Film Review: Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Film Review: Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Tim Burton’s films have always held the kind of decoration you’d expect on a Christmas tree, and bar The Nightmare Before Christmas, this is probably his most Christmassy effort. Having been denied the ultimate gift of normal hands due to the untimely death of his elderly inventor (played by the incomparably weird Vincent Price), Edward (Johnny Depp) is resigned to […]

Film Review: The Polar Express (2004)

Film Review: The Polar Express (2004)

‘Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see’, declares The Conductor, played swimmingly by Tom Hanks. Considered to be the first full feature film made with performance capture technology, Robert Zemeckis’ Christmas tale is a true testament to the meaning of Christmas. The Polar Express is the story of a […]

Film Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)

Film Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)

You may be a bit perplexed about the choice of Chris Columbus‘ adaptation of JK Rowling‘s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for a memorable Christmas flick. Yet, as tenuous a link as it may seem, please bear with me for a few moments. At the very start of one of the most popular stories of all time, having lived his whole […]

Festival Review: Melbourne Monster Fest

Festival Review: Melbourne Monster Fest

Zombies and Cannibals and Ghouls, Oh My! Based between Melbourne’s Cinema Nova and surrounding venues every November, Monster Fest brings horror fans together for a united celebration of the latest and greatest in underground horror and macabre cinema. Offering an array of film-making workshops, sessions with industry experts, mingling events, depravity and freshly served film releases it’s establishing itself as […]

Film Review: The Family Stone (2005)

Film Review: The Family Stone (2005)

Christmas can often be about family, although not necessarily one’s own family. Christmas is often about meeting the in-laws for the first time. The Family Stone is one such story. Written and directed by Thomas Bezucha, this movie is a little bit screw-ball, a little bit romantic-comedy: a classic ‘fish-out-of water’ tale. But while the formula is common enough, this […]

Film Review: Keep on Keepin’ On (2014)

Film Review: Keep on Keepin’ On (2014)

If you’ve never heard of Clark Terry before here’s the overview; he was born in dirt poor Missouri in 1920, rose to fame in the late 1940s and for over seventy years has been one of the most recorded and praised jazz musicians of all time. His skill with the trumpet is world-renown; he was mentor to Miles Davis, has a hundreds […]

Film Review: The Nativity Story (2006)

Film Review: The Nativity Story (2006)

With The Passion of the Christ a surprise box-office hit in 2004, Hollywood, as it’s prone to do, briefly turned its attention to The Bible in the hope of emulating its success. The first film out of the gates (and the only one after its relative commercial failure) was The Nativity Story, the ultimate origin narrative of a teenage Mary […]

Giveaway: Paddington

Giveaway: Paddington

Courtesy of StudioCanal, Film Blerg is giving away 5 double prize packs, including a double pass, to see the new holiday hit film PADDINGTON, having finally arrived on screens from Dec 11.   Film Synopsis: From the producer of Gravity and the Harry Potter franchise, the story is adapted from Michael Bond’s books. PADDINGTON is an optimistic and polite young bear from Peru who travels to […]