Cinema of the United States

Hostage to Hollywood

Ben Affleck plays Tony Mendez in the thrillerArgo.

If ever there's a career to demonstrate the fickle nature of Hollywood then it belongs to Ben Affleck.

Sunday, 4 November, 2012, 10:14am

Rewind: Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock

Rewind: Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock

Vertigo James Stewart, Kim Novac, Barbara Bel Geddes Director: Alfred Hitchcock It's official: Vertigo is the greatest film of all time - well, according to a critics' poll in British film magazine Sight & Sound. And the monthly publication for the dedicated and discerning cinephile is not to be trifled with.

30 Sep 2012 - 2:21pm

Brilliant rumination on memory and being human

Brilliant rumination on memory and being human

In the great canon of science fiction, aliens are anthropomorphised in some way or other - from the Alien and E.T. to Yoda and the "greys" of Roswell fame.

23 Sep 2012 - 10:32am

Closing the loophole

Joseph Gordon-Levitt (below left) plays a young version of Bruce Willis in this futuristic thriller.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has made the rounds in the world of TV and film. His first major role was a long-haired, wise-cracking teen (well, an extraterrestrial in the body of a teen) in the TV comedy 3rd Rock from the Sun.

17 Sep 2012 - 12:04pm

Steven Soderbergh ready for the final few acts of his film directing career

Steven Soderbergh (top) directs surprise hitMagic Mike, which stars Channing Tatum (below, centre) and Matthew McConaughey (below right with Tatum)

Steven Soderbergh turns 50 next year - meaning the director who began his career in 1989, winning the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival with

17 Sep 2012 - 9:25am

Venice rises to the challenge but prize rules need changing

Philip Seymour Hoffman with his best actor award forThe Master at the Venice Film Festival.Photo: AP

In the end, Alberto Barbera might have wished for less controversy.

The new artistic director of the Venice Film Festival - his second stint in the role - assembled a strong competition line-up that included such top-drawer names as Terrence Malick (To the Wonder), Brian De Palma (Passion) and, opening the festival, Mira Nair (The Reluctant Fundamentalist).

12 Oct 2012 - 2:01pm

Jaded rocker's quest too unfocused

Jaded rocker's quest too unfocused

It's named after a Talking Heads track, features a specially staged performance of said song by David Byrne (playing himself), and stars Eve Hewson - daughter of Paul, aka Bono - as fan and confidante of its goth-rocker protagonist. Overlaid with so many references to popular music past and present, This Must Be the Place might as well be Paolo Sorrentino's mischievous riposte to those who criticised his previous work as being like music videos, where visual panache reigned over humanity and depth.

10 Sep 2012 - 9:44am

Lucky for some - the start of a blockbuster slasher franchise

Lucky for some - the start of a blockbuster slasher franchise

"There was a novelty in seeing a film that scrappy and that nasty being distributed by a big studio in a mainstream cinema. You were watching a nasty, grimy movie but in plush seats, in kind of polite surroundings. That was what made it something special, something that hadn't been seen before."

31 Aug 2012 - 2:35pm

Director Wes Anderson revisits the concept of family in latest offering 'Moonrise Kingdom'

Director Wes Anderson revisits the concept of family in latest offering 'Moonrise Kingdom'

When Wes Anderson was growing up in Texas, he came across a pamphlet on the refrigerator in his family's kitchen. It was titled

25 Aug 2012 - 8:21am

Studio and theme park plans unveiled

US animation company DreamWorks Animation SKG and its Chinese partners will set up a 20 billion yuan (HK$25.5 billion) theme park in Shanghai and produce Kung Fu Panda 3 in the city by 2016.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:11pm

FILM (1996)

The Island of Dr Moreau Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, David Thewlis Director: John Frankenheimer

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

The Bat catalogue

Audiences over the decades clearly haven't been able to get enough of the Caped Crusader. Since (and including) the first Batman film screened in 1966, there have been no less than eight films featuring the crime fighter, culminating in The Dark Knight Rises.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Film (1984)

Stranger Than Paradise John Lurie, Eszter Balint, Richard Edson Director: Jim Jarmusch

For any true cinematic auteur, the idea of creative paradise is one where free rein and the final cut prevail, and nowhere is that better realised than in the world of independent cinema.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

This South China Sea issue is not an issue between China and Asean, but between China and some Asean countries

Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin warns the bloc against 'hyping' territorial disputes

You were handing him a loaded revolver, weren't you?

11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Being There

Being There by Jerzy Kosinski (read by Dustin Hoffman) Bloomsbury (audiobook)

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am