FILM & TV

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Wes Anderson loves dogs. His new film is called Isle of Dogs, geddit? And in it, he imbues a motley crew of misfit mutts with all the profundity, oddness and humanity he has given to such rich characters as Max from Rushmore, Steve Zissou from The Life Aquatic, Gustave from The Grand Budapest Hotel and, perhaps with most relevance here, Fantastic Mr. Fox. Like […]

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There are a few movies by Steven Spielberg I’ve missed – The Big Friendly Giant, Always – but, generally, I see them all. He’s (beyond) dependable; he knows, maybe more than anyone alive, the nuts and bolts of filmmaking. When you go to a Steven Spielberg film, you’re guaranteed to get a professional product. It […]

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I was seriously sceptical about Mary Magdalene; I was bemused and confused as to why Garth Davis should choose it as his ‘blank check’ movie following his incredible debut with Lion; I’m not a follower of Christ; and the poster was less than inspiring. I worried – call me cynical – that Davis was either […]

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The new Netflix original documentary Take Your Pills examines the use, abuse, history, effect and impact of the prescription drug Adderall in the United States. Intriguingly, for those outside the US, it also, perhaps completely unintentionally, presents as a documentary about competition in the American education system. It’s out of control, an epidemic, and it […]

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Armando Iannucci created three of the funniest television sitcoms of all time: I’m Alan Partridge, The Thick of It and Veep (which has one season to go, but whose reins he has let go). He is a master political satirist and my favourite screenwriter. The Death of Stalin, his first feature film as a director, […]

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CJ Johnson sits down with Kate McIntyre Clere and Mick McIntrye to discuss the making of their controversial documentary, which explores Australia’s love-hate relationship with its beloved icon – the kangaroo.  

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In this Oscars special CJ Johnson and Jim Flanagan reveal their predictions for each category before giving their ballots in the same way as voting Academy members will this Sunday to determine whether the preferential ballot system does indeed have any influence over who wins Best Picture.  

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Molly’s Game, Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, has very little tonal variety. It plays one note, but it plays it very, very well. I absolutely went along for the ride, even as I was aware that, in a way, I was being duped into watching variations of the same scene again and again. It’s like one […]

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Alliance Francaise French Film Festival director, Philippe Platel, joins CJ Johnson on Watch This to preview the incredible lineup of French films in this years festival, which commences in Sydney on 27 February 2018.   

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CJ Johnson sits down with writer-director Erin Good and actress Bernie Van Tiel to discuss the development and production of their sensational, Screen Australia supported web series, Jade Of Death on Watch This.