Ed Gibbs

Biography:
Ed Gibbs has been a film and music critic for over 15 years, both in London and Sydney. A film fanatic since childhood, he studied film in Scotland and the US (while running a cinema club, for good measure). As a magazine editor, events programmer and media consultant, he was instrumental in relaunching leading mastheads for the Australian market, including GQ, having cut his teeth in London across industry titles. Now a popular mainstay on the international festival circuit, he writes and broadcasts for The Sun-Herald and The Sunday Age (as their resident film critic); their daily counterparts The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age; film bible Empire; its musical cousin Rolling Stone; various news outlets in London (The Guardian, The Independent), as well as media in the Middle East and beyond. A regular voice on television and radio, he?s also currently working across a number of original features, shorts and documentary projects for TV and theatrical release.
Official Websites: edgibbs.net/

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) A thoughtful musing on the passing of time, of lovers past and gone, of a bygone era of hopes and dreams and lives lived to excess. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
100% Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Stanley Nelson's look at the 20th century jazz icon reveals a troubled soul rarely at peace with himself. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
87% Shooting the Mafia (2019) A fascinating look at the Mafia's vice-like grip on Sicily through the lens of photojournalist Letizia Battaglia. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
No Score Yet Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records (2018) Great fun. A slick 'greatest hits' look back at the Trojan legacy, which leaves you wanting more. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
81% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Takes a while to find its feet and settle down, but when it does, it's tense and very well executed. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
4/5 90% Netizens (2018) A powerful and honest look at a global epidemic. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
5/5 98% On Her Shoulders (2018) A heartbreaking film. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
90% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) McDormand kicks against convention and expectation, with an out-of-the-box performance that delivers what one would hope for, and so much more. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2017
91% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) Avoid watching around mealtimes, and keep your loved ones close. This brawl is one hell of a blast. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2017
28% Suburbicon (2017) The racial elements, added by Clooney and co-writer Grant Heslov, flesh out what would otherwise feel like familiar Coen territory. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
4/5 91% Lean on Pete (2018) A standout performance from Plummer makes this thoughtful drama swing. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2017
44% The Devil and Father Amorth (2018) William Friedkin revisits his Exorcist franchise with a curious companion piece for fans, which throws up more questions than it answers. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
49% Downsizing (2017) Alexander Payne's gentle satire has a point to make about the state of the union - and the future of planet Earth. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
2/5 59% The Public Image is Rotten (2018) John Lydon's post-Sex Pistols career is examined in this intimate doc that proves as frustrating as it is fascinating. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2017
90% David Lynch: The Art Life (2017) While it falls short on detail in some areas, the essence of Lynch the artist -- or at least, what he's willing to share with his audience -- is fascinating to observe, leaving you wanting more. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
2/5 89% The Force (2017) Despite its premise - and promise of unparalleled access - the film feels constrained by what it can or can't show (presumably, so as not to incriminate certain officers). - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
4/5 91% A Ghost Story (2017) Lowery's film may take an eternity getting there, but by the end it transforms into a powerful, sobering work of contemplation and grief. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
3.5/5 76% Manifesto (2017) Confidently fulfils its ambitious intent with ease. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
4/5 75% Killing Ground (2017) There's shades of Straw Dogs and Deliverance in this effective Aussie backwoods horror, an intelligently restrained work that manages to remain authentic and tense throughout. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
2/5 45% The Discovery (2017) Jason Segel and Rooney Mara are an unlikely central pairing in this low-key sci-fi about the discovery of an afterlife. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
2/5 48% Porto (2017) Struggles to convey its passions, despite considerable effort from its two leads, an intuitive soundtrack and handsome photography. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2016
4/5 96% The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016) A fresh, thoughtful look at the world's favourite quartet. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
4/5 100% One More Time With Feeling (2016) Andrew Dominik's documentary about Nick Cave's new album offers a gentle, haunting portrait of a family consumed with grief. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2016
3.5/5 88% Hounds of Love (2017) This Australian chiller about a rash of grisly murders makes a play to be the new Snowtown. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
4/5 45% King Cobra (2016) This darkly comic factual drama hits all the right notes, thanks to inspired turns from Christian Slater and James Franco. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2016
3.5/5 42% All We Had (2016) Katie Holmes puts in a memorable shift as a struggling single mom in her impressive directorial debut. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2016
3/5 73% The Ones Below (2016) Despite a sense of déjà vu and an unconvincing ending, David Farr's London-set pregnancy chiller conjures up a claustrophobic atmosphere. - Electric Sheep EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Sheba, Baby (1975) Pam Grier's third outing as a tough 1970s Blaxploitation action lady is fun, although not as exhilarating as Coffy and Foxy Brown. - Electric Sheep EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2016
4/5 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Parker's resolve with the project (made without studio backing) should act as a clarion call to independent filmmakers everywhere. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2016
2/5 93% Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall (2016) Spike Lee's follow-up to Bad 25 shines a light on the King of Pop's indisputable talents, but is otherwise alarmingly lightweight. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2016
3.5/5 74% Wiener-Dog (2016) Watching a Solondz film has never been a particularly easy experience, yet Weiner Dog offers a droll playfulness not seen since Welcome to the Dollhouse. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2016
4/5 95% Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2016) The African-American icon's richly textured and often traumatic story is unpacked in this near-definitive documentary for PBS. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2016
4/5 60% Dark Night (2017) The film seeks to offer an abstract essay on the isolated youth of the US - which it does, in a breathtakingly fearless and measured manner. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2016
4/5 85% Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) A bold and brassy classic that challenges social and political norms in a magnificent manner. - Electric Sheep EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2016
4/5 83% The Reflecting Skin (1990) Philip Ridley's acclaimed tale of childhood, vampires and the prairie is as beautiful and menacing as ever. - Electric Sheep EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2015
3/5 91% The Devil's Candy (2017) While it isn't anywhere near the game-changer it might have been, it's entertaining enough, with some memorable sequences (and ideas) that are worth exploring on VOD. - Electric Sheep EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2015
100% Greed (1925) A fascinating, exhilarating, immensely satisfying experience. - Electric Sheep EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2015
2/5 19% Self/less (2015) Unlike the recent Ex-Machina, which tackled the reality of robots entering our lives with style and poise, this glossy affair fails to convince beyond its overheated melodrama. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2015
3/5 65% Magic Mike XXL (2015) More akin to leaving your cares (and possibly keys) at the door, and diving in for some quick thrills. Undemanding, reasonably entertaining fun. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2015
4.5/5 84% While We're Young (2015) The pains of ageing, and the chasms that divide generations, are mined with witty precision in this latest comic outing from Noah Baumbach. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2015
1/5 56% The Age of Adaline (2015) A laughably absurd fantasy that goes nowhere fast. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2015
4/5 90% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) Multi-layered complexities and stand-out performances make this a rich experience, with Kristen Stewart surprising the most. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2015
4.5/5 92% Ex Machina (2015) This intelligent examination of our fascination with science is impeccably realised, despite a modest budget. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2015
100% Tales Of The Grim Sleeper (2014) It is a striking and powerful film, and certainly one of Broomfield's best for quite some time. - Electric Sheep EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2015
4/5 81% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) High-school students have plenty of growing pains to offload, and Gomez-Rejon clearly knows what makes them tick. His film is at once buzzy, fun and confronting. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2015
91% Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2012) An enjoyable (if rather one-note) ride through one of Hollywood's more bizarre eras. - Electric Sheep EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2014
4/5 76% Kill Your Darlings (2013) A convincing, evocative drama that captures a key moment in history with aplomb. - Empire Magazine Australasia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2014
4/5 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. - Empire Magazine Australasia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2014
4/5 52% I Origins (2014) A worthy, thought-provoking follow-up to Another Earth, in which fact and faith square off with increasing complexity and consequences. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2014
4.5/5 90% Concerning Violence (2014) Armed with a legitimacy as startling as its content, it is a superbly executed document of a pivotal, inevitable era in 20th-century history. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2014