Forgotten Masterpieces

June 1, 2011

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ozploitation: n. (portmanteau) – low budget horror, comedy and action films made in Australia following the introduction of the R rating in 1971. Of course, we have an industry. We have for over 40 years. An industry littered with films about pretty girls disappearing into rocks and men racing each other to the pyramids and […]

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Two inches off the ground

May 31, 2011

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Alan Watts, the English writer, once said that when Professor Suzuki was asked what it feels like to experience Satori – a Zen Buddhist term referring to the experience of an “awakening” – the professor replied: “Just the same as ordinary, everyday experience. Except about two inches off the ground”. Later, director and essayist Lindsay […]

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I don’t know what to think.

May 11, 2011

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What happens when you don’t know how to react? Do you freeze up like a deer caught in the headlights? Sit there catatonic with that glazed, vacant expression as you grapple with how you feel? Do you feel blank or empty or maybe a little bit stupid as you sit there somewhat dumbfounded? Do you […]

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Dave Does HBO! (but don’t worry, they consented)

May 8, 2011

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Allow me to be candid: I’m not a massive telly watcher. Couple of reasons for that. Primarily, it’s because I’ve never had cable TV, and every series I’ve ever enjoyed has been mercilessly jerked around by commercial networks (*cough* Damages *cough*). Secondly, I prefer the self-enclosed experience of watching a film. Films are totally submersible […]

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Douglas Sirk, in Japanese, on acid = Pure Cinema

April 24, 2011

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A disclaimer: if you’re wondering what the title of this post refers to, no, I did not watch a Japanese dub of Written on the Wind whilst on acid, although I have absolutely no doubt that that would be nothing short of amazing. Could you imagine: colours more colourful that our eyes can perceive, sets […]

And now, a musical interlude – Part 1

April 6, 2011

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I talk way too much. I know this. So here, without any unnecessary talking on my part, I present to you, selections from my favourite scores of all time. These may simply be selections from a score, a theme I particularly like or just single pieces that I love. Let’s get this train wreck a-rollin’! […]

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Moments That Changed Me – Paths of Glory

April 1, 2011

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And so, tried with the task of choosing the moments in cinema that changed him, his perspective and his view of cinema, he set off into the wilderness of his memories – be they good, bad, wondrous, horrific – and began writing them down. These are the Moments That Changed Me…   Paths of Glory […]