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Nov 122015


Fresh from the success of the critically acclaimed Skyfall, the rejuvenated Bond series continues with its 24th official installment, it’s fourth with Daniel Craig in the tux.

In the aftermath of a failed terrorist plot in Mexico City, James Bond (Daniel Craig) uncovers the existence of the eponymous criminal organisation which has a startling connection to his past, particularly in the form of its leader, Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz). Meanwhile, M (Ralph Fiennes) faces mounting pressure as the fate of MI6 hangs in the balance.

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The Forgotten: In the Realm of the Senses

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Mar 122015



Thanks to Courtney Small for this addition to The Forgotten series. You can find more of Courtney’s writing at Cinema Axis [Ed].

One of the benefits of having a controversial film like 50 Shades of Grey dominate the box office is that it gets people talking about a subject that has been on my mind a lot recently: Sex.  Let me clarify as not to come off as a pervert – though my recent admission on Twitter to enjoying trashy films like Wild Orchid and The Hot Spot may suggest otherwise – my thoughts are not so much of the act itself, but rather focused on the way it is portrayed on-screen.  I have been asking myself for days where does the line between art and pornography begin?  Is their art in porn?  I am sure Jack Horner, Burt Reynolds’ character in Paul Thomas Anderson’s ode to the porn industry Boogie Nights, would argue there is.  Conversely, can there be porn within art?  Are they both intertwined in a complicated and passionate embrace?

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The Forgotten: Another Earth

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Mar 092015


Thanks to Ella Donald for this very special edition to The Forgotten, complete with video essay! You can read more of Ella’s writing here [Ed].

In 2011, a film made for only a fraction of most (including many in its genre), premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and became the most talked about premiere that year, winning the Alfred P. Sloan prize. Shot over the course of a year for around $100 000, using director Mike Cahill’s hometown of New Haven, a lot of favours, and funding from non-profit organisation Artists Public Domain, Another Earth continued the post-Primer low-budget, philosophical sci-fi trend of the digital filmmaking age. 2011 was a year of many excellent films, and Another Earth, one that has since slipped out of the conversation, is one of the best.

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The Paperboy

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Feb 192013


Uk-based writer Luke Grima has kindly offered to review the new Nicole Kidman & Zac Efron film The Paperboy for us. The Paperboy played at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and received very mixed reactions. It comes out in limited release in Australia on February 28. Thanks Luke for reviewing the film! Be sure to check out Luke’s writing at his own site, Wanna Go To The Movies?

Check out Luke’s review of The Paperboy after the jump [Ed]

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Hobo With A Shotgun

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Jul 302012


Canadian film month continues on An Online Universe with this guest review of the outrageous Hobo with a Shotgun, kindly written by Ben Buckingham.

A lifelong addict of the bizarre and intense, Ben is the perfect person to review this film! As a founding father of CineCult303 he has inflicted mental torture upon many and consistently made the world a better place. He is currently writing a thesis on the cultural system of cannibalism in post-modern horror and working on his cooking skills.

Check out Ben’s thoughts on Hobo with a Shotgun after the jump.

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Eastern Promises

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Jul 292012

Eastern Promises

Canadian film month continues on An Online Universe with a look at a film by one of Canada’s greatest film-makers, director David Cronenberg.

This review has kindly been written by Sydney critic/screen-writer/director, Chris Elena. Check out more of Chris’s writing at Can You Dig It?. Thanks very much for this review Chris! Check out Chris’s thoughts on Eastern Promises after the jump.

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Bon Cop Bad Cop

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Jul 212012

Good Cop Bon Cop

The focus on Canadian films in July continues, with this guest review of Bon Cop Bad Cop by freelance writer and film-lover, Jordi Kerr. Thank you very much Jordi for your excellent contribution! Check out Jordi’s review of Canadian action-comedy film Bon Cop Bad Cop (Good Cop Bad Cop) after the jump.

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The Best Films Set In…Vietnam

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Jul 112012


This is the fifth 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.

Up this week, Wellington film student and lover of cinema Mark Roulston has kindly contributed a guest list for us. Mark spent time living in Vietnam, and therefore it’s only fitting that Vietnam is the setting for his guest post. Be sure to check out Mark’s writing at These Words Are Bullets.

Check out Mark’s picks for ‘The Best Films Set In…Vietnam”, after the jump!


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