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DANIEL LAMMIN
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Daniel Lammin has worked extensively as a theatre director, playwright and actor, and his passion for storytelling recently led to him graduating from the post-graduate Directing course at NIDA (2011). His very candid approach to film critiquing comes from his high standards in all creative pursuits, and love of movies from an early age.

TOP 3 ARTISTS: David Ford, Bob Dylan, Death Cab For Cutie
TOP 3 MOVIES: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Zodiac
BEST CONCERT: London Symphony Orchestra with Jean-Yves Thibaudet - 2010
FIRST MEMORY OF A FILM: Seeing 'The Neverending Story' recorded from the TV onto a VHS when I was 3 or 4.

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Lightyear - Another lacklustre return to the 'Toy Story' universe
LIGHTYEARAnother lacklustre return to the 'Toy Story' universe
It could have been a breezy, silly, bouncy sci-fi film for kids. What we have instead is Buzz Lightyear wandering around a wilderness with no direction home, reaching neither infinity nor beyond.
How to Please a Woman - A gorgeous, sexually liberating delight for Australian cinema
HOW TO PLEASE A WOMANA gorgeous, sexually liberating delight for Australian cinema
There’s still a strong place for these kinds of human relationship comedies in Australian cinema, those feel-goods that have you leaving with a real spring in your step. What makes it all the more successful is that we’re given this experience with such a sex-positive, affirming film that celebrates female sexuality and pleasure.
Operation Mincemeat - A noble dramatisation of an important historical deception
OPERATION MINCEMEATA noble dramatisation of an important historical deception
It beautifully dramatises an important battle in the secret theatre of World War II, and just as beautifully, reminds us of the human beings at the heart of it.
The Northman - Sound and fury in Robert Eggers' ambitious third film
THE NORTHMANSound and fury in Robert Eggers' ambitious third film
With Norse mythology co-opted into the superhero genre, it's thrilling to see it on the screen pulsating with mud and blood and sweat. It's somewhat of a mess, but it's a beautiful mess nonetheless.
There Will Be Blood - Celebrating the 15th anniversary of an American masterpiece
THERE WILL BE BLOODCelebrating the 15th anniversary of an American masterpiece
The film is as old as history itself. You can imagine unearthing the original film print in a vault and finding it caked in mud, buried in dust, dripping with blood.
Spencer - A beautifully strange and deeply moving fable of the People's Princess
SPENCERA beautifully strange and deeply moving fable of the People's Princess
Pablo Larraín has delivered us a beguiling cinematic treasure, with a career-defining performance from Kristen Stewart that will be discussed for years to come.
Scream - A satisfying and wickedly fun return to Woodsboro
SCREAMA satisfying and wickedly fun return to Woodsboro
This reboot takes the time to ask what we loved about the series in the first place. A balance between horror and humour is maintained, especially when married with meta-commentary on the genre.
The King's Man - A welcome realignment for the unusual franchise
THE KING'S MANA welcome realignment for the unusual franchise
The performances are strong, the action is zippy and the historical context is handled with far more attention and integrity than you would ever have expected from this franchise.
The Tragedy of Macbeth - No sound or fury in this new adaptation of the legendary play
THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETHNo sound or fury in this new adaptation of the legendary play
It won't leave with a fresh perspective on the play, and apart from Kathryn Hunter's performance, doesn't offered any moments of surprise and awe.
West Side Story - Spielberg's revelatory reimagining of the musical masterpiece
WEST SIDE STORYSpielberg's revelatory reimagining of the musical masterpiece
What Steven Spielberg has done is exactly what a great adaptation should do: strip away the cobwebs of a classic, dig deep into the questions it poses, and remind us why we love it in the first place.
Encanto - Family matters derail the latest from Disney Animation
ENCANTOFamily matters derail the latest from Disney Animation
The premise has great merit, but it does not fulfil the promise of its credentials. Rather than a new modern classic, the film is a confusing mess that leaves you frustrated rather than enchanted.
The Fountain - Revisiting the road to awe 15 years later
THE FOUNTAINRevisiting the road to awe 15 years later
As the score reaches its impossible, unfathomable climax and Tommy's body bursts into the heart of a dying star, we are given a fleeting chance to see how miraculous it is to have lived at all.
The Power of the Dog - Jane Campion returns with a magnificent epic on the human heart
THE POWER OF THE DOGJane Campion returns with a magnificent epic on the human heart
An animalistic passion runs through every fibre of this remarkable film, with its desperate longing and its unexpected eroticism. Jane Campion has delivered one of the finest films of the year.
The Green Knight - A magnificent fantasy epic drawn from the great Arthurian legends
THE GREEN KNIGHTA magnificent fantasy epic drawn from the great Arthurian legends
David Lowery has given us a beautiful, hypnotic and incredibly powerful film, with Dev Patel delivering a spectacular performance as Gawain. It's easily one of the best films of the year.
Revisiting the 'Harry Potter' series - 20 years with the groundbreaking fantasy epic
REVISITING THE 'HARRY POTTER' SERIES20 years with the groundbreaking fantasy epic
The series may now be cheap toys and pointless prequels, but underneath is a guide to young people that they can overcome the demons, things can get better and that they are stronger than they think.
Nitram - Into the abyss of one of our greatest tragedies
NITRAMInto the abyss of one of our greatest tragedies
A haunting, at times gothic, ultimately overwhelming look into the abyss of a man who saw pain and chose to laugh. And it is one of the most important, powerful and accomplished films of the year.
Dear Evan Hansen - A disappointing, misguided adaptation of the award-winning musical
DEAR EVAN HANSENA disappointing, misguided adaptation of the award-winning musical
This film adaptation delivers barely a whimper. It doesn't serve the material, it doesn't serve Ben Platt, doesn't serve Evan Hansen and, most of all, doesn't serve its audience.
The First Wives Club - Sisters are still doin' it for themselves 25 years later
THE FIRST WIVES CLUBSisters are still doin' it for themselves 25 years later
The film is tremendously entertaining, wickedly funny and, at times, enormously silly. But it has persisted as a cultural icon largely thanks to its surprisingly powerful subtext.
Malignant - Another bombastic horror rollercoaster from the great James Wan
MALIGNANTAnother bombastic horror rollercoaster from the great James Wan
You'll jump, you'll scream, you'll look away, you'll giggle, you'll gasp and you'll leap out of your seat with joy, and emerge back out into the sun still tingling from the adrenaline rush.
Children of Men - 15 years at the end of the world with Alfonso Cuarón's masterpiece
CHILDREN OF MEN15 years at the end of the world with Alfonso Cuarón's masterpiece
It's one of the finest films ever made, but not because it is clever or technically impressive. It's a masterpiece because it is humane, as humane as one could ever hope for cinema to be.
Annette - A musical fantasy that never reaches the heights it aims for
ANNETTEA musical fantasy that never reaches the heights it aims for
Leos Carax is a purveyor of dreams, and 'Annette' is a gorgeous dream to swim in, even just to see and hear the many sights it has to offer.
An American Werewolf in London - Beware the moon on the 40th anniversary of a horror classic
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDONBeware the moon on the 40th anniversary of a horror classic
After 40 years, there are still very few films like it. It could be called a classic comedy or a classic horror film, but it is undeniably a classic.
Luca - Pixar's gorgeous ode to the art of acceptance
LUCAPixar's gorgeous ode to the art of acceptance
It isn't only a story on the art of being accepted, but also the art of allowing yourself to be accepted, to be vulnerable enough to allow yourself to be seen by others as who you are.
Martin Eden - A frustratingly dull portrait of an artist as a young man
MARTIN EDENA frustratingly dull portrait of an artist as a young man
This find will leave you exhausted from trying to do the work the film seemed disinclined to do itself, to imbue itself with the same life and passion and fury of its protagonist.
In The Heights - A dazzling screen adaptation of the modern musical classic
IN THE HEIGHTSA dazzling screen adaptation of the modern musical classic
A special kind of film musical miracle, dazzling and bright and life-affirming, an adaptation that digs under your skin and sends bolts of electricity through your heart every time you think about it.
M - Celebrating the 90th anniversary of Fritz Lang's masterpiece
MCelebrating the 90th anniversary of Fritz Lang's masterpiece
This is not a film that leaves you with clear answers. By the end, it's hard to know how to feel about Hans Beckert. What we are left with is how inadequate the binary concepts of good and evil are.
Citizen Kane - Celebrating the 80th anniversary of the great American masterpiece
CITIZEN KANECelebrating the 80th anniversary of the great American masterpiece
You expect a dusty old object, lofty in its legacy, but once the dust was wiped away, it's full of staggering dynamism and power. 'Citizen Kane' is one of the greatest films of all time.
French Exit - A farcical and ridiculous delight
FRENCH EXITA farcical and ridiculous delight
Michelle Pfeiffer's tremendous central performance, full of camp and acid and sadness, would be enough of a reason to see this, but it's all the more rewarding for how complete an experience it is.
Raya and the Last Dragon - A solid return to form for Walt Disney Animation Studios
RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGONA solid return to form for Walt Disney Animation Studios
The legacy of Disney animation has been to speak to the deep emotional truths of the human experience in a way that is accessible to anyone, and this is a worthy part of that legacy.
The Truffle Hunters - Joy and dedication in the dirt of Northern Italy
THE TRUFFLE HUNTERSJoy and dedication in the dirt of Northern Italy
A gorgeous film, one that leaves you with a profound sense of the beauty of time, tradition and integrity, and the importance of preserving them.
About Endlessness - A magical journey through Roy Andersson's field of dreams
ABOUT ENDLESSNESSA magical journey through Roy Andersson's field of dreams
A reinvigorating experience, a bowl of the best chicken soup you've ever had. It's a piece of pure poetry, a work of deep and generous humanity.
Nomadland - The extraordinary Chloé Zhao delivers another American classic
NOMADLANDThe extraordinary Chloé Zhao delivers another American classic
An extraordinary film from an extraordinary artist with extraordinary stories to tell, and you can't help but feel that same call of the open road and the vastness of the sky.
Monster Hunter - A meandering, mundane monstrosity
MONSTER HUNTERA meandering, mundane monstrosity
This isn't fun. It's too loud, too hard to follow, too bonkers to be appealing, and not anywhere near bonkers enough to be good for a laugh. It yells aggressively at you for an hour and a half.
King Kong - The sound and fury of Peter Jackson's epic on its 15th anniversary
KING KONGThe sound and fury of Peter Jackson's epic on its 15th anniversary
Peter Jackson's 'King Kong' still feels like cinema of the impossible. It certainly deserves to be celebrated as a grand, magnificent film that was almost a masterpiece.
End of the Century - The exquisite beauty of love that could have been
END OF THE CENTURYThe exquisite beauty of love that could have been
Though barely an hour and a half long, it somehow dares to ask enormous questions about love and longing and desire that very few queer films on the relationships of gay men have asked before.
The World at War - The landmark documentary series restored in high definition
THE WORLD AT WARThe landmark documentary series restored in high definition
It's hard to imagine another documentary series doing a better job at capturing the full, furious scope of the Second World War. It wholly deserves its reputation as a landmark television series.
Mank - A dazzling damnation of the hypocrisy of power
MANKA dazzling damnation of the hypocrisy of power
Rather than a burst of cinematic energy, this is a meticulous, subtle film. David Fincher asks what the point of cinema is - and in the process, may have delivered the best film of the year.
David Fincher, ranked - The darkness and the soul of a legendary filmmaker
DAVID FINCHER, RANKEDThe darkness and the soul of a legendary filmmaker
Daniel rewatched the legendary director's films in chronological order to work out why his work is so affecting and inspiring.
David Byrne's American Utopia - One of the greatest concert films ever made
DAVID BYRNE'S AMERICAN UTOPIAOne of the greatest concert films ever made
A celebration of everything that makes us human, and the dream that is what America could be. It's one of the best films of the year, and one of the greatest concert films ever made.
Ammonite - Francis Lee delivers another beautiful portrait of love and longing
AMMONITEFrancis Lee delivers another beautiful portrait of love and longing
A beautiful, soulful and intelligent film, made with honesty, integrity and an unexpected sense of humour that breaks through the rock encasing it.
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