Category: Cinema

Latest writing on the movies.

Age of Banter – A favourable review of Avengers: Age of Ultron

There is that moment in the first Avengers movie, in which all the superheroes come together in New York City to fight off legions of disposable alien baddies in one long glorious shot. It isn’t actually one long shot, more a number of shots chained together through clever use of computer generated effects, but it is still exhilarating to watch none the… Read more →

Neill Blomkamp whips out his Chappie and it’s not pretty.

First of all, let us take a moment to bask in the magnificence of that headline.  In science fiction, storylines involving AI, robotics and/or transhumanism usually lead to an exploration into the deep philosophical and existential questions of what it means to be human and how far machinery can go before it becomes consciousness. It feeds into the ultimate question surrounding the… Read more →

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

*This review was originally posted on the now defunct world cinema blog Director: David Fincher Starring: Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer Certificate: 18   Stieg Larsson’s popular bestseller gets the Hollywood treatment, directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig and relative newcomer Rooney Mara as the punk anti- culture heroine with the dragon tattoo. For fans of… Read more →

Interview with Faouzi Bensaidi

This interview was originally conducted for and centred on Bensaidi’s 2011 film Death for Sale. Moroccan film-maker and actor Faouzi Bensaïdi released his third film Death For Sale last year, with a UK release date imminent. Beginning in theatre, Bensaïdi started to make short films, quickly gaining several accolades. In 2003, he made his first feature film, A Thousand… Read more →

Death for Sale [2011]

This review was originally posted on The website is now gone, so I’ve uploaded it here!   Director: Faouzi Bensaïdi Starring: Fehd Benchemsi, Foud Labiad, Imane Elmechafri   In the face of economic turmoil, the lost generation is a term that gets frequently thrown around by the mainstream media nowadays. Death For Sale, the third film from Moroccan film… Read more →

Interview with Lucas Pittaway

Interview originally produced for After being spotted in a local shopping centre, Lucas Pittaway was cast in the starring role of Snowtown, Justin Kurzel’s harrowing filmic account of Australia’s bodies in barrels murders. Pittaway plays Jamie Vlassakis, a teenager who is manipulated into assisting a series of grisly murders by serial killer John Bunting (Daniel Henshall). The film is… Read more →

Interview with Snowtown director Justin Kurzel

This interview was originally written for Justin Kurzel’s directorial debut, Snowtown is based on the worst case of serial killings in Australia’s recent history. Just before the turn of the millennium, eight bodies were found decomposing in barrels of acid in a disused building in Snowtown, South Australia. The murders which eventually tallied at a total of 11 people… Read more →