May 7, 2013
Mads Mikkelsen is perfectly cast as a man unfairly accused of child abuse in writer/director Thomas Vinterberg's cautionary tale about small town mob justice. But like the film, there is something cold and clinical about it.
May 3, 2013 1 Comment
Marlon Wayans isn't known for critically acclaimed work. But comedy is subjective and sometimes -- as he says of the critical populace -- "you guys have got a thumb up your ass."
April 29, 2013 3 Comments
The most interesting thing about Iron Man 3 isn't the movie itself, but the return of legendary screenwriter Shane Black.
April 27, 2013 7 Comments
Zach Braff has snubbed the Hollywood studio system and launched a remarkably successful Kickstarter initiative to finance his new film. In the resulting commotion and commentary, some important factors have been neglected.
April 19, 2013 2 Comments
The nerve centre of American political power is pulverised in Olympus Has Fallen. Whether it intended to or not, the movie represents a turning point for Hollywood blockbusters.
April 15, 2013 2 Comments
A fresh batch of Paul Hogan related headlines reminds us that while the Crocodile Dundee star might have a large knife, he may also have a limited capacity for smart business decisions.
April 12, 2013 2 Comments
Tom Cruise and the director of Tron Legacy teamed up to make a US$100+ million art movie. It didn't quite go to plan.
April 10, 2013 2 Comments
Director Danny Boyle's new thriller is more psychotic than psychological -- a wallop to the senses that comes on like gangbusters and never relents.
April 9, 2013
Jeff Orlowski's Oscar-nominated climate change documentary Chasing Ice reveals the delicate craft of measuring global warming on glacial ice. It's no easy job -- and neither is making a film about it.
April 5, 2013 3 Comments
The life of veteran American film critic Roger Ebert is inspiring for many reasons. None more so than those relating to his greatest "crime."
March 27, 2013
When a Die Hard movie doesn't have a single well-staged action sequence, you know something went badly wrong.
March 22, 2013
Oscar-nominated director Alex Gibney's exposé about sex abuse in the Catholic church may be slanted, but it has every right to be.
March 19, 2013 1 Comment
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is the latest example of how CGI can mess up depictions of magic on film. To discover why venture back with me to my former life as an amateur magician...
March 13, 2013 3 Comments
Paul Fenech has been lobbing comedy grenades for eons. Whether he intended it or not, his latest movie is one of Australia's most brutal satires of lower class suburbia.
March 10, 2013 5 Comments
Hollywood executives who followed the yellow brick road found it ended in legal disputes and unprecedented laws regarding usage of public domain and copyright regulation.
March 10, 2013
James Franco is the Wizard of Oz. Mark Wahlberg is Mark Wahlberg. In this fortnight's The Parallax Podcast, Luke Buckmaster and Rich Haridy review Oz: The Great and Powerful, Broken City and a trio of strange DVD releases.
March 5, 2013 8 Comments
In the wake of Australia's latest film censorship controversy, Hollywood star James Franco has weighed in, slamming the Classification Board.