Hell or High Water- Black Comedy Road Movie with Heart: 100 Word Review

Hell or High Water is Thelma and Louise meets No Country for Old Men with a splash of Blues Brothers. Two brothers, part of the white trash underbelly of American society, rob a chain of banks, hunted by gruff yet canny retiring Texas Ranger (Bridges). Pine’s morally steadfast Toby adds complexity to the deplorable criminal…

Moana: Endearing Pacific Island Disney Flick- 100 Word Review

In Ancient Polynesia, bright-eyed future chief Moana sails out on a quest to save her dying island, accompanied by cheeky demigod Maui. The dialogue slightly overloads on the rhetoric of self empowerment and forging identity. Fortunately Manuel Miranda’s catchy music makes this cliched message easier to swallow. The storyline’s predictable and plods familiar territory in…

Fantastic Beasts Review: Visually Delightful Yet Messily Long- 100 World Review

FB&WTFT’s a visually delightful but messily long adventure in magical 1920s America. Rowling’s first screenplay attempts to compensate for the Potter hiatus through a crammed yet rambling follow–up. ‘Fantastic Beasts’ could’ve been a fun, succinct family adventure film. However, Scamander’s quest is convoluted by politically charged No-maj/ Wizard/ Grindewald tensions that clutter the plot line…

Hacksaw Ridge: Gritty Sentimentalism- 100 Word Review

In Gibson’s true story Hacksaw Ridge, Staunch Christian Desmond Doss (Garfield) enlists to fight in WW2, but refuses to kill. Initially criticised by fellow soldiers and superiors, his awe-inspiring heroics are inevitably praised by all.  HR’s beautifully shot with evocative sound effects in battle scenes. There’s many strong Australian performances, but the writing restricts characters…

100 Word Review- Catch Me if You Can

Spielberg’s witty true story narrates conman Frank Abagnale Jr’s cheeky and fraudulent journey across various professions. Dicaprio shines as resourceful teen/professional liar/desperate criminal, hunted by FBI agent Hanratty (Hanks). This relationship is the film’s focus throughout their transnational game of Cat and Mouse. Initially fuelled by contempt and frustration, their affiliation grows into a father-son…

My 6 Favourite Movie Series of All Time

With the onset of summer’s sickeningly hot weather, maybe we all just need a bit of Netflix down time. And what better way to embrace the AC than with a movie marathon? Here I countdown my favourite movie series of all time to satisfy everyone’s inner cinephile. 1. Harry Potter Born from the most successful book series…

Battle of the Comedies: Brooklyn Nine-Nine vs Modern Family

Modern Family has been one of America’s favourite comedy series’ since its inception in 2009, winning multiple Emmy’s for ‘Outstanding Comedy’ and the Golden Globe for ‘Best Television Series- Comedy or Musical’. Although a loyal fan of the series, I’ve found my allegiance has begun to wane in favor for a newer, more fast paced…

Bittersweet youthful love examined in Ensemble’s adaption of classic tale

Ensemble Theatre’s adaption of the story turned film, Ladies in Lavender, provides a slow and somewhat touching story of two elderly spinster sisters who rescue a half drowned polish Violin player from the shore outside their house in pre WW2 England. Although a fine story, the plot was simple and predictable, thus what may have…

Review: Mother Courage and Her Children (Belvoir)

 Brecht’s cynical tale of the struggles of war and the dehumanising nature of capitalism provides fleeting enjoyment but fails to satisfy. Belvoir Theatre, Sydney June 20, 2015 Belvoir’s most anticipated production of the 2015 season was poised for success with director Eamon Flack’s acclaim as the ‘up-and-coming’ artistic director of Belvoir and Robyn Nevin’s reputation…

Symbols and Motifs in Film

Symbols and Motifs in Film A countdown of four Symbols and Motifs in film and what they can represent. These tools can add subtle meaning to plot, giving the story line deeper significance. 1. A Child’s doll  Usually found by an opposing side after a battle, a child’s doll epitomises the destruction of innocence and unfairness of…

Wentworth vs How to Get Away with Murder- Moral ambiguity in Female Leads

anti-hero: a central character in a story, film, or drama who lacks conventional heroic attributes. Two of Television’s current excellent female anti-heroes are Governor Joan “The Freak” Ferguson and Annalise Keating. These characters, found on Wentworth and How to Get Away with Murder, are both sinister, dominating, and morally ambiguous. Pamela Rabe and Viola Davis are both…

Her.

Her (2013) is a Sci-Fi film written and directed by Spike Jonze. It chronicles the exploits of a professional “greeting card writer”, Theodore (played by Joaquin Phoenix), living  in a future society where smart phones have been overtaken by Siri-like Earbuds. Unable to bear the strenuous challenge of scrolling through their own problems, lazy civilization has…