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Rethinking Birdman: Buddha comes to Broadway

The first frame in Birdman has Michael Keaton levitating in mid-air, in a meditational posture. At other times the camera lingers on a golden head of the Buddha. What is going on? Is Birdman, as some have claimed, a Buddhist film? There is other evidence for this. In the midst of his panic and egoistic…

By Ed Rowe
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Getting Vocal About Voiceovers: The Problem With Movie Narration

While watching the abominable, pretentious film The Longest Week (2014) the other night, I became aware of a horrifying trend—a cynical, mean-spirited pattern so insidious that it threatens our own culture and everything we prize surrounding it. That’s right. I’m talking about unnecessary movie narration … one of the most disturbing problems the world is…

By Simon Butler
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Carl Theodor Dreyer: A Film Primer

I had an epiphany recently. As epiphanies go, it wasn’t a very big one. In fact, it was one I have had too many times to count. Maybe I should call it by a different name. Maybe it was one of those temporary epiphanies. I was on a lovely vacation. It was in a place…

By Jonathan Eig
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My Film Hero: Dave Godin (1936-2004)

Not all film heroes are tough guys. My film hero is a small, bearded man with a twisted back and a chain-smoking habit. Dave Godin gave me my one and only “break in film”, as the barman at a small independent cinema, the Anvil, in Sheffield. This was back in the 1980s when things like…

By Ed Rowe
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The 100 Greatest Australian Films of All Time: Part 4 (1996-2004)

In Part 4 of our five part series on the 100 greatest Australian films of all time, we take a look at the best films released between 1996 and 2004. As a nation, this was a period of significant cultural shift for Australia. Globalisation and an increasingly diverse population were moving Australia further away from…

By James Curnow
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Subtitled War Films: International Examinations of Conflict

Ever since I was young, I have enjoyed war films. Whether they were about medieval battles, colonial expansion, or one of the world wars, I found them exciting, inspiring, and enthralling. As I got a little older, I began to look past the glory and the heroism portrayed, and tried to find something deeper in…

By Pete Johnson
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You Ain’t Heard Nothing Yet: 20 Obscure Movie Lines We Just Can’t Shake

From the moment Al Jolson ad libbed “Wait a minute folks, you ain’t heard nothing yet!” in The Jazz Singer, movies have been filled with great dialogue. There have been speeches like Orson Welles’ “Cuckoo Clock” lecture in The Third Man and Robert Shaw’s USS Indianapolis story in Jaws. Ingrid Thulin’s lament on life and…

By Jonathan Eig