Interview: Cheryl Houser talks Generation Startup

Premiering at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, Generation Startup is a timely film about a group of young Americans who’ve elected to take the leap and start their own businesses, having recently graduated from Venture for America, an entrepreneurial programme. Adding to the intrigue is the fact that these young people have elected to undertake…

By James Curnow

Interview: Five Days on Lesvos with Samantha Brown

When Samantha Brown and Richard Wyllie set out to make a film about the refugee crisis in Europe, they weren’t entirely sure what the end result would be. Armed with their equipment and a pre-planned interview or two, they headed for the Greek Island of Lesvos, where a large concentration of refugees were arriving at…

By James Curnow
Spider-Man: Homecoming

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ will ensnare you in its web

Someone open the shutters, swing open the drapes, and let the sunshine in! Everyone’s favorite web-slinging superhero Spider-Man has his groove back in the joyous Spider-Man: Homecoming. After an early 2010s run with mixed results and the worry that a new stab at the spider would put audiences off the iconic character, Marvel Studios has…

By Cory Woodroof
Act of Kindness

Interview: Costa Botes’ Act of Kindness

Costa Botes and Sven Pannell’s new film, Act of Kindness, which will have its Australian premiere at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival next week, exudes a kind of undeniable and attractive authenticity – it’s a simple tale, told well. The film is comprised of footage that Pannell shot while searching for the man who saved…

By James Curnow

With ‘Baby Driver,’ Edgar Wright revs up an instant classic

Through the smash-bang symphony Baby Driver, Edgar Wright, the beloved genre king behind Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, brings passion to pulp. Baby Driver is nearly two hours of joy, spontaneity, creativity and gripping gravity, all packaged in a Rube Goldberg machine, where every finger tap, blinking light, music note, street sign and…

By Cory Woodroof
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The 25 greatest films of the 21st Century… Thus Far

Blame Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott. They drew first blood. A couple of weeks back, the NY Times critics published an essay called “The 25 Best Films of the 21st Century…So Far.” It was a pretty good list, but cineastes and film fans that despise the word “cineaste” the world over began compiling their own,…

By Jonathan Eig
Miss Kiet's Children

Interview: How Petra and Peter discovered Miss Kiet’s Children

Last month I published a review of Miss Kiet’s Children, directed by Dutch documentary filmmakers Petra Lataster-Czisch and Peter Lataster. I don’t think I could have been more emphatic in my praise for what they have achieved with the film. Shot over the course of a full school year, the Lataster’s provide an immersive look…

By James Curnow