Cynical American movies about stock market schemers fleecing the global financial crisis for everything it’s worth — and thus draining the pockets of hard-working blue collar folk — are nothing new. Continue ReadingRead More [...]
Like a lot of cinephiles cruising through university in their early 20s, I studied by day and worked at a video store by night. My customers were treated to a free (but compulsory) value add-on. I’d provide praise for good choices — “nice pick, man, good film” — and snobby looks of condemnation for bad ones.
Whatever happened to Nancy Drew? Remember that plucky teen detective who cruised around in a blue convertible, stuck her nose into other people’s business and in between being tied up and occasionally chloroformed — such is the life of an amateur sleuth — foiled the dastardly plans of two-bit crooks with names like Stumpy Dowd and Benny the Slippery One Caputti? Continue Reading
Social realism isn’t a sexy label. Working against perceptions of the genre as a stomping ground for stuffy highbrow drama, veteran Belgium filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have demonstrated time and time again an ability to create stories about people living on the fringes of society that are both achingly realistic and utterly compelling. Continue ReadingRead More [...]
Imagine this: you’re standing in line to buy a ticket at your local multiplex and you’re tossing up between two options. On one hand you’ve got the latest superhero blockbuster — the third reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, sequel number 27 starring Hollywood hunk X and screen starlet Y — and on the other a new Australian film that you haven’t heard much about. Continue ReadingRead More [...]
In the early years of the 20th century, after being shown an invention called the motion picture, US President Woodrow Wilson reportedly reacted to a private screening of D.W. Griffith’s racist epic Birth of a Nation (1915) with a gushing accolade for the new medium. He described it as “history written in lightning.” Continue ReadingRead More [...]