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Going Clear: Scientology (2015)

May 11, 2017 Phil Parker 0 Quick Film Reviews , , , , ,

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief On the surface, Going Clear will appeal to those who are confounded by Scientology and how this cult manages to attract celebrities into their pseudo-church. I, too, wonder HTF uber-successful people like Tom Cruise can be suckered into a bunch of self-help…

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SCREENWRITER AT THE MOVIES: ‘Gold’ (2016)

Feb 21, 2017 Phil Parker 2 Quick Film Reviews, Screenwriting , , ,

Screenwriters – Make your hero earn it. Before I left for the cinema I checked Rotten Tomatoes. They had ‘Gold’ rated at 41% critics/ 51% fans. Normally, that’s a pretty good sign to avoid a film, but I’m a fan of some of those reality TV shows about gold mining,…

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SCREENWRITER AT THE MOVIES: ‘The Martian’ (2015)

Oct 21, 2015 Phil Parker 0 Quick Film Reviews, Screenwriting , , , , , , , , ,

THE MARTIAN: Was the hero too perfect? I’ve seen The Martian twice now. The first time I really liked it. Gave it a 8.5/10. The second time, I liked it, but not as much. Gave it a 7.5/10. And now, looking into the future I’m wondering… will this be one…

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The Fantastic Snore: Why comic book movies leave me feeling empty inside.

Aug 5, 2015 Phil Parker 2 Quick Film Reviews, Screenwriting , , , , , , ,

Tonight, the guy sitting behind us in the cinema caught some Zs while we were watching The Fantastic Four. At the end, his friend nudged him awake and the napper asked, “What happened?” Well, gee, I thought, where do I start? There were boring characters, a boring plot and a…

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SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: ‘The Lost Aviator’ (2015)

Jun 18, 2015 Phil Parker 0 Quick Film Reviews , , , ,

Hero or murderer? Did The Lost Aviator kill his lover? That’s what the filmmaker sets out to discover about his great uncle, Captain Bill Lancaster, the infamous heroic failure of British aviation. His family is not too pleased about it; they’d rather dead dogs be left dead. All the more…

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SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: ‘Victoria’ (2015)

Jun 13, 2015 Phil Parker 0 Quick Film Reviews , , , ,

‘Victoria’: the worst night on the town EVER?! Admittedly, the list of German films I have seen in the last 20 years is short… Das Boot Downfall Run Lola Run. Based solely on that list you’d think I would be more of a fan, those are all amazing films. Well, after…

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SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: ‘Black Souls’ (2015)

Jun 12, 2015 Phil Parker 0 Quick Film Reviews , ,

Black Souls: a real Mafia film? As an American raised on a Hollywood model of storytelling, I’m often frustrated by the languid pace of many European films. Not that I want the abhorrent ADHD pacing of a Michael Bay film, but I believe that every scene needs to have some…

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