DVD REVIEW: ROUGH NIGHT

Rough Night is a film starring a group of women. But this group of dames ain’t ladies. This film is a patchy comedy that borrows heavily from The Hangover and Weekend At Bernie’s and flips the gender stereotypes on its head. This itself is a good thing; even if the same cannot be said about the remainder…

DVD REVIEW: A FAMILY MAN

  A Family Man is a film about an ambitious, corporate-type who is forced to reassess his priorities. Sound familiar? It’s because this road to redemption is a well-trodden one. A Family Man continues along this journey of clichés without offering anything particularly original or endearing through the process. Gerard Butler (300) stars as Dane Jensen or the eponymous…

DVD REVIEW: WAKEFIELD

  Wakefield is a long, drawn-out rendering of a short story. It shows one man’s descent into madness and how he becomes a voyeur of his own family. The film is a dramatic one and while the central idea seems original enough, it’s something that was better in the written format than in a full-length, feature…

DVD REVIEW: THE FAMILY LAW

  The Law family have returned bigger and brighter than ever. That dysfunctional band of Chinese-Australians based on writer, Benjamin Law’s actual family and chronicled in his 2010 memoir of the same name are up to some of their usual hijinks. The second season of The Family Law picks up where the first one left off…

DVD REVIEW: THE STORY OF GOD SEASON 2

  The Story of God Season 2 provides the next chapters in Morgan Freeman’s documentary series about religion. The first season was so popular it was the most-viewed series for the National Geographic channel and this one looks poised to do the same. The follow-up touches on some similar elements that were presented in the…

DVD REVIEW: ROBOT & FRANK

  In the wrong hands Robot & Frank could have been “Grumpy old man gets a slave.” But this film actually has a lot of redeeming qualities and is handled with a deft touch. It’s quite a sweet little buddy movie and caper about two unlikely friends working together to cook up some mischief. The film…

DVD REVIEW: CARNAGE

  It is to be expected that kids will behave badly at times because they’re children. But the film Carnage is about some adults – four parents to be precise – behaving badly. The story is a long, slow one that shows a disagreement between some onerous people escalating to an argument of epic proportions. This…

DVD REVIEW: T2 TRAINSPOTTING

  It was twenty years ago today that a band of brothers were junkies living it up in Edinburgh. Sort of. T2 Trainspotting is the sequel to the cult 1996 film. In T2 the original cast are reunited and examining life and other stuff from an older perspective. This film is a worthy sequel and a…

DVD REVIEW: GLEASON

  Steve Gleason is a former NFL player from the New Orleans Saints. But in the film Gleason he shows the strength and steely resolve of a prize fighter. The film is a fly-on-the-wall documentary about his diagnosis of motor neurone or Lou Gehrig’s disease (or the illness that inspired the internet’s ice bucket challenge)….

DVD REVIEW: THE FAMILY

  The story of the doomsday cult, The Family, is terrifying. It’s the kind of thing you’d expect from a scary horror movie, not from little old Ferny Creek in Mount Dandenong. The eponymous documentary about this notorious sect lifts the veil and attempts to look inside this mysterious group, and the miscarriage of justice…

DVD REVIEW: THE WAY WE WERE

  The Way We Were could have been named, The Odd Couple. The film is a love story about two individuals who form an unlikely partnership. This is mostly because they are both so different. But in spite of this, their relationship feels like a real and authentic one due to the obvious on-screen chemistry between…

DVD REVIEW: PERFECT STRANGERS (PERFETTI SCONOSCIUTI)

  In the Italian film, Perfect Strangers (Perfetti sconosciuti) the question, “Guess who’s coming to dinner?” is asked. The answer is seven close friends who find out they don’t know each other as well as they thought. The film is a light comedy that looks at how technology has affected our lives for better and…