Baz Lurhmann's 2008 epic Australia was a pleasant surprise. The fact that it was a billion years long, the fact that it was swathed in controversial press and the fact that it was about Australia, made it very hard not to be cynical, even from a long lover of the Baz. I loved it. I really did. Of course it was a bit cheesy here and there, and it's storyline classic, but it was just so beautiful and fresh in enough bits. I instantly fell in love with Nullah and finally understand everyone's silly crushes on Hugh Jackman, the Drover. Whilst long, I was engaged the entire time, adoring every centimetre of the screen for nearly most of it. Definitely transcended hype (in an if you can handle some cheese sort of way).
I was reluctant to see this one actually. Although I would say I am fairly or almost very interested in political history, I generally like to keep those interests confined to print: in books and the papers. However, seeing Frost/Nixon unexpectedly got me beyond excited. Based on the Frost/Nixon interviews after Nixon's resignation, the surreal nature of it being a based on events and words that are fairly true breathes so much life into the film. It is just so god damn fascinating. Maybe I'm just a polinerd or maybe it was a really good film, or just really interesting subject matter. Either or anyway, excellent, excellent stuff.
Where my Australianhood commanded a viewing of Australia, Twilight, I feel, is a prerequisite film for my existence as an adolescent. The film was fairly dreadful as expected but Robert Pattison as Edward Cullen was pretty enough to prevent excessive eye-rolling and gagging. Finest face in the universe? Probably not. But still fairly gorgeous.
I finally watched The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy recently and I loved it beyond words. Therefore all I will say is, this is magical, wonderful, philosophical, funny, gorgeous, super stuff and if you don't watch it, you are missing out. Really.
Next movies on my hitlist: Slumdog Millionaire, Revolutionary Road, Milk, The Class, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Choke, The Wackness(+ Paris Je T'aime at the Astor)
and see you all in the NEW YEAR! May it be bright and shiny and lovely and wonderful and supermegacool.