D. W. Griffith - Intolerance

100 Years of D. W. Griffith’s Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout the Ages

We have another decade to go before the United States turns 250 – and sixty years total before the tercentennial in 2076 – but now, before 2016 comes to an end, we can at last – and certainly not least! – celebrate the 100th Anniversary of one of the earliest epics (and earliest motion pictures…

By Jeffrey DeCristofaro
Mad Dog Morgan

Interviewing Philippe Mora: History and Hitler Deconstructed

At some point in the early 2000s, as a young cinephile burrowing into the nooks and crannies of Australian film culture, I came across the name Philippe Mora. At the time, like many others, I understood Philippe Mora to be a director of camp horror classics like The Beast Within (1982), The Marsupials: The Howling…

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
Goold True Story

Rupert Goold’s True Story: Another Dead Man Walking

Twenty years ago, Tim Robbins tackled the issue in Dead Man Walking. Ten years ago, it was Bennett Miller in Capote. Now, Rupert Goold has taken it on in True Story. The unifying issue in all three movies concerns the relationship between a murderer and another character who would serve as confessor, advisor, perhaps even…

By Jonathan Eig
1612 historical epic

Seven Classic Historical Epics You Haven’t Seen

Ever since I can remember, I have always been a fan of historical and costume dramas. They often featured battles, sagas that spanned decades, and brought history to life from the pages of books that I had read. At one time, they were the staple diet of my weekly cinema excursions, when almost every film…

By Pete Johnson
lists canon in the mood for love

Knowing Where to Start: On the Necessity of Lists and the Canon

I’m sitting on the couch of my share house flicking through the cable TCM guide and hitting record on the films of interest. Woman of the Year (1942) with Katherine Hepburn? Record. An Affair to Remember (1957) with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr? Record. To Have and Have Not (1944) with Bogart and Bacall? Record.…

By Jaymes Durante

Thinking Cinematically: The people’s prerogative

It is a difficult thing to love a popular art form, especially film. It means that one must accept that there is an assumption of equality of opinion amongst the public in relation to the form in which you have chosen to invest yourself. That is to say, most people feel qualified to watch a…

By James Curnow