Callum Ryan

Callum Ryan

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Critic/film studies major based in Sydney. Comes with international film festival experience - oooh la la!

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  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    ★★★★

    Looks like Sony Animation is starting to corner the market on animated family comedies with innovative aesthetics, huh... Some of the broader gags didn't totally land for me, but on the whole a sweet and very funny apocalyptic road trip movie.

  • Forrest Gump

    Forrest Gump

    ★★★★

    I totally get why people shit all over this movie these days, but I also totally get why it so thoroughly conquered the world upon its release. There's a certain lovely sweetness to seeing the world through Forrest's eyes, and I couldn't help but be sucked into Hanks' performance. Zemeckis does a great job with handling the effects, and a decent one with blending the comedy and drama too. It always felt wild to think that this swept the Oscars, but it's markedly less wild now that I've actually watched it.

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  • Brawl in Cell Block 99

    Brawl in Cell Block 99

    ★★★★½

    Demi Moore: I love you
    Patrick Swayze: Ditto

    Carrie Fisher: I love you
    Harrison Ford: I know

    Jennifer Carpenter: I love you
    Vince Motherfuckin' Vaughan: *winks*

  • The Mummy

    The Mummy

    ★★★

    The best thing about The Mummy is seeing Tom Cruise play a likable rogue - he hasn't had this much fun since Tropic Thunder. He gets to throw himself around on hard floors and in planes as he so often loves to do, but his character is a bit of a cheeky bastard and it gives a fun edge to the flick.

    The worst thing is the amount of effort that Universal and the filmmakers are clearly putting in to…