Author: Sam Tremayne

The Disaster Artist is a glorious mess

It is true, all of it. Well – as far we know. Apparently, test screenings of The Disaster Artist, as successful as they were, left audiences perplexed. Surely this is a fictional story right? Tommy Wiseau has to be a cartoon character. How can a mysterious immigrant with a bottomless bank account and an unknown age and lineage, jetstream into superstardom despite lacking any real acting or filmmaking skills, let alone people skills? The answer… I’m afraid I don’t know, and that is the magic of The Disaster Artist. James Franco stars and directs this mildly bio-pic tale (allegedly...

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See Canberra in a different (blue) light

Blue World Order, a film shot entirely in the ACT using a local crew, has premiered in Canberra. On a cold, wet day in the capital, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was the middle of winter – even on Friday 1 December. Alas summer began with a false start, the gloomy and saturnine skies perfect weather for sitting at home and doing not much. But such is a testament to the passion and determination of locals that the premiere for Blue World Order was bustling with crowds at both Palace Cinema and at the National Film and Sound Archive....

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‘Aussie as’ Marvel movie at Sunset Cinema

Well strewth, if it isn’t the first superhero film that is basically an Australian-made blockbuster. Shot in Byron Bay and Brisbane, Thor: Ragnarok, showing at Sunset Cinema on Saturday 9 December,  stars Chris Hemsworth and is directed by New Zealander Taika Waititi.  The film transforms the weakest Marvel standalone series into one of the best – and definitely the funniest of the current superhero crop. It’s clear they hit the reset button here, and in keeping with a suitable genre for each hero (Captain America as a spy thriller, or Ant-Man as a heist film for example) Thor has become...

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The 10/10 film showing at Sunset Cinema

I have no words. Ok, well I have to write a review, so I should really try finding some.  Blade Runner 2049 has resonated with me more than any other movie in recent memory. 2017 has been a little pocket rocket when it comes to good films – we’ve already been graced with Dunkirk, IT, and now Blade Runner 2049 has surpassed them all. I’d even go so far as to say that this sequel does for its predecessor what Terminator 2: Judgment Day did for The Terminator. As a package, this film is wholly beautiful – yet it...

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Is Justice League Worth a Watch?

This film is ambivalence personified. I am torn into two halves on my opinion of the Justice League. Like a Hemisphere split by the poles, part of me says – wow, there were some good moments, nice writing and believable chemistry and then on the contrary… the opposite; often lazy and borderline cartoonish. It is a comic book film after all, so let’s see how it compares to big brother, Marvel’s Avengers. Firstly, the movie is infinitely better with Joss Whedon on board to assist with the script, albeit under tragic circumstances involves Director Zack Snyder. But the outcome...

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