12 Memorable Cinematic Moments From 2015

Once, after banging our heads against a wall for the better part of three hours, a fellow writer snapped closed her laptop and said “This isn’t working. Let’s think of it this way. Movies are all about moments. What are the five moments we want everyone to remember after seeing our movie?” So we spent…

By Jonathan Eig

Star Wars: Three Notes on Why The Force Awakens So Successfully

By now, anybody who cares is more than a little familiar with the concerns and expectations facing Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Could Disney and J.J. Abrams create a film that obeyed the aesthetic, narrative and mythological sensibilities of the Star Wars series? Would this film overcome the awkward and unsatisfying nature of the prequels…

By James Curnow
Son of Saul

The Cinematography of Matyas Erdely: ‘Son of Saul’ and ‘James White’

In 1976, singer-songwriter Al Stewart released “The Year of the Cat,” and went from being a cult-favourite to an international success. One of the reasons Stewart cited for his surge in popularity was the work of producer Alan Parsons. Stewart admitted he had never cared all that much about the technical, musical component of his…

By Jonathan Eig
Last Cab to Darwin

Reviewing Jeremy Sims’ “Last Cab to Darwin”

When I first saw Jeremy Sims’ Last Train to Freo (2006), a low-budget Australian thriller about four strangers travelling home in a single train carriage, I was struck by Sims’ ability to maintain an impressive amount of suspense throughout the film’s concise running time. But I was also a little underwhelmed by the characters in…

By James Curnow