Tag Archives: Three Stars

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

TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 6 “Swear” shows slight improvement in an uneven season

We’re onto the sixth episode and so far The Walking Dead’s seventh season has been terribly uneven. Thankfully “Swear” is one of the better episodes so far, but even then it is an oddly placed, oddly paced bottle episode that serves as the obligatory catch-up with Tara and Heath but little more.... Continue Reading

Film Review: The Frontier (USA, 2016) serves as a striking calling card for its director Oren Shai

I hate to admit that I do not really know a lot about classical film noir, despite watching many films in the neo-noir genre like Brick, Sin City and of course, Veronica Mars. But what I do know are some of the main tropes of film noir: the femme fatale, the dirty cop and the fact that a minor crime is a catalyst to a major plot. And all of these tropes are present in Oren Shai‘s directorial film debut, The Frontier. And with a talented ensemble cast and Shai’s knowledge of the genre, this should be a winner. But does it live up to its potential?... Continue Reading

British Film Festival Review: Burn Burn Burn (M15+) (UK, 2016) succeeds where a lot of this genre stumbles

Burn Burn Burn – set to screen in Australia as part of the BBC First British Film Festival – is the feature film debut from director Chanya Button and surprised me as a standout film of the “road trip” genre. Even if it did take a little long to get there, it’s the journey that counts more than the destination.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Woody Allen’s latest Café Society (USA, 2016) offers a nostalgic but throwaway look at the great depression

Woody Allen’s latest film should be renamed “High Society.” This beautifully-shot comedy is a nostalgic but throwaway look at the glitz and glamour of some halcyon days in Hollywood and the smoky nightlife of New York. It’s ultimately like a pleasant and lightweight dream that celebrates money even though the thirties was synonymous for some with the great depression.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Joe Cinque’s Consolation (Australia, 2016) is an intense and poetic look at a horrific crime

Joe Cinque’s Consolation is a film that throws up a lot of questions. How much responsibility should society accept in a murder trial? Is a murder a preventable death? To what extent can we describe an inexplicable crime? This Australian film is based on some true events and is adapted from Helen Garner’s award-winning true crime book of the same name. The film is ultimately a fleeting, intense and enigmatic look at a senseless death.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (USA, 2016) is enjoyable and visually pleasing but inconsistent

Whilst Tim Burton is far from being back to his winning form, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is at least a step in the right direction for a filmmaker who has always found comfort in showcasing the weird and wonderful. Though the film slightly feels like a fantasy cash-in, much in the way features like Eragon and The Golden Compass did in the wake of the Harry Potter films, Burton embraces the heightened sense of reality screenwriter Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service) – working off Ransom Riggs’s novel – has adopted here, injecting a serious bout of camp into proceedings for good measure.... Continue Reading