May 23rd, 2017

Review: Project Nim

★★★☆ From Academy Award winner James Marsh (Man on Wire) comes Project Nim, the sympathetic account of a chimp called Nim Chimpsky, taken from his mother at two weeks old and placed into the care of Professor Herbert S. Terrace of Columbia University, an expert in the field of primate cognition, in 1973.

Review: The Whistleblower

★★ With the U.S. – and, by extension, Australia – currently contracting private firms for all manner of logistical services in two ugly foreign wars, the timing of The Whistleblower’s release could barely have been more appropriate.

My experience watching Star Wars for the first time

What? A film blogger who hasn’t seen Star Wars?! Yes, it may surprise you to learn that despite spending 26 years watching thousands of films, I have never seen what is possibly the most well-known, obsessively-loved movie of all, George Lucas’ 1977 space epic Star Wars. I’ve seen Tommy Wiseau’s masterpiece The Room dozens of […]

Review: Face to Face

★★★★☆ It’s easy to describe in a sentence the plot of Michael Rymer’s new film Face to Face. What’s not quite so easy is to adequately explain how such a simple set-up makes for the best Australian film of 2011, but it’s all in the execution.

Review: Horrible Bosses

★★★ What would Office Space have been like if, instead of financially ripping off their “unholy disgusting pig of a boss”, the three under-appreciated office workers plotted to murder him instead? It might seem like laughs would be harder to come by when dealing with murder and not the comparatively harmless crime of embezzlement, but Horrible Bosses proves that devising a triple homicide can be fun after all.

Review: Red Dog

★★ The story on which Red Dog is based – the true account of a canine who rambled through the north-west of Australia in the 1970s – is curious, possibly even interesting. The film, however, is formulaic, laboured, generally unrealistic (which is amazing considering this is a true story) and features some awfully one-dimensional characterisation.