January, 2013

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The divinity of spectacle: on religion and Life of Pi

, Jan 24, 2013

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Beyond the pretty postcards, Ang Lee's Life of Pi presents a compelling discussion about faith and religion.
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And the award for Most Insanely Hypocritical Speech goes to…Jodie Foster

, Jan 16, 2013

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Jodie Foster collected a lifetime achievement award at this week's Golden Globes. She also gave a preposterously hypocritical plea for privacy.
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For your commiseration: 10 reasons not to trust the Academy

, Jan 11, 2013

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Every year the public and the media get caught up in Oscars season hullabaloo. But before you get excited about this year's nominees, it's worth remembering that the Academy has a notorious record in making questionable decisions.
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Top 10 films of 2012

, Dec 30, 2012

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It's that time of the year again. Presenting Cinetology's best films of 2012.
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Role of an AACTA: Making the most of awards opportunities

, Dec 17, 2012

Imagine you’re at a lavish film industry party sipping champagne and nibbling fancy finger food. The head of major Hollywood studio has cornered you, glass of bubbly in hand, and is passionately babbling about his or her awards-nominated titles in the hope of securing your vote. It’s the middle of the awards silly season and […]
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McConnaisance: the critical redemption of Matthew McConaughey

, Dec 10, 2012

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In 2012 the much-maligned Matthew McConaughey has achieved one of the most impressive career revivals in Hollywood history. How did he do it?
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An open letter to the AACTA: vote for Gary Waddell or I will burn your houses to the ground

, Dec 06, 2012

The King is Dead! star Gary Waddell has been nominated for an AACTA Award. It would be a damn shame if voters didn't recognise his incredible performance.
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Movies of the mind: When I used films to travel through time

, Dec 06, 2012

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The relationship between movies and memories can be powerful. A recent viewing of a classic film led me to contemplate what experiences I associate with particular titles. Are they pleasant or grim, innocuous or profound?
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AACTA Awards: Sapphires takes pole position in Oz film industry night of nights

, Dec 04, 2012

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The feel good and best performing Australian film of 2012, The Sapphires, leads this year's AACTA nominations. But there were also some surprises.
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Moving mountains in Middle Earth: Hobbit lands with baggage

, Nov 30, 2012

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Blockbuster movie premieres don't get any bigger than the opening of Peter Jackson's first Hobbit movie. But the road to get here has been anything but smooth.
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Lights, camera, smut: the year Hollywood got its rocks off

, Nov 27, 2012

It's hardly a secret that in the movie business, sex sells. But this year Hollywood got its pants off -- and took crazy kink to another level.
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Exhaustion in Escapism. Or, The Day Hollywood Broke Me

, Nov 20, 2012

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Dispirited by a bunch of "historical" Hollywood movies that rampantly fudge the facts, I set out to spend an entire day at the cinema wallowing in 100% escapism. This is the story of how my best laid plans went horribly wrong.
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A handy tip for festival organisers: get your films banned

, Nov 05, 2012

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Last week the Australian Classification Board banned a film two days before it was set to screen at a Melbourne festival. But in the ongoing battle to generate PR and word of mouth, is that such a bad thing?
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Disney deal the last act in Lucas space opera

, Nov 01, 2012

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This week George Lucas sold his beloved Lucasfilm to Disney for US$4billion. In a sense, the Hollywood doyen's story is a perfect encapsulation of the American Dream. In another, it's a cautionary tale of obsession.
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Cruisin’ for a PR bruisin’: Chopper Read film over before it begins

, Oct 10, 2012

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The producer claims they had an agreement. The star, Chopper Read, calls bullshit. Both speak to me about the bizarre launch of new Australian film The Hurtin' Kind Part One: The Albanian.
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Senses of Cinema: the electric energy of Dead End Drive-In (1986)

, Sep 21, 2012

“The 1980s, forever recalled with a mixture of fondness and regret as that spandex-clad, white glove, tufted hair and jumpsuit riddled decade taste forgot, was as much a transitional period for special effects cinema as it was the fleeting fashion for which it is best remembered.” In the latest edition of Australian online film journal […]
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Innocence of Muslims: the casting call from hell

, Sep 16, 2012

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Imagine you’re a no-name actor keen to make it in the movie business. You live in California and respond to a generic casting call for an indie feature film called Desert Warrior. The casting call describes it as a “historical desert drama set in the Middle East” to be shot in LA at backlot locations […]
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Boom or bust in Tinsletown? Or why the death of Hollywood has been greatly exaggerated

, Sep 15, 2012

Hollywood’s business model is in serious trouble, so the narrative goes. So why are big film studios making more money than ever? This week I wrote for Crikey News, discussing why the death of Hollywood has been greatly exaggerated. Head over here to read it.  
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No half measures: vale action director Tony Scott

, Aug 20, 2012

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Hollywood has been hit with a grim bolt from the blue, with news today that veteran action director Tony Scott, brother of Ridley, has reportedly committed suicide. He was 68. Scott’s last picture was 2011’s disastertainment pulse-pounder Unstoppable, a horror-on-rails epic in which the villain was a freight train that wouldn’t slow down. He was […]
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Swirling meaning and conspiratorial film interpretation: walking the crazy carpet of Room 237

, Aug 14, 2012

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Did you know director Chris Columbus’ seemingly inane 1990 hit Home Alone is actually a sophisticated pre-9/11 send-up of American infatuation with national security? Ever stop to consider that the famous sewerage pipe escape scene in The Shawshank Redemption (1994) is both a visual and visceral commentary on the underlining rottenness of institutionalised “justice” and the […]