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Best Film & TV of 2021

Best Film & TV of 2021 Best Films Dune Power of the Dog Don’t Look Up Spider-Man: No Way Home The Card Counter Honourable Mentions: King Richard, The Humans, No Sudden Move, Nobody,… Read More

Best Film & TV of 2020

Best Films Palm Springs Soul Vast of the Night Sound of Metal Beastie Boys Story King of Staten Island Lovers Rock First Cow The Hunt Mank Da 5 Bloods Honorable Mentions: The Trip… Read More

Best Films of 2019

Having not yet seen Bong Joon-Ho’s critically-acclaimed Parasite yet, I already feel like this list isn’t 100% complete. That being said, 2019 was a pretty damn good year for film. It finally feels… Read More

Best Films of 2018

Writing this list I realised that being a new dad has really curbed my allocated film-watching time. The overarching theme definitely seems to be bold storytelling. I’ve always admired film-makers who toy with… Read More


Rating: 3/5 Hollywood has successfully made films based on childhood toys like Lego, so why not a simple game like tag? The premise, which doesn’t sound so funny at first, is much more… Read More

Avengers: Infinity War

5/5 It’s easy to shit on the common blockbuster these days, with the amount of remakes and sequels around, but it’s hard to deny the sheer enormity of what Marvel Studios has created… Read More

Best Films of 2017

As always, here are my favourite films from 2017. Seeing as I’ve only posted two reviews since my top ten list from last year, it seems I need to pull my finger out… Read More


The title character here, played by Adam Driver, takes pride in the fact he shares the same name as the town he lives. This kind of peculiarity reflects the film as a whole;… Read More

How Heavy This Hammer

Imagine Tony Soprano had no affiliation with the mob; instead of spending time amidst criminals and criminal-related activity, he was addicted to computer games. Fat, lazy, selfish, childish and at times unnecessarily violent,… Read More

Best Films of 2016

2016 was a pretty shitty year: we lost a lot of talented people and a lot of bad decisions were made around the world – this may be why looking over my finalised… Read More

Music: The Best of 2016

Every year I usually put together my list of the best albums and tracks from the year that was for Beat Magazine. However, because I was travelling abroad I missed the deadline and… Read More

X-Men: Apocalypse

Rating: 2/5 Bryan Singer’s first X-Men film, back in 2000, was among the first big blockbusters adapted from comic material. The film is semi-responsible for the onslaught of superhero films, television shows and… Read More

The Nice Guys

Rating: 3/5 Shane Black loves a “buddy cop” film. After all, he’s kind of responsible for launching the genre with his Lethal Weapon screenplay, and again with his near-perfect directorial debut, Kiss Kiss… Read More

Top Films of 2015

Better late than never… here’s my annual list of the best films from the year (from what I saw, anyway). 2015 was not the greatest year for film-making in my opinion, but these… Read More

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Rating: 4/5 Rest assured, this is a spoiler-free review. This is intended for the fans that simply need to know whether it’s any good, not to reveal any details of what exactly happens. That… Read More

Black Mass

Rating: 4/5 Black Mass is the true story of James “Whitey” Bulger, the infamous gangster from Boston who was on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list for 12 years. Using fictional confessions… Read More

Ex Machina Review

Rating: 3/5 Alex Garland is the acclaimed author of The Beach, the same novel that was adapted for film by Danny Boyle. Boyle and Garland collaborated again on a number of films including… Read More

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Rating: 4.5/5 The first Avengers film pulled off the impressive feat of bringing together Marvel’s greatest superheroes in one film, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, while still… Read More


Rating: 3/5 In the lead-up to Chappie’s release, it was clear Neill Blomkamp’s third feature was going to be a pivotal moment in his career. The film’s reception would ultimately determine whether he… Read More


Rating: 5/5 Talk about saving the best for last. Birdman was the last of the main Oscar contenders left on my list. It just happens to be my new favourite. Everything about the… Read More

Top 10 Films of 2014

It’s that time of year when critics reflect on all the time they’ve wasted watching films (most of them shit), only to pluck the ten they’d actually recommend to anyone else. It’d be… Read More

The Rolling Stones, Rod Laver Arena

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 For anyone who thinks The Rolling Stones are over-rated I can only say, “You stupid, stupid wanker”. To deny them of greatness just because you don’t appreciate their music… Read More

22 Jump Street Review

Chris Miller and Phil Lord made this sequel bigger and better in every aspect but not at the sake of its charm. 21 Jump Street caught people by surprise. With Channing Tatum’s casting… Read More

Questions Remaining Unanswered After X-Men: Days of Future Past

Let’s not beat around the bush… Bryan Singer’s latest instalment in the X-Men franchise is one of the best comic book movies ever made. It impressively crams so much into just two hours… Read More

The Trip to Italy

This film will make you want to travel, eat, learn, read and watch classic cinema… and enjoy it all with a good friend. Like the many colourful dishes in this film, there’s something… Read More


Rating: 1/5 There’s no denying this is a lot better than the 1998 version. It clearly is. But that doesn’t mean its any good. That would be like comparing Ben Affleck’s Batman to… Read More

The Double

Rating: 2/5 This is the try-hard hipster of all films. It’s desperately trying to be different, but the result is a confused interpretation of those who invented the style.  It took me about 24-hours after watching… Read More

Everything You Need to Know About Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man Universe…

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro is an impressive popcorn blockbuster. The action is mind-blowing, especially the fight scenes between Spidey and Jamie Foxx’s Dr. Manhattan Electro, and the swing choreography is… Read More

The Wolf of Wall Street

Funny, intense, crazy, quick and smart as hell, thanks to a brilliant script based on an incredible true story, headed by a brilliant director, lead and support cast. People, this is as good… Read More

13 Best Films of 2013

I know I’m a little late with this, but it’s always good to look back at the year of films and judge the overall quality. I realised two big things from forming this… Read More

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

If you ignore that essentially the idea of “The Hunger Games” is stolen from Kinji Fukasaku’s Battle Royale, the underlying plot of these films is actually one of the most original and daring to… Read More

Thor: The Dark World

It was always the intention of the Thor series to be Marvel’s “fantasy epic” and this was confirmed with Game of Thrones’ director Alan Taylor stepping in for Kenneth Branagh. The sequel should… Read More

A Beginner’s Guide: Travelling to Japan for the First Time

Firstly, congratulations on choosing Japan as your next holiday destination – you won’t regret it. From the moment you land you will be swept up in a world of cultural extremes. There’s the… Read More

Thanks For Sharing

Thanks For Sharing This is the debut from director Stuart Blumberg, who wrote The Kids Are All Right. And maybe it’s because he only drafted the screenplay for Thanks For Sharing, but the… Read More

Kick-Ass 2

I made the mistake of watching the original Kick-Ass the day before watching the sequel. That’s like visiting the Grand Canyon and then expecting to be wowed by an average hole in the… Read More

Interview with Thor

In November 2013, Thor: The Dark World will hit cinemas around the world, with Chris Hemsworth returning as the title character. While most publications were out chasing the Australian actor down for an interview, I went… Read More


“The thinking man’s blockbuster” is almost an oxymoron these days. There’s a few exceptions, like the The Matrix or Inception… but unfortunately Elysium is not one of them. Neill Blomkamp has tried to… Read More


I remember when I first discovered Napster as a teenager. Being from a small town, where the local music store specialised in Top 40 artists and Country & Western, it was the greatest… Read More

Weekly Round-Up #3

This is a weekly round-up of all the random stuff from around the web… Mad Men Mottos Firstly, something awesome. There’s a whole collection of these, which attempt to capture some words of… Read More

News from Comic-Con 2013

Comic-Con just came to an end for another year, with over 130,000 people gathering in San Diego to celebrate the world of comics, toys, gaming, film and television. It seems there was more… Read More

The Best Songs in Movies

Good music to a film is kind of like tomato sauce on a meat pie… it’s not essential but definitely makes it better. There are so many awesome soundtracks out there, some better… Read More

Weekly Round-up #2

Another week, another collection of random crap from the net. I’d laugh about the fact that people have way too much spare time, but sadly I’m here putting it all in a post.… Read More

Rolling Stones Mix Tape

The Rolling Stones just rocked the shit out of Glastonbury Music Festival last week, and even though the band’s youngest member is 66 (guitarist Ronnie Wood), they sweated out a mammoth two and… Read More

This Is The End

There’s one scene in This Is the End, where James Franco and Danny McBride arguing about masturbating, when I snorted from laughing so hard. Even though it’s embarrassing, it’s been a long time… Read More

Weekly Round-Up #1

This is a weekly collection of best bits from around the web… some of it awesome, some of it funny and some of it just plain weird. Enjoy! Kid Vs. Kid This kid… Read More

2013 MIFF Program

  FILM FEATURE The MIFF program gets announced tomorrow morning – and having had a sneak peak, the organisers have put together an truly impressive list of both international and local gems. For… Read More

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II

ALBUM REVIEW The more I listen to this album, the more I love it. At first it was just an obsession with the first single, So Good At Being In Trouble, but now… Read More

Superman is Thor!

        FILM REVIEW Hopefully most people reading this have already seen Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel – but just in case here’s a word of warning: this post may contain… Read More

Iron Man 3

FILM REVIEW Iron Man 3 is the first film of Marvel’s Phase 2, which carries on from the gigantic blockbuster The Avengers. And what an impressive start it is. Tony Stark, a.k.a Iron… Read More

Olympus Has Fallen

FILM REVIEW The best thing about this movie is that I can now confidently say I have seen the worst movie of my life. Everything about it is terrible – from the corny… Read More

Django Unchained

As a self-taught director and general film lover, Quentin Tarantino has paid homage to various genres throughout his career. While his specialty is crime (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and Jackie Brown), he has… Read More


It’s nearly worth forgiving Ben Affleck’s work in front of the camera because of his achievements behind it … nearly. He wasn’t given the praise he deserved for his directorial debut Gone Baby… Read More


The best thing about this film is that it is bound to disappoint a million Twilight fans. I actually have a lot more respect for Robert Patterson now, by the fact that he… Read More

Friends With Kids

As with Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen, I was expecting Friends With Kids to be a half-arsed excuse for the cast of Bridesmaids to reunite. But in fact, it’s a completely different film… Read More

The Avengers

FILM REVIEW Whether you like superhero movies or not, you have to appreciate what Marvel Studios have achieved with The Avengers. There was a massive amount of risk putting the wheels in motion to make this… Read More

The Raid

FILM REVIEW If you only see one action film this year that’s not based on comic book characters or literary spies, then make sure it’s The Raid. This film is 101 minutes of pure,… Read More

The Hunger Games

FILM REVIEW With the Twilight series ending this year, Hollywood saw an opening to launch for a new teen franchise. Much like Twilight, The Hunger Games is based on a series of best-selling novels and already had a… Read More

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

FILM REVIEW As with all sequels these days, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows brings more exotic destinations, more laughs and more action. This seems to be the on-going trend with all movie franchises, whether… Read More

The Future

FILM REVIEW Miranda July understands what quirky is, perhaps better than any other director/actor working today. She understands the type of awkward situations, odd relationships and minor behavioural tendencies that make a character unique,… Read More

Our Idiot Brother

FILM REVIEW Paul Rudd is a very loveable guy. But after his big break as the dorky older brother in Clueless it took a while for him to find a role that people would notice –… Read More


FILM REVIEW I feel sorry for that woman who is trying to sue the promoters of Drive. Basically, she was expecting it to be more like Fast & Furious. Drive is everything that Fast & Furious is not… and… Read More

The Hunter

FILM REVIEW Based on the acclaimed novel by Julia Leigh, The Hunter tells the story of Martin (Willem Dafoe), an American mercenary in search of the last remaining Tasmanian Tiger. Martin is a loner by profession… Read More

The Three Muskateers

FILM REVIEW They could have just named this Pirates of the Caribbean: The Three Musketeers. After all, it’s clearly replicating the basic formula – the story even revolves around flying pirate ships… yes,… Read More


FILM REVIEW You know when someone talks about head lice and you involuntarily start scratching? Contagion does the same thing with coughing. While sitting through the screening, every time someone on-screen coughed, a member of… Read More

TT3D: Closer to the Edge

FILM REVIEW Forget about Real Steel, TT3D: Closer to the Edge is the best movie about man and his machine you will see all year. In fact, it’s easily the best sports movie I’ve seen in… Read More

The Cup

FILM REVIEW You don’t have to know much about horse racing to enjoy The Cup. Sure, it features a lot of racing’s big names but at its core it’s very much like any other… Read More

Katalyst – Deep Impressions

ALBUM REVIEW Part of Katalyst’s appeal is that he finds vocalists who are not only talented in their own rights, but complement the soul-inspired, urban sound that he has perfected. His relationship with… Read More

Crazy, Stupid, Love

FILM REVIEW Before watching Crazy, Stupid, Love, you wouldn’t be wrong in thinking that you’d seen it all before. A romantic comedy with Steve Carrell learning how to date women, Ryan Gosling with his shirt off, Emma Stone being cutesy… Read More

13 Assassins

FILM REVIEW Much like honour and courage, the Japanese samurai epic is something that cannot be bought with money – no matter how much some Hollywood studios are willing to pay. The closest… Read More

The Green Lantern

FILM REVIEW Just when you thought Hollywood was done investing in Ryan Reynold’s cocky routine or comic book movies in general, DC has finally decided to stop hiding behind their two biggest drawcards (Batman and Superman)… Read More


FILM REVIEW Hanna opens with the main character (Saoirse Ronan) shooting a deer with a bow and arrow, standing over the wounded animal explaining, “I just missed your heart”, before shooting it in the… Read More

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows: Part 2

FILM REVIEW The final Harry Potter was not the epic spectacle I was hoping for but it did allow the franchise to bow out with its credibility intact. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows: Part Two will… Read More

The Tree of Life

FILM REVIEW This is the most beautiful piece of shit I’ve ever seen. And apart from the subject matter itself, the most confusing thing about The Tree of Life is the reaction it received. For… Read More

Washed Out – Within and Without

ALBUM REVIEW The chill-wave scene became overcrowded quickly, but Atlanta’s Washed Out (alias of Ernest Greene) has developed a unique sound that isn’t so repetitive. Now after the two stand-out EPs Life of Leisure and High… Read More

X-Men: First Class

FILM REVIEW The original X-Men movie, with Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry, kicked off Hollywood’s comic book obsession and still remains one of the best yet. X2 defied the sequel trend and triumphed on all bases, giving nerds and regular… Read More

Smoke Fairies – Through Low Light and Trees

ALBUM REVIEW The truth is that I write for something of an alternative music magazine, not weekly newsletters for a middle-aged music appreciation club. If you were expecting me to write that this… Read More

The Field

MUSIC FEATURE This is the first time The Field have travelled down-under, and I was lucky enough to catch up with leading man Axel Willner while he was in Berlin. Over a bad… Read More


MUSIC FEATURE On the phone, Drapht seems to be in a bit of a daze. He’s only just arrived in Hobart to kick-start his national tour after shooting a music video in Sydney… Read More

The Dodos – No Color

ALBUM REVIEW Even though The Dodos have maintained the same drum-heavy rhythm across four albums, the Californian duo’s formula still hasn’t lost its appeal… entirely. No Color (yes, I have to keep the American spelling)… Read More

Nick Batterham – Second Lovers

ALBUM REVIEW With a lengthy band resume up his sleeve, including Cordazine, Blindside and The Earthmen, Nick Batterham has finally released his first solo album. As a result, Second Lovers has obvious production value, as… Read More


FILM REVIEW   I’m a bit late with this one, and I know that three other reviewers have already covered Thor but after all the crap that I’ve seen, I wanted to review a movie… Read More

The Stillsons

MUSIC FEATURE For local country-roots band The Stillsons, the road has been long and bumpy but their hard work is beginning to pay-off. Now, with the launch of thei r new music video, lead… Read More

Triple J’s Like A Version: Volume 6

ALBUM REVIEW The Like A Version series has become a pretty big deal. And why wouldn’t it? It’s like hearing your favourite new artists at a karaoke party. Unlike previous volumes, which featured predominately older… Read More

Ronnie Wood – I Feel Like Playing

ALBUM REVIEW Ronnie Wood has featured regularly in the media over the past decade. If not for his work with The Rolling Stones, then for his many stints in rehab (which is likely… Read More

Aloe Blacc – Good Things

ALBUM REVIEW With the recent release of John Legend and The Roots’ Wake Up, it seems that soul music is making somewhat of a comeback. And while Legend and The Roots attempted to modernise… Read More

John Legend – Wake Up!

MUSIC REVIEW During the hype of the Obama election, John Legend and hip-hop favourites, The Roots, collaborated to raise community awareness with a compilation of ‘60s and ‘70s covers. What could have been… Read More