Wednesday, 29 November 2017

REPLACE (full review at The Reel Word)

Replace, from writer-director Norbert Keil and co-writer Richard Stanley (Hardware), is a decent attempt at body horror/sci-fi cross-pollination, with a surprising reveal and a strange, almost ethereal style to it.

After a night out, Kira (Rebecca Forsythe) starts to suffer confusion and memory loss. At the same time she notices a patch of dry, eczema-like skin on her finger. In the hallway of her building she meets her neighbour, Sophia (Lucie Aron), and the two begin a relationship. After suffering a blackout, and with her hand getting worse, Kira visits Dr. Crober (Barbara Crampton) for treatment. Crober prescribes medication, but as Kira soon discovers: her skin can improve if she replaces it with fresh tissue from a living person. In desperation, Kira’s need for transplant flesh pushes her to murder and Replace starts to go a bit Frankenstein, as new parts replace old. Except here, it’s more a case of pre-emptive graverobbing.

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IMDB: Replace

Monday, 27 November 2017

DOWNSIZING (full review at The Reel Word)

Downsizing is the seventh feature film from American writer / director Alexander Payne. It takes an irresistible sci-fi notion, populates it with typically rich characters, and to top it all off, decides to say a thing or two in the process. In other words, it’s absolute magic.

Norwegian scientist, Dr Jorgen Asbjørnsen (Rolf Lassgård), makes a historic scientific breakthrough. He discovers a way to shrink organic matter down to a fraction of its original size. This irreversible shrinking process, or ‘downsizing’, is used in a bid to combat overpopulation. Participants who downsize are given incentives. Not only are they helping the planet, but their quality of life increases exponentially, their smaller footprint means they can live in far greater luxury.

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IMDB: Downsizing

Friday, 24 November 2017

THE MARSHES (full review at The Reel Word)

The Marshes is a slasher/survival horror picture from writer/director Roger Scott.

Pria (Dafna Kronental), Ben (Mathew Cooper) and Will (Sam Delich) are three university researchers, who set out on a trip to collect field samples from a remote, unnamed section of Marshland. They arrive at their campsite, having encountered an aggressive local en-route, and Ben regales the party with a ghost story concerning the ‘Jolly Swagman’ in the erstwhile Aussie classic Waltzing Matilda. Turns out, he’s not as ‘jolly’ as you might think.

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IMDB: The Marshes

Saturday, 18 November 2017

BODIES (full review at The Reel Word)

Rosie (Lisa Ronaghan) and Ben (Joseph Baker) Whittaker are a young, financially challenged, married couple. On the verge of losing their house, they agree to participate in a week long scientific experiment in the country. The aim of the experiment is to study and test the human survival instinct. The financial reward for successful completion of the week would solve their money problems.

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IMDB: Bodies

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

WHEELMAN (full review at The Reel Word)

Wheelman, written and directed by Jeremy Rush and starring Frank Grillo (Captain America), is a hard boiled crime drama, distributed by, and currently screening on Netflix.

Grillo plays a getaway driver, fresh out of prison and in debt to the mob. He juggles his responsibilities to work and his debts, with the more conventional problems of having a rebellious teen daughter and prickly ex-spouse. Uncomfortable sharing anything other than professional information with his gun carrying passengers, and particularly keen to withhold his name, we know him only as the Wheelman. While driving for a heist crew, things go predictably wrong and the Wheelman finds himself with a trunk full of money, and a situation spiralling rapidly out of control.

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IMDB: Wheelman


Writer/Director Noah Baumbach’s track record speaks for itself. From his collaborations with Wes Anderson through to the wonderful Squid and the Whale, and engaging indie dramas like Frances Ha and Mistress America, he set his stall out as an interesting and highly watchable filmmaker, with a focus on character, rather than plot driven stories. So the prospect of a Baumbach movie with a quality cast and Netflix’s distribution behind it ought to be a shoe-in shouldn’t it? Well, it ought to be, but sadly The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) misses its mark quite badly. It represents an excruciating low point for the usually excellent Baumbach.

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IMDB: The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

Friday, 20 October 2017


My first  time writing for Junkee. com, and I defend the National Treasure movies with terminal intensity!

Upon its release in 2004, National Treasure received a grossly underwhelming response from critics. Slammed by most reviewers, it was unfairly labelled as derivative. Empire called it a ‘rushed-out knock-off’ of The Da Vinci Code, judging it ‘simultaneously moronic and mildly educational’. Rolling Stone, rating it 1 out of 5 stars, said it possessed a ‘robotic cheerlessness’ and called it a ‘paycheck movie’ for Nicolas Cage. Not to be outdone, USA Today dismissed National Treasure as a ‘tepid Indiana Jones knock-off’ with a ‘flaccid execution and stupefying premise’.

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IMDB: National Treasure

IMDB: National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets