Friday, 03 March 2017 23:25

GFF 2017: Berlin Syndrome Review

After 2012’s acclaimed drama Lore, Australian director Cate Shortland returns to Germany to try her hand at genre filmmaking for the first time with captivity thriller Berlin Syndrome. The result is an exercise in nerve-shredding terror that largely avoids both the clichés and the pitfalls of this particular subgenre, choosing instead to explore the fascinating, ever-changing dynamic between its two lead characters.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016 21:54

Lights Out Review

David S. Sandberg’s 2013 short Lights Out was a deliciously terrifying idea, brilliantly executed: a woman, alone in her apartment, is haunted by a ghostly figure that only appears when the lights are off. It was three minutes of watch-through-your-hands tension but what happens when you take that idea and try to stretch it out to feature length? Well Sandberg has done just that and the result is a flimsy studio horror that entertains but fails to match the simple scares of the short.

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 22:15

Point Break Review

Katherine Bigelow's 1991 actioner Point Break had a sense of fun and freedom and even camp that over the years has turned it into a cult classic. That film saw Keanu Reeves' Johnny Utah infiltrate a gang of surfers/bank robbers lead by Patrick Swayze's charismatic Bodhi. Twenty-five years on, we have Ericson Core's lifeless remake, which takes the basic concept and makes it even more extreme - throwing rock climbing, skydiving, Moto-X and free climbing into the mix – yet none of it is exciting.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 00:00

Warm Bodies Review

Thanks to the likes of Twilight and True Blood, the paranormal romance has become all the rage over the past decade. Girls are falling all over themselves to hook up with a brooding vampire or a shirtless werewolf. But what about cold, decrepit zombies? They've had their own resurgence over the past decade, even in the comedy arena with Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland, but isn't it time they got some attention from the ladies? Well apparently so. Their time has come thanks to Warm Bodies, a quirky romantic comedy that pays homage to Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet with added brain-eating.