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Mon 12 Sep 2005Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)8Whipplesumptuous.
Like pretty much everyone in the English-speaking world who grew up in the 1970s and '80s, I am a huge... (more)
8.50 (2 ratings)
Wed 10 Aug 2005Spellbound (2002)8T double-E double-R double-R double-I double-F double-I double-C, C, C.
I'm sure most people, when they saw the trailers for Spellbound, said ‘What the hell? A documentary about spelling bee... (more)
8.33 (3 ratings)
Thu 16 Jun 2005Clara (2005)8Unexpectedly moving
Clara, the Cannes-Jury-Special-Mention-winning short film by Australian director Van Sowerwine and animator Isobel Knowles, is a pretty amazing piece of... (more)
8.00 (3 ratings)
Thu 14 Apr 2005Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (2004)6A good argument, poorly made
Outfoxed is a documentary which attempts to build a case proving that Fox News, Rupert Murdoch's cable-news counterpart to CNN... (more)
7.00 (2 ratings)
Thu 31 Mar 2005Finding Neverland (2004)8Heeeeeere's Johnny (again!)
Finding Neverland has Johnny Depp in it. I'm not sure if that's all you need to know to know if... (more)
8.00 (3 ratings)
Tue 1 Feb 2005Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)9Delightfully wicked (or wickedly delightful)
I confess I really didn't know whether to be looking forward to Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events (Snicket... (more)
8.50 (2 ratings)
Wed 19 Jan 2005Quills (2000)9Ink and Incapability
Quills, a movie tackling a semi-imaginary account of the life of everyone's favourite deviate, the Marquis de Sade (the man... (more)
9.00 (2 ratings)
Tue 18 Jan 2005This is Spinal Tap (1984)9Just plain FUNNY.
This Is Spinal Tap is a movie which can best be described with one word: funny. It's not often that... (more)
9.00 (1 rating)
Wed 12 Jan 2005End of Days (1999)3Not exactly a Revelation
Ahh, the ‘apocalypse movie’. It's a fine genre, and one that always promises a treat of crappy special effects, crappy... (more)
3.00 (1 rating)
Tue 4 Jan 2005The Triplets of Belleville (2003)7It's not the music that's slightly off-key
Les Triplettes de Belleville is the kind of movie I should love. It's a quirky, fun, at-least-partially-family-friendly animated film with... (more)
8.00 (2 ratings)
Thu 25 Nov 2004A Civil Action (1998)6Shut up and drink your trichloroethylene!
I don't know what it is, but of late I've seen quite a few ‘courtroom dramas’. It's not really a... (more)
6.00 (1 rating)
Tue 28 Sep 2004The Little Mermaid (1989)6A great era brought about by an OK film
As someone who has long been a big fan of the magic that can be made from a high-quality animated... (more)
6.00 (1 rating)
Fri 24 Sep 2004Raising Arizona (1987)6Better than if the Coens hadn't made it, but…
What amazes me about the films of Ethan Coen and Joel Coen — and I know I've mentioned this before,... (more)
6.00 (1 rating)
Fri 24 Sep 2004Japanese Story (2003)8Oh-so-beautiful, in more ways than one
Japanese Story is the sort of film that Australians can make very well — well-thought-out character-driven ‘thinkies’ sustained by top-quality... (more)
8.67 (3 ratings)
Tue 14 Sep 2004Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)7Plenty of yo-ho-ho, but too much yo-ho-hum.
As you can see below, there's some dissent in the nofreelist ranks as to how good, exactly, Pirates of the... (more)
7.50 (4 ratings)
Fri 10 Sep 2004On the Waterfront (1954)9Brando brilliance
On The Waterfront is regarded as one of the true classics of cinema, and rightly so. It's a great story,... (more)
9.00 (2 ratings)
Tue 7 Sep 2004Along Came Polly (2004)5BS BS (but PSH is A-OK)
Look, I'll happily go on record as saying I don't get Ben Stiller. He's not particularly endearing, he's not particularly... (more)
5.00 (1 rating)
Mon 6 Sep 2004Crazy/Beautiful6Promising/Disappointing
Look: if you don't know by now that I'm a sucker for a quality teen flick, then you haven't been... (more)
6.00 (1 rating)
Wed 25 Aug 2004One Missed Call (2003)8Ringu, Ringu, why don't you give me a call…
Normally, I'm not a great fan of your horror/thriller type movie. Too often, they're just an excuse for pissweak filmmaking... (more)
8.00 (1 rating)
Tue 24 Aug 2004Young Adam (2003)3Well, at least it finished… eventually.
Young Adam is the story of Joe (not Adam), a young man who ends up working as a bargeman in... (more)
3.00 (2 ratings)
Tue 24 Aug 2004Love Tricycle (2003)8Come along for the ride
Love Tricycle is an Australian computer-animated short which tells the story of a bicycle in love. It's set in the... (more)
8.00 (4 ratings)
Fri 20 Aug 2004Cowards Bend The Knee (2003)4Convention: what is it good for?
Here we are then. I've taken care of the three Guy Maddin short films I saw before a screening of... (more)
4.00 (1 rating)
Thu 12 Aug 2004The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)99 out of 10! (not counting the mezzanine)
Another day, another Joel Coen and Ethan Coen film review. This is the life, no? Of all the films the Coens... (more)
9.00 (1 rating)
Wed 11 Aug 2004Barton Fink (1991)7Sure leaves you finking!
For such a freaky-looking man — and one who has spent most of his filmmaking career playing idiots, the deformed,... (more)
7.00 (1 rating)
Tue 10 Aug 2004A Trip to the Orphanage (2004)243 beans in every short
A Trip to the Orphanage was the third and final Guy Maddin short I saw before a screening of Cowards... (more)
3.00 (3 ratings)
Tue 10 Aug 2004Bring It On Again (2004)4Not as bad as you'd think, not as good as it could be
I'm sure a bunch of you reading this have seen Bring It On (2000). And I'm sure a bunch of... (more)
4.00 (1 rating)
Mon 9 Aug 2004The Closet (2001)8A gay old time
The Closet is the next film from Francis Veber, the writer/director of The Dinner Game (1998) — which should be... (more)
8.00 (1 rating)
Mon 9 Aug 2004Sombra Dolorosa (2004)5One foreign object, that's for sure.
Sombra Dolorosa, or Sorrowful Shadow, is the second of three Guy Maddin shorts I saw before Cowards Bend The Knee... (more)
6.00 (3 ratings)
Mon 9 Aug 2004The Stepford Wives (2004)3Three movies in one — and they all suck
I'll start off by saying that I've never seen the original The Stepford Wives (1975). I'm not sure whether that... (more)
3.00 (1 rating)
Sat 7 Aug 2004Sissy Boy Slap Party (1995)5Well, it's one of the more accurate titles ever.
I saw Sissy Boy Slap Party as part of a trio of short films directed by Canadian Guy Maddin, prior... (more)
3.33 (3 ratings)
Thu 5 Aug 2004Sextasy (2004)3Predictably disastrous
Sextasy is a German short film about a young girl who, after hemming and hawing about whether the time's right... (more)
3.50 (2 ratings)
Thu 5 Aug 2004Shrek 2 (2004)6I don't think I get it
Look. I want to go on record right now: I wasn't a big fan of Shrek (2001), OK? Yeah, yeah,... (more)
5.50 (2 ratings)
Wed 4 Aug 2004The Party's Over (2001)7Michael Moore Lite: Half the calories, nearly as filling
Philip Seymour Hoffman as political agitator and agent provocateur, Michael Moore-style? Yep, sounds weird. But that's more or less what... (more)
7.50 (2 ratings)
Wed 4 Aug 2004Disposable (2003)4Well, it's certainly not a keeper!
Disposable is a nine-minute short from Spain, about a seemingly self-obsessed and insular lady who unknowingly runs over a pedestrian.... (more)
4.33 (3 ratings)
Tue 3 Aug 2004Clue (1985)8Really tickles my funnybone
Clue is not a very good movie. But, at the same time, it's bloody fantastic. Confused? Well you might be... (more)
8.00 (1 rating)
Mon 2 Aug 2004Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)5A nice try, but… no.
I've mentioned before (in my review of A Time To Kill (1996), among other places) how easy it is to... (more)
5.00 (1 rating)
Fri 30 Jul 2004The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)7Calm down, everyone
Normally, I try not to let the hype surrounding films affect me. Any number of massively-hyped films turn out to... (more)
7.00 (1 rating)
Tue 27 Jul 2004Best in Show (2000)9It's no pooch
It's hard to say anything in a review of Best in Show that I haven't already said in my reviews... (more)
8.50 (2 ratings)
Mon 26 Jul 2004Darkness of the Skeleton (2003)8Fast, furious, fun and fabulous
Darkness of the Skeleton is a rollicking adventure which packs an awful lot into its four-and-a-half minute runtime. The brainchild... (more)
8.33 (3 ratings)
Wed 21 Jul 2004Punch-Drunk Love (2002)7Not bad, but not great
It's pretty rare that an Adam Sandler film makes it on to my ‘must-see list’. I don't hate Sandler, but... (more)
8.50 (2 ratings)
Tue 20 Jul 2004The Flying Car (2002)8Everyone's favourite clerks
The Flying Car is a made-for-TV short film by Kevin Smith, director of such classics as Clerks (1994) and Dogma... (more)
8.00 (1 rating)
Fri 16 Jul 2004Frankenweenie (1984)7Less creepy than it sounds (and more fun)
Like Vincent (1982), Frankenweenie is a rather dark and twisted short from the early career of the equally dark and... (more)
7.00 (1 rating)
Thu 15 Jul 2004Vincent (1982)9Short and bitter
Vincent is a sick, funny, twisted, morbid, and basically brilliant short from Tim Burton, from back in the earliest days... (more)
9.00 (1 rating)
Wed 14 Jul 2004The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)8Spooktacular!
I've said it before, I'll say it again: Tim Burton is one of the greatest filmmakers of the modern era,... (more)
8.00 (1 rating)
Mon 12 Jul 2004A Bug's Life (1998)8Showing Disney how
In a way, the recent news that Disney is basically closing down its traditional 2-D animation department was, for those... (more)
8.00 (2 ratings)
Thu 8 Jul 2004Stiff (2004)6Too much caper, not enough crime
Normally, the words ‘Australian’ and ‘telemovie’, when combined, are enough to not only make me run away in the other... (more)
6.00 (1 rating)
Wed 7 Jul 2004The Club (1980)7Dodgy politics and drop punts
Playwright David Williamson is something of a legend in Australia. Given that he's a playwright, and Australians are normally a... (more)
7.00 (1 rating)
Mon 5 Jul 2004A Time To Kill (1996)6Solid, but more of the same
The ‘legal drama’ genre is the fish-in-a-barrel of filmmaking, as far as I'm concerned. While I'm no Eddie Expert in... (more)
6.00 (1 rating)
Thu 1 Jul 2004Van Helsing (2004)3Wenham Hoggs the good bits
Sometimes, it's hard to tell if a movie is a tongue-in-cheek parody of everything that's wrong with a certain genre,... (more)
3.00 (1 rating)
Sun 27 Jun 2004Boomerang (2002)3Shitty.
Boomerang is a comedic short film won the 3rd-place prize in the 2002 Tropfest short film festival. Apparently, 2002 was a... (more)
3.00 (1 rating)

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