Dec 312013
 

 

It’s not the films you are anticipating that are usually exciting, it’s the ones you don’t know about yet. The ones that pop up at festivals, that sneak into cinemas in limited release, or go direct to VOD and get everyone talking. From my 2013 anticipated films list I ended up absolutely loving only one, The Place Beyond the Pines. What fruit will come from my 2014 picks? I guess I’ll find out next year. My 10 most anticipated 2014 films are after the jump.

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Dec 292013
 

Do you ever get panicky when you think about how many great films you haven’t seen? How many films have just slipped under your radar? Sometimes I do. Whether they be undiscovered gems, critically lauded hits or cult classics, there are so many unseen films. Last year I did my best ‘new to me films’ by quarter, but this year I’m putting them in one big post. These are a mix of festival titles, older films and films which won’t be released until 2014 in Australia which I caught during 2013 (although some of these films have had or will get a cinema release, they weren’t widely released here in 2013). In no particular order (although the film in the above picture is my clear #1), my top 20 ‘new to me’ films are after the jump.

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Dec 232013
 

The Christmas-New Year period is the busiest at the cinema. With most people having time off work and school, it’s the ideal time to capture the biggest possible audience for any film, hence why there are so many films coming out in such a short space of time. What do you pick if you only have limited time and money? What about having to take your little cousins or elderly grandmother along with you? Well, this guide is here to help. Check An Online Universe’s reviews and recommendations for your holiday viewing, after the jump. We preview Anchorman 2, Drinking Buddies, Frozen, The Hobbit:  The Desolation of Smaug, Philomena, The Railway Man, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Short Term 12, August: Osage County and Saving Mr. Banks.

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Dec 182013
 

Worst films of the year. I know some people think that the worst films should be ignored and these lists shouldn’t be made. Well, you know what I say to that? This year I have watched approximately one film per day and when you watch that many films, not all of them are going to be good. Sometimes it’s fun to pay out a film that’s so bad you don’t understand how it was ever made; while other times it’s more of a public service announcement. So, from new films I have watched this year, you’ll find the worst ones after the jump.

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Dec 182013
 

When someone steals your home, your lands and all that you hold dear, how far will you go to reclaim it? And if doing so involves putting innocents in the line of fire and wreaking untold destruction on those who look to you for guidance, is it really worth going after in the first place? My review of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug after the jump.

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Dec 182013
 

And so, it’s that time. I’ve curated/obsessed over my best of the year list since late 2012 when I started seeing some of the 2013 releases early. I am really such a list nerd (really, it’s quite sad). This list is based exclusively on films which had a cinema release in Australia in 2013. It could have been a single cinema, but it had to have a release. Festival only titles, direct-to-dvd and films I have seen this year which don’t release until next year (such as 12 Years a Slave and Nebraska) were not included. I will release a second list in March 2014 which is all 2013 films (films released here between March 1, 2013 and Feb 2014, festival titles and anything I saw which didn’t get a release).

Without further adieu, my list of the best films of 2013 (based on Australian cinema releases) is after the jump!

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