Eating Cake in the Front Row at the Guillotine

Being GenX, I didn’t think I’d see this monumental change in my lifetime: so many brave women standing up and saying #MeToo in our own version of ‘I’m Spartacus!’  …

Red Handed Rests On Laurels

Red Handed made it into: 17th Shriekfest Horror Film Festival – Official Selection 13th Halloween Horror Picture Show – Official Laurels Melbourne Underground Film Festival – Officia…

T2 in 3D

Terminator 2 Judgement Day has a rare status of immunity to sequelitis. There aren’t many sequels that are as good as the original – T2 surpasses T1 on every front – narrative, chara…

Favourite Films

This is the shortlist.I have seen all of these movies, some several times over and I love each of them for various reasons. THE LION KING          …

Latest Articles Op Ed And Commentary By Renée Brack

This page is updated with links to some of my articles.Ocean Media – Sails and Offshore Magazine: ‘Home & Away’ 7 Star Luxury Catamarans With Ever-Changing Stunning ViewsI was happy to write the…

Is It What You Say Or The Way You Say It?

A client of BlackBox Voice Productions had audio-visual segments with non-professional narration and wanted to refresh the content with a professionally produced, polished voiceover. I was rapt my voi…

Lessons Of War From The Vietnam Cuchi Tunnels

It’s the 50 year ‘anniversary’ of The Battle Of Long Tan that happened in August 1966 during The Vietnam War aka The 2nd Indochina War aka The Resistance War Against America aka The …

Tarzan Is A Sophisticated Neanderthal

Tarzan is still portrayed as an oxy moronic ‘sophisticated Neanderthal’.He’s an educated, urbane aristocrat who can get all physically Philistine in a loincloth and speak another lan…

Ghostbusters – More Hollywood Pro-Gun Propaganda

I was an innocent bystander to Ghostbusters.Now I am an eye witness to a crime against cinema. Who is the audience for this?Kids under 10 who love the sliming of stars at the Nickelodeon Awards? …

To Walk Again

Here is a snapshot of the Australian stats for spinal cord injury (SCI).Mostly young people, mostly car accidents and the fiscal cost is $4b but on a personal level, the true cost is too immense to me…

The Jungle Book 3D Live Action CGI And Bill Murray

I chatted with director Jon Favreau in Sydney about his CGI 3D masterpiece The Jungle Book for Disney with the only live action from Neel Sethi – the actor playing Mowgli.Here are the trailers s…

April Fools’ Day Shame

On April Fool’s Day, private health cover premiums rose again – this time 5-6%. BUPA shafted me with my annual price gouge – this time 7.2% – with a healthy dose of ‘put up and …

White Sunsets Over Samoa

A Belgian, a Persian, a Maori, an American, a Samoan and I walk into a bar… It’s called The Ugly Mermaid (yep)… At Le Vasa on Upolu Island, Samoa, the chairs, roof and all fittings…

The Revenant Might Get Leonardo Di Caprio His Oscar

The Revenant is a beautiful, brutal revenge masterpiece that will attract awards attention for many of the cast and crew, particularly the talented trio who gave us the awards-magnet, Birdman: I&ntild…

Messing About In Boats

“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”         Kenneth Grahame, The Wind…

Mad Maxine Furiosa Road

Mad Max Fury Road is the most-anticipated movie of the year so far – more than Avengers Age Of Ultron – because it has a deeper, richer cinematic ancestry dating back to 1979 – …

Adaline VS Avengers – Battle Of The Ages

Who will win? Adaline VS Avengers – scientific guff Vibranium?  I thought they were calling it Fibranium which weirdly made sense to me because I ass-umed it was a nuclear-strength version …

What Is The Magic Touch Of Bliss Sanctuary?

The Bliss Series – Daily Treatments Instantly Change Everything After having Balinese Customs officers go through all my belongings, ask me about the three boxes in my luggage (which did not exist) t…

drinking a catPOOcino

The Bliss Series – Stepping Outside Your Comfort ZoneBliss Sanctuary for women creates a wonderful comfort zone for guests and also offers opportunities to step outside that comfort zone too. I opted…

Getting Rubbed Up The Right Way

The Bliss Series – Stepping Into A Comfort Zone.   Just days before heading to Bliss, my life was turned inside out with a monumental legal battle that involved a sudden expensive lawyer, an 11t…

Pop Art Got More Than 15 Minutes Of Fame

Pop Art was a frivolous flash in cultural pan – until it wasn’t.   Not ahead of its time but it did predict that the mundane and lightweight would be revered.  It was summed up b…

Myer TVC Is Phallus In Blunderland

What an enormous cock up. And I don’t mean the good kind 😉 I’m talking about the latest Myer TVC. My brother Chris and I were chatting about weak ads today.  The Myer ‘Wonderland&r…

Just Let Us Live 2014 Palestinian Film Festival

Run by volunteers, supported by some precious sponsors, the Palestinian Film Festival launched in in Sydney last night with passion and a powerfully moving augmented reality app.   Download it th…

The Upside Of V.D.

Every now and again I like to take a risk and subject myself to a piece of art about which I know nothing.   It’s hit and miss.  But that’s the spirit of adventure.  Don&rsq…

The Show I Never Missed I will Now Miss Forever

Without Boardwalk Empire, TV just became a bored walk.  This is how I feel about it coming to an end.      A favourite way to unwind is to time travel IE immerse myself in period d…

Directing A Short+Sweet Play

Very excited to be selected as a Short+Sweet director for the 2015 theatre season!   Short+Sweet is the world’s largest short play festival – home grown here in Australia and now in countries a…

Real Magic In The Moonlight

Lots of people and film critics bag Woody Allen movies.    Sure, some of his 40+ features are better than others.  The ones I enjoy most are his fantasy films because they bridge a gap …

A Most Wanted Man – Philip Seymour Hoffman’s War

A Most Wanted Man, the film adaptation of a John Le Carre spy thriller might be the finest of Hoffman’s final films.   Complex human emotions and dramas are played out at an A grade level -…

How To Start A War

Will the MH17 disaster put powerful fingers on big triggers?       Events around the MH17 disaster are starting to resemble the triggers of war we’ve seen before. Look at the hist…

Why Porridge Gets You More Love Than Oatmeal

I laugh at TV commercials trying to sell ‘oatmeal’ with a hero shot of a bowl of gruel the colour of a sick baby’s poo.    Not even Oliver Twist would ask for more.   …

Riley St Garage – Park Your Butt At The Bar

Lots of eateries invite you to have a drink at the bar while you wait for a table.   At Riley St Garage, the place to be is at the bar.   The BFFs [Best Foodie Friends photographer Bel…

Chatty Chimps With Guns Can Rule Us All

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes sounds better than Revenge Of The Chimps.  Glad they ditched the latter title.   Ever since I snuck into an R rated screening of George A Romero’s Dawn O…

Shitbox Rally – Mufflers Are Like Showers

500 people in 250 cars worth less than $1000 each drove Perth to Darwin via the Kimberlies to raise money for Cancer Council in June 2014.  $1.4m was the target – $1.5m was reached.    …

MmmmMojo The Cheers Of Waterloo

There was a wildly successful TV show last century called Cheers – the bar where everyone knew your name.   The bar in the show was a hit because of the intimacy.  Customers got w…

Godzilla Is Goodzilla

DISCLAIMER If you need a spoiler alert for Godzilla, don’t read on and don’t blame me if you do.  I love seeing films with my movie-literate brother Chris aka Boonta.  He’s a monster movi…

2JJ Welcome Back – You Are Rangoon To Me

Radio station Double J is back. I have missed you so much.  What’s Rangoon To You Is Grafton To Me is still one of the greatest examples of creative radio ever made.    Rangoon V …

Bear Care In Cambodia

I went to Cambodia to visit my favourite charity – Free The Bears – and wrote a story about it for Get Up And Go Magazine.   Free The Bears is an Australian organisation that resc…

Tom The Transformer Takes Us To The Edge Of Tomorrow

I’ve seen some footage of the new Tom Cruise big budget blockbuster Edge Of Tomorrow (EOT) and yes – there is a Groundhog Day element.  But EOT is not a comedy.  Neither does it star a grou…

OMGodzilla – Wow

I’ve seen some preview footage of the 2014 Godzilla movie and it is great!  It hasn’t been turned into something stupid that Michael Bay would make with a title like Revenge Of The Atomic Dinos…

From Alice In Wonderland To Robyn In Gondwanaland

This week, I went along to the AFI AACTA Members screening of Tracks starring Mia Wasikowska directed by John Curran who kicked off his career with the screen adaptation of a book I liked called Prais…

The Other Woman – Women Are Not The Enemy

The Other Woman looks great – kinda like The First Wives Club but more like The First, Second & Third Mistresses Club.          Cameron Diaz is right at home in this …

is The Grand Budapest Hotel a perfect film?

I think I may have seen a perfect film.  The Grand Budapest Hotel is the latest from Wes Anderson who seems to have hit a career high with this period caper comedy.  I now regard him as my g…

Ban Ads From Narrative TV & Make Money

If Free-To-Air (F2A) tv channels want to at least pretend they are having a serious go at moving with the times and if they value shareholders’ investment, they need to ban ads during narrative TV co…

Plonk – A Pisstake

“if you make a funny show about the making of a crappy show, you might just have a hit show.  Plonk is the latest in that proud pedigree of pisstake.”  renée brack Josh Tyler |…

Philip Seymour Hoffman – An Authentic Talent

When I saw Philip Seymour Hoffman in Boogie Nights, I was astonished at his ability to perfectly realise an unpopular, tortured character on screen.  I loved his work in The Talented Mr Ripley. &…

Photo Bombing & The Russian Invasion Of Nha Trang

Nha Trang is overloaded with overweight, joyless Russians.  They look like extras from the movie Wall-E.  Despite communism teaching generations to queue for food, they don’t want to d…

Boats That Do Donuts & Meditating With Buddha

Riding pushbikes around Hoi An is the best.  It’s 100% fun and only unsafe if you’re a bit of an idiot.  They don’t legislate against stupidity in Vietnam so common sense i…

What Gives Hanoi It’s Calm Chaos?

GETTING TRAFFICKEDGetting around Hanoi has all the fun of any big city but without all the regulations and rules.  People are polite but assertive.  All kinds of vehicles share the entire ro…

Salo – An Essay On The Most Banned Film Ever

You”re damned if you see Salo and damned if you don”t.  In 2010 I was given a collector”s dvd edition legally, after decades of a worldwide ban.  But first, let”s set the scene of censor…

Bring Out The Chimp – Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

‘Bring out the chimp.”The chimp’s sleepin’.”Well, I guess you better go wake him up then.’  Being an animal lover, I enjoy seeing other primates get armed and put the wind up the domina…

Peter O’Toole RIP & the Ex Who Introduced Me

Every now and again, you get a partner in life for a period of time who gives you gifts that echo into your future and shape who you are.  Already an avid movie buff since childhood, at age 25 I …

Xmas Lights Winner 2013

Everyone else can unplug their blinking fairy lights and pack ’em up for next year.  This guy synced a xmas light show to his daughter’s favourite song and nailed it.  The song is mildly a…

Vagabonding – less about travel more about time

A different education for a different way to view the world.  Not a holiday but an adventure.  Voiceover to text is below.  Enjoy 🙂  Excerpt from the audiobook version of:Vagabond…

Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel Preview

Have you ever been so in love with a person’s art that you almost cannot stand it?  Have a look below at the preview of Wes Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel.  I love this filmm…

James Gandolfini – Enough Said

There is bittersweet poignancy in this Gen X romantic comedy called Enough Said starring James Gandolfini in one of his final big screen performances.  There wasn’t enough said by this man on sc…

Can Diana Win Naomi An Oscar?

Twice nommed for an Oscar, Naomi Watts might get a third in 2014 if the Academy keeps awarding actors and actresses who portray real life people.  Helen Mirren won an Oscar for playing the queen.…

Watching Red Obsession Is Like Drinking A Great Wine

Red Obsession sounds like a cryptic crossword clue for which the answer might be Kim Jong-un.  It’s the name of a superbly engrossing documentary about red wine – in particular, Bordeaux.  …

Art & Heart – The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

Every now and again – maybe a few times in any era or generation – a movie comes along that uses the technology of the day in a way that is insightful, human and prophetic.  The trailer for Ben S…

5 Good Reasons To See Behind The Candelabra

Over a year ago, I was reporting on radio that an Oscar winning team of Michael Douglas, Matt Damon and director Steven Soderbergh couldn’t use their combined weight to get an incredible movie releas…

30 Beauty Queens – Only 1 Crown

Beauty Brains Bodies and (am)Bition.  30 finalists in the DMK Miss Universe Australia Pageant need all four elements in just the right amounts in the hope to snatch the sash and land the crown.La…

Scorsese’s Wolf Of Wall St Looks Great

Martin Scorsese looks to have upadated his cinematic look with his new film The Wolf Of Wall Street.  Leonardo di Caprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey and assorted others look like they are ha…

The Hobbit Desolation Of Smaug trailer is here

Penguins were the darlings of the screen a few years back – March Of The Penguins won an Oscar for combining chilly, white antarctic life with the warm choccy caramel voice of Morgan Freeman. &nb…

I Want A Venezuelan Poodle Moth

I love art.  I love nature.  I love art more.  I love nature more.  It’s like cheese-in-spray-a-can OR the ozone layer…Don’t make me choose!Check these out – and especially the…

Are Your Fave TV Shows In The Top 101?

The first thing that makes a TV show great is the writing.  The script is the only original creative part of the process – every other step in the process is an interpretation of the script.&nbsp…

Bum Slap Deserves One Back

When Beyonce stood up for her own butt being her own private property [despite exploiting it regularly as a marketing tool] and got a bumslapping fan ejected far away from her, I cheered and understoo…

What Do You Make Of This?

Every now and again, my eyes wander and I see… stuff.  I try to figure out the story behind it.  I know one thing – it’s a nice tub.Better to sit in that – than in a barrel of toxic waste…

Re-Defining Rape As A Struggle Snuggle

I saw on the www a re-working of the word ‘rape’ into ‘struggle snuggle’.[…]    Quite a euphemism, huh.  Fingers crossed it doesn’t translate into legislated language:  ‘On…

Banning Something Makes It Popular

You don’t need a university degree to know that banning something makes it popular.  It puts it on the public radar.  It puts it into the consciousness of the people who are not supposed to…

Does It Take A Genius To Know The Plural Of Genius?

Well, kind of.  There is the colloquial word ‘geniuses’ or the proper word ‘genii’ which just looks like an autcorrect fail.  I wanted to find out because my next question is:  How …

Budget Bones Baby Bonus – Booyah!

It’s about time.  If there’s was one ‘incentive’ that made my blood boil, it was this bloated piece of draining, sucky legislation that rewarded people for putting a bigge…

Angelina Jolie – A Powerful Act of Non-Vanity

Angelina Jolie has written an eloquent op-ed piece for the New York Times.  It’s about losing her own mother to cancer and how she did not want her children to be at the same risk of losing thei…

Matt Lucas Kills Landlord In Small Apartments

‘Quirky Comedy’ gets bandied around a fair bit – then along comes a movie that fits that description but not in equal measures.  There’s more quirk than comedy.  Small Apartments celebrat…

The Timing Of Olympus Has Fallen And Boston Is Bombed

Last night I saw Olympus Has Fallen then this morning I woke up to see Boston bombed.  (PIC – Boston bombing)It’s not that the events are in any way connected – it’s the timing of them for me h…

Matt Damon And Michael Douglas – Together At Last!

Liberace was a legendary entertainer – a piano-playing performer whose dress sense and flair for the extravagant costume was bigger and better than almost anyone else – ever.  He literally wore h…

The Great Gatsby – 3rd Trailer + Track List Here

The Great Gatsby – 3rd Trailer – makes this look like The Greatest Gatsby.  I loved the 1974 version with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow and the lessons about life and seeing the truth in human be…

Want To Fly? Pay Your Weight

Airline tickets sold by the kilo.  I have been wishing for this day.  When my 58 kilogram body and my luggage are added together to determine my true and accurate ticket price, then sanity w…

Beiber + Primate = Michael Jackson + Bubbles

Headlines read ‘The World Mocks Beiber & His Pet Monkey’ and commentators crack jokes.  How soon we forget.  Can anyone else see any parallels between a [terminally] young Michael Jack…

Julian Assange Needs A Spartacus Moment

To save himself from Guantanamo Bay and a hell life in the hands of the US, Julian Assange might need a lot of people willing to stand up and claim ‘I’m Julian!’  We know John Inman who played…

Australia Has Lost Its Sense Of Humour

‘We are not an easy-going nation anymore.  There are laws for everything – over-ruling common sense.’  When I posted this on social media a little while ago – it sparked spirited commentar…

Yippee Ki Yay Mother Russia

How does Bruce Willis do it? The 4th in a film franchise usually stinks.  So one would expect the 5th installment would have a tatty red carpet rolled out at Blockbuster [assuming there’s …

This Gatsby Looks Great

Seeing the latest trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby I can say – all is forgiven [for Australia!].While I didn’t enjoy Australia! starring Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman and Jack Thompson (who…

You Can Point A Piece – But Not A Piece Of Pastry

As an adult in the US it’s legal to carry guns, a gun license, buy toy guns for kids, have kids play-act murder with guns in the playground and video games – but it is not okay to point a Danish at a…

Clever Country ~ Stupid City #2

Art is in the eye of the beholder.  And I despise censorship.  But it must have been very funny sitting in on the committee meetings ticking off the go-ahead for this sculpture to be install…

The Only Decent Use Of Gunpowder Is Fireworks

If you don’t have access to a loaded gun as a way to solve a problem, you won’t use a loaded gun as a way to solve a problem.Make some of these fatal conflict resolution options unavailable, then pe…

Sex TVs At The Vatican

The ad for these sex TVs was cleverly disguised as Latin.  I knew the 2 weeks at high school studying that pretty much dead language would serve me some day.Also seen at the Vatican – a sign that…

Djesus Unchained starring Cristoph Waltz

He’s one of those rare performers who owns and nails every role – even in a spoof.  Now you can see Cristoph Waltz as Djesus.If the biggest story of the bible got the Tarantino treatment – it mi…

Clever Country ~ Stupid City #1

For every stroke of genius, there is some monumental idiocy.The Art Gallery in Sydney is host to a heap of tourists every year.They advertise great artist’s names all around the impressive building:Y…

Redd Inc – Your Boss Will Kill You

When Nicholas Hope appeared on the big screen with a demonic smile that would rival Jack Nicholson in The Shining, the cinema audience went nuts. It brought back memories of a lovable disturbed man-bo…

Slavery Themed Oscar Noms Biggest Snub Of All

How could the 2013 Academy Award Nominations ignore James Gandolfini in Andrew Dominik’s Killing Them Softly?  He was stunning as Mickey – the washed-up hitman with a chip on each sho…

Killing Them Softly – Seducing Us Definitely

Every now and again, a movie comes along that comes as close to movie perfection as you can get. Killing Them Softly is about the GFC hitting the US criminal underworld.  Funds for hits are trick…

The Batman Rises And Falls And..?

The rising of the Dark Knight is more plausible than that old superstition of Jesus rising from the dead.Director Christopher Nolan has given us an epic end to the story of a broody billionaire’…

TED review Get Ready For A Talking Teddy

Yay – it’s MA!If anything was going to kill the Family Guy wicked fun and laughs I love so much in the work of Seth McFarlane, it would have been Hollywood dumbing down a sharp, slapstick, bad taste,…

The Promise Of Prometheus

Prometheus – the second most keenly anticipated follow-up film to Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic, Alien – the first being of course that other Ridley Scott classic, Blade Runner.The reason Al…

Mel Gibson Wants Us To Get The Gringo Joke

If you want to work, give yourself a job – that’s what Mel Gibson has done by writing, producing and starring in Get The Gringo.This is a great genre flick – action + revenge with a mild love sub plo…

Men In Black 3 D

The first rule of MIB3D is:  Don’t Talk About The EndingThe second rule of MIB3D is:  Don’t Talk About The EndingThe other rule I like to follow is:  Don’t reveal what happens in a m…

The Dictator Dominates And Desecrates The Screen

I loved the satire of Da Ali G Show – nomintaed for 6 primetime Emmys.  Most exciting were the segs of reportage on UK life from [the then] little known TV reporter, Borat.  And it was great…

Zooby Zooby Zingers In Mad Men Season 5

Here is the cool song and the best insults from eps 1 and 2 of the 4 time 4 Emmy Best Drama winner Mad Men.  You can only see it on Movie Extra channel 417 8.30 Thursday nights.  I’ve …

The Best Things About THE AVENGERS

Nick Fury’s leather coat making him look a lot like an African-American Neo from The Matrix.Nick Fury’s eye patch. Scarlett Johansson in one of her better roles but still not as good …

Battleship Is Worth Every Cent

Some people are bagging the hell out of Battleship which is kinda sad, really. Not since Will Smith in Independence Day punched that alien and said ‘welcome to Earth’ have so many depended…

Mirror Mirror Is A Perfect Reflection

I think I just saw the most perfectly crafted film of the year [so far].  This kind of synergy doesn’t come along very often.  But Mirror Mirror has cracked it.  Every element of …

The Hunger Games Movie Creates Feeding Frenzy

Let’s get one thing straight – The Hunger Games has only one thing in common with Twilight – and that is 2 guys and a girl. No pizza place. Katniss could wop Bella’s lazy ass i…

The Rum Diary: Funniest Comedy This Year

I’ll say this right from the beginning – I really liked The Rum Diary – starring Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart, Richard Jenkins, Michael Rispoli, Giovanni Ribisi and Amber Heard. For a start – it’s dir…

Killer Elite is a Fairytale for Big Boys

Just like Sex & The City movies and most romantic comedies are fairytales for grown-up girls, action movies like Killer Elite are fairytales for grown-up boys. Even though I’m not a boy nor compl…

My Week With Marilyn In 100 Minutes

A feature-length film shows us the real power of Marilyn Monroe through the eyes of a 23 year old guy who spent one week with her in his first job as a 3rd assistant director on The Prince & The S…

Buck The Original Horse Whisperer

This is a documentary called Buck, about Buck and narrated by Buck.  The trailer alone is so deeply moving, I called the distributor immedately and said I have to interview this man.  When I…

Any Questions For Ben? A Review

This movie has achieved something elusive and so far impossible within romantic comedy – it asks a bigger question than other examples in its genre and answers it better than anything made in Ho…

Who Should Win The 2012 Best Actress Oscar

As much as Meryl Streep’s 17 Oscar nominations for Best Actress with two wins is an astonishing achievement in itself and her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady is superb and faul…

Euro Adventure: Roaming Rome (Funny Signs)

Gettting shots of unique signs that make me scratch my head or laugh is a lot of fun.Here are two I found in Rome.This first one makes it clear you cannot bring your wolf to the Pantheon with you.But …

A Movie With Heart About A Dog With Soul

Everyone will want – but no one can have – Red Dog.  It’s one of  the most beautiful things about him.  And that kind of exclusivity is priceless. This is the Australi…

Hanna Is Alice In Asunderland

Forget the trouble you think you might have with a teenage daughter who smokes, drinks, swears and gets contraception from her friends in the playground then doesn’t use it anyway. Teenage girls…

Bridesmaids: The Truth About Movie Spew

Bridesmaids is a celebration of female friendship and also falls into the neo-genre called the Vom Com.  It’s defined by gross-out humour films and it’s greatest modern example is probably The …

Paunch of Po Packs a Punch: Jack Black in Kung Fu Panda

Jack Black has always been a puddin’.And his Kung Fu Panda character Po is packin’ quite a paunch in the sequel too.The story of this instalment is Po’s search for his identity – who his real fathe…

JJ Abrams Gives Us A Preview of Super 8

SUPER 8 is the new movie from JJ Abrams that stars 5 Tween boys and a Tween girl in the movie that looks to have the best explosive train wreck of all time.  It makes the plane crash at the end o…

BILL HICKS AT POPCORN TAXI

When I was first introduced to the mind, wit and commentary of stand-up comedian Bill Hicks in the mid-90s, I immediately felt my soul recognise a kindred spirit.Then I found out he was dead.It was co…

THOR HAD TO BE AN AUSSIE BLOKE

Thor is a hell of an attractive entity.  He’s not really a superhero despite finding himself in the Marvel stable of comic book personnel.  He’s a well-travelled god – kind…

How To Make The Next Batman Movie Good

The problem with Batman is the same problem I have with [ugh] Superman – he’s far too ‘Mr Goody Two Shoes’. Of course, this is true of Batman to a lesser extent – but bot…

8 REASONS TO SEE SUCKER PUNCH

This is what happens when The Spice Girls get militant. Nah, it’s better than that but Zack Snyder is on a razor sharp fence here.  Falling to either side would save his arse – but lo…

JUST GO WITH IT Is Too Much To Ask

Walked out of JUST GO WITH IT starring Jen Aniston after 73 minutes.Worst movie so far this year.Worst rom com so far this year.Worst on screen couple so far this year.Worst kid actors in a movie so f…

JASON STATHAM VERSUS CHARLES BRONSON IN THE MECHANIC

Who is the better mechanic? The 1972 original film called The Mechanic starring Charles Bronson and the Brad-Pitt-of-his-day Jan Michael Vincent (who’s rumoured to have lost his way to Hollywood…

8 REASONS TO SEE CATFISH

THE FACTS Director – Ariel Schulman & Henry JoostStars – Yaniv Schulman [you’ll have to see it to find out who else is in it]THE GIST I don’t want to say for fear I may spoil the exp…

8 REASONS TO SEE THE GREEN HORNET 3D

THE FACTS Director – Michel GondryStars – Seth Rogan, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz, Tom Wilkinson, Cameron Diaz, Edward Furlong THE GIST Britt Reid is a rich brat.  His mean ol’ dad die…

ROBERT DE NIRO'S SPEECH MADE THE GLOBES GOLDEN

At 9 mins 40 seconds in he says about movies:’It’s up to the audiences to decide if it’s entertainment, the critics to decide if it’s good and ultimately, posterity to decide if it’s art.’Here’…

FLICKERFEST IS THE BOMB AND TOUR INFO

It was a great thing to be a juror for the 20th Flickerfest at Bondi Pavillion.  The films have screened, the awards have been won and now groups of entries will tour Australia so everyone can ge…

TRUE GRIT – A COEN WESTERN

The Coen Bros have done a re-make of True Grit – the 1969 John Wayne classic western about an alcoholic, world-weary lawman who helps a teenage girl avenge her father’s murder.  The o…

My Top 10 Movies Of 2010

There are in no particular order. 1   Kick Ass – well shot actioner with a tough aspirational pre-pubescent role model for women of all ages 2   The Kings Speech &ndash…

Ben Mendelsohn wins AFI Best Actor for Animal Kingdom

And here he is backstage at the AFIs with me straight after the win – in the Star Pics Star Suite.I was personally thrilled to bits for him.It was an astonishing performance from an actor who is more …

AUSTRALIAN ACTORS WHO LOOK LIKE COLONEL SANDERS

While doing a fun and informative interview with RED HILL writer/director Patrick Hughes along with lead actor Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), I wanted to find an interesting way to get into talking about …

Why We Need Machete – The Movie And The Man

Revenge is the central theme of a lot of films – Westerns in particular – and the reason they are so popular is because they touch something deep within humanity. It’s the inherent d…

THE TOWN IS THE BOMB

Wow.  If Ben Affleck has lagged behind his Boston buddy Matt Damon in the acting stakes, he’s making up ground behind the camera as a director.This latest film THE TOWN has him acting in the lea…

JOAQUIN PHOENIX – I’M STILL HERE BUT NOT ALL THERE

I’M STILL HERE will have people wondering – is Joaquin Phoenix all there?The twice Oscar-nominated actor (Gladiator and Walk The Line) is directed by his brother-in-law, the Oscar-nominated Casey Aff…

MAD MEN PICK UP LINES

Would these work on you?Would these work on anyone?The best line that worked on me was from a guy in a music shop who said, ‘what pick line would work on you?’I told him.He said it back to me.But it…

MACHETE Danny Trejo Is The Leading Man

I have loved Danny Trejo for a very long time.He’s not a headliner – but he’s a great actor.And his presence scares the pants off me.If I thought I was excited about The Expendables (and I still am)…

Run Away With The Runaways

If there is a God – he gave us The Runaways.  I was 8 years old singing ‘Cherry Bomb’ into a hairbrush and my parents thought it was cute.  The Runaways is one of the best movies so far th…

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