A Hijacking: Yet another airtight Danish thriller

There are two types of narrative filmmakers in this world (stay with me for a minute). Firstly, there are those who seek to have their films overtly participate in the drama that they present, depending on sophisticated camera work, powerful scores, expressive performances and dramatic narrative developments. Then there are those who stand back from…

By James Curnow

Robots in Cinema: Artificial Intelligence and the Moving Image

The recent release of the trailer for the new Robocop remake started me thinking about the many films that deal with notions of artificial intelligence and robotics. From Frankenstein to Transformers, the creation of consciousness (accidental or otherwise) has been a part of the popular imagination for well over a century. While many have merely…

By James Curnow

Hong Kil Dong: The Ironic and the Indestructible

At a recent Melbourne International Film Festival screening of North Korea’s little seen gem, Hong Kil Dong (1986), one attendee enthusiastically declared to the entire cinema that it was the best film he’d ever seen. His statement was not delivered without irony, but he still meant it. The story, so far as it goes, is…

By James Curnow