July 30th, 2014

Jonathan Dawson’s tribute to Sarah Watt

Appearing in the next issue of Senses of Cinema: Sarah Watt’s death leaves Australia’s national narrative without one of its most distinctive voices. It also robs its cinema of a wealth of possible images of urban Australia, the kind that would help forge new and much truer mythologies than the outback legends that have so […]

Stephen Holden’s best films of 2011

Stephen Holden of the New York Times lists his favourites of the year: IT was the season of apocalypse. Whether your idea of the end is reconciliatory (a family reunion on a misty far shore in “The Tree of Life”) or punishing — the collision of Earth with another planet in “Melancholia”; extinction in a […]

Showtime developing Animal Kingdom adaptation

Deadline Hollywood reports that Animal Kingdom, which took Australia by storm and landed Jacki Weaver an Academy Award nomination, is being developed into a TV series for U.S. network Showtime: The project, now in development, is a crime drama exploring the tense battle between a criminal family and the police, and the ordinary lives caught […]

Daniel Craig: writers’ strike ruined Quantum of Solace

In an interview with Time Out London, Daniel Craig is surprisingly forthright about what went wrong with Quantum of Solace: It seems that the script is sometimes an after-thought on huge productions. ‘Yes and you swear that you’ll never get involved with shit like that, and it happens. On “Quantum”, we were fucked. We had […]

Roger Ebert’s best films of 2011

Roger Ebert has posted a list of his twenty favourite films of the year (sans documentaries): Making lists is not my favorite occupation. They inevitably inspire only reader complaints. Not once have I ever heard from a reader that my list was just fine, and they liked it. Yet an annual Best Ten list is […]

Simon Miraudo’s ten worst films of 2011

Quickflix’s Simon Miraudo on the worst films of the year: 6. Sex and Zen: Extreme Esctasy “In short: it’s a little rapey.” Thankfully I dodged most of these bullets during the year.

A. O. Scott and Manohla Dargis’ year in review

Manohla Dargis in The New York Times: As we know, it’s become ritualistic for critics to whine about the end of the year being crowded with Oscar hopefuls. Oh, pity the poor movie critic forced to watch a new Martin Scorsese movie, a new David Fincher and two from Steven Spielberg in short succession! Yet […]

Street skiing

JP Auclair Street Segment (from All.I.Can.) on Vimeo Amazing. Often the best place to find experimental cinematic techniques is in extreme sports photography. (Skip to 2:00.) (via Jason Kottke)

The Human Centipede II unbanned

Most of the Human Centipede II censorship kerfuffle occurred while I was on holiday so I was unable to post about it here, but I am glad to see that a re-cut version of the banned film has been given the green light by the Classification Review Board: Cinetology can confirm that Monster Pictures, the […]

Review: Arrietty

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★★★★ For a studio capable of producing some decidedly adult fare, Studio Ghibli’s latest film is the best kind of kid-friendly: sweet, funny and populated with an army of impossibly cute characters, but also full of heart and possessing a distinctly positive moral outlook.