Category Archives: Reviews

White Dog

Slavery has been something of a hot topic in cinema over the past 18 months, what with critical & commercial darlings in 12 years a slave and Django unchained bringing racial inequality into the public discourse. With this social sickness being given an unheralded amount

Super Contra (Retro)

Originally released in 1988 in the arcades and then with a friendlier version on the NES in 1990, Super Contra is a classic side scrolling shooting action game with an unrelenting onslaught of enemies. Released more recently on the Xbox Live Arcade we see a

The Rocket

Documentarian Kim Mordaunt carved out a name for himself with the Laotian set documentary Bomb Harvest. A personal account of the many bombs left unexploded in “the most bombed country, per capita, on the planet”. In the director’s feature début and Australia’s official best picture

Wake in Fright (1971)

For a long time Wake in Fright (aka Outbreak) was regarded as one of the ‘great lost Australian films’. Although critically celebrated across the board its infamously unsympathetic presentation of Australia, unflinching hunting scenes and poor box office saw it lost to the annals of

For Those in Peril

Not to be confused with the Ealing film of the same name, Paul Wright’s 2013’s Feature debut For those in Peril is more of an amalgamation of Baltasar Kormakur’s The Deep and Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt than a call back to Ealing. George Mackay stars

Portal

Originally released as part of the orange box collection on PC and Xbox, then later on PS3, MAC and Linux – Portal is an exciting puzzle game based on physics. Now some people might be thinking “Puzzles and Physics? Exciting?” but all that reveals is

Fellini’s Roma

Masters of Cinema released one of their first Fellini discs with the underappreciated Il Bidone, now comes their second release in as many months – the director’s esoteric microcosm of Roma and one of his most acclaimed films of the 1970s. The film drafts historical

The Killers (1964)

The second adaptation of an Ernest Hemingway short, the Killers is the order of the day and the latest release from Arrow’s Academy label. The first adaptation was the feature acting début of Burt Lancaster and is regarded as a film noir classic; this 1964

Phantom of the Paradise

Brian de Palma is of a class of genre directors who rose to prominence in the 1970s and 80s that have become known for a specific type of film (see also Michael Mann and Dario Argento). That specific film is a violent and twisty thriller;

Only Lovers Left Alive

Dead Man and Ghost Dog saw Indie favourite Jim Jarmusch bring his quirky idiosyncrasies to more traditionally visceral genres. Ghost Dog is worlds away from a traditional Yakuza or Gangster film and the same is true for Dead Man with westerns. His 12th legitimate feature