Cloud Atlas
March 2nd, 2013

Cloud Atlas is as enigmatic as it is beautiful, much like the haunting musical motif The Cloud Atlas Sextet that forms the backbone of the score by Australian composer Johnny Klimek. All the elements (from the music to the running time to each self-contained story having its own visual approach) add up to one thing, which was the philosophy of the whole movie.

How Hollywood Murdered the Blockbuster
November 20th, 2015

Blockbuster cinema has morphed into a soulless, clanging gallery of CGI, thin characters and endless marketing tie-ins that just make cynics of us all. When studios invest more in animation software than stories and writers, try to spread the cost by enlisting armies of licensing partners and product placement, no wonder the results are getting blander.


Learning the Ropes
February 1st, 2005

In the worlds of Kim Dalton, Chief Executive of the AFC; ‘The Australian film industry has grown over the last 25 or 30 years in absolute disproportion to the size of our industry and the size of our marketplace.’

Don’t Try This at Home
September 1st, 2004

When we believe Ben Stiller can drive a Ford Torino off a pier or one of Dracula’s brides can throw Kate Beckinsale across a room against a wall, the job of a stunt department somewhere is done.


Movies about Africa — a Top Ten List
September 22nd, 2008

It’s been called everything from the savage continent to the New World. Spread over 30 million square kilometres, it has virtually every landscape and climate, life form and geopolitical society known to humankind. Is there any wonder our fascination with Africa never runs out?

Heading for Nowhere
December 7th, 2019

While T shirts with logos, designs and characters from Star Wars, Hello Kitty, The Avengers and all the other giant comic/toy/movie/blockbuster brands are a dime a dozen, who the heck are Lao Che Air Freight, Frog Comics Santa Carla, Camp Crystal Lake, Tyrell Corp, Plainview and Son Oil Corp, Abe Froman and The Paper Street Soap Company?






Paranormal Activity: Ghost Protocol Six years ago a no-budget, found-footage frightener by a novice writer/director stormed ...
October 23rd, 2015

The Closed Circle You read a lot of lists about films or ways of making ...
June 16th, 2007

Putting stars in space The most certain thing about Gravity was always the headlines about it ...
March 22nd, 2014

The Blockbuster Backlash History of the Modern Blockbuster In his 1998 book High Concept, Charles Fleming ...
June 1st, 2002

The Kryptonite Factor Shots of a Superman outfit looking like a Starlight Express reject (no ...
August 31st, 2015

Too Soon? With a culture based so strongly around entertainment in the western world, ...
August 27th, 2006


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