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The input of Australians in both local and international film has sometimes been woefully ignored, or misappropriated. Nevertheless, there have been many fantastic Australian films (Picnic at Hanging Rock, Mad Max, Chopper) made solely by Australian talents, and also significant contributions in American and international cinema, as directors (George Miller, Peter Weir), cinematographers (John Seale, Christopher Doyle, and of course,… Read more »

06 December 2016 | Features, People Lists

Every genre has its weak links, from the western giving us “Heaven’s Gate” to science fiction giving us “Battlefield Earth”. But the superhero genre arguably has it worse, as, when your cast is running around in colored lycra, screwing up can yield results that are quite memorable, laughable, and infuriating. Most of the time, these characters have a history to… Read more »

05 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

This is a running series that aims to introduce some of the gems of cinema in each decade. These recommended movies are by no means obscure, and most of them are quite popular among seasoned movie buffs. However, we think it’s not enough – these brilliant films definitely deserve to be on every cinephile’s radar. We begin this series with the incredible… Read more »

05 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Many sequels are unworthy, prequels rarely done right, and reboots too excessive in number. But now Hollywood has started a new trend: the spinoff. A rarity in past decades, spinoffs have come in full force over the last few years. And the reason for their exponential growth is the simple fact that several of them have worked. Consider the success… Read more »

04 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“[The Wild Bunch] is what happens when outlaws go to Mexico.” – Sam Peckinpah   If they move, kill ’em! Sam Peckinpah’s breakout picture is an outlaw epic that’s, in purely cinematic terms, a viciously graceful spectacle. With quick, startling cuts, slow motion splatter, multi-angle coverage, inventive sound design, superb cinematography and intricately arranged action scenes, Peckinpah and company utterly… Read more »

04 December 2016 | Features, Reviews

Park Chan-wook’s return to S. Korea from Hollywood, where he directed “Stoker”, also signaled his return to masterpieces, with “The Handmaiden” reaching the standards of his best films, like “Oldboy”. His passage from Hollywood did not have the same success his previous works had; however, Park seems to have implemented the aesthetics usually associated with American films in “The Handmaiden.”… Read more »

04 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

With Lynne Ramsay’s miraculous Morvern Callar we are continually someplace else. In the cinema, outside of the cinema, in and out of time, passionately and profoundly in the reality of experience and most certainly in tactile transcendency. A film of startling beauty and immense intellect, Morvern Callar may, for some viewers, bypass any immediate emotional response as its protagonist is… Read more »

04 December 2016 | Features, Reviews

There’s a common conception that most horror sequels suck, with rare exceptions like “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935), “Dawn of the Dead” (1978), and “Aliens” (1986). Still, it’s not far from the truth – most are made as soulless cash grabs – but that’s no reason we can’t find some quality amongst the quantity. Several rare gems are out there that… Read more »

03 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Contemporary sci-fi community owes a great deal to the uncontained boom of science fiction that marked the Reagan decade, as many of the concepts explored today stem from the lush and flamboyant aesthetics of the 80’s sci-fi. Some recent movies and series, like the Duffer brothers’ universally acclaimed Stranger Things, manage to reconstruct the vibrancy of the bygone era, complete… Read more »

03 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The “X-Men” franchise is the definitive modern superhero series and it’s only getting stronger. It not only successfully kickstarted this sub-genre craze that’s been thriving in cinemas for more than a decade, but it was also Marvel’s first proper win at the multiplexes. On the flip side, it also shares one of the most bewildering continuities of which a series has… Read more »

02 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

For any film lover, IMDB.com is an invaluable source for movie news and information. The highest viewed movie website in the world by a long shot, it draws from fans ratings in order to give every film in its database a score out of ten. The top 250 ranked films — as long as they have over 25,000 votes —… Read more »

02 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

So you find yourself at a party surrounded by cinephiles and are lost for words, unable to understand a single thing they are saying. You want to get involved in the action, add a few choice phrase and come away sounding both knowledgeable and passionate about the world of film. Yet you find yourself speechless, and with nothing clever to… Read more »

02 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Mainstream comedy is in a good place right now, provided that you work in the marketing department. The trailer construction process is probably something like this: slow motion party sequence, tedious improv, and shouting, all set to a forgettable electro pop soundtrack. Job done. But what happens when you’re handed a project like “Being John Malkovich”? How do you sell… Read more »

01 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

With breathtaking cinematography, artful direction, a compelling soundtrack, a skillful screenplay, and powerful acting performances, “Paris, Texas” is not only an all-around great film but also, exploring many classic American road movie themes and taking them in new and fascinating directions, it is an ideal representative and innovator of the genre, as well as a top contender for the best… Read more »

01 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Back in 1978, a former advertising executive unleashed upon the world a hefty text on the imminent perils implicit in the act of watching television, channeling the as-of-yet accurate prophecies foretold in the previous decade’s examination of man’s many newfound extensions. Jerry Mander’s Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television echoes the theory debuted in Marshall McLuhan’s Understanding Media that… Read more »

30 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The second batch of 25 lesser known films from the 21st century starts in Heaven and ends in the ruins of Fukushima. On this wild cinematic journey, you’ll encounter the mermaids and dirty saints, feel the soft breath of wind, dance with Melancholia and have the longest stay in Japan where you’ll dream for ten nights…   1. The Discovery… Read more »

30 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists