Batman Vs Superman – Review

By John Murphy Batman vs Superman is a Beautiful disaster that had me at one point pulling my hair out and at another completely mesmerized. The true nature of any artistic endeavour is to stir an emotional reaction within the audience, positive or negative, and BvS does that wonderfully. It’s a technical shambles in places with some really odd scenes that seem completely unrelated to … Continue reading Batman Vs Superman – Review

Aquaman Review: We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Expanded Universe

By John Murphy I consider myself to be a comic book film fan, but not a zealot. I generally go and see the ever-increasing number of celluloid adaptations in their first weekend of release, because despite prior positive or negative buzz, I like to make my own mind up. Now, I know what you’re thinking- that does sound like it’s bordering on zealotry, but fear … Continue reading Aquaman Review: We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Expanded Universe

Lady Bird: A Tale of Working Class Guilt

By Graeme McKay Vladimir Nabokov told us that good readers shouldn’t look to emotionally identify with the protagonist of a story, and for the most part I managed to avoid falling into that trap while watching Lady Bird. Most of the film didn’t engage me very much, but the working class guilt was like a gut punch: a sometimes overplayed, but always interesting thread that … Continue reading Lady Bird: A Tale of Working Class Guilt

Halloween (2018) – A Film About Trauma

By Chris Gallagher As Michael Myers walks past a crying baby, kitchen knife in hand, briefly looking into its cradle, a wry smile crosses my face. The Halloween reboot has made Michael Myers a genuine force of nature once again. As he saunters through Haddonfield, randomly and brutally murdering, it’s clear that this is the Michael Myers of the original film and not the subsequent … Continue reading Halloween (2018) – A Film About Trauma

Social Realism and the ‘British New Wave’

By Chris Gallagher Social realism is one of the defining characteristics of British Cinema but what is it and how do we classify it? A focus on the everyday gives the audience an experience in the authentic and shows the world and society for what it truly is. It’s a gritty representation of the world using techniques developed by the early British documentary movement. A … Continue reading Social Realism and the ‘British New Wave’

The Cinema of Wong Kar-Wai

By Chris Gallagher Wong Kar-Wai is a visionary in the world of film. A filmmaker that continues to question boundaries of style and narrative, his films are a visceral experience with each frame filled with colour and texture. Wong Kar-Wai is one of a few Chinese directors that have received International acclaim but whereas John Woo is known for his high-octane action films, Wong falls … Continue reading The Cinema of Wong Kar-Wai

The Hollywood Renaissance – MASH

By Chris Gallagher I’ve always been a fan of American cinema. It’s kind of hard to escape the clutches of the Hollywood machine. The capitalist juggernaut that cynically uses film as a commodity to make money. From Transformers to whatever turd of a film Adam Sandler is making, Hollywood sucks the art out of film to make an hour-long product placement, targeting kids like the … Continue reading The Hollywood Renaissance – MASH

BUZZARD (2014) – Review

By Chris Gallagher In the great tradition of American Independent Cinema, BUZZARD comes bursting onto the screen as a postmodern nod to the great ‘Indiewood’ classics of the past. We follow Marty, a slacker with a keen interest in horror, as he goes to every length possible to avoid doing work of any sort…..EVER. Marty is a character that would fit into any number of ‘Slacker’ movies from … Continue reading BUZZARD (2014) – Review

A Woman’s Role in Contemporary Hollywood

By Chris Gallagher Hollywood cinema has continually portrayed masculinity as dominant, with women being relegated to the role of spectacle. The male gaze has cast a shadow over women in Hollywood, a shadow that continues to this day. How has the role of women changed in Hollywood and how have they been represented in recent times? Women in a Time of Greed The 1980s saw … Continue reading A Woman’s Role in Contemporary Hollywood

Soundtrack City – An Interview with Vi-Res

Australian composer Michael Fugucio, aka Vi-Res, is part of a new exciting generation of soundtrack composers whose styles echo that of the classic horror and sci-fi genre movies of the 70’s and 80’s. Vi-Res already has three releases under his belt; the Imaginary scores The First People and Sunstar, as well as the recently released Lost Score, his unused score for an upcoming Australian film. We … Continue reading Soundtrack City – An Interview with Vi-Res