“I don’t wanna die… I DON’T WANNA DIE!”: The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

I had a car accident only hours before watching The Lady from Shanghai (1947). There I was, on the way home from the Yarraville video shop, when I was rammed up the back (I know …) while stopped at red lights. (I also rented Brian De Palma’s Body Double on that trip to my beloved … More “I don’t wanna die… I DON’T WANNA DIE!”: The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

Putting the ‘I’ in ‘vampire’: Dracula’s Last Rites (1980)

I first encountered Dracula’s Last Rites (sometimes simply known as Last Rites) in a Melbourne video store circa 1996. Corporate vampires from the ‘greed is good’ decade, complete with a bargain-basement budget and a synthesiser soundtrack. What could go wrong, dear reader, what could go wrong? Well, plenty could go wrong— and does. But before … More Putting the ‘I’ in ‘vampire’: Dracula’s Last Rites (1980)

‘With nobody but you’: All Men are Liars (1995)

The 1990s was an interesting decade in terms of cinematic sexual politics. On the one hand, filmmakers recognised the need to at least pay lip service to ‘progressive’ causes (feminism, queer activism, etc). On the other, these same filmmakers knew that they couldn’t isolate the ‘mum and dad’ viewers in them there suburbs, who would … More ‘With nobody but you’: All Men are Liars (1995)

Lost highways and magic moments: Revisiting ‘Lost Highway’ (1997)

  April 1999: I’m in the local video shop, playing Siskel and Ebert with the bloke behind the counter. The film under discussion is Lost Highway, which I’d recently stumbled across in the ‘New Release’ section. Guy Behind Counter: “Did you enjoy the film?” Me: “Yes, but I had no idea what was going on.” … More Lost highways and magic moments: Revisiting ‘Lost Highway’ (1997)