Film essays

The Pleasantly Surprising Greatness of Blade Runner.

“Replicants are like any other machine; they’re either a benefit or a hazard.” When 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968) recently experienced another brief theatrical run I jumped at the chance to see what is probably my favourite sci-fi movie on the big screen for the first time. It was glorious, exceeding my expectations, and… Continue reading The Pleasantly Surprising Greatness of Blade Runner.

Film essays · Theology

A balanced perspective on Fifty Shades of Grey.

Judging from some of the outraged reactions Christians have been having towards the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, released on Valentine’s Day, you’d be forgiven for thinking it signals the end of wholesome cinema (such a thing never existed) and/ or will somehow lead all females everywhere to actively seek out abusive relationships (just as… Continue reading A balanced perspective on Fifty Shades of Grey.

Film essays · Video Games

Two Months, Four Hits: The 21st Century fight for ‘freedom of expression’.

It was a significant Christmas/ New Year season for this thing we call artistic expression. Over the months of December and January we’ve seen a petition succeed in getting Grand Theft Auto V withdrawn from certain outlets in Australia and New Zealand; The Interview have its initial release cancelled due to terrorist threats from a… Continue reading Two Months, Four Hits: The 21st Century fight for ‘freedom of expression’.