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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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 in a gang of child thieves run by a criminal named Fagin. Dickens’ serial, and later boo...

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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...

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The Furnace Review

Two cameleers, Jundah (Kaushik Das) and Hanif (Ahmed Malik) are crossing the Western Australian desert in 1897. They traverse this inhospitable landscape on their way to places like Mount Magnet in the mid-west of the state. Their camels carry goods such as tools and supplies like flour. They are travelling merchants in a remote part of the continent distant from any major city.  Their work takes ...

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The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart Review

The Brothers Gibb who became the musical trio the Bee Gees, were born after the Second World War; Barry in 1946, and the twins Robin and Maurice in 1949. They were part of that first wave of Baby Boomers.  Their career was a glittering example of the kind of fame and money that the music business could bring young performers in the 1960s and 1970s. They had nine Number 1 singles in the US. They wo...

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The War with Grandpa Review

The War with Grandpa was a book written in 1984 by Robert Kimmel Smith. It was aimed specifically at children and has been studied and written about by a couple of generations of American school-kids. Like any work that has become the fodder for enforced reports, this book is loathed by some. However, Accessreel has been researching the matter for at least two days and we can confirm that generall...