Rhys Pascoe

Senior Reviewer and Contributor

Rhys Pascoe

Rhys Pascoe - Senior Reviewer and Contributor

“It’s like Jim Carrey’s Riddler snorted a dozen lines of cocaine with a Matthew Vaughan movie, and they decided to spend a weekend off-roading in the outback.”
Mad Max: Fury Road – 4½ stars

After spending the bulk of his childhood growing up on the set of Skins (known to the locals as Bristol or ‘Brizzle’), Rhys moved to the land Down Under with two goals: to meet Hugh Jackman, and to studyCommunications at Edith Cowan University. So far, he’s only achieved one of these. Now pursuing a career in marketing, PR and writing, he awakens his inner movie buff in his spare time to write reviews for Hooked On Film.

When he’s not quietly sipping a mug of tea, and flicking through the latest issue of Empire, Rhys gets by on a steady diet of HBO, Netflix and anything involving time travel. Always partial to work of nerd deities like Edgar Wright, Christopher Nolan and Joss Whedon, Rhys’ biggest cinematic pet peeves include 3D films (the glasses never fit properly!), Tom Cruise haters (he does all his own stunts!) and Michael Bay (no explanation needed).

Is Rotten Tomatoes Ruining the Art of Film Criticism?

Hollywood is blaming Rotten Tomatoes for its rotten summer – but do they actually have a point? The northern summer just gone has been one filled with quality cinema; from filmmaker-driven fare such as Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver to franchise films like Wonder Woman and Spider-man: Homecoming,...

Guide to Spoiler Etiquette

Navigating spoilers on social media and at work can feel a bit like creeping through a minefield – but it doesn’t have to be such a stressful and strenuous task. Rhys Pascoe A lot of people will joke that they didn’t know Bruce Willis was a ghost at the end...

5 Films That’re So Bad They’re Good

Gather your mates, crack open a few bevvies and revel in some of the best worst movies ever committed to film. There are good films; there are bad films; then there are films that are simply so bad that they have transcended terribleness and transformed into something good again. This...

Becoming Bond: Revelation Film Festival 2017

Becoming Bond is a candid behind-the-scenes look at the career of George Lazenby, an Australian model who was suddenly thrust into the limelight as one of the most iconic characters ever. 3.5/5. After five hugely successful and popular entries, Sean Connery passed on the opportunity to star in further Bond films,...

Is Star Wars In Trouble?

As much as it pains me to admit it, the Star Wars franchise might be be serious trouble right about now. Let's not sugarcoat this – the recent news about Phil Lord and Christopher Miller getting the boot from the untitled Han Solo spin-off is shocking in both its nature...

Cinematic Universes and the Folly of Franchises

Cinematic universes are all the rage – but some studios aren’t learning the right lessons from the success of their peers. Just a quick glance at the posters lining cinema walls this month and you’ll see reams of films that no doubt tie-in with or launch an existing franchise, series...

Ridley Scott: From Xenomorphs to Maximus Meridius

Over a 40-year career, Ridley Scott has crafted a reputation as a versatile master of the screen. A filmmaker with a deft understanding of the power in subtle yet impactful visual effects, Ridley Scott originally concerned himself with working behind the camera on television commercials, the most notable of which...

Why Is Fast and Furious Still So Popular?

Like a torpedo fired from a Russian nuclear submarine, The Fate of the Furious has gone off like a rocket at the box office. But what factors have gone into transforming this series from humble beginnings to the titanic takings its currently enjoying? If someone slipped into a coma back...

Interview: Fin Edquist – Bad Girl

Filmed in Perth's lush green backyard of the Swan Valley and its surrounds, Bad Girl is a low-budget thriller garnering widespread critical acclaim. After premiering at the Melbourne International Film Festival in August last year, the film scored a WA Screen Award for Best Long Form Drama. However, the process...

Fading Stars: Why A-List Status Counts For Nothing

The archetypical Hollywood movie star is dead. We live in a post-movie star world where A-listers mean next to nothing in the grand scheme of what floats and what sinks. Twenty years ago, people flocked to see a certain film based on whose name was splashed across the poster in...

Batman’s Enduring Cinematic Legacy

Since swooping onto the scene in Detective Comics #27 in 1939, Batman (or the Bat-Man as he was originally known) has appeared in countless graphic novels, radio and television serials, animated series and blockbuster movies. Aside from possibly Sherlock Holmes, Batman eclipses pretty much any other literary character under the...

The Irishman

The Irishman has been bubbling away in the background for a little while, with Scorsese seeing...

Fisherman’s Friends

Chris Foggin’s comedy drama Fisherman’s Friends sees a group of ten grizzly fishermen skyrocket to stardom and...

Ready or Not

Ready or Not sits at the bizarre crossroads where Get Out and Clue meet HBO’s Succession. Grace, a snarky orphan who...

Angel Has Fallen

Presidential Secret Service operative and brazen one-man army Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) finds himself branded...

Midsommar

 In Midsommar, a troubled twenty-something recovering from a devastating tragedy, Dani (Florence Pugh) chooses to tag along...

Late Night

It’s often said that comedy is harder than drama, which would make crafting a comedy...

Shazam!

In Shazam!, a troubled teen with a good heart bouncing from foster home to foster home,...

Captain Marvel

A disjointed first act introduces us to Vers (Brie Larson), an amnesiac commando who fights...

Ben Is Back

Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges) is a thief, an alcoholic and a drug addict. Seventy-seven days...

Aquaman

What do you get you pour a dash of Jules Verne, a drop of Shakespeare, a dollop...

Bumblebee

After five increasingly bombastic entries from Michael Bay, Paramount’s weary Transformers series was in dire need of reinvention....

Roma

After spiralling through space in Gravity and charting the collapse of society in Children of Men, Academy Award-winning...

Creed II

Creed II is a film of contradiction. At its core, it’s a story about stepping out...

Venom

Okay, let’s get the confusing stuff out of the way. Yes, Venom is a character...

American Animals

To call American Animals a mere heist movie is a little reductive. It’s a heist movie about...

Crazy Rich Asians

In Crazy Rich Asians, New York economics professor Rachel (Constance Wu) has been dating Nick (Henry...

The Happytime Murders

Directed by Brian Henson (son of Jim) and penned by Todd Berger, The Happytime Murders centres around a simple premise; take...

The Meg

From the iconic (Jaws) to the downright idiotic (Sharknado), shark movies can be plotted along...

The Leisure Seeker

Paolo Virzì’s The Leisure Seeker centres on an old married couple – Ella (Helen Mirren) and John (Donald...

Upgrade

Written and directed by Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious), new Australian film Upgrade is a screaming collision of Paul Verhoeven tech-thriller, grimy...

Kodachrome

In Kodachrome, Jason Sudeikis plays Matt, a struggling record label producer and son of Ben (Ed Harris),...

Rampage

You know those direct-to-video monster mash movies that The Asylum and Syfy put out a...

Pitch Perfect 3

After the second film surpassed School of Rock as the highest-grossing music comedy of all-time in 2015,...

Suburbicon

From prim and proper lawns to white picket fences and pastel pinafores, George Clooney’s Suburbicon is drenched in...

Mountain

  Directed by Australian documentarian Jennifer Peedom, Mountain is a unique cinematic and musical fusion...

IT

Based on Stephen King’s popular novel of the same name, Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of It...

The Big Sick

Starring Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick is a semi-autobiographical rom-com co-written by Nanjiani with real-life...

Baywatch

Baywatch is the latest in an increasingly long line of self-aware remakes of ‘80s and...

John Wick: Chapter 2

Movies based on video games tend to get a bad rap; Assassin’s Creed, Warcraft and Lara Croft are just the tip of...

Table 19

Wedding movies are a cute little subgenre that pops up every so often; from Bridesmaids...

Moana

Moana follows a young Polynesian girl (Auli’i Cravalho) who embarks on a stirring sea voyage...

Sing

Sing is an animated musical comedy from Illumination Entertainment that sees idealistic koala Buster Moon...

Morgan

Morgan sees a team of scientists grapple with the moral quandaries of terminating a bioengineered...

The Accountant

Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is an autistic assassin who cooks the books for international arms...