An actual Aussie Christmas film?

Here's the thing about Christmas in Australia - it's summertime.  Yes, the weather outside IS frightful, because it's bloody hot! 

It's pretty rare to find a genuine Australian Christmas film but this one is my favourite Christmas film bar none (because people, Die Hard doesn't count!).  You'll have to hunt for it and it may be listed under it's US title Miracle Down Under (such a stupid name).

It's got an all star cast and is directed by George Miller (Happy Feet).  Go for it!!


PLOT: Struggling to establish themselves in the outback, a young boy and his family discover the true meaning of Christmas through their curmudgeonly neighbour and a swagman.

CAST: John Waters ("Underbelly", "All Saints"), Dee Wallace (ET), Charles 'Bud' Tingwell  (The Castle), Bill Kerr ("Changi"), Nadine Garner ("City Homicide"), Grant Piro ("City Homicide")

Remember when VR was the next big thing?

Hi guys

Quick and dirty this week.  Did you know that Crowe and Washington were brought together long before American Gangster with roles reversed?

I love this movie just for the old technology and the fact that it was a great performance from Russell Crowe before his big Hollywood break. The character SID (Sadistic, Intelligence, Dangerous) is a great villain!  Part Matrix-Part noir.  Check out...


CAST: Denzel Washington (American Gangster, Training Day), Russell Crowe (American Gangster, Gladiator), Kelly Lynch

PLOT:  When a big organisation creates a law enforcement training program through virtual reality, they inadvertently release their super villain into reality.  It's now up to an ex-cop/prisoner to stop him... as he once did before.

And you thought Jason Bourne was cool!

Before there were snakes on a plane, before Damon's Bourne tried to uncover his past, before The Bride had to kill Bill, there was one bad ass chick called Charly.

Picture this, you're the perfect soccer mum. You bake cookies for your daughter's class.You have a kind, steady man in your life.  And you don't remember anything before this very ordinary existence began.  And then someone tries to kill you and your family for something from your past... What follows is an action packed trip with Samantha and a deadbeat PI sidekick. 

Now we all know how I feel about David Morse but here meet another side to him, a special kind of charming creep with some inventive torture techniques!

DIRECTOR: Renny Harlin (The Covenant, Deep Blue Sea)

CAST: Geena Davis ("Commander in Chief", A League of Their Own), Samuel L Jackson (Snakes on a Plane, Jurassic Park, Pulp Fiction), Brian Cox (Troy, X-Men II, The Bourse Supremacy), David Morse (Disturbia, The Green Mile)

PLOT: When an assassin viciously attacks a seemingly ordinary woman, her amnesia cracks and she begins to remember her past... and that persona is coming back for revenge against the people who tried to kill her.

For more amnesiac films see:

Kill Bill Vol I & II
The Bourne Trilogy

Watch the trailer