The Reef (2010) #SharkWeak2 Review

The thing I love about sharksploitation movies is they’re generally fun. Fun is a big part of the appeal, even when – or maybe especially when – they’re bad. “The Reef” is not a bad movie, but it's also definitely not a fun movie. When a group of friends find themselves stranded on a capsized … Continue reading The Reef (2010) #SharkWeak2 Review

Zumbo’s Just Desserts Season One Review

Reality TV is an odd fit for a streaming service like Netflix, but it must help fill up those ‘original’ content quotas to buy up international shows for markets they were never broadcast in. So it is with Australian Willy Wonka-inspired “Great British Bake Off” knock-off “Zumbo’s Just Desserts”. Headed up by celebrated Australian pâtissier … Continue reading Zumbo’s Just Desserts Season One Review

The Little Death (2015) Review

Trigger warnings abound in Josh Lawson’s frank, taboo-breaking but surprisingly sweet directorial debut as he charts the ups and downs of the love lives of a select group of suburban couples. The five loosely interwoven stories are played for laughs but aren’t afraid to go to some dark and potentially upsetting places as they explore the … Continue reading The Little Death (2015) Review

That Sugar Film (2015) Review

Generally, I’m not a fan of pejorative diatribes masquerading as documentary journalism like Morgan Spurlock’s self-aggrandizing “Supersize Me” so I was sceptical but hopeful that “That Sugar Film” would be more focussed on revealing an unexpected truth rather than triumphantly 'proving' the bleeding obvious. I wasn’t disappointed. Australian Actor Damon Gameau (here also writer and director) … Continue reading That Sugar Film (2015) Review

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Review

Any lingering concerns you may have had about another director named George revisiting a trilogy after thirty years have gone by can be laid to rest. “Mad Max Fury Road” is a triumph: a perfect demonstration of how to harness decades’ worth of advancement in filmmaking technology and techniques without losing sight of what made … Continue reading Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Review

The Babadook (2014) Review

I didn't quite know what to make of "The Babadook" when I first saw it and decided it was best to sleep on it, which could be seen as a fairly damning indictment of its potency as a horror film. But I have to confess, it wasn't the best night's sleep I ever had and … Continue reading The Babadook (2014) Review