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 ...

REVIEW: The King (2019)

It takes a certain amount of nerve to attempt a new adaptation of the life of England's King Henry V. William Shakespeare has effectively had Hal's story sewn up since about 1599, with his rousing and patriotic account standing as pretty much the most famous of his history plays. It seems even braver to base ...

REVIEW: The Lion King (2019)

With this year's release of Jon Favreau's The Lion King, Disney finally reached peak redundancy. Their series of animated classic remakes has been a resounding success in commercial terms, and indeed Favreau's film has grossed more than US$1.6 billion in cinemas worldwide. Creatively, however, it feels like a black page. It adds little to the 1994 ...

REVIEW: Parasite (2019)

Kim Ki-woo (Choi Woo-sik), a young man living in poverty, miraculously scores a part-time job tutoring mathematics for a rich Korean family. When that family needs an art tutor, Ki-woo knows of an excellent choice. When the family fires their driver for impropriety, their new art tutor knows of the perfect replacement. When their housekeeper ...

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