Author: Sean Kelly

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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Indie Tuesdays: Busy Bee

While out shopping, Colette (Chandra Michaels) runs into her old friend Lisa (Ashley Ross). Since the two haven’t seen each other in forever, Colette and Lisa try to make plans to get together and catch up with their lives. However, Lisa has difficultly finding time in her extremely busy schedule. Busy Bee is a short film about two friends attempting to catch up, however one of them is too busy with her seemingly hectic life. Colette silently suffers as Lisa goes through her schedule on her phone and gives trivial excuses for not meeting up, such as yoga or salon appointments...

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The Passion of the Christ and the controversy surrounding it.

It has been twelve years since the release of Mel Gibson’s 2004 biblical epic The Passion of the Christ. Depicting the story of Jesus’ crucifixion, the film is the highest grossing biblical film, with it having received a worldwide box office gross of $611.8M. However, the film is also without a doubt the most controversial biblical adaptation, particularly when it comes to the film’s depiction of Jews. There is no doubt that the anti-Semitic criticism of The Passion of the Christ is a valid one, with many Jewish characters, particularly the High Priest Caiaphas, not being portrayed in a positive light. However, the question here...

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