Witchfinder General

Witchfinder General: How Vincent Price Resurrected a Monster

In 1967, Vincent Price traveled to Britain to make the low-budget horror film, Witchfinder General. Price wasn’t the first choice for the role, and this was a fact which 24-year-old director Michael Reeves mercilessly used to his advantage. Set in 1645, during a period of extreme turbulence and lawlessness exacerbated by the English Civil War,…

By Dawn Daniels
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Truth and Moviemaking: Why Jon Stewart’s ‘Rosewater’ Doesn’t Work

A compelling story doesn’t necessarily make for a compelling movie. Such is the case with Rosewater (2014), Jon Stewart’s tedious, heavy-handed film documenting the harrowing detainment and torture of a Newsweek journalist during the tumult surrounding the Iranian presidential elections in 2009. The picture, based on a true story detailed in a book by Maziar…

By Simon Butler
Foxcatcher

Reviewing ‘Foxcatcher': Bennett Miller Does It The Old Fashioned Way

Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher does not feel like a 2014 movie. The drama chronicling the bizarre relationship that developed between the enormously wealthy and enigmatic John du Pont and a pair of world champion wrestlers, Dave and Mark Schultz, feels much more like a throwback to the late ‘60s/early ‘70s, when films moved at a slower…

By Jonathan Eig
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The 100 Greatest Australian Films of All Time: Part 2 (1971-1982)

Well here it is, Part 2 of our five part series on the 100 greatest Australian films of all time. While Part 1 focused on the earliest beginnings of the nation’s cinema through to the end of the 1960s, here we’ll be exploring the birth of the Australian New Wave in the 1970s. This was…

By James Curnow
Laggies

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
Nightcrawler

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