Dave Godin

My Film Hero: Dave Godin (1936-2004)

Not all film heroes are tough guys. My film hero is a small, bearded man with a twisted back and a chain-smoking habit. Dave Godin gave me my one and only “break in film”, as the barman at a small independent cinema, the Anvil, in Sheffield. This was back in the 1980s when things like…

By Ed Rowe
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The 100 Greatest Australian Films of All Time: Part 4 (1996-2004)

In Part 4 of our five part series on the 100 greatest Australian films of all time, we take a look at the best films released between 1996 and 2004. As a nation, this was a period of significant cultural shift for Australia. Globalisation and an increasingly diverse population were moving Australia further away from…

By James Curnow
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Subtitled War Films: International Examinations of Conflict

Ever since I was young, I have enjoyed war films. Whether they were about medieval battles, colonial expansion, or one of the world wars, I found them exciting, inspiring, and enthralling. As I got a little older, I began to look past the glory and the heroism portrayed, and tried to find something deeper in…

By Pete Johnson
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You Ain’t Heard Nothing Yet: 20 Obscure Movie Lines We Just Can’t Shake

From the moment Al Jolson ad libbed “Wait a minute folks, you ain’t heard nothing yet!” in The Jazz Singer, movies have been filled with great dialogue. There have been speeches like Orson Welles’ “Cuckoo Clock” lecture in The Third Man and Robert Shaw’s USS Indianapolis story in Jaws. Ingrid Thulin’s lament on life and…

By Jonathan Eig
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Interviewing Honey Badger’s Randall: A Life Worth Narrating

These days, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone familiar with the Internet who hasn’t heard or uttered the phrase “Honey badger don’t care” or the more profane “Honey badger don’t give a s**t,” both of which have entered the lexicon via the immensely popular YouTube video The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger (2011). That short—featuring seemingly…

By Simon Hardy Butler
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The Hard Men: British Bad Guys

British actors have long been sought after by American filmmakers. They like to cast them as villains, or as upperclass, witless saps. They are often used as Nazis, and have provided the James Bond franchise with some of its more memorable arch-enemies. Maybe it’s the accent, perhaps it’s the old animosity from the 1770s, but…

By Pete Johnson
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The Cruelest Month: Why Most Films Released in January are Terrible

January’s the cruelest month, breeding Redundancy in each frame, mixing A-Listers and High Concepts, stirring Dull plots with big names. No offence to T.S. Eliot, the greatest of all American poets. His correspondence with Groucho Marx alone can make you feel better about the wit and wisdom that mankind is capable of.  But when it…

By Jonathan Eig