Mini Review - Hercules
Hercules (out Jul 24) is a functional action flick. The story is bland, boring but there are some engaging action pieces (that aren't overdone with special effects) and some light comic relief from Ian McShane (who needed more screen time). Grade: B-.
Mini Review - Once My Mother
Once My Mother (out Jul 24) is an Australian documentary that follows director Sophia Turkiewicz and her attempts to piece together her elderly mother's upbringing in Poland before she passes away. The narration is a bit heavy at times but it exposes an interesting piece of history and highlights the value of passing on stories from generation to generation. Grade: B.
Mini Review - Deliver Us From Evil
Deliver Us From Evil (out Jul 24) is a standard, no frills exorcism film that doesn’t offer much in the way of scares or surprises. It may sound hard to believe but this is based on a real person and actual events. I've got my doubts though and director Scott Derrickson struggled to win me over. Grade: C+.
Mini Review - Still Life
Still Life (out Jul 24) follows a middle-aged council employee charged with the responsibility of organising funerals when a person has died with no friends or family. This is an immensely warm-hearted drama that is dripping with poignant moments. Eddie Marsan is fantastic is the leading role. There aren’t many films that have reduced me to tears but Still Life can now be added to that short list. Grade: A.
Mini Review - Reaching For The Moon
Reaching For The Moon (out now) stars Aussie Miranda Otto and tells the story of a lengthy love affair between an American poet and a Brazilian architect. There's a curious family dynamic that's worth exploring (involving a child and another woman) but I struggled to believe the romantic connection between the two leads. Grade: B.
Mini Review - Venus In Fur
Venus In Fur (out Jul 17) featuring just two actors – Mathieu Amalric as a theatre director and Emmauelle Seigner as an actress trying to convince him that she’s perfect for an upcoming role. It's a curious film where you're never quite sure what's around the corner. Scenario a little tough to buy. Grade: B.
Mini Review - Sex Tape
Sex Tape (out Jul 17) is a heavily padded comedy about a couple who accidentally upload a THREE hour sex tape onto the iPads of family, friends and work colleagues. Perhaps it’s just a poorly written script. Perhaps it’s just too hard to make a full length feature out of such a narrow premise. There just aren't enough good laughs. Grade: C+.
Matt's Weekly 612ABC Podcast
You can hear me review the latest movies every Thursday at 6:40am with Spencer Howson on 612ABC Brisbane. We're Brisbane's highest rated breakfast show! My latest podcasts are below.
|Podcast from 17 Jul 2014|
|- Reviewing Sex Tape & Words And Pictures|
|Podcast from 10 Jul 2014|
|- Reviewing Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes & The Lunchbox|
|Podcast from 3 Jul 2014|
|- Reviewing Jersey Boys & Calvary|
|Podcast from 26 Jun 2014|
|- Reviewing The Last Impresario & Transformers: Age Of Extinction|
|Podcast from 19 Jun 2014|
|- Reviewing 22 Jump Street & The Two Faces Of January|