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Writer, Critic and The Daily Review Journalist

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Green Lantern to be shot in Sydney’s Fox Studios

Green Lantern to be shot in Sydney’s Fox Studios

April 17, 2009

New South Wales Premier Nathan Rees announced yesterday that the next big budget Hollywood movie to be filmed in Sydney’s Fox Studios will be the long anticipated superhero flick Green Lantern. Read my full news report here.

Interview with Mark Forstmann, writer/director of Monkey Puzzle

Interview with Mark Forstmann, writer/director of Monkey Puzzle

April 17, 2009

Monkey Puzzle is one in a recent slew of technically adept Australian features made completely independently, without a shred of assistance from film financing bodies. It follows the story of a group of young adults who go camping in the Blue Mountains in search of a rare tree but their plans go badly awry, paving […]

Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay – bruddas from other muddas?

Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay – bruddas from other muddas?

April 16, 2009 1 Comment

Yesterday director Michael Bay – oh ye of brainless explosion-fests what brung us Armageddon, Pearl Harbor and The Island  – wrote on his official website’s forums that he sat next to Steven Spielberg in a Sony theatre where they alone watched Bay’s sequel to his 2007 smash hit Transformers, titled Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. […]

Aussie Watch: Emily Browning

Aussie Watch: Emily Browning

April 15, 2009 3 Comments

Home grown star-on-the-rise Emily Browning turned heads in 2004 with her breakthrough performance in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. It was an especially impressive feat, given it’s never easy for anyone to turn heads when they’re starring alongside Jim Carrey. Browning can currently be seen on Australian screens – though not for much […]

Lars von Terror (Trailer Watch: Antichrist)

Lars von Terror (Trailer Watch: Antichrist)

April 14, 2009 2 Comments

The trailer for Lars von Trier’s new film Antichrist has just hit the net and eewww, it looks creepy. In one scene Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg appear to be having sex at the foot of a massive tree, its roots entangled in a heap of naked bodies (perhaps this post would have been better […]

Elegy film review: Cruz’s breasts and Kingsley’s scalp not a good movie maketh

Elegy film review: Cruz’s breasts and Kingsley’s scalp not a good movie maketh

April 14, 2009 3 Comments

Director Isabel Coixet adapts Philip Roth’s novella The Dying Animal in Elegy, a stuffy and morose drama about a college professor who develops a serious bout of lovesickness after bedding a beautiful woman. The professor is played by Ben Kingsley in snooty erudite mode and the beautiful woman is freshly Oscar-minted belle Penélope Cruz. On […]

Ground control to Sam Rockwell (Trailer Watch: Moon)

Ground control to Sam Rockwell (Trailer Watch: Moon)

April 13, 2009 3 Comments

The marketing campaign for director Duncan Jones’s Moon is kicking along nicely with an interesting new trailer (watch it below) and a very cool retro looking poster (also below). Sam Rockwell plays astronaut Sam Bell, who undertakes a three-year stint on the moon with a talking computer named GERTY (voiced by Kevin Spacey). Bell’s job […]

Interview with Adam Elliot, writer/director/designer of Mary and Max

Interview with Adam Elliot, writer/director/designer of Mary and Max

April 10, 2009 6 Comments

Adam Elliot’s animated short films Uncle, Cousin, Brother and Harvie Krumpet have participated in over five hundred film festivals and garnered countless accolades. In 2004 his name shot to international recognition when Harvey Krumpet won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. Elliot’s follow-up project is his full length feature debut Mary and Max, a […]

Depp, Bale, Mann (Trailer Watch: Public Enemies)

Depp, Bale, Mann (Trailer Watch: Public Enemies)

April 10, 2009 5 Comments

A second trailer has hit the net for Michael Mann’s John Dillinger pic Public Enemies, starring Johnny Depp as Dillinger and Christian Bale as FBI agent Melvin ‘Little Mel’ Purvis. Mann has a penchant for long, elaborate and patiently paced stories told with strong performances and visual finesse (The Last of the Mohicans, Heat, The […]

Mary and Max film review: plasticine-powered profundities

Mary and Max film review: plasticine-powered profundities

April 9, 2009 6 Comments

If the world had never discovered writer/director/designer Adam Elliot and nobody had seen the semi-autobiographical short films through which he honed and cultivated his peculiar form of animation – Brother, Cousin, Uncle and the Oscar-winning Harvey Krumpet – Elliot’s full-length picture debut Mary and Max would have come as something of a shock: a compelling […]

Poster Watch: Where the Wild Things Are

Poster Watch: Where the Wild Things Are

April 9, 2009

If you haven’t seen the new poster yet for Where the Wild Things Are, check it out below. Over the past few weeks Village Roadshow have sustained pre-release momentum by unveiling the marketing materials in dribbles, beginning with the film’s first poster and then the first trailer, which have both caused quite a stir in […]

Jackie Earle Haley to star as Freddy Krueger

Jackie Earle Haley to star as Freddy Krueger

April 8, 2009 1 Comment

The talented Jackie Earle Haley, who can currently be seen on Australian screens as jaded superhero/vigilante Rorschach in Watchmen, has been confirmed to play iconic horror villain Freddy Krueger in an upcoming remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. Given the franchise’s longevity it is likely, even at this early stage, that there will be […]

Race to Witch Mountain film review: race to any exit!

Race to Witch Mountain film review: race to any exit!

April 8, 2009 2 Comments

When Dwayne Johnson was a professional wrestler for the WWF he was affectionately known as ‘The Rock,’ and while that moniker is still an accurate description of his stature and appearance it isn’t quite a fair description of his acting abilities. On the big screen Johnson bears better similarity to clay: a heaped glob of […]

Rumbling buttocks, back massages and Vin Diesel: a chilling vision of cinema’s future

Rumbling buttocks, back massages and Vin Diesel: a chilling vision of cinema’s future

April 6, 2009 6 Comments

If you thought the future of cinema lay in spiffy 3D glasses or sophisticated headsets, think again. It lies, at least according to Canadian company D-Box Technologies, behind our backs and beneath our buttocks. D-Box’s website claims their proudest inventions – vibrating movie seats – will enable moviegoers to “live the action onscreen with an […]

Pink Panther 2 film review: fumbling franchise outing #2 – plenty of buyers but still no Sellers

Pink Panther 2 film review: fumbling franchise outing #2 – plenty of buyers but still no Sellers

April 3, 2009 5 Comments

Few movies legitimise the arguments against making sequels and remakes quite as effectively as Pink Panther 2, which is both a sequel and a remake and is driven by Steve Martin again trying his darndest to impersonate Peter Sellers impersonating a Frenchman. It was directed by Harald Zwart, an originality-challenged filmmaker whose next project is […]

Knowing film review: a disaster above the nose

Knowing film review: a disaster above the nose

April 3, 2009 1 Comment

In a typical Hollywood disaster movie, frantic casts deliver improbable dialogue in between spurts of panic and bedlam usually themed around something large, noisy and special effects driven. Even the biggest and most capable stars are invariably overshadowed by the grandiosity of their crashing/burning/falling/melting/exploding hell-in-a-hand-basket surroundings, relegated to the helpless humdrums of humanity where they […]

Trailer watch: Where the Wild Things Are

Trailer watch: Where the Wild Things Are

April 1, 2009 4 Comments

It’s enough to make fans froth at the mouth. A week and a bit after the release of the first poster for Where the Wild Things Are, Warner Bros’ marketing campaign steps into the next gear with the much anticipated unveiling of the film’s first trailer. The trailer offers some scintillating glimpses of the syrupy […]