Tag Archives: hollywood

September 20

Four Dogs and Bone – Kate Gaul at the Sydney Fringe (Theatre review)

Four Dogs and a Bone Brief Candle Productions with SITCO for Sydney Fringe 16 to 27 September You can grab your tickets here.  Photo credits – Katy Green-Loughrey There is a peculiar immodesty in writing that assumes fame and money will naturally follow recognition, when overwhelmingly, the converse is true – that even when success […]

January 21

Hitchcock – A Wikipedia guide to Psycho from Sasha Gervasi. (Film Review)

What an odd film! I’m not sure which side of the fence to fall on after watching Hitchcock. For a film I thought would be terrible, I had a rather good time.  I was compelled to go home directly and watch Psycho, currently shown for free all over the net – something I think is […]

January 09

Gangster Squad – Ruben Fleischer’s good v’s evil. (film review)

Next year it will be thirty years since Brian de Palma made The Untouchables (I know!  I know!) one of the many rough parodies of Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin, which was made sixty-two years earlier. Gangster Squad is our latest incarnation in the long running homage (we even have the all-important massacre on the steps scene) to a […]

Farewell Nora Ephron

“Like most of my contemporaries, I first read The Fountainhead when I was 18 years old. I loved it. I too missed the point. I thought it was a book about a strong-willed architect…and his love life….I deliberately skipped over all the passages about egoism and altruism. And I spent the next year hoping I would meet […]

FFF: The last Metro – Truffaut and the mightiest of tensions

I was so lucky last night! Closing night of the French Film festival , and I was handed a very nice glass of wine, told to sit back and enjoy one of Francois Truffaut’s greatest films. This is pure heaven for little Lisa. Here’s the thing. As far as French New Wave goes (and for me […]

FFF: The Look – Charlotte Rampling gives us a self portrait through others.

The Look opens with an incredibly evocative moment.  Charlotte Rampling is looking out over the New York harbour. The camera moves in behind her and in slow motion she turns and removes her sunglasses and BANG!  The Camera freezes. And there is it. The Look. That which she is most famous for and the title […]

Marketa Lazarová – The greatest Czech film of all time

Marketa Lazarová is a 1967 Czechoslovak historical film directed by František Vláčil. It is an adaptation of a novel of the same name by Vladislav Vančura. Although, it is my understanding that it is not a particularly close representation of the book, but rather draws heavily on one small aspect and expands this into a film. I’ve leaned heavily on […]

In a year with 13 moons – Fassbinder and the desperation of love

“Every seventh year is a moon year. People whose lives are strongly influenced by their emotions suffer more intensely from depression in these years. To a lesser degree this is also true of years with 13 moons. When a moon year also has 13 new moons, inescapable personal tragedies may occur. In the 20th Century […]