REVIEW – Manchester by the Sea


I’m back again, racing frantically to catch up with all the reviews I haven’t been writing. Today, I’m here to talk about one of the most talked about films in the Oscar race – Manchester by the Sea. Granted, most of the talking has been due to the controversies surrounding star Casey Affleck, but more about that later.

This film has earned Oscar nominations for most of the cast and crew, and even a Best Picture nomination and when you watch the film – it shows. People talk about Oscar bait, and this is probably a prime example. Watchable, well-acted, even gripping at times, but definitely made with an eye on the Academy voters rather than a general audience.

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REVIEW – Moonlight


Moonlight is one of the front-runners in this year’s Oscar race, and would probably be a heavy favourite to take home the main prize if it weren’t for the juggernaut of La La LandA deeply personal story, this is a film that has gotten a whole lotta praise from a whole lot of people.

In fact, Time Out New York called it “the reason we go to the cinema” and Rolling Stone were so enthralled that they left the theatre “as different people than we’d come in”. High praise indeed, but does Moonlight live up to the hype?

And while Moonlight is a fantastically acted and directed film – no, I don’t think it lives up to praise that is that high. I’m not sure, however, that any film can.

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VALENTINE’S DAY REVIEW – Fifty Shades Darker


Fifty Shades of Grey. You may remember it as that raunchy sexy tales that came out in cinemas a few years ago. Or, if you’re in a different demographic, you might well remember it as the steaming pile of equine manure that your girlfriend made you sit through a couple of Valentine’s Days ago.

Whatever your memories of the original film are, I’m sure that you’ll be chuffed to know that all the characters like, uh, the creepy guy and the girl who is also there, have returned for a brand spanking new sequel (see what I did there), and I’m sure you’re just dying to know how it is.

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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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When you look at the marketing for the movie Lion, with its emphasis on Nicole Kidman crying in a chair, and Rooney Mara whispering to Dev Patel with deep and thoughtful philosophizing, and even that poster that you can see above (seriously, that thing is woeful), you may be forgiven for thinking that this true-life story is going to be the average Oscar bait.

In reality, however, this film does stand above the pack in that regard, at least for the most part. This is a beautifully shot, very well acted film with a strong emotional center. And not a dry eye left the nearly full theater I saw it in, either.

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RETRO REVIEW – The World Is Not Enough (1999)


Agent 007, also known as James Bond, is one of cinema’s most enduring characters. From the moment Sean Connery came out with his iconic drawl, ordering martinis (shaken, not stirred) and taking out bad guys against impossible odds, the world has continued to follow the exploits of the agent through innumerable films and multiple recastings.

And that must mean this character, when done right, is damn popular, because this franchise has survived absolute drivel like whatever the hell this movie is meant to be.

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REVIEW – Jackie


The 22nd of November, 1963. It’s one of the most recognizable dates in the history of Western civilization, and not because it was the last day in history before Doctor Who began (as significant as that may be). We’ve all heard the story – Lee Harvey Oswald, from the Book Despository in Dallas, Texas, shot the President of the United States of America, John F. Kennedy. Or maybe someone on a grassy knoll did it?

It was a shocking event, and one that is etched into the collective soul of everyone who lived during that period. Jackie tells this story from a new perspective, one that focuses not on the political ramifications or the conspiracy theories, but on the more personal story of the First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, who went from a powerful woman on the world stage to a grieving mother in the space of one motorcade trip.

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