Before there were action movies there was the action scene: a flickering 1920s Hollywood delight of physical expressiveness or heroic daring conjured up for a backlot western or a costumed period adventure. Eventually, with bigger budgets and dedicated filmmakers, the action film became a kinetic genre unto itself. But even now the fight scene, car […]
There’s a chasm as big as a shark’s hungry bite between the best and worst examples of the genre.
There are some truly weird films currently available to stream on SBS on Demand.
Glenn Dunks picks the best LGBTQ films currently available in Australia on Netflix, Stan and SBS on Demand.
Do the rubber mask scenes in Mission: Impossible compare to Hitchcock? Luke Buckmaster explains why it’s not so crazy.
The trailer for director M. Night Shyamalan’s next film Glass has recently been released, revealing Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson reprising their roles from the 2000 film Unbreakable. Now almost 20 years old, critic Luke Buckmaster revisits Unbreakable and argues that it is one of greatest superhero movies ever made. In director M. Night […]
Critic Craig Mathieson picks the best films coming to Netflix, Stan and SBS on Demand in August.
Who would have thought that a film about architecture could be so beautiful?
Now that Australian Cate Shortland has been announced as the director of Marvel’s Black Widow – which is rumoured to be shooting in Queensland – Maria Lewis presents 10 other Aussie women who could (and we reckon should) helm the next Hollywood blockbuster. Who: Leah Purcell Why: Cleverman was arguably the most important thing to happen […]
Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland has landed one of the most coveted directing gigs in cinema: helming the forthcoming Black Widow movie. It’s fantastic news for Australian filmmaking, giving one of the country’s top talents a big-budget showcase. It’s also excellent news for Marvel fans. While a film about Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff is long overdue – the […]
Dwayne The Rock Johnson’s latest BDB (Big Dumb Blockbuster) is surprising for a lot of reasons, namely how enjoyable it is. For audiences who grew up in the 90s, Skyscraper also marks the mainstream return of Neve Campbell, writes Maria Lewis. In a decade when bubblegum pop, pierced navels and Hit Me Baby One More […]
When was the last time you saw an Australian sci-fi movie involving a football game interrupted by invading aliens? Oh that’s right: never. With the spectacular Occupation now in cinemas, Blake Howard shares his experiences visiting the set of this ambitious production. In the picturesque town of Murwillumbah, in the shadow of the aptly named Mt. […]
Film critic Blake Howard is obsessed with the crime drama Heat. So much so that he created a 170 hour podcast to pore over literally every minute of the running time. In this ‘confession of an obsession’, Howard reflects on what keeps drawing him back to Michael Mann’s 1995 classic. Michael’s Mann’s 1995 crime opus […]
In 1816, during a cold Swiss summer, Mary Shelley conjured up a ghost story that would stand the test of time. As Haifaa al-Mansour’s new biopic Mary Shelley depicts, the then 18-year-old took part in a friendly writing contest with her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley, stepsister Claire Clairmont, and their friends Lord Byron and John […]
Jill Bilcock is one of Australia’s greatest film practitioners. Probably the most successful film editor this country has ever produced, Bilcock has the unique distinction of editing six of the 20 highest-grossing Australian films of all time (plus a whole host of critical darlings and award winners). An Oscar nominee for Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge!, […]
Now that we’re half way through the year, it’s a good a time to take stock on the best cinema releases so far in 2018. Critic Luke Buckmaster picks his top 11 films. Game Night The first two and a half minutes of Game Night – which show Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) […]
The significance of Stan’s first original film The Second and the need for more female-driven Australian films
So far in 2018, more Australian cinema releases have featured Shane Jacobson as the lead character than a female protagonist. Stan’s first original film The Second marks the first arrival this year of a local film led by a complex female figure. Critic Sarah Ward explains why this is important. This article was brought to […]
Just your average game of footy, interrupted by your average super advanced alien race with high-tech weapons and bad arse armour. Hang on, what? A new alien invasion movie is on its way, and it looks like Tomorrow, When the War Began on steroids. The Australian sci-fi Occupation, which rolls into cinemas on July 12, […]
The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival runs for nine days, from June 29 to July 7. The festival screens films in historic open-air theatres in the iconic outback town of Winton, which is the birthplace of the airline Qantas. Queenland’s Minister for Tourism Industry Development, Kate Jones MP, says the festival “celebrates the best of Queensland […]
Nothing to see here! Just an insane-looking Australian horror movie, shot in the country’s oldest and most notorious former mental asylum. Oh, and the cast includes Nicholas Hope, the veteran actor who played the titular character in the 1994 classic Bad Boy Bubby. Good to know that Bubby’s still a bad boy. The now-closed Gladesville […]