June 26th, 2017

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 […]

Stephen Holden’s best films of 2011

Stephen Holden of the New York Times lists his favourites of the year: IT was the season of apocalypse. Whether your idea of the end is reconciliatory (a family reunion on a misty far shore in “The Tree of Life”) or punishing — the collision of Earth with another planet in “Melancholia”; extinction in a […]

Ten great films without musical scores

I love a good film score. Some of the greatest music of the 20th century comes to us courtesy of composers like John Williams, Ennio Morricone and Anton Karas, and the perfect score can turn a good movie into a great one. Can you imagine Psycho‘s famous shower scene without Bernard Herrmann’s violent violins? Would […]

MIFF 2011: Top ten most anticipated MIFF picks


Tomorrow marks the opening night of the 60th annual Melbourne International Film Festival, and to me that sounds like the perfect time to start a film blog. So it is with no fanfare at all that I welcome you to Cinema Quest, a place where I can air my von Trier-related grievances, viciously defend the […]