Cars 3

Cars 3 floors past predecessor, gets series back on road

With the weight of its predecessor weighing down on it like 500 Hummers, the newest installment in Pixar’s Cars universe floors it back to where it all began, and finds its footing (err, wheeling?). The first Cars films was an amiable, loving ode to small town values (the “Our Town” sequence a damning fist to…

By Cory Woodroof
Pete's Dragon

Folksy ‘Pete’s Dragon’ charms with homespun feel

The original Pete’s Dragon was a 70s family musical produced by a different Disney in a different era, complete with singing villagers, a lighthouse, Helen Reddy and a cartoon gentle giant dragon spliced into the landscape of a live action film (taking a page from the Mary Poppins playbook). The film has a fan base…

By Cory Woodroof
Big Hero 6

Death is Not the End: Big Hero 6 and the Big Cheat

This is not so much a film review or article, but a beginning, an initial exploration. I’m fascinated by how technology and the fear of death are becoming increasingly entwined in Western culture. There are no easy lessons to draw, but I wanted to write something about how mainstream cinema interacts and deals with such…

By Ed Rowe
Spirited Away animated

Cartoon Swoon: Our 10 Favourite Animated Feature Films

Animation. It’s not just for kids, but it never really was, was it? Adult humour and situations have been prevalent in the genre since day one, yet for some reason, it’s still associated with children and the whims of fantasy. Perhaps that’s because it has been the domain of fantasists for so long – through…

By Jonathan Eig and Simon Butler
lilo and stitch disney

Revisiting Lilo & Stitch: Disney and progressive cinema

Disney’s 2013 feature Frozen has done a magnificent job of stirring the pot. The film has been lauded as a one of the most progressive of the pantheon to date, which has in turn sparked a series of discussions concerning the progressiveness of Disney films as a whole. It is no secret that these childhood…

By Anthony Pilloud

Six more pieces of solid cinema from the cinephile circuit

The Melbourne International Film Festival has come to an end, and I’m left with copious notes on films that I’ve yet to fully review. While I attempt to readjust to the horrible glare of sunlight and real life, and before I put together a few long-form reviews of some of the festival’s best offerings, here…

By James Curnow