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Book Review: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark – Michelle McNamara

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 01:00:54 +0000

Some readers, though eclectic in their tastes, have areas that they don’t tend to stray into. True Crime is the sort of genre that attracts people who are really into true crime. What satisfies them may not hit the spot for your average Joe who doesn’t stray onto that side of the non-fiction tracks. Crimes aren’t always solved, and facts aren’t always known; those who are looking for neat packages may be discouraged. This is the case for I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, which is about an unsolved string of rapes and murders, written by an author who herself

Movie Review: Pacific Rim Uprising

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 01:00:31 +0000

At Trespass, my review of Pacific Rim Uprising. I had a very soft spot for Guillermo del Toro’s original. Uprising can’t hope to live up to that, but it’s still got some scrappy robots to entertain you. Check out the review here.

Movie Review: Annihilation

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 01:00:48 +0000

Over at Trespass, I’ve reviewed Annihilation. It’s a very different beast to the book that it was based on, and it’s better for it. This is the sort of story that I wanted to get from the book instead of the mundane Lovecraftian bureaucratic red-tape nightmare that Vandermeer served us. Check the review out here.

Book Review: The Woman in the Window – A.J. Finn

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 01:00:53 +0000

The Woman in the Window is touted as “the thriller of 2018”, and it is easy to see how it will capture the imagination of a reading public that devoured The Girl on the Train and tore through Gone Girl - although it does not distinguish itself as well as either of those. One could be forgiven, simply from looking at the covers and blurbs of the recent spate of unreliable narrator led thrillers, that there is a definite trend in publishing. But they’d be right: there is a definite trend.

Batman: The Killing Joke

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 05:20:33 +0000

“It doesn’t have to be good to be a classic.” The Joker says this partway through the new animated adaptation of The Killing Joke. Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke, which took the comic world by storm in 1988, has long been controversial for some of its more extreme character decisions. Not everyone agrees that the choices Moore made were wrong and, one way or another, pivotal moments have stuck in the canon almost thirty years later. Regardless of your stance on The Killing Joke ’88, The Killing Joke 2016 makes it look like a masterpiece. From its insipid original material inserted to

Oscars 2014: My Reviews

Mon, 03 Mar 2014 07:46:48 +0000

The Oscars are over, and now everyone can go back to forgetting that they never enjoy the ceremony so they can inevitably complain about the next host. For those who haven’t been following me outside of this website, for the last year I’ve been writing reviews for Trespass Mag. Here are my reviews of some of this year’s big winners (though I saw Dallas Buyers Club, it wasn’t mine to review). Best Picture: 12 Years A Slave Best Animated Feature Film: Frozen Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity Best Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, Her

Pitch Perfect

Mon, 03 Dec 2012 22:00:05 +0000

  “At last,” said the scientist, her test tube glistening in the fluorescent light of the laboratory, “we have found this decade’s Bring It On!” She smashed the tube to the floor, and out of the smoke emerged a smiling Anna Kendrick and a krumping Rebel Wilson. They saw the sign. Unto every generation is unleashed a high school or college movie that speaks to everyone. Kirsten Dunst brought it to us twelve years ago, and now Anna Kendrick and a troupe of considerably less Aryan, less Buffy alumni, types are prepared to bring it to the next level. Pitch

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Sun, 02 Dec 2012 22:00:54 +0000

  Dear friend, Perhaps I have never been infinite. I have definitely never been an American teen, nor did I ever attend an American high school. To be an American teen is an experience not really comparable to any other in the world; while higher education has at least some commonalities the world over, and adults are much the same everywhere, the American teen lifestyle as promoted on film is uniquely homogeneous and largely alien. The American high school milieu is so foreign that it should realistically be almost as unmarketable to Australia as the infernal baseball film.   But


Mon, 11 Jun 2012 22:09:00 +0000

Someone has been waiting for Prometheus for 33 years. I hope they’re not disappointed. Me? Please, I’m only 26. Regardless, I’m satisfied. Others might not be so happy, but I don’t care: it’s my movie. They don’t need it, and they can’t have it. Prometheus is kind of an entry in the Alien canon. It’s actually pretty unambiguous about that, but some people will want to ignore the various “clues” – that is, the names of entities featured in later Alien films, the designs inspired by Giger, the … Well, the everything. This is an Alien film, with echoes of

The Official 84th Oscars After Party!

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 22:00:49 +0000

I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by the Oscars this year. As a piece of television entertainment, there was barely any drag. Apart from the In Memoriam roll, which doesn’t count, there was only one montage, and it was twenty minutes in. Last year I said that hosts were irrelevant, and that the Oscars are boring and bloated anyway. It may partly be thanks to the fact that I couldn’t watch it live this year and was able to skip the ads with extreme prejudice, but I was close enough to entertained by the pageantry and never felt