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Category Archives: Film

A matter of time: very long films

It’s a fatal moment for any film lover: that instant when you look away from the screen and check your watch, holding it up to the light to judge how much time is left before you can escape. A wince of pain as you realise there are still 40 minutes to go. Read more »

In defence of Adoration

Just from watching the film trailer you can intuit that Adoration, the recent Australian/French co-production directed by Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel), would screen to some unsympathetic audiences. Adapted from a novella called The Grandmothers by the recently departed Doris Lessing, Adoration (originally titled Two Mothers and … Read more »

Going with the flow: new ways of watching films

I was in New York recently, where my time was mostly spent seeing films in the Allan Dwan retrospective series at MoMA. During my month long visit, I was most excited about seeing Escape To Burma (1955), starring my favourite Old Hollywood actress Barbara Stanwyck. So, it … Read more »

Slim recognition: on the presence of women in film

On July 30, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences appointed a new president; Cheryl Boone Isaacs will be the thirty-third head of the Academy, but only the third woman to hold the position. This is almost as bad as there being only one female winner … Read more »

‘Rich Bitch’: Sophia Coppola’s The Bling Ring

Based on the incredible real-life escapades of five middle-class Calabasas teenagers, Sophia Coppola’s latest film as writer/director, The Bling Ring, is a cautionary tale about the absurdity and dangers of lusting after vacuous celebrity lifestyles. Inspired by the Vanity Fair article ‘The Suspects Wore Louboutins‘ by Nancy Jo … Read more »

Editors’ picks for July: Before Sunrise and Sunset and Hannibal

The Before Sunrise trilogy — Emily Laidlaw, Marketing Co-ordinator I’ve been waiting nine years for Before Midnight, the follow up to Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2005). Given that director Richard Linklater and lead actors/screenwriters Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke have exhausted all times of the day (Before Midday?), … Read more »

‘Spring Breakers Forever!’ Film in an era ‘Post-Everything’

There is a memorable sequence in Harmony Korine’s latest film Spring Breakers where wacked-out deviant ‘Alien’ (James Franco) plays Britney Spears’ ‘Everytime’ on a piano against a sun-kissed backdrop. As he sings, three bikini-clad college girls, sporting bright pink balaclavas and toting shotguns, dance around excitedly. The … Read more »

The rom-com isn’t dead – it’s just a bit unstable

Several years ago, the romantic comedy was pronounced dead. In an Op-Ed piece for The New York Times, Sam Wasson pointed the finger squarely at Hollywood. Big studios were allowing the genre to drown in a sea of humourless mediocrity. On the surface, Wasson had a point: … Read more »

Award season: Oh, the horror

Everybody loves the Hollywood awards season. It’s a magical time of year when all your favourite stars get dressed up to the nines to receive awards honouring them for all their hard work – and I’m sorry, it’s only the second sentence and already I want to … Read more »

The Acting Talents of Kristen Stewart

The form of the meme goes like this: Random Internet jokester inserts random image along with superimposed text that reads: ‘Still more facial expressions than Kristen Stewart’. Add extra humour points if the image is an inanimate object or an entity without a face, say, an octopus. … Read more »