Advanced Style (2014)

Advanced Style is an affirming document of ageing – not gracefully, but stylishly. The film consists of a series of warm portraits of women in their 60s and over; women who embody their intelligence and artistry in their carefully-orchestrated appearance. As someone utterly ignorant of fashion, I admit to having some degree of trepidation. But…

Giveaway: Win Passes to Infinitely Polar Bear [COMPLETED]

Thanks to Icon Film Distribution Australia, ccpopculture has 5 buy-one-get-one-free passes to Infinitely Polar Bear, releasing in Australian cinemas Thursday March 26th, along with a DVD drama pack featuring Dan in Real Life, The Burning Plain, Last Chance Harvey and The Beaver. “Fresh from his much lauded performances in Foxcatcher and TV’s The Normal Heart,…

Top Five (2014)

Hollywood has never really known what to do with Chris Rock. That’s been increasingly apparent over the last decade or so, with the so-called “the funniest man in America” finding work as either a cartoon zebra in the Madagascar series or as Adam Sandler’s Friend in The Longest Yard, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan…

Chappie (2015)

The toxic critical reaction to Neil Blomkamp’s latest sci-fi flick, Chappie, is understandable coming from those expecting the film to offer up a coherent social allegory, a coherent narrative or coherent action. It doesn’t deliver on those expectations. But once you recognise that the sharp satire of District 9’s opening half is an outlier rather…

Infinitely Polar Bear (2014)

There’s something incredibly endearing about Infinitely Polar Bear’s unostentatious simplicity. Constructed on familiar indie tropes – a hand-made, whimsical aesthetic, a period setting, a family unit defined equally by conflict and closeness – the film sidesteps cliché to conjure an utterly charming experience. Infinitely Polar Bear’s impossibly twee title is paraphrased from Faith Stuart’s (Ashley…

Critical Dissent: Debating Inherent Vice with Yen Nguyen

It’s fair to say that Inherent Vice, the latest from American auteur Paul Thomas Anderson, is a divisive film. This adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 novel is a digressive, intoxicated journey through 1970s California as perpetually-stoned PI Larry Sportello – everyone just calls him “Doc” – (Joaquin Phoenix) stumbles into a world of neo-Nazis, property…

Run All Night (2015)

My expectations for Run All Night were probably set higher than your average punter. It’s not that I’m a big proponent of the ubiquitous Liam-Neeson-Is-An-Alcoholic-Who-Shoots-People pseudo-franchise of the last decade or so – I couldn’t bring myself to watch Taken 3 – but that I was simply excited to see another picture from director Jaume…

The 500 Cast Episode 3: Suffocating Rubber Clown Suit Edition

In this monthly podcast, we usually round up 500 Club writers for a lively discussion of contentious new releases, emerging trends and issues in movies, and relevant cinematic goings-on in Brisbane and broader areas. For our third episode, however, we’ve ditched our regular schedule in favour of waxing lyrical about all things David Lynch, ahead of…

Inherent Vice (2014)

Inherent Vice is one of those rare examples of cinema where the experience of the audience is entirely aligned with the experience of the film’s protagonist. This achievement should celebrated when found in great horror films, that terrify and alienate you along with their characters, or classics like Goodfellas, which follows sharp-edged cocaine dynamism with…