Halloween Horrors: 13 Zombie Classics

Tomorrow marks the dawn of Halloween, a celebration that I was never entirely privy to as an Australian child. Each year its arrival was made apparent, not by the marching of costumed children through the streets, but by the sudden avalanche of American Halloween television specials that poured through the small screen into our living…

By James Curnow

Ozploitation: A love letter in images

Why use words, when images can do all the talking. A brief love letter to Ozploitation – the low-budget Australian exploitation films made after the country’s introduction of an R rating in 1971. James Curnow James Curnow is an obsessive cinephile and the owner and head editor of CURNBLOG. His work as a film journalist…

By James Curnow

The Dance of Reality: Jodorowsky returns and remembers

I ask of film what most North Americans ask of psychedelic drugs. The difference being that when one creates a psychedelic film, he need not create a film that shows the visions of a person who has taken a pill; rather, he needs to manufacture the pill. – Alejandro Jodorowsky, El Topo: The Book of the Film Alejandro…

By James Curnow

Movies and meaning: Understanding cinema as cultural artefact

It’s not uncommon for people to question why one might want to interpret a cinematic text – regardless of whether or not such an action was in search of a film’s implicit meanings, ideology or incidental revelations about the culture in which it was produced. These people commonly argue either that such an activity is…

By James Curnow