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Rod has written 33 reviews for films during 2019.

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    3rd time’s still a charm.

    I adore this damn film QT!

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★½

    A mammoth undertaking by all involved, and very much the mature and contemplative older brother to Goodfellas and Casino (as one would probably anticipate), yet not just Scorsese’s greatest hits fare, but right in the freakin’ zone man!

    Another viewing may push it to 5 star status, but it’s not quite Goodfellas, so I think it’ll still fall a tad short of that masterpiece; still it’s gotta be the best film the man has delivered in quite some time!

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★★

    Surely the best film of its kind, Rian Johnson is always meticulous, playful and brilliant, and his latest ode to the ‘whodunnit’ genre is no exception to any of the aforementioned characteristics. 

    Oh, and the entire cast is stunning and knows just the right tone to play at.

    Oh, oh, oh and the title shares it’s name with one of my very fav Radiohead songs!

    Satisfyingly delectable!

  • The Last of Sheila

    The Last of Sheila

    ★★★★½

    Maybe it’s the naff title or lack of availability, but this is quality whodunnit is criminally under-seen. The cast really commits to the cleverly penned Stephen Sondheim and Anthony Perkins script (based on their experience in hosting murder mystery parties), and by the finale I was edging ever-closer to the screen in anticipation of how it would all reveal itself. Thanks to Rian Johnson in highlighting this as one of the inspirations for Knives Out.

  • Monsieur Verdoux

    Monsieur Verdoux

    ★★★★★

    Another Chaplin masterpiece and strangely under-seen and sadly under-appreciated it would seem. I gotta get me a copy of the Criterion blu now, as I’ll be rewatching the hell out of this puppy!

  • Miracle Mile

    Miracle Mile

    ★★★★★

    What a trip! 

    One of those gems that just got lost in the discussion along the way, but will no doubt emerge from the embers into significant cult status. Feels like it belongs in the same universe as After Hours.

    A perfectly ballsy ending that made me applaud!

  • A Silent Voice

    A Silent Voice

    ★★★★½

    A confronting and heartfelt examination of the emotional minefield that is youth. A potent film that should be widely seen.

  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★★

    Still one of the GOAT that I just crave on a regular basis along with its cousin Alien.

  • The Dead Don't Die

    The Dead Don't Die

    ★★★½

    Hard to express how I feel about one of my favourite filmmakers offering up a film that didn’t satisfy quite as I’d hoped. I knew of its maligned status, but had convinced myself that it was just Jarmusch naysayers and internet toxicity casting a shadow on it. Sadly after finally seeing it, I can understand the backlash despite enjoying it a decent amount, but unlike some of his other films (ie. The Limits of Control) that took me a couple…

  • The Boys

    The Boys

    ★★★★½

    Wow, it’s been 21 years since I first saw this brooding and gritty potboiler of tension at the cinema, and it stands up remarkably both in craft and performance. It seemed like we used to make impressive suburban crime dramas like this often in Australia, but now it seems we’ve lost our way and our industry is as lifeless as roadkill on a country highway. Sad really.

  • Do the Right Thing

    Do the Right Thing

    ★★★★★

    New Criterion blu looks so stunning it could make a grown man weep. Damn boy!

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    This film is just pure joy to me.

    Second viewing was just as sweet as the first and will certainly not be the last.