One of the benefits of film is that it is a visual media, and that means that it can do in a frame what it might take a book several pages to pull off. Where we see this the most is in its ability to build worlds in front of our eyes.
These worlds could be great space operas that explore galaxies, or a small period piece that looks back in time, or anything. But when every part of the film is being used to tell a story, you know it is good.
So without further ado, these are films that showed excellence in Worldbuilding 2019. Be warned that there may be some slight spoilers ahead for the films in question, also you can click on the banners to go to the full reviews.
Tension is one of the most difficult facets of filmmaking to pull off because it requires the script, direction, acting, and editing to all work in tandem to evoke the perfect pace. If just one part of that group misses then the most important part of the film falls apart.
In 2019 we continued to see some excellent use of tension used to build mystery or to be the harbinger of the coming dread, or even the ticking clock of inevitability.
So without further ado, these are the moments of tension that kept us on the edge of our seats in 2019. Be warned that there may be some slight spoilers ahead for the films in question and you can click on the banners to be taken to the full reviews.
It was an amazing year for Australian Cinema, with each film I saw knocking it out of the park. There were intimate documentaries, films that held up a mirror to society, and those that brought the action to a new level. In this list, we will be looking more at the locally made Australian productions/co-productions and not films filmed in Australia.
So without further ado, these are the best of Australian Cinema in 2019. Be warned that there will be some big spoilers ahead for the films in question. Also, click on the banner to go to the full reviews.
TL;DR – This is a movie that is contemplative, tension, and fascinating as all get, a must watch for any fan of the science fiction genre.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Motherhood is a concept that does not get as much exploration in the science
fiction world. Yes, of course, there is the waring mothers of Aliens, but they tend to be the
exception rather than the rule. So when you see a science fiction post-apocalyptical
film titled I Am Mother, you immediately
sit up and take notice and thankfully the final product is such an amazing work
So to set the scene, at some point in the future humanity finally did it, we
went and killed ourselves off in an extinction level event. Thankfully, some
people saw this coming and hid a facility away in the mountains filled with embryos
in stasis and a backup carer if no one could make it. With that Mother (Rose
Byrne & Luke Hawker) is activated and sets the process going for the first
new human birth, even as the bunker shakes with the last throes of the
conflict. Many years later and Daughter (Clara Rugaard) has grown up, living
her life under the care of Mother. However, one day something bangs against the
airlock and everything she knew gets thrown into chaos.