All posts by Grant Watson

Grant Watson is an Australian film critic and writer. He lives in Melbourne.

REVIEW: Dream Home (2010)

Cheng Li-sheung (Josie Ho) is a Hong Kong professional desperate to purchase her dream apartment. When the owners abruptly increase the price, she violently takes matters into her own hands. Pang Ho-cheung is a well-regarded writer/director for his acclaimed Love trilogy of comedies, which kicked off with Love in a Puff back in 2010. The same year he also ...

REVIEW: My Uncle (2016)

A boy named Yukio (Riku Onishi) is tasked with writing an essay about a family member. While his classmates choose to write about their accomplished career parents, Yukio selects his uncle (Ryuhei Matsuda): a worthless layabout who works 90 minutes a week as a philosophy lecture while camping out indefinitely in his brother's (Yukio's father) ...

REVIEW: The Challenge (1982)

American boxer Rick Murphy (Scott Glenn) is hired to smuggle a rare katana - a traditional Japanese sword - into Tokyo. Ambushed on arrival, he finds himself caught between two warring brothers: the younger Hideo (Atsuo Nakamura) is a powerful crime boss, while elder brother Yoshida (Toshiru Mifune) runs a dojo and clings to the ...

REVIEW: Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)

Martin Blank (John Cusack) is a professional killer suffering a crisis of conscience. When a mission goes awry he is forced to accept an assassination job in Grosse Pointe, Michigan - a job that coincides with his 10 year high school reunion. Back in his home town for the first time since leaving his girlfriend ...

REVIEW: Young Thugs: Nostalgia (1998)

Riichi (Yuki Nagata) is a boy growing up in 1969 Japan. His father (Naoto Takenaka) is low-level yakuza with a penchant for adultery and violence. His mother (Setsuko Karasuma) regularly leaves their house in disgust, only to randomly returns days - if not weeks - later. In the lead-up to Apollo 11 moon landings, Riichi ...

REVIEW: Beautiful Accident (2017)

Li Yuran (Gwei Lun-mei) is a no-nonsense and unsympathetic defence lawyer. When she is killed in a late night car accident, she finds herself in the afterlife - a nightmarish bureaucracy - where her case manager (Wang Jingchun) explains that due to a clerical error she has been incorrectly killed. As it will take seven ...

REVIEW: Justice League (2017)

In the aftermath of Superman's death, the world comes under attack from the alien menace Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds). With time running out, Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) pool their resources to assemble a group of super-powered individuals to save the planet. The short version: Justice League is an imperfect but very enjoyable superhero adventure. ...

REVIEW: Sadako vs Kayako (2016)

University students Yuri (Mizuki Yamamoto) and Natsumi (Aimi Satsukawa) watch a cursed videotape and find themselves both fated to die at the hands of the violent spirit Sadako. Across town high schooler Suzuka (Tina Tamashiro) is haunted by the vengeful ghost Kayoko that hides inside a house with a long history of violent murder. When ...

REVIEW: Free Fire (2016)

Two IRA activists, Chris (Cillian Murphy) and Frank (Michael Smiley), are escorted to a gun deal with the flamboyant South African arms dealer Vernon (Sharlto Copley). A misunderstanding ensues, shots are fired in a panic, and the deal collapses into an extended and deadly shoot-out in a disused warehouse. English director Ben Wheatley has developed ...

REVIEW: Rough Night (2017)

Jess (Scarlett Johansson) is a senatorial candidate about to get married to Peter (Paul W. Downs). Before her wedding day she travels to Miami with her four best friends: school teacher Alice (Jillian Bell), political activist Frankie (Ilana Glazer), estate agent Blair (Zoë Kravitz), and kooky Australian Pippa (Kate McKinnon). When an encounter with a ...