Author: Sam Tremayne

A film you’ll be barking mad to miss

Isle of Dogs is a Wes Anderson movie. Need I say more? If you know who that guy is, then you know he’s in a league of his own. How many other directors have A-lister actors queuing around the block to work with him, whilst being so unique, quirky and almost a genre of his own? This time Wes has gone back to stop motion animation after his hit Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) to tell another leftfield story that is far more character-driven than plot reliant. In not-to-distant future Japan, after it is revealed that ‘dog flu’ is spreading...

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Turn your brain off and enjoy Blockers

Blockers is what happens executives in the proverbial Hollywood board room pull out of the scenario hat: “What if… you had three overly attached parents trying to stop their kids losing their virginity?” Greg from Marketing says, “Have we done that one yet?” and they search through their catalogue … “No it’s not the Hangover, or Horrible Bosses, or Bad Neighbours. All clear – here’s $20 million, get it done.” Even watching the trailers before the film I realized the size of the market for situational based comedy flicks. There will always be room for movies like this to...

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Ready Player One is the best film of 2018

Steven Spielberg presents ‘Nostalgia the movie’. Adapted from Ernest Cline’s 2011 book, Ready Player One is a fanboy or girl’s dream. Ever wanted to see Master Chief from Halo fighting alongside the Iron Giant? Like it or not, that’s what you get. The film is a two hour wow-fest, as you balance following the plot with all the subtle and not-so-subtle references to pop culture of the last 20 years infused somewhere with a story about inheriting a vast fortune through a VR video game. Basically, it’s 2045 and unfortunately for us it’s a dystopian-esque time where people live...

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Pacific Rim Uprising is poor man’s Michael Bay

We’ve seen prequels, sequels, adaptations, remakes, reboots – the list goes on. Have we ever seen a mash-up before? Pacific Rim Uprising could be it. I’ve never watched a movie and been so overwhelmed by how familiar yet different it feels, like it’s trying to be seven things at once and not nailing any of it. Pacific Rim Uprising can best be described as Transformers meets Godzilla meets Power Rangers with a bit of Halo and Starship Troopers thrown in, with some Star Wars as the garnish and, oh my, can you believe it, they even channel some Independence...

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Margot Robbie brilliant in I, Tonya

Who doesn’t love an underdog story? In this case of I, Tonya however, what happens when that dog bites? It’s the 1990s and there is no internet, no mobile phones and certainly no memes. The news would rise and fall on the juiciest of stories and none captivated the world quite like the story of Tonya Harding, the figure skater who allegedly plotted to injure her main competition before the Olympics. For a sport known for its grace, poise and style, she had none of these, with a mean streak as cold as ice. Shot expertly and presented in...

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