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  • The Tree

    The Tree

    ★★½

    This Australian-French co-production has all the right ingredients to be a moving meditation, but never threatens to be so, proving persistently trite and forgettable.

    It turns out that I was living (Toowoomba) only an hour and a half away from where this film was shot (Boonah) in 2009, and there is a lot in this movie which should also speak to my experience and isn't often readily seen on film. The digestion of grief in rural Australian drama. Moreton Bay…

  • Trust

    Trust

    ★★★½

    Is this the most definitively influential film of the 1990s?

    Trust is the indie spirit made celluloid, surgically dissecting complacent babysitting rhythms, lowing fodder and wan artifice that we readily accept around us and through the tube. The process thrill is in the smooth weeding out of every cliched, common nonsensical interaction under the cinematic sun and littering the streets. These downbeat lives, emancipated from clean convention, are nevertheless still caught in convergent quarrel, arbitrarily lurching down the track and…

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  • A History of Violence

    A History of Violence

    ★★★★½

    A couple years ago, this film was firmly in my Top 50. I haven't seen the film for a couple years now, and by the time I did my top 100 Letterboxd list, this was no where in sight. I've decided this film requires a rewatch.

    This film is a delight from Cronenberg. It mixes various little film influences together into a great little story. But the film wouldn't work without the acting. Mortensen gives one of his best ever…

  • Gravity

    Gravity

    ★★★★½

    Believe the hype.

    Gravity has been earmarked in many ways as the 'next Avatar' for quite a while now, in terms of changing the game when it comes to the cinema experience. Plus, it comes with a strong pedigree. Children of Men was my film of the 2000s (actually my favourite film since my birth in '88), plus Cauron is a technically taut director capable at delivering transportive and magical universalist stories which appeal to the mainstream and art-house, young…