Category Archives: Melbourne International Film Festival

Jodorowsky’s Dune: the greatest film ever not made?

There are so many ways to read Jodorowsky’s Dune, the documentary of cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s doomed effort make the film version of Frank Herbert’s 1965 science fiction epic, Dune. It is, by turns, a love letter to seventies science fiction; a … Continue reading

Mud, madness and masculinity: William Friedkin’s Sorcerer

Perfect films usually only ever appear so in retrospect. A case in point is Sorcerer, William Friedkin’s 1977 reimagining of the Henri-Georges Clouzot 1953 classic, The Wages of Fear. The gloriously remastered print of Sorcerer, showing as part of the Melbourne International Film … Continue reading

My 2014 Melbourne International Film Festival top ten

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) kicks off in few days. As usual, there’s a packed program full of cinematic goodness. If you’re wanting to check some films out but are stumped as to what to see, here’s my ten … Continue reading

Screen memories & changing cinema culture

It wasn’t much to look at from the outside, but I loved the former Greater Union Cinema on Russell Street in Melbourne’s CBD. The large screens and cavernous interior, the way the floor sloped so no one was directly in … Continue reading

The Act of Killing: ‘We need gangsters to get things done’

From the first scene, a bizarre musical number involving dancers emerging from the mouth of a giant fish, to the last, an old man being physically sick at the memory of his actions (whether genuinely or not is unclear), The … Continue reading