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MOVIE REVIEW | The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “It’s like watching The Golden Girls if every single character talked like Sophia when she’s slamming Blanch for being a slut.”

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“Now listen here, you mullet. Why don’t you just light your tampon, and blow your box apart? Because it’s the only bang you’re ever gonna get, sweetheart!”

To me, 20 years ago sounds like a lifetime.  Until I remember that Nirvana’s Nevermind is closer to 25 years old than 20, and that Seinfeld finished 19 years ago.  Those sorts of things feel like yesterday and like nothing has changed in the years since.  But I just watched a movie that showed me just how much has changed, and for the better.  I just watched the 22 year old The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Sydney drag performer Trick (Hugo Weaving) gets a call with an offer he can’t refuse.  A Casino in Alice Springs, the dead centre of Australia, has booked him for a show, but he can’t do it alone.  So Trick recruits the recently widowed, not so recently trans gendered Bernadette (Terence Stamp), and young flamingly flamboyant queen, Adam (Guy Pearce).  Through a little emotional blackmail, Adam scores $10,000 from his mother, buys an old bus that he nicknames Priscila, and the three head off to tackle Australia’s outback. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Cloud Atlas (2012)

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“From womb to tomb, we are bound to others.”

I’m not a fan of the Wachowski siblings.  That’s not to say I think they’re bad directors or screenwriters.  I actually think they’re pretty great at both.  Even if they’re writing is a little from the George Lucas school of obvious, convenient and clichéd, they at least have fun with it.  I’m not a fan of the Wachowski’s, simply because they don’t make the kinds of movies I’m interested in.


I saw The Matrix on VHS and thought it was an above average action adventure, but never felt like seeing it again.  I saw The Matrix Two on the big screen and thought it was one of the biggest cinematic bed shittings in the history of movies shitting beds.  Until now, that was the extent of my Wachowski exposure.  But absent mindedly flicking through cable channels last night, I stumbled across Cloud Atlas about to start, so I locked in for almost three hours of Wachowski (and Tykwer, more on that later) insanity. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | The Mule (2014)

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“Wrap your laughin’ gear ‘round this.”

Every year, Australia produces a dozen or so movies. And every year, pretty much all of them get ignored. As 2014 was drawing to a close, I don’t know if I could have named a single one released that year. Then, out of nowhere, came The Mule. An Aussie movie with a marketing budget isn’t something you see too often, so it immediately stood out as something I should probably check out. Now that I have, I’m not sure why The Mule was the token attention grabbing Australian made movie of 2014.


It’s the mid 80s and a local Melbourne football club is celebrating the end of a dismal season. Ray (Angus Sampson) is awarded Club Man of the Year and his team mates get ready for their end of season trip to Bangkok. After giving Ray a lift home, his childhood friend Gavin (Leigh Whannell) makes him a proposition, bring back half a kilo of heroin from Thailand in exchange for $8,000. At first he declines, but when a hired goon arrives at his house and threatens his mother over gambling debts owed by his step father, Ray decides to take the job and smuggle in the drugs. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

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“You started this, you will forgive me if I finish it!”

So here it is, what I assumed would be a bloated end to a bloated series that I still kind of enjoyed. I just would have enjoyed it more, if there was less. Ever since it was announced that The Hobbit would be two movies, Peter Jackson copped a lot of criticism that there was no way such a slight book needed so much screen time. Then, it was announced that The Hobbit would be three movies, and Jackson really started copping it.


When I got to the end of the previous entry in the series, The Desolation of Smaug, I remembered the book and realised there was only one small section of it left, and it’s that one small section the supplies the subtitle of this third, and final entry, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. (more…)