Author: Peter Gray

Film critic with a penchant for Dwayne Johnson, Jason Momoa, Michelle Pfeiffer and horror movies, harbouring the desire to be a face of entertainment news.

Film Review: Mortal Kombat sets a precedent for what is possible within the genre of the video game adaptation

April 21, 2021

The road from video game to cinema screen has often been an arduous trek – to say the least. ¬†Often made with the best of intentions, but seldom able to satisfy the expansive fanbase, video game adaptations are usually starting at a disadvantage. Sure, there’s a certain campy pleasure to watching Jean Claude Van Damme […]

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Film Review: The United States vs. Billie Holiday succeeds off Andra Day’s transformative central performance

April 16, 2021

The best performances within the biopic genre are those that aren’t just simply imitations or impressions of the subject at hand, but an honest appraisal of the person, one where the performer vanishes on screen. And so often with such grand performances, it can lead to the rest of the film surrounding them to feel […]

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New Fast & Furious 9 trailer takes Fast Saga to new heights – literally!

April 15, 2021

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2021, the Fast & Furious series has defied all expectation and grown to exponential heights as Vin Diesel and his motley crew have graduated from street racing to international espionage. The latest trailer for Fast & Furious 9 only adds to the franchise’s penchant for athletic lunacy as Diesel’s Dominic […]

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Film Review: Voyagers sacrifices its macabre energy for a melodramatic personality

April 8, 2021

Marketed as “Lord of the Flies in space”, Voyagers – whilst occasionally leaning in to that description – is a confused genre effort that feels like a more reflective, psychological film has been edited down to a tween crowd who may appreciate its melodramatic personality. Written and directed by Neil Burger, his first original script […]

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Film Review: Ascendant harnesses its strength through its ability to surprise with both its story and psychology

April 8, 2021

Ascendant is one of those films that’s equally as difficult to write about it as it is deceptively simple. ¬†A film that banks entirely on the fact that it unravels and reveals its narrative in an unexpected manner, Antaine Furlong‘s ambitious sci-fi-leaning action/thriller is a testament to the first time Australian filmmaker’s bold vision and […]

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Cruella Australian release details revealed: When and where you can watch Disney’s next film

April 8, 2021

Academy Award¬ģ Winner Emma Stone brings the legacy of the wicked Cruella de Vil to life in the new trailer for Cruella, ahead of its Australian release in both theatres and Disney+ with¬†Premier Access* on May 28th, 2021. Set in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, Cruella follows a young grifter named Estella (Stone), […]

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Interview: Neil Burger on directing his space-set thriller Voyagers

April 7, 2021

Neil Burger‘s 30-year career as a filmmaker has taken the director on a varied journey. ¬†From his beginnings as a music video director and faux documentarian, Burger became a staple name in mainstream cinema thanks to such commercial and critical successes as The Illusionist, Limitless, and Divergent. Now working off his first original script in […]

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Black Widow Australian release details revealed: When and where you can watch Marvel’s next film

April 7, 2021

Marvel’s long awaited Black Widow has finally landed on a release date after being shifted around the last year (thanks COVID). ¬†Marvel Studios have announced July 9th for Scarlett Johansson‘s solo outing as Natasha Romanoff as she confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued […]

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Film Review: Hunter Hunter is an emotionally rousing and gut-wrenching horror experience

April 6, 2021

It goes without saying that the ending of a film is as crucial to its success as any other major component. ¬†And in horror films especially, the satisfaction element of its climax is one the genre often lives or dies by. ¬†Hunter Hunter, from writer/director Shawn Linden, is such a film that almost relies entirely […]

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Interview: Jonny Pasvolsky on the impressive production of Ascendant and working with a first time filmmaker.

April 6, 2021

Once a staple of Australian television – having worked on such notable homegrown series as McLeod’s Daughters, Underbelly, and Home and Away – Jonny Pasvolsky has since been making ground for himself across the Pacific, starring in such profile productions as Mortdecai opposite Johnny Depp, The Front Runner with Hugh Jackman, and the acclaimed series […]

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Film Review: Blithe Spirit is one visitor you’ll be summoning the Gods to return to its resting space

April 3, 2021

So much of Blithe Spirit‘s ingredients point to signs of a tasty meal, and yet one can’t help but feel entirely ready to return this flavourless chaff to the kitchen within minutes of its arrival. Adapted from Noel Coward‘s 1941 play and boasting the appealing quartet of Dan Stevens, Leslie Mann, Isla Fisher and Judi […]

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Film Review: The Courier is an emotionally fraught thriller balancing its emotional and educational mentality

April 3, 2021

British businessman Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) doesn’t have the most suave persona. ¬†And it’s because of this very reason that MI5 and the CIA have collaborated in their bid to maximise the potential of an insider during the time of America and Russian intensifying their nuclear arms race. “You drink too much and you‚Äôre not […]

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Interview: Ascendant director Antaine Furlong on being a first-time filmmaker and taking a hands-on approach for his ambitious debut

April 2, 2021

With Australian cinema exceeding expectations at the box office in 2021 alone, now feels like as a perfect a time than ever for homegrown productions to thrive within their own country. ¬†Founding his own company to pursue his passion of filmmaking, Dublin-born Antaine Furlong had followed his dream to technical fruition as his debut feature […]

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Interview: Sam Claflin on the emotional turmoil of playing the villain in Every Breath You Take

April 2, 2021

After making a name for himself in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Sam Claflin soon earned global recognition as Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games series. ¬†Romantic leading roles and character driven projects followed, with his exercises in the dark psyches of his roles continuing with the release of Every Breath You Take. […]

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Film Review: Every Breath You Take delights in its trashy 1990’s thriller mentality

April 1, 2021

The spirit of the 1990’s thriller is alive and well within Every Breath You Take. ¬†The upper-middle class family having their perfectly manicured lives upended by the arrival of a mysterious figure – this one British and in the form of the disarmingly handsome Sam Claflin – is a road travelled many times before; hell, […]

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Interview: Spirit Untamed director Elaine Bogan on her directorial debut and history with animation

April 1, 2021

To coincide with the trailer launch of Spirit Untamed, the latest from Dreamworks Studios telling of the epic adventure of a headstrong girl and the wild horse she shares a kindred spirit with, Peter Gray chatted with the film’s director, Elaine Bogan, detailing her experience as a first-time feature director, her background in animation, and […]

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Interview: The Father writer/director Florian Zeller on adapting his stage play and working with Anthony Hopkins

March 31, 2021

An award-winning French novelist and playwright that the Times of London referred to as “the most exciting playwright of our time”, Florian Zeller has transitioned from the stage to the screen with the adaptation of his award-winning production, ¬†The Father. ¬†Set for release in Australian cinemas on April 1st (you can read our review here), […]

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Film Review: Tom & Jerry is a kitty litter-filled excuse of a film that dishonours the cartoon’s legacy

March 31, 2021

Given the fact that Tom & Jerry screenwriter Kevin Costello has a duo of self-aware, critically acclaimed projects to his name – the dramedy Brigsby Bear and Jean Claude Van Damme’s underrated television series Jean Claude Van Johnson – one might think he’d be able to create something innovative off the basis of 7-minute cartoon […]

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Interview: Nobody producer Kelly McCormick on being a female voice in a testosterone-filled genre

March 30, 2021

Following its box office success in the US – the film topped the North American chart as one of the few films to maintain a cinema-only rollout – Nobody is planning its Australian unleashing on April 1st (no joke!). ¬†In relation to the film’s release (you can read our review here), Peter Gray chatted with […]

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The sounds of silence: The wisdom of New Zealand-based POW Studios and how they enhanced the horror of Coming Home in the Dark

March 26, 2021

When New Zealand-made horror film Coming Home in the Dark premiered at Sundance earlier this year, its use of sound was perhaps its most deceptive feature. ¬†Forgoing the usual jump scare queues and obvious musical encouragement to goad audiences into a reaction, the film opted for a more subtle approach, utilising naturalistic sounds to give […]

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Film Review: Godzilla vs. Kong is a titan match not worth the spectator fee

March 25, 2021

You would think by now that the proprietors of the particular cinematic universe that encompasses films surrounding a giant ape and a radioactive lizard would gather that we really don’t care about the human characters involved. ¬†Sure, it’s great for there to be suitably formed players, and in the case of these films they’re often […]

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Film Review: Peter Rabbit 2 should delight its target audience

March 25, 2021

One of the first 2020 titles to delay its release substantially from its original bowing date (in this case, March 2020) due to the Coronavirus, Peter Rabbit 2 has finally hopped to a release window that makes sense. ¬†In a country where cinemas have been open and thriving (and how!) for the better part of […]

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Film Review: Nobody is aware of how smart it needs to be in order to sell its action-driven lunacy

March 24, 2021

A film like Nobody is inevitably going to be likened to similarly-themed actioners such as John Wick and Taken. ¬†And that’s not a bad thing, given how well-liked those films are (or, in the context of Taken, at least the first one), with the middle-aged-man-defending-what’s-rightfully-his narrative proving an easy sell. ¬†Nobody is perhaps the easiest […]

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Film Review: The Mauritanian is a factual-based thriller grounded by Tahar Rahim’s central performance

March 23, 2021

As much as The Mauritanian can boast Jodie Foster (in her Golden Globe-winning role), Benedict Cumberbatch and Shailene Woodley as its headliners, it’s the central performance from the lesser-known Tahar Rahim that ultimately impresses and grounds the film around him. A factual-based dramatic thriller detailing some of the supposed inner workings of the 9/11 terrorism […]

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SXSW Film Review: Sound of Violence is a cathartic yet violent expression of how to overcome grief

March 19, 2021

Grief is often something that runs throughout the core of the horror narrative. ¬†And depending how it is structured, it can act in a nature that’s either cathartic or repressive. ¬†In Alex Noyer‘s Sound of Violence it’s a mixture of both psychological expressions, with the additive intricacy of music production – another key element to […]

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First Impressions: Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is comforting in its canon familiarity

March 19, 2021

Right from the opening moments of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier – an extended action sequence amid rock formations spearheaded by Anthony Mackie‘s Falcon – it’s evident that the intent of this show is to link it to the prototype of the Marvel canon we’ve come to expect. ¬†After WandaVision took bold swings, this […]

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SXSW Film Review: Swan Song is a reminder to the queer trailblazers of where they have been and how far the community has come

March 19, 2021

German character actor Udo Kier is so synonymous with villainy that his role in Swan Song appears all the more revelatory. ¬†But given the actor’s own queer identification and penchant for theatrical performances, a character like his at the centre of Todd Stephens‘s gentle dramedy feels quite in tune with the actor’s aesthetic. Based on […]

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SXSW Film Review: Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil amplifies her unique voice over the tragedies that have defined her existence

March 19, 2021

Not unlike the professional front Katy Perry put forward in her Part of Me documentary, where she grinned and performed for a mass crowd only moments after being informed that her marriage (at the time) was over, Demi Lovato similarly bravely faces her adoring fans night after night in the early seconds of Dancing with […]

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SXSW Short Film Review: The Thing That Ate The Birds holds up a mirror to one’s own conscience in a more fantastical manner

March 18, 2021

Written and directed by Sophie Mair and Dan Gitsham, The Thing That Ate The Birds is an atmospheric short that teases a darker universe we can only hope could be expanded on. Abel (Eoin Slattery) and Grace (Rebecca Palmer) are on the verge of separation, but the tragic circumstances surrounding their farmland have pushed their […]

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SXSW Film Review: The Feast delights in both metaphorical and mythical terror

March 18, 2021

One of those films that has a log line that feels all too familiar, Lee Haven Jones‘s The Feast presents itself as a supernaturally inclined horror film on the surface, only to gradually morph into an allegory of sorts that runs deeper than the film’s initial mentality would have you believe. Set in a secluded, […]

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