All posts by Grant Watson

Grant Watson is an Australian film critic and writer. He lives in Melbourne.

REVIEW: Jojo Rabbit (2019)

Johannes "Jojo" Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis) is an enthused 10 year-old member of the Hitler Youth; so dedicated to the Nazi cause that he has Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi) for an imaginary friend and dreams of showing enough bravery to defend Germany on the front lines. When he discovers his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding ...

Favourites of the 2010s: #200-176

Over the past few weeks FictionMachine has been counting down my favourite feature films of the past decade. To be honest, the numbers are arbitrary - they would absolutely shift all over the place on a day-by-day basis. It is also going to exclude a lot of outstanding films that I have simply never seen. The best ...

REVIEW: 1922 (2017)

Wilfred "Wilf" James (Thomas Jane) is a Nebraska farmer, living with his estranged wife Arlette (Molly Parker) and teenage son Henry (Dylan Schmid). When Arlette inherits a patch of land, she announces a plan to sell it and to open a dress shop in Omaha with the proceeds - taking Henry with her and leaving ...

Favourites of the 2010s: #225-201

With the decade winding up in a few scant weeks, it's worth looking back on the best films of the decade - or at least the most enjoyable. To be honest the rankings are largely arbitrary, and there are a lot of acclaimed 2010s films that I simply have not seen. If it's on this ...

Favourites of the 2010s: #250-226

With the end of 2019 approaching, I have been counting down through 350 films released over the past decade that really made watching movies worthwhile. The rankings are a bit of an affectation; what is important is whether a film is on the list at all. These are, in essence, films that I have seen ...

REVIEW: The Art of Self-Defense (2019)

Casey (Jesse Eisenberg) is assaulted on the street and grows fearful of his everyday life. To regain control of his courage, he enlists in a local martial arts dojo - only to find its sensei (Allesandro Nivola) governing more and more of his life. The Art of Self-Defense is an absurd comedy written and directed by ...

Favourites of the 2010s: #275-251

With the year almost concluded, I am taking a look back at my favourite movies of the past decade. Here are picks #275-251, but in all honesty it is less about where a film has ranked and more that it's on the overall list. These are all films I would happilly recommend to others. It's ...