Jason Bourne and everything that’s wrong with Hollywood today

The five biggest movies that opened in the USA in the last weekend of July, 2016 had the following Rotten Tomato scores: 76, 62, 58, 57, 50. For those of you who don’t know, RT considers a movie to be “Fresh” if it has 60 or higher, and “Rotten” is it falls under 60. So,…

By Jonathan Eig
film writing

A Tip for Film Writers: Always Be Writing

Many times I hear writers say they are stuck or are in a writer’s slump because no ideas are coming, or because they don’t know what to write. They want an original idea for a film that nobody has ever seen before. They want the next great original idea that rocks the film world. Some…

By John Montana
The Trotsky

The Trotsky and Youths’ Red Life

The first time I watched The Trotsky (dir. Jacob Tierney) I was nineteen years old and had just finished participating in my local Occupy. Huddled underneath a blanket awkwardly wrapped around my body, there I sat in my unheated bedroom, a fierce winter wind howling just metres from my small cinema; though I was cold…

By Curtis Cole
The Man Who Fell to Earth

David Bowie & The Man Who Fell To Earth: Seeking Grace after the Fall

The tragic passing of British rock legend, trendsetting male fashionista and film star David Bowie, in January of 2016 from cancer, marked the end of one of the greatest chapters in both music and cinema. Bowie was a force to be reckoned with, whether onscreen playing roles ranging from the charming and villainous Goblin King…

By Jeffrey DeCristofaro
Prisoner of War - Rescue Dawn

Six great Prisoner of War films you might not have seen

Ever since there has been war, there have been prisoners of war. In times gone by, they might have been sold into slavery, recruited into the winning side, or just killed out of hand. As societies became more civilised, they began to treat prisoners with more care, putting them in camps under guard, and providing…

By Pete Johnson
Aaron Biebert A Billion Lives

Aaron Biebert discusses A Billion Lives

Ahead of its Australian premiere at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, I recently had the opportunity to see A Billion Lives, the documentary feature film debut of director, Aaron Biebert. The subject matter is likely to be controversial, and I must confess to having started writing this article on numerous occasions, looking for the best…

By James Curnow
Sustainable

Matt Wechsler’s Sustainable: Changing the American food system

As the world deals with the ever increasing challenges that come with maintaining the lives of a growing human population (around 7.4 billion people by recent estimates) at the same time that many of the planet’s most populace nations are lifting literally hundred of millions of people out of poverty, the need to find new…

By James Curnow