• Coronavirus: Window of Opportunity – could VOD beat COVID-19?

    If, just a few weeks ago,  you’d asked an industry insider if major Hollywood studios might release their tentpole blockbusters to the VOD (video-on-demand) platforms instead of multiplexes you’d have been met with scorn. Each year the film industry and the cinema chains bring in billions as people gather...
  • Omelettes and Omnipotence: The final tic-toc on ‘Watchmen’…

    It’s 1921 and a race-crime rises to the level of wholesale massacre as  Tulsa is torn apart by attacks that will cast a shadow down the decades… and a young boy survives a day he will never forget. It’s 1985 and Nixon is still President, the Watergate scandal never...
  • Crossing the Streams: Tracking the future on your tv…

    Some people will remember the ‘good old days’ when you could count the number of available channels to watch on one hand. Over the last several decades that number has significantly increased and though the main networks continue to exist, it’s probably no longer true to say they dominate...
  • Split + Spin: Why Marvel and SONY are between Arach and a hard place…

    “It wasn’t meant to last forever...”  So shrugged Marvel Studios‘ head honcho and guiding hand Kevin Feige during a presentation at D23 when the inevitable subject of the imminent split between Marvel and SONY over future  Spider-man movies (original report further below) was raised – after an eventful week for...
  • Doctor Who: Shocking lack of announcement over rumours…

    When Jodie Whittaker was announced and then debuted as the Thirteen Doctor, there was a lot of media and fan attention at the first female incarnation of the famous time-traveller. Some of it was positive, some negative. The negative contingent was much smaller than the more reasonable ‘Let’s see...
  • Posts Apocalyptic: Max-imum Impact…

    On Friday the 12th of April, at the Pacific Fair Cinemas on the Gold Coast of Australia, we once more ventured into the apocalyptic wasteland of Mad Max as we were shown a screening of the film for the feature’s 40th anniversary. Myself, the ‘Lethal Mullet’ and Blair Hiscock...
  • Posts Apocalyptic: Saluting the ‘Jugger’…

    Mad Max began a new lease of life for down and dirty action films and a new genre of science fiction: the post apocalyptic film. Many have tried to meet the target of Miller’s immense vision but equally many failed in the attempt. Some couldn’t find the originality or...
  • Posts Apocalyptic: The ‘Mad Max’ journey…

    It’s one of the all-time greatest franchises and one that to this day still has scores of fans all around the world. We are talking about the one, the only Mad Max: the Australian franchise created in the late nineteen seventies by director George Miller and his producing partner...
  • Rick-rolled? AMC’s ‘Last Stand’ means Walking Dead can run…

    There’s a long-standing rule in the reality of the zombie-infested Walking Dead world that there is a limited time in which to stem that debilitating infection and, in extreme cases, amputation may be the only order of the day – essentially cutting off a limb as soon as possible...