Empire Magazine Australasia

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 76%

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

"A convincing, evocative drama that captures a key moment in history with aplomb."

Posted Sep 3, 2014

Ed Gibbs

2 91%

The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights (2010)

"A lively document of a revolutionary band on tour in Canada - and a stark reminder of what a music documentary should do. "

Posted Sep 3, 2014

Ed Gibbs

3 90%

Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir ()

"A fascinating, if workmanlike, insight into the life of a legend."

Posted Feb 22, 2013

David Michael Brown

4 38%

Paris Manhattan (2013)

"As light and airy as a soufflé, but not without charm. Taglioni and Bruel are both convincing as the reluctant lovers who just might embrace the inevitable."

Posted Dec 18, 2012

Ed Gibbs

5 74%

Love Is All You Need (2013)

"A deceptively light-hearted romp that blends English and Danish with a touch of Italiano, for a lively, likeable view of the complexities of life and love."

Posted Dec 18, 2012

Ed Gibbs

6 49%

The Man With the Iron Fists (2012)

"A vacuous but fun exercise in chop-sock style over substance."

Posted Dec 7, 2012

David Michael Brown

7 No Score Yet

Love Story ()

"Smartypantsy, fresh, brave: a rom-com experiment that will have you smiling on hitherto unknown levels."

Posted Dec 7, 2012

Danny Murphy

8 71%

The Science of Sleep (2006)

"More amazing work from Gondry. If you're interested in a basic narrative, look away; if you prize inventive filmmaking, don't miss it. "

Posted Nov 16, 2012

Luke Goodsell

9 89%

Zodiac (2007)

"Beautifully poised, slow and sinister: a trance of expectant menace in which Fincher holds his audience until the movie's finale."

Posted Nov 16, 2012

Luke Goodsell

10 77%

The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)

"Altar Boys doesn't strive to revolutionise the genre, but by playing to what it knows the film works as an appealing teenage reminiscence."

Posted Nov 16, 2012

Luke Goodsell

11 34%

TMNT (2007)

"Whenever the amphibians are in action, the film finds a rhythm that mixes punk graphic cool and merch-friendly visuals."

Posted Nov 16, 2012

Luke Goodsell

12 29%

Tideland (2006)

"Surreal, inspired cinema from Gilliam that refuses to sugar-coat the dark imagination of children. "

Posted Nov 16, 2012

Luke Goodsell

13 94%

The Singer (Quand j'etais chanteur) (2006)

"A gentle lament for the relics of an era, an affectionate epitaph for a dying breed of crooners perishing in the cheap mockery of neon discothèques and cubicle apartments."

Posted Nov 16, 2012

Luke Goodsell

14 86%

Paris Je T'aime (2007)

"The bulk of the work, filtered through the idiosyncratic lens of the global art-house, relays a peculiar impression of the city that is at once familiar and displaced."

Posted Nov 16, 2012

Luke Goodsell

15 66%

Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)

"Lavish, grim, magnificent; a robust successor to Zhang's recent martial arts epics, characterised by similarly baroque spectacle and tragedy. "

Posted Nov 16, 2012

Luke Goodsell

16 93%

Gwoemul (The Host) (2007)

"Joon-ho Bong's The Host is a very different kettle of mutated fish."

Posted Nov 16, 2012

Luke Goodsell

17 72%

Bubble (2006)

"A still, sometimes eerie imitation of life that casts a cold eye over small town paralysis."

Posted Nov 16, 2012

Luke Goodsell

18 72%

Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

"Intriguing possibilities, except Helm and Forster aren't quite Kaufman and Jonze. Once their parallel narratives converge, those hoping for a mind-bending meta-pile-up may feel the movie lacks the courage of its fatalistic fiction."

Posted Nov 16, 2012

Luke Goodsell

19 9%

Norbit (2007)

"Like all of Murphy's recent films, there's also a sweet-if-predictable heart beating beneath the discount jokes. "

Posted Nov 16, 2012

Luke Goodsell

20 51%

The Fountain (2006)

"The enormous, and sometimes inspired, visual arc of Aronofsky's reach sadly exceeds his narrative's basic grasp."

Posted Nov 16, 2012

Luke Goodsell

21 92%

Volver (2006)

"Almodóvar's phantasms are emotionally anchored so the story never gets away from its characters -- just when you suspect he might have overplayed his hand he stages a clever, surprising inversion to tie the film together."

Posted Nov 16, 2012

Luke Goodsell

22 65%

Apocalypto (2006)

"Damn if the movie, through Mel's sheer determination, doesn't almost turn from a fight-n-flight gore fest into a moving meditation on a civilisation in the throes of decline. Almost."

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Luke Goodsell

23 87%

Notes on a Scandal (2006)

"Lurid melodrama lifted by corrosive writing and a frightening performance from the Dame. "

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Luke Goodsell

24 72%

Inland Empire (2006)

"A shaky CCTV cam from inside a mind on the edge of madness, the visuals and surreal riddles suggest Lynch has come full circle to the genius of his debut, Eraserhead. What he does now is anyone's guess. And that's thrilling."

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Luke Goodsell

25 87%

The Last King of Scotland (2006)

"Captivating hyper-realism, a taut political thriller, and the performance of the year. "

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Luke Goodsell

26 96%

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

"Both magical and brutal, del Toro's film is a memorable exploration of the enduring power of fairytales. "

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Luke Goodsell

27 55%

Marie Antoinette (2006)

"This gauzy interpretation of the French icon as the life of a decadent paparazzi princess is Versailles via Vogue, a frivolous New Romantic confection in which history is less important than emotional veracity. "

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Luke Goodsell

28 76%

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)

"Montiel's honey coated Queens of the mid-'80s is rich with the violence and carnality of teenagers, and the performances of LaBeouf (as the young Dito) and Channing Tatum (as his Stanley Kowalski-like grunt friend, Antonio) are raw pleasures."

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Luke Goodsell

29 94%

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

"In the 13 years since it was released to a predictably puzzled family audience, Tim Burton's macabre stop motion musical has wound its way through cult affection (and survived mall-Goth appropriation) to earn its rightful place as a genuine classic."

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Luke Goodsell

30 50%

Fast Food Nation (2006)

"This is a considered film that lacks the immediacy of a blunt message like the more simplistic Super Size Me, or the punchy, smokescreen climax of a film like Syriana to send the audience out feeling enlightened. "

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Luke Goodsell

31 51%

Aquamarine (2006)

"Little girls and salty sea dogs alike have long been held in thrall to the mermaid's siren song; in Aquamarine, based on Alice Hoffman's book, the ladyfish finds herself awash in the low tide of teen romantic comedy."

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Luke Goodsell

32 40%

Nacho Libre (2006)

"In a season of smug, telegraphed quirkiness (hello, Little Miss Sunshine), the rambling Nacho Libre, like director Jared Hess' previous Napoleon Dynamite, feels like an original."

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Luke Goodsell

33 24%

Lady in the Water (2006)

"Once again Shyamalan is a maddening storyteller, by turns inspired and insipid, and he still manages to conjure some odd, unnerving moments."

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Luke Goodsell

34 75%

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

"If Hathaway's Andy drives the pedestrian narrative -- idealistic girl learns the value of staying true to herself and her "real" friends; snore -- then Streep is the movie's soul."

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Luke Goodsell

35 48%

Macbeth (2006)

"The Bard gets buried in the gruff posturing, while the cadence of the words prevents the actors from playing to their strengths."

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Luke Goodsell

36 22%

Barnyard (2006)

"A shockingly crass grab for holiday pocket money that's both infantile and endlessly patronising."

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Luke Goodsell

37 43%

Re-cycle (Gwai wik) (2008)

"Amounts to a monstrous, CGI-disfigured pro-life tract. "

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Luke Goodsell

38 95%

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

"Love, the filmmakers repeat ad nauseum, is the only act of freedom in times of trouble. 

So it is about girls, after all..."

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Luke Goodsell

39 69%

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

"A Scanner Darkly is the most faithful Dick adaptation to date. Like Dick's writing, Richard Linklater's movie doesn't sweat at immersing itself in the trappings of sci-fi; it's concerned with ideas."

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Luke Goodsell

40 86%

Thank You For Smoking (2006)

"Curiously, the film's key drawback --its impassive resolution feels a little too slick -- is arguably indicative of the theme: no matter how much we may think we're peeling back the layers, all we arrive at is another façade."

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Luke Goodsell

41 48%

Renaissance (2006)

" The picture is visually stark - at times imagining Fritz Lang had directed The Matrix - and isolated compositions, spiked with high contrast menace, are impressive in their artistic detail. However, the perfunctory plot is B-grade sci-fi."

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Luke Goodsell

42 82%

Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samurai (2000)

"Amusing, melancholy, and meditative, Ghost Dog is a modern classic of the hit man genre."

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Luke Goodsell

43 88%

House of Flying Daggers (2004)

"Though occasionally overwrought, peerless sequences, such as the sublime flight through a bamboo forest, ensure House Of Flying Daggers is a work of real beauty."

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Luke Goodsell

44 93%

Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai) (2004)

"What begins as a slow, determinedly realist account of the children's existence gradually weaves a spell via Kore-eda's gift for delicate emotional detail. "

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Luke Goodsell

45 92%

Tarnation (2004)

"Witness his hilarious high school musical rendition of David Lynch's Blue Velvet: much like the documentary itself, it's a heartbreaking, beautiful monstrosity."

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Luke Goodsell

46 89%

Brothers (Brødre) (2004)

"Strong performances and scenes of the father's imprisonment in war camps make for tense viewing."

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Luke Goodsell

47 82%

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

"[Depp is] ever the most watchable of freaks, even if he is slipping in and out of accents, looking perplexed at his slight lines and, most frustratingly, hinting at the mad -- okay, madder -- memorable turn that might have been."

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Luke Goodsell

48 81%

Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)

"July's suspiciously contrived awkwardness notwithstanding, the picture is at its best when it cleaves to her experimental video aesthetic; framing the mundane with the wonder of a child-like perspective."

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Luke Goodsell

49 57%

Last Days (2005)

"Wandering in a narcoleptic stupor, Pitt's junkie rock star is as much lost soul as tortured genius, and Van Sant refrains from tacky pop theorising or tired rock-crit veneration. "

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Luke Goodsell