Emma Xerri returns with her column this month where she dissects the representation of the female characters in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’. The characters here fair a lot better than in her previous two analyses which looked at ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’.
As film consumers, we may have subconsciously lowered our standards in the past decade when it comes to comedies, but the enjoyment brought through ‘The Lost City’ was undeniable—perhaps a signal that this once-prevalent genre of cinema is ready to be reinstated in popular film culture.
I never expected to cry over a movie that included an alternate universe where people have sausages instead of fingers, Harry Shum Jr. is controlled by a raccoon (Ratatouille style), and the fate of the world rests on an “everything bagel”. But I did, and it happened to be one of the best movies I’ve seen in the past few years.
Jane Campion had already added another page into the bible of cinema; now bagging the Best Director prize for her meticulous work on The Power of the Dog (2021). This welcome addition in the Academy’s history has frankly been a long time coming, with Campion being only the third woman to do so. Wildes Lawler explores why this is so.
‘Olivia Rodrigo: driving home 2 u (a SOUR film)’ tells of the artist’s unrequited love that manifested into the most popular music album in the world. Sharing intimate details never broached before, the singer-songwriter appears more vulnerable than ever in her latest cinematic endeavour.
Lochlainn Heley unpacks the ever controversial method of adaptation. He also shares a list of books which have adaptation potential.
Emma Xerri unpacks the problematic depictions of women and the misogynistic traits of male characters in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, her newest column piece for ‘The Search For Feminism in Male Film Favourites’.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore follows Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) and their allies in stopping the schemes of Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) who plans to seize control of the wizarding world. The few fantastic beasts that barely earned this film its title were more and more awkwardly shuffled around the human-focused narrative.
Starring Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz, Reeves’ ‘The Batman’ successfully crafts a unique experience that stands out in the long line-up of other Batman and superhero films; a true love letter to the classic superhero, Gotham City and its inhabitants.
Infamous for the altogether uncanny early animation that sparked a wave of viral memes and outcries for redesigns, the translation of Sonic the Hedgehog to the silver screen was a journey of trial and error. Heralded by much more peaceful and pleasant press than its predecessor, the second film of the series marks the filmmakers finding their stride.
Painful realities and the supernatural meld together in Last Night in Soho, a psychological thriller with elements of horror which follows an aspiring fashion designer who has the ability to slip into neon-lit ‘60s London. Her idyllic impression of the era and its glamour quickly cracks and splinters into something sinister, as Edgar Wright proves that not all that’s gold always glitters.
Emma Xerri will be undergoing her own hero’s journey—dissecting the most commonly beloved films by those of the male sex—in her Fodder Blog column titled ‘The Search For Feminism in Male Film Favourites’.
Melbourne Uni’s Fantasy and Science Fiction Appreciation Society reviews Marvel’s ‘Eternals’, who described the film as “an enjoyable experience if you watch without trying to over analyse the details as it flashes before your eyes”.
Brighton Wankeaw has curated a list of must watch films by female directors, allowing us to appreciate the role women play in today’s film industr
Directed by Ruben Fleischer, the film adaptation of the hugely successful PlayStation game franchise of the same name, Uncharted, has finally released in Australia on 17 February 2022.
In making ‘Studio 666’, the Foo Fighters (and their collaborators) truly succeeded in being true to their comedic and creative sensibilities. It’s a mean feat which pays off in an entertaining gore-fest that certainly won’t disappoint if you too share that same adoration for rock and horror-schlock.
Allegra McCormack reviews Eiji Sakata’s ‘Sumodo – The Successors of Samurai’, a film offering an eye-opening look into the intimate workings of what it means to be a professional sumo wrestler in modern Japan.
Bella Farrelly reviews Sōshi Matsumoto’s ‘It’s A Summer Film!’, which follows a schoolgirl, underwhelmed by the rom-com being made by the Film Club, who sets out with her friends to make a samurai film to compete with it. First step: convince a mysterious stranger to play the lead.
Set to play in ACMI, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memoria, starring Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton, is a stellar film that sheds light on the complex nature of internalised pain and trauma, and how different people learn to live about it.
Even for audience members who grew up many kilometres away and many decades later, Licorice Pizza is a story which champions the freedom, passion and excitement which are each an integral part of forging your own identity.
In a COVID-19 ravaged world, shrunk for many to the size of a room or a house, Klammer’s film serves as a powerful imperative for us all, and a reminder of the enduring nature of the world around us.
Patel’s documentary is not called The Ants and the Grasshopper because we ought to agree with the dispassionate ants, but because Anita suggests a radical, new, and open-minded reading of the fable – a reading that addresses food security, race, gender, and inequality.
The promises made in A.rtificial I.mmortality’s trailer act much like the opening page of a syllabus, promising a fascinating class that unfortunately fails to meet expectations throughout the semester.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s time to brush off that cynicism clinging to your shoulders and embrace the pastel pink, cotton candy sappiness of a good old rom-com. That’s right, tis the season of Hollywood gifting you outlandish tales of hopeless romantics finding “The One”.
For viewers unfamiliar with the source material, the film is a pretty traditional rom-com, with an interesting premise and enjoyable chemistry that hold its together. The Hating Game is no pioneer in its field but rather a steady proponent of the universal appeal of a predictable romance.
The new ‘Cruella’ film captures the transformation of the villainess—a brash, quirky but sagacious maverick, and the humble but twisted beginnings which induce her maniacal traits.
The Fodder Blog Team | December 20, 2021 Christmas is definitely the most wonderful time of the year! I feel completely robbed each year because we don’t have snow in Melbourne (we …
Halloween in Australia divides the nation. You’re either completely indifferent about the holiday or from the start of October your house is decorated with an assortment of pumpkins and cobwebs—there’s no in-between. Whether you trick-or-treat every October 31st or don’t even realise it’s Halloween, there is one thing everyone loves: a movie marathon. Get out your notepad and start messaging the group chats because here’s a list of Fodder writers’ MUST haves at any Halloween movie marathon.
Maybe we are all waiting for our Haku to wake us up, and stop us from chasing illusions.
I love big, epic (and cheesy!) Bollywood romances like Jab We Met and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. But for me, the romance in Monsoon Wedding is another level of intricacy and intimacy.
He empathises with the need to portray a perfect life online and suggests that although these women are mocked for posting such idyllic and seemingly unimportant things, they are simultaneously discouraged from breaking the public’s assumption that their life is perfect and displaying vulnerability.
Understated and unequivocally authentic, Sound of Metal is a stirring rehabilitation drama that sits with the importance of identity and the inevitability of change.
For me, Princess Mononoke reimagines the role humans can play in our world. We do not have to be a plague on the planet. We can choose differently.
“Music” by Sia is an ableist nightmare that masquerades as a “love letter” to autistic people.
It’s now time for a new member of the Holmes family to take centre stage. Netflix’s Enola Holmes might not be on par with some of the great mysteries such as Murder on the Orient Express, but it does provide an insightful glance into women’s roles during the Victorian period through an observant and outspoken protagonist.
It’s fun to regard films as a detached version of “experiencing a lifetime”, to view them as little lives we can watch over with a comfortable God-like mentality. We can even watch them and associate them with ‘eras’ of our own lives. And while we fill our lives with these fictional ‘lifetimes’, it’s simultaneously tempting to believe our own lifetime will be like the lifetimes we’re watching.
Isn’t it interesting that actors aren’t actors in the world of the films they act in? The characters of these films must watch something in their spare time, and it can’t be the same stuff we watch (with them in it!). If only we could enter the universe of any film and watch the subsequent films that only exist in that film’s universe, and then we could go inside the cinematic universes of those films. A babushka doll of cinematic universes that never ends.