The Shape of Water offers a clever allegory to Donald’s Trump’s presidency, with Michael Shannon’s character (on the left) representing some of the president’s worst qualities.
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Not everyone can escape to the ocean's depths to avoid the Trump presidency, but we can escape to the movies. 'The Shape of Water' reminds audiences of the humanity of those who are marginalized.
Green screen technology has become a common feature of film and TV production.
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From Superman to Jurassic Park, green screen technology is what makes the jaw-dropping effects you see in blockbuster movies possible. But how does it work?
Previous plans to adapt
Blood Meridian had envisioned casting Vincent D'Onofrio as “judge Holden.”
Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy’s famous novel, may be unfilmable – not because of its gruesome violent tale of U.S. imperialism in the Southwest, but because its religious vision is terrifying.
Detail from Caravaggio’s Mary Magdelene, painted circa 1594-1596.
For centuries, Mary Magdalene was wrongly depicted as a repentant whore, diminishing her vital role as witness to the resurrection. A new film portraying her life does much to restore her character.
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Frances McDormand's inspirational Oscars speech could lead to more diversity in the industry. But you can’t be inclusive at the top if minorities can’t gain a foothold in the first place.
Speaking up and telling the truth is important, but we need to be mindful that it is risky, far from safe for all victims and survivors.
A scene from ‘Inxeba’.
The banned film Inxeba certainly deserves more than to languish in the mire of South African scandal.
Some of Hollywood’s greatest movies have never won an Academy Award. But there’s an indication that critically acclaimed movies are now being recognized with Oscar nominations.
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Throughout its history, the Academy Awards has picked some questionable winning films. But there are signs the Oscars are more often recognizing quality filmmaking.
Francis Williams of the Naygayiw Gigi Dance Troupe in a scene from Carriberrie.
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A new virtual reality film showing at the Australian Museum immerses viewers in remote Indigenous communities. Such films can be a path to reconciliation and understanding.
Moviegoers familiarize themselves with the joystick that will allow them to interact with the film ‘I’m Your Man’ during its premiere on Dec. 16, 1992.
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Sound, color and special effects transformed the moviegoing experience. These inventions decidedly did not.
Timothée Chalamet (left) and Armie Hammer in Call Me By Your Name (2017): a beautiful film, equal parts sweet and sad, it deserves to win.
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Juxtaposed against this year’s other nominees, Call Me By Your Name reveals just how heavy-handed, self important and downright silly much popular cinema has become.
It is not the first time that a Bollywood film such as Padmavaat has sparked controversy and tensions among diverse communities in India.
The new Black Panther film has a lot in common with medieval romance tales.
Christina Ricci as Zelda and David Hoflin as F. Scott in the TV series Z: The Beginning of Everything (2015). Two films about Zelda’s life are currently underway, starring Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Lawrence respectively.
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During her lifetime, Zelda Fitzgerald's creativity and contribution to her husband's work were woefully undervalued. Two new films will tell her story.
Onlookers watch missiles launch in the 1983 made-for-TV film ‘The Day After.’
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In 1983, a made-for-TV film about the consequences of nuclear war was watched by 100 million people – and became a cultural lightning rod.
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Desire haunts every sun-drenched frame of the Oscar-nominated film starring Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer.
A central convention of Greek mythological narratives called katabasis, the hero’s journey to the underworld or land of the dead.
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Journeys to the Underworld – Greek myth, film and American anxiety.
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Our new podcast, Essays On Air, features the most beautiful writing from Australian researchers. Today, classics expert Paul Salmond explores how modern cinema directors borrow from Greek legends.
Shape of Water – the US film leading the BAFTA nominations.
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The British Academy Awards are a trial-run for the Oscars – but also a win-win situation for both US and British film producers.
Kevin Spacey's star has fallen, and his role erased from a new film. Could he challenge this?
Sue Lyon and James Mason in Stanley Kubrick’s 1962 adaptation of Lolita.
Vladimir Nabokov merged writing and cinema, bringing the art forms together like no one before or since.