In Review: Inherent Vice

by Maryann O'Connor 3 February 2015

Inherent Vice: a film proffered by a singular director, adapted from a book written by a singular novelist. Those anticipating the film knew that it would be interesting at the very least. The reality is a complicated one. It is California in 1970 and private investigator Doc Sportello (Joaquín Phoenix) chases his tail all over town in […]

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In Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service

by Daniel Goodwin 2 February 2015

In the 1960s and 70s, secret agents of the silver screen were elusive figures of supreme sophistication and wily debonair. After the success of the Bond series, facets of Fleming’s super-spy formed the basis of numerous film and TV franchises, contributing to a heightened public perception of what a government agent should be. The cool […]

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In Review: Bad Hair

by Maryann O'Connor 30 January 2015

Writer/Director Mariana Rondón presents us with a searingly honest but charming portrait of a mother and her 9 year old son struggling to understand eachother in amongst the difficult situations of bereavement, poverty and all-pervading icon worship in Venezuela.

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Old Hollywood: Sophia Loren, Sunflower and Sex Appeal

by Linsey Satterthwaite 30 January 2015

Many actors/actresses use the method, a form of intense training to delve into the feelings and the emotions of the character they are portraying and, if possible, drawing on personal memories to enhance the performance. One actress who almost transcended the notion of the method was Sophia Loren, such was the embodiment of the characters […]

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In Review: Son of a Gun

by Daniel Goodwin 29 January 2015

The Australian film industry has seen troubled times in recent years with low box-office numbers for its productions along with fewer international releases and some of the country’s new films bypassing theatres and debuting online. But all that might be about to change. With the recent success of The Babadook (2014) and the upcoming theatrical […]

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In Review: I’m Alright Jack (1959) on Blu-ray

by Ann Jackson 28 January 2015

I’m Alright Jack (1959) is a sequel to an earlier film from the Boulting twins named Privates Progress (1956). The inept Stanley Windrush staggers through humorous job try-outs in industry, expecting a cushy management role. He fails and is persuaded to take a blue collar job. Windrush is clearly being used by the company directors to […]

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In Review: Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)

by Chris Milton 27 January 2015

Rising levels of anti-semitism and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz means that the re-release this week of one of the finest films about the Holocaust, Louis Malle’s Au Revoir Les Enfants, is more than timely.

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In Review: Beyond Clueless

by Linsey Satterthwaite 22 January 2015

Teen films and their heroes have taken on many forms throughout the decades, ranging from James Dean’s moody rebel Jim Stark to Matthew Broderick’s joyful misfit Ferris. However in the 90s, a film emerged that would kickstart a new teenage revolution in Hollywood. The film was Clueless, a high school based reworking of Jane Austen’s […]

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Ex Machina and the evolution of AI

by Daniel Goodwin 21 January 2015

Since the birth of cinema, film-makers have endeavoured to bring their own distinctive vision of artificial intelligence to the big screen. From the phonograph voiced Alicia in L’Eve Futur (1896), Scarlett Johansson’s disembodied Samantha of the divisive Her (2013) to the mysterious android Ava of Alex Garland’s Ex Machina. Robots have played significant roles in the […]

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In Focus: Changing the discussion on diversity

by Maryann O'Connor 16 January 2015

To consider the narrow range of people and films nominated for the Academy and DGA awards this week, you would think that nothing at all had changed for women in the last century. The only categories in which women are guaranteed a nomination are Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, and you do get the impression […]

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In Review: Testament of Youth

by Daniel Goodwin 14 January 2015

Vera Brittain’s account of her traumatic youth during WWI is given the big screen treatment by documentary film-maker James Kent and Calendar Girls (2003) writer Juliette Towhidi. While their adaptation is meticulously detailed and produced with a rich authenticity, it is sporadically weak and oddly un-cinematic.

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