Tag Archives: 1990s

Best Picture Oscar: Moonlight [2016]

A young boy tries to find his place in the brutal eco system of the Miami public school system, finding scarce comfort or connection with others in the world around him. Not exactly a study of race, education, narcotics, or … Continue reading

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True Romance [1993]

There are a certain cadre of film creatives whose work is always wonderful and astonishing, but is first and foremost an artistic expression of themselves. I don’t mean that the works reflect them as human beings, but that they are … Continue reading

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The 12 Discs of Christmas, OK Computer

There’s a kind of alchemy which happens when you’re finishing high school and going out into the world, when you’ve got time to engage in mass culture and enough money to go places and begin exploring things. Somewhere around getting … Continue reading

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The 12 Discs of Christmas, Cibo Matto

There’s a great line in Ex Machina where Caleb is caught lying about his favourite colour, and he admits “I don’t have a favourite colour, because I’m not 10”. Being a grownup often means wading deeper and deeper into relativism and … Continue reading

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The 12 Discs of Christmas, Nightshift

15 to 18 is a kind of musical crap-shoot in my experience. I remember the period pretty well, because when I was 15 we moved to Wellington where the library had something missing from my Auckland branch: CDs. Borrowing a … Continue reading

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Donnie Brasco [1997]

Sadly, this film is a semi-earnest and somewhat tedious Mob Dramas that proves the comprehensive superiority of the televisual form for presenting complex stories that span a lengthy period of time. It is riddled with dramatic loose ends, unclear transitions, … Continue reading

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I Know What You Did Last Summer [1997]

I won’t pretend to real expert knowledge on the origins of the Slasher, but it would appear to rise to prominence in the 1980s with the Friday the 13th [1980] and Halloween [1978] sequences. It is tempting to see it as a … Continue reading

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