Author: Sean Kelly

Indie Tuesdays: Her Friend Adam

Robert (Ben Petrie) arrives to pick up his girlfriend Liv (Grace Glowicki) for a date. However, after finding out that that Liv’s friend Adam (Andrew Chown) is coming over to pick up his camera, Robert’s sudden jealously causes the night to quickly spiral out of control. Her Friend Adam is a darkly comic short film, all taking place in a single continuous scene. There are a lot of elements at play in the 16 minute running time of this film, with the most notable being Roberts insecurity and jealousy over Liv’s friend Adam, even though the latter is gay. Robert...

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Review: Ghostbusters

Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig), Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), and Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) are three scientists who decide to get into the business of capturing ghosts after a recent surge of paranormal activity in New York. After renting out an office above a Chinese restaurant, the team hires absent minded receptionist Kevin (Chris Hemsworth) and brings on former subway collector Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) as the team’s street smart fourth member. Armed with an arsenal of gadgets designed by Holtzmann, the Ghostbusters set out to eliminate this increasing paranormal threat. Let’s begin by addressing the elephant in the room. Ever since this...

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Review: Our Kind of Traitor

Perry (Ewan McGregor) and Gail (Naomie Harris) are a couple vacationing in Morocco, in an effort to improve their troubled relationship. Perry is approached by a Russian man named Dima (Stellan Skarsgård), who reveals himself as the head money launderer for the Russian mafia. Dima fears that he and his family will be killed after he signs away his accounts to the new mafia head and Dima provides Perry with information to give to MI6 when he gets back to London. After checking into this intel, Agent Hector (Damian Lewis) informs Perry and Gail that Dima will only cooperate further if the...

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Review: The Daughter

Christian (Paul Schneider) returns home to New South Wales after a 15 year absence to attend his father Henry’s (Geoffrey Rush) wedding to his much younger housekeeper, Anna (Anna Torv). Christian is reunited with his friend, Oliver (Ewen Leslie), the son of Henry’s old business partner, Walter (Sam Neill), and meets Oliver’s wife, Charlotte (Miranda Otto), and teenage daughter, Hedvig (Odessa Young). As the date of the wedding approaches, a dark family secret is unearthed, which could forever change the lives of those involved. The Daughter is a contemporary adaptation of the play “The Wild Duck” by Henrik Ibsen. Henry used to...

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The TFS List: so bad, they’re good films

The term “so bad, it’s good” is often used to describe films that are plagued by poor filmmaking and bad acting, but still tend to be fascinating to watch. A lot of these films go on to generate cult followings and can be seen as the very definition of guilty pleasures. Of course, calling a film good or bad is a subjective opinion and not everyone will believe that these films belong on this list. However, here are some of the most notable “so bad, it’s good” films. Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) A list of “so bad,...

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Female Eye Film Festival 2016 Review: He Hated Pigeons

Filled with grief following the loss of his boyfriend Sebastien (Cristobal Tapia Montt), Elias (Pedro Fontaine) decides to take the cross-country road trip across Chile the two were planning to do together. Beginning in the northern deserts of Copiapo, Elias hops into his parent’s red pick-up truck and makes the journey southwards towards Santiago. Along the way, he reflects upon his memories of Sebastien while meeting up with a number of interesting individuals. He Hated Pigeons is the latest cinematic effort by Canadian indie film pioneer Ingrid Veninger. Filmed on location in Chile with first-time actor Pedro Fontaine, the film is an escapist...

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Review: KISS Rocks Vegas

In November 2014, KISS invaded Las Vegas for a nine-show run at the Hard Rock Hotel. Adapting their over-the-top stadium rock show for a smaller casino venue, the band hits the stage and plays all of their hits from a more than forty year career. Having first formed back in 1973, KISS are still going strong with a very dedicated cult following. KISS Rocks Vegas is billed as a “One Night Only” cinema event, consisting of an entire performance from the band’s nine shows in Las Vegas. The set features most the band’s biggest hits, including “Detroit Rock City,” “Love...

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