Watching a bad movie can be an incredibly depressing experience. You’re watching paper-thin characters spout inane dialogue while perusing some ill-defined McGuffin when a horrible realisation dawns on you: you have paid for this feeling. If not with money, then at the very least with your time. At the end of a ninety-minute bad movie… Continue reading What Makes a Good Bad Movie?
Sometimes the links between the films we’ve put together in a double feature are hard to see. Aside from both films being recent releases and coming from the same distributor, the similarities can be difficult to spot. Maybe it’s tonal, perhaps it’s just a question of matched quality? Tonight’s double feature, Locke (2013) and Only… Continue reading Time, birth, double bills
An out-of-work drifter (professional wrestling legend ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper) wanders into Los Angeles, looking for work and a place to stay. An idealistic individual, he believes that America is the land of opportunity, so long as you work hard, remain patient and follow the rules. However, our drifter is about to have his illusions shattered,… Continue reading They Live: John Carpenter Shows Us The World As It Really Is
We are very pleased, thanks to ASC, to share the sentiments of their very first store employee, Dom Harman. Here’s what he had to say about the man of steel: In his book about the film They Live (1988), author Jonathan Lethem talks of preserving sequences of film history making a case for when the… Continue reading It’s a bird… It’s a plane…
Nicholas Waxman reflects on what Die Hard (1988) means to him… I was only 6 months old when Die Hard blasted onto movie screens around the world and raised the bar to an unreachable height for all action movies to come. Die Hard is arguably the best action film ever made, it is most certainly the greatest… Continue reading Always Die Hard
Three very enthusiastic reviews from Melbourne based film critics Gerard Elson, Paul Nelson, and Tara Judah. Each of these reviews originally appeared in an edition of our E-newsletter and are republished here with permission from the authors. “It’s not easy having a good time. Even smiling makes my face ache.” So laments Dr Frank-N-Furter—‘A Scientist’—in… Continue reading Rocky Horror Picture Show
Tonight’s double bill is an existential journey through the screen – our regular E-news reviewer and passionate film aficionado Mark Vanselow gives us the low-down: TWO-LANE BLACKTOP Forty years ago, audiences might not have known what to make of Two-Lane Blacktop (1971). It is an altogether different type of road movie, an automobile film for… Continue reading Two-Lane Blacktop & Zabriskie Point