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  • The Dry

    The Dry

    ★★★★

    In the early to mid 2000's, Ray Lawrence directed two excellent Australian films that centred on tragedy and loss; Lantana and Jindabyne were very different films, but both managed to craft Australian stories out of something that wasn't a lark, but rather serious and thought-provoking.
    They were interesting to me as some of the better Australian films at the time because so much of what is popular from this country so often falls around larrikins and almost larger than life…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★½

    After the year that was 2020, its very easy to look at a movie like Nomadland through a prism of where we should put our own lives into some perspective. It might not have been the intention of writer director Chloe Zhao for her third feature to be that kind of movie, but its difficult to look at something outside of the context of the world that it now exists in. A world where films without the intent they originally…

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  • Nobody

    Nobody

    ★★★★

    Difficult not to compare to John Wick, but where Nobody succeeds in its own way is the "everyman" feel to the proceedings - at least initially - and part of that is in the perfect casting of Bob Odenkirk.
    He is that jobbing actor you know from "that film", and also Saul Goodman. He makes the family man with a past routine feel very authentic, even though we all know why we are watching Nobody in the first place.
    The…

  • Love and Monsters

    Love and Monsters

    ★★★

    Watching Love and Monsters with the knowledge that this was destined for cinemas before being derailed by COVID-19 and scuttled to Netflix, you kind of have to wonder how much success this would have had. It's a perfectly acceptable Friday night stream at home kind of throwaway comedy-action hybrid very much in the vein of Zombieland - right down to the overused and often annoying commentary provided by the protagonist here.
    The argument surrounding Love and Monsters' existance is that…

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  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★

    This absolutely was going to be a tough one for me. Going into The Favourite, there was a feeling in my bones that Lanthimos’ follow up to Killing of a Sacred Deer would be difficult to match and I don’t feel I was wrong. To preface, that comment shouldn’t take anything away from the how good The Favourite is; impeccable direction and cinematography, brilliant performances from Coleman, Stone and Weisz. But for fans of this burgeoning auteur, The Favourite may…

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★½

    No matter how many movies I watch, there is one dangerous thing that I never learn from when it comes to sitting down to watch something for the first time; that there is nothing worse than having expectations. The problem with this idea is that it’s impossible not to form expectations, as it is this exact thing that allows us to decide whether we should invest our time in what is being sold to us.
    I’ve absolutely gone on the…