Film & TV posts

Our favourite (and worst) Christmas films

Our staff share their favourite – and sometimes their least favourite – films for Christmas time.

My all-time favourite Christmas movies are Home Alone and While You Were Sleeping. But over the past few years I started a new tradition for myself of watching super cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies (Hallmark releases a new batch every Christmas). So far this holiday season I’ve enjoyed Christmas

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Four Australian books are becoming TV shows & films

Here are four upcoming Australian book-to-TV-&-film adaptations that have our staff excited! (Three are supported by Screen Australia and one is an overseas production…) Joe Cinque’s Consolation: A True Story of Death, Grief and the Law by Helen Garner

A film adaptation of Helen Garner’s classic true crime story has received funding from Screen Australia. Garner – who has read an early draf…

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Our thoughts on the film adaptation of Mockingjay: Part 1

Three fans of The Hunger Games trilogy – Nina Kenwood, Chris Gordon and Bronte Coates – share their thoughts on the the most recent film adaptation, Mockingjay: Part 1.

Bronte: Okay, let’s kick this off with an easy question… How did film rate against the first two?

Chris: I loved Mockingjay: Part 1 the best of all three. I think the actors came into their own in this film and really owned th…

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The Best DVDs of 2014

Here are our top ten DVDs of the year, as chosen by our film specialist Lou Fulco. Displayed in no particular order.

Chef

Chef is a rich and vibrant comedy – the story of Carl Casper (Jon Favreau), who loses his chef job and cooks up a food truck business in the hope of re-establishing his artistic promise. At the same time, he tries to reconnect with his estranged family.

True Detecti

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Gone Girl: Book vs. Film

by Nina Kenwood

As a fan of both the novel and film adaptation of Gone Girl, I am here to pit them against one another in an ultimate showdown so you can know, definitively, which version is better. My scientific process involves comparing each in random categories that I have deemed important.

(Warning: plot spoilers ahead.)

Nick:

I never liked Nick in the book. Not for one minute – not at the very beginn…

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Our thoughts on the Gone Girl movie (from two fans of the book)

Nina Kenwood, our digital marketing manager, and Fiona Hardy, our crime book specialist, attended a special preview screening of the Gone Girl movie this week. Here’s a (relatively) spoiler free discussion of the experience.

Nina: Hi Fiona. We both saw the Gone Girl movie last night. Let’s start with the most pressing question: did you see Ben Affleck’s penis? No wait. We’ll come back to that.…

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Best Australian films under $20

With all the wonderful international film festivals in town, it’s sometimes easy to lose sight of one’s roots. In celebration of our local talent, we have a selection of Australian films on offer for less than $20 each.

Take home memorable classics such as Picnic at Hanging Rock and Monkey Grip, and cult flicks such as Love Serenade and Bad Boy Bubby.

Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunit…

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Five reasons to read this book before you see the film

Here are five reasons to read S.J. Watson’s thriller Before I Go To Sleep before you see the film (due for release in October). 1. The structure of the novel works so well!

Given this book is from the perspective of Christine, a woman with some serious memory issues (think Drew Barrymore in 50 First Dates but much, much creepier), the fact that the structure of Before I Go To Sleep works so w…

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MIFF: A mid-festival update

Our staff bring us an update from the Melbourne International Film Festival – what they’ve seen so far and what’s still to come!

Suzanne Steinbruckner absolutely adored the newest Dardenne brothers film.

I’ve enjoyed a trimmed down MIFF this year, picking films to fit my schedule rather than trying to play tetris with that mammoth MIFF program grid – which is full workout in itself!

My…

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DVD challenges for winter

Here are five ways to enjoy staying in during the cold winter evenings. Commit yourself to a beloved TV show that you missed out on when it was actually aired.

Make this the year you finally watch Twin Peaks which is probably the greatest television series of all-time (who us? Biased?). If you’re asking yourself, do I really have to watch this old show then check out this great response fro…

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