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Top Secret UFO Projects Declassified

Thursday, August 19th, 2021 Film Reviews,

On 6 April, 1966, a UFO appeared in the Melbourne suburb of Clayton South. The saucer-shaped craft caused a stir among students of Westall High School who watched it fly overhead then land behind a nearby clump of trees. Shortly afterwards it ascended again at high speed and disappeared. Channel Nine sent a team to […]

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The Trouble with Being Born

Friday, December 11th, 2020 Film Reviews,

For a small, relatively low-key science fiction movie, The Trouble with Being Born by Austrian director Sandra Wollner has generated a lot of controversy. The feature was removed from the program of this year’s Melbourne Film Festival on the advice of two forensic psychologists who allegedly did not watch it in its entirety. There’s so much […]

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Tenet

Friday, August 28th, 2020 Film Reviews,

Christopher Nolan enjoys a charmed life among the ranks of Hollywood directors. He may have a reputation for bringing in projects on-time and on-budget, but few of his peers could hope to get away with such complex plots and abstruse ideas. If you thought Interstellar (2014) was incomprehensible, brace yourself for Tenet, a sci fi, […]

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Colour Out of Space

Thursday, May 7th, 2020 Film Reviews,

H.P. Lovecraft is the undisputed Old Master of American horror fiction. Although he died of cancer at the age of 47 in 1937, Lovecraft’s output was positively volcanic. The fantastic tales have made him posthumously famous, but he also wrote reams of poetry, and countless essays on science, philosophy, political and social issues. He ghost-wrote […]

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Vivarium

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 Film Reviews,

This may not be the best time to release a feature about a couple trapped in a suburban nightmare, completely isolated from the rest of the world. Are we eager to stream a film that reminds us of our own predicament? Perhaps there’s a vicarious pleasure in watching others doing it harder than oneself. Vivarium […]

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Epidemic entertainment

Thursday, March 26th, 2020 Film Reviews,

If there were a stockmarket for movies the smart money would be on Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion (2011), which has become one of the most searched and downloaded titles on the web, even though it’s not available on Netflix or most of the other the major streaming services. With the news cycle so completely dominated by […]

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker & Cats

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 Film Reviews,

In the last weeks of 2019 the big studios generously served up two Christmas turkeys. Judging by the reviews I wasn’t the only person yawning through Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, or wondering how Tom Hooper’s weirdly sexualised Cats ever secured a G rating. Both films are self-conscious ‘blockbusters’ intended to appeal to a […]

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Terminator: Dark Fate

Friday, November 1st, 2019 Film Reviews,

In the very first Terminator film in 1984 Arnold Schwarzenegger assured us: “I’ll be back”. Arnie has proven to be a man of his word, returning again and again as James Cameron and his pals crank out yet another Terminator sequel. We’re now up to number six – and counting. This time the director is […]

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Ad Astra

Thursday, September 19th, 2019 Film Reviews,

In James Gray’s movies characters seem to act as if they were in a novel, indulging in an inordinate amount of self-reflection. It may, therefore, have been inevitable that the director would eventually set a film in space where there is no limit to introspective opportunities. Ad Astra (Latin for “to the stars”) introduces us to […]

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Friday, June 22nd, 2018 Film Reviews,

Spanish director, J.A.Bayona has made a horror film about a creepy old house (The Orphanage), a full-on disaster flick (The Impossible), and a monster movie (A Monster Calls). These must have seemed like excellent credentials to a Hollywood studio looking for someone to helm the fifth installment in their ever-popular dinosaur franchise. If only Bayona […]