Tag Archives: 5-stars

Best and Worst films of 2017

It’s been a quiet year for me this year for a combination of reasons: uptick in social things and ultimate, watching a huge number of films for school, and perhaps being a bit pickier when forking over my $10 (Reading) … Continue reading

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Best Picture Oscar: La La Land [2016]

An aspiring actress meets an aspiring jazz musician and through the magic of song and dance they have a romance. La La Land puts its cards on the table right there in the opening sequence, which is a big song-and-dance … Continue reading

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Best Picture Oscar: Arrival [2016]

Aliens arrive, and linguist Louise Banks is sent to find out how to communicate with them. Interwoven with that, from the first scene, is her remembering the tragic life of her daughter, who died young. This is breathtaking science fiction … Continue reading

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Best Films of 2016

It’s that time of year when critics at all levels look back at the best and worst films they saw in the year, with a handy side-dose of early speculation on the big awards season. 2016 seems to have been … Continue reading

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Goldstone [2016]

This is a tidy little noir set in a gold-mining town in Queensland. It is quite conventional, in that it has most of the classic plot points and character archetypes. It is beautifully shot, well-acted, well-scripted, with an evocative score, … Continue reading

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Brimstone [2016]

A few years ago, I thought that the Western was dead. You’ll note that in the meta-structure of these posts I made Western into a category rather than a tag; because the structures and issues that the Western grapples with … Continue reading

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Mississippi Grind [2015]

For once, there are no spoilers in this – and consequently this is more of a puff-piece responsive review than criticism. This was one of the very best films I saw this year, but it got such a tiny release … Continue reading

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