Film Review: How ‘Laggies’ Loses Focus

I like Sam Rockwell. I really do. I would watch Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Moon over the better-known Adaptation and 2001 any day. And no one has ever played a fodder crewmember better than Rockwell did in Galaxy Quest. But his character Craig is not a realistic panacea for Keira Knightley’s Megan in…

By Jonathan Eig

More Sleaze, if You Please: ‘Nightcrawler’ Takes TV to Task

Satire has got to be one of the hardest things to do right – especially when it comes to films about the TV industry. They can either be ferocious and telling, as Network (1976) is, or dismal and ludicrous, which is how To Die For (1995) turned out. The world of television is such an…

By Simon Butler
Dark Knight

Dark Knight Hype: A Story Of Expectations Told By A Reformed Fanboy

I had tears streaming down my face at the close of a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises on a stormy Thursday July night. In one of the film’s final scenes, Batman’s loyal butler Alfred peered over the grave of a not-dead Bruce Wayne and began to weep, expressing his sorrow at having failed…

By Cory Woodroof

The Babadook: The Finest Australian Horror Film Ever Made?

Let’s get this out of the way right now – The Babadook is almost certainly the finest Australian horror film I’ve ever seen. First time feature film director, Jennifer Kent, has created a devastating vision of a single-mother, haunted by the death of her husband, in what may or may not be a state of…

By James Curnow
Superstar The Karen Carpenter Story

The Fabulous Forties: 5 Short Films That Can’t Be Missed

Who decreed that feature films run two hours? Though there may be some organic rationale based on how two hours fits into an evening’s entertainment, there’s no rule that I know of that requires 120 minutes. The very first movies ran about 60 seconds, depending on how fast the camera was cranked, because that’s how…

By Jonathan Eig
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The 100 Greatest Australian Films of All Time

While recently browsing through a book on the history of Australian cinema, it occurred to me that most Australian film buffs and cinephiles actually have a very limited concept of the nation’s cinematic output. Except for those films that first garner significant positive attention internationally, Aussies are often very reluctant to even bother seeing the…

By James Curnow
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A History of the Found Footage Film: The Good, the Bad, and the Box Art

It has been fifteen years since The Blair Witch Project, and the found footage genre has settled into a bit of a rut. It is a very restrictive form, best suited to horror and suspense, and most filmmakers discover eventually that it would be nice to break away from the central conceit that everything the…

By Jonathan Eig