All posts by Grant Watson

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

Review: Rambo: Last Blood (2019)

Vietnam veteran John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) lives on his family ranch with Mexican housekeeper Maria (Adriana Bazzara) and her granddaughter Gabrielle (Yvette Monreal). When Gabrielle - a high school graduate on her way to college - receives details on her long-departed father, she crosses the border to Mexico to track him down. When she does ...

10 archive highlights among the Disney+ launch

With the Walt Disney company launching its own international film and television streaming service Disney+ within two months, one of the big questions was with what sorts of productions would the service launch. New and exclusive series like Star Wars spin-off The Mandalorian have been well publicised, but the question is more about back catalogue materials - what, ...

REVIEW: Fires on the Plain (2014)

In the final days of World War II, a bullied soldier suffering from tuberculosis makes his way through the Filipino jungle in the hope of reaching his evacuation point in time. On his journey he encounters local guerillas, hides from the American military, and discovers the frightening extent to which desperate, starving men will go ...

REVIEW: Collective Invention (2015)

A medical experiment goes disastrously awry, transforming one of its human subjects (Lee Kwang-soo) into a mutated half-man half-fish. When he goes to his ex-girlfriend (Park Bo-young) for help, she instead leaks his appearance onto the Internet and sells him out to the pharmaceutical corporation that caused his mutation. While Korea goes fish-man mad, an ...

REVIEW: Bullet Ballet (1998)

Writer/director Shinya Tsukamoto made an enormous impact internationally with his low-budget 1989 tech-horror Tetsuo: The Iron Man. Shot in grainy black and white with a piercing industrial soundtrack, it rapidly became a cult hit around the world and attracted a fiercely loyal cult following. Tsukamoto's subsequent films never quite captured the widespread attention that his feature ...

REVIEW: Love and… (2015)

A young woman goes to see her grandfather in hospital. He is suffering deeply from depression, and clearly some additional mental illnesses because he is soon chasing a cleaning lady around the ward with a knife. Before long that sequence is broken as a gaffer interrupts the shoot - we are actually watching a film ...