TL;DR – This might be the
most joyous, charming, and a little bit absurd series I have seen in a very
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
Comedy is one of those genres that is so difficult to get right. Sure it is not
hard to make people laugh uncomfortably at gross-out jokes and the like. But
for something to be truly funny you have to care about the characters involved.
This is how shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine,
The Good Place, Parks and Rec, and Futurama
(to name but a few) work. Today I get to look at a show that did all of that
and more, but it did it in only 8 minutes.
So to set the scene, we open in Western Sydney in a carpark of the local
doughnut stand Double Dee’s. Bonita (Monica Kumar) and her friends are getting
ready to go out to the city when a mixup at the shop leaves her doughnuts with
Sokhey (Sophea Op). Hoping on over to her car to sort it all out she gets left
behind by her friends and decides to wait there while her Uber is coming. Which
is the point when Nashrah (Tasnim Hossain) gets kicked out of her learner
driver lesson and then there was three.
TL;DR – This is one of those
Australian TV shows that makes you sit back and marvel as to how it all works,
cause it works really well.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
There are many reasons to go sit down, turn on the TV, and watch something It
could be your favourite show that you make time for each week, it could be you
are bored and there is nothing else to do, or it could just be that you have
heard good things about something and you need to go check it out for yourself.
Today we review a show that falls into the latter column, though if this first episode
is anything to go by, it might find its way into the first real soon.
So to set the scene, Les Norton (Alexander Bertrand) is a country boy from Dirranbandi
in south-west Queensland. He’s hopped a ride down to the big smoke in Sydney to
try out for some of the local footy teams. It is his first night in King’s
Cross, so he takes some night work as a bouncer at a local club to pay his way.
Which is where he meets his guide and new friend Billy Dunne (Hunter
Page-Lochard). The first 22 minutes of his shift is boring, but we come in at
minute 23 and the fists start flying. The head of the club Price Galese (David
Wenham) likes what he sees and brings him into the fold and Les discovers a
world hidden out of sight, protected by the powerful, and who run on very different
rules where discretion is key.
TL;DR – Occupation is an Aussie take on the Alien Invasion genre, with a fantastic setup and ending, though it does meander a bit in the middle.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
For those who have read my work before you would likely know that I am a big fan of the Science Fiction genre, and one of the types of media that falls under that banner is Alien Invasions. They can be on the small scale like Predator, or on the large scale like Independence Day and X-Com, or that one time with Battleship where it was weirdly mid-scale, that was an odd film. However, the basic premise of all these films is that one day everything is normal, you are going about your day without a care in the world and then everything changes. I really enjoy the Alien Invasion sub-genre, indeed I count Independence Day as one of my favourite films of all time, however, a lot of the recent films have been well disappointing, sorry Independence Day Resurgence (see review). Well, today I take a look at a film that is taking the genre in the right direction with an Aussie twist.
TL;DR – Bombastic as always, but it doesn’t set itself apart from what came before, and the story struggles to find its voice.
Score – 3 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is a post title scene at the start of the credits
As we talked about in our look back at the first Pacific Rim (see review), I was a real big fan of the original. Guillermo del Toro’s film about giant monsters called Kaijus attacking the cities around the Pacific Ocean being stopped by giant mechas called Jaegers. There was something easy and yet compelling with the setup and the world they created. With Pacific Rim Uprising we get more of the same as the first film yet somehow it feels like something got lost along the way, and that, unfortunately, it just does not work as well as the first film. So with that in mind, we are going to dive into Pacific Rim Uprising to look at what worked and what didn’t.
TL;DR – “At one point a giant mech picks up a cargo ship to use as a cricket bat to take down a giant monster stomping its way through Hong Kong” you will probably know if this film is for you from that snippet alone.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid-credit scene
Back in the relatively calm year of 2013, how five years can change the world, there was this little gem of a film. It was a homage to the mecha and giant monster films of Japan and at the heart was the simple message that we should all work together. Well, it has been years since I have watched Guillermo del Toro’s monster epic, well at least his giant monster epic, and with the sequel coming out later this week, now is as good as time as ever to dive back into the world of Jaegers* and Kaijus*.