COMMENT: Harvey Weinstein, Ben Affleck and the culture of Hollywood

I’ve debated whether or not to write anything about this issue. After all, I’m not in Hollywood. I’m just another very small voice in a corner of the Internet, who happens to love film. I don’t often take things seriously on this page, merely using it as a bit of fun – and inviting anyone who wants to join me in that fun to come along for the ride.

But the longer this story, led by allegations of sexual assault, sexual harrassment and rape against Harvey Weinstein – the powerhouse Hollywood producer responsible for financing films such as Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare in Love, The King’s Speech and countless others –  runs, the more I feel I need to add my voice to this conversation, even if my contribution can only be support and a call for change, hopping onto my soapbox as it were. So that’s what I’m going to do.

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REVIEW – Kingsman: The Golden Circle


In 2015, cinema-goers were treated to an absolute surprise when Kingsman: The Secret Service – a mostly unknown property that looked to be another run-of-the-mill spy parody – turned into one of the most profitable and popular films of the year, and one of my personal favourites. Featuring a lovingly crafted parody of the early Bond films, complete with over the top villains and gawky gadgets, Kingsman became a success on all cylinders.

Now, here’s the sequel and… it’s not actually the worst thing ever. But it certainly pales in comparison. If we were to compare this franchise to, say, the Bond films – if the first one was Goldfinger, then this one is probably a Live and Let Die. 

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REVIEW – CATCH UP (Logan, King Kong, Trainspotting and more)


Hello readers! I must apologize. I did rather forget to update this thing for the longest time, I kept falling further and further behind and it became quite a mountain of reviews still to write that I missed. It’s become so overwhelming that I have decided to hit the reset button and just briefly go over all the films I missed a review from and let you know whether they are worth seeing. Some of them aren’t even in cinemas any more (oopsies) but this should help you out on Netflix night at any rate. Alright, let’s get started!

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89th Academy Award Nominations – The “Ultimate” Guide

Note, due to the Australian release schedules of many of the movies nominated for an Academy Award, at this stage I cannot honestly claim to have seen all of the movies that have been nominated. As such, this is more of a style guide to help you sound smart at the water cooler today, rather than a true prediction. This page will be updated with more information as I see more movies.


It’s that time of year, ladies and gentlemen, as the awards season slowly comes to a head with the 89th Academy Awards, honoring the best films of 2016. Who got nominated? What category did they get nominated for? And has anyone actually seen any of the nominees for Best Live Action Short Film? Find out, as I take you through the nominees step by step.

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REVIEW – Snowden

Note to readers: I’m aware that this particular review is a little bit late. Unfortunately, the state I live in chose to revert back to the Dark Ages and turned off all the lights this week, which rather threw out my weekly schedule (and deleted my draft for this review). Please accept this late review, and keep an eye out for the next one very soon.


Oliver Stone is one of Hollywood’s most unabashedly left-wing filmmakers, with many of his films being basically narrative versions of a Michael Moore documentary. And he’s not been shy about sharing his political views in this biopic of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. This is a movie that is far from subtle with its message, but it has its fair share of positives too. What this leads to is a flawed movie that is still worth checking out if it interests you. Continue reading “REVIEW – Snowden”

REVIEW – Sausage Party


Welcome back, readers! I’m back reviewing another movie for another week, and this week it is the delightful, cute and cuddly animated film Sausage Party. By delightful I, of course mean dark, cute translates to raunchy and cuddly is code for DEFINITELY NOT FOR KIDS. Just thought I’d get that one out right off the bat. In fact, just to slam that point home, my normally kid-friendly blog will temporarily become an MA15+ affair. Just to drill home the point. Seriously, don’t take your kids to this one, parents.

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Scandinavian Film Festival – Þrestir (Sparrows)


Welcome back to my coverage of a selection from the Scandinavian Film Festival AUS. This week it’s the Icelandic film Þrestir or Sparrows, the English translation which I will be using throughout the movie because it doesn’t contain that hard to type Þ character. Seriously, it’s not on my keyboard at all. I’ve got this at my disposal though – ^. So that’s handy. I use ^ all the time when I’m writing.

Anyway, what was I saying? Oh yeah, Sparrows is one of the more harrowing movies that you could possibly go to see. This isn’t a fun way to kill an afternoon. This isn’t a movie that requires popcorn, or a choc-top, or whatever the kids order these days. This movie is dark, unflinching, and unapologetic. And if you’re able to handle it, then it’s going to be a very emotional ride. Very. Emotional.

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