Film Review: Eye in the Sky

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Refer Up 

EITS

Movies do not typically offer a nuanced view of Western Foreign policy, defence and the war on terrorism. Hollywood producers and their imitators identity with the hawkish and imperialist in a bid to make their thrillers simple binary, good versus evil affairs, in which the superior secular moral stylings of civilised nations go up against […]

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Film Review: Space Cop

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Watching the Watchers  

Space Cop

In the interests of transparency, because you’d expect nothing less, I must declare an interest in respect of the review that follows. The Ooh Tray paid a whopping, pocket molesting, $54 USD for the privilege of watching RedLetterMedia’s long gestating passion project; a sci-fi comedy conceived before a series of video essays featuring a geriatric […]

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Film Review: Midnight Special

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Rising Son

Midnight Special

Jeff Nichols, who wrote and directed the low-key and intimate Mud, the story of a boy who befriends a fugitive, inverts the dynamic in this serious sci-fi movie about a father taking the son he’s broken out of Sam Shepard’s “ranch”, a southern religious commune (or cult), to an otherworldly rendezvous. Like John Carpenter’s Starman, […]

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Film Review: Space Cop

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Watching the Watchers  

Space Cop

In the interests of transparency, because you’d expect nothing less, I must declare an interest in respect of the review that follows. The Ooh Tray paid a whopping, pocket molesting, $54 USD for the privilege of watching RedLetterMedia’s long gestating passion project; a sci-fi comedy conceived before a series of video essays featuring a geriatric […]

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Film Review: Midnight Special

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Rising Son

Midnight Special

Jeff Nichols, who wrote and directed the low-key and intimate Mud, the story of a boy who befriends a fugitive, inverts the dynamic in this serious sci-fi movie about a father taking the son he’s broken out of Sam Shepard’s “ranch”, a southern religious commune (or cult), to an otherworldly rendezvous. Like John Carpenter’s Starman, […]

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Film Review: The Huntsman – Winter’s War

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Rotten Apples

Huntsman 2

Four long years ago, in the land of movies, Snow White and the Huntsmen was a modest hit and unremarkable addition to the recent spate of so-called adult fairy tales that Hollywood’s embraced as a recent strategy for getting new money for old rope (later superseded by the disguised remake). Universal obviously thought there more […]

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Film Review: Hardcore Henry

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Ready Player один

 

Hardcore Henry

Put your ear to the ground or wrap a grapevine around your head, and you’ll hear some suggesting that Ilya Naishuller’s Hardcore Henry is the future of action cinema. If that’s true, it’s a regressive future where the genre’s devolved, replacing the presumably passé experience of a thrilling narrative stocked with compelling characters, suspense and […]

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Film Review: Anomalisa

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The Uncanny Valley

Anomalisa

Charlie Kaufman’s animated movie is a meditation on loneliness and sense deadening conformity, with a glacial pace to aid introspection. If David Thewlis’s Michael is photographed to look like he’s walking through treacle, it’s to underline the point that life for the customer services guru (an accolade to match grand master of solitaire) is a […]

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Film Review: Batman V Superman – Dawn of Justice

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The Blockbuster's Guide to Depression 

BVS

Warning: this review contains spoilers. If you have a moment, I’d like to talk to you about Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. It’s not an easy thing to do because the unremitting bleakness of Zack Snyder’s film atrophies the brains of those attempting to recreate the experience of watching it using language. In effect, […]

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Film Review: High-Rise

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Box Clever 

High-Rise

Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of that old cynic J.G. Ballard’s 1975 novel, may retain its heightened period setting – the brutalism (a metaphor the story literalises with violent social breakdown) and the preoccupations; sociology, social mobility, sexual liberation – but for all that it’s a timely movie, released when new developments are once again dominating the […]

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Film Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane

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Bunker Mentality

10CL

10 Cloverfield Lane takes a lateral approach to franchising material. Instead of a straight sequel or prequel to 2008’s Cloverfield, this intimate thriller, resplendent with Hitchcockian stylisation and score, plays like a thematic offshoot. The new story’s once again centred on an attack by a malevolent unknown and the social breakdown that results, but Dan […]

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Film Review: Hail, Caesar!

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Industrial Fun and Whimsy

Hail Caesar

Acolytes of Joel and Ethan Coen’s brand of offbeat whimsy will find much to like in Hail, Caesar!, a touch of Hollywood studio nostalgia seasoned with their requisite kook. With symbolism so stark you could peel off it off the screen, the movie tracks the spiritual crisis of 1950’s movie fixer, Eddie Mannix, played by […]

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