REVIEW – Ali’s Wedding

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The Australian film industry is a special one, and I don’t just say that because I’m a citizen of Australia. While it’s often enjoyable and easy to make fun of the local film industry as a whole, when even countries like New Zealand and Hong Kong seem to be more efficient at film-making, it is clear that the movies Screen Australia do successfully release are full of heart and wonder. From The Castle to Red Dog, Australian film, when done right, is just lovely. And Ali’s Wedding is certainly no exception.

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REVIEW – American Made

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Upon directing the award winning war film Hacksaw RidgeMel Gibson commented that some aspects of the true story it was based on were so outrageous that they’d never be believed by a general audience. I bring up that story mostly because I find it interesting, and I can never resist sharing a piece of useless trivia that may or may not one day win me a prize at a fundraising quiz night, but also because the new film American Made, based on the true story of Barry Seal, is one of the most unbelievable stories I’ve ever seen. And I saw Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Granted, the film appears to take liberties with the facts, as Hollywood can often do, but the general craziness did occur and it makes for one wild ride at the cinema.

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REVIEW – Logan Lucky

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If anyone has been following the news in recent months, you may have seen a lot of talk around the retirements of the big names in entertainment. Legendary actor Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring from acting (or researching the role of a man who has retired from acting, who can really tell), Quentin Tarantino has reiterated that he only plans to make two more films before retirement and everyone is in agreement that Ridley Scott should retire after Alien: Covenant failed to make any waves (or sense).

So it’s comforting to see an example of how little retirement means in Hollywood. Director Steven Soderbergh, who “retired” from film making with 2013’s Behind the Candelabra (and who enjoyed his 4 years of retirement by engaging in leisurely activities like producing TV shows and directing plays), has returned to his craft with Logan Lucky, an entertaining but slightly unfocused heist film.

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I’M BACK! Another Bloody Critic reviews a lot of new releases (Baby Driver, Dunkirk, War for the Planet of the Apes, Atomic Blonde, Wind River)

Hey there, Internet. It’s me. I’m back writing blogs, doing what I do. Some of you may know that I took some time to see if Another Bloody Critic could make it in a podcast form, but there’s no enough hours in the day to compensate for my atrocious podcast making skills to get a regular product out and about.

So, after taking a few weeks off, I’m back in the reviewing and returning to the text based format where it all began. There’s so many movies to catch up on, so here’s the briefest of brief notes on some of the movies currently in cinemas.

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REVIEW – Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

As always with these blockbuster reviews, every care is taken to avoid spoilers. However, everyone’s definition or tolerance of a spoiler is different, so if you are particularly sensitive to spoilers read ahead at your own discretion.

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Last week, I went and saw The Fate of the Furiousand during that viewing I was treated to what was essentially a big blockbuster that tried to deal with a lot of emotion regarding families – both adopted and real – that happened to have Vin Diesel in it.

Interestingly enough, this week, when I bought a ticket to Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, I was treated to what was essentially a big blockbuster that tried to deal with a lot of emotion regarding families – both adopted and real – that happened to have Vin Diesel in it. This difference being that in this one, the emotion hit the mark a lot harder. Also this one stars a raccoon. And a small plant.

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REVIEW – The Fate of the Furious

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Well, it’s review time, and it’s time to talk about everyone’s favourite crime/ heist/spy/buddy cop franchise with sports cars forced in! It’s The Fate of the Furious!

For a franchise that began as Point Break with drag racing, this series has come a very long way. From about the fifth installment, this series began to stop taking itself so seriously and engaging in over-the-top stunts, resulting in a reasonably entertaining popcorn film factory, and for the most part this newest entry continues that trend. It’s not without it’s weaknesses, but it’s a fun time in the cinema.

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REVIEW – The LEGO Batman Movie

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A few years ago, a small studio known as Warner Brothers announced that they were reviving their animation arm (which had been famously killed by Looney Tunes: Back in Action) and were beginning their new lease on cartoon life with a film based on LEGO, simply titled The LEGO Movie. 

How we laughed at the time. What a silly idea from the once great studio. Mentally we threw The LEGO Movie into a basket full of “misguided nostalgia” like The Smurfs and Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties. But then the movie came out and it…. was AWESOME! So, when an equally ludicrous spin-off – The LEGO Batman Movie – was announced, we all looked on with a degree of anticipation.

The end result is another big win for Warner Brothers, as the movie is almost as good as its predecessor.

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