Me-dia: May 2016

Things I did in May 2016:

  • “What’s New in the 2016 Budget?” – Vice, 4 May 2016
  • “I Asked Canberra’s Waiters What They’ve Learned About Politics By Serving Politicians” – Vice, 13 May 2016
  • “Parliament House Gets Weirdly Quiet During an Election” – Vice, 18 May 2016
  • “Australian Election 2016: Who Won the Week?” – Vice, 20 May 2016
  • “Shooting Pool and Talking Election Chances With Senator Ricky Muir” – Vice, 23 May 2016
  • “I Watched the Nationals Cook Sophie Mirabella’s Chances at Reclaiming Her Seat” – Vice, 24 May 2016
  • “Australian Election 2016: Who Won the Week?” – Vice, 27 May 2016
  • Talking the new releases of May 2016 (Captain America: Civil WarMustangWhiskey Tango Foxtrot), looking at the vitriolic backlash against yet-to-be-released female-led blockbusters like Ghostbusters and Star Wars: Rogue One, and discussing the filmography of Jim Henson with Sophie Mayer and Alice Lowe – Hell Is For Hyphenates, 31 May 2016

Me-dia: April 2016

Things I did in April 2016:

  • “What Does Indigenous Constitutional Recognition Actually Mean?” – Vice, 1 April 2016
  • “Let’s Talk About Kevin Andrews and the Fact Australia Hasn’t Swapped PMs in 205 Days” – Vice, 7 April 2016
  • Screening of short film Cold War at the Beverly Hills Film Festival – TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, 8 April 2016
  • “Who is the Real Clive Palmer?” – Vice, 14 April 2016
  • “How Rupert Murdoch’s Dad Turned Gallipoli Into Australian Folklore” – Vice, 25 April 2016
  • “Twenty Years Since Port Arthur and the Fight For Gun Control Isn’t Over” – Vice, 28 April 2016
  • “Why Does Anyone Believe the Port Arthur Massacre Was a Conspiracy?” – Vice, 28 April 2016
  • Talking the new releases of April 2016 (Black Mountain PoetsVictoriaOur Little Sister), looking back at the works of legendary documentary filmmaker Shirley Clarke, and discussing the filmography of Antonia Bird with Sophie Mayer and Kate Hardie – Hell Is For Hyphenates, 30 April 2016

Me-dia: March 2016

Things I did in March 2016:

  • “Here’s What the Royal Commission Has Learned About George Pell” – Vice, 3 March 2016
  • “For Two Refugees Going Home To Iran, Persecution Looks Better Than Peter Dutton” – Vice, 10 March 2016
  • “Here’s Why We Celebrate Labour Day” – Vice, 14 March 2016
  • Screening of short film Cold War at LAWOMENSFEST – Los Angeles Regal Cinema, 25 March 2016
  • Talking the new releases of March 2016 (Anomalisa, The Pearl Button, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), looking at the push to stream new release films into our homes, and discussing the filmography of the Coen Brothers with Sophie Mayer and Martyn Pedler – Hell Is For Hyphenates, 31 March 2016

Me-dia: February 2016

Things I did in February 2016:

  • “Oh God an Article About Bill Shorten, Jesus Why?” – Vice, 1 February 2016
  • “Australia’s High Court Just Ruled Offshore Detention Legal” – Vice, 3 February 2016
  • “The Only Interesting Thing About Turnbull’s Leaked Memo Was That Someone Leaked It” – Vice, 4 February 2016
  • “Can Australia Handle Same-Sex Marriage and Becoming a Republic at the Same Time?” – Vice, 9 February 2016
  • “Should You Be Afraid of Australia’s Rocketing Population?” – Vice, 17 February 2016
  • “Did Australia Just Legalise Marijuana To Avoid Embarrassment?” – Vice, 25 February 2016
  • Talking the new releases of February 2016 (13 Hours, A Bigger Splash, Rams), asking if our feelings of fatigue towards new releases is universal, and discussing the filmography of Max Ophüls with Sophie Mayer and Laura Mulvey – Hell Is For Hyphenates, 31 January 2016
  • Official launch of Night Terrace season two, an audio science fiction comedy series co-created with John Richards, Ben McKenzie, Petra Elliott and David Ashtong

 

Me-dia: January 2016

Things I did in January 2016:

  • “Christmas Island Wants To Be More Than a Bin For Refugees” – Vice, 20 January 2016
  • “Why the Hell Would Tony Abbott Recontest His Seat?” – Vice, 25 January 2016
  • Talking the new releases of January 2016 (The Hateful Eight, Room, Creed), looking at how we use cinema to mourn our screen icons, and discussing the filmography of John Carpenter with Sophie Mayer and Garth Franklin – Hell Is For Hyphenates, 31 January 2016

The Best Films of 2015

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You say “best”. Don’t you mean “favourite”?

Yes.

Didn’t you used to do fifty films?

Yes.

And you’ve combined fiction films with documentaries this year. Don’t you usually separate them?

Yes.

Your approach to release dates seems to be pretty haphazard.

Yes.

You haven’t included Spotlight, 45 Years, The Big Short or The Hateful Eight, amongst others. What, did you just not see them?

Yes.

If I disagree with any of your choices, should I leave a comment, then maybe a follow-up via email and social media to make sure you know that I really didn’t like the films you did?

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Naming Sequels

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I’ve finally figured out what my favouite sequel naming convention is.

It’s an important issue. How do you figure out the right way to name your follow-up? If you’re making multiple films within a franchise, do you simply add a number to the first film’s title, like Superman II did? Or do you add a whole word to create an action like Batman Returns? Or do you add unwieldy subtitles to the film to ensure it looks ridiculous at first then perceptive when the sequels arrive, like Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl? Do you try the first approach, then switch to the second halfway through, like Mission: Impossible? Or go with both subtitles and numbers when individual films are split up, like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One?

They’re all fine options, but the best is easily the Aliens model: add a single, random letter to the original title and create a whole new word! Unless I’ve completely misunderstood the Aliens title. But I don’t think I have.

Inspired by the brilliance of James Cameron’s franchise nomenclature, I’ve curated a selection of other great films and their sequels that have taken Cameron’s lead. Clearly, it’s the only way to go.

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