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, Jan 24, 2013
Beyond the pretty postcards, Ang Lee's Life of Pi presents a compelling discussion about faith and religion.
, Jan 16, 2013
Jodie Foster collected a lifetime achievement award at this week's Golden Globes. She also gave a preposterously hypocritical plea for privacy.
, Jan 11, 2013
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.
, Dec 30, 2012
It's that time of the year again. Presenting Cinetology's best films of 2012.
, Dec 10, 2012
In 2012 the much-maligned Matthew McConaughey has achieved one of the most impressive career revivals in Hollywood history. How did he do it?
, Dec 06, 2012
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?
, Dec 04, 2012
The feel good and best performing Australian film of 2012, The Sapphires, leads this year's AACTA nominations. But there were also some surprises.
, Nov 30, 2012
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.
, Nov 20, 2012
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.
, Nov 05, 2012
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?
, Nov 01, 2012
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.
, Oct 10, 2012
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.
, Sep 16, 2012
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 […]
, Aug 20, 2012
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 […]
, Aug 14, 2012
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 […]