Tag Archives: Three Stars

AF French Film Festival Review: Daguerrotype (France, Belgium, 2016) has its flaws, but creates the perfect eerie atmosphere

Best known for his contribution to Japanese horror, director Kiyoshi Kurosawa brings an interesting take on a ghost story. Daguerrotype (Le Secret de la Chambre Noire) follows a Parisian named Jean (Tahar Rahim) who is hired to be an assistant to the elusive photographer Stéphane (Olivier Gourmet). With Jean’s help, they create heart-stopping daguerreotypes, an old form of permanent photography which captured images on silver-coated plates. These images were often of Stéphane’s beautiful daughter and muse, Marie (Constance Rousseau), who wishes to escape from the confines of their home and her father, and sees Jean as her hope to freedom. As the story progresses, bizarre things start to stir within the house.... Continue Reading

TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 12 “Say Yes” ups the ante in cheese factor

With four episodes left in the season, we and the group from Alexandria are all gearing up for one hell of a showdown. That means the stakes get higher, situations get more tense and occasionally Greg Nicotero and his crew need to pad out an episode here and there. Not to say that “Say Yes” was a bad episode – I’d be pretty disappointed if at this late stage, they produced something forgettable – but it probably didn’t feel as weighty as it should have.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Cameraperson (USA, 2016) is an artistic look at the world of documentary filmmaking & cinematography

Cameraperson shines a light on the individual behind the camera. In this case it is cinematographer, Kirsten Johnson, a woman with some 25 years’ experience in the movie-making business. She’s also known for having worked on films like Fahrenheit 9/11 and Citizenfour, among others. Cameraperson is a documentary that lets the footage speak for itself with varying degrees of success and at its best is an illuminating look at the world of documentary filmmaking.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Peter Berg offers a spirited homage to “Boston Strong” with Patriot’s Day (USA, 2017)

There is no way for Peter Berg’s Patriot’s Day to avoid being labelled as exploitative and “too soon”, if even just for the title. For the past few weeks critics have been piling onto the director’s dramatic retelling of the bombings which took place during the annual Boston Marathon in April of 2013, killing three people and injuring hundreds of others, some whom lost limbs in the explosions; reception has been mixed. It’s understandable, and there are certainly moments during the film where Berg seems to take advantage of the situation to escalate the emotional impact of the slightly embellished story, but for the most part Patriot’s Day is a respectful, thoughtful look at the aftermath of a tragedy and a love letter to the resilience that is said to have defined the city during and after the four-day manhunt that ensued.... Continue Reading

TV Review: Sherlock “The Final Problem” Season 4, Episode 3

In last week’s episode ‘The Lying Detective’ came the revelation that the Holmes boys have a sister, a shocking bombshell that had eluded us all. Mainly because Mycroft had purposefully kept her existence a secret from Sherlock (and us the viewers). In this week’s episode, those long buried secrets come to the surface, and Sherlock and John have their greatest challenge to date, facing off against the smartest Holmes sibling of all. Spoilers henceforth of course. ... Continue Reading

TV Review: Sherlock ‘The Six Thatchers’ Season 4 Episode 1

Ready the tea and make sure you’ve got your shock blanket handy because BBC Sherlock is back and here to emotionally ruin you all over again with a brand new series. Thanks to streaming service provider Stan, Australia gets each episode of Season 4 within hours of it airing in the UK. Obviously this review is going to have spoilers, so if you haven’t watched the episode yet, maybe get cracking on that before you read all of this.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Allied (USA/UK, 2016) is strengthened by a tour de force performance from Marion Cotillard

Robert Zemeckis is a film-maker that has both enthralled and frustrated me. For the most part, his films can be exciting, fun and incredibly well-told; take the Back to the Future series, Cast Away or the classic Who Framed Roger Rabbit. But at his worst, his films can be corny and indulgent; What Lies Beneath, his motion-capture films like The Polar Express and even The Walk are examples of that.... Continue Reading

TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 7 Mid-Season Finale “Hearts Still Beating” brings hope back to the show

As the front-end of The Walking Dead’s average seventh season comes to an end we get another glimmer of hope on the horizon, but those small sparks are still overshadowed by a script that leans a bit too heavily on Jefferey Dean Morgan, overindulging in Negan’s affable sociopath shtick. The showrunners are so confident in their new big bad that they have pushed for 90-minute run times for each episode in which he dominates the screen, and only once – last week – has this been justified. Thankfully, “Hearts Still Beating” is just as good as “Sing me a Song”, though we still need a better showing from this series if they are going to atone for how horribly inconsistent it has all been since they killed off their most likeable character.... Continue Reading