Sep 172014


This is the thirteenth post in the “The Best Films Set In…” series. The setting can be a place (like Tokyo), a location (like the beach), or a time (like Winter). In these posts I’m going to pick my 5 favourite films that are set in that particular place/location/time and explain why I like them.

For this edition, I’ve handed over the reigns to Sydney film enthusiast and critic, Lisa Malouf. Lisa has picked an American city for the setting of her list. It’s a city that can be both beautiful and gritty, and is the setting of a large number of excellent crime genre films. Thanks for sharing your list with us Lisa. [Ed]

The city of Chicago conjures up many associations for different people: it could be historical figures Al Capone and Eliot Ness, its nickname ‘the windy city’, or the famous Steppenwolf Theatre Company, or maybe as the one-time home of the Obama family, and the long-time home of both Oprah Winfrey and the late great Roger Ebert. For me, the first thing I reflect upon when thinking about Chicago is just how many terrific films were set (and often filmed) in this city.

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Sep 172014


Before we begin, please take a minute to read Lukas Kendall’s article, What Happens When You Make An NC-17 Film.

Film is a powerfully subversive format. It climbs into your soft tissues, stirring hormones and ideas. Amos Vogel, writing in the 1974 classic Film As A Subversive Art, wrote that “short of closing one’s eyes – in cinema, a difficult and unprecedented act – there is no defence against it”. However, as noted by Kendall, closing one’s eyes in the cinema isn’t the problem; simply getting it in front of your eyes at all is the greater difficulty. Lucky Bastard has engaged itself in a cultural war, one with a frontline that is mired in the sucking mud of ‘rules of art’, ‘good taste’ and ‘acceptable content’.

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Sep 152014


In this edition of The Forgotten, Steve Parkes (Cinema Cope) explains why Super (James Gunn, 2010), an underrated super hero movie of sorts (which was dwarfed by bigger films released around the same time) is worth  a watch. Thanks for sharing this film with us Steve. [Ed]

Around 2009/10 at least four Superhero-as-vigilante films came out, including the completely forgotten Defendor (with Woody Harrelson and Kat Dennings), and the most successful of them, Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass, based on the Mark Millar comic book series.

I enjoyed Kick-Ass, but the best of these movies is the nearly forgotten Super. If Super is on some people’s radar at all at the moment, that’s probably because it gets the occasional mention in articles about its writer/director, James Gunn. Gunn is getting a lot of attention at the moment thanks to the success of Guardians of the Galaxy. Prior to Guardians, he had only directed Super, and the 80s-set horror-comedy Slither.

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Sep 132014


In this edition of The Forgotten, Andrew Buckle (The Film Emporium, Graffiti with Punctuation) explains why Possession (Andrzej Zulawski, 1981) is one of his top 20 horror films of all time. Thanks for sharing this film with us Andrew.[Ed]

Andrzej Zulawski’s 1981 domestic melodrama come psychological thriller come gruesome creature horror is one of the most chaotic and deranged films I have ever experienced. It is a ghastly film that is sure to leave an imprint on anyone who survives it. But, being pretty inaccessible, it isn’t a film you hear about too often.

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Sep 132014


Hello from Toronto and the Toronto International Film Festival! I have had the most amazing time in Toronto and it’s mostly not because of the movies. Don’t get me wrong, there have been many good films (NIGHTCRAWLER!!!!), but it’s really the people who have made the experience really special.

One of the people I was most looking forward to meeting was Ryan McNeil of The Matinee. Ryan’s writing is some of my favourite on the web and I had a hunch that he would be a top guy to hang out with. My hunch was right – Ryan is not only a fun person, but has been extremely kind and helpful during my time here in Toronto.

Andrew Buckle and I sat down with Ryan (over crepes and coffee) at a local café to chat about the festival and THE COBBLER, a film which we had just seen together. Head over to The Matinee and give it a listen.

I’ll be back in about 10 days, so keep an eye out for lots of TIFF reviews which will be heading to the site. In the meantime, continue enjoying the quality guest posts I’ve been lucky to be able to post.

Sep 112014

mean creek

In this edition of The Forgotten, Alex Withrow (And So It Begins…) explains why Mean Creek (Jacob Aaron Estes, 2004) is a fantastic indie and an interesting example of the weird ways and fates of Hollywood. Thanks for sharing this film with us Alex.[Ed]

The core dilemma of the tiny and excellent indie film, Mean Creek, is one we’ve all seen before. It’s the prank gone too far. The joke with fatal consequences. It’s the lethal dose of youth, bad choices and fear, blended together to create catastrophe.

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Sep 092014


Thanks to Icon Films , we have 3 x double passes to give away to SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR – in Australian cinemas from September 18.

Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller’s visually stunning Sin City graphic novels back to the screen in SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. Eva Green stars as Ava, a temptress who enlists Dwight McCarthy (Brolin) in a bid to escape her ex-husband. Joseph Gordon Levitt plays Johnny, a mysterious gambler set on taking down his sworn enemy in a high stakes game of life and death. Weaving together two of Miller’s classic stories with new tales, the town’s most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more notorious inhabitants. Newcomers Juno Temple and Jeremy Piven join the all-star cast including Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Jessica Alba, and Jaime King who will be making their return to SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR.

To Win

Tell who your favourite Sin City star is and why. Send your answers, along with your name and postal address to moc.e1411090990srevi1411090990nueni1411090990lnona1411090990@mas1411090990 by 9pm on Friday September 19th 2014.
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Sep 072014


This is the twelfth post in the “The Best Films Set In…” series. The setting can be a place (like Tokyo), a location (like the beach), or a time (like Winter). In these posts I’m going to pick my 5 favourite films that are set in that particular place/location/time and explain why I like them.

For this edition, I’ve handed over the reigns to Sydney film enthusiast Steven Savona. Steven picked a city for the setting of his top 5 list. This city is known for its black taxi cabs, royal residents and a large clock called Ben. After the jump its Steven’s picks for The Best Films Set In…London

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