’s latest feature doesn’t have the thick frame of oddly-aimed satire to anchor it, instead relying on an overcrowded cast of hit-or-miss comedians who are somehow roped into a script full of bad running jokes and stale archetypes.... Continue Reading

Monster Fest Film Review: The Greasy Strangler (USA, 2016) is… undeniably original

Sometimes when you review movies, you’ll occasionally take something that you had no clue existed, and upon watching it, you’ll only be left with more questions. The Greasy Strangler is one of those movies. It’s the type of film that you tell your friends to watch, if only to have someone to go to therapy with. ... Continue Reading

DVD Review: Dead 7 (R18+) (USA, 2016) is no Walking Dead – but there are boy bands!

Apparently we live in a world where members of boybands decide that writing and starring in a post-apocalyptic zombie filled cowboy shoot-em-up Western is a good idea. Initially when I saw the trailer for this film I had a little optimism that it could be one of those “so bad it’s almost good” type of films. You know the ones, like Sharknado, or Megashark VS Giant Octopus, or Snakes On A Plane. Considering this was a film funded by SyFy it’s easy to have some tentative, positive reservations. But what little hope I had for this film was dashed pretty quickly. Spoilers ahead because it would be impossible to discuss how terribad this film is without giving stuff away.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Dirty Grandpa (MA15+) (USA, 2016)

Best known for co-writing on Sasha Baron Cohen projects (Borat, Ali G), Dan Mazer’s 2013 directorial debut I Give It A Year was a crowd-pleasing, fairly underrated romantic comedy, that brought together a stellar cast and showed Mazer as a Director to watch in the commercial sphere. Fast forward three years and Mazer’s follow up film, Dirty Grandpa, sadly does not live up to his potential.... Continue Reading