Bohemian Rhapsody is a formulaic band movie that struggles to get Queen’s story off the ground in an original and captivating way, but the Live Aid finale almost makes the whole thing worthwhile – it’s that and Rami Malek’s stupendous performance that save this film.
This year’s Aussie and Kiwi Film Fest opener is a heartwarming (true) love story of epic proportion. Ali’s Wedding, although sometimes a little too sweet for my taste, is an ambitious and refreshingly unconventional love story of a minority that’s still very misunderstood in Australia.
Coming soon to Netflix, 10-episode series Gypsy sees Naomi Watts portraying troubled psychologist Jean Holloway.
The first episode of American Gods does a decent job of introducing us to the extreme characters, and the extreme violence, of Neil Gaiman’s bestselling book. A memorable pilot that leaves us itching for more of this fascinating underworld of gods. Something tells me with but only scratched the surface of this massive universe.
Another politically relevant film released at the tail-end of last year. I, Daniel Blake is a sometimes brutally honest portrayal of working class Britain. A carefully paced narrative that really lets you sink your teeth into Blake’s life and struggle, and leaves you as a somewhat bittersweet anarchist ready to vandalise a local government building. Daniel Blake is a working class carpenter superhero.