Sanjuro

Message Movies: Liking Films Despite Their Perspectives

You’ve got to admit that CURNBLOG’s readers have a deep memory. Witness a comment posted by “Carlos” in response to my recent article on the movie The Promise (2016) and a statement I made in it that said this: I don’t usually urge cinephiles to run after movies with messages for altruistic purposes, as I,…

By Simon Hardy Butler
Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival

D.A. Pennebaker’s Monterey Pop: 50 Years on from the Monterey International Pop Festival

Held fifty years ago this month on the virtual solstice of the Summer of Love, the Monterey International Pop Festival was a dazzling counterculture coming-out party. Its infectious good vibes and series of revelatory performances that soon passed into rock ’n’ roll legend were captured by documentarian D. A. Pennebaker, fresh off the release of…

By Rick Ouellette
War Machine

David Michôd’s War Machine works well as cautionary tale, not as satire

War is Hell, but War Machine is frustrating. David Michôd’s somewhat-satire of the Obama era’s continued efforts in the Afghanistan insurgency is far from a spirited successor to Dr. Stangelove; it’s more a nuanced look at the sobering complexities of the war through the eyes of fictional general Glen McMahon, based in part on Gen.…

By Cory Woodroof
Beware the Gonzo

Beware the Gonzo: Exploring Bryan Goluboff’s High School Fable

To get accepted into your dream university, what would you do? Scratch that: what would you do to get accepted into your dream university if you were an ambitious seventeen-year-old? Maybe you would study hard, but that’s boring. Maybe you would decide to spice it up; maybe you would be like Eddie “Gonzalo” Gilman (Erza…

By Curtis Cole
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tale No Tales

Pirates of the Caribbean-There, Done That: Latest Entry is Fun and Forgettable

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales doesn’t try to be either a good, or bad, movie. It’s a Pirates sequel – where the self-barometer is always leveled at “fun” or “not fun.” Thankfully, it’s fun! In the age of recycled entertainment, the latest film takes the familiar form of its three previous sequels…

By Cory Woodroof
Jewel's Catch One

Interview: How Jewel’s Catch One made history

It’s easy to see a documentary filmmaker’s passion shine through when they are deeply invested in a project. Such is the case with C. Fitz’s new film, Jewel’s Catch One, which will have its Australian premiere at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival. Focusing on the history of Los Angeles’ legendary gay nightclub Catch One and…

By James Curnow
Film Hawk

Interview: Understanding the Film Hawk Behind Kevin Smith

For most Australians, the name Bob Hawk conjures up images of one our more recognised former Prime Ministers, Bob Hawke. But in the American independent film world, the name is more commonly associated with a well-renowned film consultant, most celebrated for shining a light on filmmakers like Kevin Smith, Edward Burns and Barbara Hammer. In…

By James Curnow