Melbourne 2013 Review: THESE FINAL HOURS, The Genre Film Australia Needs

In 2005, actor Nathan Phillips starred in backpacker shocker Wolf Creek. The film was a revitalization of sorts to pure genre cinema without pretension in Australia. Flash forward to today and that same actor has front and centered another firecracker of... More »

Review: TOP OF THE LAKE Mixes Dark Mythology With Modern Trauma

Jane Campion's television miniseries Top of the Lake (which played at Sundance and has aired in Australia, New Zealand, the US and the UK), co-created with Gerard Lee, is a dark mystery, one which uses the landscape of New Zealand... More »

Melbourne 2013 Review: AIM HIGH IN CREATION Respects And Engages Gleefully With The DPRK

Director Anna Broinowski is no stranger to confrontation; kicking off her documentary career with Hell Bento, a film that exposed subsections of the Japanese underworld. More recently she directed a startling fib-filled terror tale about Muslim romance called Forbidden Lie$.... More »

Review: BLOOD, A Little Thinner Than It Should Be

With a title as simple and to the point as Blood, you'd think that director Nick Murphy was going for a back-to-basics chiller-thriller, and you'd be half right. Blood begins as the sort of dark-rimmed, sleepy town procedural showcased by the... More »

Fantasia 2013 Review: OXV: THE MANUAL Has A Mighty Brain But A Heart Three Sizes Too Small

There are two mantras at play in the offbeat philosophy lesson traveling in the guise of a film with the gangly moniker of OXV: The Manual. The first one is that "knowledge determines destiny," and the second is that "all... More »

Melbourne 2013 Review: PATRICK Offers Safe Chills And Tame Thrills

Our midnight screening of Patrick, the passionate horror remake from Ozploitation devotee Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood), began with an honest and slightly disconcerting preamble from the director: Patrick is an old fashioned Gothic chiller, with little time awarded for rehearsals... More »

Fantasia 2013 Review: THE MACHINE Is Great Sci-fi On A Modest Budget

The Western world is deadlocked in a Cold War with China. Vincent works for the Ministry of Defense developing technology such as implants and prosthetics. Soldiers wounded in battle and saved by his work make up the bulk of the security at his underground... More »

Melbourne 2013 Review: MYSTERY ROAD Is A Beautiful, Repetitive Procedural

Mystery Road, the new Australian film by Ivan Sen that opened the Sydney Film Festival makes the most of its location and recalls films such as No Country For Old Men with its bare-bones harsh reality set against the backdrop of a... More »

Review: THE WORLD'S END Kicks Ass With Middle-Aged Insight (And Beer)

Gary King (Simon Pegg) is that guy everybody knows from high school. The cautionary tale. The guy who peaked too early and who now has to come to grips with the fact that his life will never again be as... More »
By Todd Brown   

Cannes 2013 Review: Sci-Fi Horror Flick LAST DAYS ON MARS Is As Lifeless As The Planet Itself

After the screening of Last Days on Mars in the director's fortnight competition, many were wondering why exactly the clunky, derivative Mars-zombie movie was programmed at a high-class festival like Cannes. Fair enough, but the bigger, even more nagging question... More »

Review: 33 POSTCARDS Gently Tugs On Heartstrings

33 Postcards is a film of special significance, as it marks the first official collaboration between China and New South Wales, Australia. At the 2011 Sydney Film Festival, where it had its world premiere, it won the Community Relations Commission... More »
By Hugo Ozman   

DVD Review: HAIL Experiments, Causes Headaches

Hail is not a pleasant film - it is in fact alienating and dismisses the concept of an audience as the film is clearly not made for them. It immerses you into a mire of ugly imagery aided by scattershot... More »

Sci-Fi London 2013 Review: VESSEL Thoughtfully Depicts The Dark Side Of Psychic Powers

The world premiere screening of Vessel did not begin well. Out-of-synch sound forced the projectionist to stop film about 10 minutes in, and delay for half an hour while a back-up copy was found (I'm used to technical problems, so... More »

Review: DOCTOR WHO S7E12, THE CRIMSON HORROR (Or, A Trip To Victorian Yorkshire Results In A Steampunk Adventure That Is As Exciting As It Is Fun)

"The Crimson Horror" is a fantastic example of just how much fun Doctor Who can be when it really keeps its story focussed and aims to deliver as an exciting adventure that's full of intrigue and laughs. This is easily... More »

Review: LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED Effortlessly Charms

Pierce Brosnan is an acquired taste. I like him. I can't put a finger on why, but I do. If he's not your cup of tea, I suspect you'll find little to enjoy here. And that's a shame, because... More »

Brussels 2013: TRAP FOR CINDERELLA Is A Sexy Throwback To Suspense Films Of Yesteryear

Iain Softley's Trap For Cinderella harks back to elegant, suspenseful mysteries like Vertigo and Diabolique. In the shadow of those films, it's not particularly groundbreaking, but it's so stylish, intriguing and well-made that innovation hardly seems necessary. After all, the... More »

Brussels 2013 Review: CRAWLSPACE Is Claustrophobic, Derivative Fun

The aptly titled Aussie sci-fi thriler Crawlspace is probably about as much fun as a blatant mash-up of Aliens, Scanners, Event Horizon and the last Doom video game can be. Executive Produced by Greg Mclean (director of Wolf Creek), the... More »

SXSW 2013 Review: GOOD VIBRATIONS Is The Best Punk Film Since 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE

Yeah. I said it: Good Vibrations is the best and truest film about punk music and culture since Michael Winterbottom's critically acclaimed look at early 80s Manchester, 24 Hour Party People. Lisa Barros D'Sa & Glenn Leyburn's new film is an absolute... More »
By J Hurtado   

Review: BLINDER Fails To Engage On Any Level

Shot around Torquay, Victoria, Blinder is the story of a disgraced ex-footballer Tom Dunn (Oliver Ackland) who after a ten year stint away from home returns to face the scandal that tore his town apart. Embracing the life lessons his... More »


When Stevan Riley's new documentary, made as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of James Bond in film, wasn't included as part of the big bumper blu-ray boxset that was released at the same time Skyfall hit cinemas, I was... More »
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