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) […]

Review – Yesterday

Everyone in the World Has Forgotten the Beatles. Everyone Except Jack…. What if a global power outage caused you to get hit by a bus in the dark, and you wake up discovering there’s no sign of anything The Beatles have ever accomplished?  There was a time when Danny Boyle was a director who’s projects were considered edgy and […]

Review – Toy Story 4

“Yes I Can-ada!” – Duke Caboom The announcement of a fourth Toy Story chapter, felt like an easy cash grab for Disney, after the huge success that was the concluding Toy Story 3. After seeing the first trailer and synopsis, I still wasn’t sure if this was gonna work. So being a bit cautious of seeing these […]

Review – I Am Mother

She’ll keep you safe. In I Am Mother, we find ourselves in a dystopian world where all human life has been wiped out. It’s Day 1 and Daughter (Clara Rugaard) is born from a frozen embryo. 6,000 days later, she’s a young woman taking personality exams and is training to be a doctor. A robot (made […]

SFF Review – Brittany Runs a Marathon

Screened at Sydney Film Festival 2019 After winning the Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival at the beginning of the year, I couldn’t skip this at Sydney Film Festival. Brittany Runs a Marathonwas actually the first film I bought a ticket for at this year’s SFF. And what a great choice! The story is loosely based on the experience of one of […]