Movie Review – Kill Your Darlings

Long before Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William S. Burroughs would be celebrated as the poetical and political figureheads of a 'beat generation,' there was a murder.In the new film, Kill Your Darlings, the crime scene sets itself at Columbia University, 1944, when a young Allen Ginsberg (Radcliffe) is introduced to the anarchic, pornographic mind of fellow student, … [Read more...]

Film Review – Broken, starring Tim Roth & Cillian Murphy

There are some books you always remember for the way in which they opened your eyes to the world around you. They might have stripped away your innocence in the process, but they also reassured you that no matter how bad things could get, there were always some people doing their best to bring some balance to the world. The first book I remember providing me with that … [Read more...]

Love That Loves Us: The Two Loves of To the Wonder

note: Here there be spoilersBy now it is cliche to label a Terrence Malick film a "visual poem," but in the case of To The Wonder, that is what it is. Malick's cinematic eye defers to poetry more strongly than that of cinema and though I'm certain that he doesn't regard himself as a poet, he has taken the raw matter of his sensorium and fashioned it into something that … [Read more...]

Review – Searching for Sugar Man

Searching For Sugarman (2012) 4 starsA documentary about the mysterious Rodriguez, the singer/songwriter who released the album Cold Fact in 1970. Directed by Swedish-British filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul, this is a well told underdog story that left me in happy tears, despite some factual omissions and mysteries left unsolved.Growing up in Australia in the 1980s, I was … [Read more...]

Help make the surfing film “Within” a reality!

The story in the filmmaker, Darius Devas' wordsI got into filmmaking through Bodyboarding (surf) films. During this time two things happened that seeded the foundations for Within: The first was Billy, my childhood next-door neighbour and surfing friend, took his life very unexpectedly when he was sixteen. My other great surfing friend was Luke, who lived between me and … [Read more...]

Review – The Treasures of Bruce Lee

I confess, I'm kind of new to Bruce Lee. That's not to say I haven't heard of him, it's just that I don't know a whole lot about him. I've seen a couple of his movies, which I liked. And, I grew up in Seattle where he also lived, and there was always buzz.So when I was offered a copy of The Treasures of Bruce Lee for possible review, I indulged my curiosity and accepted. … [Read more...]

Terrence Malick, Badlands and Caril Fugate: An Interview

Photos courtesy of Jeff McArthur (All Rights Reserved)Jeff McArthur is the author of Pro Bono: The 18-Year Defense of Caril Fugate. Mr. McArthur’s grandfather, John C. McArthur, defended Caril Fugate in her trial for her part in the Starkweather murders that occurred in 1959 and would do so for the next eighteen years in her attempts to apply for … [Read more...]

How Dennis Hopper Conquered the American Century

Dennis Hopper’s extensive filmography is filled with an array of painfully bad films. His early career saw him appear in any number of B-Movies and exploitation flicks; his late eighties/early nineties excursion into mainstream blockbusters such as Super Mario Bros (1993) and Waterworld (1995) were undeniably poor; and from the late nineties and beyond, his backlist of movies … [Read more...]