Topic archives: film

‘Progressives need to have a hard look at themselves’: Sally Potter

March 23, 2018 1

While its timing may have been purely providential, The Party is the perfect film for the modern political landscape.

Can virtual reality save the movie industry?

August 18, 2017 3

Bonnie and Clyde reshaped the movie industry. Fifty years later, we might be on the cusp of another revolution.

Rundle: mourning Hollywood’s last gasp in the world’s oldest video store

Rundle: mourning Hollywood’s last gasp in the world’s oldest video store

October 27, 2014

Crikey's writer-at-large pays his respects at the world's oldest video store in Boulder, Colarado.

Follow Friday: @VictoriaCocks1 and @kirstysan, digital adventurers

Follow Friday: @VictoriaCocks1 and @kirstysan, digital adventurers

February 21, 2014 2

Filmmakers Victoria Cocks and Kirsty Stark have harnessed the power of Twitter to call attention to their TV series Wastelander Panda. Their experiemt was a success, with the ABC commissioning six episodes.

Rundle: Planet Janet, a Wolf, the Lone Survivor and other illiberalism

Rundle: Planet Janet, a Wolf, the Lone Survivor and other illiberalism

February 14, 2014 37

Janet Albrechtsen writes on a spurious "cultural divide" in Hollywood and at home. Her fact-free propaganda exemplifies the illiberal spirit of the Right. Our writer-at-large goes to the movies.

Incredibly offensive: Tropfest sex change comedy sparks outrage

Incredibly offensive: Tropfest sex change comedy sparks outrage

December 9, 2013 26

This year's Tropfest winner has been accused of homophobia and transphobia by advocates. It's another controversy for the wildly successful short film festival.

The ripple of Australian art that radiates outwards (all the way to <em>Crikey</em>)

The ripple of Australian art that radiates outwards (all the way to Crikey)

November 8, 2013 6

The arts is a living, breathing monster; roaring in our major cultural spaces and dingy laneways near you. Crikey is diving into the pond with the launch on Monday of Daily Review.

Movie review: <em>Jobs</em> — one long, cheesy moment

Movie review: Jobs — one long, cheesy moment

September 2, 2013

Joshua Michael Stern's Steve Jobs biopic is a bit of a turkey, but anyone trying to pin the blame on Ashton Kutcher should take a closer look at the script, writes Luke Buckmaster.

Video: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost on ‘The World’s End’

Video: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost on ‘The World’s End’

August 5, 2013

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have made a career out of writing and playing boozy characters for laughs, but as Luke Buckmaster discovers, they don't find alcohol so funny in real life.

2012 Crikeys: the best in film, books, TV, theatre, music

2012 Crikeys: the best in film, books, TV, theatre, music

December 21, 2012 14

What was the best film of 2012? The best TV show? The book you have to read, the video game you have to play, the album you have to download, the theatre you should have seen? Crikey picks the best.

Why the death of Hollywood has been greatly exaggerated

September 14, 2012 7

Hollywood's business model is in serious trouble, so the narrative goes. So why are big film studios making more money than ever? New markets in China and on the internet are driving a new boom.

Unscripted and on message: Mark Duplass on <em>Your Sister’s Sister</em>

Unscripted and on message: Mark Duplass on Your Sister’s Sister

September 5, 2012

Lynn’s Shelton's love-triangle-with-a-twist dramedy Your Sister’s Sister is the best kind of micro-budget American indie, says Luke Buckmaster. He talks to one of its stars, Mark Duplass.

Writer/director Tony Gilroy on rebooting <em>Bourne</em>

Writer/director Tony Gilroy on rebooting Bourne

August 16, 2012

Matt Damon moved on and the mega-successful Bourne franchise looked finished. Enter Tony Gilroy to find a new Jason and chart a new course for the movie thrillers. He talks to Alasdair Duncan.

Absurd things in ultra slow-mo

Absurd things in ultra slow-mo

April 20, 2012 1

Who explodes a birthday cake with fireworks? Filmmakers with apparently too much time, apparently.

The year in cinema: the top five female performances of 2011

The year in cinema: the top five female performances of 2011

December 23, 2011

It’s time to acknowledge cinema’s top five female performances (plus five honorable mentions) of 2011. Kirsten Dunst in Melancholia makes the list, writes Luke Buckmaster.

First look at ABC’s <em>The Slap</em> — and it’s a winner

First look at ABC’s The Slap — and it’s a winner

August 5, 2011

Last night Luke Buckmaster saw the first two episodes of ABC’s highly anticipated adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas’s The Slap. The show is likely to become a huge critical and popular success, says Buckmaster.

Win a double pass to see <em>POM Wonderful Presents the Greatest Movie Ever Sold</em>

Win a double pass to see POM Wonderful Presents the Greatest Movie Ever Sold

August 4, 2011

To mark the Australian theatrical release of director Morgan Spurlock’s new ‘docbluster’ POM Wonderful Presents: the Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Cinetology gives readers the chance to win a double pass.

Morgan Spurlock’s latest, inside the NYT and more: MIFF Day 9 and 10

August 1, 2011

Having now watched and reviewed 40 films in 10 days, Luke Buckmaster is now deep within the belly of the Melbourne International Film Festival beast. He examines the six films he's seen in the last 48 hours.

Day 6 of MIFF: one clever chimp, Israeli dramedy, tabloid shenanigans and hipster futurism

July 28, 2011

It's Day 6 of the Melbourne International Film Festival and the tired and bedraggled state of Crikey blogger Luke Buckmaster caused an embarrassing encounter in one cinema foyer.

Stoking Russian crime, viva Las Elvis, check mate: MIFF Day 5

Stoking Russian crime, viva Las Elvis, check mate: MIFF Day 5

July 27, 2011

Just five days in and Luke Buckmaster has already seen over 20 films as part of his quest to watch 60 films in 17 days for the Melbourne International Film Festival. An Elvis classic was amongst yesterday's offerings...