Saturday, 25 June 2022

What's on Netflix in July

What's on Netflix in July

As we head into the coldest month of the year, there’s no better time to get out the blankets, ugg boots and a warm cuppa, and settle in for this month’s greatest hits!

Stranger Things 4: Volume 2 (July 1)

For all of those Upside Down fans, Volume 2 is finally here! Yes that’s correct, Stranger Things 4: Volume 2 will hit our screens this month with the long awaited season finale which is set to have higher stakes than ever before! As we know, time is precious in the town of Hawkins, so what are you waiting for? Grab your plate of Eggos or pineapple pizza as you delve into the next chapter of the Upside Down! 

What's on Netflix in July

Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight  (July 14)

Family favourite Jack Black returns to Kung Fu Panda in the new series Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight. When a mysterious pair of weasels set their sights on a collection of four powerful weapons, Po must leave his home to embark on a globe-trotting quest for redemption and justice that finds him partnered up with a no-nonsense English knight named Wandering Blade. Together, these two mismatched warriors set out on an epic adventure to find the magical weapons first and save the world from destruction - and they may even learn a thing or two from each other along the way!


Persuasion (July 22)

Did someone say Persuasion is officially dropping on Netflix?! If you idolise Jane Austen as much as we do then this film is just for you! Starring Dakota Johnson, Henry Golding and Cosmo Jarvis, the story sees Anne Elliot re-meet a dashing man of humble origins who she was persuaded not to marry. Will she seize her second chance at true love? Only one way to find out!


The Gray Man (July 22)

Thriller fans, hold on tight because The Gray Man is like no other! Starring the one and only Ryan Gosling, this blockbuster flick sees the CIA’s most skilled operative fighting to survive a global manhunt by international assassins after accidentally uncovering dark agency secrets. With a supporting lineup of Hollywood icons including Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Regé-Jean Page and Billy Bob Thornton, this is one not to miss!

 Blown Away: Season 3 (July 22)

To all the creative geeks out there, tune in to the red hot Blown Away: Season 3. This ground-breaking competition series returns as ten glass artists from around the world gather in North America’s largest hot shop to push themselves to creative extremes in the quest to be named Best In Glass. In each episode the glassblowers must impress a panel of art experts or risk being eliminated. At stake is a life-changing prize that will send their careers to new heights. 

Here's what else is streaming on Netflix in July:


Stranger Things 4: Volume 2 (01/07/2022)

Divided by distance but ever determined, our scattered friends face a frightening future. But it's only the beginning. The beginning of the end.

Control Z: Season 3 (06/07/2022)

Sofía and her friends try to move on in their senior year, but an unidentified hacker with a familiar account makes life difficult for them.

King of Stonks (06/07/2022)

Desperate for startup stardom, an overly-ambitious finance mastermind lies, cheats and schemes his less-than-authentic company up the ladder to success.

Boo, Bitch (08/07/2022)

Two senior BFFs make a last-ditch attempt to be seen. But when one of them becomes a ghost, she'll need to really live her best life — while she can.

Capitani: Season 2 (08/07/2022)

Now living in Luxembourg City, Luc Capitani takes on a new job and finds himself entangled in a murder investigation linked to the capital's criminal underworld.

How To Build a Sex Room (08/07/2022)

From a rock 'n' roll sex dungeon to a next-level spa space, designer Melanie Rose dreams up erotic renovations for couples in this racy reality series.

The Longest Night (08/07/2022)

Armed men surround a psychiatric prison and cut off all communications. Their purpose: to capture serial killer Simón Lago. Six episodes. One night.

Big Timber: Season 2 (13/07/2022)

With Kevin's new claim inaccessible and a massive government penalty looming, he and Sarah will need a plan B to keep their business afloat.

Hurts Like Hell (13/07/2022)

From illegal gambling to match-fixing, discover the seedy underworld behind the once-revered sport of Muay Thai in this drama inspired by real events.

Sintonia: Season 3 (13/07/2022)

As Doni frets over the price of fame, Rita contemplates a new career and Nando reflects on his chosen path. The stakes are now higher than ever.

Resident Evil (14/07/2022)

Years after a viral outbreak caused a global apocalypse, Jade Wesker vows to bring down those responsible while fighting to survive against the Infected.

Country Queen (15/07/2022)

A Nairobi event planner returns to her village after 10 years, where she confronts her past — and a mining company that threatens to destroy her home.

Farzar (15/07/2022)

Prince Fichael lives in a human colony on an alien world and vows to rid the planet of evil — but then learns his dad's the biggest evildoer of them all.

Mom, Don't Do That! (15/07/2022)

After her husband’s death, a 60-year-old mum decides to find love again — to the joy and annoyance of her two daughters. Based on a true story.

Remarriage & Desires (15/07/2022)

Through an exclusive matchmaking agency that caters to the ultra rich, a divorcee plots revenge against her ex-husband’s scheming mistress.

Alba (15/07/2022)

Alba awakens on a beach, bearing evidence of a rape but with no memory of the night before. Then she learns her rapists are her boyfriend's buddies.

Virgin River: Season 4 (20/07/2022)

Mel navigates her new reality, Jack's past threatens his future and new faces arrive to stir things up in Virgin River.

Bad Exorcist: Season 2 (20/07/2022)

From drug cartels straight out of hell to a bulletproof, potato-craving monster, Boner returns to face a set of completely new adversaries.

Blown Away: Season 3 (22/07/2022)

The hot shop welcomes 10 talented new glassblowers for captivating challenges inspired by outer space, the circus, the Seven Deadly Sins and more.

DI4RIES (26/07/2022)

First crushes, first kisses, fun with friends — and feuds with rivals. In the halls of Galileo Galilei Middle School, every day is full of surprises!

Dream Home Makeover: Season 3 (27/07/2022)

Syd and Shea welcome the newest McGee while making their clients' dreams — anything from a work-from-home oasis to a stylish wine room — come true.

Car Masters: Rust to Riches: Season 4 (27/07/2022)

As Shawn revs up business for the garage, Mark and the rest of the crew work on a variety of projects, including a '57 Chevy and a rare Lincoln Zephyr.

Rebelde: Season 2 (27/07/2022)

A trio of cheerleaders at a posh private school revive their former classmates' anti-bullying club and team up to fight injustice in this teen thriller.

Another Self (28/07/2022)

Three friends take part in a therapy session in a seaside town and learn to work through unresolved trauma connected to their families' pasts.

Keep Breathing (28/07/2022)

When a small plane crashes in the middle of the Canadian wilderness, a lone woman must battle the elements — and her personal traumas — to survive.

Fanático (29/07/2022)

After Spain's biggest music star accidentally dies during a concert, a fan seizes the chance to escape his mundane life by adopting his idol's persona.

Uncoupled (29/07/2022)

When his boyfriend of 17 years abruptly moves out, a New York City real estate broker faces the prospect of starting over as a single man in his 40s.

Rebel Cheer Squad: A Get Even Series (29/07/2022)

A trio of cheerleaders at a posh private school revive their former classmates' anti-bullying club and team up to fight injustice in this teen thriller.

Masaba Masaba: Season 2 (Coming soon)

Amid a career crisis, Masaba puts her love life on the back burner — but is it there to stay? Neena faces all kinds of drama while rebooting a hit show.


Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between (06/07/2022)

Clare and Aidan make a pact to break up before college — no regrets, no broken hearts. But will one epic goodbye date offer them a last chance at love?

Ranveer vs Wild with Bear Grylls (08/07/2022)

Click through this interactive special, helping superstar Ranveer Singh and adventurer Bear Grylls brave the Serbian wilderness to find a rare flower.

The Sea Beast (08/07/2022)

When a young girl stows away on the ship of a legendary sea monster hunter, they launch an epic journey into uncharted waters — and make history to boot.

Dangerous Liaisons (08/07/2022)

Book smart Célène falls for bad boy Tristan at her new Biarritz high school, unaware she's part of a cruel bet he's made with social media queen Vanessa.

Incantation (08/07/2022)

Six years ago, Lee Jo-nan was cursed after breaking a religious taboo. Now, she must protect her daughter from the consequences of her actions.

Jewel (08/07/2022)

While visiting a massacre memorial, a photographer finds herself drawn to a local woman. But their romance stirs up painful memories of a shared past.

Valley of the Dead (11/07/2022)

During the Spanish Civil War, a small group of sworn enemies must work together when they encounter flesh-eating zombies created in a Nazi experiment.

For Jojo (11/07/2022)

When her best friend Jojo falls in love and moves on from their wild dating adventures in Berlin, Paula does everything she can to sabotage her wedding.

Under the Amalfi Sun (13/07/2022)

A year after their romance began in Riccione, Vincenzo and Camilla reunite for a vacation on the picturesque Amalfi Coast and put their love to the test.

Love Goals (Jaadugar) (15/07/2022)

A small-town magician with zero interest in football must lead his local team to the finals of a tournament if he wishes to marry the love of his life.

Persuasion (15/07/2022)

Eight years after Anne Elliot was persuaded not to marry a dashing man of humble origins, they meet again. Will she seize her second chance at true love?

Too Old for Fairy Tales (Za duży na bajki) (18/07/2022)

A spoiled gamer wants to compete in an upcoming tournament, but his mother's illness and an eccentric aunt force him to rethink his priorities.

Live is Life (18/07/2022)

Five boys faced with the realities of adulthood unite for a final adventure: hunting down a magical flower that will make their wishes come true.

The Gray Man (22/07/2022)

When a shadowy CIA agent uncovers damning agency secrets, he’s hunted across the globe by a sociopathic rogue operative who’s put a bounty on his head.

Pipa (27/07/2022)

Living a secluded life in a small Argentinian town, former investigator Manuela Pipa Pelari is suddenly forced to face secrets from her past.

A Cut Above (28/07/2022)

When he sets out to save his mother's salon, a man discovers some unexpected talents of his own.

Purple Hearts (29/07/2022)

Despite their differences and against all odds, an aspiring singer-songwriter (Sofia Carson) and a Marine (Nicholas Galitzine) fall hopelessly in love.

The Entitled (29/07/2022)

Unexpectedly dropped into upper-class society, an awkward woman struggles to fit in.


Bill Burr: Live at Red Rocks (12/07/2022)

Comedian Bill Burr sounds off on cancel culture, feminism, getting bad reviews from his wife and a life-changing epiphany during a fiery stand-up set.

David A. Arnold: It Ain't For the Weak (19/07/2022)

Performing in his Cleveland hometown, David A. Arnold jokes about marital spats and entitled kids as he shares a behind-the-scenes look at his family.


Girl in the Picture (06/07/2022)

In this documentary, a woman found dying by a road leaves behind a son, a man claiming to be her husband — and a mystery that unfolds like a nightmare.

How to Change Your Mind (12/07/2022)

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney and New York Times best-selling author Michael Pollan present this documentary series event in four parts, each focused on a different mind-altering substance: LSD, psilocybin, MDMA, and mescaline. With Pollan as our guide, we journey to the frontiers of the new psychedelic renaissance – and look back at almost-forgotten historical context – to explore the potential of these substances to heal and change minds as well as culture. How to Change Your Mind is directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Alison Ellwood and two-time Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Lucy Walker.

My Daughter's Killer (12/07/2022)

A father fights for decades to bring his daughter's killer to justice in France and Germany before taking extreme measures. A true crime documentary.

D.B. Cooper: Where Are You?! (13/07/2022)

In 1971, a skyjacker parachutes off a plane with a bag of stolen cash — and gets away with it. Decades later, his identity remains a compelling mystery.

Never Stop Dreaming: The Life and Legacy of Shimon Peres (13/07/2022)

In politics, most pursue power. He pursued peace. Shimon Peres’s influence and integrity were instrumental in the founding and preservation of Israel.

Street Food: USA (26/07/2022)

This season of "Street Food" focuses on American cooks, pit masters, taqueros, loncheros — and culinary heroes.

The Most Hated Man on the Internet (27/07/2022)

This new documentary series chronicles a mother's crusade against the ruthless owner of a porn site.

Indian Predator: The Butcher of Delhi (Coming soon)

A series of mutilated bodies and taunting notes left outside a Delhi jail sends police hunting for a seasoned killer with a grudge against the system.


Karma's World: Season 3 (07/07/2022)

From making new friends to standing up for what's right: Karma grows as a daughter, sister, artist and more with new rhymes and lots of fun times!

Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight (14/07/2022)

Legendary warrior Po teams up with an elite English knight on a global quest to rescue magical weapons, restore his reputation — and save the world!

My Little Pony: A New Generation: Sing-Along (18/07/2022)

A young pony makes a herd of new friends on a quest to bring magic back to her world in this sing-along version of "My Little Pony: A New Generation."

StoryBots: Laugh, Learn, Sing: Collection 2: Learn to Read (18/07/2022)

Follow StoryBot pals Beep, Boop, Bing, Bang and Bo through three volumes of snack-sized early reading lessons set to a soundtrack of catchy tunes!

Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous: Season 5 (21/07/2022)

The family-friendly animated series set in the world of the hit franchise returns for a new season.

Gabby's Dollhouse: Season 5 (25/07/2022)

This colourful series set in a fantastical dollhouse of delightful mini-worlds and irresistible kitty characters returns for a new season.

Oggy and the Cockroaches: Next Generation (28/07/2022)

Oggy is back with a big surprise in tow: Piya the elephant, the 7-year-old daughter of his Indian friends.


Uncle from Another World (06/07/2022)

After being in a coma for 17 years, Takafumi's middle-aged uncle suddenly wakes up speaking an unrecognisable language and wielding magical powers.

Detective Conan: Zero's Tea Time (29/07/2022)

A detective who's also a public security agent and a member of a shadowy organisation juggles his triple identities in this "Detective Conan" spinoff.


Before Your Eyes (Coming soon)

Embark on an emotional first-person adventure where you control the story — and affect the outcome — with your real-life blinks.

Into the Breach (Coming soon)

Civilisation is in peril, and it's up to you to defend it. Lead a team to save the world from alien threats in this turn-based strategy game.

Mahjong Solitaire (Coming soon)

Enjoy hundreds of tile-matching puzzles. Equip themes and backgrounds, including “Stranger Things” ones, to change the game’s look and feel.

IMMORTALITY (Coming soon)

A starlet, vanished. Her films, unreleased. Investigate the lost works of the silver-screen hopeful to unlock the secrets behind her disappearance.

Wild Things Adventures (Coming soon)

Rescue cute animals, explore an immersive world and build your dream habitat in this colourful match-3 adventure game.


True Grit (01/07/2022)

After her father is murdered, a 14-year-old hires a disreputable US Marshal to track down his killer. Together, the unlikely pair mount an epic search.

Catch Me If You Can (01/07/2022)

An FBI agent makes it his mission to put cunning con man Frank Abagnale Jr. behind bars. But Frank not only eludes capture, he revels in the pursuit.

Black and White (01/07/2022)

A small-town public defender and his partner seek to exonerate an Indigenous Australian man accused of raping and murdering a young white girl.

Rabbit-Proof Fence (03/07/2022)

After being swept up in an integration program for Indigenous Australians, three girls vow to escape an abusive orphanage and return home.

Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra (03/07/2022)

This documentary tells the story of Bangarra Dance Theatre and how three Aboriginal brothers grew a dance group into a First Nations cultural powerhouse.

Art of Incarceration (03/07/2022)

The Final Quarter (03/07/2022)

Australian documentary filmmaker Ian Darling reexamines the divisive incidents which marked the final years of footballer Adam Goodes' career.

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Samson & Delilah (03/07/2022)

Branded as outcasts, teens Samson and Delilah set out on a grueling road trip in search of a place where they can lead a peaceful life.

Jasper Jones (03/07/2022)

My Name Is Gulpilil (03/07/2022)

Celebrated actor David Gulpilil reflects on his life, including his Yolŋu upbringing, storied career, alcohol addiction and cancer diagnosis.

Gurrumul (03/07/2022)

This moving documentary tells the story of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, an Aboriginal musician celebrated as one of Australia's most distinctive voices.

Murandak: Songs of Freedom (03/07/2022)

The Nightingale (03/07/2022)

An imprisoned Irish woman teams up with an Indigenous tracker in 19th-century Tasmania to exact revenge on a sadistic British lieutenant and his troops. 

Friday, 24 June 2022

What's on Prime Video in July

What's on Prime Video in July


In the early morning hours after Halloween 1988, four paper girls—Erin, Mac, Tiffany, and KJ—are out on their delivery route when they become caught in the crossfire between warring time-travellers, changing the course of their lives forever. 

Transported into the future, these girls must figure out a way to get back home to the past, a journey that will bring them face-to-face with the grown-up versions of themselves. While reconciling that their futures are far different than their 12-year-old selves imagined, they are being hunted by a militant faction of time-travellers known as the Old Watch, who have outlawed time travel so that they can stay in power.
What's on Prime Video in July

In order to survive, the girls will need to overcome their differences and learn to trust each other, and themselves. Based on the best-selling graphic novels written by Brian K. Vaughan, Paper Girls is a high-stakes personal journey depicted through the eyes of four girls. 

Paper Girls stars Camryn Jones, Riley Lai Nelet, Sofia Rosinsky, Fina Strazza, Ali Wong, Nate Corddry and Adina Porter. 


Based on the best-selling novel by Jack Carr, The Terminal List follows James Reece (Chris Pratt) after his entire platoon of Navy SEALs is ambushed during a high-stakes covert mission. 

Reece returns home to his family with conflicting memories of the event and questions about his culpability. However, as new evidence comes to light, Reece discovers dark forces working against him, endangering not only his life, but the lives of those he loves. The series is executive produced by Chris Pratt and Jon Schumacher.

The Terminal List stars Chris Pratt, Constance Wu, Taylor Kitsch, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Riley Keough, Arlo Mertz, Jai Courtney, JD Pardo, Patrick Schwarzenegger, LaMonica Garrett, Stephen Bishop, Sean Gunn, Tyner Rushing, Jared Shaw, Christina Vidal, Nick Chinlund, Matthew Rauch, Warren Kole and Alexis Louder.
**Filmed in New Zealand**

When single father Max (John Cho) discovers he has a terminal disease, he decides to try and cram all the years of love and support he will miss with his teenage daughter Wally (Mia Isaac) into the time he has left with her. 

With the promise of long-awaited driving lessons, he convinces Wally to accompany him on a road trip from California to New Orleans for his 20th college reunion, where he secretly hopes to reunite her with her mother who left them long ago. 

A wholly original and emotional journey, Don’t Make Me Go explores the unbreakable, eternal bond between a father and daughter from both sides of the generational divide with heart and humour along for the ride.

Don’t Make Me Go stars John Cho, Mia Isaac, Mitchell Hope, Jemaine Clement, Stefania LaVie Owen, Kaya Scodelario 

Directed by Billy Porter,  Anything’s Possible is an uplifting and delightfully modern Gen Z coming-of-age story that follows Kelsa, a confident high school girl who is trans, as she navigates her senior year.

When her classmate Khal gets a crush on her, he musters up the courage to ask her out, despite the drama he knows it could cause. What transpires is a romance that showcases the joy, tenderness, and pain of young love.

Anything’s Possible stars Eva Reign, Abubkar Ali, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Simone Joy Jones, Kelly Lamor Wilson, Courtnee Carter, Manu Narayan, Naveen Paddock, Noah Pacht and Lav Raman. Directed by Billy Porter


Presented by AFL legend Michael O’Loughlin and directed by Indigenous academic and filmmaker Larissa Behrendt, Warriors On The Field is a powerful look at the strength Indigenous players get from their culture, connection to the game, and how it helps them navigate racism in Australia. Sharing their stories alongside O’Loughlin – a Kaurna, Ngarrindjeri, Narungga man - are current AFL players Michael “Sonny” Walters, a Proud Noongar man from the Fremantle Dockers, and up-and-coming North Melbourne young gun Tarryn Thomas, a Kamillaroi and Lumaranaana man originally from Sydney.

Warriors On The Field looks to Michael O’Loughlin’s childhood in South Australia and takes him back to his roots, playing backyard footy, as he dreamed of making it in the sport at the highest level. He introduces his family, including mum Muriel and uncle Michael “Muddy” O’Loughlin, who provides an insight into life as a young Aboriginal man. Michael speaks with the younger AFL players and their families to hear their stories and learn about the challenges in making their mark on the game.

Warriors On The Field stars Michael O’Loughlin, Michael Walters, Tarryn Thomas 


Forever Summer: Hamptons is a coming-of-age docusoap, set against the idyllic backdrop of the Hamptons, about a group of college kids from widely different backgrounds, from wealthy New York City kids who descend for the summer, to the humble townies. By day, they’re working at a seaside restaurant. 

By night, they are tearing up the town, testing friendships, and exploring love during the hottest days of the year. This group and their friends are chasing the perfect summer at a pivotal time in their lives, when carefree adolescence is about to end. Come September, the stakes and responsibilities will be high, but the summer is theirs for the taking.


In the latest instalment of James May’s Our Man In series, James brings his unique perspective to Italy, travelling the length and breadth of one of his favourite countries to explore its history, landscapes, traditions and much more. From the Sicilian capital of Palermo to the peaks of the Dolomites, James will discover culture, food, industry, and even a bit of sport, all played out against some of the world’s most stunning landscapes. Can a bumbling, middle-aged, British bloke discover the secrets of 'la dolce vita'?

James May: Our Man In Italy stars James May, Paolo Damiano, Guia Scognamiglio, Claudia Traina


The Terminal List S1 1/07/22 (TV)
Get Out 1/07/22 (MOVIE)
Lady Bird 1/07/22 (MOVIE)
Split (2017) 1/07/22 (MOVIE)
American Made 1/07/22 (MOVIE)
Atomic Blonde 1/07/22 (MOVIE)
The Boss Baby 1/07/22 (MOVIE)
Captain Underpants 1/07/22 (MOVIE)
Pitch Perfect 3 1/07/22 (MOVIE)
Fifty Shades Darker 1/07/22 (MOVIE)
Blue Bayou 1/07/22 (MOVIE)
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 1/07/22 (MOVIE)
Old Henry 1/07/22 (MOVIE)
WNBA: Las Vegas Aces at Minnesota Lynx 3/07/22 (SPORT)
This Is The End 5/07/22 (MOVIE)
1up 8/07/22 (MOVIE)
Warriors On The Field  8/07/22 (TV)
Paranormal Activity: Next Of Kin 8/07/22 (MOVIE)
The Miseducation Of Cameron Post 9/07/22 (MOVIE)
Seven Pounds 12/07/22 (MOVIE)
Angels & Demons 13/07/22 (MOVIE)
Don't Make Me Go 15/07/22 (MOVIE)
James May: Our Man In Italy S1 15/07/22 (TV)
Forever Summer: Hamptons S1 15/07/22 (TV)
Ray Donavan: The Movie 15/07/22 (MOVIE)
WNBA: Atlanta Dream at Phoenix Mercury 17/07/22 (SPORT) 
Blade Runner 2049 20/07/22 (MOVIE)
Anything's Possible 22/07/22 (MOVIE)
The Birthday Cake 22/07/22 (MOVIE)
WNBA: Connecticut Sun at Minnesota Lynx 24/07/22 (SPORT) 
Paper Girls S1 29/07/22 (TV)
The Ides Of March 29/07/22 (MOVIE)
Here Are Young Men 29/07/22 (MOVIE)
Inside Job (2010) 31/07/22 (MOVIE)
WNBA: Seattle Storm at Washington Mystics 31/07/22 (SPORT) 

What's on Neon in July

What's on Neon in July


Nuclear families and affluent streets populate Midwich, a small English commuter town. One summer's day, a sleepy corner of Midwich is plunged into panic when people start passing out on their feet without warning or reason. When the mysterious blackout is lifted, life for those affected returns to apparent normality - except every woman of childbearing age inside the zone has suddenly and inexplicably fallen pregnant. 

What's on Neon in July

Starring Keeley Hawes (Misbehaviour, Bodyguard) and Max Beesley (Ordinary Lies). 




The fractured group return to their Staten Island house, which is in a state of total disrepair. Whilst fixing their creepy manor, Nandor continues his search for love, Nadja opens a vampire nightclub, Lazlo struggles to raise Baby Colin, and Guillermo is torn between his friends and his family. 

Starring: Kayvan Novak (Cruella), Matt Berry (Toast of London) and Natasia Demetriou (The Big Flower Fight). 



Rap Sh!t 

Created by Issa Rae, this new comedy series follows two estranged high school friends from Miami, Shawna and Mia, who reunite to form a rap group. Together they must navigate the challenges of trying to break into the male dominated hip-hop scene. Starring: Aida Osman and Kamillion. 


Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin 

Twenty years ago, a series of tragic events almost ripped the town of Millwood apart. In the present day, a new group of teenage girls are tormented by an unknown assailant, forced to pay for the secret sin of their parents - as well as their own! Starring: Bailee Madison (Just Go With It), Chandler Kinney (Lethal Weapon), Maia Reficco (Baskets) Zaria and Malia Pyles. 



Based on the Walter Tevis novel of the same name and the iconic film that starred David Bowie, The Man Who Fell To Earth follows a new alien character who arrives on Earth at a turning point in human evolution and must confront his own past to determine our future. Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor (Locked Down, 12 Years A Slave), Naomie Harris (No Time To Die, Black and Blue) and Bill Nighy (Love Actually). 



After immigrating from their home in the Dominican Republic, 12-year old Cucu Castelli and her eccentric family must discover and define their version of the "American Dream" in 1980s Miami. Cucu meets head-on the challenges of being an immigrant in a strange new world with_humour, bravado and some really bad choices. Starring: Olivia Goncalves, Diana Maria Riva and Juan Javier Cardenas. 



A five-part true crime series that depicts one of Britain's most famous drug trafficking cases. Aged 19 and bored of where she grew up, Michaella McCollum craved sun and adventure. However, her dream turned into a nightmare as she fell into an illicit world of drugs and excess. 



Sing 2

Buster Moon and his friends prepare to launch a dazzling stage extravaganza in the glittering entertainment capital of the world. There's just one hitch, they first have to persuade the world's most reclusive rock star to join them. Starring the voices of: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson. 


The Many Saints of Newark 

Young Anthony Soprano is growing up in one of the most tumultuous eras in Newark, N.J., history, becoming a man just as rival gangsters start to rise and challenge the all-powerful DiMeo crime family. Caught up in the changing times is the uncle he idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti, whose influence over his nephew will help shape the impressionable teenager into the all-powerful mob boss, Tony Soprano. Starring: Michael Gandolfini, Ray Liotta and Vera Farmiga. 



When middle-schooler Emily Elizabeth meets a magical animal rescuer who gifts her a little, red puppy, she never anticipated waking up to find a giant ten-foot hound in her small New York City apartment. While her single mom is away for business, Emily and her fun but impulsive uncle Casey set out on an adventure. Based on the beloved Scholastic book character, Clifford will teach the world how to love big! 



This coming-of-age story follows Alana Kane and Gary Valentine as they navigate life and love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973. Starring: Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman and Sean Penn. 



Paralysed by fear from shocking visions, a woman's torment worsens as she discovers her waking dreams are terrifying realities. From The Conjuring director, James Wan. Starring: Annabelle Wallis and Mckenna Grace. 



A frustrated suburban housewife and her best friend hatch an illegal coupon-club scheme that scams millions from corporations and delivers deals to legions of fellow coupon clippers. Hot on their trail is an unlikely duo - a hapless loss prevention officer and a determined U.S. postal inspector - both looking to end their criminal enterprise. Starring: Kirsten Bell and Vince Vaughan. 



The books from kind, warm, best selling author Julie Davis deal with unlocking childhood fears, but she has yet to unlock the dark secret that has haunted her own life. However, when her second child is born, events occur that bring that secret to the fore, and with it, a crushing, powerful battle to survive. Starring: Amanda Seyfried and Finn Wittrock. 


Thursday, 23 June 2022

Elvis: Movie Review

Elvis: Movie Review

Cast: Austin Butler, Tom Hanks, Olivia DeJonge 
Director: Baz Luhrmann

Frantic and frenetic, it's perhaps appropriate Baz Luhrmann's take on the Elvis story is primarily led by Colonel Tom Parker a former carny showman, given how much it feels like a rollercoaster ride, with highs and lows throughout its bum-busting 2hr 40min run time.
Elvis: Movie Review

With Parker's claims that he's not to blame for Elvis' demise, but with signs that he's an unreliable narrator, Luhrmann spins us through decades of Elvis' life with absolute chutzpah and nothing short of a giddy opening that is as energetic as it is compelling.

With the jukebox music blasting and Hanks' Parker lurking like some kind of predator, grooming Presley for his next big thing, there's a dichotomy here that's uneasy to behold and a narrative that's scarcely apparent throughout. It's more of a loose run through Presley's life that barely seems to hit any of the emotional highs it needs to make it feel anything less than superficial.

Key moments such as Elvis' mother's death are rushed, and barely register any kind of impact, which is odd given how seismic the film intimates her passing was on Elvis later on. And hints of Parker's impropriety and downfall are relegated solely to the end credits, despite scenes of his end bookending the film.

Perhaps though that is not the film's desire - there seems to be no strong enough thread to ensure the story doesn't feel like it jumps from one sequence to the next, loosely connecting anything and spinning as much on screen as a fairground ride does. 

It's perhaps Luhrmann at his most indulgent in some ways - a chance for jukebox spectacle above all else, and a hint that this is a feelgood film less concerned with the darker elements of the King's life and more interested in following the lighter Bohemian Rhapsody take on a music story.
Elvis: Movie Review

Complete with dizzying quick cuts, the film leaves you all shook up and feeling like you're caught in a trap of Luhrmann's making as he bombards your senses with an ethos of "Enough of that, take a look at this!". With the fast-slow approach to the narrative throughout the film, the lows are terrifyingly slow too, and don't land because the emotional investment hasn't been engaged within.

And yet, despite all of this, the highs the production delivers are second to none.

Scenes of Butler performing as Presley are utterly electrifying. From Suspicious Minds at the Las Vegas International to early scenes of Presley hanging out in Club Handy, Luhrmann lays it all out on the screen, and Butler steals his moment to shine. It's a star-making turn for Butler and one that he seizes greatly upon, giving the film its vibrancy and energy that's apparent from the opening moments.

There's no denying the King's power was his music and Elvis delivers that in spades, giving goosebump moment recreations. 

But at the end of the day, you're no clearer about the seemingly complex relationship between Parker and Presley, which feels like abuser and victim, but never really gives enough meat to feel like it's justified.

Ultimately, Elvis is all spectacle and little else - that's good enough for a 2hr 40min spectacular cinema experience, but not quite good enough to live up to the legacy of the King.

New PlayStation Plus launches

New PlayStation Plus launches

Finally, after the rest of the world has had it, New Zealand has got the launch of the New PlayStation Plus on June 23.

The newly enhanced PS Plus launches with three triers: Essential, Extra & Deluxe


The all new Plus will give fans the chance to discover and engage with more content than ever before, with a diverse portfolio of high quality games and regular refreshers. 

New PlayStation Plus launches

The new PlayStation Plus will offer three membership plans to choose from, with a variety of benefits and game libraries featuring hundreds of recent and classic games to discover. Pay monthly as you go, quarterly for added savings, or get an annual membership for the best bang for your buck.

PlayStation Plus Essential

Enhance your PlayStation experience with core features, including online multiplayer access, two PS4 and one PS5 game to download every month, exclusive discounts, and more.


1 month $13.95/ 3 months $39.95/ 12 months $89.95

PlayStation Plus Extra

Enjoy all PlayStation Plus Essential benefits, and explore a world of incredible gaming experiences with the Game Catalog, featuring hundreds of downloadable PS4 and PS5 games.

Provides all the benefits from the PlayStation Plus Essential plan and adds access to our giant Game Catalogue*, which contains up to 400 PS4 and PS5 games. Download and play games at your leisure, including:

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Red Dead Redemption 2

Demon’s Souls

NBA 2K22

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales


1 month $21.95/ 3 months $63.95 / 12 months $149.95

PlayStation Plus Deluxe

Get all PlayStation Plus benefits from the other plans, plus game trials, and access to definitive games from years gone by in the Classics Catalogue.

Provides all the benefits from PlayStation Plus Essential and Extra plans, and adds:

The Classics Catalogue, filled with timelessly brilliant titles from the original PlayStation, PS2 and PSP generations – all available to download – including:

Tekken 2

Jak 3

Borderlands The Handsome Collection

Time-limited game trials for selected new titles including:

Horizon Forbidden West

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection

Tiny Tina’s Wonderland


1 month $24.95/ 3 months $72.95/ 12 months $172.95

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

12 Cannes films announced for Whānau Mārama: NZ International Film Festival

12 Cannes films announced for Whānau Mārama: NZ International Film Festival

Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) today reveals an impressive line-up of acclaimed films direct from Cannes Film Festival 2022 that are set to feature in its 2022 programme coming to cinemas around Aotearoa New Zealand this winter from 28 July.

“NZIFF is bringing the very best from Cannes to New Zealand audiences and we’re thrilled to present an outstanding line-up of major award winners and nominees from celebrated filmmakers from around the globe. Audiences can look forward to a diverse range of cinematic experiences this festival,” says NZIFF Head of Programming Michael McDonnell.
12 Cannes films announced for Whānau Mārama: NZ International Film Festival

Lauded Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s eagerly anticipated satire on the mega-rich, Triangle of Sadness will be the festival’s closing night film, screening in all NZIFF 2022 centres. A biting attack on the one percent, the film earned Östlund his second Palme d'Or for Best Film at the Cannes Film Festival last month.
Jointly awarded Grand Prix winners Close, directed by Lukas Dhont, and Claire Denis’ Stars at Noon, also join the line-up. Acclaimed Belgian coming-of-age drama, Close, is an intimate, quietly devastating study of boyhood friends, while Margaret Qualley and Joe Alwyn star in Stars at Noon, a steamy tropical reverie about a journalist stranded in Nicaragua who sees an English businessman as her chance to escape.

From Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook comes Decision to Leave. The black-widow noir romance, for which Chan-wook was awarded Best Director, tells the tale of a married detective torn between infidelity and moral duty.

Also screening at NZIFF 2022 is the latest thriller from Tarik Saleh, Boy from Heaven. The Best Screenplay winner explores the tangled state of modern-day Egypt, focusing on the crooked ties between religion on politics against the setting of Cairo's historical Al-Azhar Mosque and university, one of the world’s foremost institutions of Sunni Islam teaching.
From Cannes’ Un Certain Regard selection comes Best Director-nominated films: tender drama The Blue Caftan from Morrocan director Maryam Touzani, stunning historical epic Godland from Icelandic filmmaker Hlynur Pálmason, bittersweet comedy Return to Seoul from Cambodian French director Davy Chou, and Thomas M. Wright’s intense Australian true crime drama The Stranger, starring Joel Edgerton and Sean Harris.

Also, from Cannes’ Un Certain Regard selection, is writer-director Marie Kreutzer's lushly decorated and costumed Corsage, featuring Best Performance winner Vicky Krieps as Sissi, the Empress Elisabeth of Austria.

Celebrated French director Mia Hansen-Løve returns to the festival with the enchanting slice-of-life feature One Fine Morning, this year’s recipient of the Europa Cinemas Label for Best European film in the Directors’ Fortnight section. Actress Léa Seydoux sparkles in this powerful story of a single mother torn between emotionally unavailable men.
And from Cannes’ Marché du Film comes one for the whole whānau – the dazzling animation Perlimps from Academy Award nominated Brazilian filmmaker Alê Abreu (The Boy and the World, NZIFF 2014). The film, which will feature in NZIFF’s Square Eyes collection, centres on secret agents from enemy kingdoms, Claé and Bruô, who must overcome their differences and combine forces to face dangerous giants that threaten to swamp the forest.
Cannes highlights at NZIFF 2022 include:

Best Screenplay: Boy from Heaven / Walad min al janna
Sweden, 2022
Director: Tarik Saleh
Tarik Saleh deftly explores the tangled state of modern-day Egypt through his firebrand thriller set in Cairo’s Al-Azhar University the country’s most respected religious teaching institution.

Grand Prix Winner (jointly awarded): Close
Belgium, 2022
Director: Lukas Dhont
Belgian director Lukas Dhont follows up his award-winning debut Girl (NZIFF 2018) with this deft exploration of the fragile world of childhood bonds which has already picked up major prizes at Cannes and Sydney.

Un Certain Regard – Best Performance Winner: Corsage
Austria, 2022
Director: Marie Kreutzer
Marie Kreutzer’s bold and subversive costume drama features an imperious Vicky Krieps as the restless Empress Elisabeth of Austria, struggling to break free from the restrictive confines of courtly life.
Presented at NZIFF 2022 in association with Goethe-Institut

Best Director: Decision to Leave / Heojil Kyolshim
South Korea, 2022
Director:  Park Chan-wook
Park Chan-wook makes a welcome return to NZIFF with this masterful and seductive romantic thriller about an insomniac detective investigating a mysterious widow oddly unconcerned with her husband’s death.
Presented at NZIFF 2022 in association with Metro

Un Certain Regard – Selection: Godland / Vanskabte Land/Volaða Land
Denmark/Iceland, 2022
Director: Hlynur Pálmason
Icelandic filmmaker Hlynur Pálmason follows up A White, White Day (NZIFF 2019) with this stunning historical epic which recalls the grandeur and madness of Herzog at his best.
Presented at NZIFF 2022 in association with the Wellington Film Society

Winner Europa Cinemas Label: One Fine Morning / Un Beau Matin
France, 2022
Director: Mia Hansen-Løve
Léa Seydoux stars as a busy single mother, juggling caring for her daughter and her ailing father, who finds love in unexpected circumstances in Mia Hansen-Løve’s nimble romantic drama.

Brazil, 2022
Director: Alê Abreu
Two secret agents from enemy kingdoms are sent to a world on the brink of a terrible war where they have one important mission: to find the Perlimps, mysterious creatures who can ultimately bring peace.
Part of NZIFF 2022’s Square Eyes collection

Un Certain Regard – Selection: Return to Seoul / Retour à Séoul
France, 2022
Director: Davy Chou
A French Korean adoptee returns to Seoul, a home she has never known, and over the course of several visits begins to process her complicated relationship with her biological family and country of birth.

Grand Prix Winner (jointly awarded): Stars at Noon
France, 2022
Director: Claire Denis
Based on Denis Johnson’s cult novel, Margaret Qualley and Joe Alwyn star in this heady and alluring romantic thriller from NZIFF fave Claire Denis, directing her second English-language feature.
Presented at NZIFF 2022 in association with Canterbury Film Society

Un Certain Regard – Selection: The Blue Caftan / Le Bleu du Caftan
Morocco, 2022
Director: Maryam Touzani
A master tailor’s wife watches on as her closeted husband falls in love with his apprentice in this sensuous second feature from Maryam Touzani, as elegant and finely crafted as the beautiful garments in her film.

Un Certain Regard – Selection: The Stranger
Australia, 2022
Director: Thomas M. Wright
Joel Edgerton and Sean Harris deliver brooding performances as predator becomes prey in up-and-coming director Thomas M. Wright’s dark and intense Australian true crime drama.

Palme d’Or Winner: Triangle of Sadness (Closing Night film)
Sweden, 2022
Director/Screenplay: Ruben Östlund
Gilded privilege comes a cropper when abruptly confronted by less luxurious reality in this brilliantly orchestrated satire awarded the Palme d’Or 2022.
Presented at NZIFF 2022 in association with VIVA

What's on Disney+ in July

What's on Disney+ in July

Here's what's ahead on Disney+ in July

The Old Man 

Starring Jeff Bridges.

What's on Disney+ in July

The series is based on the stand-alone novel of the same name by thriller writer Thomas Perry.

He thought he’d left the past behind. But revenge can’t wait forever.

Based on the bestselling novel by Thomas Perry, “The Old Man” centers on Dan Chase who absconded from the CIA decades ago and has been living off the grid since. When an assassin arrives and tries to take Chase out, the old operative learns that to ensure his future he now must reconcile his past. 

With Dan Chase flushed out of hiding, the FBI’s Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Harold Harper is called on to hunt him down because of his complicated past with the rogue fugitive. 

When Chase proves to be more difficult to apprehend than the authorities expected, a highly trained special ops contractor is sent to pursue him as well. While on the run, Chase rents a room from Zoe McDonald who draws on reserves she never knew she had in order to survive the day when she learns the truth about her new tenant.

The Quarry: PS5 Review

The Quarry: PS5 Review

Developed by Supermassive Games
Released by 2K Games
Platform: PS5

Supermassive Games has been riding the horror genre since Until Dawn in 2015. 
The Quarry: PS5 Review

An interactive drama that meshed deeply with horror tropes, Until Dawn's simply shot story and pacy execution made for a good night in, filled with jump scares and the option to pass the controller onto others to have a play.

Following on with the annual Dark Pictures anthology series, Supermassive Games' The Quarry marks the first time the group has developed a new IP - though it has to be said, the developer's not really diverted far from what they already know.

Taking control of nine teenage counsellors who must survive the night at Hackett's Quarry summer camp, it's up to you to face off against supernatural threats and also a more human horror as the dark draws in...

If you've played a Supermassive Games foray into horror before, then in truth, you've played elements of The Quarry before. From quick time choices to branching narratives, there's little directly new here. But in truth, that's no bad thing as the game's impressive cast list, use of horror tropes, and desire to provide a great experience make The Quarry a frightening experience to those who dive in.
The Quarry: PS5 Review

It would be great to see the next Supermassive Games horror entry try something a little different, and while there are literally hundreds of endings for this game, meaning not everyone will have the same experience, the journey to the destination is a similar one all the way.

Maybe a little more innovation would lead to more possibilities in future releases, but for now The Quarry remains an engaging, reasonably decently executed and immersive horror gaming proposition.

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

What's on Shudder in July

What's on Shudder in July

Here's everything that is available on Shudder this July to stream.
What's on Shudder in July

Single mother Tsidi (Chumisa Cosa) is forced to move in with her estranged mother Mavis, a live-in domestic worker caring obsessively for her catatonic white ‘Madam’. As Tsidi tries to heal her family however, a sinister spectre begins to stir in Good Madam.

This is GWAR is the powerful story of the iconic heavy metal art collective, as told by the humans who have fought to keep it alive for over thirty years.

In an effort to heal after witnessing her sister's horrific murder, Nic (Teressa Liane), her younger sister Annie and two close friends travel to a remote Pacific Island for a kayaking and diving adventure. 

Hours into their expedition, the women are stalked and attacked by a Great White shark in The Reef: Stalked.

In Moloch, 38-year-old Betriek lives at the edge of a peat bog in the North of the Netherlands. When she and her family are attacked by a random stranger one night, she sets out to find an explanation.

On The 3rd Day – A Shudder Exclusive 
Premieres July 7 

While on a trip with her young son, Cecilia has a car accident.  
Three days later, she finds herself wandering a lonely road with no sign of her child – and no memory of what happened since the crash. 
Cecilia’s desperate search for her son leads her on a wrenching and tumultuous  journey to face off against a religious fanatic who holds the shocking key to it all. Written by Alberto  Fasce and Gonzalo Ventura and directed by Daniel de la Vega. 

Good Madam – A Shudder Original 
Premieres July 14 
Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival. Tsidi, a single mother, is forced to move in with her estranged mother Mavis, a live-in domestic worker caring obsessively for her catatonic white ‘Madam’. As Tsidi tries to heal her family however, a sinister spectre begins to stir. South African director Jenna Cato Bass (Flatland) co-wrote the film along with Babalwa Baartman and ten other  members of her cast. Directed by Jenna Cato Bass. 

Moloch – A Shudder Original 
Premieres July 21 

In Moloch, 38-year-old Betriek lives at the edge of a peat bog in the North of the Netherlands. When she and her family are attacked by a random stranger one night, Betriek sets out to  find an explanation. The more she digs, the more she becomes convinced that she is being hunted by something ancient. Written by Daan Bakker and Nico van den Brink and directed by Nico van den  Brink. 

This is GWAR – A Shudder Original 
Premieres July 21 

This is GWAR is the powerful story of the iconic heavy metal art collective, as told by the humans who have fought to keep it alive for over thirty years. The feature documentary includes interviews with the band members, both  past and present, and other artists, including Weird Al Yankovic, Thomas Lennon, Alex Winter, Bam  Margera, and Ethan Embry, including never seen footage of legendary GWAR frontman Dave Brockie  (Oderus Urungus). Directed by Scott Barber. 

The Reef: Stalked – A Shudder Exclusive 
Premieres July 29 

In an effort to heal after witnessing her sister's horrific murder, Nic, her younger sister Annie and two close friends travel to a remote Pacific Island for a kayaking and diving adventure. 
Hours into their expedition, the women are stalked and attacked by a  Great White shark. To survive, they will need to band together, and Nic will have to overcome her post traumatic stress, face her fears, and slay a monster. Written and directed by Andrew Traucki as a  follow-up to his 2010 film, The Reef. Starring Teressa Liane (The Vampire Diaries), Ann Truong (Cowboy  BeBop), Saskia Archer (Boshack), Kate Lister (Clickbait), and Tim Ross (Wonderland). 


July 2 
God Told Me To 
A cop investigates a string of murders committed by strangers who claim “God” told them to kill.  But are the killers actually talking about the heavenly father? Or is someone pulling their  strings? If Det. Nicholas (Tony Lo Bianco) really wants to know, he’ll have to descend into a  netherworld of deranged faith and confront his own connection to a homicidal messiah with a  perverse plan for the soul of mankind. Utterly original and deeply unnerving, Larry Cohen’s  critically acclaimed cult classic is regularly cited as one of the greatest horror movies of all time. 

Texas Chainsaw (2013) 
A young woman learns that she has inherited a Texas estate from a grandmother she never  knew she had. But her newfound wealth comes at a price as she stumbles upon the horror that  awaits her in the mansion’s dank cellar.

Leatherface (2017) 
A violent teen and three others kidnap a young nurse while escaping from a Texas mental  institution. Pursued by a vengeful sheriff, the disturbed young man embarks on a murderous  rampage that shapes him into a legendary killer known as Leatherface. 

July 6 
Meatcleaver Massacre 
When a professor specializing in ancient rites and rituals is attacked and his family killed by  four of his students, he summons an evil spirit to hunt down the attackers and avenge his  family. 

Mansion of the Doomed 
An insane surgeon finds himself up to his armpits in eyeballs after guilt prompts him to begin  removing the eyes of abducted people in hopes of performing transplants on his daughter who  lost her own in a car-accident he caused. 

July 12 
Cold Skin 
In this creature FX-filled horror adventure, a young man comes to a desolate island to take up  the lighthouse post of weather observer. But Friend finds no trace of the man he has been sent  to replace, just a deranged brute who has witnessed a horror he refuses to name. When nightly  invasions of unknown creatures emerge in the dark from the ocean, Friend realizes that  something else entirely lurks on this island. 

As their parents head out for a date night, the three young Thompson children immediately take  to their new babysitter, Anna, who seems like a dream come true: she’s sweet, fun, and lets  them do things that break all of the rules. But as Anna’s interactions with them take on a more  sinister tone, the kids realize that their caretaker may not be who she claims to be, and soon  it’s up to big brother Jacob to protect his siblings from the increasingly nefarious intentions of a  very disturbed woman. 

July 13 
Broadcast Signal Intrusion 
For three years, James has been haunted by his wife’s sudden and inexplicable  disappearance. His best distraction is work - specifically, archiving old videos. While watching  decade-aged TV news footage one night, he sees a video interference that’s deeply disturbing.  And it’s not the only interference he’ll see. As his obsession over these strange clips increases,  and he submerges himself into their mysteries, James discovers troubling connections to his  missing wife. Which will these broadcast intrusions bring him, though: long-desired answers or  a never-ending nightmare?

July 19 
Passengers on a night train are attacked by a vicious creature out of folklore, and must band  together in order to survive until morning. 

Jamie Marks is Dead 
Fifteen year old Adam McCormick's life hasn't been the same since classmate Gracie  Highsmith found Jamie Marks’s dead body at the edge of the river. The town is shocked, but as  speculation swirls, it becomes clear that they knew as little about Jamie as they do about the  circumstances surrounding his death. Adam becomes fixated on Jamie's death and gradually a  deep bond develops between the living teenager and the dead boy's ghost. Their unlikely  friendship provides Adam with the support and friendship he needs as the rest of the world falls  apart. But the more attached Adam becomes to Jamie's ghost, the weaker his ties to reality  become. As he struggles with the real world relationships, Adam is forced to rediscover what it  means to be alive. 

Knock Knock 
A happily married architect who appears to have everything a man could ever dream of – a  loving and successful wife, two beautiful children and an expensive home. During a weekend  alone, his peaceful existence is interrupted by the sudden arrival of two lost and seemingly  innocent young girls. After naively inviting them in while they wait for a taxi, the night takes a  sudden and disturbing turn when a debaucherous mistake evolves into a living nightmare. 

Life After Beth 
A young man's recently deceased girlfriend mysteriously returns from the dead, but he slowly  realizes she is not the way he remembered her.  

July 26 
Level 16 
Level 16 is a shocking, dystopian thriller which mashes together the disturbing world of The  Handmaid's Tale and Black Mirror to stunning effect. Sixteen-year-old Vivien is trapped in The  Vestalis Academy, a prison-like boarding school, keeping to herself and sticking her neck out  for no one. Until she is reunited with Sophia - the former friend who betrayed her. Together the  girls embark on a dangerous search to uncover the horrifying truth behind their imprisonment.  Soon running for their lives, the girls must save themselves or die. 

The Dark 
Mina, a young woman who was murdered, now stalks the forest that saw her demise. Anytime  some unfortunate soul enters her area, they are quickly dispatched and become her feast. But  when she stumbles across a young boy named Alex in the back of a car who shows signs of  clear and horrifying abuse, she can’t bring herself to do away with him. Rather, she becomes  his protector while trying to protect her own little world. 

The Crucifixion 
Inspired by true events, this horror tale follows a journalist's terrifying supernatural investigation  into a nun's shocking death during an exorcism. American reporter Nicole travels to investigate  the possible murder of Sister Marinescu, sadistically crucified by a priest to vanquish a demon. 

As Nicole uncovers the weird tales behind this horrific incident, disturbing events reveal that the  demon is still lurking nearby, seeking a new human host. 

VHS: Viral 
A police chase through the streets of Los Angeles inspires dozens of fame-obsessed teens to try  to capture the salacious footage, but they are unaware that they will face their own deaths as  stars of the next video sensation. 

What's on DocPlay in July

What's on DocPlay in July

7 July
Mau is the first-ever, feature-length documentary about the design visionary Bruce Mau. The film explores the untold story of his unlikely rise in the creative world, and ever-optimistic push to expand the boundaries of design. From creating Coca Cola's global sustainability platform to rethinking a 1000-year plan for Mecca, Mau has expanded the definition of design over the course of his career. As the film weaves in and out of Mau's work, past and present, it examines his most important project yet: his own life.

11 July
My Name is Gulpilil
A true icon of Australian cinema. His mesmerising, electrifying presence leapt off the big screen and changed Australian screen representation forever. The only actor to appear in both of the two highest grossing Australian films of all time, Crocodile Dundee (1986) and Australia (2008), Gulpilil is known throughout the world for his unforgettable performances. The actor, dancer, singer and painter takes us boldly on the journey that is his most extraordinary.
Flee on DocPlay

21 July
Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner FLEE tells the story of Amin Nawabi as he grapples with a painful secret he has kept hidden for 20 years, one that threatens to derail the life he has built for himself and his soon to be husband. Recounted mostly through animation to director Jonas Poher Rasmussen, he tells for the first time the story of his extraordinary journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan.

Academy Award Nominee, Best Documentary Feature

21 July
Of Fathers and Sons
Syrian-born filmmaker Talal Derki travels to his homeland where he gains the trust of a radical Islamist family, sharing their daily life for over two years. His camera focuses primarily on the children, providing an extremely rare insight into what it means to grow up with a father whose only dream is to establish an Islamic caliphate.
Academy Award Nominee, Best Documentary Feature
Maiden on DocPlay

25 July
The incredible story of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.

Monday, 20 June 2022

Minions: Rise of Gru: Movie Review

Minions: Rise of Gru: Movie Review

Vocal cast: Steve Carell, Alan Arkin, Taraji P Henson, Michelle Yeoh, Lucy Lawless, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Danny Trejo, Russell Brand
Director: Kyle Balda

The yellow cigar-shaped perils of slapstick return with what's touted as an origin tale for Despicable Me's Gru.
Minions: Rise of Gru: Movie Review

Set against the 1970s backdrop, Steve Carell's Gru yearns to be part of supervillain criminal gang, The Vicious Six, headed up by Henson's Belle Bottom. When the gang betrays their founder Wild Knuckles (Arkin, in usual sardonic form), an opening appears and Gru is one of the many applicants for the position.

However, seeing him only as a child, Gru is laughed out of the process, and told to come back when he's done something evil. So in among the chaos, Gru steals a talisman the Vicious Six has just purloined for their own nefarious ways - but when he's kidnapped and held to ransom, it's up to Minions Kevin, Bob, Stuart and newbie Otto to try and save the day.

Minions: Rise of Gru does exactly what you'd expect on the tin to be honest.

And that's perfectly adequate for a madcap film that doesn't dazzle the animated world with techniques, but delivers continual laughs and nods to what's to come in the Despicable Me series later on.
Minions: Rise of Gru: Movie Review

With rich backgrounds making the most of the groovy 70s' setting and San Francisco, as well as the music cues of the time, the Illumination animation stable knows about depth, but also wisely knows that it's not really about distracting with background gags, choosing to keep the Minions front and centre of proceedings, as that's what the children of all ages in the audience want.

Five films in, there's no sign yet of di-Minions-ishing returns for these yellow critters, though it is perhaps as far as they could go, given the split level nature of the narrative - is it a Minions film, is it a Despicable Me film - but there is more than enough to amuse all sectors of the audience.

Moments of inventive madness sit alongside great animation to make Minions: Rise of Gru a perfect family feelgood outing for children of all ages - big or small.

Sunday, 19 June 2022

Mad God: Movie Review

Mad God: Movie Review

Some films defy description - narrative eschewed in favour of an experience, and a series of sensory moments thrust upon the big screen.
Mad God: Movie Review

Such is the way with FX genius Phil Tippett's Mad God, a blend of stop motion, live action, horror and disturbia in extremis.

Beginning with a gas mask clad figure known as the Assassin descending deep into a world of the
macabre, Tippett's vision starts starkly and rarely deviates away from its abnormal path.

As it descends on its 85 minute journey, Mad God with its mutations and horror elements is a singular vision of what a filmmaker can do. It's taken Tippett over 30 years to get to this end point, and as if the lead doesn't descend into madness, goodness only knows how Tippett survived this long with the project.

There are no easy comparisons with anything that's gone before for this film, it's of its own genre - part Radiohead video, part art project and all manner of upsetting, it's a collection of images that clearly have symbolism to those who look deeper within, and will reward those who know some of their religious iconography.
Mad God: Movie Review

But central to any of that, it's worth exalting the creativity on show here - around the 40 minute mark, the film changes its clarity of vision and it moves from muddied horror to a stop-motion miracle of a movie that's worth experiencing, rather than examining.

Mad God won't be to everyone's tastes, but there are moments when the futility of life (or afterlife) comes to the fore. From cloth creatures carrying out grunt-level work only to be dispatched with cruelty to literal forks in the roads and creatures flying through a lightning-filled sky, every frame has something - nightmarish or otherwise.

Mad God won't be for everyone - but that's fine. Tippett's vision is utterly terrifying, unnerving and
ultimately up for discussion - and that's no bad thing whatsoever.

Mad God is streaming now on Shudder ANZ.

Saturday, 18 June 2022

Studio 666: DVD Review

Studio 666: DVD Review

Studio 666 is a Scooby Doo film, a vanity project without the wit, inventiveness or decency to leave when it's not welcome.

It may have a Shaggy in its long-haired hero Dave Grohl, but the only dog in this movie is the script, which calls for ham, silliness and supernatural acting that's beyond the pale in so many ways.

Based on a story by Dave Grohl (that in truth should have been aborted and sent to hell), it's the story of the Foo Fighters as they try to record their 10th album. Relocating to an Encino mansion to record their masterpiece, Grohl becomes obsessed with creating a 45 minute masterpiece. 

Studio 666: Movie Review

However, the obsession is fuelled by demons which haunt the house, after a thwarted recording session from the 90s turned deadly - and soon all the Foo Fighters are fighting for their lives and their souls.

Mixing comedy and horror should be an easy win, but Studio 666 plays so fast and loose with its goofiness, and the extreme variable quality of the acting, that most of it fails to land anything. With some truly awful dialogue as well, the whole thing runs out of steam after about 30 minutes, and then flails badly around, trying to find a narrative path that doesn't head to hell.

Grohl plays goofy (as he demonstrated years ago in the Learn to Fly video) but the level of his acting is questionable, though not as questionable as others in the group as they try to act, and fail miserably. While the whole film does feel like a hangout movie steeped in gore in some ways, the project just doesn't have enough goodwill to see it through - even with the inclusion of the likes of John Carpenter and an utterly out there Lionel Richie cameo.

There are some impressive moments - the demons of the house are wondrously realised, and a dream sequence where Grohl is haunted by the spirits is cleverly and concisely executed. But hints of Freddy Kreuger and overblown soundtracks to lame jump scares just drag the goodwill into the mire and executes them mercilessly.

Studio 666 isn't a movie for anyone who's not a Foo Fighter fan or has lost control of their senses. For everyone else it's an utter exercise in tedium and endurance - for the record, it should be dispatched to hell as soon as possible.

Friday, 17 June 2022

Fire Island: Movie Review

Fire Island: Movie Review 

Cast: Joel Kim Booster, Bowen Yang, Conrad Ricamora, James Scully, Margaret Cho
Director: Andrew Ahn

The vibrant Fire Island's take on Pride and Prejudice, launched on Disney+ during Pride month, is a major step forward for representation on all fronts.

Fire Island: Movie Review

Booster, who wrote the screenplay, stars as Noah, one of a group of queer friends who head to Fire Island for a week-long vacation where frolicking, flirting and being fabulous all go hand-in-hand.

But Noah, who insists he isn't looking for a relationship, makes it his mission to help long time friend Howie (Yang, easily the vulnerable heart of the film) get laid and finally come out of his shell. However, when Noah and their gang fall in with another group of partygoers, romance and reputation are on the line.

With the levels of sass being obvious from Fire Island's opening salvo, it's clear that Ahn's film isn't here to mess about.

Likeable leads, quippy oneliners and a degree of zing give Fire Island the heart - even if some of the cast fare less well during the outing.

Fire Island: Movie Review

After making a big thing about Margaret Cho's character and her dilemma, the film drops a plot point never to be seen again, even as the one last holiday together vibe comes together. But biting dialogue and clever diversions from the Pride and Prejudice-inspired film make that seem less than it should be.

It helps that the leads of Booster and Yang are easily the film's beating heart, an out and out clear call for representation that sings loudly on screen and normalises the romcom relationship issues faced in every other film of the genre.

Sweet in many ways but not sickly, a reminder of the bonds and perils of family, Fire Island is heartwarming fare that is leaps and bounds ahead of anything else that's been glimpsed in its genre in 2022.

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