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.

Blu-Ray Review: The Invitation‘s “Unrated Edition” adds extra blood but not enough bite

November 15, 2022

It’s all too easy to wax lyrical these days about trailers spoiling and “giving too much away” for the keyboard warriors who oft decide they hate a film before they even see it.  Whilst the jury is still out on how many will dislike The Invitation, I can attest that, as far as spoilers go, Jessica M. […]

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Win a double in-season pass to see Bones and All starring Timothée Chalamet

November 14, 2022

Thanks to Warner Bros. Australia and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures we have 5 double in-season passes (Admit 2) to see the cannibalistic romance Bones and All, the latest film from acclaimed director Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name), in Australian cinemas from November 24th, 2022. Bones and All is a story of first love between Maren […]

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4K Ultra HD Review: Bullet Train‘s bombastic energy is enhanced by neon visuals and booming audio

November 13, 2022

The Hitman Vs. Assassin subsect of the action genre is one that rarely deviates from its rather tried and true formula; aside from a hefty injection of cash and a star-studded cast, something as recent as Netflix’s throwaway actioner The Gray Man is proof that the genre, even in 2022, seems comfortable resting on its […]

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Interview: Claudia Doumit on labour of love, Dylan & Zoey; “This film feels like a safe space for trauma.”

November 12, 2022

Australian-born Claudia Doumit may best be known for her deceptively sinister turn as Victoria Neuman in the television series The Boys, but it’s roles in films such as Dylan & Zoey that should truly keep her on the map. As the indie drama releases in US theatres and On Demand, Claudia spoke with our Peter […]

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Film Review: Dylan & Zoey tackles sensitive subject matter in an intelligent fashion

November 12, 2022

Initially, it can’t be denied, Dylan & Zoey does adhere to certain rules that the “Indie film playbook” so often lays out for new filmmakers to navigate.  This is by no means a criticism of Matt Sauter‘s film, merely an observation that the simplistic settings, dialogue-heavy characters and their societal views, and “me against the […]

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4K Ultra HD Review: Nope is a visual and technical wonder

November 11, 2022

It’s understandable to be going into a film like Nope and be expecting horror greatness, given that it’s stemming from the mind of Jordan Peele, who, with both Get Out and Us, redefined the genre with his “woke” sensibilities and penchant for symbolism and commentary. Ominous alien invasion is seemingly what’s promised here.  The trailers (at least initially, before the studio […]

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Interview: Deirdre Mullins on female-centric horror film Mandrake and equal representation within the industry

November 10, 2022

Premiering exclusively on Shudder from November 10th, Mandrake is a Northern Irish folk horror tale that marks the directorial feature debut of Lynne Davison. Premiering earlier this year at FrightFest Glasgow the film follows probation officer Cathy Madden (played by Scottish BAFTA-winner Deirdre Mullins), who is given the task of rehabilitating notorious killer ‘Bloody’ Mary […]

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Film Review: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever injects much-needed bouts of emotion and enthusiasm into MCU’s divisive Phase Four

November 9, 2022

Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has undoubtedly divided fans like no other that has preceded it.  Whilst there was a certain uniqueness in how characters and narratives were handled – say what you will about Eternals or Thor: Love and Thunder, but they at least attempted to separate themselves from the norm – […]

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Prime Video offering $40K for brand new Prime Video Buff role

November 8, 2022

Just when you thought remote working was good, along comes remote-control working. Prime Video Australia today announced a nationwide search for a content junkie to fill a brand-new role—the Prime Video Buff. Prime Video is on the hunt for someone who lives and breathes entertainment to be employed in a full-time role** over summer and get […]

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Film Review: On The Line; Mel Gibson’s on-air thriller is more insulting than it is intelligent

November 8, 2022

There was a point in Romuald Boulanger‘s On The Line where a character utters the line “Elvis has left the building”, here referring to Mel Gibson‘s character Elvis Cooney, a late-night shock jock who has seemingly made a name for himself due to his on-air pranks and general volatile personality.  The line clearly wants to […]

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Film Review: Jennifer Lawrence’s stirring performance punches through Causeway‘s subtle nature

November 7, 2022

A low-key slice of independent cinema that you imagine wouldn’t be given as big of a spotlight had it not been for lead Jennifer Lawrence, Causeway nonetheless deserves its attention as it’s a determined and moving picture about one’s healing, both emotionally and physically. Adhering to the stripped-away mentality that drove her to her first […]

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Film Review: My Policeman has grand intentions but mediocre execution

November 7, 2022

Given how wild everyone – or teenage girls, to be a little more accurate – are for pop’s main man-candy Harry Styles, it will no doubt throw much of his female following off as to how graphic the sexual scenes are in My Policeman, a queer love story that perseveres with grand intentions but, sadly, […]

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Aftersun is an exercise is subtly playing with our emotions and expectations: Brisbane International Film Festival Review

November 5, 2022

The plot for Aftersun is one that we have seen countless times before in one form or another: Adult reflects on a childhood trip with a parent that was often laced with memorable experiences.  It’s how writer/director Charlotte Wells chooses to frame such a story though – almost like a faded memory – that transforms […]

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Interview: Jennifer Blanc-Biehn on career highlights, global foreshadowing and what she’s surprisingly recognised from

November 4, 2022

Though she was born in New York, was on the Broadway stage by age 13, and working in Hollywood only years later, securing roles opposite such talent as Matthew Fox (1994’s Party of Five), Jared Leto (Cool and the Crazy in 1994) Shannen Doherty (1997’s Friends ‘Til The End), and Jessica Alba (in James Cameron’s […]

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Interview: Delikado documentary filmmaker Karl Malakunus on battling climate change and defending the Philippines’ last ecological frontier

November 4, 2022

Director Karl Malakunus is a filmmaker and journalist who has been based in Asia, covering environmental issues, conflict, natural disasters and political upheavals, for two decades. Karl is the Asia-Pacific Deputy-Editor-In-Chief for Agence France-Presse based in Hong Kong.  He is a Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Fellow and a recipient of the SFFILM Vulcan Productions […]

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Film Review: Jon Hamm’s hilariously deadpan performance makes Confess, Fletch a comedy worth investigating

November 3, 2022

The idea of a Fletch remake/reboot/sequel has long been discussed for almost three decades now.  The obvious suggestions of Jason Lee and Jason Sudeikis were thrown around for contention to follow in Chevy Chase’s comedic footsteps during its production, but after consistent stop/starts it has fallen to Jon Hamm to pick up the mantle and […]

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Film Review: The Wonder overcomes any pretention thanks to Florence Pugh’s utter conviction

November 3, 2022

When The Wonder first begins there’s a rather pretentious and, ultimately, unrewarding additive that runs the risk of undoing all that will follow.  Niamh Algar‘s soothing vocal tone greets us as our eyes glaze over a constructed film set.  Algar informs us that we are indeed watching a film, but the players involve believe in […]

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Interview: Todd Lasance on crossing over from television to film, dream projects and attempting comedy

November 3, 2022

From the beaches of Home and Away to starring opposite Michael B. Jordan in Without Remorse, by way of the acclaimed sword-and-sandals epic series Spartacus, Australian actor Todd Lasance is another homegrown success story carving his own international career. In the lead up to the Brisbane and Adelaide legs of the Supanova Comic Con & […]

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Interview: Lincoln Lewis on auditioning, career aspirations and surviving Hollywood

November 3, 2022

Whether it was his tenure as sensible teen Geoff Campbell for 567 episodes on long-running Australian soap series Home and Away, his turn in the acclaimed Tomorrow When the War Began, or his recurring role as the love interest to one of the country’s most notorious underworld figures in Underbelly: Razor, the fourth season of […]

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Call Jane softens its serious subject matter with an entertaining enthusiasm: Brisbane International Film Festival Review

November 2, 2022

There’s a scene in the first third of Call Jane that I can only imagine would infuriate the female audiences in attendance.  Abortion is not a subject I have any real right to comment on – I am pro choice, for what it’s worth – but, in 2022, it’s almost insulting that sequences taking place […]

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Interview: Hannah Barlow and Kane Senes on creating horror film Sissy from a deeply personal space

November 1, 2022

After earning a swarm of likes from SXSW audiences earlier in the year and from the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), where it earned nominations for Best Film, Best Direction, and Best Lead Actress (for Aisha Dee’s committed performance), the social media slasher Sissy is ready for local audiences to like and […]

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Film Review: Sissy is campy and gory without undermining its dangerous thematics

November 1, 2022

Whether we like them (or follow them) or not, influencers – sorry, “content creators” – are a cultural mainstay in our society that often extends beyond the environment of social media.  In Australian horror effort Sissy, co-writers/directors Hannah Barlow and Kane Senes seem all too aware of the faux importance influencers place upon themselves, a […]

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Triangle of Sadness is a wicked and subtlety-free satire that takes aim at the wealthy: Brisbane International Film Festival Review

October 31, 2022

The rich eat, but then suffer mercilessly in Ruben Östlund’s Triangle of Sadness, a wicked, at-times horrifically and humorously gross, satire that takes aim at the wealthy in a manner that is deliciously void of any subtlety. Divided into three chapters – all linked by a young, glamorous couple – the film promises one observation […]

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Resurrection; Rebecca Hall grounds grim examination of motherhood: Brisbane International Film Festival Review

October 31, 2022

Whilst Resurrection never deviates from its grim examination of motherhood, Andrew Semans‘ gripping, ultimately bonkers thriller refuses to stay on the course you expect it to. Portraying very much the type of Rebecca Hall-encapsulated character that Rebecca Hall effortlessly portrays, the actress here, strong-willed and properly presented, is Margaret, a pharmaceutical company representative who offsets […]

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Incredible But True manages a grounding logic to its inexplicable nature: Brisbane International Film Festival Review

October 30, 2022

The type of filmmaker who’s able to create stories so bombastically silly that they are somewhat brilliant, Quentin Dupieux once again expresses straight-faced frivolity in Incredible But True, a tightly-paced (a lean 74 minutes) twilight-zoned comedy that, somehow, is one of his more level-headed features in spite of its ludicrous plot. Said ludicrous plot revolves around Alain (Alain […]

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Mass is an agonising drama that asks punishing questions and reveals troubled answers: Brisbane International Film Festival Review

October 30, 2022

An agonising drama if ever there was one, Mass details the type of conversation that instantly makes you feel sickeningly uncomfortable.  And then to watch it unfold in a suffocating location for 110 minutes is a test of endurance that audiences may be unprepared for. The tragedy at the centre of the conversation is one […]

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Armageddon Time expresses both a defiance and a pretentiousness in its storytelling: Brisbane International Film Festival Review

October 30, 2022

Turning the lens on himself to explore his own childhood in both a nostalgic and informative manner to almost act as a type of assessment on how he came to be where he is today, James Gray‘s Armageddon Time is a reflective, personal drama that immediately announces its almost hostile personality through its title alone. […]

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Win a double pass to Fringe Festival Brisbane show SEX FEST

October 29, 2022

Following their debut show earlier this year, award winning Meanjin performance collective T!TS AKIMBO are back with a brand new beast – SEX FEST 2022. This one day festival is happening across eight hours, in seven different rooms, with fifty femme and non-binary artists and experts giving you the sex talk you wish you had. Presented as […]

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Interview: Krew Boylan and Daniel Webber on opening the Brisbane International Film Festival with Seriously Red

October 28, 2022

After wowing audiences at South By Southwest earlier in the year, before spreading some serious joy in her homeland, writer/actress Krew Boylan got all dolled up for her, appropriately enough, Dolly Parton-inspired comedy Seriously Red, a film about taking chances, following your dreams, and channelling your inner Dolly. As Krew and her co-star Daniel Webber […]

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The Banshees of Inisherin is a beautiful, desolate film, and the best you’ll see this year: Brisbane International Film Festival Review

October 28, 2022

Though he certainly didn’t lose any of his sense of comfort by travelling across the Atlantic for his last film – 2017’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – there’s a sense of grandeur in writer/director Martin McDonagh returning to his homeland for The Banshees of Inisherin, an impossibly funny and, at times, heartbreakingly bleak dramedy […]

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