The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

If nothing else, The Hunger Games franchise has been responsible for elevating Jennifer Lawrence into a bona fide Hollywood movie star. Of course, whether that is a good thing or not is debatable, but Lawrence is certainly an omnipresent entity whose profile and influence has grown exponentially since she first served notice of her considerable […]

Love the Coopers

The basic narrative premise of Love the Coopers has been presented many times on film before.  The family reunion has long been comedy fodder and this offering from director Jessie Nelson (I am Sam) joins an extensive list of films that have explored dysfunctional family dynamics through the premise of a family gathering at which […]

Fun Finish for Bulimba Festival

The revamped 2015 Bulimba Festival wrapped up on the weekend, culminating with the Lunch on the Lawn live music program, markets, art, carnival rides and food galore. The Memorial Park location and surrounding streets is the ideal setting for such an event and moving the bulk of the market stalls away from Oxford Street seemed […]

Knight of Cups

Almost every filmmaker of note has reached a nadir in their career where they churn out something so bad that we begin to reassess all of the films they made beforehand with a newly formed sense of suspicion. Think Roman Polanski and The Ninth Gate or Steven Spielberg’s The Terminal or Ridley Scott’s The Counselor […]

BAPFF is Back

The Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival kicks off later this month featuring more than 100 features, documentaries and shorts from 42 countries from throughout the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Now in its second year, the BAPFF will run from Thursday, November 19 to Sunday, November 29 with screenings at various venues around the city, including […]

The Lobster

This first English language film from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos is like nothing else you will see this year. It is based on a premise so kooky and utterly surreal that many might find it a somewhat alienating experience, but there is much to like. The Lobster is a commentary on the expectations around love […]

New Look for Bulimba Festival

When the RSL announced that they would not be continuing in their role as the organisation responsible for staging the Bulimba Festival in 2016, I think most people assumed that would be the end of the festival altogether given the logistics of coordinating such a large scale event. However, the festival has not been lost […]