James Hennessy

Media and philosophy student in Sydney.

Co-host of The Post Movie Bar podcast – you can find it at postmoviebar.libsyn.com.

Favorite films

  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Fargo
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Deep Red

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  • 12 Years a Slave

    ★★★★★

  • Filth

    ★★★

  • Room 237

    ★★★★★

  • The Conjuring

    ★★★½

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  • 12 Years a Slave

    12 Years a Slave

    ★★★★★

    There is an ongoing revival in American cinema of the historical narrative; of old wounds reopened and left to fester before contemporary, more critically aware audiences. America has recounted its history before, with the classic directors of yore as a mouthpiece, but today’s historical films serve as interrogations rather than elaborate reconstructions. Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, an outstanding adaptation of Solomon Northup’s 1853 autobiography of the same name, turns its eye on the devastating human cost of the…

  • Filth

    Filth

    ★★★

    It seems that every year the UK cinema establishment vomits up another dirtily shot tits-and-drugs exploitation flick which purports to expose the increasingly seedy underculture of its urban working class. It arguably began with Trainspotting, Danny Boyle’s adaptation of the Irvine Welsh novel, a movie which served as a welcome change from the stuffy period dramas and lilting romantic comedies of the era; a suckerpunch to the jaw compared to Four Weddings and a Funeral. We’re pulled back into the…

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  • Funny Games

    Funny Games

    To give Haneke's Funny Games a star rating seems to me to be missing the point of the film. It is cinema only insofar as it uses the same tools and is, in essence, a comparably structured experience.

    Funny Games is an experiment, a study. The plot is simple and grotesque: an upper-class Austrian family is tormented and tortured by two young men, one of whom appears to be aware that he is in a film. This is Haneke's critical…

  • The Truman Show

    The Truman Show

    ★★★★★

    A masterpiece. One of the most incisive, captivating media critiques ever produced. It predicted both the ubiquity of planned reality television and the degradation of news media long before either achieved perfect hegemony.

    Every time a pseudo-philosophical conversation is held about The Matrix, it should instead be about The Truman Show.