Opinion

Always be Closing: The Age of Infotainment

The advertorial origins of Transformers come full circle with the arrival of Transformers: Age of Extinction to create the definitive infomercial blockbuster. Somewhere a bunch of marketing people in suits are high-fiving each other.

The Babadook – A Crash Course in Fear Manifestation

At the end of the interview, The Babadook star Essie Davis mutters a sentence under director Jennifer Kent’s infectious laugh and asks that I don’t include that in my final report.

'You call that a knife' syndrome

I’ve been racking my brain as to why audiences don’t embrace horror in Australia and I think it may have something to do with (hear me out!)…Crocodile Dundee.

No & Oblivion - The Meaning of Reality

In the past week two very different films have premiered that offer completely different versions of the world we know. No, the latest feature from Pablo Larrain and Oblivion, the sophomore film from Joseph Kosinski (TRON: Legacy).

Film and Twitter: Game over man

It’s a “game over man” moment. It’s as if these people are hoping that their tweet will be some divine intervention that will send you bolting to the cinema door.

Out-there Anime Review: Hellsing Ultimate (2006 - Present)

Hellsing is an absolute mainstay staple of an anime series, but it is also one of the most out-there horror genre efforts ever.

Out-there Anime Review: Princess Jellyfish (2010)

Hi and welcome to a new segment Out-there Anime. Here I aim to highlight some groundbreaking and unexpectedly great series available in Australia, without further ado, let’s begin with one I almost shrugged off on title alone; Princess Jellyfish. Allow me to elaborate!

Amour & Side Effects: The end of life as they know it

The latest release from Michael Haneke, and a wave of relief considering the soul-crushing previous White Ribbon, concerns the final days of an elderly couple Georges and Anne (Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanualle Riva in fantastic form).If we’re talking finality then Side Effects plays alongside rather neatly. There are no old, wrinkly people to speak of (rather a more photogenic cast); this plays as more of an exercise in the finality of careers/social lives/freedom.

Sheer F*cking Armageddon: Different approaches to The End of the World

The apocalypse, as according to the lens of Hollywood, is something that doesn’t exist. Cannot exist. “This is America,” they all seem to shout, “you can’t tell us what to do!”

The Five Best Candidates to Direct 'The Guardians of the Galaxy'

The gig still up for grabs is Guardians of the Galaxy that’s set for a 2014 release. When it was announced that Marvel was making Thor many proclaimed it to be the biggest challenge. Since its release it has become the lynchpin for opening up the Marvel film universe to cosmic possibilities and making it believable as well as giving The Avengers its villain. Personally, Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel’s biggest risk to date because the characters are mostly unknown, the film will probably be CGI heavy and one of the main characters is a talking gun happy Raccoon.

Five Star Films #5: Back to the Future (1985)

Putting my love for Back to the Future into words has been terrifying, but it's one of the greatest mainstream Hollywood films ever made. It's the complete genre transcending package, so come and geek-out with me at 88mph.

FIVE STAR FILMS #4: The Fifth Element (1997)

Given the very nature of sci-fi films and their reliance on special effects, they tend to date easily. Along with Blade Runner and Alien, Luc Besson’s seminal sci-fi actioner The Fifth Element has only got better with time. Groundbreaking, breathtaking and earthshaking, here are five reasons why it’s a FIVE STAR FILM.