Category: Movies


Filosofi Kopi – The quest for “Perfecto” – Indonesian Film Festival

Coffee, without a doubt, is the life’s blood of many university students. Helping our jittering fingers type those last minute assignments and keeping our fragile mental states from collapsing. From hard-core coffee enthusiasts to the occasional coffee drinker we all have the capacity to enjoy a cup of hot coffee on a cold day. But have you ever wondered about where a passion for coffee can lead you? Or how an obsession with coffee can break you?

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The Portokalos family prepare for another wedding


Stand-alone movies that suddenly sprout sequels years down the track tend not to meet the heights of the original. 2002’s My Big Fat Greek Wedding was a rom-com on a $5 million budget, using Greek cultural in-jokes and stereotypes to amass a staggering US$368 million on the global box office.

Was a sequel really that necessary? There’s a compelling argument for no. The original was the perfect balance of entertainment and drama, and had a self-contained storyline. And yet why not? The types of jokes the original film was full of remain funny and there’s plenty of Greek family material to draw from. Read more …


Review: The Jungle Book (2016)


This is the law of the jungle, as old and as true as the sky, And the wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the wolf that shall break it must die. As the creeper that girdles the tree trunk, the law runneth forward and back; For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.

Unlike many other Hollywood reboots of recent years, 2015’s Cinderella was a shining success among viewers and critics, not only staying true to the magic of the original film- but in this reviewer’s opinion improving on it, while 2014’s Maleficent was slightly lacking though still offered an enjoyable and original take on an age-old tale. This month, Disney has once again reinterpreted an animated classic for modern audiences with Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book and in short: this is something very, very special. Read more …


Ceçi N’est Pas La Cinématographie – Introspection Through Film

[Herein lies an extract from my journal containing the notes from my interview with M. de Robespierre]

In order to better organise my thoughts, I will be jotting down the happenings of my excursion to la rive droite for my interview with this distinguished filmmaker. I’ve been flown in by the paper on immediate notice of an interview being set up with the illusive filmmaker Robert de Robespierre. The trip from Toronto to Charles de Gaulle was vehemently early and the 18$ whiskeys overzealously watered. Needless to say, the chic norman decoration and the contralto overture of the narcissistic waitress did little to improve my mood. I look around the 8 foot wide exemplar of a culinary tradition that bold fadedly refuses to adapt to a modern cosmopolitan life. The only other noticeable patron, a forlorn looking refugee from one of the art colleges in the next arrondissement over mirrors myself in a singular way; we are both currently wondering what poor life choices have led to us sharing this terrible, communal experience. She ordered the filet de saumon sauvage 3/4 of an hour ago. I realise that I have more in common with her unavailing plate than I do with her. All of this I notice in order to put off fixing my attention on the matter before me.

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Advance Review: “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice”

Please Note: Radio Monash’s pre-release reviews aim to be as detail-free as they reasonably can while still offering a critique, but as everyone’s spoiler sensibilities are different, we advise you read on at your own discretion.

“The greatest gladiator match in the history of the world. God versus man. Day versus night! Son of Crypton versus Bat of Gotham!”

Walking away from the IMAX advanced screening of “Batman V Superman” yesterday, I felt a certain numbness that can best be described as the feeling you have after being hit by 7 trains in rapid succession… and rest assured, I do mean that in the best way possible.

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“Man of Steel” In Perspective


Later this week, DC will present its most audacious challenge to Marvel’s pristine record on the silver screen yet with “Batman V Superman – Dawn of Justice”. DC and Warner Brothers are hoping to feed off society’s current obsession with the ‘Superhero Movie’ genre and use the uniting of arguably 3 of the most iconic comic book characters of all time to kick-start a new age of prosperity for their brand and reputation in Hollywood. In anticipation for Thursday’s release, I thought it would be an appropriate time to take a look back at the origins of DC’s current cinematic universe with 2013’s “Man of Steel” starring Henry Cavill, directed by Zack Snyder.

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