Criterion Discoveries: Five Gems from the Cinematic Vault

This is the first in a series of articles about Criterion Discoveries for CURNBLOG. Over the last 30 years, Criterion has established themselves as the benchmark for curating classic, art-house film. As the years have passed and media delivery has changed from video to laser disc, DVD, Blu-Ray, and now digital streaming, they’ve remained relevant.…

By Aaron West
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The 100 Greatest Australian Films of All Time: Part 5 (2005-2014)

In this final entry in our five part series on the greatest Australian films of all time, we focus our attention on the best Australian movies made since 2005. While the financial challenges of local film production continue to this day, a brief look at the output of the last ten years reveals an impressive…

By James Curnow

First Encounters with a Spike Lee Joint

The first time I laid eyes on a Spike Lee Joint was by marvellous chance, and I haven’t looked back since. I was a young movie lover, not particularly well versed in the film canon when I finally saw Lee’s critically acclaimed Do the Right Thing (1989). My mind was completely blown, and to this…

By Kaja Box
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Rupert Goold’s True Story: Another Dead Man Walking

Twenty years ago, Tim Robbins tackled the issue in Dead Man Walking. Ten years ago, it was Bennett Miller in Capote. Now, Rupert Goold has taken it on in True Story. The unifying issue in all three movies concerns the relationship between a murderer and another character who would serve as confessor, advisor, perhaps even…

By Jonathan Eig
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7 Films About Neuroses & Psychoses That Don’t Get Enough Attention

“We all go a little mad sometimes.” It was chilling when Norman Bates said it in Psycho (1960), and it grew more chilling over time, as we came to understand the true scope of “a little mad.” Norman, or course, was crazy eight ways to Sunday and his line stands as one of the great…

By Jonathan Eig
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Reviewing ‘While We’re Young’: Noah Baumbach’s Crimes and Misdemeanors

Sometimes you need a foil. When Gary Fleder’s Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead came out in 1995, I gained a newfound respect for Quentin Tarantino. Fleder and screenwriter Scott Rosenberg were trying to emulate Tarantino, whose Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction had recently exploded on Hollywood and left a ton of fast-talking,…

By Jonathan Eig
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Seven Classic Historical Epics You Haven’t Seen

Ever since I can remember, I have always been a fan of historical and costume dramas. They often featured battles, sagas that spanned decades, and brought history to life from the pages of books that I had read. At one time, they were the staple diet of my weekly cinema excursions, when almost every film…

By Pete Johnson