Sam Jones

Sam Jones

Growing up in inner city Brisbane in Queensland, Australia, Sam’s been obsessed with video games for most his life (or as much of it as he can remember) since the day he got his first console, a PSOne. As time wore on, Sam picked up another obsession: film. Throughout his time in school, Sam dabbled in a number of creative pursuits, including Drama and Film and TV, and eventually found his calling in journalism, screenwriting, and film critique and analysis. After graduating from school, Sam completed a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Arts, with majors in Film and TV Studies. Now free (sort of) and out in the real world, Sam’s looking to break into the world of entertainment journalism and criticism.

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Colossal (2017) Review

You know, in this day and age of “been there, done that” cinema, it’s often challenging to come up with ideas that feel genuinely fresh. Indeed, I am fully convinced there really aren’t any ideas anyone has now that can’t just be described as “blank meets” blank”. Of course, that’s not at all a bad thing; on the contrary, sometimes “blank meets blank” is exactly the kind of thing you’re looking fo...[Read More]

7.6

Good

Dark Souls 3: The Ringed City (2017) PS4 Review

Well, I had thought that Dark Souls 3 had fared us all well with its previous DLC installment, Ashes of Ariandel, but apparently I was entirely incorrect. The true swan song to From Software’s flagship franchise is, in fact, The Ringed City. And having played through the whole shebang recently, I can tell you that it sure is more Dark Souls. Yeah slightly underwhelming, but there it is. Of course,...[Read More]

6.2

Fair

Ghost In The Shell (2017) Review

The original animated adaption of Ghost in the Shell, and the manga on which it was based, represent one of the most influential and significant works of not just anime or even the cyberpunk subgenre, but the entirety of science fiction. Amongst its fans and followers, it’s held up as a true classic and a masterpiece of the genre. So, of course, it had to get remade. It was basically inevitable, a...[Read More]

6.9

Fair

Kong: Skull Island (2017) Review

So I guess monster movies are making a comeback: first we had Pacific Rim, then we had the 2014 reboot of everyone’s favorite atomic-breath spewing giant lizard-dinosaur thing with Godzilla, and now we’ve got the Anne Hathaway-starring kaiju komedy Colossal on the horizon. So really, why shouldn’t we reboot King Kong, one of cinema’s most iconic tragic monsters? Welp, there’s no need to ponder tha...[Read More]

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Logan (2017) Review #2

Say what you will about the current flood of superhero movies from both the Marvel and DC camps that currently inundate the mainstream film market, but it’s difficult to deny their popularity or incredible impact. And much of what made that possible was due to X-Men: while they don’t hold up too great now, the success of those early X-Men films paved the way for superhero films to become the pheno...[Read More]

4.5

Poor

Fist Fight (2017) Review

“Bad teachers” isn’t exactly a new concept as far as cinema goes, and it certainly isn’t a new premise for a comedy. Even still, Fist Fight piqued my interest if only because much of the promo material in the lead-up was so incredibly uninformative beyond its core premise, which to its credit, is a decent core comedy premise: I mean, who doesn’t want to see Ice Cube beat up Charlie Day? So, with a...[Read More]

6.5

Fair

Girlfriend’s Day (2017) Review

So, if you’ll beg my indulgence for a moment, I’m gonna go ahead and make a fairly broad, but nonetheless reasonably well-founded, assumption and assume the grand majority of you reading this probably don’t spend to much of your time thinking about greeting cards in any great capacity. Oh sure, you think about them when you need them: birthdays, anniversaries, and what-have-you, but I bet you neve...[Read More]

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The Great Wall (2017) Review

So, The Great Wall’s initial introduction to the world wasn’t the kind that inspires much faith in the end product. The focus on Matt Damon’s character in many of the trailers had people rolling their eyes and groaning at the thought of China being the latest country to get the “white savior” treatment a la Dances With Wolves, The Last Samurai, To Kill a Mockingbird, Avatar…I could go, but I won’t...[Read More]

4.5

Poor

Live By Night (2016) Review #2

In spite of his Batman vs. Superman woes, Ben Affleck has plenty to be proud of in his directorial pursuits. Ol’ Benny’s experienced plenty of success on that front, with most of his directorial features being fairly well-received, to say nothing of the runaway success and Oscar darling of 2012 Argo. So yeah, I think the bar was set reasonably high for Live by Night, both written and directed by A...[Read More]

8.4

Great

Gravity Rush 2 (2017) PS4 Review

Sequels tend to be a frustrating thing, more often than not. Its pretty common for sequels to not actually feel like they’ve built on the foundations laid by the original: they can often seem less like an upgrade and more just a lateral move to one side, or worse, a downgrade. Luckily for us, Gravity Rush 2 is far from a lateral move, and most definitely not a downgrade. The most notable way that ...[Read More]

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xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) Review

xXx: Return of Xander Cage is quite possibly one of the dumbest goddamn movies I’ve seen in a cinema in some time. Now, ordinarily, that would be the kind of sentence that serves as a preamble to a brutal, wholesale critical evisceration, and were I reviewing say…oh I dunno, Prometheus, that would indeed be the case. But this ain’t a review of Prometheus, it’s a review of xXx: Return of Xander Cag...[Read More]

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9.7
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La La Land (2016) Review

Generally speaking, I wouldn’t have called myself a fan of musicals. I’ve seen my share of them, and I’ve enjoyed them well enough, but they’re not the kind of thing I go out of my way for. So why do exactly that for La La Land? Well, I’m not really sure, I guess you could just call it a good feeling…the insane amounts of critical acclaim getting heaped on La La Land probably helped too. Anyway, t...[Read More]

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