Mel Gibson

Posted 16 Mar 2017 @ 11:36am

The emergence of the alt-right has resurrected an age-old question: why does all great art come from the left? Maybe it's because the right can only borrow and steal from genuine culture, writes JOSEPH EARP.


“It has become a popular mantra of progressives to claim that conservatives are unable to contribute in any meaningful way to art or entertainment in America. The sole...

Posted 1 Nov 2016 @ 10:27am

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Two of Hollywood's pariahs return to the screen this week, in a genre-diverse lineup featuring excellent entries from China and Korea.


The drama is laid on thick this first week of November - I guess it's winter in America, so we have the luxury of stepping out into the sunlight...

Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 3:13pm

The truth really is stranger than fiction. 


If it weren’t for the “based on a true story” tag slapped across Mel Gibson’s new film Hacksaw Ridge, it would be simply impossible to take the flick seriously. After all, the bravery of the lead character Desmond Doss defies belief, and the man’s decision to serve as a medic during World War Two while refusing to carry a rifle is so...

Posted 19 Oct 2016 @ 1:56pm



Hacksaw Ridge tells the very true story of a man who simultaneously acted as a conscientious objector and a genuine war hero, and therein lies its inherent contradiction: as a film, it both glorifies and condemns, pushing forward for the genre while remaining entrenched in its more unpalatable conventions.


Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) is the son of a Great...

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 11 Feb 2016 @ 6:00am

In news that's not going to get anyone 'mad' (heh heh), Tropfest has revealed it has recruited a home-grown Aussie legend to serve on the judging panel this Sunday.


Fans of Australian cinema rejoice: Mad Max star and bona fide living legend Mel Gibson has been announced as a judge for this Sunday's Tropfest short film festival.


The addition of one of our best...

Posted 21 Oct 2013 @ 12:20pm

The world got its first glimpse of Machete Cortez when the trailer for the blood-splattered b-movie Machete was shown as part of the Grindhouse double bill, but the character’s origins go back a lot further than that. Star Danny Trejo and director Robert Rodriguez had discussed the possibility of a Mexican action hero for years prior to Grindhouse. The initial trailer was a joke, a tongue-in-...

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