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 by 9pm on Friday September 19th 2014.
Check out the terms & conditions of the competition after the jump.
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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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Sep 052014


In this edition of The Forgotten, Matthew Pejkovic (Matt’s Movies Reviews) explains why Narc (Joe Carnahan, 2002 ) is a genre masterpiece. Thanks for sharing this film with us Matt.[Ed]

Whenever the discussion turns to best directorial debuts, the one go-to in my arsenal is Joe Carnahan’s 2002 crime thriller Narc. Yes, this is the same Joe Carnahan who failed to dazzle with Smokin’ Aces and The A-Team, had Liam Neeson face off against a pack of wolves in The Grey, and has more failed projects than accomplished ones throughout his career. Yet so strong is Narc, that any misstep in Carnahan’s career is immediately forgiven.

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Sep 032014


I had heard of Edward Abbey’s infamous novel, ‘The Monkey Wrench Gang’ (1975), but I was unfamiliar with the man himself. Watching Wrenched, and listening to Abbey speak, I felt that there was no better way to summarise the core of his activism than in his own statement: “A bulldozer tearing up the hill-side is committing a kind of terrorism against life”. Underneath it all lies the terrifying vision of machines tearing and devouring the natural world and all living things that inhabit it. ML Lincoln’s documentary, Wrenched, concerns itself with Abbey and his legacy, of the groups and ideals that grew out of his fertile beliefs, and it will make you angry, hopefully in a good way.

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Sep 022014


Opening with a quote from Chief Seattle of the Suquamish tribe, “Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints”, Gringo Trails concerns itself with the problem of uncontrolled tourism, and the positive breakthroughs made by eco-tourism. A globe-trotting documentary, it bustles across a variety of tourist locales, demonstrating the need for more education and awareness from backpackers and holidaymakers. Chief Seattle’s words are allowed to hang over the film, standing as an ideal and a warning, as we are introduced to the pitfalls of a rampant tourism industry powered by cashed-up foreigners whose only concern is for themselves and the bragging rights to some glorious narrative of authenticity and adventure.

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Sep 012014

north of the sun

The Environmental Film Festival Melbourne (EFFM) is now entering into its fifth year, running from the 4th till the 12th of September. It offers a selection of feature and short documentaries, along with a plethora of guests and panels discussing an assortment of topics. Their mission statement, as taken from their website, states that:

“The Environmental Film Festival Melbourne entertains with groundbreaking films, traversing the relationship between humans and their environments, challenging the way people think about the natural world and inspiring them to discuss, explore and act on important environmental issues”.

First and foremost for both the festival and the selection of films is the power of a community drawing together to shape the world that we want. The best festivals foster a community around the ideas they present, and with a fine selection of panelists accompanying most of the screenings this is shaping up to be a very worthwhile proposition for Melbourne audiences.

What: Environmental Film Festival Melbourne 2014

When: Thursday Sept 4 – Friday September 12, 2014

Where: Kino Cinemas, Collins Place, 45 Collins St, Melbourne

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