November 28th, 2014

Fucking in Diamond Creek

Bob Ellis and David Williamson – yes, the Bob Ellis and David Williamson – engage in what can only be described as an articulately-expressed flame war in the comments section of a post on Ellis’s blog. (And the wonderful humourist Ben Pobjie makes a special appearance, too.) With each comment I found myself more and […]

NYTimes: The top 10 reasons to make (and love) top ten lists

My next-door neighbor Dave, for example, is not a music critic. He works for the U.S. Postal Service. But he’s a ferocious holder of opinions about music, and therefore he has made year-end lists since college. “It was almost like completing a mini-journal of the year that had just passed,” he told me. “Relistening to […]

eFilmCritic’s quote whores of the year

Can’t believe I missed what is my favourite part of the end-of-year list mania: eFilmCritic‘s list of the year’s worst quote whores. A quote whore is a film “critic” (some would say “hack”) who seems interested only in getting their name on to film posters and trailers, often for truly awful movies. Whore Week comes […]

Rich Haridy’s best films of 2011

Saving the best for last, Rich Haridy has shown up every other film blogger in Australia by producing a magnificently-edited video compilation to accompany his top ten.

Luke Buckmaster’s year-end wrap up

No prizes for guessing that these wouldn’t be enumerated, but Crikey‘s Luke Buckmaster has his year-end lists up: films, male performances and female performances. I haven’t begun to compile mine yet, but I think if I were to list my favourite performances of the year my picks would be very similar to his.

Glenn Dunks’ best films of 2011

A couple of interesting choices.

Matthew Toomey’s best and worst films of 2011

Brisbane-based film critic Matthew Toomey joins the party with his list of the best and worst of the year.

Lee Zachariah’s best films of 2011

As if compiling a list of ten films isn’t difficult enough, Lee Zachariah of the Bazura Project and Hell is for Hyphenates has begun to list his top fifty films of 2011, plus a bonus list of the ten best documentaries of the year. I love his rationalisation for having such a large list, too: […]

Roger Ebert’s best documentaries of 2011

Noted documentary-phile Roger Ebert has listed his 20 favourite documentaries of the year to go with his list of favourite feature films. Those who know Ebert’s favourite film of the 1990s will not be surprised by #1.

Restoring the opening sequence of Seven Chances, one frame at a time

Eric Grayson, film historian and preservationist, spoke to the classic film preservation website NitrateVille