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6.5

Good

Ride Like a Girl

Right from the beginning, Ride Like a Girl gives you the sense of a kind of rags-to-riches story – the kind that gets you ready to cheer for the underdog. Based on the true story of Michelle Payne, the biopic captures her life, her family and the journey she took to become the first female jockey to w...

4

Could do without

Nazi Megastructures 6

Why am I reviewing this? I kinda chose it for a joke. But now it’s on me cause I’ve gotta write a review for Nazi Megastructures.. Six. Who’s going to act on this review? I’d be amazed if anyone is going to find this useful but hey, I guess I could lie and tell you I now have a burning need to watch o...

9

Flippin' great

Apollo 11

You’ve seen shots of it a thousand times in movies and in popular culture. Of a big pointy rocket blasting off with chunks of white, frozen material falling off in slow-motion and a dude in a big puffy suit, jumping off a ladder and commenting how important that small hop was. Especially when compared to an...

10

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2040

What will the world look like in 2040? Well, many predictions say the world is going to hell in a handbag and it’s all your fault you plastic-using demon! … However, Damon Gameau has a different narrative for the future. In his new environmental documentary 2040, Damon ponders what the world will look like ...

6

Good

The Price of Everything

Sometimes, tucked into the news, you’ll hear a report of an Andy Warhol ‘selfie’ going for 7 million dollars. You might have muttered to yourself about the ridiculousness of it all. For me, the thought has always ended there. For Director Nathaniel Kahn, it’s a question that deserves an answer. How did it a...

7

I'm smiling

Fahrenheit 11/9

Before going to watch the pre-screening of left-winger documentarian Michael Moore’s latest doco I decided to have a wee look on IMDB to see what people were saying about the film. With a surprisingly low user rating of 5.8 I was intrigued to see the breakdown of votes. In classic political documentar...

7

I'm smiling

An Interview With Gina Hara

Meet Gina Hara. She’s never had a crab stick before, loves Carcassonne the board game, and has directed a documentary called Geek Girls. Saskia and Jaz sat down with her, fed her a crab stick, told her Carcassonne was a real place, and asked her why she made a movie about girls and geekdom. Here is th...

9

Flippin' great

Kusama: Infinity

The choice to watch a movie can often be a lazy one. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, we all need to veg-out every once in a while. But if I’m being honest I wouldn’t usually choose to spend my free time watching a documentary. Like most others I presume, my choices will usually fall in...

7

I'm smiling

Whitney

Whitney is one of those documentaries that’s equal parts beautiful and sad. It’s beautiful to see this woman, unparalleled in vocal ability, catapulted to the heights of super-stardom and adoration. It’s hard to see cocaine addiction ravage her, and those closest to her take advantage of her wealth an...

7

I'm smiling

Mountain

Mountain finds itself between a few genres. Not quite a nature documentary. Not quite an extreme sports reel. Perhaps best described as a feature-length, lightly narrated, high-concept music video. This may not sound terribly inviting, but with music performed by the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and narrat...

8.5

Great

I Am Not Your Negro

I knew going in that I Am Not Your Negro was going to be a difficult documentary to watch and review. As a white woman, I was a little uncomfortable even saying the name to the woman at the ticket counter. I wasn’t sure if I was allowed to say that word! But I wanted to review this documentary because I thi...

7

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An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

An Inconvenient Truth sent shockwaves through the world when it was released in 2006. For many people, it was an alarming wake up call as to the extent of the damage that had been caused over decades of industrialisation which was sending us hurtling towards a global catastrophe. 11 years on and the effects...

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