About Moviedoc and our Writers

Why Moviedoc?

With so many amateur and professional movie reviewers and film critics out there who recommend and ridicule movies that we review for you, you might wonder who is best to seek guidance from and how Moviedoc differs from the rest of the rat pack?

Well, Moviedoc keeps each and every film review 100% spoiler-free, so they are completely safe for you to read prior to seeing the movie.

I’m sure that most, if not all of us, have read a review of a film with the intention to understand a little more about it so we can determine whether or not to see it, and instead just read what happens in half the bloody movie!? Or viewed a trailer for an upcoming comedy that contains the only laugh-out-loud moments to be had in the entire film!

The writers at Moviedoc understand these grievances and therefore we pride ourselves on our ability to creatively construct film reviews that only reveal details we feel are necessary and important to know about each movie. We also write about the key components that we feel make or break the film, so that you can more easily identify whether it is one of interest to you or not, and why. Again, we do so without any form of spoilers and believe that the less you know often results in something more you’ll experience in or from the film! Finally, we always aim to keep our reviews easy to read, entertaining and informative. Even if you aren’t interested in the actual film, the review will still be worth the short read.

This means that not only are our reviews a trustworthy companion to help you decide whether or not to watch a film, but to also know if the film is a must-see at the cinema or just as satisfactory viewing in the comfort of your own home.

*Moviedoc writers are based in Melbourne, Australia. Therefore, the release of each film review will always coincide with the Australian cinematic release date of that movie.

About the writers of Moviedoc

Leigh Farrugia (Founder, Writer)

While my taste in film broadens with almost every movie I watch, I thoroughly appreciate an intricately-written and multi-layered psychological character drama. I value documentaries very strongly too. But above all else, I just admire a film that makes you feel, provokes thought and/or raises some form of awareness or educates. I truly believe that cinema can be a gateway to improving who we are as people (if we let it) and can sometimes provide a different perspective of something to our own. Though these are the movies I most value, I also enjoy the escapism from reality that they often provide. As you can see from my best films of the year blog posts, I easily enjoy and appreciate all genres of film. My open-mindedness towards cinema and varied taste in film is something that I do take pride in and aim to encourage others to also be. Something that I love most about my gig as film reviewer is when a particular movie that one wouldn’t ordinarily watch that I’ve recommended has been well-received. Understanding individual taste and knowing what to suggest watching, especially when the movie is a hidden gem of mine, is one of the most rewarding aspects of film reviewing to me.

Jell Radford (Writer)

Hi guys, I’m Jell, (aka the Movie Maven). In order to give you some perspective on my reviews I thought it would be handy to tell you a little bit about myself and the films that I love. 

Firstly, I’m a long time cinefile, but new to the review game, so still developing my voice as a writer. I’ve loved movies ever since I can remember, a trait that was passed down from my father and grandmother. In fact throughout the very first film I saw at the cinema (A Land Before Time) when I was not quite four years old, it was my grandmother who held down the flip up seat so I didn’t become the contents of a chair taco…so thank you to her for not letting me be traumatized during my first film going experience.

Over the years I’ve seen more movies than I can recall and have collection of approximately 400 films at home (much to my partners chagrin). I will give almost any movie a watch, but unlike my good friend Leigh, I’m less partial to extreme arthouse or foreign films…although to be fair, the main issue I have with foreign films is that I’m an incredibly slow reader, so by the time I finish reading what’s been said, I’ve missed all of the scene….it’s a bit awkward.

Movies that I’m more likely to be partial to however are ones that can make me both laugh and cry. One of my favourite scenes from any film is the cemetery scene in Steel Magnolias; probably the only film that can take me from ugly crying to laughing hysterically in the same scene.  My all-time favourite movie and one that I’ve seen over 300 times is The Sound of Music, to me it is everything. But other movies that I could watch over and over are: Schindler’s List, Spotlight, Draft Day, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, Love Actually (don’t judge me)….and of course the aforementioned Steel Magnolias. I love a good chick-flick or rom-com, and I’m not even ashamed to admit it, but just as much as I enjoy those, nothing is more exciting than a psychological thriller. Sometimes I wish I could ‘Eternal Sushine of the Spotless Mind’ myself and erase from my memory some films just to enjoy watching them for the first time again. I would do this with Silence of The Lambs on the reg. I love movies that make you think, but mostly I love movies that make you feel, which is something I’ll focus on in my reviews.

If there are any films out there that we haven’t reviewed (old or new) that you think we should watch and write about, I would love for you to comment on our page or get in touch with us on Facebook and issue us the challenge.


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