April 25th, 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, […]

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 […]

Ten great films without musical scores

I love a good film score. Some of the greatest music of the 20th century comes to us courtesy of composers like John Williams, Ennio Morricone and Anton Karas, and the perfect score can turn a good movie into a great one. Can you imagine Psycho‘s famous shower scene without Bernard Herrmann’s violent violins? Would […]

Ten illustrators who should get a call from Hollywood

Movie posters – like hand-painted billboards – are in danger of becoming a lost art. From Reynold Brown and Saul Bass through to Richard Amsel, Bill Gold, Drew Struzan and John Alvin, some of the world’s most celebrated visual artists have worked in the medium of commercial film posters, but the ever-increasing commoditisation of movie […]

Ten comedic actors who turned dramatic

10. Ben Stiller in Greenberg After hosting his own highly-influential if little-seen television variety show (The Ben Stiller Show) in the early 1990s, Ben Stiller’s career as a comedic actor, writer and director steadily rose to the point where, in the early 21st century, he rivaled Will Ferrell for the title of most bankable comedic […]

MIFF 2011: Top ten most anticipated MIFF picks

Melancholia

Tomorrow marks the opening night of the 60th annual Melbourne International Film Festival, and to me that sounds like the perfect time to start a film blog. So it is with no fanfare at all that I welcome you to Cinema Quest, a place where I can air my von Trier-related grievances, viciously defend the […]