“I just want to be perfect.” | Black Swan (2010)

Sometimes the best genre filmmaking can pass you by. It seemed to happen in 2010: Darren Aronofsky’s excellent film Black Swan was a critical darling that year, with critics raving about his Polanski-esque psychological thriller and Natalie Portman’s fragile central performance. The acclaim continued into 2011, when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ...

“You do it because you’re driven” | Speed Racer (2008)

In May 2008 Warner Bros released the glossy and expensive action film Speed Racer into cinemas around the world. Directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski, it was a live-action adaptation of a once-popular children’s cartoon made on a US$130 million dollar budget, blessed with wall-to-wall advertising and given a prime summer release date. It under-performed ...

“My last and best reason for living” | Ladyhawke (1985)

In 1980 film producer Lauren Shuler was looking for a screenwriter for one of her developing film projects. Someone at 20th Century Fox told her about a writer named Edward Khmara, whom they thought might be a good fit. To demonstrate Khmara’s writing skills, the Fox representative mailed Shuler a copy of his most recent ...

“The life of a repo man is always intense.” | Repo Man (1984)

What makes the perfect cult film? As film enthusiasts we use the phrase ‘cult film’ an awful lot. In many respects defining a cult film is like that old adage about describing an elephant: difficult to do, but you’ll recognise one when you see it. Things got more complicated after Hollywood’s major studios and distributors ...

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