The Disaster Artist (2017) Review

From the last days of Pompeii, through Titanic to The Hindenburg, Hollywood has a long history of adapting disasters into motion pictures, so it was only a matter of time before Tommy Wiseau’s magnificent octopus was itself finally turned into an unironically watchable movie. When aspiring actor Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) encounters the bizarre and … Continue reading The Disaster Artist (2017) Review

All Aboard! The Sleigh Ride (2015) Review

Has Black Friday left you feeling blue? Cyber Monday depleted your spirit as well as your bank account? Then come, soothe your festive soul with a mesmerising, calming documentary that redefines chilling out. Out now on DVD, “All Aboard! The Sleigh Ride” is a beautifully realised real time journey following the path of an ancient postal … Continue reading All Aboard! The Sleigh Ride (2015) Review

My Scientology Movie (2016) Review

There's no denying a Louis Theroux documentary draws a quite different crowd to the cinema. Those docuphiles who wouldn't deign to visit the unwashed multiplexes during blockbuster season, some who came specifically to sneer at the bizarre tenets of Scientology itself and, I suspect, many like me who were drawn to the screening seduced by … Continue reading My Scientology Movie (2016) Review

Making A Murderer (2015) Review

Have you watched Netflix’s “Making A Murderer”? Sure you have, or you’re about to, or you’re part of the way through. No, wait – scratch that. Nobody’s ‘part of the way through’ “Making A Murderer”. You’re either binge watching it, or you’ve finished it and are still trying to pick your jaw up off the … Continue reading Making A Murderer (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

William Shatner Presents: Chaos On The Bridge (2015) Review

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the first couple of seasons of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” are pretty poor. Now, thanks to William Shatner’s breezily divulgent documentary “Chaos On The Bridge” we know have some idea why. While the on-screen adventures of the crew of the USS Enterprise for the first couple of … Continue reading William Shatner Presents: Chaos On The Bridge (2015) Review

The Death Of “Superman Lives”: What Happened? (2015) Review

Made by fan boys but not just for fan boys (full disclosure: I contributed to the Kickstarter for this), Jon Schnepp’s documentary not only lifts the lid on one of cinema’s most notorious ‘might have beens’ but also provides a fascinating glimpse into the artistry, effort and creative processes which go on behind the scenes of major blockbuster … Continue reading The Death Of “Superman Lives”: What Happened? (2015) Review

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story Of Cannon Films (2015) Review

If “Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story Of Cannon Films” weren’t a true story, it would be the craziest, most savage satire of Hollywood ever put on screen. Actually, the fact that it all actually happened just makes it satirical and hilariously bizarre. Mark Hartley’s bluntly honest documentary tracks the fortune of two cousins, Menahem Golan and … Continue reading Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story Of Cannon Films (2015) Review

Jodorowsky’s Dune (2014) Review

It’s difficult to watch “Jodorowsky's Dune” and not come to the conclusion that, on balance, it’s probably a good thing that motion picture adaptation of Frank Herbert's 'Dune' didn't actually get made. Had it been made, it would have no doubt been a psychedelic, surrealist masterwork; a curate’s egg of titanic proportions which would have bestrode … Continue reading Jodorowsky’s Dune (2014) Review

Hit The Road: India (2013) Review

“Hit The Road: India” is a small scale independent travel/ adventure documentary chronicling the experiences of two friends, Richard Gazarian and Keith King as they participate in the Mumbai Xpress, a 12 day, 1,200 mile rickshaw race across India from Mumbai to Chennai. We’re introduced to Richard, our main narrator and ‘star’ (also an Executive … Continue reading Hit The Road: India (2013) Review

Kīlauea – The Fire Within (2015) Short Film Review

Lava, along with quicksand and icebergs, forms a trinity of natural wonders that depressingly end up being far less of an everyday hazard than you expected as a child. Icebergs were mighty ocean tyrants, seeking out unwary ships and luring them to their doom with their deadly secret mass hiding below the waves while any … Continue reading Kīlauea – The Fire Within (2015) Short Film Review

Dinosaur 13 (2014) Review

Prior to 1990, there had only been 12 Tyrannosaurus Rex fossils discovered and none as large and as complete as “Sue”, the T-Rex fossil uncovered during a dig in the badlands of South Dakota. “Dinosaur 13” tells the story of not only the discovery of this unique and groundbreaking fossil but also the extraordinary events … Continue reading Dinosaur 13 (2014) Review

What We Do In The Shadows (2014) Review

Quirky, eccentric and utterly charming, “What We Do In The Shadows” is a hilarious twisted take on the vampire mythos which cherishes its subjects as much as it pokes fun at them. Written, Directed by and starring “Flight Of The Conchords”’ Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi, “What We Do In The Shadows” plays out as … Continue reading What We Do In The Shadows (2014) Review

Finding Vivian Maier (2014) Review

Part biography, part mystery, John Maloof’s compelling documentary on hitherto unknown photographer Vivian Maier is as magical as it is enthralling. It tells the story of Maloof’s discovery of a treasure trove of photographs, negatives and undeveloped rolls of film which leads him to uncover the remarkable life and work of Vivian Maier, who in … Continue reading Finding Vivian Maier (2014) Review

The Conspiracy (2013) Review

Conspiracy theories are strange beasts; intoxicatingly convoluted and designed expressly to explain events and phenomena which appear mysterious, secretive or exclusive. The conspiracy theorists’ need to believe in a hidden system of powerful interests controlling and manipulating everything behind the scenes shares belies a fundamental need to believe that there is something more at play … Continue reading The Conspiracy (2013) Review