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Hard News: Jim looks back at the big Oscar movies

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  • Mike Kilpatrick,

    Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this. I loved Jimmy's 'Don't judge me' line before his review of 'Blue is the Warmest Colour' and I heartily endorse his decision to call 'Her' the best of them all.

    I struggled with quite a few of these films and think many failed to live up to the hype. 'Her', on the other hand, sounded stupid and blew me away.

    Jimmy makes an excellent film critic (and not just because he agrees with me!)

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 16 posts Report

  • BenWilson,

    OK Jimmy, sold. I'll go see Her. Also, I refused to see 12 Years a Slave for precisely the reason you end up pitching as it's flaw - too damned good. Felt the same way about Schindler's List which I never finished, was far, far too bummed out by some scenes in it. One day when I'm feeling more happy than is decent, I'll rent them both.

    Thanks for the reviews. I'm an absolute miser about my film budget so I rely on good advice.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report

  • Sue,

    can i cast a vote for 60 second film summaries with jimmy? this was great

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 527 posts Report

  • Stephen R, in reply to Sue,

    can i cast a vote for 60 second film summaries with jimmy? this was great


    Wellington • Since Jul 2009 • 259 posts Report

  • Simon Bennett,

    Enjoyed a lot. I vote for a weekly podcast.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 174 posts Report

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Good on you, Jimmy. I didn’t like American Hustle either–and have never watched Mary Poppins. ‘Tonally inconsistent’–very sharp.

    Must link this to my http://cinemasofnz.info site

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2562 posts Report

  • Jimmy Rae Brown,

    Thank you for all the positive feedback. I'de also like to thank Dad for giving me the idea to sign up for this website.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2014 • 2 posts Report

  • Tristan,

    I bloody love a good jump cuts!

    (After watching 12 years a slave I had to go an watch 7 days before I could sleep)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 221 posts Report

  • Emma Neale,

    Intelligent, humorous and obviously deeply felt responses - this young man conveys his commitment to the art form with such exuberance!

    Dunedin • Since Mar 2014 • 3 posts Report

  • Cecelia,

    Fantastic reviews. Infectious enthusiasm. Have to say, though, that I found 12 Years a Slave unsatisfying if that makes sense.

    Hibiscus Coast • Since Apr 2008 • 559 posts Report

  • Russell Brown,

    A couple of updates. The Oscar movies Jim missed in the first oen:

    And his rave review (surprising even himself) of The Raid 2:

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report

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