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It seems Ridley Scott’s latest feature The Last Duel isn’t doing too well at the box-office, and the celebrated director is pointing the finger of blame at smartphones, and millennials apparent obsession with them:
“I think what it boils down to – what we’ve got today [are] the audiences who were brought up on these fucking cell phones,” Scott said. “The millennian, [who] do not ever want to be taught anything unless you told it on the cell phone… This is a broad stroke, but I think we’re dealing with it right now with Facebook. This is a misdirection that has happened where it’s given the wrong kind of confidence to this latest generation, I think.”
By that rationale though wouldn’t most movies, not just historical dramas, be doing poorly at the box-office?Leave a Comment
JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass (trailer), is a documentary by American filmmaker Oliver Stone, a follow up of sorts to his 1991 drama feature JFK. “Conspiracy theories are now conspiracy facts,” Stone asserts, having presumably combed through many of the previously withheld papers in relation to the 1963 assassination of late US President John F. Kennedy, released by Donald Trump in 2018.
Not all film commentators are in agreement with the arguments Stone presents though. And for a cold light of day assessment of Kennedy’s murder: this 2003 article published in The Guardian, written by Kenneth Rahn:
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The real story of the assassination is this: Kennedy was killed by one misfit guy, a cheap but effective rifle, a good vantage point from the building where he worked and a run of fortuitous events. It is over. We must realise that this horrible event was not some evil plot. It was the product of chance, not conspiracy.
Renowned film critic David Stratton has recently written a book, My Favourite Movies (published by Allen & Unwin, November 2021), which as the title suggests, is a selection of his personal favourites. But having watched close to what he estimates to be thirty thousand films during his life, choosing just one hundred and eleven titles to feature in My Favourite Movies, was no easy task, as Stratton explained in a recent interview with FilmInk.
In the course of the discussion, he also offered his thoughts on the current state of cinema, something I’ve been wondering about, especially in the light of the pandemic, and the impact lockdowns have had on the industry.
There have been tremendous changes in every area to do with film. The opportunities for commentary on film have been reduced and of course the film industry itself has changed dramatically. I wonder sometimes whether the cinema will survive.
That’s bleak commentary coming from one of Australia’s best known film critics.Leave a Comment
Retro themed artwork for the soundtrack cover for Paul Thomas Anderson’s retro themed movie Licorice Pizza. The title track is credited to Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood. I couldn’t find out who the cover designer is, does anyone know? You can hear most of the soundtrack here on Spotify, sans, at the moment, Greenwood’s contribution.Leave a Comment
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Campion is the latest acclaimed director to criticise superhero films, following on Martin Scorsese, who compared them to “theme parks” in 2019, and Ridley Scott, who called them “fucking boring as shit” earlier this month. Both Marvel and DC have tried to bring over more auteurs, most recently Chloé Zhao, the Oscar-winning Nomadland director who made this month’s Eternals. But the film has become the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s worst reviewed offering to date.
Based on a series of viral tweets, and a 2015 Rolling Stone article written by David Kushner, Zola (trailer), a film directed by American filmmaker Janicza Bravo, sees Stefani (Riley Keough) lure fellow stripper Zola (Taylour Paige) on a road trip with the promise they’ll make a lot of money prostituting themselves. No doubt.Leave a Comment
How good’s this? American filmmaker Joel Coen, he of Coen brothers fame, has made an adaptation of the old Shakespeare play The Tragedy of Macbeth. See the trailer here. And what’s become of brother Ethan, the other half of the renowned film production duo? It seems he’s had enough of making films, according to Indiewire.Leave a Comment
The Colour Room (trailer), by Australian filmmaker Claire McCarthy (The Waiting City) re-tells the story of British ceramic artist Clarice Cliff, portrayed by Phoebe Dynevor, who was intent on becoming a designer, something unheard of for a woman living one hundred years ago. “The modern woman is forward thinking, not backward thinking.”Leave a Comment
Licorice Pizza (trailer), directed by American filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, seems like the sort of holiday fun many people are looking forward to. The coming-of-age comedy drama starring Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman, along with Bradley Cooper, Sean Penn, and Maya Rudolph, among others, is set to open in Australian cinemas on Boxing Day, 26 December 2021.Leave a Comment
Yay, live, in person, events are returning. The Sydney Science Fiction Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, Thursday 11 November 2021, at the Actors Centre Australia in the Sydney suburb of Leichhardt, and concludes on Sunday 14 November. Not in NSW? No problem. A virtual event is running until 25 November 2021, catering for sci-fi fans elsewhere in Australia.Leave a Comment
Burning (trailer) is a documentary by Los Angeles based Australian filmmaker Eva Orner about the Black Summer bush fires that ravaged parts of Australia in 2019 and 2020. The two-minute trailer is shocking, but being in the path of the flames must have been terrifying. Burning is scheduled for release later this month.Leave a Comment
Apollo 11 was apparently out of contact with Earth for two minutes shortly before the Moon landing in July 1969. You can only imagine what happened during that period of radio silence. But if you didn’t, plenty of others have. One “explanation” (of many) posits mission controllers pulled the plug on the public broadcast of the Apollo transmissions because the crew had sighted a space ship of unknown alien origin “parked” on the Moon. So that’s it. Do you think the vessel is still sitting there? Hmm, might be a novel idea in that…
The “break” in Apollo 11’s transmission forms one of the threads running through the plot of Moonfall (trailer) the new film by Roland Emmerich. Also in the mix, by the looks of it, are echoes of the idea the Moon is hollow (I don’t think it is…) and a book called Who Built the Moon. To get back to Moonfall though, long story short, an unknown force or event has sent the Moon on a collision course with Earth. A small group of people think they know what’s caused it, and how to stop it – the Moon that is – from crashing into our planet.Leave a Comment
Made in 1982 and filmed on a micro-budget over the course of a few days, Going Down, directed by Australian filmmaker Haydn Keenan is a gritty, no holds barred, slice of life glimpse of a night out on the town in Sydney. While the pacing and narrative technique reminded me a little of something like American Graffiti, Going Down is far more in your face.
Karli (Tracy Mann) is about to fly to New York. Her friends Jane (Vera Plevnik), Jackie (Julie Barry), and Ellen (Moira MacLaine-Cross), take her out for one last night of revelry before she leaves. The result is chaotic. Parties and bars are gone to, drugs are taken, sex is had, and a large sum money is lost. In the middle of it all, one of Karli’s friend’s tries to find sex work, as the girls, individually and collectively, make their way around the inner suburbs of a now barely recognisable Sydney.
Check out a snippet of the film here (NSFW: profanity, drug references).Leave a Comment
Ridley Scott has put together a star studded cast including Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Salma Hayek, Jared Leto, Al Pacino, and Jeremy Irons, for his adaptation of House of Gucci (trailer), based on the 2002 book by Sara Gay Forden. Not that a star studded cast really makes much difference to whether I see a film or not.Leave a Comment
We’re all passing for something, aren’t we? Passing (trailer) is the directorial debut of British actor and filmmaker Rebecca Hall, and is based on the 1929 book of the same name, written by late American author Nella Larsen. Clare (Ruth Negga) and Irene (Tessa Thompson), are old school friends who meet again by chance years after leaving school. While both women are mixed-race, Irene identifies as being African-American, while Clare’s light complexion allows her to “pass” as being white. But their obsessive interest in each other threatens to unravel both their lives.Leave a Comment
Growing up in Nepal, Belmaya Nepali found little support – to put it mildly – for her ambition to become a filmmaker. Her inspiring story of overcoming all manner of obstacles and setbacks, is told in I Am Belmaya (trailer), a feature she co-directed with London based documentary maker Sue Carpenter.Leave a Comment