Bernard Herrmann’s music for the final scene in Psycho fragments and breaks down, echoing the psychotic episode experienced by the character Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins).
Graphics: Emil Jeyaratnam/The Conversation; Image: Still from 'Psycho' (1960)
In this episode of Close-up, Bruce Isaacs contrasts the unsettling musical score from Hitchcock’s Psycho with Howard Shore’s score for Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.
Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem in mother!
The obstreperous exclamation mark that holds a bullhorn to the title of Darren Aronofsky’s latest film befits both the mounting clamour of the work itself, and a director who, in 48 years, has yet to discover…
The mechanical shark used in the 1975 film Jaws.
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The 1975 film Jaws launched the career of a young Steven Spielberg. In this scene, the town's police chief Martin Brody witnesses the shark's brutal attack for the first time - taking the viewer along for the ride.
Wonder Woman embodies the male fantasy of warrior women.
Pop culture has always found something sexy about female fighters, who feature in everything from Sumerian hymns and Greek mythology to the new Wonder Woman film.
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Guy Ritchie's blokey remake of the Arthur legend fails to establish any kind of coherent narrative.
They’re back: Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Nebula (Karen Gillan), Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Drax (Dave Bautista) and Rocket voice by Bradley Cooper).
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The Guardians of the Galaxy team are rocking the universe again in the latest volume of the science fiction blockbuster. But how does the science stand up to some number crunching?
(Eternal Sunshine of Spotless Mind) says to me…true love is still possible and you can put your faith in it.
Bruce Isaacs analyses the deceptively complex closing scene of Charlie Kaufman’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), starring Jim Carey and Kate Winslet.
New documentary Beware the Slenderman follows the horrific stabbing of a 12 year old girl in the name of an internet myth.
From photoshopped images, to fake eye-witness accounts, to a real-life attempted murder, the Slenderman is the internet's urban myth.
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in La La Land.
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Musicals are back in vogue, with La La Land cleaning up at the Golden Globes. The film is, among other things, an homage to the classic musicals of old. So what are the must see movies of the genre?
Dev Patel as Saroo Brierley in Lion (2016).
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Lion, which has screened to critical acclaim around the world, seems to think it's a political film. In reality it's an effective melodrama that uncritically embraces a colonial fantasy of white saviours.
Maggie Naouri as Anu Singh, behind Jerome Meyer as Joe Cinque. Singh famously killed Cinque in 1997 by injecting him with a fatal dose of heroin.
In 1997, Joe Cinque was killed by his girlfriend Anu Singh. A new film about his death is riveting Australian cinema, with a heightened sense of tension and implicit violence throughout.
Collisions director Lynette Wallworth used drones and 360 degree filming to create a totally immersive experience.
What if your first contact with the Western world was witnessing an atomic test? This is the story of Nyarri Nyarri Morgan, told in stunning virtual reality in animation/documentary hybrid Collisions.
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IBM's Watson watched hundreds of horror movie trailers and then created its own for the new film Morgan.
Jack Nicholson gave perhaps his greatest performance as journalist David Locke.
Michelangelo Antonioni's The Passenger (1975), starring Jack Nicholson, explored time and memory. We look at a single scene, featuring one of the most influential camera moves of '70s cinema.
James Stewart and Kim Novak in Vertigo (1958).
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What makes a film a classic? In a new monthly column, film scholar Bruce Isaacs analyses a single sequence from a great film. Here, we look at a scene from Vertigo.
‘Blade Runner’ poster.
Ridley Scott's ‘Blade Runner’ has transcended its sci-fi/hardboiled noir detective thriller formula to spawn a dedicated cult following.
Warcraft: the Beginning is based on the wildly popular game World of Warcraft – a fantasy escape for tens of millions of people. Yet watching the film brings home uncomfortable truths about race.
Ethan Hawke and Greta Gerwig star as John and Maggie in this intelligent, satirical screwball comedy.
Rebecca Miller's latest film, Maggie's Plan, takes on a love triangle and the tribal customs of academia.
Actress Charlize Theron strikes a pose on the red carpet at the 69th Cannes Film Festival.
Does it matter that money plays such a big role in festivals like Cannes?
DC has dialled up the grit, as Batman grimly faces off against Superman.
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has committed performances and Zack Snyder's trademark action. But it can't overcome a confused internal logic – and has the colour palette of an ashtray.