Tag Archives: Two Stars

Film Review: Don’t Tell (Australia, 2017) doesn’t serve its source material justice

May I set the scene? On a farm in Queensland, 22-year- old Lyndall (Sara West) is talking to lawyer Stephen Roche (Aden Young) about her willingness to face the might of the Anglican Church in court over the abuse she suffered in boarding school. She asks about Bob Myers (Jack Thompson), the barrister who would represent her in court. With a thousand-yard squint, Stephen lists the barrister’s many qualities, pauses, then calls him a prick. One person at the back of the theatre laughs. Apparently, they didn’t see it coming.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Snatched (USA, 2017) is an uneven caper with more faces than a hundred watches

A more appropriate title for the film Snatched would be “Botched” because this was a wasted opportunity. The movie is an uneven one starring comedian Amy Schumer and Hollywood’s own, the truly wonderful Goldie Hawn making her silver-screen comeback after a 15 year hiatus. It’s one that has some decent-enough ingredients but the overall combination plays out like a holiday in hell.... Continue Reading

Film Review: CHiPs (MA15+) (USA, 2017) seldom earns its comedy tag

After proving himself a competent director and screenwriter with the rather modest (at least in comparison) action/comedy Hit & Run in 2012, Dax Shepard unfortunately fails to pair the aforementioned genres together again with CHiPs, an extremely loose adaptation of the popular 1977 television series, which attempts to blend sordid humour with high-grade action and frustratingly fumbles in the process.... Continue Reading

SXSW Film Review: The Honor Farm (USA, 2017) struggles with its narrative

Horror films aren’t like they used to be. Gone are the days of chainsaw wielding psychos with mummy issues and hockey mask wearing killers…. with mummy issues (I’ve stumbled upon something here). Indeed, the genre has become less about horny teenagers getting gutted in creative ways and more about utilising tropes to symbolise prevalent issues like coming-of-age. ... Continue Reading

Film Review: Fences (USA, 2016) proves too faithful to the original stageplay to shine as a film

Films adapted from a stageplay have always offered mixed results. While we have classics like ChicagoGlengarry Glen Ross and Sweeney Todd, we often have disasters like Rent and Mamma Mia! The reason for this is either because the stories of these plays or musicals do not have enough cinematic potential to succeed as a film-viewing experience or the director isn’t capable enough to realize that potential.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Red Dog: True Blue (PG) (Australia, 2016) hardly proves a necessary excursion

Just as emotionally manipulative as the 2011 original Red Dog but less successful in its execution, Red Dog: True Blue looks to merely survive on a superficial level as the “aww shucks” cuteness of the titular canine appears to be the sole reasoning behind this sequel/prequel hybrid coming to fruition.... Continue Reading

TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 1 “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be”

Before Season 7 of The Walking Dead premiered with the harrowing “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be” (the line Jenner said to Rick in Season 1 after he let the group leave the CDC) Chris Hardwick hosted a special preview edition of The Talking Dead. He closed with something along the lines of “whether you’re coming back, or not coming back, we appreciate you”. While he may not have known who Negan’s victim was at the time, he did know that the reveal would upset some fans so much that they may stop watching the show altogether. He was probably right.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Masterminds (M15+) (USA, 2016) never hits its target sucessfully

When “based on a true story” flashes across the screen in the beginning moments of Masterminds, you can’t help but think that it’s trying to squeeze an easy laugh out of its audience. Somehow, whether you believe it or not, Jared Hess’s comedy adopts its premise from an actual robbery that took place in the late 1990’s where an unlikely employee of an armoured car cash handling service successfully pulled off a robbery to the tune of $17 million dollars. Given the story Hess and writers Chris Bowman, Hubbel Palmer and Emily Spivey had to work with, not to mention the hoard of comedic acting talent involved, you would think the final filmic adaption would be worthy of your time.... Continue Reading