Author: Carina Nilma

Film Review: Rocketman blasts the Elton John musical biopic into the stratosphere

May 28, 2019

Only several months after cinema screens were graced with Bohemian Rhapsody and part of the journey of Queen’s meteoric rise to fame. We now have Rocketman, which examines another flamboyant and influential musician, Elton John, and unlike the former, this film decidedly takes a bit more of a leap both stylistically and also narratively. Because […]

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First Impressions: Amazon Prime’s Good Omens is a black comedy doomsday romp

May 24, 2019

In these current dark and tumultuous times it can often seem like we’re rushing faster towards an impending apocalyptic like end. But fear not, the world continues to turn and we can rest assured that in the meantime watching Amazon Prime’s new series Good Omens will alleviate some of that tension. The show is based […]

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Film Review: Aladdin is tonally inconsistent but a fun remake of an OG classic

May 23, 2019

It’s easy to be cynical about the Disney juggernaut of rolling out live action remakes of their classic animated properties. We’ve already had Dumbo earlier this year which was watchable but felt like a little misstep by Tim Burton. Next comes Aladdin, which along with The Lion King releasing July 17 will be the 1-2 […]

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Film Review: Pokémon Detective Pikachu (USA/Japan, 2019) is an excellent buddy comedy based off a quirky video game

May 8, 2019

Video games have generally had a fairly bad run when it comes to movie adaptations. Either they veer too far away from their source material and lose their gamer fans, or they lean too far into it and go over the heads of mainstream audiences. So when it was announced that they were making a […]

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Film Review: Avengers: Endgame is the ultimate payoff for over a decade of films

April 24, 2019

It’s all been leading up to this, 11 years and more than 21 movies and it’s time for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to provide a conclusion to the Avengers saga and some of its Phase One heroes. The ones who ushered in a renaissance and resurgence of comic book superhero movies. Whodathunk that back in […]

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Album Review: Alexander Wolfe – Little Death (2019 LP)

March 30, 2019

There’s something funny to me referring to Alexander Wolfe as “an unknown, unheard of artist”. Most definitely to almost all Australian audiences he would be, but the British folk singer-songwriter has been releasing music since 2009. And even though it would be impossible to find one of his physical CDs in a store, he’s quite […]

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Film Review: Dumbo (USA, 2019) returns with slightly less flying fanfare

March 28, 2019

2019 is going to be a fairly big slate for the House of Mouse with not one but four “live action adaptations” of their intellectual property hitting cinema screens. The first one out of the gate is the film about a baby elephant with overly large ears who can fly. Originally Dumbo was based on […]

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Interview: Marc Fennell and Jan Fran, The Few Who Do and how podcasts are the future of media

March 13, 2019

The Australian media landscape is constantly shifting as technology disrupts how people access and absorb news. We’re seeing downsizing in the publishing and publication sector such as newspapers and magazines. Social media means fast but not always reliable or qualitative information. Interestingly enough the rise of podcasts has seen them become not just for entertainment […]

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Film Review: Captain Marvel (USA, 2019) is an inspiration for being less of a hero and more of a human

March 7, 2019

It’s taken 20-something movies but MCU has finally released their first female led superhero movie and despite some controversy leading up to its release we can rest assured that Marvel’s seemingly endless good streak continues.

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First Impressions: STAN’s Miracle Workers is a weirdly relatable existential workplace comedy

February 13, 2019

What do you get when you take a reluctant easily distracted God, a bunch of overworked angels and a bet that has the continued existence of Earth on the line? The new 7 episode mini-series on STAN called Miracle Workers, based on the novel “What In God’s Name” by series creator Simon Rich gives us […]

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Interview: Nothing But Thieves’ (UK) Joe Langridge-Brown on their upcoming Australian tour, revisiting demos, and Love Island

February 1, 2019

English rock band, Nothing But Thieves, are heading Down Under next month for a mini-tour after a busy 2018 of touring and festivals, even finding the time to release a new EP What Did You Think When You Made Me This Way. Ahead of their dates in Perth, Adelaide and the Central Coast, which mark […]

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Film Review: How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (USA, 2019) is a fitting end to a coming of age saga

January 4, 2019

When Cressida Cowell’s book series How To Train Your Dragon was developed into a film, its success took the world by storm and spawned a number of television series, short films, video games and even live performance shows. Now the third, and final film installment has arrived with How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden […]

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Film Review: Mary Poppins Returns (USA, 2018) is a delightful return to the whimsy and magic of Disney musicals

December 24, 2018

Disney once again mines its own intellectual property for more family fun over the holiday season. Their recent trend of recreating their animated features into new “live action” films has been an ongoing and generally successful juggernaut. However with Mary Poppins Returns, they’ve opted for a new take on the Poppins tale.

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Film Review: Ralph Breaks The Internet (USA, 2018) is more than just memes and viral videos

December 21, 2018

When 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph was released it conceptually took video game nostalgia and the joy of arcade games and brought that idea to life. This time in Ralph Breaks The Internet (aka Wreck-It Ralph 2) the sequel ups the ante by taking our two main characters from their comfortable video game realm into the much […]

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Liam Neeson coming down under this Summer to promote Cold Pursuit

December 12, 2018

He’s an acting icon, with an impressive list of dramatic roles including Schindler’s List, Rob Roy and Kinsey. But more recently he’s made a name for himself as a gritty action star courtesy of the Taken trilogy, The Grey and The Commuter. Now Irish actor Liam Neeson will be coming down under in the middle […]

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5 films to watch after you’ve seenOverlord

December 10, 2018

When a small group of American soldiers are thrust into a German-occupied French town. Their mission to take out a radio tower takes a terrifying turn when they discover Nazi doctors conducting human experimentation in order to create super soldiers. With the release of the World War II action plus zombie super soldier laden Overlord […]

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Film Review: Spiderman: Into The Spiderverse (USA, 2018) is a dazzling near perfect comic book movie

December 10, 2018

Of late comics fans have been spoilt for choice when it comes to seeing their favourite superhero being depicted on the big screen. The Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Extended Universe have been battling it out for the eyes and dollars of fans. So when word spread that another Spiderman movie would be on its […]

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Film Review: Overlord (R18+, USA) is a thrilling WWII action horror mashup

December 2, 2018

What do you get when you take a World War II action movie and smash it together with some monster horror Nazi-sploitation? You get the wild, bloody, gory ride that is Overlord. A film that has clearly defined good guys, bad guys, a hefty dose of patriotism and some reanimated super powered super soldiers to […]

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Interview: Julius Avery and Pilou Asbæk talk Overlord, mixing genres and working with JJ Abrams

November 29, 2018

It’s pretty obvious that war is nasty business, and can be pretty horrifying. So what happens when you make a World War II movie, that goes that extra step and adds in some Nazi zombies super soldiers in a bid to turn the war? Shit gets pretty crazy is what, and the new film Overlord does just that. […]

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Film Review: Robin Hood (USA, 2018) brings an abundance of action but nothing new to tell

November 22, 2018

We’ve all heard the tale of Robin Hood, the nobleman who robbed from the rich to give to the poor. Who becomes a revolutionary figure that leads to an uprising. A symbol of hope in a time of poverty and struggle. Well there’s a new Robin Hood movie out that brings all of that to […]

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