Todd Who? Todd Lundgren

Interviewing Gavin Bond: Todd Who? Todd Rundgren!

Ahead of the premiere screening of his new film, Todd Who?, at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, I sat down with filmmaker and film critic Gavin Bond to discuss two things. Firstly, I wanted to know what inspired his love of cinema. And secondly, I wanted to know more about how his life-long obsession with…

By James Curnow
Inside Fighter

Interview: Nick Barkla on Inside Fighter

Inside Fighter is the kind of uncontrived and intimate cinematic portrait – free of pretence or judgement – that acts as a reminder of the possibilities of the documentary form. For each and every second of the film’s relatively brief 51-minute running time, it is clear that first-time director Nick Barkla has entered into the…

By James Curnow
High-Rise

Ben Wheatley directs J. G. Ballard’s “High-Rise”: Why movies should move

This is a very simple rule, and, as with most simple rules, we must allow for a great many exceptions. But the rule still has merit. Movies are better when they move. That’s why Joon-ho Bong’s Snowpiercer is better than Ben Wheatley’s new movie High-Rise. Well, one reason, anyway. One very simple reason. The stories…

By Jonathan Eig
Mad Dog Morgan

Interviewing Philippe Mora: History and Hitler Deconstructed

At some point in the early 2000s, as a young cinephile burrowing into the nooks and crannies of Australian film culture, I came across the name Philippe Mora. At the time, like many others, I understood Philippe Mora to be a director of camp horror classics like The Beast Within (1982), The Marsupials: The Howling…

By James Curnow
Punishment Park

Hollywood in the 1970s: 10 Films History Forgot

I became a film fan in the 1970s. It was a good decade, one of the best if we’re ranking Hollywood in such a fashion. It had a number of iconic movies. There were the blockbusters – Jaws and Star Wars – which would rewrite the rules for how Hollywood manufactured its product. There were…

By Jonathan Eig
Nightcrawler - Jake Gyllenhaal

Loving Jake Gyllenhaal: From City Slickers to Nightcrawler

I’ll admit it. I was not always the biggest Jake Gyllenhaal fan. But, as Richard Cohen quoted Nora Ephron at the latter’s funeral, “This is going to be like the movies. We start as enemies and end as friends.” Who better to apply a “like the movies” quote to? The son of a director/screenwriter marriage,…

By Jonathan Eig
Midnight Special

Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special: The Mysterious and Ineffable

How many movies does it take to establish a pattern? Jeff Nichols, who I have previously placed on my Mt. Rushmore of directors currently in their 30s, has just released his fourth feature film. The first and third – Shotgun Stories and Mud – are realistically grounded and physically violent stories of men searching their…

By Jonathan Eig