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The Hip Six: The Coolest Films of 2016

“He’s the exact opposite of everything I really hate. In a way he’s such a clueless dork that he’s almost cool.” “That guy is many things but he definitely isn’t “cool.” And so goes the argument between Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson) over the merits of Seymour (Steve Buscemi) in Terry Zwigoff’s Ghost…

By Jonathan Eig
Monsieur Mayonnaise

Trevor Graham’s Monsieur Mayonnaise: Getting Mora out of History

It will come as no surprise to regular readers that over the last year I’ve become increasingly interested in the films of Australian director Philippe Mora, most particularly his films focused on the representation of history. From Swastika (1974) to Snide and Prejudice (1997), each of Mora’s historically centered works is part of a life-long…

By James Curnow
Spoke the movie em baker

Interview: Em Baker hits the road in ‘Spoke’

For most of us, travelling across the United States would likely involve a lot of flying, tour buses, and train travel. Not so for Em Baker, whose film Spoke will soon screen at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival. Baker filmed herself and her companions as they rode 5600 kilometres from one side of the United…

By James Curnow
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
Mad Dog Morgan

Jake Wilson on Mad Dog Morgan: Histories, Myths, Legends and Motivations

It was in 1976 that Philippe Mora released his underappreciated classic, Mad Dog Morgan, starring Dennis Hopper as the once notorious bushranger Daniel Morgan. In many ways, Jake Wilson’s excellent new monograph of the same name, the latest entry into the Australian Screen Classics series from Currency Press, positions Mad Dog Morgan as a fusion of…

By James Curnow
Mad Max: Fury Road

A Dissenting Opinion on ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

Pacing is one of the movies’ great mysteries. It’s impossible to prescribe a guaranteed-gold formula. Films that are, on the surface, devoid of traditional action can fly by like X-wing fighters screeching around the Death Star. And flicks that jump from cut to cut while featuring sped-up cinematography and other tricks may feel as slothful…

By Simon Hardy Butler
Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road is to Mad Max as a hipster is to a hippy

After watching Mad Max: Fury Road, I have to confess to facing an internal struggle about how to approach any kind of review. There is no doubt that this is an outstanding action film within the context of a contemporary milieu of high-octane, CGI-driven, blockbuster extravaganzas. In fact, it may be one of the best…

By James Curnow