PODCAST: Plato’s Cave – July 23rd

In this week’s episode of Plato’s Cave the team review the films You Instead and Hell (DVD) before turning our attention to The Dark Knight Rises and an extended discussion about the various incarnations of Batman within popular culture. With Josh Nelson, Thomas Caldwell and Tara Judah. Plato’s Cave – July 23rd Episode (.MP3)

PODCAST: ABC 774 – July 20th

It’s a Batman special on this week’s Friday film segment as Raf and I explore Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, the film’s debt to Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns and its contemporary political resonances, on Drive with Rafael Epstein on 774 ABC Melbourne. ABC 774 – July 20th Episode (.MP3)  

REVIEW: Megamind

The superhero narrative is traditionally founded upon a conflict of moral absolutes, a battle staged between characters defined by virtue or villainy. It’s this struggle that has provided some of popular culture’s most enduring rivalries: Superman and Lex Luthor, Batman and the Joker, and Spider-man and the Green Goblin. But as the canon of superhero […]

REVIEW: Tim Burton: The Exhibition

Appearing at the launch of his Melbourne exhibition, Tim Burton cuts a shy, unassuming figure. Hidden behind oversized sunglasses he talks in a quiet, almost awkward manner. When asked about his upbringing in Burbank, California he confesses that he “didn’t speak much” as a child. As he retreats from the media I get the sense […]

REVIEW: The Dark Knight

If industry hype can kill a film by the sheer weight of expectation alone, then it’s fair to say that few films have been as ‘hyped’  as The Dark Knight. Then again, after the critical and box-office success of Batman Begins, and barely six months after the death of one of its stars, Christopher Nolan’s […]