The Best Films Set In…Chicago

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Sep 172014
 

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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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The Forgotten: Mean Creek

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Sep 112014
 

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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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The Best Films Set In…London

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Sep 072014
 

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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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The Forgotten: Narc

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Sep 052014
 

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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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Watch It Again @ The Matinee – Eyes Wide Shut

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Aug 172014
 

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I was honoured when Ryan McNeil at The Matinee invited me to contribute a guest post to his fantastic site. The brief – write about a film you didn’t like a first, but grew to love when you watched it again. A couple of films sprung to mind, but the film I think I’ve done the biggest 180 on is Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut.

When Eyes Wide Shut was released in cinemas I was 14, that’s 4 years below the age allowed by New Zealand law to view the film. I didn’t know who Stanley Kubrick was, but I knew Hollywood stars Kidman and Cruise, and I thought a film with both of them in it might be cool. A few years later I caught the film when it played on TV late one Saturday evening. By then the film had become infamous for the orgy scenes, and Cruise and Kidman had ended their marriage, but I still didn’t know who Kubrick was (I was a late bloomer in many areas of film appreciation).

Read the full post at The Matinee.