Prequel

Film Review: The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes is a prequel that asks more questions than it can answer

If you’ve read any (or all) of the Hunger Games novels or seen the films then you’re likely to have a specific view on one Coriolanus Snow.  But the presidential position (and villainous temperament) the character held in the original trilogy of novels, and later quartet of films as played by Donald Sutherland, is far…

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Film Review: Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is a loud, inoffensive action spectacle packed with plenty of cheese and just enough heart

Continuing from the toned-down sexualism that 2018’s Bumblebee adopted – the first Transformers sequel that was directed by someone other than series staple Michael Bay – which, coincidentally, earned the franchise its highest praise from collective critics, Steven Caple Jr.‘s Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is a similarly wholesome, Saturday morning popcorn flick that is…

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Civilisation ends in first trailer for The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes

64 years before Katniss Everdeen volunteered as tribute, and decades before Coriolanus Snow became the tyrannical President of Panem, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes tells us of the legendary game’s beginning and how one legend changed everything we know. The odds may not necessarily be everyone’s favour here, but long-running franchise…

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Interview: Orphan: First Kill director William Brent Bell on “brutal” horror fans, specific casting and executing the perfect plot twist

When you talk of iconic horror characters, we usually think of Halloween‘s Michael Myers, Friday the 13th‘s Jason Vorhees or Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street.  But what about a demented little orphan who goes by the name of Esther? In 2009’s Orphan, Isabelle Fuhrman and director Jaume Collet-Sera created a new age…

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Film Review: Orphan: First Kill adopts a blackly comic, campy personality that succeeds in shocking its audience

Of all the unexpected horror sequels to come to fruition, Orphan: First Kill would be up there as one of the more unlikely titles.  Yes, it’s a prequel, first and foremost, but original star Isabelle Fuhrman is back in the unsettling role of Estonian psychopath Esther that birthed her career in 2009’s Orphan.  Why this…

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Film Review: Minions: The Rise of Gru delivers the safe, nonsensical shenanigans we’ve come to expect from such characters

Even though 2010’s Despicable Me was centred around Steve Carell‘s Eastern European reformed super-villain Gru, it was his hoard of indecipherable henchmen – his Minions – that stole the film from under his considerably rendered nose. They were funny without really trying to be, so it made perfect sense that subsequent films (Despicable Me birthed…

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Film Review: The King’s Man adds a surprising emotionality to a series built on exaggerated violence and humour

At a time when sequels are delighting in a certain sense of nostalgia – looking no further than the latest iterations of Spider-Man, The Matrix, Ghostbusters, and the forthcoming Scream as immediate examples – you have to at least hand it to director Matthew Vaughn for opting out of such a proven trend for The…

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Film Review: Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City struggles to stay alive as it rests on horror cliches

Whilst I completely understand wanting to re-visit a fruitful series such as Resident Evil, one that pulled in significant coin despite being critically slaughtered, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City hardly makes such a trip worthwhile. For starters, Milla Jovovich, patron saint of these entirely disposable films, hasn’t been brought back.  Yes, it being a…

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First line-up announced for Melbourne’s first ever solar powered music festival

This December Melbourne will be hosting a festival that blends music with renewable energy solutions. Titled OFFtheGRID, the event will be presented by Finding Infinity and will take over the forecourt at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art for a summer solstice aimed at both providing punters with an awesome local line-up and raising awareness and…

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