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A Peculiarly Australian Kind of Hell—Revisiting ‘Wake in Fright’

A Peculiarly Australian Kind of Hell—Revisiting ‘Wake in Fright’

Watching director Ted Kotcheff’s 1971 psychodrama Wake in Fright 50 years after its initial release somehow evokes the irrecoverably distant and the hauntingly familiar. In one respect, the film’s desolate setting and suffocating atmosphere of violent desperation are so far removed from the urban, multicultural experience of Australia

Ryan Anderson
Ryan Anderson
16 min read
Review
Once Upon a Time...Film Critics Became Joyless—A Review

Once Upon a Time...Film Critics Became Joyless—A Review

*This article contains spoilers. Once upon a time, somewhere far from Hollywood, critics decided that movies for grownups should not be fun, and that the filmmakers who make them should be punished. For publications like The Guardian, the latest unacceptable pusher of a good time is Quentin Tarantino, with his

Steven Volynets
Steven Volynets
8 min read
Cinema
The Conservative Manifesto Buried in 'Avengers: Endgame'

The Conservative Manifesto Buried in 'Avengers: Endgame'

For the last decade or so, American cinema has exhibited a paradox: Though Hollywood has become more and more liberal, especially on issues of race and gender, Hollywood blockbusters have become more conservative—not just by recycling old plot points, as Star Wars has done, but also, in the case

Aaron Sibarium
Aaron Sibarium
9 min read
Cinema