Cinematic Verisimilitude: Twenty great movie moments

For the cinephile, there will inevitably be moments of cinematic verisimilitude with which one will become obsessed. There will be moments when a particular filmmaker touches the cinephile in such a way that the emotive force of the experience will be beyond replication. The cinephile will certainly seek to replicate such a moment, frequently using…

By James Curnow

Online Content: You are not real

Please allow me a moment of cathartic indulgence. I’m not a technophobe. I am an early adopter. I use twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Foursquare and a range of other junky applications. I can no longer conceive of how I lived prior to the purchase of my first iPhone. The only thing that I absolutely cannot…

By James Curnow

Christmas Films: The Sentimental and the Savage

Christmas is here and the mighty interweb has spewed forth the inevitable tidal wave of ‘Best Xmas Movies’ lists. While pondering how I might obnoxiously subvert this tendency on my own blog (I momentarily considered writing a list of the ‘Worst Easter Movies’), it occurred to me that I was being torn in two directions…

By James Curnow
Bad Santa

The final days of Christmas: The sentimental and the savage

As Christmas arrives, you might have noticed that we never quite made it to writing a related article for each of the twelve days of Christmas (although I think that eight pieces is impressive enough). But to wrap up Christmas for 2013, I thought I’d republish a piece I wrote in 2012, in which I…

By James Curnow

Cinema IS Christmas!

As a person unaffiliated with any kind of religion or spiritualism, at Christmas time I am left contemplating the question that millions of other human beings in today’s secular society must be pondering at the same time –what am I celebrating? Why is this day still meaningful to me? The easiest answers reside in notions…

By James Curnow