Mar 312013

the goonies

Happy Easter all! It’s been a quiet month on the site as my dayjob has been busy, and writer’s block has been an unwelcome presence in my life. I’ve felt far more like watching films than writing about them this month. Hopefully with some better films at the cinema on the horizon, inspiration might return. This month I viewed 30 films – check the round-up out after the jump.


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Mar 292013


Happy Easter everyone!

We hope that you long weekend is filled with chocolate, good films, friends & family and relaxing times.

We’ve had a little down time on the site this week (hey, we need a break too!), but we’ll be back with more great stuff in the next couple of days.

Sam & Chris

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Mar 262013


Laurence Anyways is the third feature film from French-Canadian film-maker Xavier Dolan. I’m a huge fan of Dolan’s work – I think he has a really unique voice and I love the way he uses colour and pulsating electronic music. It’s incredible that someone so young is making such beautiful films. I’m so excited to follow Dolan’s career and see what he does next.

I thought about reviewing the film, but decided that I couldn’t say anything that Cameron Williams didn’t say in his excellent review (which you can read here). Instead I wanted to share some images that show how Dolan uses colour. I recommend that you view the images while listening to this song. Check the rainbow of colour out after the jump.

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Mar 242013

inglorious basterds

I (Chris Elena) have been asked many times what I think the best movies of the past decade are; and after being asked just recently, I just couldn’t help but write this much delayed list. These are films that I think say something about the films we watch or the genres we’re aware of and defy some and/or all conventions we’re so accustomed to.

These aren’t necessarily in my order of preference, I love all the films mentioned unconditionally but I rank them in importance.

These are the movies that to me defied storytelling and cliché in some way. Check them out after the jump.

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Mar 242013

The nominations ballot for the 2013 Lammy Awards is now open, and we at An Online Universe are delighted to be up for 8 nominations! Our nominations are as follows:

Best Blog
Best Movie Reviewer – Chris Elena
Best Movie Reviewer – Sam McCosh
Best New Lamb
Best Design
Best Film Festival And Convention Coverage
Best Awards Coverage
Best Running Feature – THE BEST FILMS SET IN…

Thank you so much to those who nominated us in the first round. If you’re a regular reader of the site or you’ve popped by to check the site out and like what you see, we’d really appreciate your vote. It would be an honour to make it through to the final voting round in at least one of the above categories.

Voting is open until April 3 and is open to all LAMB members. Please visit The LAMB for more information and the link to the poll.

Mar 212013



This is the ninth post in the “The Best Films Set In…” series. The setting can be a place (like Tokyo), a location (like the beach), or a time (like Winter). In these posts I’m going to pick my 5 favourite films that are set in that particular place/location/time and explain why I like them.

In honour of the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival which is currently happening around Australia, the location for this group of films is Paris, France.

After the jump, check out my picks for The Best Films Set In…Paris!

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Mar 202013


Giants and beanstalks and henchmen, oh my! From the directing/writing duo (Bryan Singer and Chris McQuarrie) who brought us The Usual Suspects, comes a re-imagining of the well-known and beloved fairy tale of almost the same name. Is Jack the Giant Slayer really a re-imagining, or is it just another Hollywood cash grab? My review after the jump.

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