Things to Come

WHICH SHALL IT BE?: The 80th Anniversary of Things to Come

If you’re like me, chances are that you have a list of films in a certain favourite genre that came out long before you were born, which left a benign scar engraved in your grey matter the first time you saw them. For me, there are plenty, but there is one that is particularly unique…

By Jeffrey DeCristofaro
Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Invasion of the Body Snatchers: Celebrating 60 Years

It’s odd how sometimes, out of commercial considerations rather than artistic ones, great pieces of art can be forged that leave a lasting impact on the human psyche. Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture”, for example, was a contractual piece written without warmth by the composer. David Lean chose to make Lawrence of Arabia over Gandhi because he…

By Jeffrey DeCristofaro
The Man Who Fell to Earth

David Bowie & The Man Who Fell To Earth: Seeking Grace after the Fall

The tragic passing of British rock legend, trendsetting male fashionista and film star David Bowie, in January of 2016 from cancer, marked the end of one of the greatest chapters in both music and cinema. Bowie was a force to be reckoned with, whether onscreen playing roles ranging from the charming and villainous Goblin King…

By Jeffrey DeCristofaro

Star Wars: Three Notes on Why The Force Awakens So Successfully

By now, anybody who cares is more than a little familiar with the concerns and expectations facing Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Could Disney and J.J. Abrams create a film that obeyed the aesthetic, narrative and mythological sensibilities of the Star Wars series? Would this film overcome the awkward and unsatisfying nature of the prequels…

By James Curnow
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
Kung Fury

‘Kung Fury’, ‘Predator: Dark Ages’ and the Democratisation of Spectacle

As a member of a short film selection panel for a major film festival in 2013 and 2014, I was quite surprised by the increasing number of submissions that sought to replicate big-budget Hollywood genre cinema. I suppose I had, quite ignorantly, entered with a preconception that short films were the reserve of art cinema.…

By James Curnow
Mad Max

Mad Max and the Man With No Name

In many ways, it’s entirely appropriate to describe George Miller’s original Mad Max trilogy as Australia’s equivalent to Sergio Leone’s Dollars trilogy. Leone’s Spaghetti Westerns are innovative reworkings of the American Western that permanently changed the landscape of the genre. But Leone’s films were also a surprising and positive result of an Italian industry largely…

By James Curnow