Posts by Justine Smith

A new documentary reveals the ugly truth of modern politics

By Justine Smith

The Trial examines the impeachment of Brazil’s first democratically elected female president.

Jim Cummings: ‘I spent three months trying to get in touch with Bruce Springsteen’

By Justine Smith

The American writer/director talks Thunder Road, self-distributing and trying to track down The Boss.

It’s Showtime! – Why Beetlejuice remains the ghost with the most

By Justine Smith

Thirty years ago, Tim Burton unleashed his colourful, bizarre vision of the afterlife onto the world.

Can a movie exist without images?

By Justine Smith

A new ‘sound movie’ called Le Brasier Shelley represents a curious development in post-image cinema.

Why I love Patricia Arquette’s performance in True Romance

By Justine Smith

Her role as lovestruck sex worker Alabama is among the most compelling characters of the 1990s.

Dawn of the Dead had an alternate ending that’s even bleaker than the original

By Justine Smith

George A Romero originally had a different fate in store for the protagonists of his zombie classic.

The best new genre films from Fantasia Film Festival 2018

By Justine Smith

Our complex relationship with technology came under the spotlight at this year’s festival.

Did the Olsen twins ever make a great film?

By Justine Smith

Fourteen years after Mary-Kate and Ashley stepped away from acting, we reflect on the siblings’ on-screen legacy.

Joan Didion vs Pauline Kael vs The Sound of Music

By Justine Smith

Did their scathing reviews of the hit musical costs these revered female film critics their jobs?

Re-examining the challenging eroticism of In the Cut

By Justine Smith

Jane Campion’s much maligned 2003 thriller offers a vital subversion of the male gaze.

The year revolution brought the Cannes Film Festival to a halt

By Justine Smith

The events of May ’68 had a profound impact on the film world.

The Columbine massacre still echoes through cinema

By Justine Smith

As a school shooting survivor, films like Elephant and Polytechnique have a special resonance for me.

A cinema is paying tribute to sinister screen bunnies this Easter

By Justine Smith

Donnie Darko, Inland Empire and more are screening at Cinémathèque Québécoise this weekend.

Why Death Wish’s pro-gun politics are just as complex as ever

By Justine Smith

The film’s glamorisation of vigilante justice resonated with an increasingly paranoid audience in 1974.

How When We Were Kings enshrined Muhammad Ali’s legacy

By Justine Smith

Leon Gast’s award-winning 1996 film portrays the heavyweight champ as an artist, philosopher and poet.

Why King Creole is Elvis Presley’s best movie

By Justine Smith

This hit musical, released 60 years ago, remains the pinnacle of the American singer’s film career.

The stories behind the best film lists of 1967

By Justine Smith

We’ve delved into the archives to find out which films were topping critics’ charts 50 years ago.

Remembering Sonja Henie: Hollywood’s first (and only) skating superstar

By Justine Smith

The Olympic figure skater turned actor was a huge celebrity in her day – but controversy was never far away.

Travis Wilkerson: ‘There’s a tremendous opportunity for social change right now’

By Justine Smith

The radical director of Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? talks race and legacy in America.

Searching for Salim Shaheen: Afghanistan’s Z-movie king

By Justine Smith

The so-called ‘Prince of Nothingwood’ is his country’s zero-budget answer to Steven Spielberg.

Is this the world’s sexiest film festival?

By Justine Smith

Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinéma presented erotic tales from around the world this year.

Why Jacques Tourneur is a filmmaker for our troubled modern times

By Justine Smith

The French master’s work mirrors today’s climate of social anxiety, as revealed in a recent retrospective.

Why the future of genre cinema is female

By Justine Smith

At the 2017 Fantasia Film Festival, women directors once again took centre stage.

Makin’ Wookie – A brief history of Star Wars porn parodies

By Justine Smith

George Lucas’ space saga was instrumental in kick-starting the X-rated spoof industry.

A Horror Travelogue: 31 horror movies from 31 different countries

By Justine Smith

Join us on an epic round the world trip to some of the darkest reaches of horror cinema.

The New Fear – How horror cinema uncaged America’s internal monster

By Justine Smith

Justine Smith examines how movies like The House of the Devil and Lords of Salem use nostalgia to expose a fractured national identity.

The softcore feminist romp ushering in the Roman Porno New Wave

By Justine Smith

Sion Sono’s Anti-Porno explores the untapped sexual imagination of women.

Is there still a place for eroticism in cinema?

By Justine Smith

Events like Le Festival du Film de Fesses are exploring stigmatising and transgression on the big screen.

Why Sex and the City is the greatest blockbuster of the 21st century

By Justine Smith

This TV spin-off kickstarted a conversation on diversity, while also saying that women could and should have the same rabid consumer rights as men.

The seminal fashion industry satire that paved the way for Zoolander

By Justine Smith

Ben Stiller’s comic creation channels the absurd charm of ’60s cult classic Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?

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