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 […]
When Pixar’s Coco reached cinemas late in 2017, it gifted audiences with another of the studio’s typically engaging animated treats — but, for the first few weeks of the movie’s release, it also gave viewers a shock. In a departure from the studio’s usual routine, the movie wasn’t accompanied by an original Pixar short film. […]
Wonder Woman fans, rejoice! The highly anticipated sequel to last year’s massively successful DC blockbuster kicked off production this week, reuniting star Gal Gadot with director Patty Jenkins. The cameras have started rolling and the first pics from the set emerged, including the one above. If that image looks very 80s, it’s because this movie […]
The superhero landscape has changed. Women are (finally!) storming the gates. Best-selling author and cultural commentator Maria Lewis explains how we got here, and exciting things in store for the future. When discussing the rise of the female superhero, men are always surprised. ‘Oh, but Elektra and Catwoman were such disasters at the box office,’ […]
The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival (MDFF) runs from July 6 to July 14, screening a wide range of local and international productions. The films, which include short and full-length features, will play at Melbourne venues including Cinema Nova, The Backlot Studios and Fitzroy’s Long Play Cinema. There are a huge amount of titles on the […]
The trailer for the upcoming animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has made a hell of a splash online. After landing on June 5, the trailer quickly became one of Sony’s most successful viral videos of all time. It has now clocked up over 20 million views on YouTube alone. Social media users went into […]
The Pure Necessity removes all humans from The Jungle Book – and it’s one of the strangest animated movies ever
Is The Pure Necessity a nature documentary? That might seem like a fanciful suggestion given the following factors: 1) this deeply peculiar film is an animated feature, and 2) it is in effect a remake of Disney’s 1967 hand-drawn musical The Jungle Book, which adapted Rudyard Kipling’s story about a boy who lives among anthropomorphic […]
With so much new content appearing every week on Netflix, it can be hard to keep track of what to watch. Fans of science fiction can sit back and relax, because we’ve done the work for you. We’ve combed through the archive and found 10 great, critically acclaimed sci-fi movies. These are perfect choices for […]
About a year ago, I was fortunate enough to join a set visit to the latest Sir Peter Jackson production Mortal Engines and talk to some of the key talent. Directed by SPJ’s long-time Kiwi cohort Christian Rivers (his feature debut), the film is an adaptation of Philip Reeve’s dystopian sci-fi where the world has […]
It’s not every day you watch a trailer and think: that was really, really sweet. Not sweet like, ‘hand me a vomit bag because that was so cheesy.’ More sweet like ‘hey, the world might not be such a bad place after all, because what I just watched was pretty delightful’. This is exactly the response […]
In the era of Donald Trump, Brexit and other contemporary politicians and movements that reflect a time in which voter disenfranchisement in western societies has gone mainstream, in a very big way, it has become de rigueur – and also cliché – for cultural critics to proclaim certain works of art ‘perfect for the time’. […]
David Farrier looks forward to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom while looking back at the Jurassic franchise… and Jeff Goldblum.
Everyone’s talking about the totally bonkers, completely NSFW trailer for the insane-looking new comedy The Happytime Murders. Why so much chatter? Well…have you seen it? Holy cow. When the trailer hit the net a few days ago, headlines popped up like “The Happytime Murders Looks to Murder Your childhood.” Social media users were also agog, […]
In her review of Casablanca, the great American film critic Pauline Kael wrote the following about Humphrey Bogart: “There isn’t an actor in American films today with anything like his assurance, his magnetism, or his style.” The same can be said of Joaquin Phoenix. The 43-year-old, Puerto Rico-born actor’s intensely focused and gravitas-oozing presence is […]
Five years ago I interviewed Marlon Wayans, and made the mistake of telling him that one critic had claimed they would prefer to be waterboarded than to rewatch the comedian’s execrable 2013 film A Haunted House. Wayans was unimpressed, saying he would love to see the reviewer undergo precisely that experience. I now know that […]
The trailer for director Shane Black’s highly anticipated Predator sequel, The Predator, has arrived. It’s only 94 seconds, but there’s quite a bit to unpack. Here are five things we learned. 1) A kid appears to initiate an alien invasion The trailer begins on Halloween night, with kids walking around in costumes. It ventures inside […]
The young Julian Dennison became an internationally renown actor following his unforgettable performance as Ricky Baker in Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Now a major role in Deadpool 2 looks set to catapult him to global stardom. In the lead up to the film’s release, we sat down with Dennison to discuss several awfully important matters […]
As one of the greatest and most influential Australian bands in history, Midnight Oil needs no introduction. It’s about time the many Midnight Oil fans out there got a proper, feature-length documentary to rock out to. Enter Midnight Oil 1984, from director Ray Argall. This new film (now in cinemas) chronicles a crucial year in the life […]
This list isn’t just about my 100% scientifically accurate and inarguable opinion; it’s about the films that did the most to get the MCU where it is today.
It’s rare for even the greatest directors to make several great films in a row. I recently rewatched director William Friedkin’s thrilling, grungy 1971 police classic The French Connection, the first in a helluva trifecta for the director – who followed it up with The Exorcist (1973) and Sorcerer (1977). That kind of hat trick […]
With Avengers: Infinity War dominating the entire world, Liam Maguren re-watches and re-evaluated Thor: Ragnarok.