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Top five… Final Destination deaths

Posted in TOP FIVES with tags , , , , , on August 26, 2011 by Ross McD

The commissioning of a fifth Final Destination film tells us two things: 1) the producers of THE Final Destination lied to us, and 2) the formula works. Everyone is well aware the films are shit, but they pack some awesome death scenes. Ross McD lists the top five…

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Top Five… Signs we should have known Tom Cruise was a f**king nutjob

Posted in TOP FIVES with tags , , , , , on June 10, 2011 by Ross McD

McG will defend him to the end, but the Cruise missile’s targeting systems have always been a little askew. With the man himself out checking out the Super 8 premiere this week, Ross McD counts the ways on Phantom’s CineramaContinue reading

Best in the World: Australia

Posted in BEST IN THE WORLD with tags , , , , , , , on May 4, 2011 by Lord Ian O'Itall


They may speak the same language as us, but Australian films have a look and style that makes them very distinctive and sometimes startlingly unique, even if the majority of them are about dysfunctional families, World War 2 or sheep. Sitting at the arse end of the planet, it’s no surprise the world didn’t really take much notice of the cinematic efforts of our antipodean friends until the 1970s, something not helped by its production of cheap but cheer-free snorefests that were about as enticing as a date with Morag off Home And Away. But then things changed and some young diggers got to work and came out with classics that brought new talents to our screens and perhaps most noticeably, a whole new lexicon that quickly caught on (but inevitably led to cliché after becoming as overused as a dunnie after a day eating undercooked shrimp off the barbie… see?) This was no more evident than in the 1980s when Hollywood briefly fell in love with a certain knife-wielding crocodile wrestler, but thankfully things picked up again and we’ve been left with some very tough calls on what was good enough to make this list. Mr Dundee doesn’t make it (it’s an American film), but then neither does BMX Bandits, such was the quality to choose from. So who is in the Top Five? Read on and find out… Continue reading

Top Five… Worst Julia Roberts films

Posted in TOP FIVES with tags , , , , , , on December 26, 2010 by Ross McD

The highest paid actress in Hollywood? They obviously didn’t look too closely at Julia’s CV. Ross McD does just that on Phantom’s CineramaContinue reading

The Matrix v The Matrix Reloaded

Posted in BATTLES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 23, 2010 by rossvross

You hear that Ross McG and Ross McD? That is the sound of the two of you pointlessly bickering. Sadly, the Matrix trilogy is just that: a trilogy. But let’s pretend for a second that The Matrix Revolutions was never made, and its predecessors were never irevocably tarnished by it. Do you prefer to enter The Matrix, or  would you see it Reloaded? Which one is The One? Click HERE or on the pic above to see how far this rabbit hole goes… Continue reading

3e Movie Club: The Hitcher

Posted in 3e MOVIE CLUB with tags , , , , , , on November 19, 2010 by Ross McD

A delightful rom-com about a guy who helps guys and gals get hitched Continue reading

3e Movie Club: Chaplin

Posted in 3e MOVIE CLUB with tags , , , , , , on October 10, 2010 by Ross McD

Did you know Ross McD once came third in a Ross McD lookalike competition? Continue reading

Flash Gordon v Highlander

Posted in BATTLES with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 14, 2010 by rossvross

Films are all about trying to have cool soundtracks nowadays. But filmmakers are so busy trying to find the hippest choones from the most up-to-date bands that they overlook the only ingredient they ever needed. Which of these two Queen-fuelled classics is the real prince of the universe? Click HERE or the pic above to read the arguments. There can be only one… Continue reading