Japanese Film Festival Review – ‘Kakegurui’

“Bring on the madness!” – Yumeko Jabami Japanese Film Festival is back to tour Australia from October through December 2019. Their line up is more diverse than ever and what a film to start things off with. ‘Kakegurui’ is the live action film, based on the similarly titled Square Enix manga-series, which was distributed in […]

Review – Ad Astra

“To the stars“ From the start, Ad Astra had some post production issues, which resulted in seriously delaying the release of the film. It was delayed many times because James Gray (The Lost City of Z) wanted to perfect the VFX for the movie. Additionally, Disney acquired Fox and the previous release date coincided with […]

Review – Good Boys

“We’re in sixth grade now. We need to start doing sixth-grade things.” – Max Three 6th grade boys who ditch school, embark on an epic journey while carrying accidentally stolen drugs, and try to make their way home in time for a long-awaited party. This premise sounds like a hit or miss, and even produced […]

Review – Downton Abbey

“It’s 1927, we’re modern folk.” – Bertie Pelham It’s been almost four years, since the final episode of Downton Abbey aired on television and we had to say goodbye to the Crawley family. Who would’ve thought, there was more to explore and another story to tell? As things usually turn out after a successful series, […]

Review – The Farewell

Based on an Actual Lie Lulu Wang‘s story of an independent Chinese-American woman returning to China when her beloved grandmother is diagnosed with terminal cancer, is nothing less but captivating. From the very first shot inside a hospital, the director invites you to tag along with this Chinese family, while they struggle to keep the […]

Review – The Angry Birds Movie 2

“We’re going to need a bigger slingshot.” – Leonard Worldwide mobile game phenomenon Angry Birds got turned into an animated film back in 2016, which grossed over 5x its budget. The 21st century is known for its need of franchises, so three years later we are getting its very simply titled sequel – The Angry […]

Review – It Chapter Two

“This meeting of the Losers Club has officially begun.” – Richie Tozier The sequel to the 2017 box office success ‘It‘ starts exactly where it left off. Almost no explanatory flashbacks to the situations the Losers Club got themselves into, fighting the terrifying Pennywise. Only difference in ‘It Chapter Two‘ – they’re all grown up […]

Review – Dora and the Lost City of Gold

Can YOU say ‘extreme neurotoxicity’? – Dora Everyone knows Dora The Explorer! Dora is a young Hispanic girl, exploring the wilderness and fantasy-like destinations with her monkey Boots, who wears… red boots. With her bottomless talking backpack and magical map, they sing and dance to get to their goals and break the fourth wall, teaching […]

Review – Stuber

“It’s going down tonight.” – Leon Dolph Lundgren and Sarah Connor-jokes aside, Stuber is nothing more than a rehash of Schwarzenegger action comedies we’ve seen in the ’90s. Formula filmmaking you can predict before it even happens, with violence that tries to shock but mostly just interrupts whatever is really going on on screen. The […]

Review – Parasite

“If I had all this I would be kinder.” – Chung-sook After winning the Palme d’Or in Cannes, the French Oscars let’s say, Sydney Film Festival was quick to reel in that line and get Parasite to screen at multiple sold out venues around the city. At the end of the festival, the film got awarded the biggest price (Best Film) […]