The Lowdown Blog’s Top 10 Films of 2013

short term 12 b2013 is another year filled with many big budget, largely forgettable films, but among all the releases, there are truly some gems out there. In fact, some of these films that made it onto the top 10 list caught me by surprise. Over the course of the year, I have caught several films on a weekly basis. In fact, I have lost count of all the ticket stubs that I have collected! Below is the list of the top 10 films I have seen this year. Continue reading

BIFF2013: 12 Years A Slave

12 years a slave posterThere’s no better way to close off the Brisbane International Film Festival other than a screening of the film 12 Years A Slave. Based on the true story of a free man named Solomon Northup, who was kidnapped in the mid 1800s and sent into slavery, 12 Years A Slave is far from comfortable viewing as it looks at the American slave trade that affected millions of people. The movie is an unflinching look at the familial separation, the torture and the abuse in one of the darkest points in American History. Continue reading