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February 25, 2021

John Campbell

John Campbell is a short-story writer and artist whose paintings have been hung in the Wynne, Sulman and Blake Prizes. He has been the Echo’s movie reviewer and rugby league correspondent since 2007, in which year he was nominated in the Australian Sports Commission Media Awards.

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Cinema Reviews: Godzilla: Kong of the Monsters

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFxN2oDKk0E This is awful, from go to whoa – actually, I should amend that statement, for, dazed and confused and with perforated eardrums, I scarpered...

Cinema Reviews: Rocketman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3vO8E2e6G0 If you’re thinking that this might have come along just a bit too soon after Bohemian Rhapsody (the apotheosis of pop stars can be...

Cinema Review: Brightburn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD1vbhicJUY Rule #1: If you are travelling in the US, don’t go anywhere near Kansas – nothing good ever happens there. Rule #2: If you...

Cinema Review: The Heiresses

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ_5-RQ0Dpw Just because a movie picks up a shiny prix at some circus in Europe doesn’t necessarily mean it’s any good. This dour, patronising and...

Cinema Review: Top End Wedding

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoDBvGF9pPU It’s sometimes too easy to attend the cinema with not overly high expectations. The trailers for this were hokey and Screen Australia’s keenness to...

Cinema Review: Peterloo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhSv5-frnxk As a filmmaker with a pronounced social conscience, and as a native Mancunian, Mike Leigh will have approached the story of the Peterloo massacre...

Cinema Review: The Hustle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j5hwooOHVE Just off the cuff, I can’t for the life of me remember a weaker re-make of a terrific, much-loved film. Frank Oz’s Dirty Rotten...

Cinema Review: All Is True

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1I5cKmiONDI You could have knocked me down with a feather when I saw that it was the once-was-hip, in-your-face comic Ben Elton who wrote this...

Cinema Reviews: The Hummingbird Project

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-IlhKbakFA The Hummingbird Project If, like me, your understanding of technology ground to a halt at about the same time as the invention of the wheel,...

Cinema Reviews: Long Shot

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5jiaHvx-kY   Long Shot It is timely, as we in Oz suffer another political campaign of mind-boggling superficiality and putrid populism, that in a parallel universe the...

Cinema Review: Gloria Bell

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCwCdQK2Qss There is a lot of hype surrounding Chilean writer/director Sebastián Lelio’s remake of the film of the same name that he shot in Spanish...

Cinema Reviews: The Chaperone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWxRt1mC-CA At one point, Norma, the chaperone (Elizabeth McGovern), says to Louise, the young lady who is in her care (Haley Lu Richardson), ‘I can’t...

Cinema Review: Everybody Knows

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnoBx999MZM Everybody Knows Iranian Asghar Farhadi is one of the most original and compelling writer/directors working today. A Separation (2011) and The Salesman (2016) – both...

Cinema reviews: Destroyer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqHaLUoiWZU Is this really how the LAPD go about their business? A bank robbery is in progress. Six masked gunmen are holding the staff and...

Cinema Reviews: The Lego Movie 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11K013qpRR4 When challenged by visitors from outer space, the Lego people get together to choose a leader. Lego Batman (with the now famous husky Christian...

Cinema Reviews: The Aftermath  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPv3e2FZOgo Casting can count for so much in a movie. Keira Knightley is perfectly suited to be Rachael, wife of the British Army officer who...

Cinema Reviews: Pet Sematary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK0LNzU2TQI The screen has benefited immensely from the prolific pen of Stephen King (filmed versions of his novels include a couple of personal favourites, Stand...

Cinema Reviews: Shazam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=go6GEIrcvFY There are a lot of people (and I include myself among the group) whose response to any super-hero movie has always been ‘are they...

Cinema Review: Dumbo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgcrMHAezS0 There is something about movies by Tim Burton that makes them a bit like a takeaway Chinese dinner – ten minutes after you’ve eaten...

Cinema Review: Us

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNCmb-4oXJA The old bloke a few seats down from me yawned audibly, and I was feeling the same way. Jordan Peele shot to fame among...

Cinema Review: Fighting With My Family

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSs5zsGoqs4 Women’s professional sports have come along in leaps and bounds recently and this rambunctious, uplifting and tender movie tells the story of one of...

Cinema Reviews: Godzilla: Kong of the Monsters

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFxN2oDKk0E This is awful, from go to whoa – actually, I should amend that statement, for, dazed and confused and with perforated eardrums, I scarpered...

Cinema Reviews: Rocketman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3vO8E2e6G0 If you’re thinking that this might have come along just a bit too soon after Bohemian Rhapsody (the apotheosis of pop stars can be...

Cinema Review: Brightburn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD1vbhicJUY Rule #1: If you are travelling in the US, don’t go anywhere near Kansas – nothing good ever happens there. Rule #2: If you...

Cinema Review: The Heiresses

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ_5-RQ0Dpw Just because a movie picks up a shiny prix at some circus in Europe doesn’t necessarily mean it’s any good. This dour, patronising and...

Cinema Review: Top End Wedding

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoDBvGF9pPU It’s sometimes too easy to attend the cinema with not overly high expectations. The trailers for this were hokey and Screen Australia’s keenness to...

Cinema Review: Peterloo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhSv5-frnxk As a filmmaker with a pronounced social conscience, and as a native Mancunian, Mike Leigh will have approached the story of the Peterloo massacre...

Cinema Review: The Hustle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j5hwooOHVE Just off the cuff, I can’t for the life of me remember a weaker re-make of a terrific, much-loved film. Frank Oz’s Dirty Rotten...

Cinema Review: All Is True

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1I5cKmiONDI You could have knocked me down with a feather when I saw that it was the once-was-hip, in-your-face comic Ben Elton who wrote this...

Cinema Reviews: The Hummingbird Project

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-IlhKbakFA The Hummingbird Project If, like me, your understanding of technology ground to a halt at about the same time as the invention of the wheel,...

Cinema Reviews: Long Shot

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5jiaHvx-kY   Long Shot It is timely, as we in Oz suffer another political campaign of mind-boggling superficiality and putrid populism, that in a parallel universe the...

Cinema Review: Gloria Bell

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCwCdQK2Qss There is a lot of hype surrounding Chilean writer/director Sebastián Lelio’s remake of the film of the same name that he shot in Spanish...

Cinema Reviews: The Chaperone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWxRt1mC-CA At one point, Norma, the chaperone (Elizabeth McGovern), says to Louise, the young lady who is in her care (Haley Lu Richardson), ‘I can’t...

Cinema Review: Everybody Knows

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnoBx999MZM Everybody Knows Iranian Asghar Farhadi is one of the most original and compelling writer/directors working today. A Separation (2011) and The Salesman (2016) – both...

Cinema reviews: Destroyer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqHaLUoiWZU Is this really how the LAPD go about their business? A bank robbery is in progress. Six masked gunmen are holding the staff and...

Cinema Reviews: The Lego Movie 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11K013qpRR4 When challenged by visitors from outer space, the Lego people get together to choose a leader. Lego Batman (with the now famous husky Christian...

Cinema Reviews: The Aftermath  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPv3e2FZOgo Casting can count for so much in a movie. Keira Knightley is perfectly suited to be Rachael, wife of the British Army officer who...

Cinema Reviews: Pet Sematary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK0LNzU2TQI The screen has benefited immensely from the prolific pen of Stephen King (filmed versions of his novels include a couple of personal favourites, Stand...

Cinema Reviews: Shazam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=go6GEIrcvFY There are a lot of people (and I include myself among the group) whose response to any super-hero movie has always been ‘are they...

Cinema Review: Dumbo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgcrMHAezS0 There is something about movies by Tim Burton that makes them a bit like a takeaway Chinese dinner – ten minutes after you’ve eaten...

Cinema Review: Us

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNCmb-4oXJA The old bloke a few seats down from me yawned audibly, and I was feeling the same way. Jordan Peele shot to fame among...

Cinema Review: Fighting With My Family

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSs5zsGoqs4 Women’s professional sports have come along in leaps and bounds recently and this rambunctious, uplifting and tender movie tells the story of one of...
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