Marc Fennell

Marc Fennell
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Marc Fennell is a film critic, technology journalist, tv presenter, radio host, author and all-round media mischief maker. He is best known around Australia for being 'That Movie Guy' on triple j, ABC Radio and on various Network Ten programmes including The Circle, Ten News and The Project. His unique review segments on triple j (radio and tv) have racked up hundreds of thousands of downloads. Marc has also appeared on multiple Foxtel programmes including Showtime's The Movie Club and the Foxtel Movie Show. Marc co-produces a digital series about the art of movie trailers called Coming Sooner. He also produced & presented the 2012 series Bollywood For Beginners for SBS. Marc's imaginatively titled first book That Movie Book is on shelves through Harper Collins and ABC Books. <p> Marc's career began when he won an AFI Outstanding Young Film Critics Award. After 4 years as the film critic for Sydney radio station FBi 94.5 Marc was soon recruited to present DVD reviews for The Movie Show at the age of 19. Since then he's worked across broadcast, print and online media.
Location: Sydney, Australia

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 94% Star Trek (2009) I think JJ Abrams and his movie 'gets' what Trek is supposed to be about. - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2015
4/5 79% Iron Man 3 (2013) Watching Robert Downey Jr play a charismatic swaggering d*ck is entertaining. Watching him play an emotionally damaged swaggering d*ck is compelling. With huge laughs and hugely entertaining twists Iron Man 3 is easily on of the best Marvel movies - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2013
.5/5 49% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) t's a terrible action film but a brilliant piece of North Korean propaganda. The American characters act so stupidly that you're pretty much rooting for Kim Jong-un. THAT'S HOW BAD IT IS. - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2013
3.5/5 81% Warm Bodies (2013) Sometimes feels like the script doesn't quite know where it's going but has plenty of fun getting there. - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2013
3/5 52% Oblivion (2013) Stunning design, clever twists and turns, strong performances and one of the best soundtracks in recent memory marred by one of the most patronising unnecessary voice-over narrations of all time. - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2013
4/5 86% Django Unchained (2012) A bloody masterpiece. Funny, Thrilling, cleverly structured. - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2013
4/5 91% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) A film of infectious urgency, questionable accuracy, murky morality and undeniable emotional and intellectual power - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2013
3/5 89% Lincoln (2012) A bit like watching the West Wing played by Amish People. Desperately needed 40 minutes cut out of what is essentially quite a beautifully made movie. - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2013
.5/5 5% Movie 43 (2013) Being punched in the face was easier that watching this movie. - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2013
4/5 47% Beautiful Creatures (2013) Who would've thought that Emo Witches and Satanic Southern MILFS could end up being so entertaining? - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2013
4/5 67% Cloud Atlas (2012) Despite the fact that ot sometimes looks like $102 million celebrity dress up party where Tom Hanks got a really good bulk deal on latex noses Cloud Atlas sometimes strikes moments of sheer beauty. - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2013
2.5/5 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) Stunning visuals, some suprising plot twists, dreadfully mediocre dialogue delivered by a woefully miscast James Franco. - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2013
2/5 37% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) 4 good jokes do not a good comedy feature film make. - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2013
2/5 15% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) A perfectly fine collection of ridiculous stunts and gratuitous explosions ruined by the addition of nonsensical plot and acting that appears to be submerged beneath weapons-grade painkillers. - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2013
1/5 10% The Host (2013) So badly scripted, performed and directed that it literally destroyed my faith in humanity. - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2013
4/5 68% Trance (2013) Stretches plausibility but enormously engaging with with rhythmic visuals, killer soundtrack and ballsy cast. - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2013
2.5/5 21% The Rite (2011) Anthony Hopkins playing someone evil? SHOCKING. He is rather good at this schtick, but the script is flabby and cliche ridden. The young lead looks distractingly like an emo Ken doll too. - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2011
3.5/5 67% The Company Men (2011) Unemployment is not a naturally cinematic thing. A far-too-neat conclusion notwithstanding, This is a decent exploration of the psychology of what happens when you loose your job. - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2011
3/5 74% The Way Back (2011) There is a limit to how many times one human can watch toothless, malnourished men stumble around the desert bitching about communism and a lack of borscht. - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2011
4/5 71% The Adjustment Bureau (2011) Far too neat and schmaltzy but otherwise a surprisingly witty film from the Dark City/Inception mould. - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2011
2/5 60% Wasted on the Young (2010) Visually impressive, but the script needed a big angry red pen taken to it. Oh, and does every character need to shuffle around like they're in a My Chemical Romance video clip? - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2011
3.5/5 50% Tron Legacy (2010) A fantastic big screen sensory experience that unfortunately has a plot built entirely from nonsensical technophilosphy wank - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2011
2/5 70% Somewhere (2010) A superficial movie about beautiful people, when it needed to be a beautiful film about superficial people. Lacks the magic of Coppola's best movies. - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2011
4.5/5 94% The King's Speech (2010) Witty script, quirky performances, flawless casting and wonderfully inventive cinematography. Golf claps all round. - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2011
2/5 24% The Dilemma (2011) Some great chemistry between the central duo is undone by a plot that is so frustrating you will want to chew off your arm. It's so frustrating that the ending is a palpable relief. - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2011
4.5/5 85% Black Swan (2010) Sure, it's melodramatic and self-important, but Black swan is still a thing of rare terrifying, heartbreaking, surreal, monstrous and downright orgasmic beauty - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2011
4/5 80% Catfish (2010) Whether its real or not is irrelevant. Catfish is an amazing, tense, charming, soulful, utterly surprising portrait about technology & psychology - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2011
1.5/5 32% How Do You Know (2010) Good news: you've got great actors with wonderful chemistry and comic timing. Bad News: they're playing some of the most irritating, unlikable, infuriating characters ever committed to film - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2011
2.5/5 65% Tamara Drewe (2010) Starts with great wit and then dissipates into a hazy episodic mess - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2011
3/5 51% The Next Three Days (2010) Solid performances, beautiful camerawork. It just would've been nice if they'd included some more twists and turns in the otherwise decent script - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2011
3.5/5 86% Rabbit Hole (2010) When Nicole Kidman has full control of her facial muscles she is unrivaled in her ability to play cold, distant emotionally scarred bitches. Its a marvelous performance. That said, the film itself can be so anguished that you will need counseling upon exit - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2011
4.5/5 93% 127 Hours (2010) Danny Boyle makes you experience the ordeal in vivid, intimate details. You feel everything from the visceral agony to the utter triumph. It's brilliant movie-making - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2011
4/5 49% No Strings Attached (2011) Quite the rarity for Hollywood romantic comedies, No Strings Attached is loaded with funny ideas. Portman creates a complex leading lady. It's a funny, sharp and wonderfully dirty - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2011
3/5 30% Sanctum (2011) A great survival action movie where none of the cast should've been allowed to talk. The script is cliched. Roxburgh is essentially playing Bob Hawke underwater while Ioan Gruffud is inexplicably channeling De Niro. - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2011
3/5 55% Unknown (2011) It's a juicy idea but it ends up playing out like an extended tv movie - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2011
3.5/5 52% Devil (2010) Holy mother of god: behold the first M Night Shyamalan-associated film in the last 4 years that doesn't utterly blow. - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2010
2/5 89% Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) A brilliantly twisted idea, horribly executed - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2010
4/5 72% Megamind (2010) A well-plotted, genuinely fun spin on the Superhero/Supervillian genre with talented voice talent put to good use rather than simply stunt-cast - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2010
2/5 65% The American (2010) Sparse, tense, beautiful... and strangely empty. The dialogue, plot and characterisation are nowhere near as deep or profound as the filmmakers seem to think they are. - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2010
3.5/5 33% Wild Target (2010) Snappy, sarcastic, implausible caper that looses almost all momentum 1 hour in. Also, how do you feel about Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt making out? If you just threw up in your mouth a little, you might wanna avoid this. - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2010
2/5 16% Skyline (2010) Look up in the sky: its a bird! its a plane! No.... its every single alien invasion movie rolled into one epic fan film. Mind you, it does have a wonderfully messed-up twist ending. - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2010
3.5/5 77% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) Pretty artful, complex, compelling work for a film that technically doesn't have a beginning or end. - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2010
4/5 80% Made in Dagenham (2010) An old fashioned Workers vs. The Man flick that balances just the right amount of emotional grit with larger than life humour. A charmer - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2010
4.5/5 95% The Social Network (2010) Snappy script, sharp editing, eerily perfect soundtrack and nuanced performances. One of the first films to articulate the psychological power and draw of the internet: what it feeds us and why we feed on it - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2010
98% The Loved Ones (2012) Edible roadkill, Frontal lobotomies, teenage psychopaths and Kasey Chambers music....Precisely what every school dance should feature, right? A surprising, fast, stylised Aussie torture porn. - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2010
1.5/5 65% Jackass 3 (2010) Knoxville's gang have transformed from 'a band of oddly resiliant dudes making dicks of themselves' to "men who really should know better". It's lost that essential youthful energy - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2010
1/5 5% The Last Airbender (2010) Unspeakably bad dialogue delivered by excruciatingly bad actors in a plot so illogical and stupid it kills unicorns. - Channel 10 Australia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2010
85% Easy A (2010) Smart, funny and charming. Easy A is a textbook example of how to make a Hollywood teen comedy well -- save for a slightly too-neat ending. - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2010
3.5/5 78% The Other Guys (2010) If you're a fan of Ferrell's tangential humour, this is a blast with some particularly impressive directorial flourishes from McKay. Still not as funny/weird/demented as Anchorman. - Triple J EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2010
3/5 40% The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010) In spite of Nic Cage's 'Hobo-with-a-leather-fetish' chic there are some inventive effects sequences. Feels likes like a watchable-but-unremarkable patchwork quilt of every fantasy flick ever made. - Channel 10 Australia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2010