Heavenly Creatures (1994)

I started getting into movies in my early teens. I lived in a small town, Busselton, in WA, and it was the 90s; a much harder time than now to pursue an interest. Before the internet, getting information was difficult. To find out about films I only had one daily newspaper, reviews on TV, and the tiny section of film books at the local library. Someone also gifted me ‘Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide’ for my birthday one year. But it was enough to get started. Continue reading Heavenly Creatures (1994)

The Tree of Life (2011)

When you think about it, it is extraordinarily unlikely that we are here. We stand at the end of a very long line of sequential events; the big bang, the formation of matter, the cooling of the universe, the creation of stars, galaxies, planets, the emergence of organic chemistry, and biology, multi-cellular organisms, intelligence, sentience. A process that took 14 billion years, that we are only just beginning to understand; from an infinite explosion, to me sitting at my laptop. Continue reading The Tree of Life (2011)

Amelie (2001)

In 2001 I lived in Sydney, in a tiny apartment in Glebe. I could walk to work in the city, walk down to Glebe markets on a Saturday and, best of all, walk to the Valhalla cinema on Glebe Point Rd. This was one of the city’s last truly independent cinemas, run by a handful of film nerds on no budget, out of what was once a glorious old theatre palace, slowly collapsing into ruin. It looked like the Grand Budapest Hotel. Continue reading Amelie (2001)