Jason Bourne

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Aug 062016


After vowing that they were done with the Bourne films, Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass are back with yet another Jason Bourne movie called, um, Jason Bourne. Arriving after a stellar trilogy of Damon-led films and a sole experiment with Jeremy Renner, Jason Bourne had the potential to be another gripping instalment in the life of everyone’s favourite amnesiac superspy. What was delivered has instead fallen far short of what came before, including the Damon-less The Bourne Legacy which at least made an admirable attempt at innovation. My review of Jason Bourne is after the jump.
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2016 Golden Globe Winners

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Jan 112016


The Hollywood Foreign Press Association have selected the winners for the 2016 Golden Globe Awards, presented today. I didn’t get the chance to catch any of the ceremony, again hosted by Ricky Gervais, and apart from snippets of tweets and the odd photographed celebrity (Kirsten Dunst was particularly eye-catching) the winners were the business at hand. The Revenant and The Martian took out Best Motion Picture – Drama and Musical or Comedy respectively, claiming five awards between them, with Steve Jobs joining them as the only other film to end the night looking greedy.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu won his second straight Golden Globe (Best Director for The Revenant to follow up Best Screenplay for Birdman), while Leonardo DiCaprio and Brie Larson staked their claim as the Oscar favourites, winning for their widely-acclaimed performances. Sylvester Stallone was honoured for Best Supporting Actor for his career-best work in Creed, while another veteran, Ennio Morricone, was also celebrated for his original score contribution to The Hateful Eight. 

So, what do these victories mean for the Academy Award nominations? Nothing. The voting for those nominees has now closed. What it does do is shift the momentum for certain films and individuals. The crossover between the two is becoming less predictable, but this is shaping up to be one of the wildest, most unpredictable award seasons in recent years. It is expected that today’s winners will at least receive an Oscar nomination, but apart from perhaps DiCaprio, who looks the likely Best Actor winner, the Academy could go a whole different way.

The Revenant’s success was surprising. It is an extraordinary film, and thoroughly deserved to win, but considering the loud negative reaction we didn’t foresee a large body of voters agreeing on it. The Martian’s victory (and Damon’s for Best Actor-Comedy) in an ill-suited category is less significant, but the fact that it beat the film with the most momentum and the widely predicted winner in The Big Short, does make one re-evaluate The Martian’s chances. Jobs too has been quietly landing acting nominations for cast Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet, and Aaron Sorkin’s script, but both victories today (for Winslet and Sorkin) were unexpected. Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight is the film that lost a lot of momentum today. When it failed to win Best Screenplay, that film’s big trump card, we knew it was in trouble.

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Aug 142013


Elysium, Neil Blomkamp’s second feature hopes to tell a powerful story with insane set pieces, strong characters and impressive art direction. Does the director of District 9 succeed again? My review of Elysium after the jump.

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Behind the Candelabra

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Jul 242013


Entertainment legend Liberace was known as one of the greatest showman in the world. His flair, costumes and over-the-top persona dazzled audiences for decades. While he always denied it, behind the scenes he had many male lovers and partners. One of these men was Scott Thorson. Behind the Candelabra is his Scott’s story (based on his memoir, Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace) about the private side of a very public man.

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Trailer: Elysium

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Apr 142013

Elysium is an upcoming science fiction film written and directed by Neill Blomkamp, who bought us District 9, which was my favourite film of 2009.

While not directly connected to District 9 the film explores similar themes such as, immigration, class issues and the politics surrounding them.

I think the trailer looks pretty fantastic; but having just seen Oblivion (which is quite derivative itself), I can’t help but see many similarities.

Elysium is set for release in Australia on August 15.
What do you think of the trailer?