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  • My Man Godfrey

    My Man Godfrey

    ★★★½

    Despite a very poor transfer (coincidentally, a Criterion edition of the film was released today, so there are certainly superior viewing conditions out there), My Man Godfrey oozes charm.

    I don't typically cry out for remakes, however this is a very remake-friendly film. I'm surprised Hollywood opted for Mr. Deeds instead of this Capra-nian cousin, as it would have been a perfect Hollywood idea a quarter century ago (maybe a Bill Murray vehicle), or more recently in the guise of…

  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★★★★

    Following a five year exile from the Zone, my long awaited Criterion return to Stalker proves as rare and complete an aria on the human condition as ever encountered in celluloid history. Stalker will still be revered for its courageous spiritual solace long after contemporaneous worldly powers and ideologies have all disunited and scattered to obscurity.

    Through the inimitable troubled child production of Stalker, Tarkovsky cinematically inculcated the deep rooted liquidity of his art, channeling the river of god into…

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  • Mental

    Mental

    ★★½

    I have an oft-maligned uncle Trevor, a mum Shaz, a lifelong loathing of Wollongong, and parents whose child died there, so I was able to find a lot of relatable in-joke aspects in the material.

    I generally don't gel with PJ Hogan's films, finding a certain limit to their appeal, but I do appreciate that they have their place. I felt that his style had sadly insinuated itself into Jocelyn Moorhouse's own direction with her Hogan-esque comeback of The Dressmaker.…

  • Patriot Games

    Patriot Games

    ★★★★

    The work of Noyce & McAlpine on these two films is goddamn outstanding! They elevate the material several times over, and were insufficiently heralded for their efforts.

    I have a few gripes with the plot, especially the priorities of the Sean Bean character which gradually threaten to ruin the film for me. Surely Patrick Bergin would have decided at some point "sorry mate, we gotta get rid of ya". From the moment they spring him, his ineffective vengeance screws them over…

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  • A History of Violence

    A History of Violence

    ★★★★½

    A couple years ago, this film was firmly in my Top 50. I haven't seen the film for a couple years now, and by the time I did my top 100 Letterboxd list, this was no where in sight. I've decided this film requires a rewatch.

    This film is a delight from Cronenberg. It mixes various little film influences together into a great little story. But the film wouldn't work without the acting. Mortensen gives one of his best ever…

  • Gravity

    Gravity

    ★★★★½

    Believe the hype.

    Gravity has been earmarked in many ways as the 'next Avatar' for quite a while now, in terms of changing the game when it comes to the cinema experience. Plus, it comes with a strong pedigree. Children of Men was my film of the 2000s (actually my favourite film since my birth in '88), plus Cauron is a technically taut director capable at delivering transportive and magical universalist stories which appeal to the mainstream and art-house, young…