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Frontier drama needs patience

By Nevil Gibson | May 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Productivity Commission recently defined the country’s top 10 exporting companies as frontier firms. They were progressive, innovative, forward-thinking and outward-looking. America has produced a rich vein of frontier films to depict the expansion of foreign settlers into lands occupied by indigenous peoples. New Zealand, too, has depicted its frontier … Read More about Frontier drama needs patience

Time for every purpose

By Nevil Gibson | May 3, 2021 | 0 Comments

If every day seems to be like yesterday, and the one you might have tomorrow, you are in a “time loop”, or sensing what the French call déja vu. It’s popped up several times lately in movies, perhaps reflecting or coinciding with the past year of lockdowns and people working remotely … Read More about Time for every purpose

An agent in the field

By Nevil Gibson | April 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

Espionage stories, whether fact or fiction, have been a cinema staple since its earliest days. The first flowering was in the 1930s, followed by World War II, when deep cover and double agents exposed military secrets on both sides. In the Cold War, Allied intelligence services ramped up their activities … Read More about An agent in the field

Easter viewing at home

By Nevil Gibson | March 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

The lack of Easter-themed movies at the cinema has been exacerbated by Hollywood’s freeze on big-budget movies in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic. The central event of the Christian religion has been sidelined since the epics thrived in the 1950s and 1960s. These biblical classics are still available through … Read More about Easter viewing at home

Madness of the heart

By Nevil Gibson | March 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

Movies on mental illness will inevitably be judged by one’s own experience, whether close or casual. This degree of scrutiny hasn’t deterred film-makers from tackling this tricky subject. In decades past, movies set in mental institutions could be viewed as too remote to make an accurate judgment, given they were … Read More about Madness of the heart

Hanks is on a mission

By Nevil Gibson | March 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

The classic Hollywood man-on-a-horse western has all but disappeared, a victim of changing attitudes toward America’s colonial past and the rewriting of history according to modern trends. That decline started after the 1970s, which produced the last movies depicting heroic pioneer settlers as positive and progressive. Baddies always existed in … Read More about Hanks is on a mission