July 24th, 2014

Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

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★★★☆ 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

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★★★★ 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

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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

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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.

Non-poster of the year

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Hadn’t seen this until today, but this is hands-down the best advertisement for a film I’ve seen in years. (via Glenn Dunks.)

Fro Design Co’s artwork for Chronicle

Remember when I said that Hollywood should start paying attention to some of the magnificent artists producing unofficial posters? 20th Century Fox gets it: Very excited to announce that Fro Design Co was recently commissioned by 20th Century Fox to design some promotional material for the new film Chronicle. Well, it’s a start.

Review: The Muppets

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★★★★☆ Frank Oz may find it disrespectful to the legacy he has been quietly cheapening for the past 20 years, but whether you’re a Muppet fan or not The Muppets is a must-see movie, and would make for a fitting close to the Muppet story if the Walt Disney Company had the foresight to quit while they’re ahead.