Zach Braff Wish I Was Here

Wish I Was Here: Kickstarting Zach Braff

Years from now, it is entirely likely that the cinematic significance of Zach Braff’s second feature film, Wish I Was Here, will be based primarily on the manner in which it was funded. Unable to secure funding via traditional means, Braff launched a Kickstarter campaign and raised enough money in 48 hours to move ahead…

By Jonathan Eig
Akira Kurosawa Yojimbo

Akira Kurosawa: Debating the Way of the Samurai

The second of a two-part debate between CURNBLOG’s Simon Butler and Jonathan Eig on the films of Kurosawa. The question: Are Kurosawa’s Samurai films superior to his contemporary films? See Part One here. I’m no Miniver Cheevy. That is to say, I don’t wish I was born in another century when knights achieved feats of derring-do and…

By Simon Hardy Butler
Akira Kurosawa Ikiru

Akira Kurosawa: Debating the Highs and Lows

The first of a two-part debate between CURNBLOG’s Simon Butler and Jonathan Eig on the films of Kurosawa. The question: Are Kurosawa’s Samurai films superior to his contemporary films? See Part Two here. Simon Butler and I are at it again. This time, we are debating the iconic Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. Which were greater, Kurosawa’s Samurai…

By Jonathan Eig
time machine 12 monkeys

Building Time Machines: From La Jetée to 12 Monkeys

In 1962, a brilliant cinephile with a passion for temporal distortion completed construction of his masterpiece – a time machine. His name was Chris Marker, and the machine was La Jetée. This invention, built almost entirely out of black and white photographs taken with a Pentax Spotmatic and a brief piece of footage captured by…

By James Curnow
Clint Eastwood Unforgiven

Clint Eastwood and the Western: A Film Primer

There are few figures quite as representative of American ideals of masculinity as Clint Eastwood. Since starring in Sergio Leone’s genre-perforating Western classic, A Fistful of Dollars (1964), Eastwood’s career has largely been about the representation – and later the deconstruction – of what it means to be a man.  This was, initially, a trajectory set…

By James Curnow
mythology Clash of the Titans

Mythology and Hollywood: Gods, Legends and the Need for Better Movies

I have one thing to say to those who keep churning out movies along the lines of Thor (2011) and Wrath of the Titans (2012), and it takes a page out of Pink Floyd’s book: Hey! Directors! Leave those myths alone! The fact is, we do need an education – an education on how to…

By Simon Hardy Butler
Double Indemnity

Double Indemnity and The Politics of Gender

In 1943, the story of Double Indemnity had earned the label of “unfilmmable” in Hollywood due to its controversial and ‘immoral’ subject matter (Biltereyst 148). But despite objections and impositions from the Production Code Administration, through compromise and strategy, Billy Wilder managed to create and release the film in 1944. Somehow, what remains is still…

By Shyla Fairfax