Review: Picnic at Hanging Rock

Set in 1900 around Valentine’s Day, girls from the Appleyard ladies college are to venture to the title Victorian landmark for a picnic. Unfortunately, only one girl returns from the trip along with staff member Mademoiselle de Poitiers (Helen Morse), whilst three other girls and a teacher (celebrated “Neighbours” old biddy Vivean Grey) vanish without a trace. An investigation led by copper Wyn Roberts ensues, whilst the headmistress (Rachel Roberts) is left to deal with unhappy parents and declining finances. John Jarratt plays one of two young men who were among the last to see the missing girls.

Given how non-eventful this film is, I almost don’t feel like starting with this, but I try to be as cautious as possible. So for those of you who haven’t seen this film, I’m going to be discussing how empty this film is in quite explicit detail. More explicit detail than the film itself actually contains. SPOILER-RIFIC REVIEW AHEAD, YE HAVE BEEN WARNED. Directed by Peter Weir and scripted …

Review: Godzilla 2000

Takehiro Murata is part of the Godzilla Prediction Network, basically the Japanese version of Bill Paxton in “Twister”, with his 10 year-old daughter Mayu Suzuki and shrill photojournalist Naomi Nishida his current travelling companions in his SUV as they follow data leading to Godzilla’s presence in hopes of studying the creature. Meanwhile, a UFO has also landed, although at first it appears to be a giant crater. Once its true UFO form is revealed, it sucks up all of Tokyo’s energy sources and hatches its own giant creature to tussle with Godzilla. Hiroshi Abe plays the cold-hearted rival of our protagonists, who works for the Crisis Control Institute, and would much rather kill Godzilla before studying it.

The first film in the ‘Millennium Series’ of Godzilla films, this 1999 film from director Takao Okawara (who helmed a couple of entries in the previous ‘Hensei Series’ of Godzilla films) is actually the best “Godzilla” film since at least the 1970s, probably even longer. It’s tha…

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Top 10 Films of the Year (1950- )

If a year is missing, it simply means I haven’t seen enough good/great films to compile a top 10 list for that year. As usual feel free to comment, complain, gently harass, tell me to get a life, etc. Actually, don’t tell me to get a life, that’s mean and I’ll cry. You don’t want to see a grown man cry do you?
So, working backwards to 1950...

Top 10 Films of 2016
1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
2. Moonlight
3. Bright Lights: Starring Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher
4. The Jungle Book
5. The Nice Guys
6. Lion
7. Hidden Figures
8. Manchester By the Sea
9. Hell or High Water
10. Patriots Day

Top 10 Films of 2015

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2. Southpaw
3. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
4. Ex Machina
5. The Revenant
6. Project Almanac
7. Kingsman: The Secret Service
8. The Martian
9. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
10. Turbo Kid

Top 10 Films of 2014
1. Gone Girl
2. The Babadook
3. Fury
4. Nightcrawler
5. The Theory of Everything
6. Under th…