Laura Blundell

I remember seeing A Goofy Movie in cinemas at the age of 4 and thinking "this is art."

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Riders of Justice Review

As someone who’s turned a Mads Mikkelsen obsession into a personality trait I am contractually obliged to wax lyrical about everything he does. But I don’t think it’s bias talking when I say that Riders of Justice, from Anders Thomas Jensen, is a wholly successful absurdist action comedy for (almost) the entire family. Its ultraviolence fits nicely in the John Wick/Nobody era of frustrated male wi...

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Palazzo Di Cozzo Review

Palazzo Di Cozzo offers a glimpse at the rise and current plight of larger than life Melbourne furniture icon Franco Cozzo in the directorial debut from Madeleine Martiniello. We delve into Cozzo’s backstory, from his journey to Australia from Sicily (“32 days of shipping – it was too long”) to his ingenious ‘Grand Sale’ commercials in the 80s, to the waning interest from the public in baroq...

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Pig Review

Whoever said ‘You catch more flies with honey than vinegar’ (a honey salesman, probably) was surely referring to Nicolas Cage’s arc in Michael Sarnoski’s directorial debut Pig. Marketed (wrongly, or perhaps sneakily) as a swiney John Wick, this is a film that shows its subject as much tenderness and care as Cage’s character shows every ingredient he uses in its grand finale. For those expect...

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Annette Review

“So may we start?” sing Sparks and the cast at the beginning of Annette, a film that asks its audience’s permission before proceeding with surely one of the most unique cinematic experiences they’ll have this year. It is the English language debut from bizarro French auteur Leos Carax (Holy Motors) that Wikipedia describes as a ‘musical romantic drama film’ but that IMDb classifies as a documentar...

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The Ice Road Review

Liam Neeson is on thin ice as he attempts to rescue miners trapped in a diamond mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories after a curiously preventable explosion causes the mine to collapse. He and his small entourage have just 30 hours before the oxygen supply is depleted to deliver a wellhead and enable the miners’ escape. The passage is precarious though – they must traverse The Ice Road (a ...

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Free Guy Review

Ryan Reynolds is a slave to the game in Free Guy, the new film by director Shawn Levy and from Disney subsidiary 20th Century Studios (née Fox.) He plays a humble bank teller and non-playable character in video game Free City trying to earn free will, become the hero and save the game from shutdown after it is revealed that the game’s quirky and arrogant creator Antoine (Taika Waititi) plans on sc...

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Old Review

I don’t think M. Night Shyamalan understands what people actually liked about The Sixth Sense and it seems like no one’s bothered explaining it to him in 20 years. I say this as someone who still has not seen Split (I’ve heard it’s the exception to the rule that has plagued the better part of two decades of his filmography) but who has developed a great fatigue for Shyamalan’s perception of his ow...

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Nine Days Review

A man sits at an antique desk with a clipboard and poses you this scenario: you’re a prisoner of war and your son just tried to escape, and all that stands between him and a hanging is a chair. If you do not kick the chair out from under him, your son, you, and all the other prisoners will be killed. Do you kick the chair? It’s the heaviest question I’ve ever heard in a job interview, but we are d...

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Werewolves Within Review

Did you enjoy Knives Out but felt it could do with more lycanthropy? You may just love Werewolves Within, the new film from Josh Ruben and starring a bunch of comedy actors you know you’ve seen in something before. We open in the town of Beaverfield where a man hiding out amongst the snowy trees is taking off his wedding ring very conspicuously and messaging someone who is definitely not his wife....

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Perfumes Review

Emmanuelle Devos of Read My Lips plays a “nose” in a film about olfactory frustration that doesn’t involve murder and embalming. Shame. Nevertheless, Perfumes (by Grégory Magne) has notes of sweetness and a drydown similar to that of 2011’s The Intouchables. Devos is wonderful as Anne Walberg, a somewhat prickly but deep-down sensory sook whose falling out with the perfume world, and desire ...

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Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Review

I recently saw Peter Greenaway’s masterful The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover and was blown away. I’d missed it initially, mostly because I hadn’t been born when it came out and thereafter because I hadn’t yet joined my film club when it was screened. I’m not saying I was expecting such heights from Patrick Hughes’ similarly-named sequel to his 2017 film The Hitman’s Bodyguard (wh...

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Lapsis Review

What if Tony Soprano had to abruptly retire from his career in ‘waste management’ and pick up an entry-level job working for a tech conglomerate whose products he can barely use? Throw in the anti-establishment comradery of Office Space and the lowkey sci-fi world building of Primer and you get Lapsis, the genre feature written, directed, edited and scored by Noah Hutton. Dean Imperial stars as un...

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