Like all major holidays, Christmas is a time for movies where a whole lot of people have individual stories that may or may not come together for a big rousing conclusion. Love, Actually has had the holiday to itself for far too long; now it’s time for the extended Cooper family to stake their claim.
If you’ve ever wondered exactly how to make a story about a couples’ low-key marriage woes actually watchable – if for no other reason than to sell that secret to the ABC to spice up their “quality dramas” – By the Sea has it sorted. Just make sure the couple is insanely good-looking.
Perhaps the most impressive thing about Freeheld – the based-on-a-true-story tale of a New Jersey cop (Julianne Moore) who, when diagnosed with terminal cancer, was not allowed to transfer her pension to her partner (Ellen Page) – is the many angles it finds to make an audience cry.
Ah, horror punk. To be honest, I’d forgotten this genre of music had existed, despite being super into it back in early to mid-high school. Mixing the “screw you” attitude of punk with anything and everything horror-themed, bands like The Wrath – a quintet from the Gold Coast – specialise in music that’s designed to freak you out as well as make you have a good time.