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Gone Too Soon: The Best Of Philip Seymour Hoffman


When you look back on the career of an actor, you can generally identify a period that would be referred to as their “prime”.  That’s not the case when it comes to Philip Seymour Hoffman.  Since I first heard his name in the mid-90s, he’s been delivering great performances in a long list of acclaimed films.  There were a few misses (no one’s perfect) but I can’t think of any actor over the past two decades who has put together a more impressive resume.

In 2004, I started an annual blog on my website where I named my top 10 actors working today.  A lot of names have slipped on and off that list… but Hoffman has always been ranked number 1 or number 2 (nudged out by George Clooney).  I know I’m not alone with my admiration.  He received 4 Academy Award nominations (winning for Capote) as well as 3 Tony Award wins.  He was a gifted actor who could seemingly take on any role – good guy or bad guy.

I was stunned to get a text message from a fellow film-going friend at 5:37am this morning that simply read – “Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead. Massive loss.”   We’ll be able to see him in a few more completed films (A Most Wanted Man, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) but it’s still hard to believe that the career of Hoffman has come to such a sudden, tragic end.

I could list more than 20 films but in this week’s blog, I thought I’d pay tribute by listing my favourite 10 Philip Seymour Hoffman movies (with a few quotes thrown in).  May he rest in peace.

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Capote (2005)

The film follows writer Truman Capote (Hoffman) as he becomes friends with a criminal on death row and then transforms the story into “the non-fiction book of the decade”.  This is one of cinema’s great character studies.  It was my favourite release of 2006 and earned Hoffman an Academy Award for best actor.


Philip Seymour Hoffman

Doubt (2008)

Working alongside the equally brilliant Meryl Streep, Hoffman plays a priest who by an influential nun of molesting a young boy.  The dialogue was incredible and the film created as much “doubt” in my mind as the characters on screen.


Philip Seymour Hoffman

The Master (2012)

Hoffman worked with many directors… but never as often as he did with the brilliant Paul Thomas Anderson.  This was their last collaboration and it saw Hoffman take on the role of a cult leader who tried to control an aimless solider (played by Joaquin Phoenix).


Philip Seymour Hoffman

The Talented Mr Ripley (1999)

Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith and directed by the late Anthony Minghella, Hoffman played Freddie Miles – a party-loving guy living in Italy who becomes a thorn in the side of the film’s sinister protagonist, Tom Ripley (Matt Damon).


Philip Seymour Hoffman

Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)

In a “truth is stranger than fiction” kind of story, Hoffman plays a rogue CIA agent who helps a U.S. Congressman (Tom Hanks) to get weapons for Afghan soldiers during their 1980s war with the Soviet Union.  With some cracking good one-liners, the role earned Hoffman another Academy Award nomination.


Philip Seymour Hoffman

Boogie Nights (1997)

In one of Hoffman’s earlier roles, Hoffman played a young boom operator who developed an infatuating with the well-hung porn star, Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg).  There are so many awkward exchanges between the pair!


Philip Seymour Hoffman

The Ides Of March (2011)

I’m a sucker for a great political thriller and in this slick George Clooney directed effort, Hoffman starred as crafty campaign manager trying to get his candidate the Democratic presidential nomination.


Philip Seymour Hoffman

Magnolia (1999)

In one of the greatest films of all time (at least in my opinion), Hoffman plays a nurse who is trying to reunite a dying man (Jason Robards) with the son he hasn’t seen in many years (Tom Cruise).


Philip Seymour Hoffman

Owning Mahowny (2003)

Hoffman was more widely known for his supporting work but in this low budget drama (released two years prior to Capote), he proved himself more than worthy in a leading role.  Based on a true story, his character was a bank manager who embezzled millions of dollars to fuel his growing gambling addiction.


Philip Seymour Hoffman

Happiness (1998)

In an R-rated black comedy from director Todd Solondz, Hoffman played a pervert who jerks off while making creepy phone calls to a woman he has a crush on.  As you do.


Interview - Director Steve McQueen On 12 Years A Slave

Steve McQueen

I was thrilled to be able to speak to director Steve McQueen about 12 Years A Slave just a few hours after the film received 10 Academy Award nominations. You can download a short audio extract from the interview by clicking here.

Matt:  The Academy Award nominations were revealed less than 12 hours ago.  Congratulations I should say – firstly for your film and also for your nomination for best director.

Steve:  Thank you very much.  We were pleased with the 9 nominations and I’m very happy for my crew and the cast.

Matt:  Did you watch the nominations or did you wait for the phone calls and messages to start coming in?

Steve:  I did watch it live and it was kind of surreal to be watching television and seeing your name called and your film called.  It was one of those “once in a lifetime” situations.

Matt:  You’ve made two terrific features – Hunger and then Shame, my favourite film of 2011.  They picked up their fair share of awards but with 12 Years A Slave, that you’ve been thrown full on into the madness that is the Hollywood award season.  What’s the experience been like so far?

Steve:  What’s been great about it is the conversation and dialogue.  Every Q&A I’ve been to for this film has felt like a town hall meeting.  People are very passionate about the subject matter and there’s been a huge amount of discussion.

Matt:  I heard your speech at the Golden Globes.  The last person you thanked was Brad Pitt and you said this film would never have been made without him.  Can you tell us about the extent of his involvement in the project?

Steve:  He’s a producer who also acted in the film.  To be honest, without Brad’s clout I don’t think the film would have got made.  He’s definitely someone that people listen to and respond to.  He has a stature in Hollywood where if he says something then people listen.  He was a huge part in this film’s success.

Matt:  Did he approach you or did you approach him?  How did you guys get together on this?

Steve:  It was his company.  Plan B and Brad approached me and we’d been having discussions since I made Hunger.  They were very supportive and they asked me what I wanted to do.

Matt:  To talk quickly about the cast.  You’ve got Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch… but the performance that seems to be sticking with everyone is that of Lupita Nyong’o.  I’d never even heard of her name 3 months ago.  Where did you find her?

Steve:  She was a Yale drama school student who auditioned before she even graduated.  I saw a tape of her and then I asked her to come over.  She was amazing.  She’s an incredible actress and I was just very pleased to hear that she’d received an Oscar nomination.

Matt:  When you set out with a role like that, are you trying to discover a new actress?

Steve:  I don’t really mind.  I was very fortunate to find Michael Fassbender and Lupita N’yongo.  I’ll work with anyone.  It was just one of those things.

Matt:  With both Shame and Hunger there was a noticeable lack of dialogue.  It felt like that again here with 12 Years A Slave.  Yes, there are conversations but it feels like no one says anything unless they absolutely have to.  Am I right in saying that? 

Steve:  Yeah.  Most of the time when we speak to each other, we say a lot of rubbish.  We never really know how we feel verbally.  We never tell each other how we feel.  We often use our mouths to get out of situations or to just get by.

I’m more interested in how we feel and how we act as human beings.  Therefore, what we say isn’t all that crucial.  It’s what we do that provides the evidence.

Matt:  So much of the story, so much of the content in 12 Years A Slave was new to me.  Watching it, looking back at this piece of history, I was just shaking my head and wondering how it happened.  Was it new to you when you came across Solomon Northup’s book?

Steve:  Not really.  I’d done a lot of research into slavery before.  What’s been interesting for me is how many people didn’t know about kidnapping and didn’t know that African-Americans lived free in the north.  The fact they didn’t know tells me a lot about the education of slavery in schools.

Matt:  Our perspective of events can change over time with the benefit of the hindsight and so it’s remarkable that this book exists – written by Solomon back in 1853 just after he’d escaped – particularly as well because so few of those who were kidnapped could read and write.  Aside from Solomon’s words, is there a lot of other material written in that era, that you could draw on to help create the film?

Steve:  Yes and that’s what we did.  There were a lot of academics who had studied Solomon’s work for a long time.  We also went to a few museums and looked at artefacts and whatnot.  It was pretty amazing.

Matt:  It’s easy to look back at a piece of history like this and say “thank goodness things have changed for the better”.  But then I wonder if people in 100 years time are going to back at us today and shake their heads.  Are wars, oppression, discrimination something that we’re never going to be able to truly defeat?

Steve:  I don’t know and it’s a sad thing.  Will people look back 100 years from now and shake their heads at the fact our clothes were made in sweatshops all over the world?  I don’t really know.

Matt:  And I have to ask, I’m a huge fan of film scores and I was curious about your choice to use Hans Zimmer as the film’s composer.  I always associate him with big, loud, epic action type scores but here he’s a lot softer, a lot subtler.

Steve:  Hans is a talented artist and I was very lucky to meet him and I was very lucky for him to accept.  He wanted to be involved with this project and I was very pleased.

Matt:  You’ve certainly got a fan in me and so I’d love to finish up by asking what’s next?  Do you have any projects in the works?

Steve:  I want to do a musical.

Matt:  Really?  Have you got a particular one in mind?

Steve:  I’m still looking and trying to figure things out.

Matt:  I’ll finish up by looping back to the Academy Awards which will be held on March 2.  I always like to have a punt on the Academy Awards every year so I have to ask – what do you think of your chances for the film and yourself?

Steve:  Not bad but then I’d say that about everyone else too.  One can never predict what will happen at the Oscars.  Anyone that says they know later end up not knowing so I won’t even try to predict anything… but please go ahead, have a flutter!

Quick Golden Globe Wrap: Oscars Still Up For Grabs


If the results of this year’s Golden Globes are anything to go by, this year’s Oscars are well and truly up for grabs.  The only certainty is Cate Blanchett for best actress.  They’ve already engraved the statuette.  I said on the ABC last December that I’d walk to Sydney if she lost.  Thankfully I won’t have to follow through on that promise.

I’ve been on a losing streak at the Globes for the past 2 years but thankfully that’s been broken this year.  I backed winners Amy Adams ($100 at $2), Leonardo DiCaprio ($100 at $1.80) and super smokey Matthew McConaughey ($80 at $4.35).  I’m still bummed that Gravity didn’t come through but I’ll happily take the $328 profit.

I’ve decided to roll the dice and go for broke at the Oscars.  Based on their wins today, I’m on Matthew McConaughy for best actor ($200 at $3.50) and Jennifer Lawrence for best supporting actress ($200 at $3).  They’re not sure things but I think the value is great.  Best actor is very open with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Leonardo DiCaprio still well and truly in the race.  Jennifer Lawrence will have to beat off Lupita Nyong’o but her star power might just get her over the line. 

I still think Gravity is a decent shot for best picture at Academy Awards and so I have $300 on Gravity to return $1,450.  I keep coming back to the rule that he who wins best director, wins best picture.  You get the odd year where the rule doesn’t hold up but it doesn’t happen very often.  With Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron looking stronger and stronger in the best director category, I do think the film’s best picture chances are enhanced.  That said, I realise American Hustle and 12 Years A Slave will be tough to beat.

The Oscar nominations are revealed this Thursday night at 11:38pm (Brisbane time) and will be read by Australian Chris Hemsworth.  There’s likely to be a surprise or two and I’m particularly interested in seeing which films make the cut in the best picture category.

Brisbane Film Critics Select Gravity As Best Of 2013


Since 2011, I have been pulling together a list of the best movies of the year according to the Brisbane-based film critics who I run into regularly at preview screenings.  Drive topped the list in 2011 with Argo taking the honours in 2012
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To come up with an overall top 10, I’ve used a simple points system and applied it to the list of each critic. It is as follows:

3 points – the top film on each list.

2 points – the films ranked between 2nd and 5th on each list.

1 point – the films ranked between 6th and 10th on each list.

If two films finished on the same score, the film that appeared on the most number of top 10 lists is ranked higher (as an indication of wider approval).

The results have now been tabulated and... Gravity is the clear cut choice as the year's best film. It featured in the top 10 list of every Brisbane critic who was surveyed (that's a first).  The film has pulled in more than $20m at the Australian box-office (including 3 weeks in the #1 spot) highlighting its strong appeal with the broader public.

Taking the runner up prize was another popular film - Django Unchained.  It made its way onto 10 of the 13 lists.  It was followed by the best of the foreign language contingent, The Hunt

Only a small number of Australian films were released during 2013 but one managed to sneak into 10th spot on the list - Mystery Road.  More than 50% of the Brisbane critics thought it was the best of the local product.

Asked for their favourite performance of the year, there were two popular choices - Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine and Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips. Both actors are on track to earn Academy Award nominations later this month.

On that note, here are the top 10 movies of 2013 according to Brisbane critics…


Brisbane Film Critics - Top 10 Of 2013
1.
Gravity
2.
Django Unchained
3.
The Hunt
4.
Zero Dark Thirty
5.
Blue Jasmine
5.
Captain Phillips
5.
Frances Ha
8.
Mud
9.
Life Of Pi
10.
Mystery Road

You can view a table of all the votes and final scores by clicking here.

A big thanks to all the critics who were able to contribute. Hopefully we'll do it again next year!

You can check out information on all the Brisbane critics (along with their choices for the best and worst of 2013) below.



 

Matthew ToomeyMatthew Toomey

Born in Brisbane, Matt Toomey was introduced to the world of cinema when he landed a job at a video store fresh out of high school in 1995. A few years later, he started his own website and reviewed movies regularly on a community radio station. In 2005, he joined the team at 612ABC and can be heard reviewing the latest releases every Thursday on Brisbane’s highest rated breakfast program with Spencer Howson. He can also be heard nationally every second Sunday at 1:30pm on ABC Digital.

Website: www.thefilmpie.com
Twitter: @icestorm77

Top 10 Released Films:
1.
Life Of Pi
2. Zero Dark Thirty
3. Blue Jasmine
4. Gravity
5. The Hunt
6.
Philomena
7.
First Position
8.
Stories We Tell
9.
The Heat
10.
Django Unchained
Top Unreleased Films:
1.
Nebraska
2. Saving Mr Banks
3. All Is Lost
4.
The Past
5.
Don Jon
Best Australian Film:
The Rocket
Best Animated Film:
Frozen
Best Documentary:
Stories We Tell
Best Performance:
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Worst Film:
Grown Ups 2
Most Surprised To Enjoy:
Pacific Rim
Life Of Pi

 

Tim MilfullTim Milfull

Tim was a long-time contributor to the now defunct Brisbane street press publications Rave Magazine and The Independent. He is now a freelance writer, and his thoughts about film can be found on his blog and on Twitter.

Website: www.milfull.com
Twitter: @milfull

Top 10 Released Films:
1.
The Rocket
2. Rust & Bone
3. The Hunt
4. Fruitvale Station
5. Django Unchained
6.
Amour
7.
Gravity
8.
Mystery Road
9.
Drug War
10.
100 Bloody Acres
Top Unreleased Films:
1.
The Grandmaster
2. Borgman
3. Matterhorn
4.
Blue Ruin
5.
The Eternal Return Of Antonios Paraskevas
Best Australian Film:
The Rocket
Best Animated Film:
Monsters University
Best Documentary:
Stories We Tell
Best Performance:
James McAvoy (Filth)
Worst Film:
This Is The End
Most Surprised To Enjoy:
Pain & Gain
The Rocket

 

Sarah WardSarah Ward

Sarah Ward is a freelance film critic, writer and festival devotee. She is a film reviewer and feature writer for artsHub, editor of Trespass Magazine, and a contributor to FilmInk, Metro Magazine, Senses of Cinema and AtTheCinema. Sarah also co-hosts the SLiQ Flicks film podcast, and her work has been published across a range of cinema, culture and festival outlets, such as KOFFIA, the Spanish Film Festival, SBS Film’s Social Review and the World Film Locations book series. In addition, she has worked for a number of entertainment and arts organisations and film festivals, including as a jury member and programming committee member.

Websites: www.artshub.com.au
www.trespassmag.com
www.atthecinema.net
www.playslashpause.com

Twitter: @swardplay

Top 10 Released Films:
1.
Frances Ha
2. Gravity
3. Stranger By The Lake
4. Pacific Rim
5. Only God Forgives
6.
Enough Said
7.
Mud
8.
Spring Breakers
9.
Drinking Buddies
10.
Django Unchained
Top Unreleased Films:
1.
Inside Llewyn Davis
2. Nebraska
3. Tom At The Farm
4.
All Is Lost
5.
The Paradise Trilogy
Best Australian Film:
Mystery Road
Best Animated Film:
Frozen
Best Documentary:
Stories We Tell
Best Performance:
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Worst Film:
Grown Ups 2
Most Surprised To Enjoy:
Pain & Gain
Frances Ha

 

Baz McAlisterBaz McAlister

Baz McAlister is a blow-in from the wilds of Northern Ireland who now works as a journalist and editor in Brisbane. He started watching horror films at the age of ten. He never fully recovered.

Website: bazmcalister.wordpress.com
Twitter: @bazmcalister

Top 10 Released Films:
1.
Django Unchained
2. Stoker
3. The World's End
4. Gravity
5. Captain Phillips
6.
The Place Beyond The Pines
7.
You're Next
8.
Evil Dead
9.
Elysium
10.
White House Down
Best Australian Film:
100 Bloody Acres
Best Animated Film:
Frozen
Best Performance:
Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)
Worst Film:
After Earth
Most Surprised To Enjoy:
White House Down
Django Unchained

 

Garry WilliamsGarry Williams

Garry Williams is a reviewer for the 4ZZZ-FM Film Club broadcast each Thursdays from 6-7pm on 102.1FM.

Website: 4zzzfm.org.au/program/film-club
Twitter: n/a

Top 10 Released Films:
1.
Gravity
2. American Hustle
3. Lincoln
4. Django Unchained
5. Before Midnight
6.
Mud
7.
Prisoners
8.
No
9.
Flight
10.
Rush
Top Unreleased Films:
1.
Antarctica: A Year On Ice
2. The Pervert's Guide To Ideology
3. The Spirit Of '45
4.
I Am Devine
5.
The Dance Of Reality
Best Australian Film:
Mystery Road
Best Animated Film:
The Croods
Best Documentary:
Stories We Tell
Best Performance:
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Worst Film:
The Lone Ranger
Most Surprised To Enjoy:
Snitch
Gravity

 

Laurence BarberLaurence Barber

Laurence Barber is a writer, film and television critic, and Twitter maven who is sorely disappointed at how few of his best films of the year actually got released in Brisbane. His reviews can be found at The 500 Club, Graffiti With Punctuation, on his blog The Film Fix, and less formally on his Twitter and Letterboxd.

Websites: thefilmfix.wordpress.com
www.letterboxd.com/laurence
Twitter: @bortlb

Top 10 Released Films:
1.
Laurence Anyways
2. Upstream Colour
3. No
4. The Hunt
5. Before Midnight
6.
The Bling Ring
7.
Mystery Road
8.
Cloud Atlas
9.
Gravity
10.
The Heat
Top Unreleased Films:
1.
For Those In Peril
2. The Selfish Giant
3. Wadjda
4.
Tom At The Farm
5.
Gloria
Best Australian Film:
Mystery Road
Best Animated Film:
Paranorman
Best Documentary:
The Impostor
Best Performance:
Paulina Garcia (Gloria)
Worst Film:
Movie 43
Most Surprised To Enjoy:
White House Down
Laurence Anyways

 

David EdwardsDavid Edwards

David Edwards is the editor and film critic for The Blurb, a website that provides the latest news and reviews for arts entertainment in Australia.

Website: www.theblurb.com.au
Twitter: @TheBlurbMag

Top 10 Released Films:
1.
Blue Jasmine
2. Frances Ha
3. Django Unchained
4. Stoker
5. World War Z
6.
The Heat
7.
Mud
8.
Hitchcock
9.
Elysium
10.
Gravity
Top Unreleased Films:
1.
August: Osage County
2. Prince Avalanche
3. Dallas Buyers Club
Best Australian Film:
Mystery Road
Best Animated Film:
Paranorman
Best Performance:
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Most Surprised To Enjoy:
Frances Ha
Blue Jasmine

 

Michael DaltonMichael Dalton

Michael Dalton is the editor and film critic for the "Screen" section of M/C Reviews.

Website: reviews.media-culture.org.au
Twitter: n/a

Top 10 Released Films:
1.
Captain Phillips
2. Blue Jasmine
3. The Best Offer
4. Gravity
5. Blancanieves
6.
Zero Dark Thirty
7.
Tabu
8.
Mystery Road
9.
Enough Said
10.
The Conjuring
Top Unreleased Films:
1.
The Past
2. Stranger By The Lake
3. Blue Ruin
4.
Berberian Sound Studio
5.
The Bay
Best Australian Film:
Mystery Road
Best Animated Film:
Chico & Rita
Best Documentary:
First Position
Best Performance:
Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)
Worst Film:
I'm So Excited!
Most Surprised To Enjoy:
Riddick
Captain Phillips

 

Peter GrayPeter Gray

Peter Gray is a Brisbane based freelance entertainment writer specialising in film. Currently the entertainment reporter/film reviewer for QNews, Queensland’s largest LGBT publication, and regular contributor to M/C Reviews and Hush Hush Biz.

Website: hushhushbiz.com
qnews.com.au
Twitter: @ratedPDG

Top 10 Released Films:
1.
Django Unchained
2. Captain Phillips
3. Prisoners
4. Gravity
5. Next
6.
Zero Dark Thirty
7.
Star Trek Into Darkness
8.
The Hunt
9.
Mud
10.
Rush
Top Unreleased Films:
1.
Nebraska
2. Don Jon
3. Oldboy
4.
Saving Mr Banks
5.
Blue Is The Warmest Colour
Best Australian Film:
Mystery Road
Best Animated Film:
Frozen
Best Documentary:
The Armstrong Lie
Best Performance:
Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)
Worst Film:
Movie 43
Most Surprised To Enjoy:
The Call
Django Unchained

 

Gary McDonaldGary McDonald

35 years ago Gary’s movie career began as Publicist in film distribution in Australia and later Internationally.  He moved onto journalism, television production and freelance film work.  His 1st reviews were published late 70’s in full gloss colour street mag ‘Me’.  Over 3 decades reviewing film and tv, he is now with Fairfax Media 4BC and ABC.  Gary is soon to relaunch his webblog “Fat Elephant in the Room” with the philosophy, ‘Don’t talk about it unless you have seen it’ and has current film and television production underway in the UK and USA.  ‘A good movie reminds us to feel’.

Website: fatelephantintheroom.com
Twitter: n/a

Top 10 Released Films:
1.
Rush
2. Life Of Pi
3. Django Unchained
4. The Hunt
5. Gravity
6.
Blue Jasmine
7.
Captain Phillips
8.
Zero Dark Thirty
9.
Barbara
10.
The Best Offer
Top Unreleased Films:
1.
12 Years A Slave
2. Saving Mr Banks
3. The Book Thief
4.
The Nun
5.
August: Osage County
Best Australian Film:
Mystery Road
Best Animated Film:
The Croods
Best Documentary:
20 Feet From Stardom
Best Performance:
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Worst Film:
The Loneliest Planet & Frances Ha
Most Surprised To Enjoy:
Mr Pip & Meet The Millers
Rush

 

Jason ReedJason Reed

Jason Reed is screenwriter and film reviewer who spent over a decade working in the Brisbane cinema industry. He has worked behind the scenes at BIFF, has been interviewed on ABC Radio, written for Filmink, local street press Rave Magazine and Scene, online sites including The 500 Club, and has been a judge on the horror panel for the Aurealis Awards.

Website: 500.the400club.org
Twitter: @jprfilm

Top 10 Released Films:
1.
Mud
2. Gravity
3. The Hunt
4. The Place Beyond The Pines
5. Django Unchained
6.
Prisoners
7.
Sightseers
8.
Upstream Colour
9.
Frances Ha
10.
Silver Linings Playbook
Top Unreleased Films:
1.
Blue Is The Warmest Colour
2. Don Jon
3. Blue Ruin
4.
White Reindeer
5.
Tom At The Farm
Best Animated Film:
Monsters University
Best Documentary:
Stories We Tell
Best Performance:
Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt)
Worst Film:
Movie 43
Most Surprised To Enjoy:
Frances Ha
Mud

 

Jesse ThompsonJesse Thompson

Jesse Thompson is a film and television student whose reviews can be Brisbane-based film reviewing collective The 500 Club, and heard each Thursday from 6pm on 4ZzZ’s Film Club. Although he spends more time with Hollywood’s back catalogue than arthouse classics, he still abides to the dictum that there’s no film not worth seeing.

Website: 500.the400club.org
Twitter: @jethom17

Top 10 Released Films:
1.
Tabu
2. Frances Ha
3. Zero Dark Thirty
4. No
5. Mystery Road
6.
Gravity
7.
Before Midnight
8.
The Hunt
9.
The Counselor
10.
Cloud Atlas
Top Unreleased Films:
1.
Laurence Anyways
2.
Only Lovers Left Alive
3.
The Selfish Giant
4.
The Act Of Killing
5.
Stranger By The Lake
Best Australian Film:
Mystery Road
Best Animated Film:
Monsters University
Best Documentary:
Stories We Tell
Best Performance:
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Worst Film:
Jobs
Most Surprised To Enjoy:
White House Down
Tabu

 

Des PartridgeDes Partridge

Des Partridge was the film critic for The Courier Mail from 1973 to 2010. In that time, he interviewed some of the world's best-known actors and filmmakers.

Website: n/a
Twitter: @DesPartridge

Top 9 Released Films:
1.
Omar
2. Gravity
3. Life Of Pi
4. Zero Dark Thirty
5. Lincoln
6.
Django Unchained
7.
Barbara
8.
The Great Beauty
9.
Rust & Bone
Omar