All posts by Grant Watson

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

REVIEW: Frost/Nixon (2008)

British television personality David Frost (Michael Sheen) thinks he has scored the coup of a lifetime: interviewing former American President Richard Nixon (Frank Langella) for a series of televised interviews. Dismissed by the American news media as a light-touch interviewer and struggling to find a network willing to buy the interviews once complete, Frost also ...

REVIEW: The Monkey King 2 (2016)

Soil Cheang's 2014 fantasy The Monkey King adapted the early chapters of Journey to the West, depicting an out-of-control Sun Wukong being tricked by the villainous Bull Demon King to rampage through heaven. As punishment, Wukong was trapped underneath a mountain for 500 years. The Monkey King 2 picks up five centuries later, as Wukong is rescued by, and then ...

REVIEW: Aquarius (2016)

Clara (Sônia Braga) is a retired music critic living in an apartment block in Recife along Brazil's coast. She has survived cancer and outlived her husband, but now she faces a construction company intent on demolishing her home and rebuilding the Aquarius apartments into larger and more up-market residences. Clara refuses to sell and refuses ...

REVIEW: Hidden Figures (2016)

In 1961 African-American mathematician Katherine Goble (Taraji P. Henson) works in the segregated computing division of NASA's Langley Research Center, along with her colleagues Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) and Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer). When the increasingly competitive 'space race' forces NASA to ramp up its efforts to put a human into space, Katherine is assigned ...

REVIEW: The Monkey King (2014)

After a failed demonic attack on Heaven, the rebuilding process inadvertently creates a supernaturally powerful monkey. After growing up to become the powerful but mischievous Monkey King (Donnie Yen), he finds himself manipulated by the vengeful Bull Demon King (Aaron Kwok) to challenge heaven and the authority of the benevolent Jade Emperor (Chow Yun-Fat). Produced ...

REVIEW: Cargo (2009)

By the year 2267, Earth has suffered an irreperable ecological failure. Human refugees crowd orbital space stations, while a lucky few travel to the distant colony world of Rhea where they live in a comparative paradise. Dr Laura Portmann (Anna-Katharina Schwabroh) signs on as medical officer on the cargo ship Kassandra, which is embarking on ...