Welcome to the bumper holiday edition of Side View, in which my Crikey colleagues have joined me to curate their favourite pieces of writing, talking, reporting or filmmaking of 2018 (or, for some of us who cheated, other years). Whether you've got your feet up enjoying a break, or are back at it already, we hope you'll find plenty of entertainment in our recommendations, and we'll see you all in a couple of weeks.
Like Shakespeare said, "All the world's a stage" and that means, in 2014, that your lounge room, smartphone, computer and even wrist watch are all stages -- stages for self-destructive celebrities to dance on.
From gay zombie porn to film reviews in Zambia and calling bullsh*t on The Room creator Tommy Wiseau, it's been a blockbuster year for Crikey film blog Cinetology. Director Luke Buckmaster explains.
Red is the latest in a slew of American movies about over-the-hill action heroes who return to their former wild ways for a fresh round of (borderline arthritic) fisticuffs.
Stuart Beattie is a rare figure in the Australian film industry: an Aussie who made a living in Hollywood as a writer for large scale films bankrolled by major production studios. Luke Buckmaster interviews him about his latest film, the adaptation of John Marsden's Tomorrow, When the War Began.
There's very little fact-checking going on when it comes to guns being used in films. Silencers don't make make a gun shot silent and machine guns only last five seconds before they run out of bullets.
With talk that a tell-all book about the John Edwards sex scandal is being turned into a film, Gawker offers its actor suggestions. What about Tom Cruise as John Edwards and Annette Benning as the scorned wife?
As Hollywood continues to pump out flicks about combat, the question lingers: which American war provides the best film fodder? Even without the shocking exclusion of Sylvester Stallone's Victory, the answer is a little surprising.
Locations around the world now offer tax breaks and incentives for film studios, and California is feeling the burn as movie production abandons the Hollywood studio set. Is Hollywood no longer the home of American blockbusters?