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DateMovieRatingSummaryAverage
Wed 2 Aug 2006The Road Home (1999)8A sign of things to come
Luo Yusheng (Honglei Sun) has arrived home for the first time in many years, to find his grieving mother Zhao... (more)
8.00 (1 rating)
Wed 2 Aug 2006Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005)7And now, back to biting heads off chickens
Metal: A Headbanger's Journey lives up to its title. It's the brainchild of Sam Dunn, a guy who grew up... (more)
7.00 (1 rating)
Tue 1 Aug 2006Punk: Attitude (2005)7A fascinating angle
Punk: Attitude is an interesting take on a well worn path. The music documentary is hardly a new thing, but... (more)
7.00 (1 rating)
Tue 1 Aug 2006McLibel (2005)7Lacks zazz
McLibel is the little documentary about the multinational conglomerate that didn't do as well as the one that came before... (more)
7.00 (1 rating)
Wed 21 Jun 2006A History of Violence (2005)5Not worth the price of admission
A History of Violence is an odd and unexpected film. What it boils down to is that it is unsatisfying... (more)
5.00 (1 rating)
Tue 20 Jun 2006Capote (2005)8See more Hoffman
Fond of Philip Seymour Hoffman? For Hoffman completists, of which I'm sure there are quite a few, Capote is worth... (more)
8.00 (1 rating)
Thu 1 Jun 2006The Constant Gardener (2005)4An Oscar winner?!
Oh man, how I didn't enjoy this film. And unfortunately, this was due in large part to Rachel Weisz. Sure,... (more)
4.00 (1 rating)
Tue 30 May 2006Match Point (2005)8Chances are you'll appreciate this film
Check the sky for flying pigs, because this is a Woody Allen film that does not star Woody Allen. In... (more)
8.00 (1 rating)
Mon 29 May 2006Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005)8A surprising delight
Mrs. Henderson Presents surprised me. It surprised me not because I expected it to be dull, and it was actually... (more)
8.00 (1 rating)
Thu 13 Apr 2006Transamerica (2005)6Not quite sure what it wants to be
Bree (Felicity Huffman) is a transsexual who is in the final stages of therapy on the road to having an... (more)
6.00 (1 rating)
Tue 11 Apr 2006Brokeback Mountain (2005)9Don't it break your heart in two?
Brokeback Mountain is as superb as you've heard people say it is. It really is. It takes a little while... (more)
9.00 (1 rating)
Tue 4 Apr 2006Walk the Line (2005)8Just a shame they aren't around to see it...
I've heard criticisms of this film being that it is not interesting enough to sustain the viewing audience throughout. Personally,... (more)
8.00 (1 rating)
Thu 30 Mar 2006Munich (2005)6The day after One Day in September
Munich is Steven Spielberg's latest film telling of an historical event. Contrary to my belief on going into the film,... (more)
6.00 (1 rating)
Thu 30 Mar 2006Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)6Bothersome
Please allow me to get the initial controversial nature of this review outta the way early. Re. the whole Chinese... (more)
6.00 (1 rating)
Thu 23 Mar 2006Buena Vista Social Club (1999)9A thigh-slappingly fun time
Buena Vista Social Club warms you up, right down to the cockles of your heart. It's such a superb film,... (more)
9.00 (1 rating)
Thu 23 Mar 2006Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)8It's all about the atmosphere
This 1975 film begins with a title card that tells the audience that the film is based on true events.... (more)
8.00 (1 rating)
Thu 23 Mar 2006Citizen Kane (1941)8He's just one citizen, after all...
It's difficult for a film to live up to the kinds of huge expectations that the acclaim for a film... (more)
8.00 (1 rating)
Thu 23 Mar 2006King Kong (2005)4Hello, story? Where are you?
Peter Jackson's been doing some good work of late. I don't know whether anyone has noticed? Anyway, I was of... (more)
4.00 (1 rating)
Thu 23 Mar 2006Alexandra's Project (2003)8Jeepers.
Rolf de Heer's Alexandra's Project is a difficult film to watch. It makes you squirm in your seat, and cringe,... (more)
8.00 (1 rating)
Tue 28 Feb 2006Cunnamulla (2000)5Just a drop in the long-distant ocean
Cunnamulla is a documentary about a small township in the middle of nowhere, way out west of Brisbane, in Queensland.... (more)
5.00 (1 rating)
Wed 15 Feb 2006Broken Flowers (2005)7An interesting perspective
Broken Flowers is a winding narrative of a film, which has a strength that lays in the hard line it... (more)
7.00 (1 rating)
Wed 15 Feb 2006Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)8Another frolicking good (and evil) time
First, a bit of a recap for those of us (me) who are getting confused. All of this stems from... (more)
8.00 (1 rating)
Wed 15 Feb 2006Da Kath & Kim Code (2005)5Haven't we seen all this before?
Spawned from a sketch on a comedy show, the television series Kath & Kim has now spawned its own telemovie:... (more)
6.00 (2 ratings)
Wed 15 Feb 2006Jabe Babe: A Heightened Life (2005)6Half doco, half fiction
Jabe Babe: A Heightened Life is a short documentary about a woman named Jabe Babe, who has Marfan Syndrome, and... (more)
6.00 (1 rating)
Mon 6 Feb 2006Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)7An unexpected delight
I saw the previews for this. It looked really terrible. I decided I wouldn't bother to go and see it.... (more)
7.00 (1 rating)
Mon 6 Feb 2006The Brothers Grimm (2005)7Worth the wait?
I am a huge Terry Gilliam fan. The man is notorious for his visual focus, attention to detail, and incredible... (more)
7.00 (1 rating)
Tue 17 Jan 2006Saw II (2005)8Surprisingly satisfying
I really enjoyed the creative vision of the original Saw (2004), and hearing that a sequel was to be made,... (more)
8.00 (1 rating)
Tue 17 Jan 2006Wolf Creek (2005)7A man transformed
On the release of Wolf Creek, there was a bunch of hype surrounding how scary it was; that people were... (more)
8.00 (2 ratings)
Thu 5 Jan 2006Rock Fresh (2004)4All I can muster is a 'meh'
As an artform, graffiti isn't anywhere near the top of my all-time favourite art styles list. In fact, I think... (more)
4.50 (2 ratings)
Fri 25 Nov 2005The Princess Blade (2001)6Not mind blowing, but nice enough
The House of Takemikazuchi is opposed to the monarchy which rule their country of Japan. They are a well known... (more)
6.00 (1 rating)
Wed 23 Nov 2005Last Present (2001)5Lost in translation?
Yong-gi (Jung-Jae Lee) is one half of a comedy duo with one of his childhood friends. They're trying to make... (more)
5.00 (1 rating)
Fri 18 Nov 2005BlackJack: In the Money (2005)4A sucker for punishment
After having watched and hated the second installment of this running telemovie series, BlackJack: Sweet Science (2004), I don't know... (more)
4.00 (1 rating)
Wed 26 Oct 2005Raiders of the Lost Ark - The Adaptation8I can hardly believe my eyes
Back in 1982, school friends Jayson Lamb, Chris Strompolos, and Eric Zala hatched themselves a plan. They were all obsessed... (more)
8.00 (2 ratings)
Mon 24 Oct 2005Paradise Now (2005)7Stirring the pot?
Paradise Now is an intriguing film which follows a pair of childhood friends on the day that they discover that... (more)
7.00 (1 rating)
Fri 21 Oct 2005Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)8Great at what it does
Raiders of the Lost Ark is the classic escapism film. Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), one of the most famous film... (more)
8.00 (1 rating)
Thu 20 Oct 2005Aikido - Past, Present, Future (2005)5Informative, if a little dry
Aikido - Past, Present, Future is a documentary about the progression of the martial art of Aikido. The documentary is... (more)
5.00 (1 rating)
Wed 19 Oct 2005In Her Shoes (2005)7Just havin' fun
Rose (Toni Collette) is the serious older sister who works as a lawyer, and is looking for the perfect man... (more)
7.00 (1 rating)
Wed 19 Oct 2005Night Watch (2004)7Sci-fi that's all about the style
The story of Night Watch is a rather convoluted one that barely makes sense whilst you are watching it, let... (more)
7.50 (2 ratings)
Thu 13 Oct 2005The Magician (2005)7Back to basics
Ray (Scott Ryan) is a down-to-earth hard working philosophical hit man. When we first meet him, he's performing a well... (more)
7.00 (1 rating)
Mon 10 Oct 2005The Proposition (2005)8A unique vision, realistically portrayed
Nick Cave is quite a writer. Mostly, he writes song lyrics, which have transported me to some weird and wonderful... (more)
8.00 (1 rating)
Mon 10 Oct 2005Little Fish (2005)8Brilliantly Australian
When I first saw Rowan Woods' The Boys (1997) all those years ago, I had a bit of an epiphany.... (more)
8.00 (1 rating)
Wed 5 Oct 2005Sombra Dolorosa (2004)6Olé!
Continuing along his theme of content inspired by early films of the twenties or thirties, Guy Maddin's Sombra Dolorosa contains... (more)
6.00 (3 ratings)
Wed 5 Oct 2005Sissy Boy Slap Party (1995)2We are not amused
Apparently, with this film, director Guy Maddin is taking a dig at the early avant-garde films in a humorous fashion.... (more)
3.33 (3 ratings)
Wed 5 Oct 2005A Trip to the Orphanage (2004)3Deliciously pointless
A Trip to the Orphanage is more of a film clip than a short film, as far as I can... (more)
3.00 (3 ratings)
Mon 26 Sep 2005Look Both Ways (2005)7Been there, done that
The short films of Sarah Watt showcased a certain style, along with a clear love of certain themes, including tragedy,... (more)
7.00 (1 rating)
Fri 23 Sep 2005Oyster Farmer (2004)8A real Australian voice
Oyster Farmer drifts along at about the same pace as the Hawkesbury River, the beautiful and isolated location around which... (more)
8.00 (1 rating)
Thu 22 Sep 2005A Man's Gotta Do (2004)5What's all this about?
A Man's Gotta Do is a very odd film. It is the story of a suburban family who, on the... (more)
5.00 (1 rating)
Tue 20 Sep 2005Hating Alison Ashley (2005)5Luckily, this isn't aimed at me
Robin Klein's novels were a staple in the literary diet of most kids at my primary school, especially the young... (more)
5.00 (1 rating)
Mon 19 Sep 2005You and Your Stupid Mate (2005)2Fairly terrible really
You and Your Stupid Mate is the latest and one of the worst in an unfortunate series of recent low-brow... (more)
2.00 (1 rating)
Mon 19 Sep 2005Pom Poko (1994)8And under the surface, there's...
A community of tanuki (raccoon dogs) has just spent a wonderful year living in an abandoned countryside house, where they... (more)
8.00 (1 rating)

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