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

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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Nov 292013

A large number of the films I am excited about which have a Summer (Dec-Feb) release in Australia. It’s the time where we get the big Boxing Day/New Years releases, along with a number of smaller films which have award buzz or are expected to be in consideration for awards (such as the Academy Awards) come awards season. I’ve picked 12 films that I haven’t seen and  I am particularly looking forward to seeing. Please note the release dates were correct at the time of publishing, but as we know, these things can change. Check my picks out after the jump.

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Sep 032013


Spring is typically a slower time for movies in this neck of the woods. The blockbuster season has passed, and it’s generally too early for films that première at Venice or Toronto to get a release. Despite that, there are still plenty of films to get excited about. After the jump, check out the 6 films I am most looking forward to seeing this Spring.

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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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Dec 302012


I can’t believe that we’ve reached the end of 2012. What a year for film! Making my top 20 Aus cinema releases was so incredibly hard. I could have easily written a different 15-20 on another day. I’ve been truly lucky to watch so many films this year, and I have to give huge thanks to Cam Williams, Blake Howard, Dwayne Lennox, Chris Elena, Andrew Buckle, Matt Pejkovic and many more for helping me establish myself in the film blogging community in Sydney. Thanks for your support, contacts and constant inspiration gents – without your help I would not have got this far.

As I had so many new release films to check out, my viewing this quarter was mostly new cinema releases and rewatches on DVD. Unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to go back and watch too many classics (at least none I thought highly of anyway). I watched a total of 82 films in this quarter, which with added to the 273 from the first three-quarters, takes me to 355 films for 2012. Damn! I was oh so close to my film a day goal. There are still 2 days left of the year, but I think I’ll just chill and step away from the screen. It’s just a number after all…

After the jump check out my top 10 “new to me” films for the third quarter of 2012. I have also listed my 10 film related goals for 2013. Now that I’ve put them out there, I expect you lot to hold me to them!

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Dec 272012

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With 2012 almost behind us, it’s time to start looking ahead to 2013 and what film goodness it will bring. Well it’s looking to be a good year, with some big name directors releasing new films, and favourite actors returning to our screens. But do you know what the most exciting thing is? The films that will probably end up wowing us, or being our favourites, are most likely completely unknown at this point. Look at your top 10 of 2012 – how many of those were you excited about in 2011?I bet at least half were films that blindsided you, or came onto your radar after festival screenings. Now isn’t that something to get excited about? After the jump, check out our top 10 most anticipated films for 2013 – well the ones that we know about now anyway.

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Dec 242012


2012 has been an amazing year for films. It was almost impossible to nail down a top 20 list, and the list of films that just missed out went really deep. But with the good, comes the bad, and 2012 has been no exception – it has been a particularly bad year for comedies and lame action flicks. After the jump, check out our picks for the worst 10 films of 2012.

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