In Praise Of

Milk bars, jazz and showgirls: The intoxicating world of Expresso Bongo

By Anna Cale

Sixty years on, Val Guest’s delightfully murky musical satire retains a defiantly British sensibility.

Why I love Eva Marie Saint’s performance in On the Waterfront

By Adam Scovell

For all of its seething male energy, it’s the film’s young female lead who emerges as its star performer.

How Gillian Armstrong feminised Australian Cinema

By Laura Venning

In 1979, the first Australian film directed by a woman since the silent era signalled a new dawn for female authorship.

In this age of ecological crisis, Nausicaä’s message is more vital than ever

By Serena Scateni

The radical ethics of Hayao Miyazaki’s fearless heroine still resonates today.

Forty years on, does Heaven’s Gate deserve its reputation?

By Christopher Karr

From unqualified disaster to visionary epic, critical opinion on Michael Cimino’s 1980 western has shifted over the years.

In defence of the Rise of the Footsoldier franchise

By Paul Ridd

The low-rent British gangster series has a lot more to offer than brainless, brutal violence.

An Unmarried Woman and the power of female agency

By Nicole Davis

Paul Mazursky’s 1978 divorce drama contains one of cinema’s most authentic portrayals of womanhood.

In praise of Natalie Portman’s women in power

By Emily Gett

From Senator Padmé to Jacqueline Kennedy, the actor has always relished playing complex, self-empowered characters.

How Sarah Connor kept the Terminator franchise running

By Amanda Keats

Linda Hamilton’s return in Dark Fate reminds us why her complex heroine is so vital to the series.

Is this the clearest insight into Martin Scorsese’s moral perspective?

By Jake Cole

Released in 1999, Bringing Out the Dead is a clear response to the perceived ambiguity of Taxi Driver.

Why I love Audrey Hepburn’s performance in Sabrina

By Lauren Pinnington

Her playful, emotionally nuanced turn is the beating heart of Billy Wilder’s classic romantic comedy.

Why The Straight Story remains one of the great American road movies

By James Clarke

In praise of David Lynch’s 1999 drama, a film about moving slowly and gently in a hard and fast world.

Mods and sods – Remembering Quadrophenia at 40

By Lynsey Ford

Based on The Who’s 1973 rock opera, Franc Roddam’s Brit drama remains a thrilling testament to youth in revolt.

‘Is butter a carb?’ How Mean Girls became Meme Girls

By Jack King

Director Mark Waters on how his hit high school comedy turned into a font of gif-based rejoinders.

In praise of the hate-watch

By Hannah Woodhead

When it comes to prestige Oscar bait and misguided multimillion-dollar behemoths, sometimes it’s good to be bad.

How the politics of High Noon forged a new path for the western

By Rich Johnson

Condemned as ‘un-American’ upon release, Fred Zinnemann’s 1954 classic remains one of the most forward-thinking films of its era.

Twenty years on, Election feels more relevant than ever

By Patrick Sproull

Tracy Flick’s almost thwarted candidacy is an eerie presage of our current political climate.

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