767blog entries

Why You Should Watch: Jar City

Before jumping to Hollywood with Contraband, Icelandic hyphenate Baltasar Kormákur turned a popular police procedural novel into this riveting crime drama. It's available to watch at SBS On Demand for the next nine months.
The right director adapts the right novelArnaldur Indriðason is a celebrated Icelandic crime writer and his 2000 novel M´yrin (literally ‘The Bog’), initially translated into English as Jar City, marries the genre icon of the weary and troubled...

Why Australia Should Produce More Middlebrow Movies

Want to know how to revitalise the Australian film industry? The answer, my friend, is blowing in the middle.
After a year of desperate hand-wringing over the apparent collapse of the domestic cinema audience for Australian films, the box office results for Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, The Water Diviner, has blown the gloom merchants out of the...
Here's an Into The Woods primer if you plan on seeing it and don't have a clue what to expect.
By Rebecca MilzoffInto the Woods is a musical that many people care about. A lot. But perhaps you are not one of those people! With Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s twist on fairy tales opening this week as a huge Disney movie, allow us to...
"The Interview" runs into more controversy as Korean artist Yoon Mi-Rae takes legal action over use of her song without permission.
Korean artist Yoon Mi-Rae is suing Sony Pictures for use of her song “Pay Day” in the controversial new movie The Interview without permission.Yoon Mi Rae’s record label Feel Ghood Music has admitted they were in discussions with Sony to let them...
So, yeah, there are a few things they wouldn't appreciate.
By Abraham Riesman and Jesse David FoxA whole lot of people are still in the dark about what exactly happened in The Interview, to spark all of the trouble with the Sony hacking and why it was a big deal. Here is a spoiler-laden list of the ten...

How Annie Was Updated for 2014

The sun'll come out tomorrow, and new Annie movie already has. Here's a guide to how the story of a depression-era orphan has been revamped for the new millennium.
By Lindsey WeberWill Gluck isn't the first to remake Annie, but he's certainly the first to attempt to modernise it for the big screen. Aside from various plot and song changes (no Rooster, no Lily St. Regis, and the addition of a few tunes...

Why You Should Watch: Chopper

Don't miss the movie that revealed Eric Bana to the world thanks to his extraordinary performance as Aussie criminal Chopper Read. Here are 4 more reasons to watch Chopper this Saturday at 8:30pm on SBS ONE.
My favourite Aussie picPrior to writing this blog, I sat down to skip through a few of my favourite scenes from Chopper and ended up watching the whole film. Yet again. In retrospect, how could I resist: it is my favourite Australian film of all...
Tragic events lend the latest - probably last - movie in a disappointing franchise a degree of retroactive grace.
By Bilge EbiriThe Night at the Museum series hasn’t exactly been anybody’s idea of great cinema – or even okay cinema. None of these films has a particularly well-conceived plot, or emotional through-line. They’re mainly excuses to showcase...

Why You Should Watch: The Proposition

John Hillcoat's searing Oz western is a must watch, this Saturday at 8.30pm. Sandy George counts the ways.
 This ain't your average costume dramaThe Proposition is a tale of authoritarianism, lawlessness and brutality set in the 1880s on the Australian frontier. It has a uniqueness and a clarity of vision that makes many other stories about this...
The A-list Aussie opens up about her choices as her hit kids movie opens around the country. Watch the clip and read some excerpts below.
We sat down with Nicole Kidman earlier this week when she did promotional duties for Paddington, the surprisingly hilarious adaptation of the much-loved books for tiny tots. Kidman camps it up to the hilt as the cartoon villain of the piece - a...