Posted 31 Aug 2016 @ 12:24pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. My bugbear of unresolved problems on a script level comes roaring back this week, along with some refreshing horror and painterly drama.


Six films again? Goodness, I spoil you. To be fair, there's seven releases, but ...

Posted 29 Aug 2016 @ 12:00am


The standard method for bringing foreign language directors into the Hollywood fold is to offer them billboard actors and simplistic, cookie cutter scripts. Welcome to the suck, Jean-François Richet, a man whose name should henceforth be synonymous with this practice.


The life of ex-convict and recovering alcoholic John Link (Mel Gibson) is shattered when his...

Posted 25 Aug 2016 @ 12:13pm

It ain't no Hogwarts but this school is still pretty magical. (Disclaimer: Unfortunately there will be no sorting hat.)


Want to work in film, radio or television? Well then AFTRS is the school for you. At the open day you'll get to experience real studios in action, learn about the range of courses on offer for 2017, and meet some of the schools’ recent successful alumni....

Posted 23 Aug 2016 @ 6:15pm



We all know a David Brent. The original Brent (played toe-curlingly well by Ricky Gervais) was the major reason for The Office’s success, and though it’s been over 13 years since the program’s Christmas special aired and tied up all those loose ends, Brent the “entertainer” has resurfaced. The world might have changed, but Brent hasn’t.


Life On The Road...

Posted 23 Aug 2016 @ 6:09pm



George W. Bush and his gaffes have given us a lot to work with. War Dogs dives balls deep into the American invasion of Iraq, popping off shots against its satirical targets left and right as it goes. 


The film charts the steep ascension of two weed-appreciating American males, Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill) and David Packouz (Miles Teller), through the mid...

Posted 23 Aug 2016 @ 3:07pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Another six film week for you lucky scamps, though there's no accounting for quality.


Hollywood shits on another great foreign-language director, a comedian gradually decreases the quality of his own obituary, and a great franchise trods the path most taken. Fortunately,...

Posted 19 Aug 2016 @ 1:47pm

The internationally recognised Film School is opening its doors for a free full day of presentations, course information and networking with staff and students.


The Sydney Film School has announced a free open day on Saturday September 3, offering a great opportunity for those interested in pursuing film to engage and interact with the school's comprehensive program. The school...

Posted 18 Aug 2016 @ 10:00am

When it comes to Philip Roth – one of the most celebrated authors since, well, ever – the track record of film adaptations of his work isn’t exactly gleaming.


Adapting any novel for the screen is a weird mix of creativity and surgery, and for a debut director to take on the task is almost asking for trouble. Yet Indignation, helmed by veteran producer and long-time Ang Lee...

Posted 17 Aug 2016 @ 3:24pm

It’s hard to feel particularly positive about the state of the world’s climate – 2015 was the hottest year ever recorded, and 2016 has already smashed those temperatures.


But all that bad news only increases the need for positive programs like Footprints Film Festival...

Posted 17 Aug 2016 @ 3:09pm

Abe Forsythe is onstage, his extensive ensemble cast around him, introducing his darkly hilarious feature Down Under.


He’s not here to mess around, either. “A lot of exhibitors don’t want you to see this,” Forsythe bluntly tells the room. 


He’s chosen a controversial topic – racism – and set the film in the aftermath of the infamous Cronulla riots, which...

Posted 17 Aug 2016 @ 2:56pm

Australian cinema has a genre problem, though perhaps not the one you might assume.


It’s not that horror movies aren’t being made in this country – it’s that audiences aren’t rushing out to see them in big enough numbers. The Babadook made more in the first weekend of its English run than it did for the entirety of the time it screened in Australia, and Wolf Creek had to earn...

Posted 17 Aug 2016 @ 2:49pm

The SmartFone Flick Fest (SF3) has announced the ten finalists for its screening on Friday August 26. What can audiences expect from the films?


Ali Crew and I have been overwhelmed and humbled by the extraordinary films that we had entered into SF3 this year. In regards to what audiences can expect at our Gala Finals, I say a night of some of the most amazing short films you...

Posted 16 Aug 2016 @ 3:14pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. A sense of déjà vu has set in, not least because I realise I've been duped by online media - The Shallows releases this Thursday, and not in June as previously announced.



Posted 16 Aug 2016 @ 3:09pm



As a summer blockbuster to sit back and switch off to, The Shallows delivers, featuring enough chills to convince the audience to overlook how snarkily well the content reflects the title. 


Nancy (Blake Lively) has been searching for a secret beach in Mexico, one her mother visited decades ago, and she’s finally found it. But as the sun sets over paradise,...

Posted 16 Aug 2016 @ 2:45pm



Truth’s sharp sting elevates a story from simple traditional structure to profound catharsis in this, likely the last thing you would expect from a family film about a young boy who folds paper using magic.


Our titular origamist Kubo (Art Parkinson) embarks on a journey to retrieve a fabled suit of armour, with a monkey charm brought to life (Charlize...

Posted 16 Aug 2016 @ 1:44pm



Take the red pill, stay in Wonderland, and see just how deep the rabbit hole goes in this year’s answer to Catfish – a journey that starts off seemingly innocent but rapidly dives into surprising and disturbing new realms.


David Farrier’s job is documenting pop culture and strange behavior, and when he stumbles upon a YouTube video about competitive...

Posted 16 Aug 2016 @ 12:54pm



“What the flying fuck?” is how any review of Sausage Party should begin. After all, that’s the general sentiment that flies around your head as the movie gets real deep inside ya.


The movie, the brain child-gremlin of Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Evan Goldberg, is being heralded as an animation film for adults. Jam-packed with cameos from almost every...

Posted 12 Aug 2016 @ 11:18am

The tenth edition of the cult festival will feature over 100 feature films and documentaries over four days in September.


The Sydney Underground Film Festival (SUFF) is back, celebrating its tenth birthday with a new collection of the distorted, disturbed and experimental that is sure to court controversy.


Independent director-provocateur Todd Solondz, master of...

Posted 11 Aug 2016 @ 4:43pm

Australians and Kiwis aren’t good at making horror movies – we’re fucking great at it. 


That ain’t hyperbole, either: take a look at our track record. We have contributed a great deal more to the international horror scene than we are ever given credit for, and yet when it comes to discussing our output, it’s only ever the same names that get mentioned: Wolf Creek. The Babadook...

Posted 10 Aug 2016 @ 1:30pm

SmartFone Flick Fest returns for 2016 with a gala screening of its top ten finalists, showcasing the best smartphone films from around the world.


SF3, Australia’s only international smartphone film festival, has selected this year’s top ten finalists after an exceptional response, both in the number of entries and quality of...

Posted 10 Aug 2016 @ 10:00am

The Korean Film Festival In Australia (KOFFIA) is back and bigger than ever for its seventh year running.


The program of 20 features and four guest sessions covers everything from blockbuster cinema to arthouse and rom-coms, all screened with English subtitles. To help wade through a sprawling lineup, KOFFIA artistic director David Park introduces his five hottest picks of the...

Posted 10 Aug 2016 @ 12:00am



J.G. Ballard’s brutishly prescient novel High-Rise may have been penned in 1975, but this slick and glistening update shows that the author’s dissections of a society in decay are as frighteningly relevant now as they were when the book first hit the shelves.


Dr. Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston) moves into a stylish new luxury apartment block, and all is well...

Posted 9 Aug 2016 @ 2:30pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Today is an auspicious day, as I've finally given up completely on DC after its total botch job on Suicide Squad.


Two big studio comedies hit screens this week, along with a local offering making waves on the festival...

Posted 9 Aug 2016 @ 1:07pm



Interested in seeing some dick jokes masquerading as progressive mainstream cinema that celebrates women? Go see Bad Moms.


In the latest offering from The Hangover writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, Mila Kunis plays a mother who decides to take some time for herself after she catches her slacker husband cheating online. She meets some fellow moms (Kristen...

Posted 5 Aug 2016 @ 12:15pm

The 23rd instalment of the festival opens with the highest grossing Greek film since 2009.


The second film by acclaimed director Christopher Papakaliatis, Worlds Apart, features Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons, along with Papakaliatis himself.


It pivots on three distinct generational love stories between a Greek and a foreigner, that eventually draw into a...

Posted 5 Aug 2016 @ 12:00am



To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hitchcock/Truffaut, the book that became known as ‘the Bible of Cinema’, director Kent Jones has brought together a high-powered group of famous filmmakers to fanboy obsessively about the book’s impact on their careers and the meticulous genius of Hitchcock.


In the early ’60s, nouvelle vague star François Truffaut wrote...

Posted 3 Aug 2016 @ 2:36pm



DC Comics’ film department may as well bear Ozymandias’ great epitaph (“Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!”), for in the space of a year, it has torn down and sullied every monolith in its catalogue. Sadly, for those expecting DC’s answer to Deadpool, Suicide Squad is the last nail in the coffin, mired as it is in traditionalist muck.


Rogue government...

Posted 3 Aug 2016 @ 2:15pm

The inaugural Cine Latino festival of Latin American cinema sambas its way onto screens this month.


The program opens at the Palace Cinemas in Sydney before making its way to Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne, and boasts more than 30 films from across Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela. It’s a lot to take in, so...

Posted 2 Aug 2016 @ 5:01pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Hey, you know how you got a bonus film last week? Well, now I'm taxing you. Or, more accurately, there's only four films out this week.


I'm making up the shortfall with a SURPRISE GUEST that shows how deeply current I am. Witness me.


Thing is, for me, there's...

Posted 2 Aug 2016 @ 12:26pm



Down Under isn’t another nostalgia piece about the Cronulla riots. It’s a commentary not just on racism, but also on our nation’s cultural capital at its worst. Cleverly set on the day after the riots in 2005, the film follows two sets of hoons – one Anglo, one Lebanese – as they seek revenge and retribution on the streets of the Shire. 


Shit-Stick (...