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A.I. Artificial Intelligence

A.I. Artificial Intelligence, also known as A.I., is a 2001 American science fiction drama film directed by Steven Spielberg.
While this movie tries to succeed, for me it fails in crucial ways. Right from the outset, there was something about the interaction between the characters which didn't seem quit right. Perhaps tighter editing would have helped, along with shortening the overly long movie. The screenplay also annoyed me, especially with the voices-overs. Overall I was underwhelmed by this movie and constantly found my attention wandering.


Moon is a 2009 science fiction film directed by Duncan Jones.
This movie has the basis of being an all-time great, but it seems cut short, which doesn't enable a full development of its unique narrative. While the acting is good, the story sometimes doesn't seem quite right in its editing or flow.

Gosford Park
Gosford Park(2001)

Gosford Park is a 2001 British murder mystery film directed by Robert Altman.
I enjoyed the period settings in this film, and while the acting is generally very good (any scene featuring Maggie Smith especially), I found the story at times to be a little jumpy and poorly edited. Still, it's an entertaining and visually appealing movie.
Considered one of the best Mystery Films of all time.

Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai)

Seven Samurai is a 1954 Japanese epic samurai drama film co-written, edited, and directed by Akira Kurosawa.
I viewed the longer, original version of this movie, and it certainly is an epic. But I never found myself losing focus. On the contrary, I was constantly wondering what would happen next as the story unfolds. What sets this apart and makes it even more interesting for the viewer, is the unexpectedly large number of humorous moments throughout. It helped me to connect with the characters and each of their personalities, while the music helped to build tension and drama. The set designs and direction are particularly outstanding.
Considered one of the greatest films of all time.

The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge)

The Red Turtle is a 2016 animated fantasy drama film co-written and directed by Michaël Dudok de Wit.
I really enjoyed the first act of this animated movie. The middle section takes a few unexpected directions, with some segments being a little too long and repetitive. But the ending effected me quite deeply, and along with the hauntingly beautiful music, I was reflecting upon this experience long after the credits had rolled.

Iron Man
Iron Man(2008)

Iron Man is a 2008 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. The first installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was directed by Jon Favreau
This film does some an interesting beginning with a few twists along the way, and is more realistic than other superhero movies. However I found it to be way too long for more attention to remain focused.

Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America: The First Avenger is a 2011 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Captain America. It is directed by Joe Johnston.
I really enjoyed the 1940s WWII historical setting for this movie, and the backstory was probably my favourite part. While it perhaps is a little too long and drags towards the end, Captain America contains a good mix of mild humour, drama, and action which successfully combine for an entertaining adventure.

Pope Francis - A Man of His Word

Pope Francis: A Man of His Word is a 2018 documentary film produced, co-written and directed by Wim Wenders.
While this documentary is fairly standard in its presentation style, its power lies in the words and persona of Pope Francis himself. I was moved and inspired by his simple philosophy, and his humbleness increased my respect for both him and the Catholic Church in general.

Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins Returns is a 2018 American musical fantasy film directed by Rob Marshall.
I'm a bit of a sucker for a good old-fashioned Disney feel-good movie, and this one ticked all the boxes for me. The songs, the settings, and the humour, all combined to create a truly magical experience. I really enjoyed the 'A Cover is Not the Book' song - very clever.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a 2018 American computer-animated superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character. The film was directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothmam.
I was really looking forward to this animated movie, but I ended up being extremely disappointed. It is chaotic and confusing, with very a very basic story-line for the most part. The music and songs are distracting and annoying, and while the visuals are inventive and different, they are also jarring. The film has a dark feel to it overall, and apart from a couple of scenes towards the end which show true comedy and depth, it was mainly un-involving and uninteresting.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science fiction comedy-drama film directed by Michel Gondry.
I could see from the outset that this was going to be a quirky, but interesting film. And I was correct. The longer it went, the more involved I became in the evolving narrative, putting the pieces together. Although it does stall a little bit towards the end, this is a film to watch over again, and one for the true romantic.

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Ant-Man and the Wasp is a 2018 American superhero film directed by Peyton Reed.
The first act is fun and engaging, with Rudd in fine form. But by the third act, the film seems to have lost its way and gets bogged down while the narrative stalls. The mid-credits scene certainly was an added bonus, raising a few more questions, and the post-credit scene was a drummer.


Fargo is a 1996 black comedy-crime film written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen.
This film, apparently (not) based on a true story, contains an excellent mix of humour and horror, and this sets it apart from many other films in this category. I found myself constantly laughing in one scene, followed by reeling back in the next. Featuring outstanding performances, especially from McDormand, Fargo is a movie that will keep you thinking throughout.
Considered one of the best movies of all time.

Before Midnight

Before Midnight is a 2013 American romantic drama film, the third the trilogy.
The film works best when it focuses on the two lead characters. The chemistry between them works perfectly. I enjoyed the clever, witty, fast screenplay, which moves constant;y through a range of emotions and tensions. The acting and timing from both characters is seamless. And yes, the final scene did leave me with a tear in my eye.

The Happy Prince

The Happy Prince is a 2018 biographical drama film about Oscar Wilde, written by, directed by, and starring Rupert Everett.
The period settings and cinematography are absolutely superb, with some of the early scenes being picture-postcard-perfect. While the film does try very hard, and it mostly succeeds, there is probably note nough of a story here to warrant a full-length movie. The film fails to go too deep with some of its characters, and at times appears fragmented and difficult to follow. But still, it is an enjoyable movie, featuring some little gems. One of my favourite sequences involved the narration of Wilde's poem, 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol'.
D & MC


Annihilation is a 2018 science fiction horror film written and directed by Alex Garland.
While I was connected with the first two-thirds of this film, the last section was just a bit too strange and drawn out for my liking. However, the film does have some interesting concepts and themes, and the shifting timeline was also an interesting addition.

Before Sunset

Before Sunset is a 2004 American romantic drama film, the sequel to Before Sunrise.It is directed by Richard Linklater.
This film has a similar feel to its predecessor. With the main characters being older, and dealing with more adult issues of love and loss, I was able to relate to this film a little more. But the ending - ah! Can't wit to watch the third installment and see what happens next...

Before Sunrise

Before Sunrise is a 1995 American romantic drama film directed by Richard Linklater.
This is a seemingly sweet and simple movie, but it does contain some well-crafted moments and well-timed scenes. An enjoyable and reflective movie.


Widows is a 2018 heist film directed by Steve McQueen.
This movie is a little frustrating. While it has some good elements, including some surprising plot twists, the film is simply too long and the pacing doesn't quite work as well as it should.


Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan.
I was captivated by this movie right from the start. It has an unusual style and basic premise, and there are certainly a few unexpected twists and revelations along the way. The performances, music, and pacing all combine together well to create an exciting and different thriller.
AFI 1001

Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream is a 2000 American psychological tragedy film directed by Darren Aronofsky.
This is a somewhat unusual movie, displaying a variety of cinematic techniques, which mostly work well. It really drew me in, and by the end I had connected with the characters and their downfall. An interesting but ultimately tragic film.

Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score)

Sometimes Always Never is an English detective fantasy / family drama directed by Carl Hunter.
This is definitely a simple, low-key, low-budget film, which reminded me of a TV British drama or sit-com. While there are periods of silence, I never found myself bored, but rather quite interested in what would unfold next. The narrative swings between comedy and drama, sometimes quite quickly, and there are some emotional scenes. My major concern is that it seems more like a live stage-play rather than a movie.
D & MC


Wildlife is a 2018 American drama film directed by Paul Dano.
While the narrative did become more interesting and tense towards the end, I felt that there was something lacking here.

Paul, Apostle of Christ

Paul, Apostle of Christ is a 2018 American biblical drama film written and directed by Andrew Hyatt.
While this film has fitting period settings and design, it is less about Paul and more about Luke and other Christians in Rome at the end of Paul's life. An interesting historical film which could have been better.

Ladies in Black

Ladies in Black is a 2018 Australian comedy-drama film directed by Bruce Beresford.
This is a simple story from 1959 Sydney, featuring appropriate period settings and costumes. It flows along without having any real substance to it, and while ultimately forgettable, it is a pleasant movie to watch.

Bad Times at the El Royale

Bad Times at the El Royale is a 2018 American neo-noir thriller film written, co-produced and directed by Drew Goddard.
This movie had me hooked right from the start. I enjoyed the retro settings, the mystery and the music. The performances are all good, the screenplay smart, the timing and pace perfect. There were so many twists and turns that I constantly found myself gasping as the story unfolds in unexpected ways.

Green Book
Green Book(2018)

Green Book is a 2018 American comedy-drama film directed by Peter Farrelly.
While this film is too long and has a somewhat slow start, I did warm to the characters as different aspects of their lives are revealed and their friendship develops. The ending, though, is a little too corny and unoriginal. MC & D.


Maurice is a 1987 British romantic drama film based on the novel Maurice by E. M. Forster, directed by James Ivory.
The settings, costumes, and cinematography are superb in the period drama. While the film is too long, and the scene-to-scene editing clumsy, the subject matter kept me intrigued and focused throughout. D

Stan & Ollie
Stan & Ollie(2019)

Stan & Ollie is a 2018 biographical comedy-drama film directed by Jon S. Baird.
I have always enjoyed the physical and witty humour of Laurel and Hardy, so was looking forward to seeing this film. I was very impressed with how well the actors copied the actions and accents of the original duo. Unfortunately the film fell a bit flat for me. There wasn't enough drama or tension, and the story didn't seem complex or interesting enough to maintain a full-length movie. AK

Christopher Robin

Christopher Robin is a 2018 American fantasy comedy-drama film directed by Marc Forster.
Well this film certainly released the inner child within me, being Pooh fan when I was young. The settings and visual effects are all very good, and it is a pleasure to watch. Although at times I wasn't sure if the target audience here is for adults or children, there is enough charm and sweetness to make this an enjoyable watch for the whole family.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron is a 2015 American superhero film, written and directed by Joss Whedon. It is the sequel to 2012's The Avengers.
I certainly enjoyed this far better than its predecessor. This film contains a good mix of action, drama, suspense, and humour. Although it is a little too long, this is still a very entertaining and enjoyable ride.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a 2017 psychological thriller film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.
There was much about this film which I didn't enjoy. While the build-up has elements of mystery which kept my wondering, it soon became more weird and silly to the point of being unpleasant.

Pride and Prejudice

Pride & Prejudice is a 2005 romance film directed by Joe Wright.
I really enjoyed this period film adaptation. The settings are superb, and along with fine acting (especially from Knightley and Blethyn), this kept me engaged throughout.


It is a 2017 American supernatural horror film directed by Andy Muschietti.
This is an interesting mix of horror and drama, containing some scary and tense scenes. While I generally enjoyed the film, there are a few things which grated with me. These include the songs (which didn't suit the movie at all), some of the comical & sexual elements, and the ages of the children. At times I felt like I was watching an episode of a Hardy Boys children's mystery. I would have preferred the kids to have been aged in their late teens, and then the relationships between them, and some humorous elements, would have made more sense.

The Mule
The Mule(2018)

The Mule is a 2018 American crime drama film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood.
I didn't enjoy this film. There are a couple of engaging moments, but for the most part it is slow paced and somewhat repetitive. The music is annoying, the acting average, and the long pauses awkward. I did connect a little more at the end, as I was wondering exactly how the film would end, but by that time I was ready to leave the cinema. D & B.

Book Club
Book Club(2018)

Book Club is a 2018 American romantic comedy film directed by Bill Holderman.
I enjoyed the beginning of this film, but things soon changed as both the story and script fell away. It reminded me of comedies from the 1980s, and so perhaps is a little out-dated. The humour is hit and miss, but unfortunately for me, it was mostly miss.

Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene is a 2018 biblical drama film directed by Garth Davis.
This is a somewhat understated depiction of Mary, Jesus and the Apostles, from Mary's perception. The authentic settings and strong acting had me engaged right from the beginning. The music was quite ethereal, and enhanced the narrative. Although I did have a few issues with some aspects of the final section, overall this is an inspiring interpretation.

The Square
The Square(2017)

The Square is a 2017 satirical drama film written and directed by Ruben Ostlund.
This movie certainly is different, containing a few memorable and unique scenes. I can see what the film is trying to achieve, and although there are a number of subplots unfolding together, overall it is too long. Still it is an interesting film, containing a charismatic performance by Bang in the lead role.


BlacKkKlansman is a 2018 American biographical crime comedy-drama film directed by Spike Lee.
While this may be interesting from an historical perspective, I found this all a little underwhelming and quite predictable at times. There is a good mix of comedy and drama, but the tension never really builds in some scenes as it should. I was annoyed by the editing, and some unrealistic scenarios, including the basic.

The Happytime Murders

The Happytime Murders is a 2018 American comedy crime film directed by Brian Henson.
This adult puppet comedy contains many funny scenes and lol moments.

Isle of Dogs
Isle of Dogs(2018)

Isle of Dogs is a 2018 stop-motion animated comedy-drama film written, produced and directed by Wes Anderson.
I really enjoyed this movie, in which elements took me back to cartoons from my childhood. The comedy, the gags, and the visual style had me laughing right from the outset. It features some unusual techniques with split screens etc, and these all proved very effective. A surprising delight was also the music, which was played throughout most of the movie, and enhanced the suspense. Overall this was a very different, quirky but entertaining animated movie. D & MC

Incredibles 2

Incredibles 2 is a 2018 American computer-animated superhero film produced by Pixar Animation Studios. It is written and directed by Brad Bird, and is a sequel to The Incredibles.
While the animation is very good, I didn't enjoy this as much as the original. The action scenes are very sparse during the first half of the film, which contain far too much dialogue. When the action and mystery truly begin, it is a welcome relief. For me, the character of Edna stole the show once again.

Cold War (Zimna wojna)

Cold War (Zimna wojna) historical period drama film directed by Pawel Pawlikowski.
The cinematography and lighting are superb in this black and white art-house styled movie. I enjoyed the different versions of the main song ('Two Hearts'), but perhaps there was a little too much music and not enough dialogue. Unfortunately I didn't connect with the characters as much as I would have hoped. But there were certainly many questions and possible interpretations to ponder after the credits had rolled. D & MC

A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place is a 2018 American science fiction horror film directed by John Krasinski.
I really enjoyed this film, if being tense throughout equates with enjoyment! The premise is quite unique, and I was engaged right from the opening scene. As the film is realistic and centres around a family, I found myself constantly putting myself in their position, anticipating problems, and wondering what I would do in the same situation.

Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians is a 2018 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Jon M. Chu.
I was expecting a fun comedy full of colour, vibrancy, laughter, and razzle-dazzle. What I got was a serious drama with a thin narrative containing some feeble attempts at comedy which didn't work. The first section was too long, filled with lots of introductions and little else., and there were very few people laughing in the cinema I attended, The one redeeming moment (mahjong scene) towards the end was genuinely touching, but what followed, wasn't. While the settings were lavish and colourful, the very average acting left me unfulfilled. This all could have been done so much better. D & B

A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born is a 2018 American musical romantic drama film produced and directed by Bradley Cooper, in his directorial debut.
I really enjoyed this movie, which has a real retro feel to it. The songs, the performances, and the chemistry between the two lead actors all combine beautifully. There are some deep themes here as well, and so this movie is more suited for a mature audience. But at it's heart it is a love story, and a fine one at that. D

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody is a 2018 biographical film about the British rock band Queen, directed by Bryan Singer.
I like Queen the band so was looking forward to this biopic. There are some few things about the movie which don't work for me, including the editing, flow, amateurish feel, and a few too many pauses in some scenes. Also it is a bit too long and I wasn't as emotionally invested as I expected to be. Still, it does have some very good scenes and after watching the final credits, it did keep me thinking about Freddie the person. An entertaining film which could have been even stronger given the subject matter. D & B.

Black Panther

Black Panther is a 2018 American superhero film, directed by Ryan Coogler,
This film is visually exciting, but the story-line is not necessarily original and doesn't always flow well. I also thought that the 'moral' of the narrative was way overdone in the final sections of the film.
The second highest grossing film of 2018.


Mandy is a 2018 psychedelic action horror film directed by Panos Cosmatos.
While the ethereal and mysterious beginning of this film had me interested and intrigued, this soon all changed. I found myself disliking the film, which in the end is too long and just plain weird.

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story (or simply Solo) is a 2018 American space Western film based on the Star Wars character Han Solo. It is directed by Ron Howard.
I enjoyed this Star Wars spin-off, which contains numerous links and characters from the Star Wars serious, enabling the viewer to learn some of the back story. The film contains a good mix of action, drama, comedy, and charm.

My Cousin Rachel

My Cousin Rachel is a 2017 romantic drama film, written and directed by Roger Michell.
Although this is slow paced, I never found it boring or tedious. The acting and settings are very good, and overall this is an enjoyable period mystery drama with a few twists and turns that will leave the viewer wondering.

Love, Simon
Love, Simon(2018)

Love, Simon is a 2018 American romantic teen comedy-drama film directed by Greg Berlanti.
At first I wasn't sure that I was going to enjoy this film, and it seemed to be aimed at an upper teen audience. But the basic premise got me interested, and the way that the narrative unfolds, keeping the viewer wondering, is cleverly constructed. Some moments are a bit unrealistic or unlikely, but still, this is an enjoyable and important film which includes relevant and difficult issues portrayed in a modern way.

Sister Act
Sister Act(1992)

Sister Act is a 1992 American comedy film directed by Emile Ardolino.
This movie has many funny scenes, great songs, and also some touching and meaningful moments.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a 2018 American science fiction adventure film and the sequel to Jurassic World. Directed by J. A. Bayona, it is the fifth installment of the Jurassic Park film series.
While some of the scenes involve a few too many lucky co-incidences, I still enjoyed this movie from start to end. Apart from the dramatic and tense scenes, there are also a number of humorous moments which work effectively. The settings and special effects are particularly good.
The third highest grossing film of 2018.

Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War is a 2018 American superhero film, the sequel to 2012's The Avengers and 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron. The film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.
This is the first of the modern superhero movies that I have actually enjoyed, The humorous edge was present throughout, and there were often so many quick one-liners that I missed some of them. This was also partly due to the dialogue, which was too soft. Although there were some slight similarities with Star Wars end even Harry Potter, what surprised me most was the depth of the narrative, especially towards the end. And the unexpected ending certainly left me wondering. Now I look forward to the sequel.
The highest grossing film of 2018.

Home Alone
Home Alone(1990)

Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas comedy film directed by Chris Columbus.
Hilarious slap-stick fun.

Sweet Country

Sweet Country is a 2017 Australian film directed by Warwick Thornton.
This is a typical slow-paced Australian outback black v white movie, but with an American western feel. The cinematography and settings are very good, but some of the performances are average, and a few scenes seem staged and contrived. Still, the film makes a good point from an historical perspective and the ending is quite touching.

Fruitvale Station

Fruitvale Station is a 2013 American biographical drama film written and directed by Ryan Coogler.
This movie, based on a true story, certainly had me intrigued from the start. It is filmed in a casual, hand-held style, and this only adds to the realistic daily life of the main characters and the events which unfold. Though it does lose its way with a weaker narrative in the second half, the final scenes are certainly powerful and emotional. I was unaware of this event prior to seeing the movie, which added to its impact on me after the credits rolled.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a 2018 fantasy film directed by David Yates. It is the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
While the settings and visual effects are sumptuous and superb, there just isn't enough substance here. The narrative is thin and weak, and at times confusing. I did enjoy the links with Hogwarts, and the big revelation towards the end, but there are just far too many scenes of people wandering and searching with little associated action.
D & MC

Peter Rabbit
Peter Rabbit(2018)

Peter Rabbit is a 2018 American live-action/computer-animated comedy film directed by Will Gluck.
While the settings are cosy and traditional, the screenplay and songs are definitely much more modern. At first I found this a little annoying, but soon settled into the feel of this movie. It is actually quite cleverly written, containing some very funny scenes while still maintaining elements of drama. The rabbits are well depicted and overall, perhaps being a little biased, I found this to be an enjoyable family movie.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a 2018 historical romantic-drama film directed by Mike Newell.
I really liked this period drama. The settings, the costumes, the performances, and the subtleties are all warm and inviting. The narrative does turn surprisingly dark, and I enjoyed the revelations and the mystery that develops along the cinematic journey. Yes, it is somewhat 'by-the-book', but it is also lusciously enjoyable!

Boy Erased
Boy Erased(2018)

Boy Erased is a 2018 American biographical drama directed by Joel Edgerton.
I was looking forward to this movie, and it certainty was a revelation. There are some tense moments, but somehow it doesn't quite reach the emotional heights that I was expecting. I also wish that there was more dialogue, less scenes showing people thinking or wandering, and more substance to the therapy sessions. But overall, it is still an interesting movie which highlights some real events from our recent past.
D & BW

The Crying Game

The Crying Game is a 1992 English-language thriller film written and directed by Neil Jordan.
An enthralling movie with a number of twists along the way. It features solid performances all round, with Davidson being mesmerising. The screenplay is cleverly written and the most famous revelation of all time is unforgettable.


Dumbo is a 1941 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions.
I really enjoyed this. It contains a good mix of humour, sadness, and song. I have to admit to getting a little emotional a few times. My only criticism is that it ended too quickly!


Housesitter is a 1992 American romantic comedy film directed by Frank Oz.
This is an hilarious comedy. The chemistry and timing between the two leads is perfect, and there are some memorable scenes.

Ready Player One

Ready Player One is a 2018 American live action/animated science fiction adventure film produced and directed by Steven Spielberg.
This movie has such a unique premise, that I was hooked right from the start. And being a fan of games, I was interested to see where the story would take me along for the ride. An enjoyable film.

Lady Bird
Lady Bird(2017)

Lady Bird is a 2017 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written and directed by Greta Gerwig.
I was a little disappointed with this film, which had a very thin narrative. The flow was disjointed and I had issues with some of the character's motives and reactions. I ended up being somewhat confused with the overall message the film was trying to make.

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool is a 2017 biographical romantic drama film directed by Paul McGuigan.
Although this is a slow paced film, I never really found it too slow. There are some funny moments, and along with the dramatic scenes which unfold, I found this to be an enjoyable and interesting journey. The film is very nicely set, and I especially enjoyed the way that scenes from different time periods flowed into each other. Bening's performance was very good, and she kept reminding me of Marilyn Monroe. The fact that it is based on a true story makes it all the better.

This Is Spinal Tap

This Is Spinal Tap is a 1984 American mockumentary directed and co-written by Rob Reiner.
This was funny satire features some classic scenes and quotes, and has now achieved a classic cult status. I really enjoyed its style, which reminded me of many The Beatles documentaries that I have seen over the years.

Victoria & Abdul

Victoria & Abdul is a 2017 British biographical drama film directed by Stephen Frears.
This movie provides an interesting take on history. The chemistry between both leads is warm and believable, while the period settings are exquisite. An enjoyable historical drama which contained a surprising number of humorous moments along the way.


Possession is a 2002 British-American romantic mystery drama film written and directed by Neil LaBute.
I enjoyed this film, and the settings are very good. Although Eckhart may not b quite up to the role, there was enough here to keep me interested throughout

First Man
First Man(2018)

First Man is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Damien Chazelle.
I was eager to see this epic film, which contains solid performances from its cast. I especially enjoyed the cockpit and landing scenes, which provided a close-up experience from the astronaut's perspective. Perhaps the film is a little too long, and tried to span too many years overall. Surprisingly, the narrative is quite simple. Some of the scenes in the first half, mainly those involving the family situations, were often too drawn out. he drama and tension in these scenes didn't quite work as well as they could have. Still, it is an enjoyable film which re-creates an important historical moment, and provides an insight into Armstrong the man.
D & MC


Traffic is a 2000 American crime drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh.
This is definitely an ambitious movie, with drugs as its central theme. It details the effects of drugs on numerous sections of the community, from start till end, across borders, and involving governments along with family members. Although long, I never found the movie slow, and was quite interested to see how it would end. It contains some interesting cinematographic effects, as well as a few powerful moments.

The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski is a 1998 crime comedy film written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen.
This cult classic failed to impress me. While there are a few comic scenes and interesting dialogue, these are few and far between. I enjoyed the opening section, but then it went downhill from there, with some very slow-paced sections. Towards the end, it became silly and too unpredictable. After the film had ended, I realized that very little had actually happened in the film.

Lady Macbeth
Lady Macbeth(2017)

Lady Macbeth is a 2016 British drama film directed by William Oldroyd.
While this period movie is somewhat stark and minimalist, it is never slow or uninteresting. I was constantly wondering what would happen next. Containing good dramatic performances with the odd touch of humour.

Cool Hand Luke

Cool Hand Luke is a 1967 American prison drama film directed by Stuart Rosenberg.

The Third Man

The Third Man is a 1949 British film noir directed by Carol Reed.
Th cinematography is certainly good, featuring excellent light and shadow visuals, along with unusual camera angles. The narrative progresses well, with a number of twists towards the end. The acting is also very strong, including those from minor characters. Overall this is a very entertaining and visually interesting movie.
Considered one of the greatest films of all time.

The Insult (L'insulte)

The Insult is a 2017 Lebanese drama film directed by Ziad Doueiri.
This film incorporates some historical truths, and I can see that this would be important for the Lebanese communities. While there is a message for all of us, it took a while to get there and lost a little momentum in the middle section. Although at times I thought the characters behaved in unexpected ways, the final section has some touching scenes.
MC & D


Mother! is a 2017 American psychological horror film written and directed by Darren Aronofsky.
This film definitely has a different feel to it, and it is almost a movie of two halves. I enjoyed the first part, in which the characters are quite mysterious and changeable. But the second part went too far for my liking, and in the end it became too unrealistic and silly.

Get Out
Get Out(2017)

Get Out is a 2017 American horror film written and directed by Jordan Peele in his directorial debut.
This is really more of a creepy psychological drama featuring weird characters rather than a horror movie, with few scary moments. It was enjoyable and kept me wondering exactly what was going to happen. There were some elements which reminded me of similar themes that I have seen in movies from the past. I didn't like the final scene, which was weak and lacked any emotion. After watching the original '(alternate') ending, I would have preferred that, or even the 'sex slave' ending from the 'deleted scenes'.

Blade Runner 2049

This 2017 American science fiction film is not entirely original, and it is sometimes contrived and predictable. It is also not a visually pretty film, being often grey (or orange), dark, wet, and gloomy. But it does have solid performances and a decent story-line, which kept me interested, most of the time. Perhaps it is just a little too long.

Call Me by Your Name

Call Me by Your Name is a 2017 coming-of-age drama film directed by Luca Guadagnino.
Unfortunately This just didn't reach the mark for me. The direction and editing were poor, with many short scenes leading nowhere and having little impact. The settings and cinematography were very pleasing, but the overall pace was too slow - during the first 90 mins. very little happened on screen. My main gripe was Hammer, who I found totally unbelievable both in his actions and emotions. It was like he had walked straight from the set of 'Days of Our Lives'. His acting was average, appearing very wooden and uncomfortable throughout. This resulted in his character appearing creepy and pervy. The saving grace for this film was Chalamet, who shone brilliantly. Overall the film was too long given the limited content, the background piano music and songs didn't quite fit, and (surprisingly) I just couldn't connect emotionally. D.
Score upgraded from a 4 to a 5 on second viewing.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a 2017 drama film directed by Martin McDonagh.
This black comedy crime film contains an outstanding performance by frances McDormand in the lead role. It is a somewhat different story with a very clever script which contains many humorous moments combined with sad and deep ones. I liked the way that the interactions between the characters changed throughout the film from negative / angry to positive / understanding, with elements of forgiveness. I really enjoyed this film. D & MC.

The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water is a 2017 American romantic dark fantasy drama film directed by Guillermo del Toro.
Water, love, and a monster who doesn't transform, this 'Fairytale for Modern Times' is basically a romance which i enjoyed very much. Set in the early 1960s, this period movie features outstanding settings and scenes, I cant remember a film where the contrast between light and shadow works so beautifully. Although it is not a prefect film, at times being a little too co-incidental and convenient, I was happy to overlook these slight flaws. I really enjoyed the original score, along with the trip down memory lane and the many music, film, and TV references. And I also enjoyed the numerous shade of green!
My favourite film of 2017.

Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, is a 1964 political satire black comedy film directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick.
This movie is strangely cold, stark, and with very few comical moments. While I understand the basic message that the film is trying to make, the pace is far too slow to hold my attention and interest.
AWN 1001

Full Metal Jacket

Full Metal Jacket is a 1987 war film directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick.
This film is different from your typical Vietnam War film, containing some dark comedy and a clever script, especially in the first section. This falls away somewhat once the action changes to Vietnam, here the narrative is not as tight and doesn't always flow well. Still, this is an entertaining movie containing some unforgettable scenes.

The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects is a 1995 neo-noir mystery film directed by Bryan Singer.
While there is tension and some twists in the final section, the build up is slow and sometimes uninteresting.


Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg.
There are a few scary moments here, along with a reasonable back story. But the beginning of the second half, involving the boat leaving shore and then in search for the shark, is too slow paced with long scenes of little interest.
The highest grossing film of the year. I'm so pleased I watched this film during the cold winter months and not during summer!
Considered one of the best films of all time, one of the top three most thrilling films of all time.

Doctor Zhivago

Doctor Zhivago is a 1965 British-Italian epic romantic drama film directed by David Lean.
This is a long epic drama and as such is slow paced. I found it difficult to remain interested as the film progressed. Brilliant cinematography and settings along with solid performances have enabled this movie to remain a classic.
Considered to be one of the best films of all time.

A Hard Day's Night

A Hard Day's Night is a 1964 British musical comedy film directed by Richard Lester.
This movie definitely can't be taken too seriously. Low on plot but full of gags and fun. And of course the Beatles fab music.


Goldfinger is a 1964 British spy film, the third installment in the James Bond series, was directed by Guy Hamilton.
Classic theme song, classic Aston Martin, classic gadgets and of course Sean Connery, all make for a classic James Bond movie from the early years. Classic year too, 1964; 50 years old.

8 1/2
8 1/2(1963)

8 1/2 is a 1963 surrealist comedy-drama film directed by Federico Fellini.
I soon lost interest in this film. Not only are there numerous confusing plot changes, but the subtitles are sometimes very difficult to read and follow with fast dialogue.
AAWF 1001

The Nutty Professor

The Nutty Professor is a 1963 American comic science fiction film directed, co-written and starring Jerry Lewis.
This comedy features and focuses on the many comic talents of Jerry Lewis. I enjoyed the opening, and there were quite a few laughs to be had in the early part of the film. But the character changes brought with them far too many songs, accompanied with slower sections, and I found myself losing focus.

The Birds
The Birds(1963)

The Birds is a 1963 American horror-thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock.
I'll never look at a bird in the same way again. This Hitchcock thriller is almost two movies in one. At the start we have clever sexual tension between the two lead actors. Then we have birds featuring some very good special effects for that era. The only thing I didn't like was the ending.

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is a 1962 American psychological thriller-horror film, produced and directed by Robert Aldrich.
This movie is both riveting and frustrating at the same time. With good costuming, cinematography and solid performances all-round (Davis is outstanding), this is a classic drama.

To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1962 American drama film directed by Robert Mulligan.
This classic drama based on a book of the same name contains some unforgettable characters and scenes. The children act superbly and are the focus in the first half of the film. The second half focuses around the courtroom drama with excellent performances from the adults (Peck is a standout).
Considered the best courtroom drama film and the second most inspiring film of all time. My favourite film of 1962.
AAN 1001

Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 British epic historical drama film based on the life of T. E. Lawrence. It was directed by David Lean.
The music and cinematography are superb and some of the early desert scenes breathtaking. Featuring a stellar cast, there are strong performances all round especially from O'Toole. I watched the long 227 minute 'Director's Cut' version and found it far too long to hold my interest and concentration.
Considered the best Epic film, containing one of the top 5 Musical Scores and amongst the top 10 greatest Movies of all time.

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany's is a 1961 American romantic comedy film directed by Blake Edwards.
This classic romantic comedy is very light on plot, but is worth watching for Hepburn's wardrobe, Peppard's hair....and the cat.
The song, Moon River, is considered one of the top 5 movie songs of all time.
GGWC 1001


Psycho is a 1960 American psychological horror film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock.
This psychological horror thriller is an all time classic in its genre. Featuring eerie black and white night scenes and just as eerily characters, this film will have you squirming in your seat. Surprisingly, by today's standards, there is little blood and gore and the main character dies about halfway through the film - much earlier than I was expecting. Featuring solid performances by the lead actors, this classic Hitchcock film is one you won't forget.
Considered the greatest suspense/thriller movie of all time, one of the greatest movies of all time, and containing one of the best film scores of all time.

La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita is a 1960 Italian drama film directed and co-written by Federico Fellini.
This comedy drama does contain some intriguing scenes and themes, based around the lead character Marcello. But at nearly 3 hours it is way too long, being more of a series of events rather than a structured cohesive unit. There is simply not enough substance in the film to keep the viewer's interest and focus.
Considered to be one of the best movies of all time.
PdO 1001

Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs is a 1992 American heist film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino in his feature-length debut.
This is a clever screenplay, with various pieces of information and backstory revealed along the way. And there were certainly a number of surprise twists. My main issue was the staged settings - I kept thinking that I was watching a theatre play, rather than a filmed movie.


Chinatown is a 1974 American neo-noir mystery film, directed by Roman Polanski.
This American neo-noir mystery film certainly has its plot twists and turns. It features solid acting from the impressive cast, with Nicholson being the stand-out. Although there are a few slow periods, the desire to find out the ending will keep you interested. Considered to be one of the best movies of all time and one of the top three mystery movies of all time. AAN GGWD 1001

The Sting
The Sting(1973)

The Sting is a 1973 American caper film directed by George Roy Hill.
AAW 1001


Cabaret is a 1972 American musical drama film directed by Bob Fosse.
This musical drama failed to captivate me or to hold my attention. The plot is thin and weak, featuring numerous scenes of the characters laughing or trying on clothes. The musical numbers are mildly entertaining, although I found Grey somewhat annoying. The scenes are often disjointed and the editing is poor. By the end I just couldn't wait for the movie to finish. The highlight was the brilliant and outstanding performance by Minnelli. Considered to be on the best movies of all time and one of the top 10 best musicals of all time.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 American musical fantasy family film directed by Mel Stuart.
I never tire of seeing this film which has many memorable characters, sets, and songs. And I always get a lump in my throat towards the end too. The original and the best adaptation of this children's book.
My favourite film of 1971.

A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 dystopian crime film adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick.
This film is disturbing, strange, and weird. It is also a very violent and sexual black comedy. There were some entertaining and involving sections, though other parts seemed a bit flat.
Considered to be one of the best films of all time and one of the top ten science fiction films of all time.


MASH is a 1970 American satirical black comedy war film directed by Robert Altman.
The original movie which inspired the TV series, contains some memorable characters and funny scenes.
Considered one of the best movies of all time, and one of the top comedy films of all time.

Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music

Woodstock is a 1970 documentary film directed by Michael Wadleigh.
This documentary records the greatest music festival of a generation. It contains original footage of the concerts and crowds, as well as behind the scenes problems and politics. Legendary.
AAWD 1001

Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby is a 2004 American sports drama film directed, co-produced, and scored by Clint Eastwood.
Apart from Morgan Freeman's wonderful voice and narration, there was little about this film which appealed or held my interest. There were too many slow, drawn-out scenes resulting in a depressing feel throughout.

The Aviator
The Aviator(2004)

The Aviator is a 2004 American epic biographical drama film directed by Martin Scorsese.
Featuring superb performances and cinematography, this epic biography chronicles an amazing period in time featuring a larger-than-life character.


Collateral is a 2004 American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Michael Mann.
Strong performances and chemistry between the two main characters help to make this a credible crime thriller. Although there are some slower filler scenes about halfway through, the final section contains good suspense and timing.

The Passion of the Christ

The Passion of the Christ is a 2004 American biblical drama film directed by Mel Gibson.
A realistic and graphic portrayal of the final days of Jesus.

The Town
The Town(2010)

The Town is a 2010 American crime thriller film co-written, directed by and starring Ben Affleck.
While it is a bit too long, and some scenes really don't work very well, this film had enough tension and drama to hold my attention. Affleck was particularly charismatic and believable in his role.

War for the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes is a 2017 American science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves. This is the third installment in the Planet of the Apes reboot series.
Well I think this is the first Planet of the Apes films I have seen in its entirety since the original. And my - how they have changed.
The first half was too slow and drawn out, with minimal narrative, little action, and too many extended scenes. But things changed for the better in the second half, where there is real tension and emotion. I found myself 'switching sides' several times throughout, and was surprised when I reaslised what the true meaning of the title actually referred to - a nice twist. However, some scenes are a little too overly dramatic (almost laughable), considering the actual story, and the ending takes on almost biblical proportions.

Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction(1994)

Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.
I first started watching this movie about 10 years ago, but turned it off after about 10 minutes. Decided to give it another try now, but unfortunately my thoughts haven't altered. I only just managed to get through this overly long film. It contains too many extended scenes filled with dialogue that goes nowhere which ruins the tension/drama. Apart from a few moments of genuine humour and tension, I was constantly losing focus throughout. Out of those that I have watched, this would have to be my least favourite Tarantino film.
Considered one of the best films of all time.

The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman is a 2017 American musical film directed by Michael Gracey in his directorial debut.
This musical is certainly colouful, with many fast and complex dance movements. It is obvious that much time and effort has been spent on the settings and costumes, which are visually fascinating. Some of the songs are very memorable indeed. However, I thought that the narrative was too simple and the movie too short to make a lasting impression.

The Royal Tenenbaums

The Royal Tenenbaums is a 2001 American comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson.
I really enjoyed the first part of this comedy, which contains strong performances from the talented cast. However I felt that it lost direction in the second half, and some scenes towards the end were overdone and silly. Overall it is a unique, quirky, and interesting movie.


Coco is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated fantasy film produced by Pixar and directed by Lee Unkrich,
This animatied movie is quite ghoulish but always colourful. I found that the story-line and some scenes didn't always flow smoothly, and that the first half was a little ordinary. However, it does become more involving in the second half with some twists and emotional scenes. Overall it provides an interesting insight into this cultural and religious festival.


Scarface is a 1983 American crime film directed by Brian De Palma.
This crime gangster film has some good performances but is very long. It contains its fair share of violence and language.
Considered one of the top ten gangster films of all time.

Only the Brave

Only the Brave is a 2017 American biographical drama film directed by Joseph Kosinski.
While the ending was emotional and did bring a tear to my eye, the rest of the movie didn't have enough substance to keep my attention or form a bond with the characters. It has a very American macho boot-camp feel to it, and there simply wasn't enough of a back-story to justify the length of this film. Even the side stories, which involved various family members, weren't strong or interesting. Still, I had no knowledge of this event prior to seeing the movie, and it kept me thinking long after the credits had rolled.

Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Mission: Impossible - Fallout is a 2018 American action spy film written, produced and directed by Christopher McQuarrie.
Being a big fan of the MI franchise, I went into this film with high expectations - but left very disappointed. It was too long and incredibly slow in parts, to the point where I lost interest on a number of occasions. The acting from some of the support characters was weak and wooden, and the screenplay could have been much stronger. Many of the action scenes (chases, running, etc) were repetitive, and I felt like there was very little new material here. Compared to previous films, there wasn't the same level of complexity and plot twists that we are used to. Yes the cinematography is good the film finally found some dramatic tension towards the end, but that was too little too late. For me, this is the weakest of the MI films to date. MC


Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese.
Stylish and classy drama of a real life gangster crime story. Some great performances but the editing could have been better and the length shorter.
Considered to be one of the best gangster films of all time.

Lost In Translation

Lost in Translation is a 2003 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Sofia Coppola.
This slow paced romantic comedy certainly has an attention-grabbing opening. Murray is at his dead-pan best in the early part of this film which includes some very funny moments. But it slows further and a minimal plot results in some tedious and drawn-out scenes.
AAN GGWC. 1001

Game Night
Game Night(2018)

Game Night is a 2018 American action comedy film directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein.
With a quick, witty script this comedy had me laughing throughout. It has an old-fashioned feel to it, and while the humour is sometimes a bit corny and get's lost towards the end, there are enough twists and hits to keep the viewer entertained. A unique murder mystery comedy. And be sure to watch the small clip after the credits for the final twist!

Good Will Hunting

Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American drama film, directed by Gus Van Sant.
Featuring excellent performances from the two lead actors and a clever screenplay, this movie constantly astounds by going to unexpected places. It has a good balance of comedy, drama, and touching scenes. And I really enjoyed the final song, played over the credits.

Molly's Game
Molly's Game(2018)

Molly's Game is a 2017 American crime drama film written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, in his directorial debut.
The screenplay is witty and fast, and I enjoyed the style of this movie. While it isn't perfect, it does have an interesting and engaging narrative. My main criticism would be that Chastain sometimes speaks too fast, making her words and phrases difficult to understand.

Loving Vincent

Loving Vincent is a 2017 experimental animated biographical drama film. It is the first fully painted animated feature film, and is written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman.
This film cleverly incorporates the artist's paintings into the settings. It was interesting to learn about his character and life, and also intriguing to re-live the uncertainty surrounding his death. I was fascinated and, in the final scene, moved.

Fifty Shades Freed

Fifty Shades Freed is a 2018 American erotic romantic drama film directed by James Foley.
I watched the 'Unveiled Edition' with some additional scenes.
Compared to the first two movies in the trilogy, this third installment is very weak. It is slowly paced, the screenplay is simple, and the plot is basic. The erotic aspect has been minimalised, and even the additional scenes were uninspired.

The Incredibles

The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film written and directed by Brad Bird.
This is a very enjoyable and funny family animated movie. It has an old-school James Bond feel to it which I also liked.


Disobedience is a 2017 drama film directed by Sebastián Lelio .
This movie is slow paced. While I was absorbed by the religious and relational elements of the story, I did feel that by the end there was too much time spent on the religious observances.. Instead, I would have liked to have seen more about the past/current thoughts and feelings of the two female characters.
MC & D

Borg Vs. McEnroe

Borg vs McEnroe., also known as Borg McEnroe, is a 2017 internationally co-produced multi-language biographical sports drama film directed by Janus Metz Pedersen.
Although this is an average film, with some slow sections in the first half, the tension does build during the final match. However, the quick-changing camera angles and cuts were annoying. Still, it was good to re-live this famous moment in tennis history and learn more about the backstory of the two players involved.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic high fantasy adventure film produced, written, and directed by Peter Jackson .
A magnificent climax to the trilogy. Full of twists and turns with many unforgettable scenes. A masterpiece. The highest grossing film of 2003. My favourite film of 2003.

Good Bye, Lenin!

Good Bye, Lenin! is a 2003 German tragicomedy film, directed by Wolfgang Becker.
This German film contains an interesting mix of comedy, drama, and tragedy. Featuring a unique screenplay and solid performances, especially from Bruhl and Sass, this film depicts German unification from an unusual angle.
GGNF 1001

Kill Bill: Volume 1

Kill Bill: Volume 1 is a 2003 American martial arts film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.
This black comedy has plenty of action....and blood. It is very cleverly styled with its music, settings, unusual colour and effects including animation. Perhaps in the end there is a little too much fighting and not enough dialogue. But it definitely wetted my appetite for Vol 2.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 epic high fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson.
This second in the trilogy doesn't quite match the first, with a weaker plot and some slower scenes. But it builds the drama nicely for the final chapter. The highest grossing film of 2002. My favourite film of 2002.

Gangs of New York

Gangs of New York is a 2002 American epic period drama film directed by Martin Scorsese,.
This epic historical film pays close attention to detail but at nearly 3 hours is too long. There are too many themes, many of which are poorly explored, resulting in the film changing direction often and suddenly. I also felt that many of the scenes and sets felt more like I was watching a stage production than a movie.

The Pianist
The Pianist(2002)

The Pianist is a 2002 biographical drama film co-produced and directed by Roman Polanski,.
The first half of the film deals with the plight of the Jewish people, an the second half, which contains little dialogue, deals with the plight of Szpilman. Based on a true story, the movie is interesting from an historical viewpoint. But I found it to be too long and with poor editing between scenes, some of which could have been excluded. I was also expecting to have more of an emotional connection with the lead character.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic adventure fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson.
A wonderful start to this much anticipated trilogy. Visually spectacular and a flowing storyline makes for an exciting adventure. Considered to be one of the top 5 fantasy films of all time. My favourite film of 2001.

Mulholland Drive

Mulholland Drive (stylized as Mulholland Dr.) is a 2001 American neo-noir mystery film written and directed by David Lynch.
This psychological neo-noir mystery thriller certainly has it all: from suspense to sex, mystery to magic, dreams to death. It raises more questions than it answers, contains seemingly unrelated scenes, and makes you wonder what is dream and what is reality. Is the film a classic or just an extended daytime soapie? Whatever it is, it certainly has moments of real tension and suspense. Considered to be one of the greatest films of all time.
GGND PdO AFI 1001.


Lantana is a 2001 Australian drama film, directed by Ray Lawrence.
This Australian drama is slow paced but never boring. It looks at the interconnected lives of a group of people living in suburbia, surrounded by mystery. Lantana deals with numerous relationships and the trust, mistrust, honesty, lies, frustrations, and love that involve them. Featuring solid performances this film reveals itself in layers, and it is not until the end that the final layer is uncovered. A classic Australian film.

Moulin Rouge!

Moulin Rouge! is a 2001 Australian-American jukebox musical romantic comedy film directed, co-produced, and co-written by Baz Luhrmann..
This musical is a spectacular feast for both the eyes and the ears. The music and songs are perfectly suited to the screenplay, which is sometimes told in an unusual way. But the story will take you along for the ride, with many laughs and the occasional tear along the way.

No Man's Land

No Man's Land is a 2001 war film that is set in the midst of the Bosnian War. The film is a parable and marked the debut of Bosnian writer and director Danis Tanovi?.
This war film, set during a recent war in the former Yugoslavia, depicts the folly and tragedy of war, with some humour along the way. With a unique screenplay and solid performances, this Bosnian film has numerous layers which keeps the viewer wondering about the final outcome.

Spirited Away

Spirited Away ("Sen and Chihiro's Spiriting Away") is a 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki,.
This hand drawn animated movie depicts a strange dream-like world in which even stranger characters inhabit. It contains an interesting mix of humor, the grotesque, and the mysterious, and reminded me of a fairy tale. I enjoyed the first half of this movie, full of fantasy and mystery, but I felt that the plot wavered in the second with too many characters and a conclusion which took a long time coming.
AAWA 1001


Amélie (also known as The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain) is a 2001 French romantic comedy film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
AANF 1001

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a 2000 wuxia film, conceived and directed by Ang Lee.
This movie failed to capture my attention and focus.

Meet the Parents

Meet the Parents is a 2000 American comedy directed by Jay Roach. .
Featuring solid performances and a clever, witty screenplay, this well-paced comedy of errors contains some very funny and original scenes. The chemistry between De Niro and Stiller is perfectly matched.


Gladiator is a 2000 epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott.
An outstanding film featuring superb performances. I enjoyed this movie from start till end. The music, settings, and visual effects only enhance this powerful and moving story.
AAW GGWD. 1001


Hereditary is a 2018 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Ari Aster, in his feature directorial debut.
After the initial build-up, this definitely became tense and full of suspense. I enjoyed some of the supernatural themes but the ending was weird and didn't really fit with the rest of the film. I would have liked for there to have been even stronger links between the characters, and for the final ending to have been omitted altogether. D

The Florida Project

The Florida Project is a 2017 American drama film directed by Sean Baker.
While I could see what this film was trying to achieve, it didn't fully succeed. There being very little plot or drama (except for the final minutes) it was too long with many unnecessary scenes leading nowhere. An interesting concept, though the final scene left me up-in-the-air.

Logan Lucky
Logan Lucky(2017)

Logan Lucky is a 2017 American heist comedy film directed by Steven Soderbergh.
Average acting, a paper-thin narrative, and a poor screenplay all combined to produce a film which I could not engage with. It failed to hold my attention, and I kept hoping that the film would improve. But it only got worse. It was also too long, and by the end, I simply couldn't wait for it to end.

Phantom Thread

Phantom Thread is a 2017 American period drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
The costumes, settings and designs are beautifully created in this period film. It is definitely a different style of direction, and the film progresses at a slow pace. I enjoyed moments, but with the main characters displaying very cold personalities, it was different for me to form a close relationship with them. Somehow there was something missing which left me feeling unsatisfied and a little confused.

The Sixth Sense

The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American supernatural horror film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
Considered one of the best movies of all time.
AAN 1001

The Matrix
The Matrix(1999)

The Matrix is a 1999 science fiction action film written and directed by The Wachowskis.

American Beauty

American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film directed by Sam Mendes.

Being John Malkovich

Being John Malkovich is a 1999 American fantasy comedy-drama film directed by Spike Jonze.

There's Something About Mary

There's Something About Mary is a 1998 American romantic comedy film directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly.
GGNC 1001

Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic war film directed by Steven Spielberg.
This patriotic film set during WWII contains one of the most horrific sustained opening battle scenes. The action scenes are tense and realistic, but the non-fighting scenes are weaker by comparison. The final extended battle scene is epic and the end will bring a tear to the eye.


Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance-disaster film directed, written, co-produced and co-edited by James Cameron.
Considered one of the best films of all time, and one of the top epic films of all time.

Boogie Nights

Boogie Nights is a 1997 American drama film written, produced and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.

L.A. Confidential

L.A. Confidential is a 1997 American neo-noir crime film directed, produced and co-written by Curtis Hanson..
This new-noir crime film contains many well-known actors. It is a well-paced story, with a few twists and turns along the way. I thought that there were a few scenes towards the end which didn't quite fit, but overall this is an enjoyable and well-acted film.
AAN 1001

The English Patient

The English Patient is a 1996 American romantic war drama film directed by Anthony Minghella.

Secrets & Lies

Secrets & Lies is a 1996 British drama film written and directed by Mike Leigh.

Independence Day

Independence Day (also known as ID4) is a 1996 American science fiction action film directed and co-written by Roland Emmerich.
This sci-fi disaster film sure packs a punch. It's a bit Star Wars meets Alien but as it's based on our own planet Earth, it all seems a bit more realistic. Though it is sometimes overly patriotic, corny, and highly improbable, there is a enough drama, tension, and humour to keep the viewer's interest - and at times on the edge of their seat.


Shine is a 1996 Australian biographical drama film directed by Scott Hicks.
Classic Australian film.

Toy Story
Toy Story(1995)

Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated buddy comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. It is the directorial debut of John Lasseter.
This first movie in the trilogy is the best. Full of classic one-liners, wit and drama, this is a movie that the whole family can enjoy. My favourite film of 1995.
GGNC 1001


Clueless is a 1995 American coming-of-age romantic comedy film written and directed by Amy Heckerling.
This teen comedy contains a very basic plot and a poor screenplay, resulting in a film which bumbles along with numerous scenes leading nowhere and no real purpose.


Braveheart is a 1995 American epic war film directed by Mel Gibson.


Babe is a 1995 Australian-American comedy-drama film directed by Chris Noonan.

Muriel's Wedding

Muriel's Wedding is a 1994 Australian comedy-drama film written and directed by P. J. Hogan.
A classic Australian film.

The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont.
AAN 1001

Four Weddings and a Funeral

Four Weddings and a Funeral is a 1994 British romantic comedy film directed by Mike Newell..
One of the all time great comedies.

The Lion King

The Lion King is a 1994 American animated epic musical film produced by Walt Disney. It was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff.
A great mix of comedy and drama featuring amazing visuals and unforgettable songs, this is one for the whole family. There are many memorable scenes. Considered one of the greatest animated films of all time. One of my favourite animated movies and my equal favourite film of 1994.
GGWM 1001

Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump(1994)

Forrest Gump is a 1994 American romantic drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis.
A must see movie. The amazing performances, the clever unique story, and the classic 1960s music all work perfectly together. How can anyone not like the innocence of Forrest. Have some tissues nearby.
Considered one of the best films of all time. My equal favourite film of 1994.

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a 1994 Australian comedy-drama film written and directed by Stephan Elliott. .
A classic Australian film.

Schindler's List

Schindler's List is a 1993 American historical period drama film directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg.
Considered one of the best films of all time, and one of the top three epic films of all time.

The Piano
The Piano(1993)

The Piano is a 1993 New Zealand drama film written and directed by Jane Campion.
The main music title theme is sublime.

Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science-fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg.
A great mix of action, adventure, humour and science. Visually amazing and with a classic musical score, this is an unforgettable experience that will have you on the edge of your seat. My favourite film of 1993.


Philadelphia is a 1993 American drama film directed by Jonathan Demme.

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is a 1993 American comedy film directed by Harold Ramis.
This comedy with a unique and memorable storyline is a classic. Murray is superb in his role and there is a message there for all of us. Considered one of the top fantasy films of all time.

Paddington 2
Paddington 2(2018)

Paddington 2 is a 2017 live-action animated comedy film, directed by Paul King.
This sequel maintains a similar standard to the original, largely the result of the excellent ensemble cast and exquisite settings. I really enjoyed the old-fashioned physical, slapstick humour. Although the ending came a little suddenly, leaving a tear in my eye, the final prison song soon changed that, and had me laughing out loud! A fun, entertaining movie for the whole family.


Paddington is a 2014 live-action animated comedy film written and directed by Paul King.
This family comedy film is certainly entertaining. It contains excellent performances, a strong story-line and script, and excellent special effects. There is a well balanced blend of humour and wit, drama, and suspense. I can't wait to see the sequel.

Strictly Ballroom

Strictly Ballroom is a 1992 Australian romantic comedy film directed and co-written by Baz Luhrmann..
A classic Australian film.


Unforgiven is a 1992 American revisionist Western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood.


JFK is a 1991 American conspiracy-thriller film directed by Oliver Stone.
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The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American horror-thriller film directed by Jonathan Demme.
Considered one of the best movies of all time.

Thelma & Louise

Thelma & Louise is a 1991 American road film directed by Ridley Scott.
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Total Recall
Total Recall(1990)

Total Recall is a 1990 American science-fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven.

Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 American romantic dark fantasy film directed by Tim Burton.

Pretty Woman
Pretty Woman(1990)

Pretty Woman is a 1990 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall.
This rom-com contains some classic scenes and one-liners. The chemistry between the two leads is spot on, as is the mix of humour, drama, tension and romance. A movie to watch again and again.
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Dances With Wolves

Dances with Wolves is a 1990 American epic Western film starring, directed and produced by Kevin Costner.

Brigsby Bear
Brigsby Bear(2017)

Brigsby Bear is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Dave McCary in his feature debut.
This unique, heartwarming movie combines comedy and drama to produce an interesting result. I enjoyed the mystery of the beginning and it took a little while to understand exactly what was real and what was not. The film certainly makes you think about circumstances which influence in our life.

The Shining
The Shining(1980)

The Shining is a 1980 horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick.
I viewed the shorter European version, and it was noticeable that a few scenes were poorly editing or didn't flow correctly.
The horror in this film mainly arises from the character portrayed by Nicholson (who gives a very good performance), and is more psychological / suspense rather than blood and gore. The dramatic music largely builds tension in the first half. Then the film picks up the pace and suspense in the second half, but for me there was still something missing. I would also have liked the 'shining' ability to have been explored and used further in the film.

My Left Foot
My Left Foot(1989)

My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown is a 1989 biographical drama film co-written and directed by Jim Sheridan.

When Harry Met Sally

When Harry Met Sally... is a 1989 American romantic comedy film directed by Rob Reiner.
Considered one of the top ten romantic comedies of all time.
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Rain Man
Rain Man(1988)

Rain Man is a 1988 American road comedy-drama film directed by Barry Levinson.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 American live-action/animated fantasy film directed by Robert Zemeckis,.
With such an original concept, superb characters and actors, and plenty of humorous gags, this movie is thoroughly entertaining from start till finish. Who knew a toon could be so sexy! My favourite film of 1988.
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Die Hard
Die Hard(1988)

Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan.


Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall.
Considered one of the top ten fantasy films of all time.

A Fish Called Wanda

A Fish Called Wanda is a 1988 British-American heist comedy film directed by Charles Crichton.
This movie contains some classic Monty Python type moments and features solid performances from its impressive cast. Although some of the humour is quite dark or mean-spirited, overall this is an enjoyable comedy.
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Top Gun
Top Gun(1986)

Top Gun is a 1986 American action drama film directed by Tony Scott.
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Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a 1986 American teen comedy film written, co-produced, and directed by John Hughes.
This teen comedy is a cut above the rest, with it's clever storyline and techniques, such as speaking directly to the camera. It centres around the comparison between Ferris' day and his school's dean, with hilarious consequences for both. The final bus scene is a fitting culmination.


Aliens is a 1986 American science fiction action film written and directed by James Cameron. It is the sequel to Alien.

Hannah and Her Sisters

Hannah and Her Sisters is a 1986 American comedy-drama film directed by Woody Allen.

Blue Velvet
Blue Velvet(1986)

Blue Velvet is a 1986 American neo-noir mystery film, written and directed by David Lynch.

The Color Purple

The Color Purple is a 1985 American period drama film directed by Steven Spielberg.

Kiss of the Spider Woman

Kiss of the Spider Woman a 1985 Brazilian-American drama film directed by Héctor Babenco.
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Back to the Future

Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis.
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Out of Africa

Out of Africa is a 1985 American epic romantic drama film directed and produced by Sydney Pollack.
Love the Mozart pieces throughout this film.
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The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by John Hughes.

Darkest Hour
Darkest Hour(2017)

Darkest Hour is a 2017 war drama film directed by Joe Wright.
Featuring good settings and cinematography, and solid performances all round (especially from Oldman). this film enables us to understand the character of Churchill and the reasons for his decisions. I enjoyed this film very much, finding it quite engrossing and sometimes quite touching.

Loveless (Nelyubov)

Loveless is a 2017 tragedy film directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev.
There was little about this film that I enjoyed. The pace is slow, the settings are unpleasant, cold and dreary, and the storyline is minimal. Halfway through a significant event occurred, and I hoped that this would add more tension and purpose to the film. But for me, it failed. In the end there was simply no point, and the journey wasn't interesting enough to hold my attention. Perhaps if the film was 30 minutes shorter, and the pointless filler scenes were edited out of the movie, then it may have been more watchable and less frustrating. D & MC

I, Tonya
I, Tonya(2018)

I, Tonya is a 2017 American biographical film directed by Craig Gillespie.
Based on a true story, I really enjoyed the mockumentary style which was used in this film. The first half is particularly well written, and it had me laughing on numerous occasions. This was largely due to the performance of Janney, playing Tonya's mother. As the story develops it becomes more dark and serious but always intriguing. The movie is able to balance its elements of humour and pain very well, often quickly switching from one to the other.

A Passage to India

A Passage to India is a 1984 British period drama film written, directed and edited by David Lean.

Ghostbusters (1984 Original)

Ghostbusters is a 1984 American comedy film directed and produced by Ivan Reitman.
This original comedy involving city-dwelling ghosts is carried along by the performance of Bill Murray. The movie contains many classic phrases and scenes, not to mention the hit title song.
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The Terminator

The Terminator is a 1984 American science-fiction action film directed by James Cameron.


Amadeus is a 1984 American period drama film directed by Milo Forman.
A magnificent feast for the eyes and the ears. Perfect in every way. This movie introduced me to classical music. I Have been a Mozart fan ever since. Considered to be one of the greatest films of all time. My favourite film of 1984.

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Return of the Jedi (also known as Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi) is a 1983 American epic space opera film directed by Richard Marquand..
The third movie in the original Star Wars trilogy, this continues the action, tension, wit and charm of its predecessor. Although the Ewoks don't always impress and at times seem a little fake, overall it's still a great adventure and a lot of good fun.

A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy film directed by Bob Clark.
Set in the 1940s, this Christmas movie contains many old familiar scenes and customs which will bring back childhood memories.


Gandhi is a 1982 British-Indian epic historical drama film based on the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the leader of India's non-violent, non-cooperative independence movement against the United Kingdom's rule of the country during the 20th century. Gandhi was directed by Richard Attenborough.
At over 3 hours this epic movie is held together by the outstanding performance of Ben Kingsley in the title role. It is both an informative and engaging movie, and I remember it gave me a sore neck sitting in the front row at the cinema!


Tootsie is a 1982 American comedy film directed by Sydney Pollack.
Considered one of the greatest movies of all time, and one of the top three comedies of all time.

Blade Runner
Blade Runner(1982)

Blade Runner is a 1982 American-Hong Kong neo-noir science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott.
There are numerous versions of this 1982 American neo-noir science fiction film - I watched The Director's Cut which was released in 1992.
This film really had me intrigued from the opening scenes, with its use of interesting camera angles and production design. The special effects are amazing for its time. There are some very memorable scenes, imagery, and symbolism, and the film contains a number of different themes. Blade Runner centers around an impressive performance from Harrison Ford, who is ably supported by the rest of the cast.
Considered to be one of the best movies of all time and one of the top Science Fiction movies of all time.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg.
A great fun family movie.
Considered one of the greatest films of all time.


Gallipoli is a 1981 Australian war drama film directed by Peter Weir.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark (also known as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark) is a 1981 American action adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg.
Harrison Ford is simply brilliant in the title role. Featuring amazing sets and stunts, and a good mix of action, drama, and comedy, this is an entertaining film that the whole family can enjoy.
Considered one of the best films of all time. The top grossing film of 1981.
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Airplane! (alternatively titled Flying High!) is a 1980 American satirical disaster film written and directed by David and Jerry Zucker and Jim Abraham.
This spoof comedy is silly, but it's also a lot of fun. It features many classic lines and scenes which became cemented in popular culture.
Considered one of the top ten comedies of all time.
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Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back (also known as Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back) is a 1980 American epic space opera film directed by Irvin Kershner.
This film, the best in the Star Wars series, really has it all. So many memorable characters, one-liners, and scenes. I especially like the comical touches and romantic inter-play. The scenes featuring Yoda and Luke at the swamp with its spiritual dimension are superb. And of course Luke combats Darth Vader and finds out his true identity. My favourite film of 1980.

Mad Max
Mad Max(1979)

Mad Max is a 1979 Australian dystopian action film directed by George Miller.
This Australian cult classic can't be taken too seriously. With some great action sequences and quirky characters, this film pushes the boundaries. A classic Australian film.

Monty Python's Life of Brian

Monty Python's Life of Brian, also known as Life of Brian, is a 1979 British religious satire comedy film directed by Terry Jones.


Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott,.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a 1977 American science fiction film written and directed by Steven Spielberg.
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Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

Star Wars (later retitled Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope) is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas.
This American epic space opera film, the original Star Wars and is one of the best. It contains amazing effects, unforgettable characters, and a mix of action and humour. Considered one of the best movies of all time, the second best science fiction movie of all time, and containing the best film musical score of all time. My favourite film of 1977.

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Picnic at Hanging Rock is a 1975 Australian mystery drama film directed by Peter Weir.
A classic Australian film.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 British slapstick comedy film directed by Gilliam and Jones.

2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick.
This epic science fiction movie is far beyond its years in so many ways. It contains numerous yet unusual iconic elements: the music, special effects, editing, periods of no dialogue, and of course HAL. It is considered the greatest science fiction movie of all time.

All the Money in the World

All the Money in the World is a 2017 British-American crime thriller film directed by Ridley Scott.
Although this movie (based on a true story) does have its flaws, the tension and drama constantly kept me on edge as the events unfold. The cinematography, settings and acting are all very good, but I would have liked to have seen more emotion from some of the characters.

Last Cab To Darwin

Last Cab to Darwin is a 2015 Australian film directed and produced by Jeremy Sims.
One of the better Australian films from recent times, this was a pleasant surprise. Caton's performance was outstanding and his presence on screen always powerful. There were a several touching moments which brought a sigh or tear. Although the second half dragged a little, it all came together at the end of the journey. D & MC

Hail, Caesar!

Hail, Caesar! is a 2016 comedy film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen.
This comedy is set during the 1950s and references many Hollywood films and film stars. It almost requires a second viewing in order to follow all the gags. It is not a conventional movie, but more tongue-in-cheek with some very funny scenes (such as the sailor's dancing), clichéd characters and over-the-top gaudy sets. I was laughing along with the rest of the audience in my cinema, the most laughing I've heard at a film in many years. As long as you don't take this film too seriously, you'll be laughing along. D

4th Man Out
4th Man Out(2016)

Fourth Man Out is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Andrew Nackman.
I saw this movie in a packed cinema at a special event, and there were numerous times when the audience was laughing so loudly that some of the dialogue couldn't be heard. But that was understandable, because this movie has class, solid acting from the entire cast, perfect timing, good use of music, and an incredibly clever and witty screenplay. One of the funniest movies I've seen this year, but also with a serious side revolving around a young man's journey surrounding his identity and relationships. Will see it again to hear the bits I missed! D

The Dressmaker

The Dressmaker is a 2015 Australian revenge comedy-drama film written and directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse,.
This Australian revenge comedy is very quirky, but the comical elements are awkward and unreal. I didn't like the overall look of the film, which appeared to be more like a low budget television movie or soapy. The plot is very thin and weak, and as a result I found myself continually losing focus and interest. I kept thinking that I was watching a stage-play rather than a movie, and it felt like many adjoining scenes were just staged set pieces which had been edited together in a disjointed way.

Where to Invade Next

Where to Invade Next is a 2015 American documentary film written and directed by Michael Moore.
This documentary has some very funny and insightful moments. The first half is particularly good, featuring shorter sections devoted to each country visited. Unfortunately the film loses its way a little in the second half, with poor editing and some sections going on for too long resulting in some slow, plodding moments. But overall this is a fun and informative look at how the rest of the world is better than the USA. D

Midnight Special

Midnight Special is a 2016 American science fiction film written and directed by Jeff Nichols.
This science fiction movie ended up being more an 'escape the baddies' style road trip. Apart from the end, the special sci-fi elements were few and far between, and the rest of the plot was very average. There was a constant sense of gloom, bleakness, and 1970s brown was everywhere. The background music was used far too often, especially in the many filler scenes with people staring aimlessly, looking at nothing and saying nothing. There needed to be more complexity in the screenplay to keep the viewer wondering. The MC.

The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys is a 2016 American neo-noir action comedy film directed by Shane Black.
This buddy comedy-action film is a modern day Lethal Weapon movie. I wasn't expecting it to be quite so violent, but there is enough humour to counter it. There are numerous funny moments and one-liners in this movie, including an unexpected reference to Abbott and Costello. I really enjoyed the first half but the second half started to drag a bit as the plot changed from one chase to another. In the end the film seemed far too long, even though it was under 2 hours. D and the MC.


Deadpool is a 2016 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is directed by Tim Miller.
This superhero comedy is different from any other I have seen, including many scenes where the fourth wall is broken. With a very witty and fast-paced script, and plenty of sight gags as well, it is a film which would require a second viewing to pick up all the subtleties. The middle section is surprisingly darker than the beginning, but still entertaining nonetheless. Although the ending is a little corny and pedestrian, Deadpool is definitely a superhero winner.

10 Cloverfield Lane

10 Cloverfield Lane is a 2016 American science fiction psychological thriller film directed by Dan Trachtenberg.
This unique psychological thriller depicts demons both within and without. It keeps both the lead character (and the viewer) wondering what is fact and what is fiction, and what are the best choices to be made. I'm not sure that the last section fitted with the rest of the film, but it will definitely leave you reflecting on the events and circumstances after the credits have rolled.

Eye In The Sky

Eye in the Sky is a 2015 British thriller film directed by Gavin Hood .
This thriller certainly builds both tension and emotion as the film progresses. I found myself changing my mind regarding what the most appropriate action should be, and eagerly awaited the final outcome. The film deals with the many issues, conflicting opinions and buck passing, in what on the surface may seem a simple and straight-forward military operation. Featuring superb performances, this thought-provoking film will leave you with even more questions once the credits have rolled.

Captain Fantastic

Captain Fantastic is a 2016 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Matt Ross.
This drama tells a unique but relevant story for today. I wasn't sure about the start, but the middle section was simply brilliant, especially the interaction between the father and children, and the family with society. It contains a number of challenging scenes, which make you wonder who is really sane/right and who is wrong. There was also a surprisingly number of humorous moments, but some poignant ones as well. My only criticism is that the film drags towards the end, where some of the scenes go on for too long. But this is definitely a film which will make you think long after the credits have rolled. D

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a 2016 New Zealand adventure comedy-drama film written and directed by Taika Waititi,.
This was an enjoyable though in may ways forgettable film. While the storyline was different, I really didn't enjoy some of the more violent, action, ill-fitting scenes towards the end.

Florence Foster Jenkins

Florence Foster Jenkins is a 2016 biographical comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears.
The costumes and settings in this biographical film are superb. It is an enjoyable, if somewhat simple film, and my feelings towards the main character had certainly changed by the end.

Red Dog: True Blue

Red Dog: True Blue is a 2016 Australian family comedy film directed by Kriv Stenders,.
It's been a while since the original (which was very good), and I was expecting this to be its equal.
After a strong start, the film soon begins to disappoint. The main problem is that there is not a strong enough focus on the dog, or between the boy and the dog. Rather the focus is nearly all on the boy (who I am not sure was the correct choice for this part). His apparent affections for the young lady are totally unbelievable and often cringe-worthy. In the final scenes, when the audience is supposed to feel some emotion, there is nothing to feel, for the reasons previously mentioned. D

Love & Friendship

Love & Friendship is a 2016 period comedy film written and directed by Whit Stillman.
This Jane option adaptation has the look, and I liked the choices of music. But there is something lacking here. The end comes up very quickly, but the main problem is Beckinsale. She talks far too quickly, so that it is often difficult to understand or follow what is happening. Although there is no fault with her acting, at times she appears a little too rehearsed in her scenes. There are a few humorous moments, and a few plot twists, but not enough to make this an outstanding film.

The Legend of Tarzan

The Legend of Tarzan is a 2016 American adventure film based on the fictional character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Directed by David Yates.
I really liked the period feel of this movie, including the settings and costumes. Although the film was a somewhat weak storyline and gets a bit sluggish in the middle, the action picks up towards the end. Skarsgård is impressive as Tarzan.


Lion is a 2016 biographical drama film directed by Garth Davis.
This drama, based on a true story, certainly does have an emotional ending. After a slowish start, the pace did pick up in the middle section. But I found the narrative a little dis-jointed towards the end. I knew the entire story prior to seeing this film, so the element of surprise was removed for me. There some several scenes which were perhaps too drawn out, and one scene which was supposed to be emotional, somehow wasn't. I think that the narrative could have even been stronger and deeper. But overall it is both an entertaining and important story. D & B

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is a 2016 British female buddy comedy film directed by Mandie Fletcher .
I was a fan of the early series and this movie didn't disappoint. It is fun, with a few laugh-out-loud moments and enough to keep the viewer entertained.

Sausage Party

Sausage Party is a 2016 American-Canadian computer-animated comedy film directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon.
This is a very clever and witty animated film for adults only (and mainly for males). It contains a unique script with interesting characters, funny jokes, and lots of sight gags along the way. In fact there are so many that it almost requires a second viewing to catch them all.

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years is a 2016 documentary film directed by Ron Howard.
I was a little surprised when I first heard that this new Beatles documentary had been released - as there have been so many over the years. Does it provide any new insights? Well no, not really. It is good, but it's still all much the same as what has come before.

Café Society

Café Society is a 2016 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen.
While the settings and music are exceptional, the set scenes made this all seem a little too much like a theatre play rather than a movie. Eisenberg does play his Woody Allen caricature very well. I felt that the editing and flow of the movie could have been better.

Bridget Jones's Baby

Bridget Jones's Baby is a 2016 romantic comedy film directed by Sharon Maguire.
This started off in a similar style to the previous films, and there were many laughs to be had. But then we entered the territory of songs and dances - and there were way too many of these filler scenes. The swearing and sexual references in this film were far too excessive, inappropriate, and unnecessary. The ending indicated that there may be a 4th movie in this installment? I hope not.

Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange is a 2016 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The film was directed by Scott Derrickson,.
This visually stunning film contains a good mix of action, surrealism, and mysticism. It includes some very original and clever concepts, though other parts I thought were borrowed from other similar films. Although the editing and flow isn't always perfect, the film is both interesting and entertaining, and the ending seems that a sequel is likely.

Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals is a 2016 American neo-noir psychological thriller film written, produced and directed by Tom Ford.
This neo-noir psychological thriller has an interesting screenplay taking place over two time-periods and including both fictional and non-fictional elements. I really enjoyed this movie, and as the tension built, the questions became more real and the outcome more unknown. Featuring solid performances from all of the main characters I found the ending a little frustrating, but then realised it can all be summed up in one word. Revenge.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a 2016 fantasy film directed by David Yates.
This fantasy film certainly has amazing special effects, costumes, and set designs. The film started well, though was a little hard to follow. But I felt that it then lost its way, with some scenes going for too long and others with too much of a dark focus. A over 2 hours, this movie was too long. It certainly doesn't match up with the Harry Potter movies. The major issue I had with the film was Eddie Redmayne. He was miscast in this role and, due to his constant mumbling, was almost impossible to understand. I could only hear about 10% of his dialogue clearly. Let's hope the sequel doesn't suffer from this also.

Sing Street
Sing Street(2016)

Sing Street is a 2016 musical coming-of-age comedy-drama film co-written, co-produced and directed by John Carney.
I found it very difficult to relate to and stay focused on this musical comedy. The singing and musical numbers were very average and I felt that the lead actor was too young and miscast in his role.


Elle is a 2016 French-German Neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Paul Verhoeven .
This psychological thriller contains a unique storyline regarding rape. But it is so much more than that. I enjoyed the first half but thought that it tried to cover too much ground and too many themes in the second half. Still, it is an entertaining film.
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Jackie is a 2016 biographical drama film directed by Pablo Larraín.
While this is a slower paced film, I never found it boring. Portman is the main actor this bio-drama and I was surprised that it concentrates on just a very small period in till. Portman really drew me in with a superb performance, and I felt what it must have been like for her character during that difficult moment in time. I have always had an interest in JFK so this film was one for me. D.

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book is a 2016 American fantasy adventure film directed and produced by Jon Favreau.
This fantasy adventure gets off to a slow start with a thin plot, but the intensity does build at the end. The live action/CGI works brilliantly, and it is hard to see where one ends and the other begins. The film is an interesting mix of the old with the new, though for me I would have preferred that the songs and the modern-day attempts at comedy had been left out. I also found Kingsley's voice to be far too low and muffled. Overall it is the special effects that carries this film along.

Under The Shadow

Under the Shadow is a 2016 internationally produced Persian language horror film written and directed by Iranian-born Babak Anvari.
This internationally co-produced horror film, set in Iran, weaves together various elements of fact and fiction in a clever way. It gives an interesting insight into life there during the 1980s. I am not a fan of the horror genre, but fortunately for me this film only has minimal scary elements.


Moana is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical adventure film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures.
This one is definitely for the little kiddies and i found it hard to stay focused. The songs were average.


Allied is a 2016 war film directed by Robert Zemeckis.
I enjoyed this 2016 romantic thriller directed by Robert Zemeckis. Featuring solid performances and pleasing period settings, this film had me hooked from the start. The numerous twists and revelations along the way kept me wondering what the final outcome would be.

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman(2017)

Wonder Woman is a 2017 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. The film is directed by Patty Jenkins.
I was pleased that this 2017 American superhero film doesn't rely too heavily on action scenes. I was also surprised to see the fusion with WW1, and the film is almost more military than superhero. While the settings and cinematography are very good, the plot is relatively thin, sometimes being overly dramatic or simply unbelievable. Still, it is entertaining with many touches of humour, and the ending leaves us waiting for the next installment.

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast is a 2017 American musical romantic fantasy film directed by Bill Condon.
This was a wonderful surprised and I found myself enjoying Beauty and the Beast far more than I was expecting. The settings and costumes are absolutely superb, giving the film a realistic yet fantastical feel. All of the performances are spot-on and there is a good mix of humour, drama, and tension. The songs are wonderful and my only criticism was that it was very difficult to understand the words in the opening songs song by choruses. The film is really aimed more at adults than children, containing both dark themes and settings. But this is a magical tale which left me quite emotional in places and is one of the better films I have seen for a while. The second highest grossing film of 2017. D & the MC.

Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War is a 2016 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios. The film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.
This superhero film was neither super nor heroic. It consisted of a virtually non-existent plot with scene after scene of mindless, endless action battles. I felt like I had seen it all before in countless other films and found it almost impossible to stay focused. In the end, I couldn't even stay interested enough to make it to the end of the film. The highest grossing film of 2016.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, or simply Rogue One, is a 2016 American epic space opera film directed by Gareth Edwards.
This first standalone Star Wars film has much familiarity to it - which is actually necessary and beneficial as it helps to reference key plot points and characters. It also brings a newness which manages to deliver an entertaining addition to the Star Wars genre and leaves us wondering what the next film may bring. The second highest grossing film of 2016.

Finding Dory
Finding Dory(2016)

Finding Dory is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton.
The main characters are back for this Finding Nemo sequel. It starts a little slow but the drama soon builds with a mix of humour and poignant moments. Although this lacks the complexity, character diversity, and overall charm of the original, and in the end it is a little long - it is still entertaining. The third highest grossing film of 2016.


Zootopia is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore.
This animated film was a little puzzling - at times seemingly a kids movie while at other times with adult themes. It certainly has an adult non-animated mystery style feel to it, and the story could almost have been shot using real life actors. There are some laughs along the way, as well as some serious moments. I really enjoyed the voices of (especially Bateman), and the chemistry between the main two characters. This is a kids film with some important modern messages - for adults!


Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Barry Jenkins.
I found the first half of this drama to be quite slow-paced and with very minimal plot points. The story does pick up in the second half. While the film does have a good and interesting basic story, there is just not enough substance to make this a classic. The film contains some interesting camera angles and filming techniques which mostly enhance but occasionally subtract from the total. I found three scenes to be quite emotional and unexpectedly brought tears to my eyes. The final scenes are nicely paced and enhance the anticipation for possibilities and what may come. I was initially disappointed with the sudden ending, but on reflection, it couldn't have been any other way. D & MC.

Manchester by the Sea

Manchester by the Sea is a 2016 American drama film written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan.
This slow-paced drama focuses on the tragic life of one man and those around him. It contains numerous peaks and troughs, and is beautifully accompanied by mostly classical music. Although there are some very powerful moments, I thought that the film was too long and that the editing could have been tighter towards the end . D & MC.

La La Land
La La Land(2016)

La La Land is a 2016 American musical romantic comedy film written and directed by Damien Chazelle.
This musical is really and modern take on the old-fashioned story of boy meets girl. But with a twist. It is quirky and different in so many ways, yet it has a retro feel and sound. I really enjoyed so many moments in this film. Stone is outstanding in her performance, yet I thought Gosling was often subdued and wooden, and I wonder if he was the correct choice here. The musical score is outstanding and the song 'City of Stars' is an absolute gem. But I thought there were a few too many jazz elements in the film, and also some slow patches in the third quarter. Tighter editing (and a shorter overall movie) would have eliminated this. Still it is enjoyable and the final 10 minutes are extraordinary when you realise what is happening. And the final scene, well, it will leave you sitting in your seat with either a smile or a tear on your face as you soak up the end credits. Upgraded from 7 to 8 on second viewing. D & the MC.

Hell or High Water

Hell or High Water is a 2016 American neo-Western crime thriller film directed by David Mackenzie.
This neo-Western was a surprise. In many ways it is a simple film, which, apart from a few high action scenes, relies more on its very clever script. The performances are good and you find yourself having to make a decision regarding whose side you are on and who you want to survive. My only criticism is the mumbling - especially by the male actors. We had to turn on the subtitles just to understand what was being said.

Hacksaw Ridge

Hacksaw Ridge is a 2016 biographical war drama film directed by Mel Gibson.
This biographical war film is a movie in two halves. I thought that the first half dragged in parts, with a simple plotline that focused too much on Doss' private life. But when the war action starts, the film suddenly quickens its pace, tension, and horror. It is quite sustained and 'in-your-face'. Some scenes were perhaps a little too overly dramatic. For most of the film I found myself not really connecting with the characters, but by the end I had done so to some extent. . D & the MC.


Fences is a 2016 American period drama film starring, produced and directed by Denzel Washington.
This period drama is largely set in just one location and relies heavily on dialogue focusing around Washington. It features an outstanding performance from Davis. There are some fine moments in the film, but there are also some flat periods. Although the film takes us to some emotional places somehow it fails to pass that emotion onto the viewer. AAN AFI


Arrival is a 2016 American science fiction drama film directed by Denis Villeneuve.
This science fiction film contains numerous themes including those of circles, and beginnings and endings. Although the storyline is not exactly original, it does bring a new angle to the genre. The result is an entertaining and sometimes gripping film.
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The Post
The Post(2018)

The Post is a 2017 American historical political thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg.
Unfortunately This film disappointed me. I found it very flat throughout, and I can't remember another film which has caused me to lose focus and concentration so often. Apart from Streep, there was little here to interest me, even though I kept trying to connect and become involved. The subject matter and basic story just weren't interesting enough, and the ending was overly patriotic. The attempts at humour also didn't really work or fit in with the rest of the film. D.

20th Century Women

20th Century Women is a 2016 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Mike Mills.
This comedy drama is a slow paced film which has a 1979 retro feel that I enjoyed. I also liked the use of old photos and news footage, and the first-person narration. The first half of the film was enjoyable, but I felt that the second half dragged with poor editing, lack of direction, and overuse of the same themes and similar scenes. There just wasn't quite enough material to sustain the movie's length. D & the MC

Personal Shopper

Personal Shopper is a 2016 supernatural psychological thriller film written and directed by Olivier Assayas.
This psychological thriller had me squirming in my seat from the opening scenes. From there it follows a slow yet measured pace, building up the storyline and relationships between the characters. I liked the basic premise of the film and it contained some very effective scenes, such as the phone texts sequence. Towards the end there is further tension, suspense, and mystery, and the final scene makes you wonder even further about how real this all is. DG and the MC.


Una is a 2016 American-British-Canadian drama film directed by Benedict Andrews.
This drama is a powerful portrayal of a not unfamiliar story but from a different angle and perspective. It focuses on the two main characters who successfully deliver a mix of emotions. I was riveted from beginning to end. D

Baby Driver
Baby Driver(2017)

Baby Driver is a 2017 action crime film written and directed by Edgar Wright.
This action comedy has an interesting mix of music and action. All of the performances are superb in their unique way. I enjoyed the first part but found that the plot just a little too unrealistic towards the end, which made the film drag. There was a good mix of comedy, thrills, and suspense, but the violent sections were sometimes taken too far for my liking. Still it was an entertaining adventure. D & the MC.

The Founder
The Founder(2017)

The Founder is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by John Lee Hancock>
This biographical drama is an interesting and entertaining look at the history of the iconic restaurant chain. I enjoyed the retro feel of the film which was a trip back to 1950s middle-class America. I did feel that the screenplay and narrative could have been a little more complex and varied.

Fifty Shades Darker

Fifty Shades Darker is a 2017 American erotic romantic drama film directed by James Foley.
This erotic romantic drama sequel doesn't live up to expectations. Everything is far too simple, underplayed - the performances, the plot, the sex scenes etc. The only thing there is too much of is extended scenes with no dialogue while a song is played. It appears they had very little material to work with and so added in totally unrealistic and unrelated scenes towards the end. It wasn't boring, but it just wasn't good enough.

The Daughter
The Daughter(2017)

The Daughter is a 2015 Australian drama film written and directed by Simon Stone.
This Australia drama tries very hard. It succeeds in some areas, such as the excellent performances. For most of the film the pace is measured and there is very little action or drama. It tries to build up a back story of the characters but for most of the time I just couldn't connect and was constantly losing interest. It also tries to create numerous atmospheric scenes, some of which also don't quite work. The last 15 minutes is definitely more dramatic, sometimes painfully so, but the final scene is terrible from a viewer's point-of-view. There just wasn't enough of an interesting story here to fulfill the time.

The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Batman Movie is a 2017 3D computer-animated superhero comedy film, produced by Warner Animation Group. It was directed by Chris McKay.
This 3D computer-animated superhero comedy film certainly has amazing graphics, animation, and colour. The plot had a few twists and humorous moments, but overall I found it a little average and flat at times. The Joker was just a little too annoying.

I, Daniel Blake

I, Daniel Blake is a 2016 drama film directed by Ken Loach.
This drama is a powerful, riveting story which focuses on the struggles of two ordinary people whose path's cross while they are trying to fit-in to the system. Some of the scenes are very moving and poignant.
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Logan is a 2017 American superhero film, produced by Marvel Entertainment, directed by James Mangold.
This superhero film is the third in the Wolverine series. It features a tired and disinterested Jackman, much how I felt while watching the film. There really wasn't anything new here and the film seemed too long. Some of the scenes towards the end were a bit slow, and many featuring the children appeared too staged. Overall it was mildly entertaining, but I won't be going back for more.

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi.
This biographical drama, based on a true story, weaves together a romance, white/black relations, and science. I wasn't sure how successfully it managed to achieve a balance between all three of these elements, and how accurate the depictions and sentiments were. Nonetheless this is an entertaining and informative film, and I especially enjoyed its retro feel.

Battle of the Sexes

Battle of the Sexes is a 2017 biographical sports film directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.
This American biographical sports film was enjoyable from an historical perspective. I like the 1970s feel of the film, and all of the tennis references. But as a movie it is only average. It contains a few slow scenes (and some which didn't quite work), and somehow misses on providing enough drama and tension, though the ending obviously contains both. This will appeal to tennis players and feminists who remember that era, but perhaps not to too many others. D &MC

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a 2017 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team Guardians of the Galaxy, It is the sequel to 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy and directed by James Gunn.
I found this not as funny as the original. Although there were some good moments, I found myself losing interest soon after the movie started and it was way too long for my attention to stay focused.

The Disaster Artist

The Disaster Artist is a 2017 American biographical comedy-drama film produced and directed by James Franco.
I found myself cringing through almost the entire movie. It may have helped if I was more familiar with the original film, The Room. Despite some funny moments, this is really not a great film. D & MC

Murder On The Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express is a 2017 mystery drama film directed by Kenneth Branagh.
Having seen the original, I enjoyed this murder mystery just as much. With solid acting from an ensemble cast and featuring stunning settings which captures the mood of the 1930s, I was totally captivated from start till finish. D & MC.


Pride is a 2014 British LGBT-related historical comedy-drama film directed by Matthew Warchus.
Based on a true story this does tell a good story, though as a movie it has its flaws. The ending is quite moving.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming is a 2017 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, directed by Jon Watts.
Yet another Spiderman movie. This one is very different and is very much aimed at the modern teen generation, featuring many teen-aged actors, teen-aged romance, and teen-aged humour. There were some funny moments and although the movie is fast paced and quick witted, there really weren't a lot of tense action scenes.


Silence is a 2016 historical period drama film directed by Martin Scorsese.
This historical period drama contains some very powerful themes and memorable scenes. Unfortunately the film is not consistently so, with some scenes better lift off and others too slow. Overall the film is perhaps a little too long, but it is an admirable effort. AFI

Once Upon a Time in America

Once Upon a Time in America is a 1984 epic crime drama film co-written and directed by Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone.
I watched the R rated 4 hour version.
This certainly is an epic gangster story covering several decades, complete with a decent amount of both sex and violence. But there are also many tender and dramatic moments, with the cinematography and settings perfectly capturing the era and mood. I especially enjoyed the first half, which included the childhood scenes. All performances, by both child and adult, are very good, and Morricone's music only adds to the whole experience.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a 1975 American comedy-drama film directed by Milo Forman.
This comedy drama contains strong performances from all of its cast (especially Nicholson). It deals with a subject matter that is sometimes intense and distressing, but always thought-provoking. Overall it is an entertaining film. Considered to be one of the best movies of all time.


Carrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's 1974 epistolary novel of the same name. The film was directed by Brian De Palma.
This film almost contains two halves. The first is a mostly slowly-paced coming-of-age story. But the second contains much of drama centered around revenge, and mild horror, featuring some unforgettable scenes.

Annie Hall
Annie Hall(1977)

Annie Hall is a 1977 American romantic comedy film directed by Woody Allen.
This romantic comedy is classic Woody Allen playing himself and displaying his neurotic personality. It contains solid performances and includes some very unusual techniques including cartoon, subtitled thoughts, etc. The film relies heavy on its witty and constant dialogue, mainly between the two lead characters, and for the most it works very well, resulting in an enjoyable and entertaining film. Considered to be one of the best movies of all time and the second best romantic comedy off all time.
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Saturday Night Fever

Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American musical drama film directed by John Badham.
John Travolta is a good dancer and he is the standout in this dance film, featuring disco music by the Bee Gees and others. But the screenplay is thin, and the performances from the female leads is weak. I saw the edited PG version.
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Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy film based on the musical of the same name. Written by Bronte Woodard and directed by Randal Kleiserr.
With one great song after another, a superb cast and a screenplay full of both wit and drama makes for a fun time for all! Return to the 1950s for this timeless musical. My equal favourite film of 1978.
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Kramer vs. Kramer

Kramer vs. Kramer is a 1979 American family courtroom drama film directed and written by Robert Benton.
One of the first films dealing with issues surrounding a mother leaving her husband and child, and then wanting custody. Great acting from the two leads. Considered to be one of the greatest courtroom drama films of all time.

Being There
Being There(1979)

Being There is a 1979 American comedy-drama film directed by Hal Ashby.
This drama, containing a number of very funny elements, follows a simple, innocent man for whom things seem to fall into place (naturally). He in turn has a deep impact (unknowingly) on those he meets. Featuring solid performances, this is a movie which slowly draws you in and leaves you, in the final scene, with food for thought.


Tully is a 2018 American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman.
I enjoyed this movie much more than I was expecting to. For the most I was riveted to the central character (with a strong performance by Theron) providing an intimate insight into her world. It lost me a little towards the end, but the big twist pulled me back and left me gob-smacked. I enjoyed the songs (which matched the narrative), and the small silent cinematographic moments scattered throughout. Definitely a movie that will have you thinking and reflecting long after the credits have rolled. D &MC

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a 2017 American adventure comedy film directed by Jake Kasdan.
Think The Breakfast Club + Raiders of the Lost Ark + any 1990s Adventure Video Game, and you have Jumanji! And the combination works well - it's a great adventure and a lot of fun too. Featuring good performances (I especially enjoyed Black) and settings, this sequel contains numerous humorous moments with some tension thrown in along the way. I also liked the original original 1995 movie. but this one probably pips it.


Fitzcarraldo is a 1982 West German adventure-drama film written and directed by Werner Herzog.
Although a lot of effort has gone into what must have been a difficult task, the film seemed too amateurish for me. Its slow pace failed to hold my attention.
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Miss Congeniality

Miss Congeniality is a 2000 American action comedy film directed by Donald Petrie.
This is a funny comedy with Bullock in fine form once the pageant begins.

The Godfather, Part II

The Godfather Part II is a 1974 American crime film produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
At over three hours long this is an epic but with its more complex story-line it doesn't drag as much as its predecessor. Featuring solid performances it is a fitting sequel to The Godfather.
Considered one of the best films of all time and the third best gangster film of all time. AAW GGWD 1001

The Godfather

The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
While this movie does contain solid performances and good settings, Brando is sometimes difficult to understand. At almost three hours long, there are also a number of long and extended scenes which drag.
Considered one of the top three best films of all times, and the best gangster film of all time, Includes the second most famous movie quote: "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse." AAW GGWD 1001

The Man Who Invented Christmas

The Man Who Invented Christmas is a 2017 biographical drama film directed by Bharat Nalluri.
Well I'm a a big fan of both Charles Dickens and of Christmas, so I was always going to enjoy this movie. And I did enjoy it, made more so as I was familiar with all of the references and characters. It is not a heavy film, and is mostly family friendly. After a slowish start the main story then begins and it uses some clever tricks to depict Dickens' thought and imaginings. I did have a few small issues though: Dickens in real life was much more confident and self-assured, and I thought the Blacking Factory sub-plot, though accurate, was overused. I would also have liked to see more title text information at the end describing how Dickens did in fact re-invent Christmas and make certain symbols and customs more popular. But overall this is an entertaining and well set period movie which will no doubt become a family favourite at Christmas.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical science-fiction horror-comedy film directed by Jim Sharman.
Featuring an outstanding lead performance by Curry this movie is somewhat shocking in its sexual content and themes. But it is also fun, and many of the musical numbers, such as The Time Warp, have become classics. Although the second half is not as strong as the first and at times becomes a little silly, overall this is a unique movie which has now become a cult classic.

Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American romantic comedy film set in 1929, directed and produced by Billy Wilder.
Featuring outstanding performances from a stellar cast, this movie certainly is fun to watch and features many memorable scenes.
Considered one of the best movies of all time and the best comedy of all time. GGWC 1001

Rear Window
Rear Window(1954)

Rear Window is a 1954 American Technicolor mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
This seemingly simple movie is classic Hitchcock, full of tension, suspense and red-herrings.
Considered one of the best movies of all time. 1001

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (also known as Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi) is a 2017 American epic space opera film written and directed by Rian Johnson. It is the second installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy.
After a slowish beginning, it didn't take long for this movie to grab my attention. With a good mix of drama, tension, and depth, and a welcome return to humour reminiscent of the original trilogy, this episode of Star Wars has put the franchise back on track. I enjoyed the way it cut from scene to scene, and also the use of past characters and themes. Can't wait for the next movie in this sequel trilogy.
The highest grossing film of 2017.

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (also known as Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens) is a 2015 American epic space opera film produced, co-written and directed by J. J. Abrams. It is the first installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy.
I entered having high expectations but left disappointed. After a slow first half featuring little plot development and too many meaningless battle scenes, the film does pick up momentum in the second half. But it was all very derivative, and I kept thinking I had seen it all before in the previous Star Wars films. The characters, the plot, the plot twists, the sets, even the dialogue were all re-hashed. The numerous attempts at charm, romance, humour and wit didn't work. Even the new droid was just too cutesy. I really didn't connect with the characters, and much of the acting (from both new and established actors) was average.
The highest grossing film of 2015. BW.
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God's Own Country

God's Own Country is a 2017 British drama film written and directed by Francis Lee in his feature directorial debut.
This is a somewhat slow-paced gay-themed film, and the settings are bleak and sometimes brutal. It is a coming-of-age movie, in which the lead character learns how to express himself and decide what he wants.

Terms of Endearment

Terms of Endearment is a 1983 American comedy-drama film directed, written, and produced by James L. Brooks.
I can still remember the tag-line form the tv promos for this film: 'Come to laugh, come to cry, come to...Terms of Endearment'. A classic tearjerker. More to come.


Wonder is a 2017 American drama film directed by Stephen Chbosky.
This movie could have been similar to so many others with similar themes, but the different chapters which presented characters' points of view was something different and insightful. The movie does have its emotional moments, but they are never too extreme or sentimental, being balanced by subtle humour. I did feel that some of the scenes at camp didn't quite fit, and at times actions and thoughts of the children were a little too adult-like, but these are only minor criticisms. An enjoyable and meaningful film for the whole family.

Raging Bull
Raging Bull(1980)

Raging Bull is a 1980 American biographical black-and-white sports drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. It tells the story of Jake LaMotta.
This is a very visceral film and does not hold back on the language and violence used. Even tough the performance by De Niro is outstanding, I found it very difficult to connect with this film and kept losing interest. Considered to be one of the greatest films of all time and the best sports film of all time.
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The Death of Stalin

The Death of Stalin is a 2017 political satire comedy film directed by Armando Iannucci.
This dark comedy started well. The acting was superb throughout, and the period settings impressive. However I felt that the level of humour wasn't sustained. Although there were sparks of comical genius, many attempts fell flat. It was certainly strange to choose this historical event as the basis for a comedy, and I think that many people in the audience were confused and unsure if this was an historical drama or a black comedy. As a result there were very few laughs. The level of swearing and violence also somewhat dampened the humour and may have contributed to this factor. AK

Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok is a 2017 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Thor. The film is directed by Taika Waititi.
I just don't seem to enjoy these superhero movies. I went into this with high hopes, but after about 60 seconds I was already losing focus. The special effects are very good, but there was a large section of the film with too many battle scenes. The plot is pretty basic, and while there were some funny lines and scenes, overall it wasn't enough for me. At times it was difficult to follow, and the playing of 'Immigrant Song' near the end was totally out of place. The one redeeming feature was Blanchett as Hela.

The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man is a 1980 American historical drama film about Joseph Merrick a severely deformed man in late 19th century London. The film was directed by David Lynch.
This is an interesting, moving, and unforgettable period film.
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Goodbye Christopher Robin

Goodbye Christopher Robin is a 2017 British biographical drama film about the lives of Winnie-the-Pooh creator A. A. Milne and his family, especially his son Christopher Robin. It was directed by Simon Curtis.
I grew up loving Winnie-the-Pooh and was surprised to learn that it was all based on real characters. And so I was very much looking forward to this film. The period settings, costumes, and gardens are superb, and perfectly capture the era. The film revolves around numerous tensions involving war, family, and success. While I enjoyed learning how the book & characters came to be, it never really reached the emotional heights for me. I also thought that some of the interactions were a little exaggerated and dramatic. But sill it was an enjoyable film to watch, and I will now appreciated my Winnie-the-Pooh books even more.

Good Time
Good Time(2017)

Good Time is a 2017 American crime film directed by Ben and Josh Safdie.
Perhaps this just isn't my type of movie, but I could tell after the first 10 minutes that I wasn't going to enjoy the following 2 hours. The music was loud, annoying, and grating, and I didn't enjoy any scene where it was playing. The film is generally set at night and so the settings are often, dark, dirty and unpleasant. The storyline is a like an out of control rollercoaster, with one incident effecting and compounding the next. Unfortunately I really couldn't stay focused and I found this particular movie watching experience to be unenjoyable.

American Made

American Made is a 2017 American biographical crime film, directed by Doug Liman. It is loosely based on a true story, and Cruise is charismatic in the lead role. The film never reaches great heights, but it does contain an interesting storyline containing, a good mix humorous, dramatic, and tense moments.

The Class
The Class(2008)

This true-to-life documentary-style drama set in a French high school was all too real for me. Good performances all round and an interesting screenplay which draws you in to the tensions and games people play.
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Toni Erdmann
Toni Erdmann(2016)

Toni Erdmann is a 2016 German-Austrian comedy-drama film directed by Maren Ade.
While I could appreciate the basic premise of the story, about a father who is trying to make his daughter be less stressed and find a more positive work-life balance, this film was simply far too long. There were numerous scenes of people being introduced at functions etc, which became tedious. Other scenes which showed promise seemed to fizzle away, thus losing impact. Although there was an interesting twist part way through and a touching ending, it wasn't enough for me.


Dunkirk is a 2017 war film directed by Christopher Nolan.
While it contains a surprisingly simple storyline and minimal dialogue, this is a tense and HARROWING portrayal of war told from different angles and perspectives. Although i had issues with just a couple of scenes, overall this is an interesting and important war movie. AAN GGN AFI

The Dark Knight Rises

This 2012 superhero film is the final installment in Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy. I enjoyed the beginning of this film, but unfortunately it was all downhill from there. The script was too convoluted, the film was too long, and I simply couldn't stay focused as it progressed. In the end I just couldn't wait for it to finish.
The third highest grossing film of 2012. AFI

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1

I was a bit disappointed with this movie. Not enough action and too slow from what we have previously experienced. The third highest grossing film of 2010.

Alice in Wonderland

I like the story but not this adaptation. A little too dark and serious. Disappointing. The second highest grossing film of 2010. GGN

Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3(2010)

In the final, of one of the best trilogies of all time, Woody and his friends find themselves in more than one spot of bother. Expect a lump in your throat at the end. My favourite film of 2010. The highest grossing film of 2010. AAN. AAWA AFI 1001

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

Much better than its predecessor, this is a thrilling and fitting climax to the Harry Potter series. My favourite film of 2011. The highest grossing film of 2011.


Disappointing after the previous instalments, I found this movie slower paced and simply not as interesting, lacking in both wit and charm. Craig is obviously not as charismatic and the sets are both darker and bleaker. The second highest grossing film of 2012. 1001

Marvel's The Avengers

I was looking forward to seeing this movie, but have to say that it disappointed me. I felt that I had seen it all before, and overall was uninspired. The highest grossing film of 2012. D


Given all the hype surrounding this animated movie, it didn't match my expectations. I didn't like the basic premise, nor the attitude and insinuations of some characters. The highest grossing film of 2013. AAWA

Guardians of the Galaxy

I am not a big fan of this genre and although both the screenplay and characters were fairly one-dimensional, there was enough humour to keep me entertained. The third highest grossing film of 2014. 1001

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

A few too many battles and far too light on script, tension and wit. Although a fan of Lord of the Rings and of Hobbit 1, overall this was uninspiring and a bit predictable. The second highest grossing film of 2014.

Jurassic World

This latest movie follows a similar storyline to the original but doesn't have the same complexity, cleverness, wit, or charm. It starts off a little slow and I would have liked the dinosaurs to make an appearance earlier. The performances from males playing minor roles is very poor. But it is still an exciting film and several scenes made me slouch and jump in my seat. The second highest grossing film of 2015. D


This 2015 American biographical comedy-drama film is led by Lawrence in the leading role. It is not an easy sell, to make a movie audience interested in a mop, and the film has a somewhat unusual first quarter, not all of which really ties in with the remainder of the film. The editing and screenplay were average, which sometimes appeared force and clunky. But overall I did find this an interesting story, though on the grand scale i'm not so sure of its significance. GGN

The Big Sick
The Big Sick(2017)

This 2017 American romantic comedy film just didn't work for me. It started well but somehow lost its way. The characters weren't believable enough, and some of the basic plot points and character reactions just seemed unlikely and wrong. I could see that the final scene was meant to be cutesy, but for me it was just corny. AFI

Straight Outta Compton

This music biopic certainly helped me to appreciate and understand rap music and its roots. I really enjoyed the first half of this film but found that, except for the ending, the second half was much the same and I found it difficult to maintain focus. This could have been avoided by shortening the film, which at over 2 hours, was too long. AFI 1001


This drama based on true events does tell a good story about how the ball got rolling in this cover-up. But as a movie, it doesn't quite meet the mark. Some of the acting (especially from Ruffalo) is average, and there are a few filler scenes and dead spots. I was expecting more complexity and revelations as the movie unfolded. With all of the recent media reports and government inquiries into these matters, the facts didn't produce the shock value which they would have when these stories initially broke in the media.D. AAW GGN AFI 1001


Led by strong performances from Larson and Tremblay, this drama tells an all too real-to-life story. The film slowly unfolds and has some tense and tender moments. But for me the time given to certain important events was uneven, and the latter half of the movie dragged with too many filler scenes featuring background music but not much happening on screen. AAN GGN AFI

The Martian
The Martian(2015)

The cinematography of this Sci-Fi set on Mars was always going to be good, and it is. But the rest of this film is ordinary. There was very little emotion or tension, considering the situation, not enough 'humanness' added to enable us to connect with the characters at a deeper level. And the choice many of the songs was strange and didn't work, only making some long scenes even longer. I felt like I had seen many of the elements done a lot better in other similar movies. AAN GGWC AFI

Mad Max: Fury Road

Containing many, many car chases with lots and lots of thrills and spills along the way, it took me a while to settle in to this action blockbuster. Helped along by some touching human elements and occasional comical ones, 'Mad' Max is strangely the most 'normal' character in the film. AAN GGN AACTA AFI1001

Inside Out
Inside Out(2015)

This latest animated film from Pixar certainly lives up to previous ones in terms of inventiveness and creativity. Featuring good animation and voices (especially from Poehler and Smith) the film deals with a number of mind/memory concepts which we can all relate too. There are some fun scenes (Imagination Land and Dreamland) as well as some serious and poignant moments. I thought that the film could have been a little longer but overall it is an enjoyable and memorable experience for kids and adults alike. AAWA AFI


Superb settings and costumes abound in this stylish film which deals with a relationship between two women. Featuring a solid performance by Blanchett, this drama romance has a measured pace which allows the viewer to connect with the thoughts and emotions of the characters. It really draws you in to the relationship, and keeps you wondering what the outcome will be. The final scene is a fitting end. My favourite film of 2015. CH & the gang. GGN AFI

Bridge of Spies

This cold war historical drama contains good solid performances (especially from Rylance) and realistic, detailed period settings. While the film kept my interest (mainly from an historical perspective) and tried to build tension and suspense, it didn't quite reach those heights. It was often predictable, overly patriotic and too long for me to make any real connection with the characters. And somehow I felt like I'd seen it all before. MC. AAN AFI 1001

The Big Short

This comedy drama describes an important moment in economic history, and contains solid performances from its impressive cast. It is unusually shot, sometimes seeming more like a documentary, featuring actors talking to the camera, and with small seemingly unrelated snippets of music and the like. Overall I found this film to be too long and complex, with the viewer needing a degree in Economics or Business Studies to be able to follow the fast-paced dialogue containing many technical terms and phrases. I watched this with on DVD with a friend who had some knowledge of business, and there were many frequent 'pauses' required. D. AAN GGN AFI 1001


Simmons gave a superb performance which I found unintentionally humorous. But the rest of the acting and most of the movie was very average. A few too many uninspired scenes and weak screenplay didn't help. AAN AFI 1001


This drama is interesting from an historical perspective. It contains good solid performances with few surprises. But I wasn't able to connect emotionally and found Oyelowo to be uninspiring, except for when he was giving a speech. AAN GGN AFI


This film kept me on the edge of my seat. Looking into the mind of a creepy news journalist and observing what happens behind the scenes was intriguing. Gyllenhaal gives a top performance. D. AFI

Into the Woods

The settings in this musical are superb and I enjoyed the first section. But I found myself losing interest soon after. It's difficult to know who the target audience is for this film. GGN AFI


This is magnificent intellectual sci-fi space epic, but it is also so much more. Dramatic and tense one minute, and then peaceful and sublime the next. Apart from the team trying to save planet Earth, there are deeper themes of love, forgiveness, and connection. There is also an interesting spiritual / extraterrestrial element. I enjoyed the science along with the whole roller-caster journey. My favourite film of 2014. AFI

The Imitation Game

Excellent performances enhance the cinematography and settings in this historical biopic. Perhaps a few scenes drag, but knowing little about this film beforehand, it certainly is a good story. AAN GGN AFI


Featuring excellent performances, I was mesmerised by this film which is about so much more than sport. The twist at the end was completely unexpected and somewhat distressing. I enjoyed psychoanalyzing the main character and his strange personality traits. GGN AFI


Unfortunately this movie was well below my expectations. A brilliant effort to film it over 12 years. But the second half of this very long movie was slow, contained many unnecessary and uninteresting scenes, repetitive settings, below par acting and very very scant plot. I kept waiting for something to happen; for some drama. It didn't come. AAN GGWD AFI 1001


This movie with minimal plot has some unusual elements but drags in some scenes. With solid performances and a strong final section, it kept me guessing and wondering. AAW GGN AFI 1001. D

American Sniper

This biographical war drama is at its best and most intense when portraying the military actions in Iraq. It also draws focus on the difficulties that returned soldiers face. Not knowing the ending prior to viewing the film, it came as a compete shock. AAN AFI

The Wolf of Wall Street

With plenty of sex, drugs, and office testosterone, I enjoyed this movie which would probably appeal more to males. Yes it's long, some scenes don't quite work, the editing is poor, but I was in for the ride and it kept me interested and smiling. A real eye-opener. AAN GGN AFI 1001

Saving Mr. Banks

A good solid film. AFI


A slow paced drama with moments of comedy. Unfortunately I just couldn't connect with any of the characters and the inspiring moments were few and too far between. I found some of the acting a bit ordinary and staged. AAN GGN AFI 1001

Inside Llewyn Davis

Even though a lot happens in a single week to Llewyn I still found this to be too slow and laboured in the latter half. The best moments involve the cat. 1001 AFI


A modern masterpiece. Such an amazingly original screenplay & superb performances. The music, the scenes & the pace all combine perfectly. I found myself reflecting on my own life & relationships. This film is one that will stay with you long after the credits have finished. My favourite film of 2013. AAN GGN AFI


Gravity is a space thriller with one tense scene after another. I enjoyed its realism, including the silent scenes, and although not long this film sure packs a punch. AAN GGN AFI 1001

Captain Phillips

After a poor start the tension does build but I still found some of the scenes either unbelievable or predictable. Needed more subplot. AAN GGN AFI

American Hustle

Well acted and with good settings including a groovy 1970s soundtrack. But at times the music and song scenes were too long, and somehow I felt as if I had seen it all before. AAN GGWC AFI 1001

12 Years a Slave

Some powerful performances and equally powerful scenes add to this true story set in 1840s America. A film that will remain with you long after the credits have rolled. AAW. GGWD AFI 1001

Zero Dark Thirty

Interesting from an historical viewpoint. But overall this film was not to my liking, perhaps because I am not American and couldn't really connect to it on a personal level. AAN GGN AFI D

Silver Linings Playbook

There are good performances in this romantic comedy and it's entertaining but ultimately not overly memorable. AAN GGN AFI

Moonrise Kingdom

This coming-of-age comedy has no laugh-out-loud scenes but it does have a few humorous moments along the way. It is a quirky film which, by the end, made me wonder what the whole point was. I always find it difficult to watch movies where children take the lead, though Hayward was quite convincing in her role. GGN AFI


Great acting and settings. Just a tad too slow and long for my liking, so I found myself losing interest. AAN AFI 1001. D

Life of Pi
Life of Pi(2012)

There are some spectacular 3D scenes in this movie. But some average acting and unbelievable scenes combined to make this less inspiring than expected. AAN GGN AFI 1001

Les Misérables

A dirty, gritty, true-to-life film with amazing performances and attention to detail. I was disappointed with the vocals in some of the songs, but then not all of these actors are singers and it was recorded live. A classic story. AAN GGWM AFI 1001. D

Django Unchained

The more this movie progressed, the more I enjoyed it. Yes it's bloody in parts but it's really an entertaining black comedy in many ways. Excellent acting and screenplay. AAN GGN AFI 1001

Beasts of the Southern Wild

This is an unusual fantasy film which changed direction a couple of times. Interesting but not memorable. AAN AFI


An interesting historical drama dealing with conflicts between USA and Iran. Good acting and some tense moments towards the end cover for some of the slower filler scenes.

War Horse
War Horse(2011)

Yes it's an old-fashioned style of movie, over sentimental and staged. And the editing could have been better but I still had plenty of tears flowing at the end. AAN GGN AFI 1001

The Tree of Life

This unusual movie about life, the universe, and everything, offers many questions but provides few answers. It contains little dialogue and visually is often imaginative, dreamlike and surreal. I found myself reflecting on my own childhood and place in the world. AAN AFI 1001


Knowing little about baseball but a lot about sport, I could relate to many aspects of this movie. It lagged a bit towards the end but was still enjoyable. Winner or Loser? You decide. AAN GGN AFI

Midnight in Paris

This Woody Allen fantasy comedy contains a very unusual plot which travels through time. Superb settings and costumes but I sometimes found the acting a little staged. Wilson plays a typical Woody Allen character. AAN GGN AFI


Part children's adventure, part adult biography and part cinematic history, this movie set in the 1930s is beautifully innocent and visually sumptuous. Although at times it lacks direction and the purpose wavers, it all comes together in the end in this entertaining drama. I particularly liked the lighting and colouring. AAN GGN AFI 1001

The Help
The Help(2011)

There are good performances and settings in this period drama containing some memorable scenes. However, sometimes the movie doesn't gel and I found Stone's character to be too modern. AAN GGN AFI

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

A stark and dark murder mystery, with an edge. Mara gives an excellent performance. AFI 1001

The Descendants

I have mixed reactions to this movie. An interesting premise with the occasional good scene, but it's not sustained. Too many musical interludes and at times the screenplay didn't seem to flow correctly. AAN GGWD AFI 1001


This film has hilarious scenes mixed with some tender moments too. Perhaps a little too long but overall an enjoyable rom-com featuring some very funny and memorable scenes. Rating changed from and 8 to a 9 on second viewing. GGN AFI 1001

Winter's Bone

This drama set in the bleak American mid-West describes a girl's search for her father, whether dead or alive. Featuring solid performances all round, it is that from Lawrence which carries us along on this eerie journey. AAN AFI

True Grit
True Grit(2010)

With solid performances and good cinematography, this is an enjoyable yet not so violent western. Perhaps it dragged a little towards the end and few scenes seemed too staged. AAN AFI 1001

The Social Network

An interesting and well directed movie about college life and the beginnings of Facebook. Excellent performances and a clever screenplay make this an enjoyable watch. AAN GGWD AFI 1001

The Kids Are All Right

A pleasant movie with good performances from the two leading ladies. AAN GGWC AFI M


The special effects are good and the concept, on the whole, original. Very dark and a little confusing at times. AAN GGN AFI 1001

The Fighter
The Fighter(2010)

Apart from Bale's excellent performance there was little about this sports drama which captured my attention. It was often flat and dreary. AAN GGN AFI

Black Swan
Black Swan(2010)

There was little about this movie that I enjoyed or connected with. Grey and stark, I found the atmosphere and settings reminiscent of a low-budget movie. Although the tension increases mildly in the second half, it wasn't enough to save it. AAN GGN 1001 AFI

127 Hours
127 Hours(2010)

Not an easy task to make a movie with just one main character mainly in one location. But there is enough tension at the start and end to keep this biographical drama going. An amazing tale of survival. AAN AFI

War of the Worlds

Despite impressive visuals, it somehow wasn't as good as it should have been.

Miracle on 34th Street

I enjoy Christmas movies but for me this one has not aged well. And I am really not too sure about that ending....

St. Vincent
St. Vincent(2014)

This starts as a comedy but takes on a more serious tone towards the end. I enjoyed Murray's performance. GGN

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Despite some funny moments this was just a bit too quirky and violent for my liking. The final 10 minutes is just ridiculous.

Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane(1941)

Considered one of the best films of all time. This does have brilliant cinematography and acting, but there were also many dull and slow moments. 1001 AAN

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

There are too many silly extended scenes featuring Carey. I thought the girl wasn't quite suited to her role, and the face costumes of the townspeople were a bit too scary.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

An action packed adventure with interesting historical and religious elements. My favourite Indiana movie.

Total Recall
Total Recall(2012)

Full of action, suspense, and mystery this sci fi remake had me hooked.

The Ides of March

This American political drama film contains solid performances. I found it difficult to stay focused on the first 30 minutes which contained a lot of dialogue about American politics. But once the story became a little more 'human', it was much more interesting. The ending came abruptly and definitely made me think about the character's next words. GGN


This American romantic drama, set during WWII, contains solid performances and an engaging script. It is cleverly written and directed, with the plot slowly unfolding as the film progresses. Although I did find the ending come on a little too quickly, this is an enthralling film containing many classic scenes and lines. Considered one of the top three films of all time and containing one of the top songs of all time (As Time Goes By). My favourite film of 1942. AAW 1001

Animal Kingdom

This Australian crime drama is a powerful and gripping film. Featuring excellent performances and superb direction, it had me engaged from the opening scene. With many twists and turns towards the end, this film also kept me in suspense. A classic Australian film. AACTA

Analyze This
Analyze This(1999)

The script was definitely funny with lots of laughs and funny moments along the way. But it was also quite violent and I didn?t enjoy the basic premise for this black comedy finding it unsettling at times.

Prayers for Bobby

This docudrama, based on a true story, does indeed tell a powerful story about a topic which has not previously received much attention. While the direction and editing is poor, the performances are generally strong (especially Weaver) and there are some very powerful scenes. You may need a tissue towards the end.

My Week with Marilyn

This British drama film is simple in its style which makes it quite easy to watch. The first part deals with the making of the film, but I enjoyed the second half much more, which looks at Marilyn's personality and vulnerabilities. Featuring solid performances from a strong cast and pleasant settings, this is an interesting historical film. GGN


I just couldn't connect with this American epic adventure film, which I be a bit too long and repetitive. Consequently I found my attention wandering. 1001


Spy is a James Bond parody which has some very funny moments. With solid performances, a good screenplay, sense of timing and pace, this spy comedy is probably better than some of the movies it aims to imitate. There are many laugh out loud moments here. Rating upgraded from 7 to 9 on subsequent viewings. GGN

On the Waterfront

This American crime drama just couldn't hold my attention. It was a little too slow in parts, and while the acting is generally very good, it wasn't enough to keep me interested. I also found the music annoying and distracting. Perhaps the subject matter and old-time feel of the movie is not as relevant as it once was. Considered to be one of the best movies of all time. It also contains one of the top classic lines of all time 'I could have been somebody...'. AAW 1001

Austin Powers in Goldmember

Generally very funny though the Fat Bastard character is too gross. The scene with Foxxy in the casino is hilarious.

The King's Speech

A beautiful film based on a true story of one man trying to overcome his personal demons. AAW GGN 1001. M


Great performances and thrilling race scenes make for a very entertaining and informative movie. The final scenes are particularly moving. Definitely one for the boys. GGN. dh


I enjoyed every aspect of this film based on true events, and was engrossed in the story, which was ultimately sad. Had a few tears in my eyes on several occasions towards the end. AAN GGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel

This quirky and somewhat unusual movie disappointed me. While the acting was generally good, I found that the black humour and ever-changing storyline was not always successful. AAN GGWC 1001. SR

The Theory of Everything

I liked this bio drama involving one of the greatest minds of our time, but would have liked a little more backstory prior to his disease. Solid performances all round, especially from Redmayne. I enjoyed the science and the relationships, both of which could have been pushed further to include more tension and so avoid it occasionally seeming like a daytime soapie. AAN GGN 1001


This R rated comedy is definitely aimed at a female audience and contains a lot of sexual references and smut. It tries hard but is too long and, along with much of the acting, falls flat at almost every turn. GGN

The Maltese Falcon

This mystery film noir moves at a fast pace and features a clever screenplay providing both tension and humour between the characters. Bogart is very convincing in his role, but I wasn't so sure about the casting of Astor. Although the plot/dialogue is sometimes a little hard to follow, this is a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining mystery thriller. Considered to be one of the best movies of all time, and one of the top 10 mystery movies of all time. AAN 1001

All About Eve

This drama contains strong performances, especially from its female actors. Davis' performance in particular is outstanding. It contains a clever and witty script, which makes the film an entertaining view. Considered to be one of the best movies of all time. AAN 1001

A Streetcar Named Desire

This drama, based on a play of the same name, features outstanding performances (especially by Leigh) and a scorching script. The characterizations are well developed, which allows the viewer to feel and understand the tormented and troubled characters. Considered to be one of the best movies of all time. AAN 1001

The Odd Couple

This comedy based on a stage play is fun and entertaining from start till end. Featuring solid performance all round, a witty script and perfect timing, this movie provides many laugh-out-loud moments. The scene with the Pigeon sisters is particularly funny.

The Bridge on the River Kwai

This epic war film is certainly a monumental effort. Containing solid performances and a very dramatic and thrilling ending, this movie is entertaining from start to end. Considered to be one of the best movies of all time and my favourite film of 1957. AAW 1001

12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men)

This courtroom drama film contains very solid performances all round. It is both dramatic and tense, and is insightful in its portrayal of various aspects of humanity. I could definitely relate to this film. Considered to be one of the best movies of all time and one of the top ten courtroom drama movies of all time. AAN 1001


This German drama is an interesting film made all the more impressive when you realise that is shot in a single continuous take. There is subtle tension right from the beginning which makes the viewer constantly wonder what will happen next. An entertaining and tensely absorbing film about a group of young people in Berlin and their journey over one night. 1001

North by Northwest

This thriller is one of my favourite Alfred Hitchcock films. It contains an intriguing and topsy-turvey plot with many twists and turns. Featuring solid acting and some very memorable scenes, this is pure intrigue and entertainment from start till finish. Considered to be one of the best movies of all time, and one of the top ten mystery films. My equal favourite film of 1959. 1001

Midnight Express

This American-British-Turkish prison drama film is based on a true story. The tension and drama certainly build throughout the film, with some scenes being quite harrowing. Considered to be one of the best movies of all time. AAN

Ex Machina
Ex Machina(2015)

This science fiction psychological thriller certainly engages the audience in more ways than one. It keeps you wondering who is lying, who is telling the truth, and who is deceiving. Although I didn't enjoy the ending, I can appreciate it and see how it fits into the overall plot.


Sometimes funny.
Sometimes silly and annoying.

The Holiday
The Holiday(2006)

A funny and entertaining Christmas themed romantic comedy.

Gertie the Dinosaur

I watched the extended version featuring actual footage followed by the animation. It is fascinating and I couldn't stop chuckling at the humour and tricks involved. A very clever product from 1914. Considered one of the top 10 greatest cartoons of all time.

One Froggy Evening

A very funny cartoon featuring the singing (sometimes) Michigan Frog. Considered the 5th best cartoon of all time.

Rabbit Seasoning

A very funny Bugs Bunny cartoon from 1952. Considered one of the greatest cartoons of all time.


This classic Australian film from 1978 is set during the 1940s and 50s. It mainly deals with the Cinetone Newsreel films of the day. I really liked the vintage and retro aspect of the film, which is in insight into a largely forgotten Australia. Although the accompanying storyline is quite sparse, the nostalgic aspect of the film had me hooked. AFI

The Tell-Tale Heart

The first X rated cartoon in history this classic horror features the voice of James Mason. Considered one of the top 50 cartoons of all time. AAN

Duck Amuck
Duck Amuck(1953)

In this classic cartoon, Daffy Duck meets full force from the hand of his animator. A very clever and original cartoon, and in the end we see who is actually at hand. Considered one of the top five best cartoons of all time.

What's Opera, Doc?

An all time classic cartoon featuring Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. Includes the famous Kill the Wabbit scene. Considered the best cartoon of all time. My favourite cartoon of 1957.


One thing I can definitely say about the comedy drama, is......it's different. Featuring mainly trans-gender and shot on an iPhone 5, this film breaks the boundaries in so many ways. It does seem like a very low budget film but is entertaining and strangely compelling. 1001


This adult stop-motion animated comedy-drama film has a unique yet sometimes distressing storyline. Part of it's success lies in the fact that it is easy to relate to the main character, as we feel and understand his emotions. An entertaining and thought-provoking animated film that poses many questions but not necessarily all the answers.

Rabbit-Proof Fence

AACTA 1001
A classic Australian film

The Castle
The Castle(1999)

A classic Australian film.


This fast-paced crime musical is well directed and acted (especially Zeta-Jones). Featuring superb settings and costumes, this film will have you singing along to the 1920s jazz-inspired songs. AAW GGWM. 1001


This was too slow and with too few plot points to keep me interested. I really couldn't believe the characters or their interactions. The scenes which should have been funny were only mildly amusing. GGWC. 1001

Walk the Line

An exceptional film featuring outstanding performances. And of course, then there's the music. GGWC

Brokeback Mountain

A superb romantic drama featuring solid performances, especially from Ledger, and excellent direction from Lee. The complexity of the relationships between various characters, including both physical and emotional, is one of the movie's strengths. Also featuring some beautiful and fitting music, this is my favourite film of 2005. AAN GGWD. 1001


This is such a difficult film to comment on. The separate plots in different countries all end up tying in together, some soon and some later. There are tense and powerful moments, but perhaps some of the earlier Japanese scenes could have been shortened. The film is inevitably depressing, examining sets of tragedies and how one person's actions can have far reaching consequences. AAN GGWD. 1001


With solid performances and brilliant cinematography, this military romance drama has some twists in its ultimately sad tale. AAN GGWD. 1001

Slumdog Millionaire

This story was told in such an interesting and dramatic way, and being a lover of quiz shows I found the ending clever and tense. My favourite film of 2008. AAW GGWD. 1001

The Hangover
The Hangover(2009)

This comedy about a guys night out in Los Vegas has plenty of laughs and comic moments. I enjoyed the way in which events of the night were slowly revealed. Although there are a few silly or juvenile moments, overall it is witty and clever. GGWC. 1001


A visually stunning film with some unforgettable scenes and unique elements, but sometimes the storyline isn't quite up to the same standard and is reminiscent of other movies. AAN GGWD. 1001

The Artist
The Artist(2011)

A comedy, a drama, but ultimately a love story, this silent b&w movie within a silent b&w movie harks back to the silent movie era and a man trying to find his place in a changing world. Beautifully shot with some interesting angles and scenes, this fascinating movie is a rewarding experience for all movie buffs. Superb performances from all, including the dog. My favourite film of 2011. AAW GGWM. 1001

The Revenant
The Revenant(2015)

This epic adventure is ultimately a tale of survival of one man. It is a slow paced film and is testing at times. Although there are some beautiful cinematic shots, just how many images of sunlight gleaming through the trees can the audience take? And how many seemingly miraculous escapes and co-incidences? For me the story was just too linear and there wasn't a level of complexity in the narrative that I would have expected. While it does feature a good performance from DiCaprio, I didn't like Hardy's performance (and his mumbling), and by the end we just all wanted Glass to die. AAN GGWD. 1001 D & MC


A classic Australian film.

They're a Weird Mob

A classic Australian film.

Wake in Fright

A classic Australian film.

My Brilliant Career

A classic Australian film.

Samson and Delilah

Classic Australian film

Crocodile Dundee

Classic Australian film

'Breaker' Morant

Classic Australian film

Red Dog
Red Dog(2011)

A simple yet moving film which pushes all the right buttons. Make sure you have the tissues handy.
You won't forget Red Dog. AACTA

The Water Diviner

A slightly different take on the Gallipoli theme, this Australian historical drama focuses on Turkey and its culture. The plot wavered somewhat in the second half, straying from the central theme and with some scenes not quite fitting. But overall a solid portrayal for the 100th anniversary. AACTA

Singin' in the Rain

This musical contains some wonderful performances, songs, and scenes. It is also very funny and some of the sight gags by O'Connor are brilliant. Perhaps some of the extended performance scenes are a little dated, but it is still a wonderfully entertaining film. Considered to be the best musical movie of all time and the fifth greatest movie of all time. My favourite film of 1952. 1001

The Heat
The Heat(2013)

These two female actors combine their talents in this hilarious buddy cop comedy. It contains many laugh out loud moments.

The Monuments Men

This is based on a remarkable true story and featuring an all-star cast the film tries to be impressive. But maybe a bit too much so, with some scenes being overly patriotic. It is entertaining and informative but not exceptional.

The Pass
The Pass(2016)

This drama is based around the lives of two men. It features an outstanding performance by Tovey, who plays all of the nuances and vulnerabilities of his character with ease. Although some aspects of this film were very strong, others were a little lacking, and there were a few scenes which should have been either shortened or removed. D

David Copperfield

This is a classic adaptation of Charles Dickens' famous novel. Being a 3 part mini-series, it can explore the numerous sub-plots in more detail than other shorter films. It features an outstanding cast including superb performances from Smith, Quirke, Hoskins, and Radcliffe.

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town

I remember seeing this stop-motion animation as a kid. I enjoyed it then and I enjoyed watching it again now after all these years. Although the story slows a little towards the end, it contains an innocent charm that is hard to resist.

White Christmas

I am a big fan of both the song White Christmas and of Bing Crosby. But this musical comedy just didn't grab me at. The plot is very simple, the acting often appears staged, the settings fake, and many of the musical numbers uninteresting.

The Proposal
The Proposal(2009)

This is a funny rom-com with Bullock the star and at her comical best.

The General
The General(1927)

This silent comedy largely centres around Keaton on a train and is basec on an historical incident. It contains a lot of classic physical comedy, which is often quite dangerous as well. The film contains several laugh-out-loud moments. Considered to be one of the best movies of all time. 1001

King Kong
King Kong(1933)

The mystery slowly builds in this classic movie, and once the characters reach Skull Island then the real action and drama begins. I watched the original uncensored version of the film and was surprised at the level of horror. Containing breakthrough special effects and some classic scenes, this film is entertaining from start to finish. Considered to be one of the best movies of all time and one of the top fantasy movies of all time. 1001

99 Homes
99 Homes(2015)

This film contains solid performances from its cast and takes the viewer goes through a range of emotions. The climax is particularly suspenseful and dramatic.

The Wolf Man
The Wolf Man(1941)

I really couldn't stay focused on this classic horror film. It certainly is very dramatic, but it also seemed very B grade. Admittedly I saw a dodgy copy of this film, which made viewing a little frustrating. Maybe a second viewing will be better. 1001


Brooklyn definitely features good settings and screenplay. It explores a young girl who moves to another country and has some very big decisions to make. The plot is simple and the film is rather atmospheric at times, containing scenes with no dialogue and background music. I didn't really warm to the lead characters (especially Cohen) and felt that the ending came a little too quickly and didn't quite fit correctly. Still, it's a handsome film and it tells an interesting historical story. AAN

The Nightmare Before Christmas

This stop-motion animation is very clever, and the animation and fantasy aspects are superb. However, I found most of the songs to be uninteresting and forgettable, and the film relies too much on the animation or songs with too little dialogue. Overall I couldn't really stay focused and it was a little too dark and grotesque for me. I was also confused as to whether this movie is for kids or adults, and if it is a Halloween or a Christmas movie.

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Although it has a few slow moments and a very thin plot, this Halloween-themed cartoon contains enough charm, innocence, and humour to remain a classic.

Swing Time
Swing Time(1936)

This musical dance comedy contains the classic combination of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. I really enjoyed the humour and comical elements, specially from some of the support cast. But I found the dance numbers to be a little too long and, by the end, I had lost interest. Considered one of the greatest films of all time. 1001

Wuthering Heights

Featuring an outstanding cast, this condensed adaptation of Emily Bronte's novel and its lovers is dark but superbly shot. The death scene is particularly poignant. Considered one of the greatest films of all time. AAN 1001


This is one of the original classic horror films which would have been more chilling in its day. Although it sometimes falters, Frankenstein still makes for interesting viewing, if not just to see the first depiction of the monster in real life. Considered one of the best movies of al time. 1001

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

I can't get enough of Bridget and her romantic (mis)-adventures. An hilarious sequel to the original Bridget Jones movie.

Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs(2015)

This biographical drama is not what I was expecting. I wanted more about the history of Apple and Jobs' involvement in the company. Instead I got a weak story about Jobs and the relationship with his daughter, which, really, was not very interesting.


This Australian documentary looks at the Sherpas of Nepal and their involvement with the numerous Mt Everest climbs. I enjoyed the beginning but thought the film lost momentum and got a little bogged down in the politics towards the end. Still it is an interesting documentary, and, by the end, I couldn't decide which side to take.


I hadn't seen this animated classic since I was a small child, when I also had the book and record. For its time, the animation, colours and characters are simply superb. Although the story wavers a little, it contains some memorable moments, sayings, and songs, with 'When You Wish Upon A Star' being the best known. Considered to be one of the greatest animated films of all time. 1001


This Hitchcock movie had me from start to end. It has it all - a psychological mystery thriller with romance, and secrets. Rebecca features a superb cast, cinematography and settings, and has plenty of twists and turns to keep the viewer wondering. My favourite film of 1940. AAW 1001

Duck Soup
Duck Soup(1933)

This Marx Brothers comedy is considered their finest effort. It contains some classic skits, including the mirror scene and the hat scene, and the final war scenes are superb. Although there is some silliness and a long song production, the quick wit, comic dialogue and perfect timing are sheer brilliance. Considered one of the best movies of all time and one of the top comedies of all time. My favourite film of 1933. 1001

The Grapes of Wrath

This drama is essential a road trip across America set during the depression. It contains some very touching scenes, interspersed with comic moments. Although a little too long, it features some outstanding performances from the lead actors. This classic movie is very important from an historical viewpoint and is considered one of the greatest movies of all time. AAN 1001

The Danish Girl

I didn't realise until the end that this film is a biopic, based on a true story. That made it even more remarkable. The period settings and acting are superb, but it is the story that is most captivating, and the slow transformation of the main character. An important and memorable film.

The Hateful Eight

This western mystery has a very unique plot, with minimal scenes and those are mostly interiors. Thus it relies heavily on dialogue, and it all works brilliantly. The Hateful Eight contains some typical Tarantino moments of black comedy, and although it is a little too long, the mystery and characters keep this film rolling along and the viewer wondering.

His Girl Friday

This screwball comedy has some very funny scenes, and the dialogue between Grant and Russell is so fast at times, that a second viewing would be necessary to pick up all the mumblings. Although the editing isn't the best and it does get a little hectic towards the end, this movie is classic comedy, with superb chemistry and timing between these two Hollywood stars. 1001

Y Tu Mama Tambien

This Mexican drama revolves around a road trip with a difference - sexual talk, explorations, and experiences are at the forefront. Although I understood the basic premise, and there are some unforgettable scenes, somehow it didn't all come together and the ending seemed a little contrived. Really it all seemed a bit pointless. Still, there is enough humour and energy here to keep the viewer's interest. 1001

The Boxtrolls

This sometimes dark and grotesque animated movie also has an old-word charm in its settings and characters, at times reminding me of a Charles Dickens adaptation. The stop-motion scenes are superb, and there are plenty of visual gags and verbal humor to keep the viewer entertained. AANA

High Society
High Society(1956)

Based on the The Philadelphia Story (1940), this romantic comedy is thoroughly entertaining from start till end. It contains a stellar cast and features outstanding performances, especially from Mr Cool Crosby. The screenplay is quick and witty, the sets are bright and attractive, and the songs are clever and memorable. Louis Armstrong tops off this musical comedy. My favourite film of 1956.

The Philadelphia Story

This romantic comedy contains a witty script and some very funny moments involving its star cast. I did feel that some of the scenes should have been edited out, and others shortened. But overall this film exudes class and character - and it is a lot of fun. Considered to be one of the best movies of all time and one of the top romantic comedies of all time. 1001

Woman in Gold

Featuring a solid performance by Mirren and based on a true story, this film leads us along an intriguing journey of possession, loss, and legalities. While it does have a few flaws for a movie of this caliber, it is still both entertaining and informative.


Walt Disney was ahead of his time in may ways when he produced these animations set to music. While the narration scenes are awkward, there are some beautiful and memorable moments here, especially Mickey's the Sorcerer's Apprentice. You will be swept away to another world. 1001


I was slowly and warmly drawn into this film. It focuses on five girls, the youngest of which provides an excellent performance. The first half had many light touches of humour while the second half becomes more dark and tense. But throughout it is the cinematography, background music, and subtleties that are constant and engrossing. AANFL. D & MC

The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps(1935)

What a magnificent early Hitchcock movie. Not only is there real mystery, suspense and plot twists, but an unexpectedly good comical element as well. Add to all this the developing love interest between the two leading characters, results in a well-rounded though somewhat rushed movie. Considered to be the fourth best British film of all time. 1001

David Copperfield (The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation of David Copperfield the Younger)

As with all Charles Dickens movie adaptations, there is a lot of narrative to get through (even with characters removed) resulting in a somewhat rushed feel at times. But in this adaptation, any flaws here are easily covered by good performances, especially from Oliver (Aunt Betsey) and Bartholomew (young Copperfield). There is a good mix of drama and lightness, resulting in a very enjoyable film. My favourite film of 1935. AAN

Funny Girl
Funny Girl(1968)

This bio musical comedy, loosely based on a true story, enables Streisand to shine in the lead role. The first half is particularly fine, featuring some catchy songs, with many witty lines and funny scenes. The chemistry between the two leads here is also very good. Although the film does slow a bit towards the end, it is never boring, and is a film that can be watched and enjoyed over again. 1001

The Wild Bunch

At almost 2.5 hours, this western movie is far too long, and, as a result, the pace is very slow. It is particularly graphic for its time, especially in the early scenes. Overall the movie failed to keep my attention. Considered one of the best movies of all time and one of the top Western movies of all time. 1001

The Wizard of Oz

I grew up watching this classic film on TV, and I could never get enough of it. The songs, the characters, and the adventure all work together perfectly. And of course there is a moral at the end and lessons to be learnt along the way. Considered one of the top 10 movies of all time, the top fantasy film of all time, one of the best musicals of all time, and featuring the top movie song of all time "Over the Rainbow". It is my favourite film of 1939. AAN 1001.

Gone With the Wind

This epic historical romance is deservedly an all time classic. It contains a perfect mix of humour, drama, tension, and of course romance, and is in many ways years ahead of its time in terms of its production. Featuring an outstanding performance by Leigh, the film does wane just a little towards the end, but it is never slow or uninteresting. The musical score, the cinematography, the settings and the costumes all work perfectly together. Considered to be one of the top 10 films of all times, one of the best epic films, featuring one of the best film scores and the all time best movie quote ""Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn". What more can be said. AAW 1001

Bringing Up Baby

This is one of the funniest screwball comedies ever. Featuring solid performances all round (including the leopard and dog), perfect timing, fast pace and a very witty dialogue, this film had me laughing on numerous occasions. My favourite film of 1938. 1001

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

This film, the first full-length animated movie, set the standard in animated movies for decades to come. Right from the opening scene, you can see the attention given to detail and colour. Though the story is a little sentimental at times, there is enough charm, gags, pathos and cute animals (especially the rabbits) make this thoroughly enjoyable. Throw in a few memorable songs and we have an all time classic. Considered the greatest animated film of all time. My equal favourite film of 1937. 1001

A Day at the Races

Some hilarious moments in this Marx Brothers film involving horse racing and a sanatorium, though I would have preferred less music and more comedy. The scenes involving Groucho placing a bet, in his room, and in the operating theatre are particularly clever. My equal favourite film of 1937.

Modern Times
Modern Times(1936)

Charlie Chaplin is the master of silent pantomime and this comedy shows the Little Tramp in fine form. Here we have some classic scenes, hilarious moments, and a commentary on society and its future. My favourite film of 1936. 1001

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

While the plot for this film is fairy thin, the chemistry between the two lead characters keeps the viewer entertained. The cinematography is very good and the final scene memorable, but the film seems too long and is poorly edited in places. Considered to be one of the best movies of all time, one of the greatest westerns of all time, and features a classic movie song. AAN 1001

Black Mass
Black Mass(2015)

I didn't realise this was based on a true story until the closing credits. After a slow and somewhat confusing start, some tension does build in the second half. But I never really felt drawn in to the characters. The film also seemed too long and could have been edited better.

The Peanuts Movie

Having enjoyed the original Peanuts characters as a kid, I wasn't sure how this movie would go as a computer-animation. But it worked brilliantly, and the clever witty screenplay (featuring everything that Peanuts is known for) had me laughing from the outset. The only parts which didn't work for me were the extended Red Baron scenes. But overall this was fun and it was definitely a trip down memory lane.


It takes a while for the tension to build, and it is a little confusing at times knowing who is who. But this film, based on a true story, asks a lot of questions and keeps the viewer wondering.


This crime thriller has a powerful opening, but it then drifts into a slow and tedious middle section with little plot. The ending once again builds some tension, but overall there just isn't enough material, action, or suspense to maintain interest. At times I felt like I was watching a television movie.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

This political comedy-drama certainly is patriotic and Stewart gives a very good performance in the lead role. Although the editing is sometimes poor and there are a few too many slow or tedious moments, it all comes together in final memorable courtroom scene. Considered to be one of the best movies of all time. AAN 1001

Martin Chuzzlewit

This must be the best miniseries portrayal of any Dickens novel. Superb scenery and settings along with a magnificent cast all make for a thoroughly entertaining experience. A must see for all Dickens enthusiasts and a great place to start for the novice. RT - iphone

Beach Boys: Endless Harmony

A great Beach Boys documentary. Test 2


This unusual comedy-drama is both strange and quirky in the way that it presents itself as a film, involving a clever screenplay with two interwoven parallel stories. Once I adjusted my mind and clicked into the film, it was interesting and offered a few golden moments where the characters were speaking to themselves and divulging their inner vulnerabilities and secrets. But unfortunately this wasn't sustained and the last section of the film saw a marked change in plot and momentum, resulting in B grade film plot points verging on the improbable and the ridiculous. 1001


This epic historical drama contains a plethora of Hollywood's golden actors, and the direction by Kubric is an added plus. Featuring some classic battle scenes and a solid screenplay, this film is in some ways ahead of its time, and is considered to be one of the greatest epics of all time. 1001


I was disappointed with this James Bond movie, being quite weak compared with other recent installments. Although it contains the usual elements of a Bond film, all are sub-standard, including the action scenes, acting, plot and screenplay. I didn't like the washed out and yellow filters applied to some scenes, and there were too many slow moments. Although tension does increase towards the end, the film is too long and as a whole is not entertaining or thrilling enough to warrant a re-watch.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Although nicely set and featuring a good musical score, I couldn't connect with the lead characters in this film. As a result I found it very difficult to remain focused on this film, which, by the end, became tedious.

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

This latest instalment in the MI series doesn't disappoint. Featuring solid performances, chases, double crosses and even a Bond girl, the ending leaves us with another possible sequel to follow.

Holding The Man

This Australian drama is based on a true story set largely set during the 1970s and 80s. It is the story, both endearing and tragic, of two boys who meet at school and develop a relationship. I thought that the music was overused in the first half, and the screenplay waned a little in the middle. But the ending is definitely both powerful and moving.


This Russian film contained too many slow periods for my liking. While the drama did increase during the middle section followed by the slow decline of the lead character following a series of events, I still couldn't connect either with him or with the film as a whole. AANF 1001

Far From the Madding Crowd

Based on the classic Thomas Hardy novel, this film deals with the fortunes and misfortunes of a strong independent woman in Victorian England. It features a strong performance from Mulligan and contains some beautiful cinematography. Although the editing is not always fine tuned and their are a few slow periods, the film none-the-less keeps the viewer interested in the characters and the final (though predictable) outcome.


Superbly bleak. Superbly dreary. Superbly dark. Superbly gloomy. Superb acting, if only I could have understood more than 5% of the dialogue due to the Scottish accents and mumblings. I haven't been as frustrated or fidgety through a movie in a long time. D & MC


I didn't enjoy this documentary. It couldn't engage me or keep my attention. Was it the average (borderline boring) way in which this documentary was presented, with repeated long interviews featuring a monotonous voice? Was it the confusing and overly technical beginning? Was it the storyline itself - being a non-American, I really couldn't get carried away with the paranoia and Big Brother mentality. At times it seemed that Snowden just wanted a bit of fortune and fame. In the end I really didn't care either way. AAWD 1001

The Lady Vanishes

This classic Hitchcock mystery contains some comic elements along with a few laughably bad ones. But overall it moves along at a brisk pace, with some genuinely good scenes. The final scene could have been better handled.


This historical drama looks at an important time in the history of the women's movement. Although important, I found the settings to be a little too bleak and dismal, and would have liked more character development and plot points. PE

Fatal Attraction

This thriller slowly builds in suspense as the film progresses and the main character unfurls. Close acts well as the obsessed, psychotic, delusional woman trying to snare the man she desires. This film contains some classic scenes, especially that involving a boiling pot. AAN 1001

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

This is classic Griswold territory, featuring some very funny scenes relating to their Christmas tree and relatives.

Surviving Christmas

This is a very funny Christmas movie about a guy who returns to his family home and pays the unamused owners to give him a good old fashioned family Christmas. Featuring solid performances and full of many fun scenes and one liners, this Christmas movie is a welcome addition to the festive season.

The Polar Express

One of my favourite modern Christmas movies. It's a beautiful story which will rekindle your childhood memories and with a message for us all. Although the human animation is not always perfect, the rest of the animation is breathtaking. With some great songs (both old and new) and a comic touch, this is a Christmas winner for the whole family.

Love Actually

This Christmas romantic comedy contains a magnificent ensemble cast and is superbly directed. It follows 10 couples and looks at love lost and love found, sometimes quickly and sometimes slowly. There are numerous funny moments and a witty script, but the film also deals with deeper emotional issues as well. At it's heart this is a feel-good movie about love....actually.


This well-crafted German film, featuring a unique storyline, is set during the end of WWII. Featuring solid performances and superbly shot, Phoenix contains subtly, intrigue and mystery. The final scene, which brings many of the film's elements together, is both emotional and powerful for the lead character.

Far From Heaven

While accurately portraying 1950s America, this stylish, colourful, excessive, restrained, slow paced and melodramatic movie kept reminding me of daytime soaps. The film deals with various issues such as racism, bigotry, and unapproved love. Although captivating in some regards, I kept wanting more and unfortunately the ending didn't deliver it to me. 1001

Andrei Rublev

This epic semi-biographical Russian film is interesting in both a visual and historical sense. It contains some very artistic scenes, and depicts a strong comparison between man and nature, religion and secularism, right and wrong. I viewed the 186 min version. Considered one of the greatest films of all time. 1001

Little Miss Sunshine

This movie starts with a dysfunctional family all with their own agendas and baggage, and with various negativities towards each other. That is, all except for Little Miss Sunshine. Along the road trip they each experience personal traumas of varying degrees, resulting in bonding and healing. The final scene at the pageant is touching, celebrating innocence, individuality, and the importance of family. There are both funny and tragic moments in this film, but which is ultimately an uplifting experience. AAN 1001

Under the Skin

This stark sci-fi film is set on present-day Earth and features an attractive girl initially seeking victims and finally seeking her true self. The story gradually unfolds, and although there are moment of brilliance I found this to be a little too tedious towards the end. The film poses many questions and just when you feel that answers are coming forth, more questions unfurl which largely remain unanswered. 1001

The Santa Clause

This is a fun Christmas movie which the whole family can enjoy.

Mickey's Christmas Carol

This animation of Charles Dickens' book 'A Christmas Carol' contains many of Walt Disney's favourite characters. It is an abridged adaptation for children, and while some of the text has been successfully altered to make it more appropriate, it is a little too condensed and fast-paced, especially towards the end. Still, it's a wonderful addition in the Christmas genre. AANASF


This classic film is considered the first feature-length science fiction film. I viewed the earlier abridged 91 min version. Containing some amazing visual sets and special effects for its time, this film literally is ahead of its time in many ways. And the ending has a message for us all, no matter what our role is in society. 1001

Night of the Living Dead

This zombie cult classic starts off almost comedic. Although it is obviously a low-budget film and the acting is sometimes very average, the tension does build and tempers fray as the people become more vulnerable. What makes this horror film different from others of it's age is the real-to-life feel incorporating 'live' radio and television footage. 1001


Beautifully shot in B&W and with some unusual camera angles, this film portrays Catholic-Jewish interactions in Poland post-WWII . The stillness of Trzebuchowska is often haunting and captivating, displaying a range of emotions with little dialogue. AAWFL 1001

Frosty the Snowman

This Rankin/Bass Christmas animated show tells a delightful little story. It features the iconic song Frosty the Snowman sung by Durante.

Love & Mercy
Love & Mercy(2015)

This film centres on Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys and mainly deals with the making of Pet Sounds and his later years. I am a huge Beach Boys fan and was eagerly looking forward to this. But I was largely disappointed. As an historical biopic it contains many set pieces and quotes straight out of the catalogue, although I do think that non-fans would find it somewhat confusing at times. But as an entertaining movie I was a little lost. It was often too slow and un-involving, especially in the first half. Some of the acting was ordinary and it somehow felt amateurish. I just didn't form the connection with the characters as strongly as was intended.

Planet of the Apes

This classic science fiction film contains an interesting role reversal, and provokes some curious observations and questions along the way. The ending is an all time classic and one that is not forgotten. A bonus half-star for Charlton Heston in all of his glory! 1001

My Man Godfrey

This screwball comedy certainly had me laughing on numerous occasions. Although the ending comes on rather quickly, this classic film features a clever screenplay (which is so fast paced it is easy to miss some one-liners) and excellent performances (Brady is hilarious). AAN 1001

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

This third instalment provides us with some interesting moments which link into the original (fourth) movie. There is more emotion and real conflict in this Star Wars film.

Kill Bill: Volume 2

The first half of this black comedy sequel has some good and exciting scenes, but the second half drags and some sequences with extended dialogue and little action labour.

Downfall (Der Untergang)

Although this war drama is accurate in its portrayal of Hitler's last days, I found it to be a little too bleak and didn't enjoy the performance of Ganz in the lead role. AAFN 1001


This animated film is very cute, featuring the timeless story of boy falling head-over-heals for girl but this time applied to robots. The humour continues throughout and there are also some poignant moments, as well as a prediction about the possible fate of humans in the future. My favourite film of 2008. AAWA 1001

West Side Story

This musical is colourful, full of energy and containing some classic songs. But there are some sections with extended dance sequences and little dialogue, making it to difficult to stay focused. Considered to be the second greatest movie musical and third greatest love story of all time. AAW 1001

Captain Blood

A typical film for Sunday Afternoon at the Movies. Flynn is charismatic as the slave and pirate, and works well opposite de Havilland in their opposed roles. Although their are a few slow scenes I did enjoy the ending. Swashbuckling fun. AAN 1001

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

This third instalment in the Harry Potter series is one of the best. Featuring a complex storyline with some interesting and unexpected tricks along the way, we see Harry grow up and come to some realizations about himself. My favourite film of 2004.

Rosemary's Baby

This is more psychological mystery/thriller rather than horror, which made it far more enjoyable for me. It features solid performances and a screenplay which keeps you guessing as to what is real and what is imagined. Although I didn't like the final revelation scene, I found this film to be entertaining ad intensely engrossing. 1001

Mozart's Sister

Authentic settings and good performances add to this interesting story which reveals much about Mozart and his musical family.


Racism, revenge, abuse of power, decisions, actions, consequences. These are some of the themes which weave throughout this drama and bind the characters together. The film contains some powerful scenes, aided by an ethereal musical score. AAW 1001

Gone Girl
Gone Girl(2014)

This psychological thriller has some interesting developments and power struggles along the way, which keeps the viewer wondering. But the last section of the movie is too drawn out and the screenplay probably goes too far.

Shaun the Sheep Movie

The 'Be careful what you wish for' premise works well in this animated children's film. It is difficult to maintain the intensity in any movie without dialogue, and this does result in some slower sections and a thin storyline at times. I also found the songs to be more of a distraction and seemed be just fillers. But there are some genuinely funny moments.

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

This film benefits from better action sequences, stronger screenplay and dialogue. But the film it too long and still misses the wit of the original series.

The Bride of Frankenstein

There are some dramatic and powerful scenes in this classic horror film. Featuring solid performances, good cinematography, lighting and music, this movie is a great achievement in the genre. 1001

The Hustler
The Hustler(1961)

Superb acting from Newman who carries this drama through some good billiard playing but also very slow periods. The film displays excellent B&W cinematography but could have been better edited and much shorter in length. AAN 1001

A Shot in the Dark

This sequel to The Pink Panther contains some classic comedy and funny scenes, largely centred around Sellers.

Go West
Go West(1940)

More hilarity and cleverness from the Marx Brothers. The opening scene in the railway station is very funny.

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

This much anticipated movie as a prequel to the original trilogy proved to be a major disappointment. It is drab with none of the wit and charm of the originals. The introduction of some new characters also doesn't work well.

The Big Store

Some funny moments here in this Marx Brothers comedy. Standout scenes are in Groucho's 'office', and the concealed beds in the store.

The Jungle Book

The animation and colouring in this Disney film are exceptional. Although there are some good strong characters, the story is a bit light, and apart from the fabulous 'The Bare Necessities' the rest of the songs are forgettable. 1001

A Night at the Opera

Considered to be one of the better of the Marx Brothers comedies, this film contains their famous Stateroom scene aboard the boat. Although there are a few too many slower musical moments, this film is still an all time classic comedy. 1001

At the Circus

Although not considered one of their best films, it still contains some absolutely hilarious lol moments involving Groucho, his rendition of Lydia in song, Dumont, and the animals.


It's a little slow at the start, and the acting is not always convincing, but this thriller does have a genuine element of mystery and one memorable moment of suspense involving the boy on the bus. 1001

The Gift
The Gift(2015)

This psychological thriller certainly had me squirming in my seat, and with a few loud expletives as well! What starts out as slow and simple, soon becomes dramatic and complex, with each character having numerous layers and secrets. Overall the film shows restraint in many areas, which only increases the tension and mystery. D, MC

To Sir, With Love

This is a likeable film, carried by the performance of Poitier and of course the classic song.


I really enjoyed this Spanish film, featuring solid performances from the nearly all female cast. It has a combination of good timing, comedy (sometimes macabre), drama and mystery, with a few plot twists along the way. 1001

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

A classic movie in so many ways. Featuring outstanding performances from the entire cast (with Hepburn the standout), this comedy drama contains a screenplay centred around a then rarely portrayed relationship between a black and a white person. AAN

National Lampoon's Vacation

This is an hilarious comedy. The basic premise of the movie is the family's vacation to visit Wally World (with an unexpected twist when they arrive) and all of the adventures that the family have along the way. There are so many funny one-liners and memorable scenes, led by Chevy Chase at his finest.

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol

There are plenty of good action and thrill sequences in this film. Those involving the Dubai skyscraper and the final scenes are the best, with some touches of comedy thrown-in. But there are also a few slow and duller moments, perhaps due to the long running time.

Children of Men

I am not a fan of bleak realistic futuristic films, and this one didn't impress. On one level the plot was simple, but it was also confusing at times. The final section had too much action with little plot development, and some scenes were simply not convincing. 1001


This early version of the iconic Dracula was one of the first true horror films, and some scenes certainly are creepy still to this day. There are also some comical moments, though some are unintentional. It's a shame that the ending comes far too quickly, leaving the viewer feeling a bit short-changed. 1001

The Last King of Scotland

An amazing story which depicts Amin's changing nature but focuses more so on the young Scottish doctor and how he gets tangled in the web. The final section is quite intense. 1001

United 93
United 93(2006)

Based on a true story, this drama provides an interesting back-story of the people involved in this tragic event. 1001

The Queen
The Queen(2006)

This historical insight gives a rare insight into the behind-the-scene thoughts and behaviours of Royal Family. With an outstanding performance by Mirren, this film will make you think twice about The Queen. AAN 1001


This musical romance has some tender moments, and an award winning song. 1001

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

This mockumentary made the sling bikini famous. Although it broke new ground in its style, I didn't enjoy many aspects of this 'comedy'. More silly than funny. 1001

The Lives of Others

This film is bleak in subject matter and colour, with a slow-paced screenplay which can become a bit dreary. AAWFL 1001

Pan's Labyrinth

This fantasy film set during WWII is a feast for the eyes, containing a unique storyline, many unforgettable scenes and surprises around every corner. The settings and cinematography are superb. AANFL 1001

The Prestige
The Prestige(2006)

This period drama contains plenty of mystery, twists and turns. I enjoyed both the magic and science which was prominent during the end of the 18thC. With excellent performances, settings and cinematography, this film will keep you entertained. 1001

There Will Be Blood

This epic drama contains moments of greatness, many of which revolve around the standout performance by Day-Lewis. The cinematography is outstanding and I enjoyed the middle section. But the last section lacked focus and with too many plot changes, resulting in a lack of depth in any one area. AAN 1001

In Search of Mozart

This casual and straight-forward documentary was released to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth. It contains numerous interviews and provides a chronological analysis of Mozart's life events, travels, letters, and of course his music. Here we get to see the man behind the music.

The Untouchables

This American gangster film based on a true story, contains solid performances from an all-star cast, with Connery the standout. Including period costumes and settings, this film accurately recreates the 1920s era. 1001

The Bourne Ultimatum

There are plenty of thrills and spills in this spy thriller, the third in the Bourne series. 1001

It Happened One Night

Cable gives a superb performance in this romantic comedy. There are a few comical moments, such as the famous hitchhiking scene, but there are also some flat sections which add very little and affect the film's flow. Considered to be the third best romantic comedy and one of the top ten comedies of all time. My favourite film of 1934. AAW 1001

The Manchurian Candidate

This cold war psychological drama contains many mysterious elements, and the final 30 minutes is thrilling as the pieces fall into place. 1001

Into the Wild

An interesting bio drama film about a young man's adventures and fight for survival in the wild. The true ending is both unfortunate and unfrogettable. 1001

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

This epic comedy is mad, and silly, but there are some very funny moments along the way. Featuring an all-star cast, the performances of Silver and Merman are particularly notable. It's under the Big W!

The Truman Show

This movie has such a unique and clever storyline, it had me hooked as soon as I realised what was happening. Containing a good mix of comedy and empathy and with a solid performance from Carrey, this film will keep you wondering long after the credits have rolled. My favourite film of 1998.


A visual feast in all the right ways, this classic story caught my attention from the opening scenes. Superbly shot with outstanding costumes and settings, and topped with a captivating performance by Blanchett, this family film has something for everyone.

42nd Street
42nd Street(1933)

This classic musical is a little slow at the start, and Keeler's acting is below standard. But this is made up for by good performances from Baxter and Kibbee in their roles. The final section depicting musical numbers from the show are outstanding. Plenty of leg for 1933! AAN 1001

Magic Mike XXL

Not much to compliment about this comedy. The main problem is the plot. There is none; and the scene changes don't flow. The dialogue is weak and it often seemed like they were making it up as they went along. The music and dance scenes were too long. And the last section at the strip club which should have been the climax, wasn't. I found it incredibly difficult to hold my concentration during this film, except for when I laughed. Twice.

The Sound of Music

A classic. In every possible way. With unforgettable songs and scenes I could watch this movie over and over. Considered to be one of the greatest musicals of all time. My favourite film of 1965. AAW 1001

City Lights
City Lights(1931)

There are many hilarious, laugh-out-loud moments in this classic silent movie. The boxing scene, in particular, is a highlight. But there are also beautiful tender and sentimental moments too. I was wondering how this film was going to end, but with a tear in my eye during the final scene I hadn't considered the ending Chaplin presents. Considered to be one of the greatest romantic comedy films of all time. My favourite film of 1931. 1001

Red River
Red River(1948)

In between the scenes of cattle wandering across plains, there is some good drama here in this classic Western of the first cattle drive. But at over 2 hours it is difficult to maintain throughout the film. Considered to be one of the greatest western films of all time. 1001

Bonnie and Clyde

Good performances and cinematography with a style somewhat ahead of its time. This movie is more comedy and romance rather than drama and violence. Considered to be one of the greatest gangster films of all time. AAN 1001

It's a Wonderful Life

This wonderful film is now considered the best Christmas and Inspirational movie, and one of the best fantasy films of all time. Perhaps it does take a while for the angel to appear but the ending is worth the wait. A timeless classic. 1001

Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins(1964)

It has only taken me 51 years to watch this well-known musical...and I was disappointed. Actually, I found it slow and uninspiring in parts. The plot is generally weak and some scenes really don't piece together very well. And while there are the timeless classic songs, most are not memorable. But there are clever special effects, charm from the children, and an excellent performance by Andrews. AAN 1001


Although I found the screenplay a little weak at times, this is an important biographical film portraying the spirit of the 1970s and the beginning of gay rights in America. Penn provides a credible performance of Harvey Milk. The final scenes are particularly moving. AAN

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

This is such a unique movie, with the beginning seen through the eyes of the main character. Based on a true story and brilliantly shot, this poignant French film is one that the viewer won't forget. 1001

All Quiet on the Western Front

I was surprised at the high quality of this movie, considering it was made in 1930. Full of sadness and horror, action and drama, and with touches of humour, this war story is told from the German perspective. My favourite film of 1930. AAW 1001

Le Voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon)

An ground-breaking sci-fi film from 1902 full of humour and featuring the famous scene of the rocket flying into the moon's eye. 1001

The Great Escape

Based on a true story, this gripping drama has it all. Superb acting, scenery, sets, and music. My favourite film of 1963. 1001

The Hurt Locker

Not another war movie, please! There was nothing about this movie that appealed to me. Too realistic for my liking. AAW. 1001

Mrs. Miniver
Mrs. Miniver(1942)

This war romance drama is sentimental in parts but endearing nonetheless. Outstanding performances and cinematography. AAW. 1001


A disappointing animated movie which just doesn't gel together and is ultimately forgettable. AAWA


A good simple tale and with amazing animation. But it doesn't match the high standards set by previous Pixar animated films. AAWA

The Great Beauty

An unusual film with sudden changes in scene, dialogue, location and time. I found it too long and disjointed, and at times difficult to follow. AAWFL 1001

An American in Paris

I just couldn't get into this musical. The storyline and much of the acting is ordinary, and there is little charisma. The one redeeming feature is Gene Kelly. His acting, dancing, singing and charm steal the show. AAW. 1001

The Skeleton Twins

This slow paced drama with comic elements is a true-to-life but ultimately forgettable movie. There were some screenplay elements which frustrated me. D

Big Hero 6
Big Hero 6(2014)

I enjoyed the first half of this animated film, but it soon lost my attention when the 'Superhero' theme kicked in and there was a little too much action at the expense of story. AAWA

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

An interesting premise to this film, which contains excellent cinematography, settings, makeup, and acting from all involved. But at just under 3 hours I found the story too long, with some slow scenes and others leading nowhere. But overall a very entertaining epic with similarities to Forrest Gump. AAN 1001

The 40 Year Old Virgin

Headed by a witty screenplay and a great performance by Carell, this sex comedy about a man's ups and downs contains many laugh-out-loud moments. The waxing scene is a classic.

The Wrestler
The Wrestler(2008)

There simply wasn't enough complexity in the screenplay to keep me interested in this sports drama, and I found it difficult to connect with the characters. But I did enjoy the early wrestling scenes, which took me back to my childhood watching it on TV. And here I was thinking that wrestling was all staged stunts. Ouch. 1001

Winnie the Pooh

This delightful animated film takes me back to my childhood. And here the both the voices and the animation are superb, accurately re-creating the illustrations from the books. The film is presented in a novel way, with Pooh hopping from one page to the next and characters interacting with text on the pages.

No Country for Old Men

Good performances help in maintaining the suspense in this thriller involving a psychopath you wouldn't want to meet. AAW 1001

Anvil! The Story of Anvil

This rock documentary is sometimes a little funny and sometimes a little sad. But overall it just seemed too much like a home video about some ordinary people and music I couldn't really connect to or care about too much. There should have been more story and guts here to make it worthwhile. Instead they used a lot of swearing to compensate. 1001

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

An outstanding performance from Taylor and a clever screenplay make this compulsory viewing. It is interesting to see that happens to the characters over the course of an evening. Although at times the settings seemed a little like a stage play (the movie is based on a play of the same name), the lighting is moody and fits perfectly. AAN 1001

The Barefoot Contessa

An attractive movie in many ways, not least with Gardner in the lead female role. 1001

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

This is not my favourite genre, and at almost 3 hours this is difficult to sit through. The iconic music by Morricone is perfect. 1001

The Blind Side

An outstanding performance from Bullock in this inspirational feel good movie based on a true story. But there is also a lot of depth here too, especially in the first half involving Oher's past and the compassion shown to him by his adopted family. Brought a tear to my eye. AAN

The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band)

With excellent B&W cinematography, unusual camera framings and held scenes, this film has much to offer. There is an air of mystery that pervades the film but at times it was disjointed and some scenes were unnecessary. The ending came on too quickly and the lack of resolution ultimately unsatisfying. AANFL 1001

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

An interesting premise and with good themes of loss and searching, but it is difficult to sustain a film in which the central character is a child. Although there are some weaker moments, there are also strong elements and memorable scenes. Solid performances from the adult actors. AAN

The Great Race

One of the funniest comedy movies of all time. Featuring a stellar cast and full of slapstick, sight gags, one-liners, and of course the famous pie scene. Yes it is a tad long - but it is a great race!

A Serious Man

This Jewish passive comedy set in the late 1960s involves one problem after another for the main character; some comical but mostly tragic. I enjoyed this film but not the typical Coen Brothers dangling end. AAN

Batman Begins

An excellent screenplay, superb production and solid performances enhance this Batman backstory. There is a lesson for us all here, as Wayne searches for a father figure and faces his fears. My favourite Batman movie. S


A purposeful, slow-moving drama with Fassbender baring all in his portrayal as a sex-addict. Although it lacks depth towards the end, this film definitely provides some memorable scenes and moments for reflection. 1001


Though this is now somewhat dated, the mood, lighting and many of the performances (especially from Bergman) in this psychological mystery-thriller are still outstanding. AAN 1001

A Separation
A Separation(2011)

There are many different separations and deceptions and on many different levels in this modern Iranian drama. With solid acting and an increasingly complex screenplay, this movie kept me intrigued. AAWFL 1001

Watership Down

Superbly animated for its time this film based on Richard Adams' book has many unforgettable moments. The song 'Bright Eyes' is very nice and the ending will leave a lump in your throat. My equal favourite film of 1978.


Full of colour, movement and humour, this hippy-set film features a strong cast and many memorable songs. My favourite film of 1973.

Monsters, Inc.

This is an hilarious and unique story which the whole family can enjoy. Who knew monsters could be so caring?


I can relate to this beautiful story of the bond between a man, a rat, and food. Some hilarious moments coupled with poignant ones too, make for a very enjoyable experience. My favourite film of 2007.

Toy Story 2
Toy Story 2(1999)

A fitting sequel, which continues the story of Woody and his friends with some new western characters. My favourite film of 1999. 1001

The Birdcage
The Birdcage(1996)

This is a classic comedy which will keep you amused and laughing throughout. Robin Williams is good but it's Nathan Lane who steals the show. The ending featuring Gene Hackman is simply brilliant. My favourite film of 1996.

Chariots of Fire

The action, the drama, the music, the costumes, and the fact that this is based on a true story always combine to give me a lump in my throat. Compulsory viewing prior to any Olympic Games. Inspirational. My favourite film of 1981. AAW 1001

Apollo 13
Apollo 13(1995)

Brilliant in every way with outstanding performances and historical accuracy, this exciting adventure drama will have you on the edge of your seat. Inspirational. My equal favourite film of 1995.

Casino Royale

My favourite James Bond movie of recent years. Full of action and suspense, Craig delivers the goods. The cards game sequence is a highlight. My favourite film of 2006.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Visually outstanding with some unforgettable dramatic scenes, an inspiring soundtrack, and a touch of humour. I greatly enjoyed this film and in 3D it was even better. My favourite film of 2012. M

Disney's A Christmas Carol

The attention to detail and historical accuracy is supurb. Although the human animation is sometimes awkward, overall it is visually pleasing. I really enjoyed the Ghost of Christmas Past but would have preferred the screenplay to have been less literal. Nonetheless it is a wonderful story. My favourite film of 2009.

The Departed
The Departed(2006)

Perhaps a bit too long but this gangster drama has good solid performances and a clever screenplay. AAW 1001

Great Expectations

A splendid adaptation (except for the 'alternative' ending) of the Charles Dickens novel with solid performances all round. The cinematography, lighting, and settings are superb. Voted the 5th best British film of all time. My favourite film of 1946. AAN 1001

An Education
An Education(2009)

A different look at the types of education facing a teenage schoolgirl. Well directed and acted, this classy coming-of-age drama also has a good mix of humour as well. A lesson well learned. AAN 1001


An interesting insight into modern day Arabic culture and customs through the eyes of a mischievous young girl who wants to rebel. 1001


An unusually directed historical drama containing docu-styled elements. After a slowish start the final interview is gripping and emotional. But there is probably not enough content to sustain the drama throughout. AAN

RFK Must Die: The Assassination of Bobby Kennedy

An interesting and informative documentary about Bobby Kennedy. The final speech will remain with you long after the film has finished. S

Unfolding Florence

An interesting Australian documentary about a little known female designer. Everything you ever wanted to know about wallpaper, with some murder and mystery as well. S

My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady(1964)

A classic musical with unforgettable characters and songs. My favourite film of 1964. AAW. 1001


The developing relationship between the grumpy old man and the adventurous Boy Scout is endearing. Another Pixar winner. AAN. AAWA.

The Kid with a Bike

This coming of age drama about a somewhat uncontrollable boy includes themes of loss and abandonment, pleasing, and acceptance. It includes some heart-wrenching scenes. 1001

The Dark Knight

This was too dark and evil for my liking. Superb performances especially by Heath Ledger. 1001

The Reader
The Reader(2008)

A good historical drama though I found Winslet annoying at times. AAN.

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

A few memorable scenes in this true-to-life drama but I couldn't connect with the lead character and found that some scenes dragged. AAN. 1001

District 9
District 9(2009)

Yes it has a unique storyline but I just couldn't be persuaded to go along for the ride. It soon became totally unbelievable and a bit boring. I also didn't enjoy the settings and look of this film. AAN. 1001

Dallas Buyers Club

Good performances but I thought it got a bit bogged down in the medical scenes and should have been more focused on the characters. AAN


A slow paced movie about a woman's slow demise and the difficulties faced by her and her husband. But the sentiment and love is definitely there. AAN. AAWFL. 1001

Michael Clayton

I couldn't connect with this film. Slow paced and with little mystery, suspense, or even plot, there was nothing new here. AAN

Up in the Air

An interesting concept for this romantic comedy which features an outstanding performance by Kendrick. A solid start but the pace slowed towards the end resulting in loss of drama and focus. AAN

Inglourious Basterds

The settings and acting in this black war comedy are all superb, especially Waltz. And so is the screenplay, most of the time. But it dragged somewhat in the second half and was a bit too long. AAN 1001

In the Loop
In the Loop(2009)

Fast paced and with some very funny moments. But it didn't carry me along for the ride. 1001

The Cabin in the Woods

A weird mix of ancient horror and humour with a modern scenario twist. 1001

Fifty Shades of Grey

The first time I have ever experienced kinky romance on screen. This romance with a twist kept me interested and wondering how it would end. A masterful performance from Dornan. Now for the sequel. D

Of Gods and Men

Although sparse in places this complimented the message of peace from the monks. I enjoyed the chanting and it's relevance to the storyline, but ultimately I thought the screenplay was just too thin to sustain 2 hours. 1001

La Vie en Rose (La Mome)

This is an interesting biopic telling the story of Edith Piaf, featuring an outstanding performance of her by Marion Cotillard. I would have preferred a more linear approach but the last section is strong and the final song stirring. No regrets. 1001

Nicholas Nickleby

Released in 1947, this was the first sound screen adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel. Although fast paced, it contains all the main characters. With solid performances and combining both humour and drama, this is an enjoyable b&w movie.


I really enjoyed this movie. Superbly recreating the 1920s black and white silent era through its imagery and lighting, the excellent performances and settings add to this tragic tale. 1001


Dark and minimalistic, this drama was just a bit too violent and ultimately pointless for my liking. 1001

The Great Train Robbery

One of the first western films and using some innovative techniques, this short movie from 1903 also contains some unintentional comic moments too. 1001

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

This was my most anticipated movie of the year, but unfortunately it left me feeling flat.
I found Part 2 to be dark and bleak both in the visual and dialogue. The characters were uninspiring and I could not form any emotional connection with them. Some scenes were too long and predictable, with a few too many coincidences. S

The Graduate
The Graduate(1967)

Superb acting, especially from
Bancroft in this coming-of-age movie. The Simon and Garfunkel music is an added bonus. 1001

Blue Is The Warmest Color

This raw and extremely true-to-life romance drama has some memorable moments, especially in the bedroom. But the film is about 1 hour too long, filled with unnecessary and extended scenes which do not contribute to the main storyline. 1001

A Charlie Brown Christmas

This simple yet cute Christmas special features Charlie Brown and the gang. Charlie initially has the Christmas blues. But after the true meaning of Christmas is revealed, and armed with his special tree, the gang join together as one.

Cricket on the Hearth

Based on the Charles Dickens novella, this Christmas animation has a good basic storyline. But the overly sentimental and modern songs aren't a good fit.

Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol

A faithful abridged version for children of Charles Dickens' classic tale, the first animated Christmas story Unfortunately most of the songs are not a good addition.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Released in 1964 and now 50 years old (a very good age) this animation has lost none of its innocent charm. Burl Ives as the snowman narrator is particularly good.


What an amazing picture this documentary paints of Senna the man and his rivalries. With superb footage and editing, this emotional ride will stay with you long after the credits have rolled. 1001

The Constant Gardener

Set in Kenya,this drama thriller based around drug testing on humans is well scripted and acted. The the full story of deceit and secrecy slowly unfolds. 1001

The Invisible Woman

Being a fan of Dickens I may be biased. But I enjoyed this movie. The acting, and sets are first class, along with the historical accuracy and details. Dickens comes alive in this secretive chapter of his life.

Son of a Gun
Son of a Gun(2015)

This Australian heist movie is well directed and acted. The plot has a number of unexpected twists and romantic elements not normally seen in thrillers. D

Fish Tank
Fish Tank(2010)

Slow, disjointed, largely uninspiring and visually bleak, this taste of modern British realism just didn't keep me interested. 1001

Song 'e Napule

This Italian movie set in Naples is slow at the beginning, but once the plot thickens it becomes much more interesting. Part comedy part drama with some tense moments, this a good movie but perhaps a little too long. D


Robin Williams is hilarious in his role as the genie in this classic tale. Thoroughly entertaining from start till end but with its share of dark moments too. The songs fit perfectly with the story, including my favourite, the Academy Award winning "A Whole New World".

Mrs. Doubtfire

Simply hilarious. Robin Williams is superb in his role, playing both a man and a woman. Lots of comical situations result in laugh out loud moments, but the movie has its tender moments as well. RIP.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

I was very disappointed with this movie and it was one of the worst I have seen for a whole. Slow and dull with little action and dialogue, I couldn't even make it to the end. 1001

Jersey Boys
Jersey Boys(2014)

An interesting biopic of The Four Seasons. Although it drags in the early part and is way too long, the musical moments are good and there are enough side plots to keep the mind attentive. D

Sunshine on Leith

I really enjoyed this modern musical. With both fun and touching songs, I had a lump in my throat on more than one occasion. It gets a little slow towards the end, but the interesting and changing storyline will put a smile on your face. D

Bridget Jones's Diary

One of my favourite romantic comedies. Zellweger plays her bumbling role brilliantly. A clever, witty screenplay and excellent timing make for an hilarious experience.

The Turning
The Turning(2015)

I enjoyed these small vignettes of ordinary Australians facing challenges and turns. Full of quirks and twists, this movie manages to keep the viewer guessing and pondering.

2 Autumns, 3 Winters

Full of highs and lows, this casual movie features an unusual style in which the characters often share their thoughts and feelings while talking directly into the camera. The story wavers a bit towards the end but overall an enjoyable experience. G


I was familiar with the story before seeing the film. It is an amazing story but unfortunately I found this to be too long and slow, with not enough interesting narrative to keep sustained interest. I liked the countryside and the dog, but was expecting to like a lot more. D.

Lee Daniels' The Butler

I enjoyed the historical aspects of the white/black divide but the narrative and cohesiveness could have been stronger. A good movie but perhaps a little too long. SC.

Five Dances
Five Dances(2013)

Artistic, slowly paced and with minimal dialogue, this film keeps the viewer wondering. I most enjoyed the melancholic songs which were featured during the dance sequences. D

Satellite Boy

Good basic storyline and nice visuals of the Australian outback. A slow paced movie which dragged a little in the middle. D

The Railway Man

Based on a true story, this is a powerful movie with some very intense scenes. I left the cinema feeling both subdued and reflective. Having had a family member as POW who worked on this railway made the experience even more special. D

Ender's Game
Ender's Game(2013)

Not having read the book, I knew little about this story but picked it up pretty quickly. I found the mostly younger cast a little off-putting at times and difficult to engage with. The film looks good and the ending was definitely unexpected, but overall a bit monotonous and uninspiring. D foot


A slow-paced, sometimes unsettling film, which raises important questions about euthanasia. D

Enough Said
Enough Said(2013)

This movie progresses at a relaxed pace and provides plenty of humorous and interesting moments. It dragged a little towards the end, but overall was an enjoyable experience. S

Stories We Tell

This sometimes emotional documentary is very well produced with many twists leaving the viewer wondering. The story is slowly unravelled as it oscillates between the past and present. Perhaps it could have been a little better edited and shortened towards the end. S

Blue Jasmine
Blue Jasmine(2013)

Vintage Woody Allen featuring a superb script. With excellent performances led by the amazing Cate Blanchett, this is a must see. D

Red 2
Red 2(2013)

Action packed comedy featuring a swag of great actors. I hadn't seen the first movie but enjoyed this nonetheless. S

In the House
In the House(2013)

An interesting film with a unique storyline containing plot twists to keep the viewer wondering. D

Monsters University

Monsters Inc is a classic and this prequel doesn't disappoint. Not quite up to the standard of the first, but still a good mix of humour and drama. S


A pleasant trip back to the 1970s. I enjoyed this Aussie movie more than expected. Great acting and locations. D


Superb performances; Smith never fails to disappoint.
A good mix of humour and drama. The end will surely leave a lump in your throat. S


I was pleasantly surprised with this film. Interesting to learn more about both the man himself, and the history behind his famous Psycho film. D

The Master
The Master(2012)

Magnificent performances from the two lead actors and an interesting storyline. But ultimately the film appears to be lacking. D


Good all round performances and yet I expected a bit more from this film given the cast. D

The Bourne Legacy

Perhaps a little too long to sustain the action and plot. D

A Dangerous Method

A well produced historical drama about the differences between Freud and Jung. D


This is a good modern take on the classic Dickens tale. Some funny moments combined with heart tugging scenes as well. There is a message for us all in the final speach.


A truly wonderful documentary of this likeable horse-whisperer and his amazing life. D1


This movie didn't impress me at all. I found it silly and couldn't raise a laugh. S

Mao's Last Dancer

An interesting movie about tho journey of this Chinese dancer. M

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden)

Not having read the books, this movie was difficult to flow at times. G

Nicholas Nickleby

The scenery and settings are superb in this classic Dickens drama. Most of the actors are excellent, perhaps only let down at times by the lead.