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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?

The Notorious Bettie Page
September 1st, 2007

But here’s the most interesting thing about the movie; there’s hardly a word of swearing (in fact, Bettie scolds a colleague for the language in a bawdy song), no blood, no violence, hardly even a raised voice, yet the film’s rated MA. Have we really come so far in 50 years?


Oblique September 11 references
April 30th, 2008

It was inevitable Hollywood would deconstruct the actual events — as it finally did with United 93 and World Trade Center — but for the longest time it hardly dared breathe the phrase ‘September 11, 2001’, using the drama of everything from aliens to divorce as a stand-in.

Criminal Heroes
May 17th, 2008

What else but the movies could make the bad guys the heroes? They’re mostly at home in comedies or films with comic elements, because while we know there are guys out there who can crack safes, launch computer viruses or deal drugs, they’d never act against the innocent …would they?


The Strangers
September 1st, 2008

First time writer/director Bryan Bertino goes for nerve sawing tension rather than gore, and thoroughly achieves it through inventive camera angles and an unsettling score and sound effects. Unfortunately logic, natural behaviour and consistency are all sacrificed on the altar to achieve such a living, breathing sense of dread, and cliché often curbs an otherwise realistic depiction of events.

Slacker Uprising
August 1st, 2009

It doesn’t feel like a Michael Moore movie, with little of his cult-of-personality showboating. There are several ultimately pointless musical acts and it gets a little repetitive, but the editing manages to generate a sense of slowly building hope which history reminds us wasn’t enough to spare us from Bush’s second term.






Artificial Intelligence – a Top Ten LIst It's human nature -- since time immemorial we've attributed human characteristics to ...
August 1st, 2008

The Notorious Bettie Page When Jenna Jameson's tell-all autobiography How to Make Love Like a Porn ...
September 1st, 2007

The Bet An eager and commercial attempt from first-time director Mark (Gallipoli) Lee succeeds ...
April 1st, 2008

Slacker Uprising It's been so rare for Michael Moore to fail you're almost surprised ...
August 1st, 2009

Oblique September 11 references If one was to review the below list chronologically, one would find ...
April 30th, 2008

Top Ten Reasons 1984 Changed Cinema 1. The Amblin Effect There'd been a renaissance in moviemaking seven years earlier ...
March 6th, 2014


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