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The pull of Pinocchio – How an Italian fairy tale became a pop culture staple

By James Clarke

On the 80th anniversary of Disney’s animation, we look at the different ways this magical fable has been interpreted.

How Sam Peckinpah transformed the TV western

By Justine Smith

Before he moved into films, the director conceived a bold, unromanticised vision of the American frontier.

Only Yesterday is a masterful reflection on youth’s impermanence

By Kambole Campbell

With the release of Studio Ghibli’s back catalogue on Netflix, we look back at one of their unsung greats.

A second wind for Ocean Waves, Studio Ghibli’s only TV movie

By Zoe Crombie

Tomomi Mochizuki’s teenage love triangle drama is fascinating outlier in the studio’s catalogue.

RIP Terry Jones – In praise of Mr Creosote and The Meaning of Life

By David Jenkins

An ode to perhaps the greatest gross-out set-piece ever committed to film.

Why I love Carole Lombard’s performance in No Man of Her Own

By Lauren Pinnington

Alongside her future partner, Clark Gable, this 1932 romantic comedy established Lombard as a bona fide movie star.

How His Girl Friday redefined the screwball comedy

By Adam Scovell

Howard Hawks’ 1940 film remains one of Hollywood’s finest and most radical comedies.

How Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus brought bossa nova to the world

By Lara C Cory

This musical retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth helped to popularise the Brazilian sound.

The enduring legacy of Anna Karina’s on-screen style

By Sophie Wilson

The late icon’s playful dress sense brought a breath of fresh air to the films of the French New Wave.

Why I love Meryl Streep’s performance in Kramer vs Kramer

By Beth Piket

Her affecting turn as woman in turmoil Joanna earned her the first of many Oscar wins.

Is Hans Gruber the ultimate cinematic embodiment of capitalism?

By Sam Moore

Alan Rickman’s iconic Die Hard baddie is a faux-revolutionary motivated purely by financial gain.

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.

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