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  • Killing Them Softly

    Killing Them Softly

    An adaptation of George V. Higgins’ Cogan’s Trade, Killing Them Softly is a neo-noir that charts the fall-out of a robbery of a Mob-run poker game. Whilst Higgin’s novel was set in the mid-to-late 1970s, Dominik updated the setting to 2008, in the midst of the Barack Obama vs John McCain Presidential election campaign and, more pertinently, when the global financial crisis reached a peak crisis point and the American economy was on the verge of collapse.

    The film is…

  • Long Weekend

    Long Weekend

    ★★★★★

    Long Weekend released at the approximate mid-point of the ‘Ozploitation’ golden age in Australian cinema, a time where film-makers across the country revelled in the opportunity to take advantage of the newly introduced adult (R) rating. Like many of it’s ilk, it was shot quickly and on a low-budget, however it is set apart by the way it tackles themes beyond the scope of what many would have expected of the genre.

    A husband and wife embark on a seemingly…

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  • The Cloverfield Paradox

    The Cloverfield Paradox

    ★★½

    Whilst not a disaster by any stretch, it’s tough to walk away from The Cloverfield Paradox with anything but a sense of disappointment. An interesting concept and well-engineered atmosphere is undone by a woeful script and inconsistent performances.
    One can’t help but feel that this particular effort suffers from it’s association to Cloverfield, rather than benefits. The 2-minute painfully expositive scene with Donal Logue on a TV set providing the thread that ties the Cloverfield universe together will be marked…

  • Exorcist II: The Heretic

    Exorcist II: The Heretic

    ★½

    "Your machine has proved scientifically that there's an ancient demon locked within her!"

    A bizarre clusterfuck of a sequel, albeit somewhat entertaining in it's ridiculousness.