– Today I explore the chaos
and excitement of a live game of footy
One of the things I have really gotten into over
the last couple of years has been NRL football, one of the three big football
codes in Australia (for those playing at home this is Rugby League, not Rugby
Union, or Australian Rules Football). My local team here is the Brisbane
Broncos, who were also my grandfather’s team, so that felt like a good place to
start. While I have been enjoying the games on TV I have not had the money to
go to a live game, well that all changed last night as I made the trip to
Suncorp Stadium thanks to a kind free ticket from a friend.
TL;DR – The Australian Dream is a film that I think every Australian should watch because it holds up a mirror to Australian society and we need to be ready for what it shows.
Score – 5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
I thought when I sat down to see The
Australian Dream that I was ready for what I was going to see. I was a
fool. This might be the most important film I have seen all year because it
shines the light on an episode that many in Australia feel more than content to
sweep under the rug because to do otherwise would mean confronting our history,
our way of life, and our commitment to all Australians.
At its core The Australian Dream
tells the story of Adam Goodes former Australian of the Year and one of the best
Australian Rules Footballers (AFL) to have ever played the game. It is the
story of his life, the highs and the lows. However, it is something more than
that, it is using the biography to focus in on a problem Australia has had for
the last two-hundred odd years and that is how it has dealt with its Indigenous
people and well there is a reason that Indigenous Australians call Australia
Day, Invasion Day.
TL;DR – A charming story with interesting characters, let down a bit by some technical issues.
Score – 3 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid-credit scene
Over the last couple of years, I have discovered that I really enjoy a good
sports film. There are the great highs, and deep lows, as great talent is on
display. Today we are looking for a film out of Hong Kong about the world of
MMA and the struggle to be the best, based on the life of Dixin Xiong.
So to set the scene, we open with Bunny (Yiu-Sing Lam) as he rushed from work
to an underground fight ring. He is asked by his friend to throw the match, but
that is not something he can do. Upsetting a bookie, Bunny has to lie low so he
goes back home, where he left on not great terms. As he walks in his brother
Jack (Edward Ma) is give a press conference as he is about to fight Jason Chan
(Jason Li) whose arm Jack broke last time they fought. There is a lot of
tension because even though their adoptive father Eric (Eric Kot) and his
sister Simo (Qiu Yuen) are happy to see Bunny, Jason is not.
TL;DR – When it actually gets to the Battle it is a thrilling film, you just have to get through a lot of setup beforehand, a lot of setup, too much setup.
Score – 3 out of 5 stars
This is a really odd film, some aspects of it work amazingly, yet other parts fall flat, so it is both fascinating, yet also hard to recommend. Whatever the case, it was interesting to read up on this real-life event, this is because I was not born when it happened, and until this film came out I didn’t even know it existed. So today we are going to look at what did work and what didn’t of this both frustrating and yet also fascinating film.
TL;DR – A powerful story of exploitation, honour, family and what it means to be free and does it come with a price
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Review – Recently I was able to go along to the Pasifika Film Festival here in Brisbane put on by Event Cinemas, the NRL, Screen NSW and West Sydney University. It was a really interesting insight into Pacific culture and stories, the universal medium of expression. There was a selection of fascinating films from right across the Pacific and I was able to so see the amazing Mercenary of which we will be talking about today.