Carina Nilma

Sydney Film Festival Film Review: Miss Sharon Jones! (USA, 2015)

June 16, 2016

Sharon Jones isn’t a household name, nor an artist with a breakout radio hit. But those who do know of her and her talent, will attest to her brilliance. She has been likened to a female James Brown, belting out soul and funk tunes and thrashing and shimmying like a pint sized Tina Turner. However […]

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Sydney Film Festival Review: Zero Days (USA, 2016)

June 14, 2016

Over the course of the last century, warfare has been conducted on land, in the sea or in the air. But with thanks to our ever evolving technology there no longer needs to be a physical presence for war. It can now all be done electronically, digitally, silently and invisibly and cause irreparable damage. When […]

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Sydney Film Festival Film Review: Swiss Army Man (M, USA, 2016)

June 10, 2016

Simply put, Swiss Army Man is a story about how a man, whilst lost and trapped on an island, befriends a seemingly magical corpse in order to find his way back to civilisation. However, this film is far more than that, it’s an examination of a multitude of themes. A comedy, a drama,a tale of friendship […]

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Film Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows (M) (USA, 2016)

June 9, 2016

In 2014 a new live adaptation of the beloved comic and cartoon series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hit our screens. The reception wasn’t great, complaints aplenty from fans and mutiple Raspberry Awards made it fairly clear that the film’s producers, writers and the studio had some work to do to win back their audience. Two […]

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Film Review: Captain America: Civil War (M, USA, 2016)

April 28, 2016

The Marvel Cinematic Universe seems to be this juggernaut that keeps pumping out successful film after successful film. They’ve been on this upward trajectory for so long that it seems inevitable that they will have to stumble somewhere. Surprisingly and welcomingly so, Captain America: Civil War is not that movie. There is no denying that surpassing […]

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Film Review: The Jungle Book (PG, USA, 2016)

April 6, 2016

In the last decade Disney has slowly but surely been churning out live action versions of some of its classic films and stories. There’s been 101 Dalmations, Alice In Wonderland, Maleficent, and Cinderella to name a few. Now to add to that list is The Jungle Book, an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic story as […]

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TV Review: Ripper Street Season 3 (UK, 2015)

April 5, 2016

At the end of Season 2 Ripper Street was cancelled by the BBC only to be resurrected by streaming service Amazon Prime who agreed to a third season after an online campaign by the show’s loyal and dismayed fans. In Season 3 of Ripper Street we return to Whitechapel and H Division and the grimy […]

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TV Review: The X Files Season 10 Episode 6 “My Struggle II” (USA, 2016)

March 1, 2016

After 5 episodes of The X Files we have now reached the Season 10 mini-series finale, “My Struggle II”, the book end to the first episode in the series titled “My Struggle”. It has been a tumultuous ride but we have been treated to some brilliant, some good and some average episodes in this short […]

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Film Review: Pride And Prejudice And Zombies (MA15+, USA/UK, 2016)

February 28, 2016

It is a truth universally acknowledged that when Hollywood is on to a good thing, they will milk the shit out of it and exploit it until audiences are sick of it and then move on to the next “cool” thing. Right now that thing is very much zombies, so don’t be surprised to see […]

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TV Review: The X Files Season 10 Episode 5, “Babylon” (USA, 2016)

February 23, 2016

Never one to back away from an occasionally controversial story, this week’s episode of The X Files dabbles in politics, terrorism, communicating with the near-dead, neuroscience, mysticism, love VS hate and magic mushrooms. It’s quite a bit to pack into an episode, and creator, writer and director Chris Carter has a crack at it. It’s […]

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TV Review: The X-Files Season 10 Episode 4, “Home Again” (USA, 2016)

February 16, 2016

One of the strengths The X-Files has had has always been in bringing the occasionally innocuous things in our lives into a horror style setting. Writer and producer Glen Morgan has had his hand in a few of these particular episodes with The X-Files, such as ‘Blood’ the episode where a man kept receiving subliminal […]

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TV Review: The X-Files Season 10 Episode 3, “Mulder & Scully Meet The Weremonster” (USA, 2016)

February 8, 2016

The X-Files was one of the first procedural shows that even though it was billed as sci-fi it actually transcended that genre by dabbling in so many others. At times it was a drama, or a suspense conspiracy driven thriller, at others it was horror, there were even occasional comedic episodes but it always retained […]

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Film Review: Deadpool (MA15+, USA, 2016)

February 7, 2016

For a while there it looked like the only version of Deadpool we’d ever see on the big screen was the somewhat cringe-inducing one we saw in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Studio execs at Fox were unsure about how to move forward with the character and make it a viable film. But when some test footage […]

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TV Review: The X-Files Season 10, Episode 2 “Founders Mutation” (USA, 2016)

February 2, 2016

After the somewhat bumpy first episode “My Struggle” we land right back in the thick of it with Mulder and Scully now officially back on board with the FBI and investigating strange cases. One of the reasons why the show sustained itself for so long was its ability to jump between having “monster of the […]

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TV Review: The X-Files Season 10 Episode 1 “My Struggle” (USA, 2016)

January 31, 2016

I’m not going to lie, undertaking the task of reviewing the new mini-series of The X-Files was a daunting ask. The show in its hey-day was a formative part of my teenage years, an obsession that has always lingered even long after the show finished. But I want to give it a go, I want […]

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Film Review: Spotlight (M, USA, 2015)

January 25, 2016

Sometimes a film comes along that challenges your thinking and opinions and leaves you with an emotional suckerpunch. Spotlight is one of those films where the sum of all of its parts results in a perfect film, a balance between emotional drama, gripping suspense, challenging subject matter and all based on a true story. There […]

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DVD Review: Hitman: Agent 47 (MA15+) (USA, 2015)

January 21, 2016

Hollywood hasn’t had the greatest track record when it comes to translating video games into films. There’s been but a handful that have been worth watching, the Resident Evil series, Lara Croft Tomb Raider and cult classic Mortal Kombat all rank amongst the good ones. With Hitman: Agent 47 this is actually a reboot and […]

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Film Review: Carol (M) (UK/USA, 2015)

January 11, 2016

Carol may look like a film set in the 1950’s but it feels far more modern than its exterior appears. A slow burning love story that refuses to end on a tragic note, performed by two exceptional leads that doesn’t require any loud professions about sexuality or equality or feminism to make its point. We […]

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Film Review: The Revenant (MA15+, USA, 2015)

January 6, 2016

In this survival and revenge tale set in the wild of the American frontier lands, one man is pitted against the forces of nature, the brutality of man and his own will to live or die in this sometimes graphically violent but consistently visually beautiful film. Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu the man who brought you Birdman […]

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Film Review: Crimson Peak (MA15+, USA, 2015)

October 17, 2015

The trailers released for Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak make the film look like a horror-infused haunted house type film. In actual fact it’s not; well not entirely anyway, since Del Toro has instead crafted a gothic romance film that harkens back to story-telling styles of yester-year – it just so happens to be set […]

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Film Review: Legend (CTC, UK/FRA, 2015)

October 13, 2015

Many gangster movies have come before that have been considered great, The Godfather, Goodfellas, The Untouchables, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and all of these have depicted the highs and lows of the lifestyle. Where Legend differs, by utilising its lead to play both main characters, by taking an American spin on the British […]

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DVD Review: Jurassic World (M, USA, 2015)

October 9, 2015

It’s been 22 years since Jurassic Park, and long have us fans of that very first film waited for a sequel that was worthy and lo we finally have it in Jurassic World. We can now safely relegate those other two films into extinction and rest assured that this is now an honourable contender for […]

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Film Review: Macbeth (CTC, UK/FRA/USA, 2015)

October 1, 2015

There have been plenty of adaptations of the Shakespeare play but this one from Australian director Justin Kurzel is a powerfully intense and brutal take on the tale of the Scottish warrior. This interpretation takes the baseline story of Macbeth and sets it in a dramatic re-imagining of ancient war-times in the Scottish highlands. After […]

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TV DVD Review: HUMANS The Complete First Season (UK/USA, 2015)

September 30, 2015

After a successful run on ABC2, the first season of British sci-fi-drama series Humans is about to release on DVD. Considering that word has dropped that it’s already been renewed for a Season 2, clearly the ratings on its host channel Channel 4 in England did well enough to warrant continuation. So safely knowing that the […]

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Film Review: Pan (PG, USA, 2015)

September 21, 2015

In this origin story but not quite an adaptation of the beloved J.M Barrie book Peter Pan this film takes us on a journey that seems to have no real rhyme or reason other than Peter trying to find his mother, accidentally stumbling into an adventure and ultimately discovering his destiny. Peter (Levi Miller), a […]

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Film Review: Cut Snake (MA, AUS, 2015)

September 21, 2015

Cut Snake is not your average crime thriller, it also explores the deeper and darker mysteries of understanding ourselves and sharing our secrets with the people we love. The complexity of life and love and how it’s not a simple case of black and white, and how the lives of three people become changed forever. […]

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Film Review: Everest (M, UK/USA/ICELAND, 2015)

September 16, 2015

There are some movies that you need to see on a big screen, that their scale can’t be contained or properly appreciated on a small screen or even on your own home theatre system. Everest is one of those films because it can take your breath away with how visually stunning it is. But the […]

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Sydney Underground Film Festival Review: Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (USA, 2015)

September 15, 2015

In the early 1960’s a movement was beginning to grow amongst the African-Americans in the United States. It began in the south led by Martin Luther King Jr with a pacifist push but soon a group emerged in the west coastal city of Oakland (near San Francisco), founded by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale came […]

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Sydney Underground Film Festival Review: Thought Crimes: The Case Of The Cannibal Cop (USA, 2015)

September 11, 2015

Where do you draw the line between fantasy and reality? When does thinking about committing a crime become a crime? Can we be convicted just because our Google searches were for suspicious or potentially dangerous things? These are just some of the questions posed by the chilling documentary titled Thought Crimes: The Case of the […]

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Film Review: Life (CTC, GER/USA/CAN/AUS, 2015)

September 8, 2015

The title of this film doesn’t really give much of an insight into its narrative and in fact, the word “life” has a bit of a double entendre. It couples as both the act of existing as well as the name of the publication that one of our leads works for. Not so surprisingly though, […]

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