All posts by Grant Watson

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

REVIEW: The Uchoten Hotel (2006)

On New Year's Eve inside a luxury Tokyo hotel, a maid (Takako Matsu) gets confused for an industrialist's lover, an honoured deer specialist has an unexpected encounter with his actual lover, that lover targets a disgraced senator-in-hiding, a manager (Koji Yakusho) runs into his wife at the worst possible moment, an aspiring musician decides to quit his ...

REVIEW: Jurassic World (2015)

Decades after the original Jurassic Park failed before opening, new owners have been operating the hugely successful Jurassic World theme park for many years. When a secret military project on the park island fails, a genetically engineered dinosaur breaks free on a rampage and threatens the lives of all guests and staff on the island. ...

REVIEW: Your Name (2016)

High schooler Mitsuha (Mone Kamishiraishi) lives in the mountainous Japanese town of Itomori, but yearns for the city life of Tokyo. One day she wakes up in the body of a Tokyo teenager named Taki (Ryunosuke Kamiki) and he in turn wakes up in hers. Back and forth they swap, gradually growing to know each ...

REVIEW: The Company of Wolves (1984)

Neil Jordan's 1984 film The Company of Wolves adapts the short story of the same name by author Angela Carter - who also co-wrote the film's screenplay. It tells not one narrative but several, all linked together in such a manner as to make it a maddening thing to summarise. A girl dreams of living in an ...

REVIEW: War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

Several years after the near-collapse of human civilization, the evolved chimpanzee Caesar (Andy Serkis) defends his community of apes from the human army that is hunting them down. When his wife and son are murdered by a human Colonel (Woody Harrelson), Caesar sends his people towards a new safer home before hunting down the Colonel ...

REVIEW: Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997)

Rich land owner Frederick Hoffman (Sam Neill) loses his wife in a carriage accident in the woods, leaving him to raise their daughter Lilli on his own. Years later a teenage Lilli (Monica Keena) is troubled to see her father remarry to the mysterious Lady Claudia (Sigourney Weaver). Before long Claudia is revealed to have ...

REVIEW: Godzilla vs Biollante (1989)

Five years after Godzilla's second rampage through Tokyo, an illegal experiment grafting the monster's cells to a rose results in the creation of an entirely new giant creature - one like Godzilla, but plant rather than animal-based. When Godzilla himself returns from his five-year slumber inside an active volcano, it is inevitable that the two ...