Six more pieces of solid cinema from the cinephile circuit

The Melbourne International Film Festival has come to an end, and I’m left with copious notes on films that I’ve yet to fully review. While I attempt to readjust to the horrible glare of sunlight and real life, and before I put together a few long-form reviews of some of the festival’s best offerings, here…

By James Curnow

The Act of Killing: A tragic demonstration of the banality of evil

Historically, the human race has always depended on a reductionist approach to morality – one that helps us to clearly delineate the difference between good and evil. From the Cold War to the Crusades, societies have elected to believe that their enemies represent an absolute evil – an idea often strategically encouraged by the powers…

By James Curnow

Five films that make the cut: Update from the Melbourne International Film Festival

Time for another report from the Melbourne International Film Festival! It’s quickly becoming apparent that my viewing schedule is ridiculously ambitious, as was my intention to keep the blog entirely up to date throughout. Nevertheless, I’ll keep plugging away and try to keep things as close to real-time as possible. This year, I’ve had the…

By James Curnow