Bridget Moore

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Little Tornadoes Review

It’s Australia, 1971, and a revolution is happening in the cities. But in the country, things stay exactly the same.  The first thing I noticed about LITTLE TORNADOES was the overwhelming soundscape. The insects were singing. They chirped, or shrieked, in a way that was almost claustrophobic. It made it seem like a horror film, but the jump scare never came. Instead, I had to sit with the op...

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To Olivia Review

It’s easy to be a bit snobby about a film like TO OLIVIA. It’s so very earnest. Made for British tv, but released in cinemas in Australia, it tells the story of author Roald Dahl and his Hollywood star wife, Patricia Neal. Considering Dahl’s famous writing, you might expect a childish, macabre, and wickedly funny take on the lead up to his success with ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. Alternat...

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How to Please a Woman Review

HOW TO PLEASE A WOMAN is a fun little comedy about great sex, housework, and the mature woman. Being a mature woman at this point (in longevity if not life accomplishments), I had a really great time watching it. Sally Phillips plays Gina, a busy woman who is feeling unfulfilled, but hasn’t quite noticed yet. She’s taken for granted, both at work and by her husband. The highlight of her day is her...

5.5

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La Casa del Caracol (The House of Snails) Review

There’s two things you need to know going into the Spanish horror film LA CASA DEL CARACOL (THE HOUSE OF SNAILS). There is a severe lack of snails The dog doesn’t die The dog shows up early on, standing on the side of the road like a pointy eared hitchhiker. Author and main character Antonio (Javier Rey) picks him up on his way to the isolated town in the mountains. Suffering writer’s block, Anton...

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Goliath Review

GOLIATH opens with a disclaimer. ‘Although based on real events, the characters and situations portrayed in this film are fictional. Nevertheless, resemblance to actual persons or events is no coincidence’.  The following film definitely portrays some polarising characters, and situations. I can see why they needed to make that legal disclaimer. It protects them from prosecution, but it also makes...

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A Stitch in Time Review

A STITCH IN TIME really is a lovely little movie. Set in Sydney, it tells the story of Liebe (Maggie Blinco). Liebe is a gentle woman to whom life has never been kind. Orphaned at a young age, she fell in love with an awful man. She’s lived with him for fifty years at this point, and he’s still referring to her as a stray, annoying dog.   However, Liebe is far more than she appears. Whilst she see...

6.5

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Infrared Review

Abandoned camera film, recently discovered. No sign of the people it belongs to.  I love a found-footage horror film, and INFRARED definitely commits to the bit. It’s decidedly dedicated to it. There’s no opening credits, no music. The title card tells us we’re about to watch footage from a tv pilot. It’s a ghost hunting show called INFRARED. The host is Wes, played by Jesse Janzen. He’s hal...

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The Hating Game Review

THE HATING GAME is a really fun film. I enjoyed it a great deal. If you don’t like rom-coms, you’re not going to like THE HATING GAME. But if you do like – or even love – rom-coms, it’s a really fresh take, with an engaging story. Great comic timing, glorious romance, and some very pretty lead actors. Lucy works for a prestigious book publishing company that has recently merged with a ...

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Nitram Review

NITRAM is a tough film to watch. It’s excellent. Possibly too excellent. I think if I wasn’t Australian, if I didn’t remember the 1996 Port Arthur Massacre, it would be just a brilliant true-crime film. But I do, and so there’s an element of misery I bring into the cinema with me. The Port Arthur Massacre ended with 35 people dead, and 23 people injured. It led to a complete overhaul of Australia’...

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Coming Home in the Dark Review

COMING HOME IN THE DARK is the first feature length film from emerging director James Ashcroft. It’s mostly based on a short story by Owen Marshall. The film is deeply set in New Zealand. From the landscape to the accents, there’s a real feeling of location throughout.  The film tells the story of a family on a road trip through beautiful New Zealand. Hoagie (Erik Thomson) and Jill (Miriama McDowe...

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Candyman Review

CANDYMAN is phenomenal. It’s confronting. Bloody, creative.  It’s a wonderful mix of horror, melodrama, and comedy. I’m used to horror being either a fun, schlocky kill fest. Or a cerebral tale, filled with symbolism, and ultimately a social commentary.  CANDYMAN is both. Now, CANDYMAN had some big shoes to fill. The original ‘Candyman’, released in 1992, is one of my favourite horror films. I wat...

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The Toll Review

THE TOLL is a gloriously bizarre little film. It’s probably best described as a Welsh Western. Well, it is set in West Wales, so that tracks. A bit like Fargo, a bit like Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. It’s so strange, so madcap, and so amazing… In summary: it’s hilarious, but in that way you’re also kind of scared about what comes next. Annes Elwy (Little Women, The Hidden) plays Catrin. S...