Joker – ‘Dark DC’ gets darker (but not smarter) in tragic Joker origin story

As Gotham City tenses amidst a garbage strike, struggling comedian and clown Arthur Fleck deteriorates before the cold eyes of those he knows and an even more uncaring society. His downward spiral of mental anguish and crushed hope sets off a domino effect of criminal behaviour – until the Joker is born. Few superhero films … Continue reading Joker – ‘Dark DC’ gets darker (but not smarter) in tragic Joker origin story

NZIFF 19 Special – The Battle of Long Tan: Vietnam War drama with long overdue non-American focus thrills without pushing boundaries

A dramatisation of the 1966 battle between 108 young Australian and New Zealand conscripts and thousands of Viet Cong soldiers. Delta Company are pinned down under waves of attack from North Vietnamese forces in the Long Tan rubber plantation – how many risks can - and should - be taken to save the lives of … Continue reading NZIFF 19 Special – The Battle of Long Tan: Vietnam War drama with long overdue non-American focus thrills without pushing boundaries

New to Netflix – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs: The Coen’s Americana anthology mixes macabre and merriment with ease

Comprising six short films dedicated to separate aspects of life in the Old West, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs introduces us to a gunslinger equal parts lethal and whimsical, an old gold prospector close to hitting a rich pocket and a stagecoach ride with five strangers bound in each other's company during a darkening night. … Continue reading New to Netflix – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs: The Coen’s Americana anthology mixes macabre and merriment with ease

New to Netflix – Hold the Dark: A creepy psychological thriller that leaves viewers – and itself – in the dark about what it means

The death of a child in the remote Alaskan wilderness leads to nature writer Russell Core (Wright) being hired to track down the pack of wolves responsible. But what he uncovers is more bizarre than nature intended. From the dark mind of director Jeremy Saulnier, director of Blue Rein and The Green Room, comes a … Continue reading New to Netflix – Hold the Dark: A creepy psychological thriller that leaves viewers – and itself – in the dark about what it means

Cargo: Putting family before zombie in a refreshingly human take

Andy (Martin Freeman) and Kay (Susie Porter) are traversing the zombie-plagued Australian Outback in search of safety when disaster strikes. Facing a ticking clock, the pair must find safety for their infant daughter Rosie before it’s too late. Nearly 20 minutes. That’s how long Cargo runs for until we get any sort of glimpse of … Continue reading Cargo: Putting family before zombie in a refreshingly human take