The Nice Guys

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May 252016


The Nice Guys, a mass-audience ’70s California-set PI noir, is the latest film from writer/director Shane Black. It teams up two mismatched private eyes trying to make a connection between a dead porn star and the disappearance of a young woman. While it never reaches the heights of an Inherent Vice or LA Confidential, of which the influences are clear, it is entertaining throughout because of the winning collaboration of Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, and excellent support from young Australian actress Angourie Rice (These Final Hours).

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The Big Short

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Dec 142015


How did the director of Anchorman and Step Brothers manage to pull off this remarkable achievement? Adam McKay achieves an improbable task here with The Big Short; turning the dauntingly impenetrable catalysts for the 2007-08 Global Financial Crisis (GFC), and the terrifying-to-consider effects, into a tremendously entertaining comedy-drama. He also never ignores the tragedy of the event and isn’t afraid to dig deep into the world of complex mortgage derivatives and use inventive approaches to make it accessible. The film is a damning indictment of Wall Street, from the angle of men who saw the crash coming and who begin to realise what their unexpected profit opportunity meant for the U.S financial system, and the rest of the world. Continue reading »

Second Perspective: Only God Forgives

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Aug 022013


Nicholas Winding Refn, the enigmatic filmmaker whose interests and obsessions as a storyteller lie in perceived male masculinity, the destructive nature of man and the beauty in said destruction and violence, tells another tale of men involved in violence and their disposition to it as well as the women who influence their perceptions and decisions. My review of Only God Forgives after the jump.

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Podcast: The Matineecast, Episode 90 (Only God Forgives)

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Jul 292013


I’ve been a huge fan of Ryan McNeil‘s writing on The Matinee and of his podcast, The Matineecast for quite some time. So when Ryan asked me to come on the podcast, I was flattered and quite frankly, a little nervous. Could I hold my own in a film discussion with Ryan? But more importantly, could I properly articulate my admiration for Only God Forgives?

I’d love for you to give Episode 90 of The Matineecast a listen and let me know what you think! We discuss Only God Forgives, The Manchurian Candidate, Drive and you even get to learn a little more about me.

You can find the podcast here and on iTunes.

By Sam McCosh

Giveaway: Double passes to ONLY GOD FORGIVES

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Jul 042013

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Thanks to Icon, we have 5 x double passes to give away to ONLY GOD FORGIVES – in Australian cinemas from July 18.

Nicholas Winding Refn (Drive) directs this stylish east-meets-west thriller, set in the back alleys of Bangkok’s criminal underworld. Julian (RYAN GOSLING) runs a Thai boxing club in Bangkok, as a front for his drug business. When Julian’s brother (TOM BURKE) is killed, after savagely murdering a young prostitute, his mother (Kristin Scott Thomas), the head of a vast criminal organisation, arrives to collect the body. Crazy with rage and thirsty for vengeance she demands the head of the murderers from Julian; but first, Julian must confront Chang (Vithaya Pansringarm), a mysterious retired policeman – and figurehead of a divine justice. This sets in motion a range of events, that leads to a bloody path of rage, betrayal, ultimate confrontation and possibly even redemption.

You can read our full review of Only God Forgives here.

You can check out the incredible trailer for Only God Forgives here.


For your chance to WIN simply tell us in 25 words or less which film starring Ryan Gosling is your favourite and why? Send all answers, along with your name and postal address to by 9pm on Monday 15 July 2013.

Check out the terms & conditions of the competition after the jump.

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SFF2013: Only God Forgives

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May 262013


In the streets of Bangkok, an underworld exists which is a law into itself. If someone is killed, then there can be no peace until vengeance has been delivered. In this underworld there is one man who alone decides when the score has been squared. Cross him and you may find Only God Forgives. Review after the jump.

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Trailer: Only God Forgives

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Apr 042013

Warning: this is the NSFW red band trailer and has content that may offend
FINALLY a trailer for Only God Forgives!! This was my most anticipated film for the past 18 months. God this looks gritty and brutal and completely different from the cold metallic smoothness of Drive.

While I am possibly the world’s biggest Ryan Gosling fan, I have to say that it is Kristin Scott Thomas that really intrigues me in this trailer. This is so different from the elegant older lady role she has been doing of late.

How about that Thai music? I have a feeling that the score/soundtrack for this film is going to be something quite special.

There is no release date set for this in Australia yet but I’m hoping like hell that it somehow makes it to either SFF or MIFF.
What do you think?


By Sam McCosh