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Briefs Close Encounters Theatre Review

Dreams of acceptance on their own terms with a blasting away of the traditional sense. The sense of burlesque being just for girls or the circus with all its tricks being defined by just one thing.   //   Their mix of physical endeavour, both high risk and high entertainment was driven by high volume sounds that were perfect to help get your grind on. The show was light on commentary but the few words were chosen well and were both funny and forceful. If you can’t ...

Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie Review

Solo of course refers to Han Solo, he of roughish charm and one liners. In early chapters, Harrison Ford made the role his own and now Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar! & Beautiful Creatures) gets the chance to put his own stamp on the role. Unfortunately his character is the least developed in the film and the roughish charm inherent in Ford’s take is mostly missing. When Ehrenreich as Solo claims he is an outlaw, it’s a stretch to believe as per the actions that have come before. ...

Deadpool 2 Movie Review

Like the original film, Deadpool 2 is out right funny and filled with so many jokes both visual and dialogue based that as soon as the final credits finish you want to see it again to discover what you missed while everyone else was laughing. It also has a sting in the tail for those used to the final moments of Marvel films. There are a large number of surprises awaiting audience members both new and old, the biggest of which is how much heart the new film has. Pulling off this amount ...

Midnight Oil: 1984 Movie Review

Focusing almost solely on Garretts first run in politics is an interesting story in and of itself and the reward for long time Oils fans is present. That gift is a selection of live footage that highlights the last era of the band when they were truly powered by punk energy and righteous indignation (other than the resurgent period of Redneck Wonderland brought about by the rise of the chip witch from Ipswich). The live footage however is frustratingly incomplete and no complete ...

The Boy Downstairs Movie Review

The story is told in a non-linear way as we follow the rocky relationship of Diana (Zosia Mamet of Girls fame) and Ben (Matthew Shear). Their on and off and on again approach to dating is almost as frustrating as an almost complete void of being able to communicate with either themselves and each other. It leads to some deliciously misdirected dialogue. The reality of the actual exorbitant cost of living in New York City is never addressed. It’s left to the imagination how these ...

Twelfth Night Theatre Review

The staging and set design was a star of the night with a rotating floor that gave the audience an almost voyeuristic view of the proceedings and the incorporation of modern pop songs, compliments of Tim Finn (Split Enz and Crowded House) gave the play an accessibility more in line with a modern audience’s level of appreciation. The work’s comic take on mistaken identity and misguided love was given with a high energy intensity and more than a nod and wink to the audience. Break down ...

Unsane Movie Review

Directer Steven Soderbergh’s body of work is a varied one and there is nothing in his back catalogue quite like this. He works the psychological horror angle as well as anyone before him and he ratchets up the tension the entire film to an extraordinary level. You can’t help but get sucked in.   //   Filling the cast with lesser known actors (other than a very known cameo combatant) helps with the occupation of a never never land of conflicting emotions. Even a few ...

Avengers: Infinity War Movie Review

The film does present a conundrum when it comes to writing a review though as talking too much about the storyline makes it all too easy to divulge key elements that would ruin the experience for some if not all fans. Suffice to say that the canvas this time out is huge and it taps into almost every Marvel film with the exception of two and it’s not too difficult to guess which two. The action is dizzying in it intensity and it’s not giving away too much is saying these battles take ...

I Feel Pretty Movie Review

The film is a maddening journey of comic bullseyes and structural mishaps that strain the interest and believability of the project. Seeing the film in a full cinema on a Sunday afternoon and being one of only four males in the room was only one of the more unusual circumstances. The other being the almost complete lack of laughter from the audience, even in the very funny moments the film provides. You would think that those that arrive to see a Amy Schumer film would be well versed in ...

Truth Or Dare Movie Review

Most of the actors on board have connections to well know TV shows and they often remind you of someone else, look there is a poor man’s version of Kate Hudson or a Kardashian, that type of thing. This has the knock on effect of making it a lot more fun when the meet their maker, and no I don’t mean today’s version of Aaron Spelling.   //   Fans of the shows Pretty Little Liars, Teen Wolf, The Flash and Degrassi: The Next Generation will have fun seeing their fav ...