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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Below Review

Sometimes a movie comes along that defies your ability to categorise it simply or quickly. About fifteen minutes into the new feature film BELOW, I knew this would be the case. By the end, I had seen many things, but still wasn’t sure how to describe the world that had unfolded in this Western Australian film directed by Maziar Lahooti. This is when every reviewer, turns to the Press Kit. It had t...

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Endings,Beginnings Review

Daphne (Shailene Woodley) ends a long-term relationship with Adrian (Matthew Gray Gubler) and ends up moving in with her married sister, the sister’s husband and their child. Daphne sets up in their pool-house. She’s in her early 30s and feels at a loss about her purpose and direction. She had employment but has lost her job. Her relationship with her mother (Wendie Malick) is prickly. Emotionally...

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Hearts and Bones Review

Dan (Hugo Weaving) is a veteran war photographer who is back in Australia after a tough assignment. He wants to continue with his life as always and he is in Sydney winding down before going back in the field, however his life at home is far from settled. His relationship with his partner Josie (Hayley McElhinney) is going through difficulties, his mental health is a challenge and he has pressure ...

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The Invisible Man Review

HG Wells’ 1897 science fiction novel THE INVISIBLE MAN introduced the world to the idea that human beings could use science to make themselves invisible. An inventor called Griffin discovers this power and it slowly drives him to insanity and murder. In writer/director Leigh Whannel’s current film adaptation of the novel, the character Adrian Griffin (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) is a world leader in the...

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Guns Akimbo Review

GUNS AKIMBO launches into the action from its very first frame. Our narrator is Miles (Daniel Radcliffe) a put-upon video game developer who hates his job; he is under the thumb working on a money-spinning hypercasual game that he has no respect for. His boss bullies him. His long-term girlfriend Nova (Natasha Liu Bordizzo) has left him (probably). When he’s home alone in his flat, he gets hammere...

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Bombshell Review

BOMBSHELL is a re-telling of the events that ended the career of the late Roger Ailes, the Chairman and CEO of Fox News and further redefined the public’s understanding of sexual harassment in the workplace. Ailes was fired in 2016, when it was revealed there were more than 20 sexual harassment cases against him. The most high-profile of these was the lawsuit filed by former Fox Anchor, Gretchen C...

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My Spy Review

Tough, super-fit JJ (Dave Bautista) is ex-special forces. Even though he is now a CIA operative, he tends to solve problems in the field using force rather than finesse. He ends up killing all the bad guys in a mission that was supposed to lead the CIA to a criminal gang who have a nuclear device. Now they have no leads. That mission is taken away from him as the CIA team heads to Europe. JJ must ...

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True History of the Kelly Gang Review

The name and icon that is Ned Kelly looms large over the last 140 years of Australian history. He was a bushranger who committed crimes and was imprisoned, but who gained popular support for his actions. His life and death has been turned into the stuff of legend, ready to be repurposed and turned to any cause or idea that anyone desires. The image of Ned Kelly in his armour can be used to sell an...

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1917 Review

In Sam Mendes’ new film 1917, it is early in the title-year. What we now call World War 1 has been unfolding since the latter half of 1914. The Western Front is the main theatre of war and stretches from the North Sea, through France and Belgium to the Swiss Border. The Allied Powers, France, United Kingdom and Belgium conflict with the German Empire and Austria-Hungary. Millions of casualties hav...

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Last Christmas Review

Kate (Emilia Clarke) is a young woman living a very scattered and disorganised existence. She is couch-surfing amongst her circle of friends and her selfish behaviour means she isn’t the ideal house guest. She could go home to her parents, but she is avoiding family confrontation. Her position at work is sometimes precarious because she isn’t the most conscientious of employees. She is rather lost...

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Terminator: Dark Fate Review

TERMINATOR:DARK FATE is the sixth film in the Terminator movie franchise. James Cameron, the originator of the concept, the co-writer and director of THE TERMINATOR (1984) and TERMINATOR 2 (1991) has returned to the fold as producer, after having no direct involvement in the creation of the third, fourth and fifth movies. Mexico City, 2020. Within a 24-hour period, first, a super-soldier, Grace (M...

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Ready or Not Review

Grace (Samara Weaving) is a young woman who was raised in a variety of foster homes. She has been seeking a permanent family all her life, so when she hooks up with Alex (Mark O’Brien) a member of the rich and powerful Le Domas clan, her life is set to change substantially. The family has, for generations, made their money from the manufacture and sale of board games, so they have a great regard f...

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