Transformers: The Last Knight

Transformers: The Last Knight is the latest instalment of the Transformers franchise from director Michael Bay. After five films of the toy movie adaptation, you would think by now these robots would put there differences aside and hug it out but the war between Autobots and Decepticons on Earth still continues.  

Humans and Transformers are at war. To save the future of Earth lies buried in the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers. It’s up to Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), Bumblebee, an English lord (Anthony Hopkins) and an Oxford professor (Laura Haddock) to save the world. 

Meanwhile Optimus Prime has returned back to Cybertron to find the planet disassembled into pieces. Optimus confronts his maker, a powerful sorceress named Quintessa and she corrupts him to do her bidding to destroy Earth so Cybertron can live.  

Mark Wahlberg is back as Cade Yeager, the hero from Transformers: Age of Extinction. Anthony Hopkins and Laura Haddock join the cast with Josh Duhamel and John Turturro reprise their roles from the first three films. 

The cast is likeable but their performances are not enough to save the film. There’s a few uncomfortable humourless moments where Wahlberg, Hopkins and Haddock cracking jokes with Hopkins saying hip words like “dude”. The chemistry between Wahlberg and Haddock is fine but a cliche, their characters don’t get along when they first team up and bicker then later develop feelings for one another.  

Transformers: The Last Knight is a headache to watch. There’s no doubt Bay can make a great pop corn movie. The action is smashing, explosive with dynamite special effects but he always lacks focus in the story and character development. The narrative felt all over the place balancing so many characters and two storylines at the same time. 

The editing felt jumpy and at times annoying to watch the aspect ratio constantly changing during the 2D version. 

Typical Transformers film, spectacular action and special effects with a lousy plot. Overall, this latest instalment of the franchise won’t disappoint fans. 

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars 

Last Week of TAFE

My last week of TAFE and I’m relieved the course is finished. These past few months has been a roller coaster juggling between study and work.  I spent practically everyday travelling to Central whether it was TAFE or work and getting up at different times for example I have to get up 4:30 in the morning to start work at 6:30 am and sometimes finish work at 3pm which is exhausting but still took the time to work on assessments after work.

I took a break from watching TV to focus more on my studies which is something I never did during my education life so I have a lot of binge watching during my break. Taking time off from TV made me a better student, I’m more focused and put more work into my assignments. Now I’ve finished all my assessments and delivered them on time.

I can take some time to relax before Diploma begins next time.

Taking the Next Steps: Episode 4

Thanks for joining us for part 4 of a series recognising Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week 2017.

In today’s podcast Certificate 4 Journalism students Belinda Palmada, Genevieve Doyle and Tatiana Pak discuss with artist and teacher Chico Monks the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art as a form of cultural expression and connection to past and present.

Eora’s annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts Exhibition opens next week – you can find more info on their Facebook events page here.

Thanks and respect to Chico, to Director of Eora College Danny Allende, and to all of our hosts at Eora TAFE.

We would like to offer our respect and appreciation to the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, and also thank our brothers and sisters at Eora College for so generously offering us their wisdom and knowledge and for telling us their stories, many of which are so painful to relate.

Saying Sorry in song: National Reconciliation Week 2017

BY BELINDA PALMADA @filmfreakrevie1 AND TATIANA PAK @TheatreMusicon

Former Sydney TAFE Media and now music student, Pollyanna Thomson, performed the Sorry Song live at the Ultimo campus on National Sorry Day, May 26.

Pollyanna said it was wonderful to be given the opportunity to perform at such a momentous event.

The day kicks off National Reconciliation Week that concludes on June 3, the 25th anniversary of the landmark Mabo decision that paved the way for the Native Title Act. The week also marks 20 years since the Bringing Them Home report, and 50 years since the May 27, 1967 referendum that gave Aboriginal people the vote and allowed them to be included in the national census.

Singer, musician and Diploma of Music student Pollyanna Thomson. Photo: Belinda Palmada

“It was great because it means a lot to the people in the audience and across Australia,” Pollyanna said.

“It’s great to be able to deliver something that means so much. When I first heard the song and looked at the lyrics to learn it, I was quite shocked because it was about the fact children were stolen.

“It’s quite powerful and it felt really nice to perform for that audience. I hope it helps them get through it.”

She said for her the day represented an acknowledgement of Australian history, what had happened and “saying sorry”.

“It’s all about knowing what was done, knowing that things are wrong.”

Pollyanna, who finished high school last year and is now studying for a Diploma of Music at Ultimo, only had two days to prepare the song.

“I’m happy with how I performed and I’m happy it went well. I got good feedback from everyone and I really enjoyed it,” she said.

“We had ceremonies at my school acknowledging Sorry Day but I had not performed before for an event like this. It’s nice to be a part of it.”

Listen to the Sorry Song and our first podcast commemorating Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week 2017 here.


Helana Sawires and Osamah Sami, star-crossed lovers in Ali's Wedding

Ali’s Wedding, the latest culture clash comedy to hit the Sydney Film Festival, will no doubt find a mainstream audience.

Director Jeffrey Walker (Modern Family, Angry Boys) has made an enjoyable and warm-hearted film, telling an affectionate and poignant story of love that shines a positive light on Muslim-Australian life.

After failing his medical entrance exam, Ali, the son of a Muslim cleric, lies to family about his test results but his dishonesty spirals out of control. The result is that Ali must follow through with an arranged marriage to a girl he accidentally agreed to marry,  except he is madly in love with Dianne (Helana Sawires), an Australian born-Lebanese girl.

Ali's Wedding

The story is based on the real-life experience of lead actor Osamah Sami, whose arranged marriage lasted less than two hours.

Ali’s Wedding is entertaining from start to finish. It features standout performances by the cast, led by Sami and Don Hany as Ali’s father. Helana Sawires is delightful in her film debut as Ali’s love interest Dianne. Also notable are hilarious performances from supporting cast Rahel Romahn and Ryan Corr as Ali’s friends.

The screenplay, co-written by Sami and Andrew Knight (Hacksaw Ridge), is sharp and amusing with an authenticity that perfectly captures family life in multicultural Australia. This effect is powerfully reinforced by Don McAlpine’s wonderful cinematography and the deft direction of Walker, a TV director and former child actor whose list of credits includes Neighbours, Rake and Dance Academy: The Movie.

Don’t miss this film: Ali’s Wedding is the feel-good film of the year. A must see.

It’s due for release in Australia on August 31.
Rating: 5/5 Stars

From Podcasters to Radio Stars in the Making

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By Belinda Palmada

Move over Kyle and Jackie O, there’s a new radio talent to take over airwaves.

Sydney TAFE Media graduate Mitchell Coombs and current Sydney TAFE Media student Talecia Vescio will be turning their podcast Not My Cup of Tea into a radio show on Joy 94.9 in August.

The audio series is a conversation between friends over a cup of tea about the downfalls of humanity and rants on petty topics that nobody really cares about.

“We’ll have to be a bit more polished than we are on the Podcast!” Mitchell said.

“It’s kind of exciting but mostly really unexpected,” Talecia said.

“The podcast was so rough when we first started and we never thought anyone would really listen outside the people who watch our videos.”

The show pitched when Mitchell was in Melbourne working for Gold FM for a week and he went into Joy’s office because he’s done stuff with them before.

The station heard some of his air checks he’d done with their friend Aishlin at AFTRS and they liked the banter but said it needed structure.

Mitch then pulled up their podcast and they fell in love with it.

Apart from the podcast, Mitchell and Talecia produce their own videos on YouTube.

Mitchell is best known for video tour of his home town Bogan Gate which went viral.

Things are looking up for the duo as they made the top 10 finalists of Podquest, Nova Entertainment’s search for the next podcast superstar.

The contest was designed to uncover new and emerging talent and invite aspiring podcasters to share their style of storytelling and have their idea turned into a podcast series that will be available on Nova Entertainment’s suite of digital platforms.

Podquest provides opportunities for new and emerging audio content creators through grants of financial assistance as well as access to NOVA Entertainment’s production facilities, technical expertise and distribution channels.

Talecia heard about Podquest on Facebook and sent it to Mitchell.

They thought it would be fun to enter. “I reckon we’re podcast superstars- let’s give it a go”. Talecia said.

Submitting their podcast series Not My Cup of Tea, Mitchell and Talecia said they were surprised they made the top ten.

“We didn’t meet hardly any of the requirements but we figured it’d be fun to say that we’d entered,” Talecia said.

“It also became a bit funny to us when we heard that we were Top 10 because we would pretend it was adequate response to people’s questions “Are you ready for this?” “Yeah man, Top 10, we can take on anything now.”

Mitchell and Talecia first met at YouTuber event and have been friends for a year. They used to work at the same media company.

Their friendship started off on the wrong foot.

“I actually really didn’t like Mitchell for a few months (before we actually met face to face),” Talecia said.

“Mitchell was filling in for a friend of mine at our previous workplace and I had a bias.”

“I remember saying to a friend of mine that Mitchell made me want to ‘claw my eyes out’”

Mitchell did not know at the time Talecia hated him.

“I was unaware of this, of course, so when we first started working together, I thought she was a funny chick & I liked her,” He said.

“I guess she changed her mind about hating me cos it wasn’t until a few months later that I eventually found out she used to!”

Since then, Mitchell and Talecia have a great working relationship. When asked what the success to their partnership, they said knowing each other’s strengths, honesty and trust.

“In radio land there’s generally a Generator VS Reactor relationship in any duo,” Mitchell said.

“I tend to keep the show rolling & mediate the discussion, while Talecia has a quicker whit so she’s good at cracking gags & rolling with whatever punches are thrown at her.”

“When working with friends, it’s a difficult sometimes to find balance but when you’re working with a friend who has the same mindset and goals, it comes naturally.” Talecia said.

Though they didn’t win Podquest, Mitchell and Talecia wouldn’t mind entering the competition again.

In the meantime, they will continue to make content and take opportunities as they come to them.

Another new development with Not My Cup of Tea is a third co-host joining the program.
Ex-TAFE media student and current AFTRS student Aishlin Garnett will be joining their radio show as a new co-host.

“It’ll be interesting to see if there’s a shift in our dynamic. “Mitchell said.

“We have really good chemistry so I feel like it’ll be a good fit,” Talecia said.

“We’ve got the challenge of turning the little podcast that could into a bloody radio show,

“We have our work cut out for us, but I’m excited. Maybe you’ll catch us on the airwaves… “