Underrated no more
Even now in September, lists on the best films this year are starting to creep out. The better ones tend to highlight movies that probably won’t feature on the major stages down the track, like Indie Outlook’s 10 Underrated Performances of 2014, which includes SBS favourites Ida and Child’s Pose.
This is your brain on screen
Substance.com, a website dedicated to addressing addiction in all its forms, turns its attention to the topic of drugs in the movies, particularly how well they depict the reality of taking them. Across of a range of substances (heroin, cocaine, PCP, etc.), Tony O’Neill rates 10 films, including The Wolf of Wall Street.
"Hi, is Napoleon there?"
Has it really been 10 years since Napoleon Dynamite was released? Judging by Rolling Stone’s fantastic new oral history on the making of the film, the answer is “Yessssssssss”. Follow your heart and travel back in time to when Ligers, Pedro and that dance routine took indie cinema by storm.
The great big buzz off
The Toronto International Film Festival has just begun and as always, Oscar buzz, for better or worse, will play a huge role in how many of the movies will fare down the track. Vulture’s Kyle Buchanan scans the 300-film programme and predicts which 15 titles making their world premiere will fire up the pundits.
See what when
Ever wanted to know the connection between keyword movie topics and release dates? Time.com dug deep into IMDb’s box office rankings to figure out just how important the seasons are to what types of movies screen in cinemas, and when. E.g. Films with drug lords are big in August.