Film

A Star Is Reborn: Why ‘remake’ is not a dirty word

October 19, 2018

No matter how Hollywood tries to sell it, remake will always be a word deemed blasphemous to cinephiles the world over.  Sure, they can throw out terms such as reboot or reimagining or revisioning, but regardless of the spin, they all refer to the same type of picture.  And because it’s one we have experienced […]

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Interview: Visual Effects Supervisor Patrick Turbach talks Solo and the making of the Kessel Run

October 19, 2018

Earlier this year the latest Lucasfilm epic, Solo: A Star Wars Story hit the theatres around the world, and is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray. Academy Award-winning director, Ron Howard put a story into place about the beloved heroes Han Solo and Chewbacca. Packed with star-studded cast, and plenty of mind-blowing visual effects, the […]

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Feast Films: Darebin Music Feast set to celebrate extraordinary women in music with six film screenings

October 17, 2018

After an already incredible and diverse music program, this year’s Darebin Music Feast introduces you to its first venture into cinema with Feast Films. Partnered with Thornbury Picture House, Feast Films is screening feature and documentary films in Melbourne on the theme of gender and the music industry, following the extraordinary lives and careers of […]

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Watch the first trailer for Glass as the M Night Shaymalan Universe connects Unbreakable and Split

October 17, 2018

Eighteen years ago we were introduced to Unbreakable, the superhero film that was not all it seemed. Two years ago, sixteen years after the original made its debut, the sequel Split came to our screens with a twist ending we never expected. Now, from the unbreakable original, to the tension splitting sequel, comes the next instalment […]

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Why you need to experience Damien Chazelle’s First Man in IMAX

October 10, 2018

When one praises a film, one of the many positives that one would say is that the storytelling is incredibly immersive from a visual perspective. Films with such praise would include Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, J.J Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness and Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. But what all those films mentioned have […]

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Film Review: In Like Flynn (Australia, 2018) is predominantly fizzy and shamelessly cheesy

October 10, 2018

Director Russell Mulcahy, the Melbourne filmmaker whose career has seen him graduate from Elton John music videos to varied levels of cinematic quality (the 1984 wild boar in the outback horror flick Razorback, the ill-advised Kim Basinger vehicle The Real McCoy, and the Geoffrey Rush drama Swimming Upstream just a few of his efforts) is […]

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OzAsia Festival Review: Of Fathers & Sons (Syria, 2017) lifts the veil on religious extremists

October 9, 2018

Of Fathers & Sons should come with a warning. This is likely to induce nightmares even though it’s not strictly a horror film. It is however, a horrifying documentary that chronicles a religious zealot and his young, jihadist-in-the-making sons. The result is a visceral and eye-opening look at this largely-unknown world. Filmmaker, Talal Derki is […]

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Five documentary features you need to watch on Netflix

October 9, 2018

There’s no shortage of documentaries on Netflix – both in feature and episodic format. Here’s just five documentary features you need to add to your playlists: Blackfish Blackfish is a documentary about the captivity of orca whales, where it investigates the psychological and physical torment these sea animals go through in the name of corporate […]

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Film Review: Damien Chazelle has crafted something truly impeccable with First Man (USA, 2018)

October 9, 2018

It seems almost baffling that Neil Armstrong’s account of being the first man on the moon hasn’t been told prior to Damien Chazelle‘s First Man.  Clearly an intimidating figure but still reserved, sensitive and aloof enough to not be placed upon a pedestal as some flawless being, Chazelle’s film seeks to uncover the more human […]

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Six new movie trailers you need to watch right now

October 8, 2018

From the new Elton John biopic, to Wizards and an unrecognisable Christian Bale, here are six just released movie trailers you need to watch… Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald One more addition to the beloved Harry Potter franchise, Crimes of Grindelwald is the second film in a new series of five, written exclusively for the screen […]

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Film Review: Alpha (USA, 2018) is an ancient story of Man’s best friend

October 6, 2018

Set in Europe “20,000 years ago”, a tribe of hunter-gatherers is preparing to hunt before winter. Keda (Kodi Smit-McPhee), is learning the ropes from his father, the tribe’s chief Tau (Johannes Haukur Johannesson). Quiet and sensitive, the young Keda is having issues in coming to terms with killing animals, with father gently guiding him unto […]

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Interview: Director Bart Layton talks about his new film American Animals

October 4, 2018

Earlier this year while he was here for Sydney Film Festival – and not long after I had the chance to see the film at SXSW – I sat down with director Bart Layton to talk about his new film American Animals, which is in cinemas next Thursday. Based on a true story that happened at […]

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Interview: Hyun Lee on Asian Girls and the benefits of diversity in film funding

October 4, 2018

Earlier this year, we sat down with Hyun Lee, the director of a short film called Asian Girls which screened at SXSW in Austin, Texas and then at the Sydney Film Festival. We talked about the making of the film, working with Rainbow Chan, and the benefits and importance of diversity in film funding. It’s […]

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Film Review: Venom (USA, 2018) is a wasted opportunity at a more irreverent antihero

October 4, 2018

I’m going to preface this review by saying, I’m not a comics person, I just enjoy comic-adaptation movies. So my reviews tend to have this film-centric lens rather than delving into how aspects of specific comic editions or stories can be seen threaded through the movie. So now that I’ve gotten that out of the […]

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Film Review: American Animals (USA, 2018) is a masterful, original take on the heist & true crime genres

October 3, 2018

American Animals is the scripted film debut from writer/director Bart Layton, who walked away with a BAFTA for his debut effort, the documentary The Imposter. Knowing he comes from a documentary background is unsurprising when you see this film, which screened at Sundance earlier this year to a good deal of critical acclaim, and continued […]

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Win a double pass to see Aussie fantasy flick Harmony starring Jessica Falkholt

October 3, 2018

Thanks to Cowlick Entertainment, we have 10 Double Passes to give away to Harmony, part one of the “Five Frequencies Saga” and the final work of Jessica Falkholt, the Home and Away star who we tragically lost in a car crash late last year. Harmony chronicles the story of Harmony, a super-empath born with the […]

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Watch: Stefan Hunt’s short film We’re All Going To Die released online after touring the world

October 2, 2018

In September last year, the art festival We’re All Going To Die premiered in Sydney. Founder Stefan Hunt is promoting his message and encouraging people across the globe to “Fear less and live more”. WAGTD is a creative community in place to remind you to celebrate life through the lens of death, using art to […]

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Photo Gallery: Oz Comic-Con Sydney 2018 with Cary Elwes, Nathaniel Buzolic and more

September 30, 2018

On a cool, fresh, sunny September weekend as the school holidays kicked off, ICC Darling Harbour hosted Oz Comic-Con Sydney. It’s an event Where awe-inspiring actors, colourful cosplay, gladiatorial gamers, bodacious book authors, and compelling comics all come together. Over the course of the weekend, celebrity film and TV stars hosted question & answer panels […]

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Film Review: Night School (USA, 2018) is a film that will have you begging for an expulsion

September 27, 2018

Night School is a film with a very well-worn premise that has been done many times before (Billy Madison and Old School to name a few), but there factors here that could make the film transcend my meagre expectations. One is the paring of Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish, two of the biggest comedy stars right […]

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Film Review: Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot (USA, 2018) is a charming crowd-pleaser with a dash of irreverent humour

September 26, 2018

It may not seem like it, but it’s been ten years since director Gus Van Sant gave us the powerful and Oscar-winning biopic Milk. Since then, the filmmaker has been in somewhat of a slump, with three films (Restless, Promised Land, and The Sea of Trees) falling flat on their faces. You probably didn’t see any of them and you […]

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