Six Great Sports Movies to keep you in the Olympic Mood

The Rio Olympics have just come to a close, and while it is sad, we can always depend on the movies to deliver us inspirational montages and grueling training regimes. Here I list six of my favourite feel-good sports movies to keep you in the Olympic Mood: Stick It One of my favourite movies of all…

Hunt for the Wilderpeople a Comic Gem- 100 Word Review

Waititi’s wacky adventure comedy has humour and heart. Faced with an unloving foster system, Ricky Baker choses instead to elope into the wilderness, accompanied by his foster-dad Hec. Their escapades are comic gold, exhibiting a distinctly NZ sense of humour. Wittily written and directed by Waititi. Dennison thrives as badass youth, and has great chemistry…

Why the New Season of Suits is off to a Disappointing Start

I just watched the first episode of Suits Season Six, and I have to say I’m pretty underwhelmed. The show started out with an engaging premise, a genius drug dealer talks his way into a job as a lawyer without ever getting a degree. Throughout the seasons Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) has worked his…

Sweeney Todd: Gore, Guts and Melody- 100 Word Review

Burton’s adaption of the eerie musical has more blood than guts, with an unsatisfying ending. Sweeney Todd spends his days slitting the throats of his customers to be baked by his pie-maker neighbour Sweeney Todd spends his days slitting the throats of his customers to be baked by his pie-maker neighbour Mrs Lovett. Depp satisfies…

The Thief Lord- 100 Word Review

The Thief Lord is a tale of two orphan brothers who escape to Venice and befriend a gang of street children. Based on the book by Cornelia Funke (author of Inkheart), the movie is a fun fantasy adventure about family, youth and magic. The young cast work well together, although let down by Scipio, a whiny…

Blood Diamond Reviewed in 100 Words

Zwick’s 2006 thriller is a compelling and jarring look at the illegal diamond trade within civil war Sierra Leone. A fisherman and a smuggler unite to recover a priceless diamond and escape war-torn Africa. The pace is tense as the pair often narrowly escape confrontation with military and rebel fighters, featuring explosive action scenes. The…

The BFG- a Sweet and Faithful Adaption

Spielberg’s take on Dahl’s childhood classic is a faithful adaption with magical special effects. Young orphan Sophie is snatched by the BFG and taken to giant-country, where they become friends and form a plan to defeat the evil man-eating giants. Barnhill’s Sophie is sweet and lively, while Rylance’s BFG perfectly captures the endearing tongue-tied hero…

Shakespeare in Love reviewed

Shakespeare in Love is a delightfully funny look into the Bard’s fictitious inspiration for his most famous love story. Bereft of ideas for his new play, Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter, Will (Fiennes) meets the beautiful theatre-loving Viola (Paltrow). Their love affair inspires the famous tragedy of the star-crossed lovers that we know today….

Wentworth S4Ep4 Recap: ‘Screw Lover’

For those not in the know, Wentworth is an excellent Aussie drama set in an all-female prison, entering its fourth season. It’s a tense show with some great actors, and is excellent to binge-watch. This episode deals with the rising tension between Kaz, Bea and Ferguson in terms of prison-yard politics. Ferguson, (played with menace by…

Shawshank Redeemed in 100 Words

Darabont’s celebrated adaption of King’s beloved story is rightfully hailed as one of the greatest films of all time. The heartfelt tale of an unlikely friendship forged in an unforgiving jail has both impeccable writing and profound performances. Like Cuckoo’s Nest, it highlights the power of friendship and the resilience of the oppressed individual. Robbin’s resourcefulness…

Robin Hood: Prince of Melodrama- 100 Word Review

Reynold’s take on the outlaw hero who defeats the tyrannous Sheriff of Nottingham is melodramatic, absurd and occasionally fun. The pompous, swashbuckling score failingly attempts to inject significance and heroism into Robin’s journey. The casting is patchy at best. Costner’s more Peter Pan than Robbin, Mastrantonio lacks Marion’s tenacity, Freeman’s Moor suffices and Rickman’s antagonist…

Hamlet Reviewed (Sport for Jove & Seymour Centre)

Damien Ryan’s production of ‘Hamlet’ is a decent if forgettable take on Shakespeare’s famous tragedy. The pacing was tight and the selection of scenes interesting and unique, however the show was let down by some unimpressive performers. The actor playing Hamlet disappointed, lacking any real emotional depth. He began the play with an “antic disposition”…