Late 1980s Berlin was a frightening place to be and not just because of all the David Hasselhoff music. However, it is here in the beating heart of the Cold War and just before the fall of the Berlin Wall, that Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) an MI6 undercover Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT // Atomic Blonde”
Dendy Canberra is offering another fantastic opportunity to make some headway through my cinematic blindspot list by hosting a month-long celebration of the complete theatrical works, and more, from the acclaimed animation house Continue reading “CITY EAR // Celebrate Studio Ghibli”
Everyone has their own cinematic blindspots, and a big one for me is Akira Kurosawa, the giant of Japanese cinema. Though interestingly, as a friend of mine put it, ‘you have probably seen more Kurosawa than you realise’, as his work, initially influenced by Continue reading “CITY EAR // Essential Kurosawa”
Cate Shortland, the Australian director of the chillingly captivating Berlin Syndrome, shows us the darker side of one of the key Australian rites of passage – backpacking across Europe. It may well give you cause to reconsider what you plan to do on your gap year. Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT // Berlin Syndrome”
The opening few minutes of Danny Boyle’s introspective and retrospective T2 Trainspotting should come with a warning, but more on that later.
Surprisingly, Boyle’s first image is not in Scotland, but Amsterdam, where we see Renton (Ewan McGregor) pounding a treadmill, Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT // T2 Trainspotting”
What comes to mind when you think of a teen film? Prom, ponytails, clichés and well, John Hughes for starters. It is worth saying upfront that Edge of Seventeen has none of these, but it has what most others don’t – a refreshing combination of Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT // Edge of Seventeen”
Director Damian Chazelle (Whiplash) launches us into La La Land, with ‘Another Day in the Sun,’ a sweeping and epic opening number, set on a gridlocked LA freeway overpass, where the drivers leap out of their vehicles to sing and dance about chasing their dreams. Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT // La La Land”
Nocturnal Animals, the second film from fashion designer Tom Ford, is a stylised yet substantial thriller, in which LA art gallery owner Susan Morrow’s (Amy Adams) world is shattered by the arrival of a dark and violent Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT // Nocturnal Animals”
After watching I, Daniel Blake, a friend asked: ‘Did you enjoy it?’ My first thought was, does anyone actually enjoy Ken Loach films, a director who over the past 40 years has tackled some of the grittiest social economic problems of the UK? My answer though, Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT // I, Daniel Blake”
For a brief couple of years, Oasis defined the music of the mid 1990s. Arrogance, swagger and controversy were constant companions, but their music struck such a chord within the UK and beyond, that for a while, they were simply untouchable.
Supersonic turns the spotlight on Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT // Oasis: Supersonic”