Sun Wukong, 'The Monkey King', one of the most revered and beloved figures in Chinese literary history, gets a bigscreen version worthy of his cultural legacy in Pou-Soi Cheang's epic fantasy (Click here)
From the world of trailer-park auteur Giuseppe Andrews in Giuseppe Makes a Movie (pictured, left) to the tensions of the US/Mexican drug war in 600 Miles, we cast a critical eye over the highs (and lows) of this year's Brisbane Underground Film Festival (Click here).
Canadian academic Phillip Viannini, with directorial cohort Jonathan Taggart, turned environmental-themed documentarian to capture the idiosyncratic existence of off-griders in The Great White North in the film, Life Off Grid (Click here).
Whilst on the topic of Hollywood's lack of diversity, let's recount and redress nearly a century of cinema that has seen the horror film unfairly ignored come awards season (Click here).
Sydney's alt-culture hub of King Street, Newtown proves a gateway to friendship, understanding and acceptance for two distinctly different young women in Jon Leahy's Skin Deep (Click here)
The existential struggles of broad-shouldered alpha-males in the action epics The Revenant and Mad Max Fury Road wooed AMPAS members when ballots were cast for the 2016 Oscar race (Click here)
The latest YA publishing hit to give big-screen franchise glory a shot is Rick Yancy's teen-queen warrior tale, The 5th Wave, with Chloe Grace Moretz carrying both hardcore weaponry and a beleaguered studio's sequel hopes (Click here).
Festival director Nina Riddel has held steadfast to the traditions of counter-culture cinema in programming the 2016 Brisbane Underground Film Festival (which will feature Sebastian Silva's Nasty Baby, with Kristen Wiig; left) (Click here)
From the remains of a township burnt to the ground during the worst bushfire disaster in Australian history, a film has emerged filled with community spirit that has played a small part in helping the population smile again (Click here).
From the majesty of the Swiss Alps to the inner workings of a little girl's mind; from the loneliness of the long-distance hiker to the camaraderie of the world's most elite spy agency. Our ten favourite films of 2015 are as diverse as cinema itself (Click here).
The most successful year for Australian cinema in the history of our national film industry is cause for celebration. Right...? Our analysis digs beneath the happy headlines to reveal the pros and cons of a great-on-paper result for our local sector (Click here)
A year of coast-to-coast film festival coverage is nearing its end, so it is time to look back on the little moments that made a big impression (like the US indie, Bereave) on the hardcore Australian cinephile in 2015 (Click here).
Hollywood's 'Reboot King' J.J. Abrams brings his trademark commercial sensibilities to the relaunch of the Star Wars brand. Has he made a great film or a great commercial? (Click here)
One of Hollywood's great survivors, Michael Paré's career has run the gamut from toplining studio summer blockbusters (including the cult classic, Streets of Fire) to working with the notorious Uwe Boll (on his notorious BloodRayne). The actor's latest, a dramatic psychological thriller called The Shelter, paved the way for a Career Achievement honour at A Night of Horror Film Festival in Sydney (Click here).
REVIEWS / THE LAUNCHPAD DIRECTORS: REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS FROM A NIGHT OF HORROR/FANTASTIC PLANET 2015
A NIGHT OF HORROR / FANTASTIC PLANET 2015: Three directors brought their latest projects to one of the Southern Hemisphere's leading genre film events to partake in Launchpad 2015, a strand that highlights World Premiere visions from emerging talents. We put the three 2015 participants under the critical glare (Click here).