June 29th, 2017

About CQ

If there’s one thing I love almost as much as viewing films, it’s reading about them. From the erudite scholars of Senses of Cinema and Sight and Sound to the smallest of WordPress blogs, I get great pleasure out of reading the widely differing reactions cinema can elicit, and inspired by the healthy club of film writers based in Melbourne decided to throw my own hat into the ring just before the 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival.

I started this website out of pure enjoyment of the cinema experience, not to cynically deride movies I feel unworthy of praise, nor to make money or as a means to achieve any specific goal. (Although, if I’m honest, one small but significant reason I started Cinema Quest was to improve my writing chops so I could begin submitting work to other websites and magazines.) You will not find linkbait headlines, ads, social media sharing dinguses or anything of that nature on Cinema Quest; I started this website not to make three dollars a week from Google AdWords but to engage in serious (and fun) discussions about cinema and film culture with interesting people whose opinions I respect, whether I know them personally or not.

The only way to make a discussion better is to invite more participants, and I would love nothing more than to have you – yes, you – join the conversation. Please feel free to post a comment to any of my reviews, blogs or lists, and you can email me directly at bd@cinemaquest.com.au.

Your humble narrator

Name: Bradley J. Dixon
Age: 26
Location: Melbourne, Australia

I am a former music blogger attempting to train myself to write again after years of allowing my language muscles to atrophy. For this exercise I chose a topic on which I am no authority but on which I possess many opinions: film.

I am neither a film snob nor an anti-(film-)intellectual; I love everything from serious “high art” cinema to populist thrillers, popcorn blockbusters and the latest Farrelly Brothers dick-and-fart-joke vehicle, and see no reason why movies for entertainment should be evaluated as any less artistic than the cerebral fare seen in serious film festivals around the world. If you’d like to know more about my taste in film, I rate movies over at the wonderful MUBI or you can view my DVD and Blu-ray collection.

A random selection of my favourite films (limit one per director):

  • Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (Murnau, 1922)
  • Metropolis (Lang, 1927)
  • City Lights (Chaplin, 1931)
  • Duck Soup (McCarey, 1933)
  • It Happened One Night (Capra, 1934)
  • The Lady Vanishes (Hitchcock, 1938)
  • The Maltese Falcon (Huston, 1941)
  • Double Indemnity (Wilder, 1944)
  • The Third Man (Reed, 1949)
  • Singin’ in the Rain (Donen/Kelly, 1952)
  • Night and Fog (Resnais, 1955)
  • The Night of the Hunter (Laughton, 1955)
  • 12 Angry Men (Lumet, 1957)
  • Rio Bravo (Hawks, 1959)
  • The Great Escape (Sturges, 1963)
  • For a Few Dollars More (Leone, 1965)
  • A Clockwork Orange (Kubrick, 1971)
  • Taxi Driver (Scorsese, 1976)
  • The Deer Hunter (Cimino, 1978)
  • Ghostbusters (Reitman, 1984)
  • This is Spinal Tap (Reiner, 1984)
  • Back to the Future (Zemeckis, 1985)
  • Coming to America (Landis, 1988)
  • Grave of the Fireflies (Takahata, 1988)
  • For All Mankind (Reinert, 1989)
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Spielberg, 1989)
  • In the Name of the Father (Sheridan, 1993)
  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (Shadyac, 1994)
  • Dumb & Dumber (Farrelly/Farrelly, 1994)
  • Leon: The Professional (Besson, 1994)
  • Pulp Fiction (Tarantino, 1994)
  • Hard Eight (Anderson, 1996)
  • Fireworks (Kitano, 1997)
  • Life is Beautiful (Benigni, 1997)
  • In the Mood for Love (Wong, 2000)
  • Requiem for a Dream (Aronofsky, 2000)
  • The Fog of War (Morris, 2003)
  • Oldboy (Park, 2003)
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Gondry, 2004)
  • Shaun of the Dead (Wright, 2004)
  • The Lives of Others (von Donnersmarck, 2006)
  • The King of Kong (Gordon, 2007)
  • No Country for Old Men (Coen/Coen, 2007)
  • Hunger (McQueen, 2008)
  • WALL-E (Stanton, 2008)
  • A Prophet (Audiard, 2009)