Phil Jeng Kane

Phil has written for magazines, corporate videos, online ads, and even an app. He writes with one eye on the future, one eye on the past and a third eye on the Lotto numbers. His social bits are here.  

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Rhapsody of Love Review

Love takes Jessica Flowers (Kathy Luu) by surprise when she’s made “best woman” at her best friend’s wedding where she meets videographer, Justin Judd (Damien Sato). Little does she know, that he’s not single after they kiss, but fate keeps drawing them together. RHAPSODY OF LOVE is the interwoven story of three couples, who are at different stages of their lives, trying to follow their dreams. Th...

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Under The Volcano Review

For Those Who Came In Late: Record producer George Martin became famous for working with the Beatles. His involvement in the Fab Four’s albums earned him the nickname the Fifth Beatle. Martin was an employee of EMI when was he started working with the group. After they achieved much of their success, he left EMI and started Associated Independent Recording (AIR). He hired out his services and join...

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Reminiscence Review

REMINISCENCE is set in a near-future Miami, that is a dying, semi-flooded city. The United States is in political and economic trouble, with corruption being an everyday reality. The poor are struggling, and the rich have bought-up the best places to love, literally known as the Dry Lands. Nick Bannister (Hugh Jackman) is an investigator who helps clients find missing objects and remember importan...

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June Again Review

Australian film production has gone into an upswing in the Covid-19 era. International productions have travelled here because shooting in this country was more viable than those in serious lockdown. There has also been more funding for Australian films overall and some of these have been better attended by local audiences than usual, because they were not competing with the tent pole pictures of ...

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Spiral: From the Book of Saw Review

The SAW movie franchise was the horror hit of the ‘noughties. From 2004 to 2010, seven movies were released. This was an annual gift to fans who loyally visited the cinema to follow the punishing machinations of John Kramer, the serial killer known as Jigsaw.  In 2013, the eighth film, JIGSAW was released. Now, in 2021, we have been delivered the ninth instalment, SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW. Mov...

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Twist Review

Writer Charles Dickens’ story OLIVER TWIST, first entered the world in serialised form in 1837. It was the tale of an orphan born in a workhouse, sold into an apprenticeship and who, after meeting a pickpocket called The Artful Dodger, turns to a life of crime on the streets of London. The Dodger and Oliver are part of a gang of child thieves, run by an older criminal named Fagin. Dickens’ serial,...

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Mortal Kombat Review

MORTAL KOMBAT begins in 17th Century Japan, when a team of assassins led by Bi-Han (Joe Taslim), attack the village of warrior Hanzo Hasashi (Hiroyuki Sanada) and members of his ninja clan. Hanzo is killed by Bi-Han and then Hanzo’s spirit is taken to the Netherrealm, a place which is sometimes known as Hell. In the present day, our world, Earthrealm, is in grave danger of being invaded by a...

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Voyagers Review

It is the future and planet Earth has become hotter and drier. It is clear, that it cannot sustain life much longer. The decision is made to send humans into space with the mission to colonise a habitable planet. Unfortunately, that new home is 87 years away. The voyagers chosen by Earth are genetically excellent specimens grown in the laboratory and then raised in an exclusively interior environm...

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Boss Level Review

BOSS LEVEL is an action film that uses a time-loop plot mechanism and combines that with gaming tropes to create an actioner that gets better as it zips along. At first, I thought I knew where it was headed, but co-writers Chris Borey and Eddie Borey and co-writer/director Joe Carnahan keep flipping this tale around specifically to defy our expectations. Ex-special forces agent Roy Pulver (Frank G...

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Ammonite Review

It is the 1840s in England. Self-taught Palaeontologist Mary Anning (Kate Winslett) has a reputation for the Jurassic fossils she has found on the coastline of Lyme Regis. She spends days searching sometimes treacherous cliffs that are liable to landslide during the winter months, but it is during these times that the ocean uncovers the layers of earth that hold the many fossils remains such as am...

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Music Review

Zu is a woman in her late thirties who has had a hard time fighting her drug addiction and alcoholism. Her mother died which left her grandmother Millie to raise her and her half-sister Music. She and her grandmother did not get on and eventually Zu took off leaving her grandmother and sister on their own. Now years have passed and Millie is gone. Zu is recovering from drug and alcohol abuse and s...

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The Xrossing Review

The murder of a young woman has remained unsolved for more than a year. It occurred in the outskirts of the city of Perth, in the Eastern Hills area. Three young men, Shane, Angus and Chris, who knew the victim, believe a local rumour that the murderer is a reclusive Indigenous man who lives near the scene of the crime.  The trio paint accusations on the man’s fence. They break into his home. This...