REVIEW: Terminator Genisys


Let’s step back in time a second to September 1991. I was a lad all of 13 years old and I had just witnessed as close to a perfect science fiction film as I will ever see. That movie was Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the James Cameron masterpiece that took the brilliant ideas introduced in his 1984 original and expanded and explored them further than anyone could have hoped for. The ending of Judgment Day ended on a perfect, optimistic note, and I walked out of the cinema happy knowing that Cameron’s one-two punch of Terminator films was complete.

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When I first heard that a remake of the 1991 action classic Point Break was in the works, I shuddered. I feared it would be a generic, boring and completely pointless re-iteration of something that never needed to be remade. Sure, Point Break is cheesy and over-the-top, but it’s a product of its time and had some incredible action (that foot chase scene through the houses is worth the price of admission alone), great direction from future Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow, entertaining and memorable characters and lots of great one-liners.

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REVIEW: Mad Max – Fury Road


Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth in the iconic Aussie sci-fi/dystopian series has literally been in the works for decades. I remember back in the ’90s I was reading a film magazine that said that writer/director George Miller was working on a fourth installment and that it would be released in the mid-90s sometime. That obviously ¬†never came to be and I thought audiences would never see Max return to the screen, but finally, in 2015, after numerous setbacks, re-writes, re-shoots, location changes and other roadblocks, Mad Max comes roaring back onto the screen with Fury Road.

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Danny Elfman – Music from the Films of Tim Burton Concert


Date: March 14, 2015
Venue: Adelaide Entertainment Centre

I first discovered the music of film composer Danny Elfman back in 1986, when watching the cult classic Pee-wee’s Big Adventure on VHS one day. It was Elfman’s first film as a composer, having previously been lead singer of the new wave band Oingo Boingo. Tim Burton, who was also making his film debut with the movie, was a fan of the band and frequented many of their concerts in LA, and decided Elfman would be the perfect choice to score his movie. Despite having no experience in film music, he produced a unique, completely revolutionary score and in the process created a completely new approach to scoring films.

Cut to 30 years later and Elfman is now regarded as one of the best and most influential composers in Hollywood history, still working steadily today, with the 2015 releases 50 Shades of Grey and The Avengers: Age of Ultron on his list of credits this year.

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