August, 2012

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Guest post: hope for a new kind of film in Sydney’s Underground Cinema

, Aug 10, 2012

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Lloyd Bradford Syke is a Sydney-based theatre critic whose prolific and voluminous reviews can be found on Crikey’s theatre blog Curtain Call. As a long-time fan of Syke’s work, it is a pleasure to have him contribute this piece to Cinetology, an on-the-scene account of Undergound Cinema‘s first Sydney screening. For those unfamiliar with the concept, Underground […]
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Will Peter Jackson make 27 Hobbit movies?

, Jul 31, 2012

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Peter Jackson has confirmed, via his Facebook page, that his highly anticipated The Hobbit adaptation — originally a two-part project — will be split into a trilogy. This, of course, makes complete sense. Think about it: you make one movie per Lord of the Rings book, then take the last remaining — and shortest — […]
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We don’t need no education: how cinematic classrooms have changed the curriculum

, Jul 24, 2012

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Remember Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Minds (1995), clad in look-I’m-street leather, waxing philosophical to a classroom of inspiration-sapped punks, asking them to examine the hidden meanings in Bob Dylan’s Mr Tambourine Man? Remember how Robin Williams changed a classroom full of lives by doing something crazy and — gasp! — getting his students to stand […]
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Setting a dark precedent: how does Hollywood deal with real-life tragedy?

, Jul 23, 2012

One day Warner Bros. marketing teams are rolling out the red carpet, lining up celebrity interviews and ordering crates of champagne. The next, real blood has been shed. In today’s Crikey newsletter I wrote about how a dark new precedent has been set — and how Hollywood has handled real-life tragedy. Head over here to read it.
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Cabin in the Woods stokes the fires of the Astor

, Jul 11, 2012

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The acoustics of the room are being pulverised by the hoots and squeals of hundreds of horror boffins and B-movie thrill seekers. We are watching Drew Goddard’s Cabin the Woods in a packed house — at Melbourne’s grandiose Astor Theatre, no less, where its 1150 seats rarely accommodate such a monster crowd — and it’s […]
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Django Unchained and the ‘put Johnny Cash on your trailer’ trick

, Jun 07, 2012

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The long anticipated first trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s neo-western Django Unchained hit the net today, and it’s not bad at all: pulpy, bloody and dripping with style. The trailer deploys a technique that’s been getting a good run lately; let’s call it the ‘Johnny Cash on your trailer’ trick. What better way to pique interest […]
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Prometheus classification controversy: rating drops from MA to M, doors open for the kids

, Jun 06, 2012

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In a surprise move announced this morning, Ridley Scott’s mega-budget sci-fi epic Prometheus has been downgraded from MA to M by the Australian Classification Review Board (ACRB). After being originally granted an MA rating, distributor 20th Century Fox submitted a request for the rating to be reassessed and a five member panel ruled in their […]
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Dolphins, The Dark Knight Rises and what Warner Bros will do about Morgan Freeman

, May 17, 2012

A quick question, before we go further: why do you think Warner Bros’ wholesome 2011 family adventure Dolphin Tale — “the amazing true story of a brave dolphin and the compassionate strangers who banded together to save her life,” thank you official synopsis — generated disappointing results at the US box office? Your answer, if […]
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Lashing out at critics: when film cast and crew go feral (with comment from Richard Wilkins)

, May 09, 2012

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#Avengers fans, NY Times critic AO Scott needs a new job! Let’s help him find one! One he can ACTUALLY do! Those were the “them’s fightin’ words” shot down the barrel of the Twitterverse last week. They reverberated across the geekosphere with the force of a Hulk smash to the nads and spawned blog and […]
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Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: coming to cinemas near you, in six different formats

, Apr 30, 2012

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2D in 24 frames per second. 2D in 48 frames per second. 3D in 24 frames per second. 3D in 48 frames per second. IMAX 3D in 24 frames per second. IMAX 3D in 48 frames per second. These are the six different formats — that’s right, six — Peter Jackson’s first adaptation of The […]
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Checking back in to 1408 — and visiting John Cusack as a Hunter S. Thompson incarnation who never left the hotel

, Apr 28, 2012

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Author, journalist, DIY bomb maker and gun loving liberal Hunter S. Thompon (aka the ‘Good Doctor’) was celebrated for many things, none more so than his brutally colourful pointy-edged prose, his lust for drugs and alcohol and his legendary ability to transform hotel rooms into sites that reportedly resembled zones of apocalyptic destruction. Like any […]
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Parallax Podcast: Sean Penn’s reinvention, the bombast of Battleship, Tintin on DVD and more

, Apr 12, 2012

Click here to listen to The Parallax Podcast  Has Sean Penn reinvented himself? Is Penn’s performance in his new film This Must be the Place his weirdest yet? And is the big budget bombast of Battleship — based on a board game — as dumb as it looks? These questions and more are debated in […]
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‘Lion don’t try to be a tiger’ — Bob Dylan and the compelling messiness of Masked and Anonymous

, Apr 04, 2012

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It boasts one of the biggest Hollywood casts ever assembled, was co-written by one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century and directed by Seinfeld alumni Larry Charles, who went on to make blockbuster mockumentaries Borat and Bruno. And yet virtually nobody saw — or even heard of — 2003’s strikingly weird apocalyptic […]

Meet the Critics: Evan Williams — veteran reviewer for The Oz, Walkey award winner and Order of Australia recipient

, Mar 22, 2012

If film reviewers are a dime a dozen these days – at least outside mainstream media outlets – those with CVs that look even a smidge like The Australian‘s Evan Williams are anything but. Williams, a critic for The Oz since 1981, has a particular fondness for political movies, even though he approaches them with […]
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Win a double pass to see The Raid

, Mar 20, 2012

To mark the theatrical release of writer/director Gareth Evans’ hellzapoppin’ Indonesian action film The Raid (which opens March 22), Cinetology offers readers the chance to win one of 25 in-season double passes valid from March 26. To go in the running follow these steps: 1) became a fan of Cinetology on Facebook and 2) email me with your […]
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21 Jump Street movie review

, Mar 13, 2012

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It has an odd ring to it, doesn’t it: 21 Jump Street, starring Academy Award nominee Jonah Hill. Hollywood’s latest remake of a barely remembered TV show, this one an 80s police drama featuring then teen idol Johnny Depp, arrives with a splash of Oscars pedigree. And, in terms of surprises, that ain’t the half […]
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Do you — or Oscar voters — know the difference between Sound Editing and Sound Mixing?

, Feb 28, 2012

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This morning I returned to familiar conversational territory when a colleague in the office raised the question of the Oscars’ Sound Editing and Sound Mixing categories. Particularly a) whether there is any real difference between them and b) whether anybody can explain it. Before you read any further, assume there is a difference and have a […]

The Artist and Hugo the big winners at the 2012 Oscars

, Feb 27, 2012

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Michel Hazanavicius’s The Artist and Martin Scorcese’s Hugo were the top performers at this year’s Academy Awards, snagging five Oscars apiece. The Artist scored three of the major categories (Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor) while Hugo won the lion’s share of technical accolades (Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects). Both are […]
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Guest post: Being a cinema means sometimes having to say you’re sorry

, Feb 07, 2012

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As guest contributor Tara Judah observes in the post below, the landscape of the cinema industry is rapidly changing. Exhibitors are currently in the foggy intersection between old and new, with cinemas across Australia — and indeed the world — in the process of replacing 35mm film prints with DCP (Digital Cinema Package) technology. The […]
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Meet the Critics: Lynden Barber — film reviewer for The Oz and SBS, prolific tweeter and net-a-holic

, Feb 03, 2012

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Few veteran film critics are as internet savvy as The Australian and SBS online reviewer Lynden Barber. Barber worked as a staff writer for newspapers and magazines in the 80s and 90s, banging away on stories during the days when “Google” still sounded like something you might use to shield your eyes, but has had no […]