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  • A Simple Life

    A Simple Life

    ★★★★

    I've been wanting to watch this for quite some time. For some people, just watching a younger man co-exist with and take care of his elderly housekeeper may not sound like a riveting film, but when that man is played by Andy Lau, it sounded like a great idea to me.

    Lau is Roger, a middle aged, successful film producer. His house keeper, Ah Tao (Deannie Yip), has been with his family for four generations and his entire life. The…

  • Bad Santa

    Bad Santa

    ★★★★

    I've been trying and failing to find the Australian release date for this adult Christmas classic, as I remember it being lazily dumped into March for us rather than the holiday appropriate American release, which is all kinds of funny by itself.

    Terry Zwigoff's Bad Santa is a profane, deliberately offensive black comedy about a career criminal who, along with his little person accomplice, makes one big department store robbery each year and lives on the funds until the next…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    I wish I had a GoPro on my face while watching this. I actually started hyperventilating at one point from the truly awesome spectacle on screen. It is a better sequel than anyone could have believed possible. Its almost as if George Miller has done nothing but think about this movie since Road Warrior. It loses half a star for Tom Hardy's strange performance and because we never get Max driving *The Interceptor* in an action set piece. Otherwise divinely…

  • All Is Lost

    All Is Lost

    ★★★★

    Upon seeing the poster for this film, I understood exactly what it was, what it would be, and how I would feel about it.
    Although I'm not a big fan of the single actor on a soundstage sub genre (Phone booth, Buried, Locke) there was something too right about it being Robert Redford battling the elements in deeply thematic and allegorical waters (see what I did there?).
    It didn't disappoint.