Home » Archives by category » Arts » Film

Is the golden age of cinema over?

Is the golden age of cinema over?

Sophie Gallagher looks at the death of cinema and the dominance of downloads

All the world’s a stage: The Fifth Estate

All the world’s a stage: The Fifth Estate

Bernadette Anvia scrutinises the ethics behind releasing a Hollywood biopic about a wanted man.

Sydney Underground Film Festival: The Wrap-Up

Sydney Underground Film Festival: The Wrap-Up

Andre Fenby takes you through the good, the bad, the ugly, and the downright weird at this year’s Sydney Underground Film Festival

Review: The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology at the Sydney Underground Film Festival

Review: The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology at the Sydney Underground Film Festival

Max Weber gets meta about film

The big and the beautiful: There She Is and plus size pageants

The big and the beautiful: There She Is and plus size pageants

Are plus size beauty pageants harmful to women?

An interview tangentially related to The National

An interview tangentially related to The National

The National have always been a ‘band of brothers’: Bryce and Aaron Dessner, Bryan and Scott Devendorf, and then there’s Matt Berninger. The group’s towering frontman is the sole figure of the band lacking a ‘brother’. He’s not an only child, as many might assume; his brother just prefers heavy metal. Tom Berninger, the younger […]

The Act of Killing

The Act of Killing

Indonesia is geographically adjacent to us and has a population of 238 million people, as well as a government that celebrates and endorses the mass murdering of more than half a million people that occurred between 1965 and 1966.

Sydney Film Festival 2013: The Wrap-Up

Sydney Film Festival 2013: The Wrap-Up

Jeremy Elphick went nuts at the Sydney Film Festival.

Review: Wadjda at the Sydney Film Festival

Review: Wadjda at the Sydney Film Festival

Wadjda navigates the often non-existent line between criticism of a patriarchal state and Islamaphobia. It gives the debate – which is the euphemism for misinformed and often racist assertions about what Islam is – complexity.

Review: Stoker at the Sydney Film Festival

Review: Stoker at the Sydney Film Festival

Stoker isn’t marked by the unabated savageness of Park’s Korean offerings, but rather restrains itself until tension builds overlong; bursting into sexual violence and bubbling back down again.

Review: Only God Forgives at the Sydney Film Festival

Review: Only God Forgives at the Sydney Film Festival

Only God Forgives is the second collaboration between Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn, after 2011′s Drive. It can be a disaffecting, disorienting experience.

Review: Upstream Colour at the Sydney Film Festival

Review: Upstream Colour at the Sydney Film Festival

Upstream Colour is a rare, and paradoxical, example of a film that makes complete sense in of itself, but is impossible to summate.

Spring Breakers: a feminist manifesto?

Spring Breakers: a feminist manifesto?

Nick Richardson doesn’t think Spring Breakers is exploitative.

A tale of two comics: the cinematic worlds of Marvel and DC

A tale of two comics: the cinematic worlds of Marvel and DC

Sam Murray read the book and watched the movie

Looking back on the Sydney Film Festival

Looking back on the Sydney Film Festival

The Sydney Film Festival (SFF) celebrates its 60th birthday this year. New efforts to celebrate and document the history of one of Sydney’s most important cultural institutions reveal that a significant part of its history is inextricably linked with that of our own university. In a city with extremely limited opportunities for revival screenings of […]

Amour: a film review

Amour: a film review

Austrian writer-director Michael Haneke’s Amour has a very late release here. When it arrives however, it does so with quite a reputation after winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes last year and having built as strong an Oscar campaign as a foreign film ever has. The plot to Amour is brutally and deceptively simple – […]

Review: The Dark Knight Rises

Review: The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises, but not to new heights, writes Richard Withers

Where Aren’t They Now: Billy Redden

Where Aren’t They Now: Billy Redden

Brad Mariano exposes the life trajectory of film’s favourite hillbilly banjo player.

An interview with Stefan Popescu

An interview with Stefan Popescu

Hannah Ryan interview Stefan Popescu, the director of the Sydney Underground Film Festival