Usually, Zac Efron and Good Acting don't get used in a sentence together. However this is the exception to this rule. Extremely Wicked tells the story of Ted Bundy during his highly publicised trial during the '70s and '80s as he vehemently denies his guilt. To be honest, in hindsight it is quite a creepy take on the story of serial killer. Bundy is shown here to be passionate and kind, loving his partners - a personality that is rarely explored with this subject matter. It also makes you feel uncomfortable. I would not call this a bad movie, it's just different and makes you wonder what people were thinking and reacting as it was happening. Footage of fans of Bundy attending the trial are shown describing him as someone charismatic and dreamy,...

There was a lot of buzz last year with Beyoncé's Coachella performance, and this documentary shows us why. 
 Here is a list of what I took from Homecoming.

1. When you have power and influence as Queen Bey, using an opportunity to showcase Black culture in a mainstream space was the best idea. The people of colour in the audience seemed to clearly be awed by her, while some of the white people looked out of place. Regardless, this is an important piece of culture that needs to be heard. 

2. She talks about intersectional feminism so blatantly but does not need to use those terms to make it obvious. Her music features lyrics that speak powerfully on the topic- but in Homecoming she throws in the work of Maya Angelou, Nina Simone and even Malcolm X...

It is an understatement to say that Australian cinema has a long way to go in terms of our quality. However, when a film like Top End Wedding comes out, it's a firm reminder of the fact that our industry is completely capable of being amazing. With very little promotion, I found out about this film through ads on social media, and some posters at boutique cinemas in Melbourne. I decided to trust the quality of the film, being a fan of Miranda Tapsell. Ever since The Sapphires, I have been a fan of her work. 
From the start, the movie sets its comedic tone and it does not let down. Tapsell leads the film with a heartwarming, comic and just a pure outstanding performance. The storyline is simple - Lauren (Tapsell), wants to get married in Darwin,...

After the success of Get Out in 2017, Jordan Peele's work as a director took him in a new direction. Being mainly a comedian, this could have gone either way. Was it just a one time luck scenario? Well we had Us to wait for. In Us, Peele gives us an outstanding tale that is scary and clever. There are so many dimensions to this, you do not know where to start. At least for Peele, he has survived a sophomore slump. The premise of Us is simple - the Wilson family are on holiday. They are ambushed by another family who are their doppelgängers. Things go into chaos from then on. You are at the edge of your seat the whole time. There's more to the story than what you see in the trailer and the ending is just super satisfying. 
The one thing that mak...

After the success of Bohemian Rhapsody, Rock Biopics have made a sudden surge in popularity. So we have The Dirt - a Netflix movie based on Mötley Crüe. Based on the book written collectively by all band members, the movie is an exploration of the band's rise to fame and everything that went along with it. Okay - so I am done using delicate language to describe this film. While this movie itself is one disgusting piece of trash, we get to see what happens when a bunch entitlement men get given influence. If this was meant to be a "shock" movie, maybe it might do the trick for some people, to me - it paints a revolting picture of the four band members. If that is the truth of who they are- misogynists pigs with no sense of shame (we see a band m...

Screen Australia served as a producer to this movie, that was mostly filmed in Adelaide..interesting. The trailer for the film proved to be quite decent. While not giving too much away, it still showed to be looking like an engaging thriller. The casting of Armie Hamer was pure tokenism to attract Western audiences, and I was hoping his story would be minor (and yes it was). Okay, now for the film - while it can be classed as an average thriller, this film does not get the story straight and ends up being Islamophobic and racist. While there could have been a compelling story to be told that showed the repercussions of corrupt politics and the partition, we get a cringe-worthy tale of terrorism told from a white lens. This film ends up being th...

Another awesome Netflix film. So I have always had a soft spot for Rebel Wilson. To many people, she is annoying and unfunny, however - her sense of humour is one that I fancy. So in that same spirit of typical Rebel Wilson style, we get 'Isn't it Romantic.' While there are movie spoof's of Rom-Com's in the past, this film's take is different. As Natalie, Wilson is stuck in a Rom Com where she is the leading lady. Cliches get thrown about explicitly, and Wilson's comedic charms work amazingly well in each scene. Yes, she does bring comical attention to herself, but she tries to make a strong point - and that is the depiction of women in these Rom Coms feel too perfect. In fact, there is a really well written scene between her and Whitney (playe...

When I heard this was in pre-production, I was skeptical.  As a fan of all female remakes, I was just hoping this would not be about a woman reading men's thoughts to date them. When the trailer came out, I was left feeling positive again.  Right - over to the film. It's not an intelligent movie, and it's not trying to be.  The movie does not try to take itself seriously but instead, the purpose is for everyone to have fun, laugh and have a good time while it sends the audience a message. It follows the structure of any romantic comedy and they are not ashamed of it. However, what makes this movie unique is that we have a female person of color leading a film about tearing down the patriarchy, breaking the glass ceiling and being funny at the s...

When the trailer for this film came out, my first reaction was 'meh!.' Tainted by Oliver Stone's 'W' (the only film I have ever walked out of a cinema), I was not interested to hear another story featuring George W. Bush or see amazing talent wasted on a boring US political story. However, I was completely wrong. This movie surprised me and it is good. Starting off with a messy Cheney in the 60's, Christian Bale plays this character to perfection across 4 decades. If there is one actor that could it, it is probably Bale. He encapsulates Cheney amazingly well and thanks to Adam McKay, all actors in this film bring their A-Game. The next is the incredible Amy Adams. While I believe this role should have gone to Reese Witherspoon, Amy Adams does d...

Period pieces can always be a hit or miss. History nerds who know the story of the subject matter well, always dispute the facts of the film whilst those that aren't nerds, find it hard to be engaged. British history to non-history nerds like me seems to all be repetitive and uninteresting. Filmmakers have to find ways of telling a story and keep audiences engaged. Mary Queen of Scots does this remarkably well. The sharp dialogue and the strong themes of feminism had me absorbed, and while I am not a fan of period pieces, the story was an interesting one. After the film finished, I found out that a lot of what was depicted in the movie was false. However, it didn't bother me in the slightest. 
The performances are worthy of giving this film a g...

This film receiving critical acclaim is absolutely no surprise. From the beginning of the movie, the film does not fail to impress in its storytelling, humor and filming. The Favourite tells a comically dramatised story of Queen Anne and her relationships between her adviser Sarah and a Abigail - a former Lady. As the story progresses, we see the Queen take favour of Abigail over Sarah, as Abigail tries her hardest to climb up the royal ladder seeking the Queen's affection in the process. In their roles as the Queen, Sarah and Abigail - the three actors Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone are truly remarkable. Colman's Queen Anne is sure to get her a few accolades during the Award Season, and I won't be surprised if she scores her first...

Let me begin by saying, this is not the type of film I would usually watch. A blokey male protagonist saving the world is a trope that I least enjoy. Anyway - I decided to put all apprehensions aside and enjoy the cool cinema on a day that was 42 degrees outside. So, as I expected - it's not a good film. The overdone trope of the long-lost brother coming in to take over the throne is used here yet again, and truthfully it's an eye-roll-worthy moment. The entire storyline is just basic and very predictable. I am guessing the writers pretty much are relying on Jason Mamoa's good looks to draw audiences into cinema. Guess that worked as this has spent 3 weeks at number one in America. Back to Mamoa's Aquaman - in this day where we have progressive...

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