Get Out

Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams) take a weekend trip to meet Rose’s parents. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behaviour as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

In his directorial debut, actor/comedian Jordan Peele has made an intriguing, thrilling and entertaining film. Get Out is gripping to watch from start to end. Tremendous performances from the cast with great suspense and a dash of humour.

Rating: 4/5 Stars


Viceroy’s House

Viceroy’s House tells the story of the Partition of India. In 1947, British statesman Lord Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville) serves as India’s last Viceroy and is charged with handing India back to its people but meets with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental change. Downstairs in the servants quarters, Mountbatten’s new manservant, Jeet (Manish Dayal) falls for the daughter’s assistant, Alia (Huma Qureshi) and all manner of obstacles are put in their way.

Solid performances from the cast led by Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson. Supporting actors Manish Dayal and Huma Qureshi steal the film with their characters’ complicated romance in the backdrop of India’s transition to independence.

This is a departure for writer/director Gurinder Chadha who is known for comedy films such as Bend It Like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice. Chadha has made a charming film. She’s created this upstairs/downstairs atmosphere along the points of view from Lord Mountbatten and Indians on their long-awaited independence from Britain which is fascinating to watch.

The script is well written by Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges and Moira Buffini. The cinematography by Ben Smithard is exquisite along with the editing by Victoria Boydell.

A splendid film with a superb cast, Viceroy’s House is worth a look. If you’re a fan of Gurinder Chadha, check it out.

Rating 4/5 Stars

Rules Don’t Apply 

An unconventional love story of an aspiring actress Marla Mabrey, her determined driver Frank Forbes, and Howard Hughes, the eccentric billionaire who they work for.

Fine performances from Lily Collins and Alden Ehrenreich. Collins and Ehrenreich have great chemistry. Warren Beatty is disappointing as Howard Hughes, he barely acts just plays himself.

Writer and director Beatty has made a fashionable well shot film with a smart script, sharp dialogue and some amusing moments. Some of the scenes didn’t seem smooth as the editing felt choppy. The production design and costumes of the film was superb, everything was detailed.

Though Warren Beatty’s acting is dull and lame, Rules Don’t Apply is a pleasant film to watch. The performances from Lily Collins and Alden Ehrenreich are splendid. If you’re a fan of Beatty as a director, it’s worth a look.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

The Insider

A fictionalised account of a true story, it’s based on the 60 mins segment about Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe), a whistleblower in the tobacco industry covering the personal struggles of him and CBS producer Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino) as they defend his testimony against efforts to discredit and suppress it by CBS and Wigand’s former employer.

The film has a wonderful cast. Russell Crowe’s portrayal of Jeffrey Wigand is phenomenal, he gives a powerhouse performance. It’s one of Crowe’s best roles. Al Pacino is sensational as Lowell Bergman along with Christopher Plummer who portrays 60 mins host Mike Wallace.

Director Michael Mann (Heat, Manhunter) delivers a well-paced compelling film. The screenplay by Mann and Eric Roth is excellent and brilliantly written. The cinematography by Dante Spinotti is perfectly shot with great editing by William Goldenberg, Paul Rubell and David Rosenbloom. These elements of what makes a perfect film.

The Insider is a brilliant film. Remarkably made with stellar performances, a flawless script and perfectly shot. It’s one of my favourite films. A must see.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage (Chris Pratt). Old foes become new allies, and fan-favourite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.

The ensemble cast is marvellous. Main actors Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista work well together and share great chemistry along with the voices of Bradley Cooper as Rocket and Vin Diesel as Baby Groot. Pratt is likeable as charismatic and witty team leader Peter Quill/Star-Lord. Zoe Saldana is smashing and fantastic as Gamora. Great supporting cast from Michael Rooker and Kurt Russell.

Written and directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is fantastic. It’s thrilling and glamorous to watch from start to finish. The action is astounding with stunning special effects. The soundtrack perfectly fits the film.

Just like the first film, it’s fantastic. Action packed, hilarious, visually stunning and has a great soundtrack. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will not disappoint fans.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Going in Style (2017)

Going In Style is a remake of the 1979 heist film. Lifelong buddies Willie (Morgan Freeman), Joe (Michael Caine) and Albert (Alan Arkin) plan to rob a bank after their pensions are cancelled.

The cast is superb. Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin have an excellent chemistry/bromance. They act well together. It’s one of the things that makes the film work.

While the script by Theodore Melfi (St Vincent, Hidden Figures) works well with the plot, the film falls short in direction. Director Zach Braff (Garden State) lacks edge and at times misses the mark in humour which feels like a disappointment.

Though it lacks direction, Going In Style is a charming film with a superb cast and solid plot. It’s like an elderly version of Ocean’s Eleven older audiences will enjoy.

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars


By Belinda Palmada

A women’s rights activist has spoken out about the recent Russian law to decriminalise domestic violence.

Claudia Wilson, president of No to Violence spoke at Sydney TAFE for Woman’s Day. The Russian government’s move on domestic violence was a hot topic of conversation.

Russian Parliament voted 308-3 to decriminalise domestic violence. The law allows beatings of spouse or children that result in bruising or bleeding once a year. Broken bones which outcomes from abuse will be punishable by 15 days in prison or a fine of $500.

When asked from an audience member for Claudia’s thoughts on the Russian topic, she believed Russia is wrong and the law is a disaster.

“I feel sad for Russian women of law.” Claudia said

“The law is not helping our civilisation”

Estimated domestic violence kills a woman every 40 mins.