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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 100%

Wake in Fright (2012)

"If you have any interest whatsoever in discovering the true classics of Australian cinema, there are far worse places you could start than with Wake in Fright."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Glenn Dunks

2 75%

The Waiting City (2010)

"[Director Claire McCarthy] wrings true emotion out of simple moments that audiences will recognise."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Glenn Dunks

3 67%

South Solitary ()

"It's a dull and lifeless movie that doesn't have a place in the landscape of Australian cinema of 2010."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Glenn Dunks

4 60%

Wasted on the Young (2010)

"Wasted on the Young's pulsating soundtrack, immediate direction by first time filmmaker Lucas ... and Leanne Cole's hectic editing all lend the film a vibrancy that is sorely lacking in a lot of cinema these days."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Glenn Dunks

5 73%

The Tree (2011)

"[The Tree is] one of the most personally striking films of the year."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Glenn Dunks

6 62%

Griff the Invisible (2011)

"It's a film that asks potent questions about important topics, but will first and foremost charm viewers with its oddball humour and romanticism. Griff the Invisible is a treat."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Glenn Dunks

7 88%

Mad Bastards ()

"Fletcher has done a great job with Mad Bastards and should be especially commended for getting the performances out of these non-actors."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Glenn Dunks

8 71%

Oranges And Sunshine (2011)

"Oranges and Sunshine is a powerful exploration and its subjects should be proud."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Glenn Dunks

9 49%

Sleeping Beauty (2011)

"[The] movie trades in ambiguity and uncomfortable awkwardness, the often hypnotising trance it emits is a fascinating sight to witness."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Glenn Dunks

10 91%

Face to Face (2013)

"Face to Face will never be mistaken for the most exciting film of the year, but it's a bold one nonetheless that rewards viewers with spiky wordplay and tart performances."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Glenn Dunks

11 69%

The Hunter (2012)

"It is an atmospheric and richly rewarding film that glides along at a pace akin to that of the small country local within which it's set."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Glenn Dunks

12 83%

The Tall Man ()

"The Tall Man weaves a gripping tale that covers race, class, politics and even love with a filmmaking skill that belies its origins. It's one of the finest Australian films of the year."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Glenn Dunks

13 69%

X: Night of Vengeance (2011)

"X most certainly won't be for everyone, but I found myself enjoying every second of its slick, bordering on camp, nature. It's one of the most alive and confident genre titles to come out of this country in quite some time."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Glenn Dunks

14 ——

Black & White & Sex ()

"With its hopscotch structure and cracker performances, Black & White & Sex eventually succeeds at turning its rather circumspect beginnings into a fascinating whole."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Glenn Dunks

15 72%

Wish You Were Here (2013)

"[As] a more contemplative look at the ways unexplained tragedy plays with the emotions of people who supposedly have it all, it works."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Glenn Dunks

16 ——

Persecution Blues: The Battle for the Tote ()

"I doubt Persecution Blues: The Battle for The Tote will be anybody's idea of radical, blazing cinema, but it does capture an interesting moment in time..."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Glenn Dunks

17 100%

I Am Eleven (2014)

"Racism, poverty, bullying, and traditional culture rear their ugly heads in some of the lives, but its important to note that Bailey's mission statement seems to be, most of all, to highlight the positive."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Glenn Dunks

18 100%

The King Is Dead ()

"The screenplay comes with a wealth of comical gags and observations about suburban life that many audiences should identify with."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Glenn Dunks

19 91%

The Sapphires (2013)

"The skill and sly moments of real panache help turn The Sapphires into a shining example of the type of film this country really ought to be making more of."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Glenn Dunks

20 ——

Make Hummus Not War ()

"[Brings] the conflict of the West Bank to audiences in a lighter and accessible way."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Glenn Dunks

21 94%

Lore (2013)

"It's this mature take on the subject matter that makes Lore the finest Australian film of the year."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Glenn Dunks

22 ——

Exit ()

"[Exit] is a thematically ambitious story that manages to create its own mysterious style in spite of what one can only assume was a very minimal budget."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Glenn Dunks

23 96%

Wrinkles (2014)

"There are some really charming moments of cheeky wit found within Wrinkles, and anybody that has experienced a loved one going through Alzheimer's will surely find the material quite effecting."

Posted Sep 8, 2013

Glenn Dunks

24 88%

In Darkness (2012)

"The title says it all, really."

Posted Sep 8, 2013

Glenn Dunks

25 74%

Rampart (2012)

"[A] cop drama in the vein of Bad Lieutenant, except in this case the bad cop that is front and centre truly thinks he's doing good."

Posted Sep 8, 2013

Glenn Dunks

26 91%

Eraserhead (1977)

"Thankfully [David Lynch's] first feature, the bold and brilliant Eraserhead has finally made its way onto Blu-ray and it looks stunning."

Posted Sep 8, 2013

Glenn Dunks

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