Opinion / 22.06.2019

Not to sound like a grumpy old movie buff, but, when it comes to film accessibility, youngsters these days have no idea how easy they have it. With the plethora of streaming services available (not to mention digital downloads, Blu-rays, and, ahem, other less scrupulous methods of procurement), a world of films is literally at the fingertips of every impressionable wannabe film aficionado. For those of us who grew up in the 1980s and early 1990s, we weren't so lucky. Sure, we were on the cusp of the VHS...

Awards Season, Opinion / 09.08.2018

As you're likely aware by now, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced plans for a brand new category at next year's Oscars. This vague new award (criteria and eligibility are still TBA) celebrates "outstanding achievement in popular film." If you have no idea what the hell this will mean, you're not alone. Even as an ardent Oscar-watcher of 30 years, I haven't the slightest idea how this award will be determined. Lagging ratings over the last few years have seemingly pushed the Academy to make...

Opinion / 11.07.2018

There's a war raging in the pop culture world. It's an all-out battle between film fans and film critics. The simmering tensions may have always been there. Film critics have been around since the early days of the talkies. Film fans have obviously existed since movies began. But social media has given the most ardent of film fanatic direct access to those who seek to critique pieces of cinema....

Opinion, Reviews / 05.07.2018

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is truly one of the greatest modern-day achievements in blockbuster cinema entertainment. The 23 films have all dominated the box-office, albeit to varying degrees, and the Marvel characters have established enormous pop culture relevance, in a world formerly occupied by their DC rivals. Think back to just a decade ago, and it was all about Batman and Superman. Nowadays, Iron Man and his fellow Avengers have completely taken over. Sure, Warner Bros. has been desperately striving to change that for the past few years. Wonder...

Opinion, Reviews / 15.06.2018

With the recent release of Pixar Animation Studios' latest film Toy Story 4, now seems the perfect time to look back on their incredible 24-year history. After changing the entire animation landscape with their groundbreaking debut film Toy Story, Pixar have continued to dazzle audiences for the last two decades with their knack for impeccable visuals, stellar storytelling skills, and the innate ability to deliver an emotional impact like few other film studios. Their arrival came at a time when animation was beginning to lose the public's interest. Disney...

Opinion / 01.06.2018

Late yesterday afternoon, Amazon dropped a bombshell on Australia. From July 1, the American website will no longer ship to Australian customers, instead redirecting users to the local version of the site. This change is in response to a new Australian law coming into effect on this date, requiring all online retailers to apply a ten per cent GST to purchases made overseas and shipped to Australia. Instead of simply complying with this new law, Amazon has bizarrely decided to ban Australians from future international purchases....

Opinion, Reviews / 30.05.2018

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a young boy discovered a film trilogy that changed his life. I was born after Return of the Jedi was released. I missed the entire Star Wars era. It wasn't until sometime in the early 1990s that I learnt of the existence of these films. There was a buzz around school because the three films were to be shown on television across three consecutive Saturday nights. Ashamedly, I had no real idea what these movies were. I'd maybe...