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Category: Movie & Theatre Reviews

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BLURAY: FRANK ZAPPA SUMMER ’82 – When Zappa Came To Sicily

BLURAY: FRANK ZAPPA SUMMER ’82 – When Zappa Came To Sicily

| 29 August 2018 | Reply

BLURAY: FRANK ZAPPA SUMMER ’82 – When Zappa Came To Sicily MVD Visual December, 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Fans of the late, great Frank Zappa will know that in 1982 a concert in a soccer stadium in Palermo, Sicily was disrupted by fans rioting against heavy handed armed police present, and the concert […]

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DVD: THIN ICE

DVD: THIN ICE

| 21 August 2018 | Reply

DVD: THIN ICE Written by Jill & Karen Sprecher Directed by Jill Sprecher Starring Greg Kinnear, Billy Crudup, Alan Arkin Shock Entertainment, June 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 4/10 Thin Ice is textbook Hollywood: a film made with an auteur’s vision to serve its story, apparently directed so well as to receive abundant praise at […]

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BLURAY: ALL NIGHT LONG

BLURAY: ALL NIGHT LONG

| 21 August 2018 | Reply

BLURAY: ALL NIGHT LONG Directed by Jean-Claude Tramont Starring Barbara Streisand, Gene Hackman, Dennis Quaid Shock Entertainment, June 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 5/10 Amazingly, Babs Streisand was paid four million US bucks for appearing in All Night Long – the highest fee paid to an actor in Hollywood at the time of filming in […]

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BLURAY: DEAD MEN DON’T WEAR PLAID

BLURAY: DEAD MEN DON’T WEAR PLAID

| 21 August 2018 | Reply

BLURAY: DEAD MEN DON’T WEAR PLAID Directed by Carl Reiner Starring: Steve Martin, Rachel Ward Shock Entertainment, July 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Carl Reiner directs a superb Steve Martin as Rigby Reardon in this hilarious homage to the pulp detective movies of the 1940s, also starring Rachel Ward as the ubiquitous dame Juliet […]

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DVD: K-9

DVD: K-9

| 21 August 2018 | Reply

DVD: K-9 Directed by Starring James Belushi, Mel Harris, Kevin Tighe, Ed O’Neill, Rando Shock Entertainment, June 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 This cute buddy cop movie with a difference was made in 1989, pairing James Belushi up with Rando, A West German German Shepherd who had been discovered after a worldwide search for […]

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BLURAY: THE LAST REMAKE OF BEAU GESTE

BLURAY: THE LAST REMAKE OF BEAU GESTE

| 21 August 2018 | Reply

BLURAY: THE LAST REMAKE OF BEAU GESTE Co-written & directed by Marty Feldman Starring Marty Feldman, Ann Margaret, Michael York, Peter Ustinov, James Earl Jones Shock Entertainment, July 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Marty Feldman’s masterpiece proved too clever for its own good, especially in America, where his absurdist humour and rapid-fire sight gags […]

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MOVIE: CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

MOVIE: CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

| 15 August 2018 | Reply

MOVIE: CHRISTOPHER ROBIN Directed by Marc Forster Starring Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Mark Gattiss, Jim Cummings Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 It might be the adults in the cinema who relate more to this delightfully adorable Disney offering, rather than the youngsters present. After all, we’re the ones who’ve grown up with A […]

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MOVIE: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT

MOVIE: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT

| 26 July 2018 | Reply

MOVIE: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT Written & Directed by Christopher McQuarrie Starring Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to suspend belief for a sliver short of two-and-a-half hours and follow Ethan Hawke and his IMF crew as they yet again […]

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MOVIE: NINE

MOVIE: NINE

| 19 July 2018 | Reply

MOVIE: NINE Shock Entertainment, June 2018 Directed by Rob Marshall Starring Daniel Day Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Fergie, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6/10 Based on the popular Broadway show by Mario Fratti (translated into English by Arthur Kopit and Maury Weston), Rob Marshall aims very high […]

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MOVIES: DARKMAN I – II – III

MOVIES: DARKMAN I – II – III

| 19 July 2018 | Reply

MOVIES: DARKMAN I – II – III Shock Entertainment, July 2018 Directed by Sam Raimi – Bradford May – Starring Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels – Larry Drake, Arnold Vosloo, Kim Delaney – Jeff Fahey, Arnold Vosloo, Darlanne Fluegel Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ – 5 ½ – 6 ½ After the runaway […]

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MOVIE: BETTY DAVIS – THEY SAY I’M DIFFERENT (as part of Revelation Film Festival 2018)

MOVIE: BETTY DAVIS – THEY SAY I’M DIFFERENT (as part of Revelation Film Festival 2018)

| 19 July 2018 | Reply

MOVIE: BETTY DAVIS – THEY SAY I’M DIFFERENT (as part of Revelation Film Festival 2018) Written & Directed by Philip Cox Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Betty Davis was the high priestess of raunchy Seventies funk – a black woman who sang about sex and wrote some of the dirtiest, most outrageous music of the […]

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MOVIE: TERROR NULLIUS (as part of Revelation Film Festival 2018)

MOVIE: TERROR NULLIUS (as part of Revelation Film Festival 2018)

| 19 July 2018 | Reply

MOVIE: TERROR NULLIUS (as part of Revelation Film Festival 2018) Written & Directed by Soda Jerk Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9 ½ /10 To call the Soda Jerk collective’s radical mashup of modern Australian film a rogue “unwriting of Australian national mythology” is to only tell part of the story. Literally hundreds of scenes from […]

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MOVIE: STOOGE (as part of Revelation Film Festival 2018)

MOVIE: STOOGE (as part of Revelation Film Festival 2018)

| 11 July 2018 | Reply

MOVIE: STOOGE (as part of Revelation Film Festival 2018) Written & directed by Madeleine Farley Starring Robert Partiger, Iggy Pop Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Shot over several years, Madeleine Farley’s documentary follows obsessed Stooges fan Robert Partiger as he attempts to meet his hero Iggy Pop. In search of some kind of redemption after […]

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MOVIE: THE LAST DETAIL (as part of Revelation Film Festival 2018)

MOVIE: THE LAST DETAIL (as part of Revelation Film Festival 2018)

| 11 July 2018 | Reply

MOVIE: THE LAST DETAIL (as part of Revelation Film Festival 2018) Written by Robert Towne from the novel by Richard Ponsican Directed by Hal Ashby Starring Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, Randy Quaid, Carol Kane Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Hal Ashby’s 1973 film The Last Detail shines an illuminating light on an America in a […]

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MOVIE: ANT-MAN AND THE WASP

MOVIE: ANT-MAN AND THE WASP

| 11 July 2018 | Reply

MOVIE: ANT-MAN AND THE WASP Written by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari Directed by Peyton Reed Starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Doulas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Bobby Cannavale, Hannah John-Kamen, Walton Goggins Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 The years and nineteen mega-squillion-dollar blockbusters later, and the bottom shows no […]

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MOVIE: BROTHERS’ NEST

MOVIE: BROTHERS’ NEST

| 11 July 2018 | Reply

MOVIE: BROTHERS’ NEST Written by Jaime Brown with Chris Pahlow Directed by Clayton Jacobsen Starring Shane Jacobsen, Clayton Jacobsen, Kym Gyngell Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 The Jacobsen brothers team up for the first time since 2006’s Kenny to produce this darker-than-dark comedy thriller about two brothers attempting murder. On a misty country morning brothers […]

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MOVIE: THE BREAKER UPPERERS

MOVIE: THE BREAKER UPPERERS

| 6 July 2018 | Reply

MOVIE: THE BREAKER UPPERERS Written & Directed by Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek Starring Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek, James Rolleston, Celia Pacquola Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Breaking up is hard to do, as we all know, so what a brilliantly simple concept Kiwi comedians Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek […]

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REV FILM FEST REVIEW: OUR NEW PRESIDENT

REV FILM FEST REVIEW: OUR NEW PRESIDENT

| 7 June 2018 | Reply

REV FILM FEST REVIEW: OUR NEW PRESIDENT Directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Bizarre, hilarious and jaw-droppingly WTF in turns, Our New president is a challenging new documentary from Maxim Pozdorovkin which cobbles together Russian State Television footage and YouTube/home movie-sourced snippets and songs from Russian people to tell the story of […]

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DVD: THE SOLOIST

DVD: THE SOLOIST

| 28 May 2018 | Reply

DVD: THE SOLOIST Directed by Joe Wright Starring Robert Downey Jr, Jamie Foxx, Catherine Keener Shock Entertainment 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6 ½ /10 Jamie Foxx delivers a striking performance as Nathaniel Ayers, a homeless man ‘discovered’ playing 2-string violin on the sidewalk by LA Times columnist Steve Lopez. Based on a true story, […]

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DVD REVIEW: DEADLY BLESSING

DVD REVIEW: DEADLY BLESSING

| 28 May 2018 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: DEADLY BLESSING Directed by Wes Craven Written by Glenn M Benest, Matthew Barr & Wes Craven Starring Maren Jensen, Sharon Stone, Susan Buckner, Ernest Borgnine, Michael Berryman Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Ernest Borgnine is at his creepy and malicious best in this Wes Craven effort from 1981, which also features a young […]

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