Eric Idle, from left, John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Sue Jones-Davies in Life of Brian (1979).
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As parody goes, this infamous Monty Python film is a pretty gentle, even, respectful sort. It is now more likely to be criticised for breaching the boundaries of 'political correctness'.
The Matrix was a box office hit, but it also explored some of western philosophy’s most interesting themes.
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Cult film The Matrix was released 20 years ago this month. From Plato to Baudrillard, the film explored philosophical dilemmas we are still wrestling with today.
One category will be notably missing from this year’s Academy Awards.
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Audio description began as an accessibility aid but has developed into an art form.
Look a little closer, and these Oscars aren’t all they appear to be…
Virginia Woolf's satire of readers who use easily accessible art to acquire class and culture might just reveal why certain films win awards like Oscars.
At some point, jazz went from the music of youthful rebellion to that of the cultured elite.
Jazz used to be experienced on a dance floor. But over time, it became something to dissect and analyze.
Felicity Jones (centre) as Ruth Bader Ginsburg in new biopic On The Basis of Sex.
Trailblazing US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is known to many as the 'Notorious RBG'. But the new film On the Basis of Sex is a muted portrayal of her.
Still from Rome, Open City (1945)
In this video, Bruce Isaacs looks at Rome, Open City. Made in 1945, it was Roberto Rossellini's neorealist response to the end of German occupation, and Italy’s history of Fascism under Benito Mussolini.
Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins Returns.
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The famous British nanny is already a hit in China – an official release of the sequel would be perfect.
Unlike many of his predecessors, the US president is no vulture of culture.
Kelly Wiltshire and Ngarrindjeri elder Major Sumner examine middens damaged by off-road vehicle use.
The Coorong's Indigenous heritage is threatened by off-road vehicles and climate change.
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, director of the 1968 Cuban film Memories of Underwood.
60 years ago a revolution began within the revolution for Cuba's film industry.
Dakota Johnson, Mia Goth, and Olivia Ancona in Suspiria (2018).
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Suspiria was one of the best; Black Panther a disappointment. Our critical pick of the films of 2018.
Still from Back to the Future, 1985.
Back to the Future is one of the most loved films from the 1980s, and galvanised audiences across every demographic. In this episode of Close-Up, Bruce Isaacs looks at the politics underpinning the film.
Some Harry Potter fans have taken to penning their own stories set in the world of Hogwarts.
The Harry Potter universe has become a popular setting for stories featuring autistic characters, written by young writers eager to tackle a complex topic.
Leah Ashwood, Jasper Lloyd, and Texas Watterston in The School (2018).
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Some of the best examples of horror and fantasy genre films have emerged from Australia. Unfortunately, The School is not one of them.
Tim Curry as Frank-N-Furter in 1975’s Rocky Horror Show.
The Rocky Horror Show and its star, Frank-N-Furter, debuted in 1973. His character owes much to older performance traditions.
Joe Taslim (centre) plays the main character Ito in Timo Tjahjanto’s latest film,
The Night Comes for Us.
_The Night Comes for Us_ should be appreciated for reviving the Indonesian action film genre and putting it on the map of global cinema.
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We've had 90 years of those famous ears.
The Famine Memorial in Dublin, by sculptor Rowan Gillespie.
The famine caused a million deaths and scarred the national psyche for generations. How do you even start to try and represent that in film literature, or art?
Still from 'The Matrix', 1999
When it was released in 1999, The Matrix introduced a new type of image: bullet-time. Bruce Isaacs explains why it has become one of the most influential special effects in the history of cinema.