Steven Spielberg Raiders of the Lost Ark

The Best and Worst of Steven Spielberg: Assessing the Oeuvre of a Great Filmmaker

I still can’t get over the fact that Steven Spielberg directed Hook (1991). It’s one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. A lousy, mirthless script that muddles its classic source material: J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. Miscast stars who ham it up with forced panache. And a lethargic pace inspired, I assume, by the speed of a stuffed crocodile. This pile of putrid…

By Simon Hardy Butler
Mary and Max australian movies

The 100 Greatest Australian Films of All Time: Part 5 (2005-2014)

In this final entry in our five part series on the greatest Australian films of all time, we focus our attention on the best Australian movies made since 2005. While the financial challenges of local film production continue to this day, a brief look at the output of the last ten years reveals an impressive…

By James Curnow
The Brood David Cronenberg

David Cronenberg’s Films Ranked from Worst to Best (Part Two)

In Part One, we began looking at the career of David Cronenberg. It has some clever lines. But if you only care about the cream – or in Cronenberg’s case, maybe “burnt ends” is a better metaphor – then proceed into the abyss. Here are his top ten feature films, IMDB rank in parentheses. 10.…

By Jonathan Eig
Naked Lunch David Cronenberg

David Cronenberg’s Films Ranked from Worst to Best (Part One)

“You Should Know How Bad This Movie Is: You Paid for It.” That was the headline of Robert Fulford’s consideration of David Cronenberg’s first broadly released, publicly financed feature film, Shivers, in 1975. Fast forward twenty years. Evening Standard film critic Alexander Walker after seeing Cronenberg’s latest film, Crash, in Cannes: “Beyond the bounds of…

By Jonathan Eig
Joan of Arc Carl Theodor Dreyer

Carl Theodor Dreyer: A Film Primer

I had an epiphany recently. As epiphanies go, it wasn’t a very big one. In fact, it was one I have had too many times to count. Maybe I should call it by a different name. Maybe it was one of those temporary epiphanies. I was on a lovely vacation. It was in a place…

By Jonathan Eig
Dark City greatest australian films

The 100 Greatest Australian Films of All Time: Part 4 (1996-2004)

In Part 4 of our five part series on the 100 greatest Australian films of all time, we take a look at the best films released between 1996 and 2004. As a nation, this was a period of significant cultural shift for Australia. Globalisation and an increasingly diverse population were moving Australia further away from…

By James Curnow
Priscilla

The 100 Greatest Australian Films of All Time: Part 3 (1982-1995)

In Part 3 of our five part series on the 100 greatest Australian films of all time, we take a look at the tail end of the Australian New Wave and the birth of a new era of internationally successful film production in the 1990s. If the movies of the 70s and 80s revealed the…

By James Curnow