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    The Best and Worst Aussie Movies

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    In the local newspaper today was a lift-out titled
    "The Best and Worst Aussie Movies"
    It was written by Guy Davis (the papers film critic) and I found his list interesting and of course like so many other "best of" lists at least a little controversial for what was included and omitted.

    The BEST list...

    [olist][*] Gallipoli[*] Mad Max 2[*] Babe[*] The Year My Voice Broke[*] Chopper[*] Muriels Wedding[*] The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith[*] Malcom[*] Newsfront[*] The Picture Show Man[*] Wake in Fright[*] The Boys[*] The Proposition[*] Ten Canoes[*] Next of Kin[*] Storm Boy[*] Proof[*] The Square[*] Thank God He Met Lizzie[*] The Chain Reaction
    [/olist]

    ...and the WORST list...

    [olist][*] The Book of Revelation[*] Candy[*] Houseboat Horror[*] Howling III: The Marsupials[*] Kiss or Kill[*] Reckless Kelly[*] The Return of Captain Invincible[*] Welcome to Woop Woop[*] Wog Boy 2: The Kings of Mykonos[*] You & Your Stupid Mate
    [/olist]

    What Aussie movies do you think should have made these two lists?

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    What about the first iconic Aussie Bikie movie Stone in the best and maybe Rabbit Proof Fence, The Castle, Romper Stomper.

    In the worst, anything with Nicole Kidman... Razorback, Wannabees, Ned Kelly (Mick Jagger), and many, many more...

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    The Cars that Ate Paris, definitly in catagory 2, along with Dimboola (the movie not the town).

    I hope that list is not in order!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4353455D525157300 link=1310219499/1#1 date=1310220321
    What about the first iconic Aussie Bikie movie Stone in the best and maybe Rabbit Proof Fence, The Castle, Romper Stomper.
    Nice work, you managed to pick 3 out of those 4 that I had in my best list too.

    Stone is one of mine in the best list but I doubted it would make anyone elses list.* I actually have a (long term) project Z9 thats going to get Toads paintwork on it if I ever finish it!

    The Castle was funny and so many lines from it have become "normal lingo" now.

    Romper Stomper Powerful and spooky.* Just saying the name I can hear the music from the movie that made the hair on the back of your neck stand-up.

    Quote Originally Posted by 4353455D525157300 link=1310219499/1#1 date=1310220321
    In the worst, anything with Nicole Kidman
    ;D
    I totally agree, she is poison to anything she touches.*

    Some other movies that I think should be in the top 20

    Picnic at Hanging Rock.

    The Man from Snowy River

    I also liked Mad Max way more than the sequel

    Also the list should have at least one Ben Mendelsohn movie in there.. Idiot Box or Metal Skin or The Big Steal or even Spotswood

    ...and maybe just in the list would be something like Death in Brunswick that was a real surprise package at the time and had some pretty funny stuff in it.

    Top of my worst list is either Take Away or Emoh Ruo

    ...and then there are movies like Bad Boy Bubby and Wolf Creek that could land in either list (similar to Romper Stomper) depending on how you viewed it.

    Quote Originally Posted by 7255515E6F72555142300 link=1310219499/2#2 date=1310222722
    I hope that list is not in order!
    Certainly is, thats Guys list as published.
    (I just added the IMDB links to make it easier for CSrs).

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    mad max!..........listening to those Ford V8s through my Jamo surround.........thats music ;)

    push me....shove you....oh yeh says who!...... haha.

    so cool 8-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 406F6578010 link=1310219499/3#3 date=1310226008
    the list should have at least one Ben Mendelsohn movie
    Ben was a star in "The Year My Voice Broke" which is listed. It was the first movie I saw the young Ben in.

    Luckily I have seen and enjoyed more than half of the best list but none of the worst list.

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    Im aghast that one of my favourite movies is in the worst list - Yahoo Serious was a genius: give me Young Einstein and Reckless Kelly over some of the others any day!

    My all time favourites (in no particular order):-

    1. Picnic at Hanging Rock
    2. Storm Boy
    3. The Castle
    4. Reckless Kelly
    5. Young Einstein
    6. Hercules Returns
    7. Kenny
    8. Gallipoli
    9. Breaker Morant
    10. Any of the Mad Maxs
    11. The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith
    12. Crackerjack
    13. Romper Stomper

    Im sure theres a lot more that can be added, but its too early in the morning to think of them.

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by 0C2B3D2F37440 link=1310219499/6#6 date=1310251705
    Im aghast that one of my favourite movies is in the worst list
    ..and others. You would never get agreement on this subject, especially a Worst of List. But have a look at the list on the left side of this site. Hard to dispute those.
    I Would probably add "Australia" to the worst.

    I thought "Candy was an excellent portrayal of an unsavoury topic, as was "Little Fish".

    "The Black Balloon" is another brilliant Aussie movie as was "Sanctum" a dud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5B786B6B60465D6C777A7877190 link=1310219499/5#5 date=1310250340
    Ben was a star in "The Year My Voice Broke" which is listed.
    Good point, I missed that.

    Quote Originally Posted by 517660726A190 link=1310219499/6#6 date=1310251705
    Yahoo Serious was a genius
    serious?? :o

    Quote Originally Posted by 517660726A190 link=1310219499/6#6 date=1310251705
    7. Kenny
    I cant look at a portaloo without thinking of him.

    Quote Originally Posted by 517660726A190 link=1310219499/6#6 date=1310251705
    Breaker Morant
    Thats a pretty big ommision, I guess Guy had Gallipoli in there so wanted to mixup the genres a bit.

    Quote Originally Posted by 7F75607777786C6A190 link=1310219499/7#7 date=1310255880
    have a look at the list on the left side of this site.
    Nice find, that www.film.org.au is a good resource for Aussie movies. The IMDB links that I posted were hard to find for some of the smaller movies (would have taken half the time on that site). So many movies are produced with the same titles even in the same year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7659534E370 link=1310219499/8#8 date=1310259442
    Quote Originally Posted by 517660726A190 link=1310219499/6#6 date=1310251705
    Yahoo Serious was a genius
    serious??* *:o
    ;D

    A man beyond his time...nah, not really, but I did find his movies really enjoyable. Or maybe because it was because I was only in my early 20s when they came out, so they appealled to my sense of humour.

    That said, I also thought Ringo Stars Caveman was hilarious, as well - I tend to have a twisted (purile?) sense of humour when it comes to comedy movies. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by 715640524A390 link=1310219499/9#9 date=1310260516
    I was only in my early 20s
    Yeah, interesting you say that. I think the movies we pick for a list will have a lot to do with our age.

    Guy is a couple of years younger than me so Storm Boy was something he would have seen as a kid with a big enough impact for him to remember it 30 years later.

    I look back at my list and I can see that most of the movies fall in the 80s and 90s when I was in my "20 something" and watched a lot of movies. In the last few years nearly all the movies I watched were on airoplanes... tend not to be home enough to see movies anymore and when I do its kiddy stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4D6A7C6E76050 link=1310219499/9#9 date=1310260516
    That said, I also thought Ringo Stars Caveman was hilarious, as well - I tend to have a twisted (purile?) sense of humour when it comes to comedy movies.
    I saw this at a drive-in, and they gave out numbered scratch and sniff cards to go with the movie, when the number came up in the right hand corner you scratch that number, instant smell-o-vision.
    Apparently most things in prehistory smelled like cow poo :-?;D!

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    Yep, same here - maybe we should add Fern Gully to the list?

    Most of the movies I watch nowdays are ones that shouldnt be missed and I get with my two free Box Office Foxtel movies. The others are usually on the included Movie channels but even they are far between for the most part - comes with the territory: youre too tired most nights once the kids have gone to bed to watch anything meaty!

    I wonder how many 16-30 year olds have seen Breaker Morant or the Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith? Not many, Im hazarding to guess (nor other such pearlers like Smokey & The Bandit or Convoy? :D )

    Oh well, best off to bed, I suppose - kids are back at School tomorrow so its a 5.00am start for me again!

    Nighty night all!

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    running on empty
    http://www.pitstop.net.au/view/movies/page/query/plu/15246

    Razor back
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087981/

    Last train to Freo
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0848592/


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    Two Hands (1999)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 656F7A6D6D627670030 link=1310219499/7#7 date=1310255880
    "The Black Balloon" is another brilliant Aussie movie
    Yep, one of the best Aussie films ive seen and rather shocked to see it not make this list.

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    Stone is definitely one of my favourites, and I actually had posession (on loan) of a Z9 for a few years while a family member worked overseas. A few men would look twice when they realised it was a girl riding it* ;D Thank god I never dropped the thing because Id never have been able to pick it up again.

    Sunday Too Far Away is also one of the best Aussie movies ever made, especially that clothes washing scene of Jack thompsons very nice bare bottom* :D The opening scene definitely catches your attention.

    Bean Bear, I have to disagree about The Cars That Ate Paris. Brilliant movie, and very much a cult film.

    I still believe Storm Boy is the most beautifully shot film ever made in Australia. As a South Australian who has spent most of my childhood on the Coorong, I believe Geoff Burton really captured the amazing beauty of the Coorong.

    The Odd Angry Shot is also a great one as well as all others like Picnic at Hanging Rock, Breaker morant and so many others its really toohard to choose a top twenty.

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    Nice to see a few "Stone" fans. I had a mate with a Z9 and he used to do the trick where you pull on the front picks and stand the bike up in the air.

    He stopped doing it after losing a fair bit of bark off his face from showing off...

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    Having grown up in and around the Australian film industry, thanks to my mum being a freelance film and tv make up artist, as well as a founder of the Make Up Artists Guild of Aust...I have always felt a close attachment to a lot of Aussie films, especially the ones my mum got to work on.

    I was a bit surprised to see that Picnic at Hanging Rock did not make that list. Surely, it was one of Peter Weirs career defining films!? Either that one or The Year of Living Dangerously (which Im sure had an Oscar nomination or two.)

    So...no one thought that Charlie and Boots should make the list? I actually love this film.

    No Crocodile Dundee either? It sure had moments in it that are still being quoted in day to day life! Well, at least it can rest on the laurels of being Australias highest grossing film.

    I agree too with the Man from Snowy River, this is my all time favourite movie...to the point where we spent a long weekend riding the high country on horses, visiting many of the movie locations. (and incidently where my husband and I announced our engagement! Standing round the campfire, surrounded by horses from the movie! Yep, it was romantic!)

    Breaker Morant not making that list was a surprise. I also love the Lighthorsemen as well as Phar Lap (my mum worked on that movie).

    I know the Castle has had a mention but what about The Dish? Love this movie as well, even if it took a little bit of licence with what actually happened in regards to Australia being involved with the first moon walk. Never let the truth get in the way of a good story however!* :D

    Who mentioned the Big Steal? What a classic...can never forget that name of Gordon Farkas...seriously, its enough to have me giggling silly even now!

    There is a copy of Stone in this household too but it was well before my time and having seen it as an adult, still found it a bit...odd.* ;)

    Priscilla, Queen of the Desert didnt make the list either? Strictly Ballroom? Lantana? The Piano?

    Seems like the author probably hasnt seen a great deal of Australian films after all!



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    Quote Originally Posted by 66767A7A61744A727479150 link=1310219499/18#18 date=1310373572
    Seems like the author probably hasnt seen a great deal of Australian films after all!
    I would guess he has seen anything we can mention at least once.. but obviously didnt rate them as high for whatever reason.* He is actually a very good reviewer and tells it how it is without too much ego like some others in the printed press do.

    Quote Originally Posted by 66767A7A61744A727479150 link=1310219499/18#18 date=1310373572
    No Crocodile Dundee either
    The front page of the newspaper had the banner ad for this artice and showed Dundee on one side and Max on the other... yet Dundee didnt get a gong.

    Quote Originally Posted by 66767A7A61744A727479150 link=1310219499/18#18 date=1310373572
    Standing round the campfire, surrounded by horses from the movie!
    I would take a punt that was Jack Lovicks place.* tis funny the things we dont know about our friends sometimes.

    Quote Originally Posted by 66767A7A61744A727479150 link=1310219499/18#18 date=1310373572
    Stone... still found it a bit...odd
    Maybe "a bit odd" also describes those that still like it too?
    ;D

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1639332E570 link=1310219499/19#19 date=1310380792
    Quote Originally Posted by 66767A7A61744A727479150 link=1310219499/18#18 date=1310373572
    Seems like the author probably hasnt seen a great deal of Australian films after all!
    I would guess he has seen anything we can mention at least once.. but obviously didnt rate them as high for whatever reason.* He is actually a very good reviewer and tells it how it is without too much ego like some others in the printed press do.
    Would be interesting to hear his reasoning behind his list, Andy. Did he give one?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1639332E570 link=1310219499/19#19 date=1310380792
    Quote Originally Posted by 66767A7A61744A727479150 link=1310219499/18#18 date=1310373572
    Standing round the campfire, surrounded by horses from the movie!
    I would take a punt that was Jack Lovicks place.* tis funny the things we dont know about our friends sometimes.
    I guess I havent really talked a lot about old history...sometimes, you do just think that friends youve been around a long time just know stuff about you. Must remember its not always the case! Remind me to tell you the whole story some time, there are quite a few from that weekend! Yes, youre quite correct, it was on the Lovicks ride where a lot of the country travelled was state forest as well as the Lovicks property. I have always wanted to get back there, this time with the 4wd and camper!

    Quote Originally Posted by 1639332E570 link=1310219499/19#19 date=1310380792
    Quote Originally Posted by 66767A7A61744A727479150 link=1310219499/18#18 date=1310373572
    Stone... still found it a bit...odd
    Maybe "a bit odd" also describes those that still like it too?
    ;D
    ;D Then that would describe Mark to a T then! It was his fave film after all! (well, that and Top Gun!) ;D


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    Most of the omissions I would have called have been covered already.....Stone, Romper Stomper, The castke, MMax 1, Sunday Too Far Away, Odd Angry Shot et al

    I have to admit to my shame though.....I did fork out good money to go and see Welcome to Woop Woop at the big screen. Myself and the four other people there etc etc ...really, really bad movie saved in part at the time only by Suzie Porter and the Barry Humphries cameo ;D


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    I agree with Di that Breaker Morant and the Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith are worth a guernsey and with Scoota about Priscilla, Strictly Ballroom, Lantana, Crocodile Dundee and The Piano.

    Many great Aussie films fail at the box office because their promotion cannot compete with Yankee blockbusters released at the same time.

    Here are what I think are some more great Aussie films from the past: Jedda, Smiley, The Shiralee, The Sundowners, Theyre a Weird Mob, Alvin Purple, Don Quixote, The Fourth Wish, The Picture Show Man and Oyster Farmer.

    Some may have been before your time; however they may pop up on TV or DVD from time to time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6E4D5E5E55736859424F4D422C0 link=1310219499/22#22 date=1310521788
    The Piano.

    That would probably be on a list of NZ movies ;)

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    I had thought that The Piano was an NZ film but then I saw it on a list of Aussie films. http://www.film.org.au/feature_allfilms.htm

    See Piano 1993.

    The Piano has been happily claimed as an Australian film and as a New Zealand film. (The French have thankfully resisted the temptation, even though it was paid for by French francs.) So what nationality is it? Does it matter?

    It was presented at Cannes as an Australian film, especially when it won the Palme dOr.

    And of course it matters in the gathering of Australian Film Institute Awards, which it did.

    Director Jane Campion is a New Zealander as is star, Sam Neil; the film is set and shot in New Zealand.

    The producer is Australian, as is the writer and editor, and it was developed in Australia. Post production was completed in Australia. The composer is English and the finance French.

    For more read: http://www.urbancinefile.com.au/home/view.asp?a=1512&Section=

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    Quote Originally Posted by 272B37292D272228312222440 link=1310219499/14#14 date=1310343427
    Two Hands (1999)
    Yep - great movie.

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    Shine with geoffrey rush has to be in there along with dirty deeds as quite entertaining. Finding nemo was australian too wasnt it? Not saying I am putting my vote there but the box office certainly thinks so.

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    Finding Nemo was a Pixar and Walt Disney movie, so, not sure it could be claimed as Aussie apart from location and a few voice overs. However Happy Feet could probably be claimed as an Aussie film, considering it was a Kennedy Miller production. Though it was still probably bankrolled by overseas finance too.

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    Heres my top 10

    1. The Interview
    2. Lantana
    3. The Boys
    4. Bad Boy Bubby
    5. Sunday Too Far Away
    6. The Bank
    7. Wake In Fright
    8. Mad Max 1
    9. Breaker Morant
    10. The Club



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