In the latest edition of The Australia Times I tackled Alan Pakula’s brilliant 19070′ s thriller, Klute. I believe that it is a restrained and powerful masterwork that desperately deserves to be revisited and celebrated by a new generation of cinephiles. The seemingly simple suspense setup hides a dazzling emotional complexity not seen in typical thrillers. The synergy of performance, image and sound is of the highest order and I simply cannot praise the film enough. Add it to your watch list tonight, you won’t be disappointed.
My latest contribution to The Australia Times is an exploration of the much maligned and under-appreciated Interiors by Woody Allen. I was inspired to write about the film after a recent screening with a friend. I had always considered the film fine in many respects but it dawned on me as I was watching it that it deserves to be among the greatest of all Allen’s films. The contemporary criticisms of the film seem so outrageous from a modern perspective because of the shifting role of cinema in our culture and the astounding quality of the films around at the time. The snobby potshots taken at Interiors make sense considering the mainstream cinema saw films like The Godfather, Nashville and Network and The Deer Hunter grace its screens every other week. In the current landscape Interiors should be seen for what it is. A brave and bold film for adults about some uncomfortable subjects. As a representative of the cusp members of Gen-Y, we salute you. Click here to read the article.