Here it is: my provisional list of 2016’s best films. “But we’re already a couple of months into 2017” – a fact of which I am aware, but I don’t feel it entirely necessary to stick to end-of-year timelines for something like this. As you’ll see, I have my reasons for not rushing it. While… Continue reading Best Films of 2016.
Warning: this post contains significant spoilers and I believe it shouldn’t be read if you have not yet seen Denis Villeneuve’s film Enemy (2013). If you like good movies, especially those that make you think, then you could love it and will at least find it interesting. I promise. Now, trusting that you have watched… Continue reading Revisiting Enemy.
“We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I’m no different.” – Leonard Shelby Everyone has mental health issues. For as long as we humans are an emotional, fickle and mindful species who share the same world despite each being unique in our own way, we’ll experience differing psychological reactions to that world… Continue reading Portrayals of mental health in film.
“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.
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.
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 Over the months of December and January we’ve seen a petition succeed in getting Grand Theft Auto V withdrawn from certain outlets in Australia and New Zealand; The Interview have its initial release cancelled due to terrorist threats from a… Continue reading Two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’.
I’m not usually one for end of year ‘top 10 films’ lists (mostly because a lot of very good films tend not to come from Hollywood and I’ll likely still be discovering some of them a year from now), but if I had been then The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1 would have been a… Continue reading Misjudging Mockingjay: Why it pays to think twice.