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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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The Australian Dream Review

Australians love sport. That is part of the international image we cultivate. Sport. ANZACS. Deadly animals. Drop bears. Larrikins. Sport. Those are some of the images and ideas that form the picture we like to present to the world. We have created a fun and likeable image that helps to sell us as a tourist destination.  However, asking questions about ourselves and our history is not something we...

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Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan Review

The Battle of Long Tan took place in a rubber plantation near Long Tân, in Phước Tuy Province, South Vietnam. It occurred on 18th August 1966, during the Vietnam War. Australian and New Zealand troops fought the forces of the Viet Cong and People’s Army of Vietnam (NVA). In DANGER CLOSE:THE BATTLE OF LONG TAN, the men of Delta Company are tasked with finding Viet Cong firing positions after ...

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The Keeper Review

In 1944, Bernhard Trautmann (David Kross) is captured in the forests near Kleve, Germany.He is a 21-year-old paratrooper and he has been fighting for four years.  He is sent to a British Prisoner-of-War camp in Lancashire, England. Jack Friar (John Henshaw), the manager of non-league side St Helens Town, sees Trautmann goalkeeping in a POW match and uses a combination of bribery and trickery to re...

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Booksmart Review

Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) are about to graduate high school. The long-time best friends spent four years studying hard and have been offered places in top colleges.  They studied so hard, in fact, that they never socialised with their peers, whom they consider to be immature time-wasters who will never amount to anything. Their view about themselves and their fellow students...

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Spider-Man: Far From Home Review

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME is the twenty-third film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; the last entry of the MCU’s Phase Three and the final movie in what is now known as The Infinity Saga. It follows AVENGERS: ENDGAME (2019) and contains some events that connect back to the defeat of Thanos and the death of Iron Man. The movie is written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers and directed by Jon Watts w...

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Long Shot Review

It’s 2019 and US President Chambers (Bob Odenkirk) is a lazy politician and former television star who thinks that with his current level of popularity, it is a good idea to make his run for movie stardom rather than his second-term as president. He informs the Secretary of State, Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) and endorses her as a future presidential candidate. At a charity event one night, C...

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Top End Wedding Review

Australian rom-coms are not numerous, so the arrival of a new one is worthy of note. TOP END WEDDING is the story of Lauren (Miranda Tapsell) and Ned (Gwilym Lee) a couple who live in Adelaide.  Lauren is a successful lawyer working for a non-specified big business. Her time is taken up working on big deals and trying to meet the demands of her strict boss Hampton (Kerry Fox). Ned is a rather less...

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Avengers: Endgame Review

AVENGERS: ENDGAME is the twenty-second film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is the last film in what is now dubbed the Infinity Saga. It is a direct sequel to AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (2018), however it contains story threads, elements and characters from many of the preceding twenty-one movies. Which is why some folks have spent the last few weeks catching up with or re-watching those films. Y...

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Hotel Mumbai Review

The Mumbai terrorist attacks of 2008 were a series of shootings and bombings that occurred over four days from 26 November to 29 November. Ten men from the Pakistan-based Jihadist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba killed more than 160 people and wounded 300-plus. There were twelve planned attacks; targets included taxis, a café, cinema, hospital, railway station and several hotels, including the luxury...

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Captain Marvel Review

Captain Marvel is the twenty-first entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) franchise. It comes right after the entertaining ANT-MAN AND THE WASP (2018), but in story terms, MCU fans are primed for this tale because of the final moments of AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (2018). The— then unseen —Captain Marvel was the superhero that Nick Fury contacted as things got down and dusty, post The Snap a.k.a...

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Storm Boy Review

South Australian author Colin Thiele published his popular children’s novel Storm Boy in 1964. Since then, it has been made into an audio dramatisation, a stage play and a 1976 award-winning feature film. Now it has been adapted to film for a second time. There is definitely something about this fifty-year-old tale that attracts reimagining and retelling. The story at the centre is set somewhere i...

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Instant Family Review

Married couple, Pete and Ellie Wagner (Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne), are doing well, making money renovating and “flipping” houses. One day, they begin to wonder if something is missing in their life, because unlike their respective siblings, they don’t have children. Natural child-birth is problematical for the Wagners, so they look into adoption. They meet Karen (Octavia Spencer) and Sharon (Ti...

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