May 23rd, 2017

Ten episodes of The Muppet Show every movie buff should see

The Muppets was not only a great financial success worldwide, it also successfully rebooted a Muppets franchise which had lost its way in the 1990s with endless made-for-TV movies and muppet versions of popular tales such as A Christmas Carol and The Wizard of Oz. As Ricky Gervais once acerbically joked on his radio programme, […]

For your consideration: Blackie

Martin Scorsese has a bone to pick: I have been cautioned against speaking out on this issue lest I create the appearance of churlishness. Well, I’m going to have to risk it. One recent morning, I turned on the television, and imagine my surprise when I heard the nominations for the first Golden Collar Awards […]

What Happened Last Night

Fascinating story on the perils of digital distribution from Melbourne’s Astor Theatre, which was scheduled to play Take Shelter last night before technical issues nearly got in the way. The key required to play the film’s digital cinema package (DCP) for some reason didn’t work, meaning that cinema staff had to call a London-based helpline […]

Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

★★★☆ Given the promise of an intelligent Cold War spy mystery, directed by one of world cinema’s most exciting talents and featuring a cast that reads like a who’s who of British acting craft, it’s hard not to feel like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy could have achieved so much more.

Review: Hugo

★★★★ Whether you know your Chaplins from your Keatons or not, the heartfelt wonder Hugo evokes for early cinema is relatable for even the most jaded of modern audiences.

Rob Sitch Q&A in Melbourne

Rob Sitch is making a special appearance at Melbourne’s Cinema Nova for a Q&A session and screening of the new Working Dog film Any Questions for Ben? on January 27th: Join Rob as he shares some stories from behind-the scenes, talks about the joys of working on an Australian film, and tells us what is […]

How Stanley Kubrick invented the modern box office report (by accident)

Stanley Kubrick’s reputation for micromanaging business matters relating to his films is legendary, as this fascinating story by Mike Kaplan illustrates. Clockwork would be shown in standard cinemas as a quality platform release, which meant there were many options per city. I knew that Don Rugoff’s Cinema 1, the most prestigious cinema in New York, […]

Top 20 films of 2011, part two

I began writing for this little blog on the second day of the Melbourne International Film Festival and, surprisingly for me, have managed to keep it going for more than a week. Now if that doesn’t deserve a celebration I don’t know what does, so to bring my first six months of Cinema Quest to […]

Top 20 films of 2011, part one

I began writing for this little blog on the second day of the Melbourne International Film Festival and, surprisingly for me, have managed to keep it going for more than a week. Now if that doesn’t deserve a celebration I don’t know what does, so to bring my first six months of Cinema Quest to […]

Quentin Tarantino’s best films of 2011

Some pretty big surprises in his top 12.