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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Tom of Finland

Loved it! A really well crafted film.

A Quiet Passion

Some might find it depressing, but I thought it was powerful, incredibly witty and altogether glorious. Cynthia Nixon was astonishing. I knew very little about Emily Dickinson going in, but now I'm clamouring to find out more.

Mommy
Mommy(2015)

An excellent film about an extraordinarily tough situation.

Loving
Loving(2016)

A quiet and dignified film with an appropriately slow pace given how long it took their landmark case to be heard and decided by the supreme court.

I don't feel at home in this world anymore.

Totally unpredictable and absolutely brilliant. Can't recommend this one highly enough.

Ida
Ida(2014)

A quiet and seemingly simple but very thought-provoking film.

Ingrid Goes West

Surprisingly dark at its core, but a very fun ride nonetheless. Aubrey Plaza has been picking some pretty interesting projects lately.

The Party
The Party(2017)

Wry, smart and very, very funny.

The Little Hours
½

Silly, but an absolute riot. I haven't stopped giggling since.

Six Degrees of Separation
½

Wonderful, thoughtful and hilarious.

20th Century Women
½

Charming, thoughtful and nostalgic. Loved it.

Courted (L'hermine)

Odd but cute. An interesting glimpse into the French justice system.

The Most Hated Woman In America

What a twisted tale. Bizarre but fascinating!

Fences
Fences(2016)

Go on and get that Oscar, Miss Viola. Get. It.

Hunger
Hunger(2009)

Brutal and intense. Made me want to learn more about The Troubles of which I know woefully little.

Manchester by the Sea
½

Pretty wrenching but I have to say I didn't find it as powerful or moving as Lonergan's previous films, Margaret or You Can Count on Me.

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

It's a classic for a reason! That acting! That overblown score! That wheelchair! Amazing.

Hidden Figures

This is a brilliant film. An exciting, funny, touching, powerful and illuminating true story with top notch acting, writing and direction dolled out in a beautiful, palatable package. Even though the term "by the numbers" springs to mind, the whole thing is done with such finesse, intelligence and grace that it feels really special. If it's true you get more flies with honey this should clean up at the box office. And I certainly hope it does.

Split
Split(2017)
½

Overly long, slow, predictable and unnecessarily supernatural.

Hurricane Bianca

Cute. Has some very funny moments.

I Am Michael
I Am Michael(2017)
½

True story of a very sad, confused man.

The Revenant
The Revenant(2015)
½

The cinematography is truly stunning but, wow, harrowing much?

Volver
Volver(2006)

Another excellent and unique film from Almodóvar.

Postcards from the Edge
½

Carries extra weight now that we know how the "real" story ends.

Captain Fantastic

A thoughtful look at a very extreme form of parenting and it's benefits and pitfalls.

The Witness
The Witness(2016)
½

Fascinating investigation of a famous case of supposed mass apathy to a crime reveals a different story.

Closet Monster
½

A surprisingly good coming-out film. The casting of Isabella Rossellini was particularly inspired.

Denial
Denial(2016)

An excellent film about a vitally important subject which is especially relevant in this time of "post-truth" and "fake news".

Elle
Elle(2016)

Bizarre but utterly compelling. Huppert is magnifique.

In the House
In the House(2013)

Enthralling and gloriously unpredictable.

The Lobster
The Lobster(2016)

Bizarre but funny and completely original.

Victor Victoria

A lot of fun and surprisingly progressive for 1982!

Other People
Other People(2016)

Heartbreaking but excellent.

Room
Room(2015)

Almost as good as the book, and that's not a slight!

Sausage Party
½

A hell of a lot smarter and funnier than I expected.

Arrival
Arrival(2016)
½

I loved this. Taking an appropriately bleak view of how our current governments would approach this type of encounter. But shining a light on a more enlightened scientific approach. Also, Amy Adams is terrific as always.

The Skin I Live In

Utterly bizarre but completely enthralling.

Amanda Knox
Amanda Knox(2016)
½

That Daily Mail "journalist" is utterly despicable and somehow wilfully ignorant of his role. Solid documentary.

Child 44
Child 44(2015)

Unfortunately this felt really rushed. It would have made a great limited or mini-series. There was just too much ground to cover from the excellent book.

Alive Inside
Alive Inside(2014)

Music is magic and so is this film. ��

Ordinary People

Amazing performances all round but Donald Sutherland broke my heart.

Into Eternity

I found this documentary completely fascinating. Scientists and engineers discussing the building of a nuclear waste storage facility deep underground in Finland which must remain intact for 100,000 years and grappling with the impossibility of planning for every possible eventuality (war, earthquakes..) and what technological and scientific capabilities future humans may or may not possess.

Where to Invade Next

A powerful and truly global documentary.

Experimenter
Experimenter(2015)

Utterly fascinating experiments and the conclusions about human nature they reveal.

De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone)
½

This movie was hard because I have no patience for people who are wilfully irresponsible so Schoenaerts' character's eventual redemption was just fundamentally unearned. There's no denying the performances aren't powerful, especially Cotillard's, and I understand it is their respective traumas that bind the two together in the end but I feel like it makes Cotillard's otherwise intelligent and capable character seem almost pathetic for taking him back. Nevertheless a strong film.

To Catch a Thief

Less formulaic than I expected and the cinematography is just gorgeous.

The Duke Of Burgundy

Bizarre, funny and incredibly stylish. Sidse Babett Knudsen is in gorgeous form and perfectly cast in this delightfully odd little film.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
½

It starts to drag in the second half but Taylor and Burton are magnificent throughout this strange merciless film.

Sicario
Sicario(2015)
½

Dark and bleak overall. Pretty tough to keep the audience virtually in the dark for half a film.

Tickled
Tickled(2016)
½

Rarely is a documentary so delightfully unpredictable and bizarre.

California Suite

Jane Fonda is excellent and Maggie Smith is hilarious but the Walter Matthau and Cosby/Pryor storylines are just silly and seem totally out of place.

All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records
½

Illuminating not just the one chain, but the changes in the industry as a whole.

Stardust Memories

Not my favourite of Allen's films. The brief alien encounter provides the most coherent and funniest moment. The rest felt a bit too all over the place.

Truth
Truth(2015)
½

Justifiably sentimental about the decay of news, and integrity in broadcast journalism in particular.

An Unmarried Woman

I was completely charmed by this film. The characters are smart and funny and feel real, especially the women. Kelly Bishop in particular is delightful as Jill Clayburgh's bipolar best friend. With its frank and thoughtful discussions of sex and relationships it definitely feels like a precursor to Sex and the City. The scenes of the four female friends drinking together and gabbing in the back of New York City cabs makes me think Michael Patrick King must have been inspired when creating his series some 20 years later. Even some of the saxophone heavy scoring is reminiscent and Carrie's outfit in the series' opening credits could easily have been an homage to Clayburgh's final costume in the film.

Purple Rain
Purple Rain(1984)
½

The music is just so good nothing else matters.

The Homesman
The Homesman(2014)
½

I was truly transported by this film. Despite the long succession of depressing events it somehow managed to be uplifting.

All That Jazz
½

The numbers are fantastic but the rest falls pretty flat for me.

In A Better World

Heartbreaking. Powerful storytelling and astonishing performances.

Terraferma
Terraferma(2013)
½

A look at the plight of refugees fleeing by boat through the eyes of a small fishing community on a tiny Sicilian island. Absolutely stunning cinematography in this thought-provoking film.

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

A silly but cute movie. And I'm still surprised Swayze, Snipes and Leguizamo were up for this way back in 1995.

Grandma
Grandma(2015)
½

Seemingly quite simple but it feels really special. Tomlin and Harden are firing on so many different levels.

Women He's Undressed
½

Fascinating story but I could have done without the distracting "re-enactment" scenes. I think it would have worked better as a traditional documentary.

'71
'71(2015)

Brilliant. Super-intense, smart and compelling from beginning to end.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Incredibly stylish and a tonne of fun.

Inside Out
Inside Out(2015)

Smart concept, surprisingly inventive and the fabulous animation we've come to expect from Pixar. Absolutely loved it.

Funny Face
Funny Face(1957)
½

Simple and sweet with a bunch of tremendous song and dance numbers. A lot of fun.

Larry Kramer in Love and Anger

This should be mandatory viewing for everyone.

Jungens
Jungens(2014)

Ah, young love. Very sweet.

Resistance
Resistance(2014)

Some light-hearted fun for when you're home sick with the manflu. All about how overusing antibiotics in medicine and agriculture is going to lead to a world where they're no longer effective. Yay!

Pageant
Pageant(2008)
½

An interesting look inside the world of Alyssa Edwards and Victoria 'Porkchop' Parker.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Pleasantly surprised by the smart (and topical) premise and by how much fun it is.

54
54(1998)

The director's cut is definitely more interesting and a lot more fun than the original theatrical release.

Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream
½

How America's richest manipulate politics in order to grow their wealth to the detriment of everyone else.

Do I Sound Gay?

Hilarious, relatable and thought-provoking but overall just a really, really enjoyable film.

Big Hero 6
Big Hero 6(2014)

Really funny and the animation is stunning.

The Way He Looks

Really sweet without becoming saccharine.

Birdman
Birdman(2014)

Epic and surprisingly hilarious.

The One I Love

Utterly captivating. Best movie I've seen in a while.

Calvary
Calvary(2014)

Thoughtful, intelligent and darkly funny.

Julia
Julia(2009)

Unexpectedly intense.

Tracks
Tracks(2014)

Truly beautiful cinematography, an excellent score and a remarkable performance by Mia Wasikowska. I found this film really quite moving.

Yves Saint Laurent
½

Incredibly stylish, if a little thin, much like the man himself.

The Normal Heart

Devastating. Brilliant performances all round.

In the Name Of...
½

Religion strikes again. Grim.

Better Living Through Chemistry
½

Worth it for Jane Fonda's narration and cameo if nothing else.

Snowpiercer
Snowpiercer(2014)
½

How could I not love a movie with #climatechange, #incomeinequality, #overpopulation and Tilda Swinton?

Frailty
Frailty(2002)

Terrifying: When single parents become religious fanatics!

The Queen
The Queen(1968)
½

An utterly fascinating artefact of the drag scene from almost 50 years before RuPaul's Drag Race.

In a World...
½

A funny, smart and very sweet gem of a film.

American Hustle
½

A fine film but wildly over-hyped (and over-long).

Her
Her(2013)

The best film I've seen in years. Smart, funny, romantic and real, in my opinion it is perfect.

Saving Mr. Banks

Emma Thompson brings such depth to what could easily have just been a bitter old lady in this fun and warm (mostly) true story.

August: Osage County
½

Great performances from a stellar cast in this very entertaining if ultimately grim film.

12 Years a Slave

Very grim but powerful and worth watching.

Dallas Buyers Club

Brilliant story, perfectly told. Great film.

Carrie
Carrie(2013)

Julianne Moore unsurprisingly made the mentally ill religious fanatic mother far more realistic than Piper Laurie's OTT crazy from the original, but that was half the fun! The film is competent and the effects might be vastly improved from the original but really nothing feels different enough to warrant the remake.

Don Jon
Don Jon(2013)

Smart, funny and totally entertaining.

Hannah Arendt

Fascinating and entirely relevant today in the context of the media, and their approach to complex ideas.

Blackfish
Blackfish(2013)

Heartbreaking, important viewing.

Gravity
Gravity(2013)
½

Visually mind-blowing and gripping from start to finish.

Awakenings
Awakenings(1990)
½

Amazing, moving true story.

Prisoners
Prisoners(2013)

There's dark and then there's Prisoners. Seriously heavy, intense and totally compelling.

Captain Phillips
½

Incredibly intense from start to finish.

The Way Way Back

Smart, funny and sweet without ever becoming saccharine.

The Heat
The Heat(2013)

Thankfully exceeded my low expectations by being funny enough. Just.

This Is the End

Surprisingly smart and truly funny. A pleasant surprise.

Errors Of The Human Body
½

More intriguing than a lot of thrillers but unfortunately not as thrilling.

Filth
Filth(2014)

Very dark, very funny and ultimately very tragic but an enjoyable ride.

Blue Jasmine
Blue Jasmine(2013)

Blanchett is utterly mesmerising in this tragic comedy.

Europa Report

Entertaining, smart and surprisingly realistic for a "space movie".

Elysium
Elysium(2013)

Disappointingly simplistic given the premise had such potential for a much more layered and intelligent film.

The East
The East(2013)
½

Smart, thrilling and balanced although the epilogue sadly suggested a bit of naïveté on the part of the filmmakers with how such issues could be resolved in the real world.

Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3(2013)

For a silly comic book blockbuster, this raised some surprisingly smart points about political corruption, scaremongering and terrorism, while still remaining fun and well paced.

Adore
Adore(2013)
½

Beautifully shot and with three especially strong performances what could have been simple and trite was actually a complex and thoughtful film.

The Pianist
The Pianist(2002)

Still traumatic and very powerful on second viewing over 10 years since I first saw it.

The Hunt (Jagten)

Terrifying and wildly frustrating. A brilliant film.

Kon Tiki
Kon Tiki(2013)

Gripping, fascinating and beautifully shot.

The Lifeguard

An unassumingly solid film about late-twenties ennui.

Lovelace
Lovelace(2013)
½

A harrowing tale with strong performances by Amanda Seyfried and Sharon Stone. Could have been called 'What's Love Got to Do with It 2'.

Promised Land

A stellar cast shows the lengths #fracking companies will go to in order to buy out small towns.

Trance
Trance(2013)

An entertaining, if hyper-violent, ride if you can suspend your disbelief long enough, which thankfully the fast pace does allow.

Now You See Me
½

Flashy, entertaining and well-paced but let down by a too-neat ending IMHO.

The Place Beyond The Pines
½

Solid and quite powerful until the trite final third.

World War Z
World War Z(2013)
½

Not just another zombie movie. Epic and intense.

I'm So Excited!

A riot! Immensely entertaining and camp as a handbag full of rainbows.

Mama
Mama(2013)

A bit all over the place with plot and characters but sufficiently creepy where it needed to be.

The Great Gatsby
½

A visual feast and I'm sorry we saw it in 3D because it seemed to make it less epic than it should have been. Does anyone else find those 3D glasses dim the colours and effects rather than enhancing the experience?

Star Trek Into Darkness
½

Easily the best sci fi epic in a good many years. The writing is thankfully as strong as the effects and entertaining to boot.

The Guilt Trip
½

Sweet, funny and better than I expected.

Oblivion
Oblivion(2013)
½

Visually stunning (and that includes Cruise and Riseborough) but in my opinion the plot could have been a bit tighter.

Phil Spector
Phil Spector(2013)
½

Pacino & Mirren are excellent in this compelling drama.

Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas(2012)

Wildly ambitious and remarkably compelling over its almost 3 hours.

Side Effects
Side Effects(2013)

Brilliant thriller with a very topical theme.

World Trade Center
½

Powerful and intense performances all around but it was Viola Davis (as usual) who's all too brief appearance finally brought me to tears.

Bill Cunningham New York

Pure joy. Absolutely wonderful.

Not Without My Daughter
½

A truly horrifying story and intense film.

Broadcast News
½

Smart, funny, charming and very much still relevant. It feels like somewhat of a precursor to HBO's The Newsroom. Highly recommended.

The Amazing Spider-Man

The best comic adaptation I have seen in years if not ever. A testament to the talented cast and strong dialogue.

Good Hair
Good Hair(2009)
½

Surprisingly fascinating given the subject matter.

Quiz Show
Quiz Show(1994)

Beyond brilliant. Just phenomenally good.

A Time to Kill

A solid retelling of a brilliant book.

Won't Back Down

Tremendous performances and a worthy issue.

Spring Breakdown
½

Funny almost entirely due to the wildly talented cast not so much the writing which is not terribly original if not entirely cliche. Enjoyable.

Price Check
Price Check(2012)
½

Posey is heaven and the film has its moments of charm but is let down by a very weak ending.

The Magdalene Sisters

Horrifying. Bloody catholics.

The House I Live In

Powerful film masterfully showing the link between the "war on drugs" and oppression of people by way of the prison industrial complex.

In the Shadow of the Moon

Magical, particularly for those of us who had never seen the moon landing.

Bachelorette
Bachelorette(2012)

Not remotely funny. Or good. In any sense. Do not bother watching this film.

Compliance
Compliance(2012)

Truly horrifying. This would be completely unbelievable if it weren't based on entirely true events.

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

Utter shite and very disappointing because I have loved so many of Lumet's films.

Side by Side
Side by Side(2012)
½

Really interesting discussion on the past, present and future of film.

Inherit the Wind

The dialogue is absolutely magnificent in this classic film.

Django Unchained
½

Really, really enjoyed this.

The Sessions
The Sessions(2012)

A beautiful film about a complex subject extraordinarily well handled. Highly recommend this one.

The Paperboy
The Paperboy(2012)

Meanders a bit but overall quite engrossing.

The Impossible

Intense and very affecting.

Running on Empty

Perfection. Absolutely everything about this film is brilliant.

The Bourne Legacy

Great action but minimal plot.

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God

Brilliant film. Hopefully we are seeing the tide has finally turned and the vatican and catholic church worldwide will no longer be able to deflect and resist fully admitting the systematic abuse and cover ups and realise these crimes must be treated as such.

Vito
Vito(2013)

Beautiful, inspiring but ultimately heartbreaking portrait of a remarkable individual who should not be forgotten.

Ted
Ted(2012)
½

I found this surprisingly unfunny considering how much I enjoy American Dad and Family Guy.

Argo
Argo(2012)

Nail-biting suspense with a historical bent. It doesn't get much better.

Your Sister's Sister
½

Funny, charming & quite different to the usual fare. Really great natural performances.

Killer Joe
Killer Joe(2012)

Ridiculous and nonsensical. Neither exciting nor funny.

Vera Drake
Vera Drake(2004)

Heartbreaking and grim but powerful and well made. Safe and legal, y'all! Safe and legal.

Safety Not Guaranteed

Strange but surprisingly sweet, charming and engaging film.

Four Horsemen

Vital information presented in an entirely accessible fashion. If only more people would see this.

Jesus Henry Christ

Quirky but thoughtful little comedy.

Big Miracle
Big Miracle(2012)
½

Sweet film about a quite remarkable true event.

Looper
Looper(2012)
½

Not bad but the prosthetic nose didn't make Joseph Gordon-Levitt look like a young Bruce Willis. It just made him look demented.

Butter
Butter(2012)
½

Some sweet and some very funny moments but overall extremely uneven and inconsistent.

Red Lights
Red Lights(2012)

An otherwise strong film let down by an unnecessary, silly ending.

Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding

Very sweet film with a fantastic cast.

What to Expect When You're Expecting

Nowhere near as poor as I expected. Even quite funny in parts. Elizabeth Banks was a stand out.

ReGeneration
ReGeneration(2009)

Lots of really great ideas about our apathetic generation.

Damsels in Distress

Offbeat and packed with hilarious dialogue.

Swerve
Swerve(2013)

Not brilliant but doesn't slow down long enough to let you notice its absurdity.

The Sapphires
½

Just perfect. More Aussie films like this please!

Marvel's The Avengers
½

Entirely silly but more fun than the vast majority of these movies.

Bobby Fischer Against The World

Completely fascinating and engaging portrait of a deeply troubled but extraordinarily talented individual.

Snow White and the Huntsman

One star for the amazing special effects and one for Charlize Theron's utter fierceness (in every sense).

Recount
Recount(2008)
½

A testament to the deeply flawed U.S. voting system and the level of corruption to which the right will stoop in order to retain power.

Boys on the Side

Heartbreaking but beautiful and funny too. A good all-rounder.

The Bridges of Madison County

I may be a sap, but this film is just gorgeous.

A History of Violence
½

Raises some interesting ideas about the cycle of violence.

Dog Day Afternoon
½

Brilliant rendering of the true story.

The Dark Knight Rises

Epic in scale and successfully managed to hold my interest for its almost three hours.

Bernie
Bernie(2012)

A darkly funny little true story.

The Hunger Games
½

Not nearly as bad as I had expected.

Inside Man
Inside Man(2006)

Even the heavy handed score can't detract from this smart, tight thriller.

Magic Mike
Magic Mike(2012)
½

Too much "plot". Not enough Bomer.

Friends With Kids
½

Had potential and some good moments but generally fell into a lot of the same ol' rom-com cliches.

Hemingway & Gellhorn

Kidman makes a fine Gellhorn in this tale of the brilliant war correspondent. And wow they're getting good at that old-lady-makeup now aren't they!

Margaret
Margaret(2011)

An extraordinary film which raises many fascinating issues through intense, truly remarkable performances from its brilliant cast.

Kinky Boots
Kinky Boots(2006)

Funny, sweet and completely original. I can't wait to see how Cyndi Lauper turns it into a musical!

The Hunt for Red October
½

Solid thriller once it gets going. The first half is admittedly a bit slow. Also, is anyone really buying Connery as a Russian?

Lockout
Lockout(2012)

A bit of light fluff but paced fast enough that you don't pay too much attention to its many flaws.

Thirteen Days

Gripping stuff. Makes me yearn for another political dynasty with the character and commitment to peace of the Kennedys.

Detachment
Detachment(2012)
½

Extraordinary. Intense and extremely bleak but rings all too true.

Rock of Ages
Rock of Ages(2012)

Fairly entertaining fluff but nothing more. Baldwin, Brand and Zeta-Jones are hilarious but underused.

Schindler's List

As powerful today as ever.

Alien
Alien(1979)
½

Truly suspenseful and holds up remarkably well over three decades on.

Sophie's Choice

Utterly devastating! It's no wonder Streep won Best Actress!

The Morning After
½

Nobody's best work. It can't decide if it's a film about alcoholism or a sleazy thriller and fails at both. Oh, the 80s.

The Descendants
½

Good performances but very understated and a bit underwhelming.

Georgia Rule
Georgia Rule(2007)

Very uneven but Fonda is brilliant as always and shines despite the weak material.

Prometheus
Prometheus(2012)

Visually stunning but the grand scope of its ideas interferes with its thriller elements meaning neither are entirely achieved. However still a really entertaining and thought-provoking film. I wish more big budget films were as ambitious.

Safe House
Safe House(2012)

A pretty solid action movie with an enjoyable wikileaks-esque sting in the tail.

Barbarella
Barbarella(1968)

Paced a little slow, like so many films of this era, but quite cute and clever. The swinging sixties soundtrack is camp and Jane Fonda's performance is a lot of fun.

The Hunter
The Hunter(2012)

As riveting as it was beautifully photographed and Tasmania has never looked better.

Haywire
Haywire(2012)
½

'Twas alright. A bit "so what?" but reasonably engaging.

Revenge of the Electric Car
½

Ended on a much more encouraging note than the first film.

W.E.
W.E.(2012)
½

Overlong but impeccably styled with a gorgeous score. The modern story line felt forced and superfluous however the Wallis Simpson story was fascinating and beautifully told.

Chris & Don
Chris & Don(2007)

A beautiful portrait of two remarkable men and their life together. Perfect.

The Woman in Black

Very eepy-cray but rather unsatisfying in the end.

Tomboy
Tomboy(2011)
½

Utterly heartbreaking. A beautifully made film.

Freakonomics
Freakonomics(2010)
½

Some fascinating insights, especially on abortion, but far too much time is spent on the uninteresting sumo segment and the film is overlong for its content.

Saturday Night Fever
½

An amazing soundtrack and fabulous choreography let down by a weak script and story.

The Night Listener
½

The book is brilliant and so much better than this film. I'm so happy I read it first.

Carrie
Carrie(1976)

Camp acting and essentially about religious fundies. Loved it!

The Lady
The Lady(2012)

Beautiful, important, moving and timely given Suu Kyi's party's win in the 2012 Burmese by-election.

A Love to Hide
½

Utterly devastating.

Paul
Paul(2011)
½

Pretty standard fare and I certainly could have gone without the jarring superfluous homophobic slurs.

Every Little Step

Thoroughly interesting look at the revival of a Broadway classic.

Shame
Shame(2011)
½

A bit lacking in character development for my taste. I couldn't see what we were supposed to take away from this film.

Hysteria
Hysteria(2012)

Delightful and thoroughly entertaining film with a fabulous, impassioned performance from Maggie Gyllenhaal.

The Da Vinci Code
½

Not amazing but it's hard not to enjoy something which upset the church so much.

Moneyball
Moneyball(2011)

Perhaps not as compelling as the hype led us to believe but very good nonetheless. Curious however that no mention is made of the Jonah Hill character's future especially since it seemed to be very much his idea in the first place.

An Early Frost
½

A bit hammy and movie-of-the-week but worth watching as an artifact as one of the first films addressing AIDS.

The War Room
The War Room(1993)
½

Fascinating and engaging.

Soldier's Girl

Heartbreaking true story concerning a tragedy in the US army which occurred in part because of the disgusting 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy. Lee Pace is remarkable (and unrecognisable) as the real Calpernia Addams.

Young Adult
Young Adult(2011)
½

A very flat little film about a truly pathetic, sad character.

Carnage
Carnage(2011)

Amazing performances. Completely engrossing film.

Temple Grandin

Totally beautiful film with a brilliant central performance from Danes as the truly remarkable Temple Grandin.

The Rum Diary

A bit of a mess...but it was written by a beatnik.

My Week with Marilyn

Williams was flawless. Very enjoyable film.

J. Edgar
J. Edgar(2011)
½

Great performances but not Eastwood's most engaging film.

We Were Here
We Were Here(2011)

Beautifully made and totally affecting. Necessary viewing.

Take Shelter
Take Shelter(2011)
½

Very tense film about the effect mental illness can have on a man and his family. Let down a little by the ambiguous ending.

Making the Boys

Totally engrossing and utterly fascinating look at the history of gay liberation through the lense of the groundbreaking play, The Boys in the Band.

Weekend
Weekend(2011)

A sweet little film.

Clapham Junction
½

Of a far higher quality than most "gay" films but ultimately very depressing and negative.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
½

I don't usually enjoy films of books I've loved but this was surprisingly good. Mara Rooney is exquisite as Salander and in fact all the actors are extraordinarily well cast. A great ride.

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Just watched this again. Definitely one of the best films ever made. Classic.

Agnes of God
Agnes of God(1985)
½

Some great twists but let down by a weak ending.

Milk
Milk(2008)

Instant classic. Beautifully done. Powerful story.

The Help
The Help(2011)
½

I wasn't expecting to but I really, really enjoyed this film.

Melancholia
Melancholia(2011)
½

Beautifully made film. I was completely enthralled from to start to finish. Definitely one of von Trier's finest.

The Debt
The Debt(2011)
½

Totally engrossing story with great suspense and top notch acting. All around entertaining.

Page Eight
Page Eight(2011)
½

Great political mystery with top performances from the whole cast.

Friends With Benefits

Pretty standard fare but the snappy dialogue raises it above a lot of similar movies.

The Devil's Double
½

Completely engrossing from start to finish.

In Time
In Time(2011)
½

Not nearly as bad as I was led to believe. Had some great parallels with the income disparity in America and around the world.

Page One: Inside the New York Times

Absolutely fascinating look at the major changes in print media over the last few years.

The Whistleblower

Horrific events. Incredibly, intense film. Also, highly relevant given the private contractors involved still enjoy billion dollar government contracts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Bad Teacher
Bad Teacher(2011)

Not as unfunny as I imagined it would be.

The Guard
The Guard(2011)
½

Utterly hilarious and charming.

Good Night, And Good Luck

Brilliant film and sadly still very relevant to the current state of television news.

Morning Glory

Perhaps surprisingly not bad. Patrick Wilson was sadly underused.

Thor
Thor(2011)

What on earth was Tony Hopkins doing in this dreck? Same question for Portman.

Crazy, Stupid, Love.
½

Top notch. Steve Carell wasn't even annoying!

Contagion
Contagion(2011)

Only loses a star for Jude Law's heinous attempt at an Australian accent. Bring the hand sanitizer.

Red State
Red State(2011)

Quite fun to see those heinous "Baptists" get taken down in this revenge fantasy.

Agora
Agora(2010)

A 'swords & sandals' epic which actually says something about science, women & religion in our history. Great movie.

Beginners
Beginners(2011)

A perfect film. Charming, funny, heartbreaking & completely mesmerising. Make sure you see this film!

Waiting for Superman

A brilliant and inspiring film showing the huge problems in the education system.

Hanna
Hanna(2011)

An odd but charming, funny and thoroughly exhilarating film. Worth it for yet another of Blanchett's remarkable accents.

Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver(1976)

An odd but quite enthralling little film.

Klute
Klute(1971)

Great performances and a creepy-ass score.

Annie
Annie(1982)

Good fun. Burnett steals the show.

Absolute Power
½

A brilliant thriller from the legendary Eastwood.

Evil Angels (A Cry in the Dark)
½

Great film about the Chamberlain tragedy.

Talk Radio
Talk Radio(1988)
½

Interesting & very engrossing though unsure of the message.

The Deer Hunter

Overlong but pretty gripping.

Boys Don't Cry
½

Absolutely gut-wrenching :(

Léon: The Professional

Surprisingly charming given the subject matter

Bad Education

Completely original & utterly compelling.

Frost/Nixon
Frost/Nixon(2008)
½

Utterly engaging and compelling film.

Becoming Chaz
½

Fascinating & enlightening. Another great doco from World of Wonder.

Alexander
Alexander(2004)

Good ol' fashioned epic.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose
½

A bit silly but more interesting than most straight-up horror fare.

Fair Game
Fair Game(2010)
½

Yet more insight into the lies which led to us going to war in Iraq 8 years ago. Great film.

The Apartment

Charming if a bit simple.

Stonewall Uprising

Fascinating, enlightening & engaging documentary about the most significant event in the history of the gay liberation movement.

Inside Job
Inside Job(2010)

Must see for anyone who wants to know the cause of the GFC. This film made me so angry.

The King's Speech

I can see why people have been raving about it! Wonderful film with fantastic performances all round.

Black Swan
Black Swan(2010)
½

Dark, camp, scary, intense. Loved it!

Love and Other Drugs
½

Good performances & some interesting points raised with regards to dealing with serious illness however it felt a bit all over the shop with some contradicting views on big pharma & a lot of rather gratuitous sex & nudity (but with those 2 you hardly really mind).

Burlesque
Burlesque(2010)

Excellent for what it was: mildly entertaining fluff.

Cairo Time
Cairo Time(2010)
½

Stunning cinematography & Clarkson is wonderful.

The Color Purple

Brilliant film. Worthy of its many accolades and more.

Bent
Bent(1997)

Completely devastating. Heartbreaking performance by Owen.

You Again
You Again(2010)

Unbelievably poor given the talent involved. Trite and not remotely funny or clever.

Tomorrow, When the War Began

Obviously lacking a lot of what was in the book but I thought it was still pretty good!

Longtime Companion

Worth seeing as the first feature film to address AIDS. Also fascinating to see a very young Mary-Louise Parker and Dermont Mulroney.

After Stonewall

Great overview of the first 30 years of the gay liberation movement.

Tormented
Tormented(2009)

Very silly but still entertaining. I liked the very strong anti-bullying message.

Kinsey
Kinsey(2004)

Good film. Fascinating studies.

Buried
Buried(2010)
½

Completely gripping & incredibly intense!

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

An all-singin' all-dancin' Dolly Parton camp classic!

Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work

Amazing! Utterly fascinating portrait of a legend.

The Town
The Town(2010)

Not really a fan of films attempting to manipulate me into sympathising with criminals who clearly don't deserve it. Also, Blake Lively can't act her way out of a carboard box.

All Good Things

Unsettling thriller. With some unexpected twists.

Vampires Suck
½

Lame. Not nearly enough laughs to fill up 82 minutes.

Howl
Howl(2010)
½

Inspiring and thoughtful. Also great comment on censorship.

Going the Distance
½

Better than most of Barrymore's rom-coms from the past decade.

Easy A
Easy A(2010)

Hilarious! Clarkson & Tucci were the cherry on top of an already above par comedy.

If These Walls Could Talk 2

Not as gripping as the original but nicely done. Redgrave's segment particularly devastating.

Wild Target
Wild Target(2010)

Charming and thoroughly entertaining romp.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Trite. Uninteresting and unbelievable.

Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo(2003)

Best kid's movie ever!! Ellen DeGeneres owns this movie!!!!

The Day After Tomorrow

Nice FX but a bit too schmaltzy..

The Reader
The Reader(2008)

Very intense. Thought provoking.

Revolutionary Road

Incredibly poignant. Really resonated.

Gran Torino
Gran Torino(2009)

Brilliant on every level.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Heinous, self-indulgent dreck. I want my 3 hours back.

If These Walls Could Talk

Brilliant, heartbreaking and relevant. A must see.

The Social Network

A well made and entertaining film.

Kick-Ass
Kick-Ass(2010)
½

Pretty silly. Really a kids film but with swearing & violence.

The Life of David Gale

Amazing story extremely well made with incredible performances! Definitely a must see for everyone!

Creation
Creation(2010)
½

Fascinating to see the context of when Darwin wrote his famous book. Great performances.

When in Rome
When in Rome(2010)

Don't bother. No really. Kristen Bell should do better films.

And the Band Played On

A really well made film which documents a lot of parts of the early days of AIDS which I did not know. A must see!

Kevorkian
Kevorkian(2013)
½

A fascinating & honest portrait of a very interesting man & his life's work!

Animal Kingdom

One of the finest Australian films I've ever seen.

The Hurt Locker

Dull and pointless. No idea what all the fuss was about. Sorry.

The Cove
The Cove(2009)

Important & gripping documentary!

I Love You Phillip Morris

Everything you could want in a film.

Changeling
Changeling(2008)

Truly shocking! Brilliant!

Network
Network(1976)

One of the finest & most important films ever made!

Michael Clayton

Amazing film in every respect! Incredibly engaging and true to life! Don't trust big companies!

Chaos Theory
Chaos Theory(2008)
½

Story falls a little short but Reynolds carries it well.

WALL-E
WALL-E(2008)

Cute and nice reasonably subtle comment on a possible future for lazy humans.

The 11th Hour

Another important film more people should see! Well done Leo!

Get Smart
Get Smart(2008)
½

I wanted to like it but couldn't really.

No Country for Old Men

Really heavy and long but worth it.

The Women
The Women(2008)
½

Nowhere near as good as it should have been given the talent involved. Midler shines as always.

Children of Men

Great story, well told.

Little Children
½

Really really interesting look at what can happen to ppl trapped in suburbia.

Myra Breckinridge

Doesn't balance the comedy & darkness terribly well IMHO but some parts are fun.

Freedomland
Freedomland(2006)

Really draws you in. Moore is brilliant as always.

Match Point
Match Point(2005)
½

Dark and brilliant. Engrossing.

Scarface
Scarface(1983)
½

A bit drawn out but interesting.

Million Dollar Baby

Pretty heavy going and devastating in the end. Violence is always bad. At least that's what I took away from it.

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
½

Not Streisand's best & I know she was contracted to do this. Good title song.

The Amityville Horror
½

Um Ryan Reynolds was hot.

Prayers for Bobby

Very moving & inspiring! Weaver is a triumph! We need more films like this!

The TV Set
The TV Set(2007)
½

Fascinating and hilarious.

Knowing
Knowing(2009)
½

Interesting and fairly scary but not amazing.

Sunshine
Sunshine(2007)
½

Throughly engrossing, claustrophobic and thought-provoking.

Triangle
Triangle(2009)

A scary but surprisingly clever and interesting thriller. A shame about the forced accents.

Sex and the City 2
½

A hilarious romp. Almost as good as the first and just as enjoyable!

Then She Found Me
½

A really wonderful, engaging, sweet and funny film. Bette is wonderful as always and Hunt did a great job with the material.

The Happening
½

Interesting concept but not terribly engaging film. It was all just a bit understated. Big points to Mr Shamalalala for making a horror film about our hideous affect on the environment!

Definitely, Maybe

I really enjoyed the political background to this story and Reynolds is always entertaining.

10,000 B.C.
10,000 B.C.(2008)

Steven Strait is fucking gorgeous but even that couldn't save this film. Pointless.

The Rose
The Rose(1979)

An amazing debut by Midler!

Kill Bill: Volume 2
½

The first was better

A Mighty Wind

Not as good as Best in Show but still utterly engaging.

Bowling for Columbine

Truly scary! Makes me glad to live in Australia.

The Nines
The Nines(2007)

A masterpiece! One of the best films I've seen! Can't wait to see what John August comes up with next! Sheer brilliance!

Jumper
Jumper(2008)

Nothing could save this directionless, pointless piece of drivel. Not even the talented Jamie Bell, who I think was the only talented person involved. Just awful.

Sordid Lives
Sordid Lives(2000)

Hilarious and poignant!

Persepolis
Persepolis(2007)

Brilliant! Engaging and important film!

The Savages
The Savages(2007)

Really good! Very few movies with this particular subject matter!

V for Vendetta

Absolutely brilliant! Horrifyingly relevant!

Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia!(2008)
½

Great fun! Meryl is wonderful as always!

Serial Mom
Serial Mom(1994)

Brilliant! Fucking hilarious!

The Manchurian Candidate

A bit sluggish initially but packs a punch in the end!

She-Devil
She-Devil(1989)
½

Streep is hilarious.

Broken English
½

Thoroughly enchanting.

Kill Bill: Volume 1

Good times. Better than volume 2.

Pretty Woman
Pretty Woman(1990)

Only just saw this "classic". Cute.

Ocean's Eleven
½

Great cast. Good fun times.

Shrek 2
Shrek 2(2004)

First one was SO much better.

Austin Powers in Goldmember

HiLARiOUS!! The Nathan Lane lip-syncing Beyoncé scene was the best!

An Inconvenient Truth

Scary but mandatory viewing

The Covenant
The Covenant(2006)

4 stars for the eye-candy alone. Plot wasn't too bad either - not to say it was particularly clever or memorable either..

Stranger Than Fiction

Absolutely brilliant! Terrific cast and fascinating story. Emma Thompson can do no wrong.

The Lake House
½

Gorgeous! Loved this.

Stomp the Yard

Downright awful. Cliche. Uninspired. Absolutely pathetic waste of time. Way too much 'shaky-cam'. Painful.

Step Up
Step Up(2006)

Pathetic. Completely unoriginal and uninspired. Every cliche possible not to mention boring. Channing Tatum is hot and that's absolutely the only reason to watch this trash.

A Star is Born

Thoroughly engrossing film with a truly great soundtrack. No wonder it was Barbra's most successful film!

Miss Congeniality

Hilarious! Bullock at her best! Cute, witty and just all round great movie!

I'm Going to Tell You a Secret

Surprisingly engrossing and inspiring.

Far From Heaven

Absolutely stunning! Moore is perfect as is the whole film.

Best in Show
Best in Show(2000)

Absolutely perfect! My personal favourite of Guest's 'mock-umentaries'

Adam & Steve
Adam & Steve(2005)
½

Hilarious and completely charming!

Personal Velocity: Three Portraits

Stunning! The performance of Posey's career!

The House of Yes
½

Pretty wacky but interesting watch nonetheless

What's Up, Doc?

Absolutely hilarious screwball comedy! Barbra is gorgeous and charming as Judy! Probably the funniest film she's ever made!

Up the Sandbox
½

Intriguing subject and Streisand's first to tackle many social and political issues.

For Pete's Sake
½

Cute and funny but not Barbra's best film.

Strangers with Candy

Hilarious! Amy Sedaris is perfect! Clever, witty and charming - this movie is awesome! Now I really want to see the TV series!!

Nuts
Nuts(1987)
½

Very moving, interesting film on a subject matter not commonly explored in films.

The Main Event

Hilarious! A little slow initially but overall utterly charming re-pairing of Streisand and O'Neal.

The Owl and the Pussycat

Utterly charming. Streisand shines in this low-budget gem.

Funny Lady
Funny Lady(1975)
½

Nowhere near as good as it's predecessor but the song's were fantastic as was Barbra, as always.

Another Gay Movie
½

Had it's moments but overall very low-brow pandering to it's demographic but since that's all it's really trying to do... meh. No better or worse than the "American Pie" movies.. just gayer so points for that.

Shortbus
Shortbus(2006)

Poignant, beautiful, fascinating film. See it.

Stick It
Stick It(2006)

Had some pretty funny moments but disappointing from the creator of Bring It On. "Who died and made you Nadia?"

Rize
Rize(2005)

Fascinating documentary! Really sucks you into the world of the clowns.

The Event
The Event(2003)
½

Touching story, important subject matter. Dukakis is stellar (as always)

Clockwatchers

Great cast in this adorable gem.

Blade: Trinity

Better than the first 2 - great dialogue, awesome music, hilarious Posey, HOT Reynolds. What more could you want?

Party Girl
Party Girl(1995)

Hilarious! Indie magic from the remarkable Miss Posey.

Magnolia
Magnolia(1999)
½

Fascinating multi-story film. Tremendous cast.

The Hours
The Hours(2002)

Amazing. Everything about this film is perfect.

Laws of Attraction
½

Great cast but even they can't make this pathetic story good. Parker and Moore, what were you thinking??

Veronica Guerin

Fascinating true story. Awesome performances (How 'bout that accent!!)

Somersault
Somersault(2004)
½

An odd but captivating film.

Little Fish
Little Fish(2006)

Great Australian film! Stellar performances.

Bandits
Bandits(2001)

Perfect cast. Hilarious film.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Another hilarious offbeat comedy from Anderson.

The Aviator
The Aviator(2004)

A bit long (but so was Hugh's life i suppose) but great film. Blanchett is amazing as Hepburn!

Heaven
Heaven(2002)

Title is correct. Breathtaking film. Terrific cast.

Charlotte Gray
½

Blanchett is amazing but film itself could have been better.. Why are they speaking English in France?

Elizabeth
Elizabeth(1998)

Positively epic.

The Mirror Has Two Faces

Wonderful cast and a unique story to boot.

Hello, Dolly!

Another great musical!! Streisand is perfect as Dolly!

The Way We Were

Classic! I am SO Katie!!

Yentl
Yentl(1983)

Terrific story, music & cast! Streisand deserves all her fame and more for this masterpiece!!

Funny Girl
Funny Girl(1968)

So hilarious yet so touching!! Streisand absolutely owns this, her first, film!!! Fantastic songs too!! Classic!

Cabaret
Cabaret(1972)
½

It's a classic for a reason!!

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

Best. Movie. Ever. - Original. Hilarious. Touching. Real.