Short Reviews: Maleficent (2014)

Short Reviews: Maleficent (2014)

The movie is really really pretty, and Angelina Jolie is fucking fantastic in the title role. Everything else is up for debate. If you cherish Eleanor Audley’s undeniably badass rendition of the character from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty (she is after all the only Disney villain to go all the way and invoke the powers of … Continue reading

“Merciless Gods” by Christos Tsiolkas (2014)

“Merciless Gods” by Christos Tsiolkas (2014)

In Merciless Gods, Christos Tsiolkas tackles his usual litany of themes across a range of short stories. What’s always been so captivating about his writing is his ability to take moments of mundaneness, depravity, danger, violence, love, lust, sex, frustration, anger, joy, and sorrow and lay them bare with a simple measure of precise words … Continue reading

After the Dark (aka The Philosophers) (2013)

After the Dark (aka The Philosophers) (2013)

It’s the final day of class for an international school in Jakarta, and a class of impossibly trim and pretty mid-20s 18-year-olds are settling in for their final philosophy class. Key amongst them are James (Rhys Wakefield) and Petra (Sophie Lowe), our designated protagonists. They’re a couple, which apparently offends the teacher, Mr Zimit (Benedict … Continue reading

Short Reviews: Oculus (2014)

Short Reviews: Oculus (2014)

In 2002, the Russell family move into their new home, and bring some antiquities along with them to decorate, including a large ornate mirror. Brother and sister Tim and Kaylie start noticing strange things in their parents, until eventually both are dead and Tim is taken into custody. 11 years later, he’s released from the … Continue reading

Under the Skin (Book vs Movie)

Under the Skin (Book vs Movie)

I reviewed the film earlier in the year when it came out, but since then have read the source novel. Under the Skin is an incredible film – hypnotic and visual, nigh-incomprehensible but anchored with haunting imagery and atmosphere that resonate even if you don’t understand the film as a whole. It tells the story … Continue reading