PADDINGTON 2: A Warm, Furry Hug Of A Movie

In 2014, Paddington Bear walked off the pages of his cartoon, on to Paddington station and into our cinemas. It soon became an unlikely family favourite. It showcased some of Britain’s best actors – from Hugh Bonneville’s lovingly exasperated patriarch, to Sally Hawkins’ eccentric yet caring mother, and Julie Waters as the comic relief housekeeper. At the film’s soft, furry heart is Paddington, cheerfully…

Despicable Me 3: Villainous Business as Usual

When the original Despicable Me first came around, I loved it. To be fair, I was eleven at the time and the film’s target audience, but the off-beat humor and mischievous antics of the characters grabbed me, in a way that few kid’s films could. In a world where animation was dominated by wholesome (usually Disney and…

Game of Thrones Season 7 Review

Six months ago, I began Game of Thrones. Initially overwhelmed by the sheer number of plot lines and characters, I soon became hooked. With the help of Natalie Bochenski’s recaps and the Raven On podcast I managed to learn the names of all the characters just in time for them to be killed off in a…

Sydney Fringe Festival Review: Crackers

Mental illness is an area some entertainers shy away from. This is not the case with Crackers, the latest production by the Bite Production Theatre collective. This black comedy is an unflinching look at Bipolar disorder, written by Georgina Adamson, a theatre-maker who was recently diagnosed. Five acquaintance are trapped in a room for sixty…

Sydney Film Festival Diary

When the Sydney Film Festival came around in the same week of exams, I knew I was destined for a week of popcorn-filled procrastination. After extensive research of the program and an elimination process that would rival most reality shows (Is two movies in one day too much?), I finally came to my top five….

Dunkirk Review

Think of the last war movie you saw. Now imagine the film’s most intense battle scene. It probably went for a maximum of 20 minutes or so. Now imagine a 120-minute-long battle scene, masterfully scored by Han Zimmer and directed by the one and only Christopher Nolan. It’s 1940, and 400,000 British troops are stranded on France’s…

La La Land Review- Podcast

Here is my review of La La Land, a mediocre film that has achieved critical success primarily because of the cinematic nostalgia it evokes. This is also my application to be Triple J’s new movie reviewer. Enjoy!  

Pass The Popcorn Podcast- First Two Episodes Up!

Hi Everyone! In exciting news, I have just started a radio show for my University where I discuss Film and Television.  It airs at 2pm every Tuesday AEST, and you can listen here. If you aren’t able to listen in at that time, or would prefer to listen without the music, I edit the show…

JASPER JONES: Entertaining Australian Coming-Of-Age Story

Small towns are a common location in Australian cinema, see The Dressmaker, The Year My Voice Broke, and The Dish. The concept of an insular, secretive town fearing those who are different is a central theme in Jasper Jones, one of the best Australian films I’ve seen in recent years. It’s 1969 in the fictional rural town…

Review Of The Year- The Best and Worst Films of 2016

If there was an Oscar for the most belated ‘Best of 2016’ list, I think I would take the prize. Here I rank every 2016 film I saw this year from best to worst. Enjoy! Hunt for the Wilderpeople With the remakes and reboots that have plagued our cinemas recently, finding an original, witty script…

Review: Their Finest

For those interested in historical drama or comedy, ‘Their Finest’ is a new film set in World War II, England during height of the Blitz. It’s about a government propaganda department tasked with creating ‘morale boosting’ films for the public. When the film opens, the male-only ministry has hired Catrin (Gemma Arterton) to write the trashy…

2017 Oscar Best Picture Nominees Ranked Best to Worst

Even though La La Land is almost certainly the winner, I will live in an alternative universe where the gem that is Moonlight gets justly rewarded. Read on to see how I place this year’s Best Picture Nominees: 1. Moonlight Moonlight is everything a Best Picture winner should be: Emotionally affecting, technically brilliant, well writen…