Why the Space in Outer-Space Movies Should Be Silent

In space, the tagline for Alien (1979) once noted, no one can hear you scream. Apparently, everybody can hear Death Stars and intergalactic starships explode, though, while laser beams pew-pew-pew through the ether. Someone, please, someone give the world a film where the no-atmosphere environment is nice and quiet. Hollywood offers a culture of standards.…

By Simon Hardy Butler
Stephen King IT

Movie review: What ‘It’ gets right and wrong

Stephen King’s It was first and foremost a coming of age story that utilised its horror elements as a metaphor for the traumas of childhood and adolescence, and it is in reflecting this human element that Andy Muschietti’s new film adaptation truly excels. Unfortunately, he isn’t as successful in taking the novel’s antagonist and turning him/it…

By James Curnow
Autumn seasons

The best and worst movies featuring seasons in their title

The theory was sound. And then I came to February. I once had a dream. A trilogy of blogs. The first would feature movies with numbers in their titles. The second – a movie for each day of the week. And finally, one with each month of the year in its name. I wrote the…

By Jonathan Eig
Kathryn Bigelow Detroit

Kathryn Bigelow’s fierce, fervent Detroit is a loud cry for change

Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit pushes its atmosphere like an invading force. Through sheer will and punishing fury, it leaves a charred, empty sense of helplessness, and there’s nothing that can be done to salve the burn. Indeed, audiences who watch Bigelow’s dramatization of the Algiers Motel tragedy will feel the wrath of her filmmaking. An uncomfortable,…

By Cory Woodroof
Fahrenheit 451 closing credits

The Problem with Closing Credits

Just once in my life, I’d like to see a movie where the closing credits appear in the middle of the picture. Not that such a move would make them more interesting. But at least the placement would be novelty enough. As you can see, I’m not a big fan of closing credits—at least, not…

By Simon Hardy Butler
The Gateway Bug

Interview: Entomophagy and The Gateway Bug

Premiering at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival on Sunday, The Gateway Bug is likely to take many viewers out of their comfort zone as it ventures into the brave new world of entomophagy, also known as insect eating. As the world’s population continues to grow and food sustainability becomes an increasingly important issue, this impressive…

By James Curnow
Saturday Night Fever

Days of the Week: From Saturday Night Fever to His Girl Friday

Sunday, Monday, Movie Days Tuesday, Wednesday, Movie Days Thursday, Friday, Movie Days Saturday, what a day Writing this blog for you…. I know a good thing when I see one. So when my blog on numbers in movie titles scored double digit comments (11, to be exact, about half of them from me), I knew…

By Jonathan Eig