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TOP 3 ARTISTS: PJ Harvey, Beastie Boys, Madlib
TOP 3 MOVIES: Strangers On A Train, Hangin' With The Homeboys, Aliens
BEST CONCERT: The National at the Sydney Opera House in 2014
FIRST MEMORY OF A FILM: Being terrified by the prologue of Ralph Bakshi's animated film, The Lord of the Rings (1978). The music, the voiceover and the live-action silhouettes against a blood-red backdrop were four minutes of pure nightmare fuel for an overly imaginative child.

A White, White Day - Love, loss and anger in Iceland
A WHITE, WHITE DAYLove, loss and anger in Iceland
The film reveals itself as a deeply considered and profound statement about the slippery nature of masculinity, loneliness, anger and the human capacity for love.
It Must Be Heaven - A lyrical and absurdist trip around the world
IT MUST BE HEAVENA lyrical and absurdist trip around the world
Filled with humour, pathos, eerie poetry and the driest slapstick, its endearing message is that people are kooky all over the world, even if some countries offer their own brands of zaniness.
The Rise of the Synths - Neon, pulsing bass and heaps of 80s nostalgia
THE RISE OF THE SYNTHSNeon, pulsing bass and heaps of 80s nostalgia
The charm of synth music is innocence - the fact that, at heart, synth music is still the result of nerds fiddling with keyboards in their garage.
Forman vs. Forman - The life of a creative rebel
FORMAN VS. FORMANThe life of a creative rebel
Miloš Forman experienced life-changing events and was able to take advantage of them and turn them into a narrative of an individual‛s never-ending fight for freedom against institutions.
Sea Fever - Paranoia, parasitic plagues and pandemic horror
SEA FEVERParanoia, parasitic plagues and pandemic horror
The film manages a few striking sequences - most notably, a slow-motion underwater first contact with a big glowing jellyfish and its impossibly long tendrils. It's hard to discount that kind of "ick" factor.
Proxima - An earthbound drama about motherhood
PROXIMAAn earthbound drama about motherhood
It isn't a visually flashy film, but this only enhances the intimacy of this earthbound drama about a high-achieving woman's trauma at the thought of leaving her young daughter behind her.
Light of My Life - An intense test of the father/daughter bond
LIGHT OF MY LIFEAn intense test of the father/daughter bond
Newcomer Anna Pniowsky matches Casey Affleck's typically delicate, mumbling performance perfectly and they share a genuine, easy rapport onscreen, anchoring a touching (if intense) relationship drama.
Angelfish - A slight but sweet romance
ANGELFISHA slight but sweet romance
A thoughtful look at an urban interracial romance. As Peter Lee's first film, 'Angelfish' is quite remarkable, and he and his impressive young cast are people to watch for in the future.
Non-Fiction - Literature, laughs and lewd liaisons
NON-FICTIONLiterature, laughs and lewd liaisons
It may be a film about rich people living rich people lives and doing rich people things (and, obviously, sleeping with each other's partners), but it's a funny one with a lot of smart insights.
A Good Woman Is Hard To Find - Hard-boiled crime and punishment in Belfast
A GOOD WOMAN IS HARD TO FINDHard-boiled crime and punishment in Belfast
With some striking shots of Belfast, stylish neon-coloured lighting and a chilling score from Matthew Pusti, this is a moody addition to the crime revenge film genre.
Sweetheart - A lean, mean survival thriller
SWEETHEARTA lean, mean survival thriller
Cleverly directed on a low-budget, this is a streamlined, satisfying mix of old-school monster action and island survival thrills.
The Grudge - The movie reboot curse claims another victim
THE GRUDGEThe movie reboot curse claims another victim
Although handsomely shot, with several good actors doing their best and a small handful of unsettling visuals, this is ultimately a dull, disjointed mess that is riddled with cheap "boo!" moments.
Fantasy Island - A suprisingly fun horror-tinged adventure
FANTASY ISLANDA suprisingly fun horror-tinged adventure
This is an adventure movie with some mild horror elements. It's a surprisingly fun, undemanding, slickly-filmed diversion that will keep its target audience entertained.
The Rhythm Section - Watchable but completely unmemorable espionage thrills
THE RHYTHM SECTIONWatchable but completely unmemorable espionage thrills
The film isn't realistic or harrowing or exciting or titillating. It's a serviceable time-waster that is instantly forgettable.
The Call of The Wild - A mild journey into the uncanny valley
THE CALL OF THE WILDA mild journey into the uncanny valley
The movie removes a lot of the book's violence and darker themes. While ultimately a weak adaptation of the novel, it's still an okay family flick hampered by an over-reliance on CGI.
Midnight Family - Life, death and private healthcare in Mexico City
MIDNIGHT FAMILYLife, death and private healthcare in Mexico City
Packed with tense moments and disturbing shots, this documentary reflects the present difficulties of blue-collar work and asks some alarming questions about the future of private healthcare.
Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge - An animated gorefest for aggressive preschoolers
MORTAL KOMBAT LEGENDS: SCORPION'S REVENGEAn animated gorefest for aggressive preschoolers
If you're a fan of the video games, then stick to them - the visuals and narrative deliver a much higher level of sophistication than this film.
25 Free-to-Watch Short Horror Films - The scariest shorts we uncovered online
25 FREE-TO-WATCH SHORT HORROR FILMSThe scariest shorts we uncovered online
We've compiled the most disturbing, unsettling, and spooky shorts, from older pieces by masters of the genre to animated tales to straight-up bonkers pieces that keep you guessing.
The Hunt - Blunt, lazy and undeserving of controversy
THE HUNTBlunt, lazy and undeserving of controversy
Liberal snooty types lashing out at conservative cronies should have made for some enjoyably edgy satire, but this is a by-the-numbers comedy-horror-suspense thriller that has a few punchy moments.
Bloodshot - RoboCrow-niversal Soldier
BLOODSHOTRoboCrow-niversal Soldier
Riddled with clichés, it felt like Vin Diesel shot this film while on his lunch break. Even with the benefit of a decent plot twist, the ride isn't totally enjoyable.
Burning Kiss - Baroque, eye-catching Australian neo-noir
BURNING KISSBaroque, eye-catching Australian neo-noir
A film noir with noticeable nods to David Lynch and Oliver Stone, the film is a huge melting pot of garish stylistic influences that, while never quite cohering, is riveting nonetheless.
Virus Tropical - An animated slice of life from Colombia
VIRUS TROPICALAn animated slice of life from Colombia
The film covers familiar ground, as far as autobiographical films go, but the details ring true, and the film's heartfelt honesty enlivens every scene.
The Wolf's Call - Suspense, silliness and sonar sweeps
THE WOLF'S CALLSuspense, silliness and sonar sweeps
Submarine movies are few and far between for a reason. It's difficult to dramatise the action onboard, but If you're howling for a slice of Tom Clancy-esque military action cheese, you'll enjoy this.
Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles - An animated tribute to a unique artist
BUÑUEL IN THE LABYRINTH OF THE TURTLESAn animated tribute to a unique artist
Luis Buñuel constantly pushed the boundaries of cinema, and it's fitting that the story of such a unique and legendary artist would be told in a film that uses the medium to its full potential.
Who the hell is Bloodshot? - A primer on Vin Diesel's superhero
WHO THE HELL IS BLOODSHOT?A primer on Vin Diesel's superhero
With the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Universe, Sony is trying to cash in on Valiant Comics' 'Bloodshot', with Vin Diesel in the lead role.
Dosed - Getting clean on psychotropic medicine
DOSEDGetting clean on psychotropic medicine
Harrowing, engrossing, brave and profoundly personal, 'Dosed' approaches the question of psychedelic healing from a compassionate and hopeful perspective.
Jallikattu - Visually stunning and absurdly funny sociopolitical critique
JALLIKATTUVisually stunning and absurdly funny sociopolitical critique
A clever, handsomely shot and frequently laugh-aloud sociopolitical critique that asks whether humanity has really evolved. Are humans still basically Neanderthal hunter-gatherers?
Saint Maud - Religious fervour and psychological horror
SAINT MAUDReligious fervour and psychological horror
An insight into a very modern, very lonely existence that is sadly only too recognisable. Rose Glass delivers on so many levels as a writer/director that it's hard to believe this is her debut.
Citizen K - The rapid rise and thunderous fall of a Russian oligarch
CITIZEN KThe rapid rise and thunderous fall of a Russian oligarch
Essential viewing for anyone needing a history lesson about Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union - or just wants to know what it takes to bring down a towering political figure.
Dark Waters - A frightening and infuriating tale of corporate greed
DARK WATERSA frightening and infuriating tale of corporate greed
After watching this film, you'll leave the cinema enraged by the display of economic cruelty from a monolithic, faceless corporation and its evil and very rich henchmen.
The Mute - A violent look at faith and religion
THE MUTEA violent look at faith and religion
A magnificently filmed and subtly political view of the conflict between church and state, good and evil, hate and love.
Aiyai: Wrathful Soul - Ambitious but unfocused Aussie horror
AIYAI: WRATHFUL SOULAmbitious but unfocused Aussie horror
An ambitious entry into Australian horror that could have used more of a focus on its ghostly shenanigans, and less on the crime drama. Instead, it hovers uncertainly in limbo between the two.
The Invisible Man - Paranoia, gaslighting and spookiness
THE INVISIBLE MANParanoia, gaslighting and spookiness
While 'The Invisible Man' isn't perfect, it is a thoughtful entry in the horror / science fiction genre. Though Elizabeth Moss works hard, there are only so many ways you can reinforce that an invisible man is out to get you.
Zombi Child - A subtle riff on the zombie genre
ZOMBI CHILDA subtle riff on the zombie genre
An absorbing, often perplexing story in which a religion with a healthy respect for death crosses paths with a lovesick French schoolgirl.
The Golden Glove - Repellent and pointless
THE GOLDEN GLOVERepellent and pointless
The film's settings, the events that occur and the way that everything plays out will fill you with the urge to bleach your eyeballs.
Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror - Essential for genre fans and film buffs
HORROR NOIRE: A HISTORY OF BLACK HORROREssential for genre fans and film buffs
There's been a growing interest in black-led horror films since 'Get Out' shattered minds and expectations. If you're a fan of horror or film history, you'll get a lot from this documentary.
The Swallows of Kabul - Unflinching and gorgeously animated
THE SWALLOWS OF KABULUnflinching and gorgeously animated
In Afghanistan, simply drawing a human being is forbidden. This makes this film an even more aesthetically and narratively beautiful example of the affecting power that animation offers.
Richard Jewell - Man versus media
RICHARD JEWELLMan versus media
Despite some stumbles with the script, 'Richard Jewell' is a well-acted and admirably low-key piece from Clint Eastwood that raises a lot of questions.
Mr. Jones - A chilling true story
MR. JONESA chilling true story
A taut and stark thriller, one part espionage, one part survival, this is an extremely powerful true story, and one that has generally slipped under the radar.
Hot Mess - Funny, filthy and heartfelt
HOT MESSFunny, filthy and heartfelt
One of the most original, spot-on, no-steps-missed Aussie comedies in recent memory. Audiences will fall for its endearing mixture of awkwardness, oversharing and eyebrow-raising sex talk.
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