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The Harry Potter Films - RANKED
Another indefinite spur of lockdown in my home city means another indefinite spur of movies to comb-through and tolerate and, if I’m uncharacteristically lucky, enjoy.
Film Review: My First Summer
Last night, my housemate and I sat in front of the TV with just one request, the sort of request that covers many a film in hindsight yet can never seem to be fulfilled on demand: we wanted to watch a good film. It didn’t have to be brilliant, nor Oscar-worthy (if you want to know which films from this year’s Oscars are actually worth seeing, suss my other article out here), we just wanted to put our feet up in front of the telly without having to get up after ten minutes because our choice of movie proved too painful to continue. Look, it’s a low bar. All we wanted was to be, at the very least, entertained.
Which Oscar Winners Are Actually Worth Seeing
It’s that time of year again. Except it’s not. A pandemic-ridden world has shaken up the film industry in more ways than one over the past year and a bit. From world-wide cinema closures, to exclusive online-only releases, to a belated and socially distanced Oscar’s ceremony, the Academy Awards are looking a lil’ bit different this time around the sun. But not to fear! Because we did get there in the end, even if the show did go a fair bit overtime with all the useful fluff and muff of too-long speeches and awkward Zoom call-ins. So out of all the winners of yesterday’s ceremony, here are the ones that are actually worth a watch.
3 Films to Watch Instead of Wonder Woman: 1984
After subjecting myself to what I thought would be a very cool, very contemporary, woman-led superhero movie- much like Wonder Woman (2017) proved to be -I was utterly disappointed to find out that Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) was none of these things. Not only did the filmmakers take the whole 80's thing quite literally in that the characters were truly living up to completely outdated and, quite frankly, gross gender roles, but the film was just all-round not very …good. And if you want to hear what I really thought of it, you can read my full review of WW84 here: 5 Reasons Why Wonder Woman 1984 Sucks. Otherwise, here’s three VERY cool, VERY contemporary, woman-led and woman-made (and woman-SLAYED) films that are better worth your time.
Baz Luhrmann’s films – RANKED
The Australian auteur has sure as hell proven over his almost-30-year career that the cinema is a place of bright lights and camp costumes, of eclectic music and misfit characters, a place of extravagance and dramatics, all wrapped up in the craft of storytelling. Luhrmann’s filmography begins in the early 90’s with a little, but oh so pivotal, film called Strictly Ballroom. An unassuming Aussie story that found its place in the Glitter Cycle of 1990s Australian cinema (alongside films such as Muriel’s Wedding (1996) and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)), Luhrmann’s debut on the big screen propelled his career to the extreme, landing himself all the way over in a little land called Hollywood. Since then, old mate Baz has made for himself a prolific (and sure as hell bedazzling) career of musicals and movies, of TV and shorts, making his name one to be known- perhaps with the inclusion of jazz hands.
The 5 Australian coming-of-age films you MUST see
Rabbit Proof Fence (2002) directed by Phillip Noyce The heart-wrenching story of three young Aboriginal girls as they journey across outback Australia after escaping the hands white colonists who stole them from their families. It’s a common theme in many Australian films that the land of this vast country is unruly and unforgiving, often presented as a character in itself, and one to be feared at that. Many Australian films tell stories only of the limited perspective of white settlers, people who are new to the land and unfamiliar with the ultimate beauty of this country. But the story of Molly, Daisy and Grace in Rabbit-Proof Fence demonstrates the deep connection that the Aboriginal community has with their land, a familiarity with country that allows these young girls to be brave and embark on a journey that few white people would dare. This film ripped out my heart and swallowed it whole, before spitting it up and then slowly piecing what remained back together.
5 Reasons Why Wonder Woman 1984 sucks
WARNING: SPOILER ALERTS AHEAD! The whole 1980s aesthetic Terrible. Disgusting. Heinous. *insert vomit emoji* If you’re going to make a film set in the 1980s, MAKE IT LOOK LIKE IT’S SET IN THE 1980s. It just honestly should not be that hard, considering people who worked on Wonder Woman 1984 surely lived through that period of time. If not, there’s a dense catalogue of visual material (e.g. best movie of the 80s: Heathers) of what the 1980s actually looked like. Instead, WW84 served up a dish that looked scarily similar to what the 80s thought we would look like NOW, in Back To the Future II. Gross.
Taylor Swift's folklore VS. evermore
In the most 2020 fashion, Taylor Swift has dropped not one but TWO absolute bombs on us this year. But instead of leaving mushroom clouds and mass destruction in her wake, the angel that is T-Swizzle has instead graced all of us inferior earthly peasants with the excessive grand total of thirty-two (THIRTY-TWO!!!) songs to chew our ears off with and pretend we live in a world in which this year didn’t happen. Tay has traded in pandemics and elections for teenage love triangles and climbing seven-foot trees and being the suspect of your dead friend’s husband’s murder. This is a feat made achievable by way of Miss Taylor Swift's ability to manipulate a story, to twist and turn her words into the shapes of narratives that she sends out to us lowly humans on her angelic soundwaves.