Film Essays and Analysis

You’ve Seen ‘Soul’. Now What? - What does Disney Pixar's 'Soul' tell us about ourselves? What lessons does 'Soul' aim to teach us? How can this Pete Docter film be read? Peter Charney explores.
The Subversion of the Motion Picture Production Code in Cat People - How Jacques Tourneur thriller 'Cat People' (1942) worked with and against the Hays Code to become a much discussed and highly influential film of its era. Essay by Jacob Davis.
The Greatest Film Trailer of All Time? Psycho (1960) - Analysing the iconic trailer to the iconic 1960 horror 'Psycho', starring a first person narration from director Alfred Hitchcock himself. Feature by Kieran Judge.
Shot-for-Shot: Stryker’s Dilemma in Sands of Iwo Jima - How tension is ramped up and a moral conundrum of war is addressed in one particularly well made scene in 'Sands of Iwo Jima', starring John Wayne. Analysis by Kieran Judge.
How ‘What We Do In the Shadows’ Reshapes the “Man Alone” with Vampire Cinema - Reassessing New Zealand cinema's "man alone" trope for Taika Waititi's much-loved vampire mockumentary 'What We Do In the Shadows'. Essay by Jacob Davis.
‘In the Cut’ and How Marriage Can Kill You, Actually - How Jane Campion erotic thriller 'In the Cut' (2003) starring Meg Ryan subverted the expectations of the erotic thriller genre and has gone underappreciated for close to two decades. Article by Margaret Roarty.
Katie Doyle’s “Movies I had a Religious/Spiritual Experience With” Part 5: The Exorcist - "inspiration has come from the most unexpected of places - the 1973 horror film, The Exorcist. God really does work in mysterious ways." - Katie Doyle in Pt. 5 of her Religious/Spiritual Experience series.
Funny Games and the Victimisation of the Audience - How Michael Haneke makes us as much the victims of his world-renowned horror film 'Funny Games' as he does his central characters. A feature essay by Jacob Heayes.



How Midsommar and The Wicker Man Hold Much of the Same Wisdom - How in trying to avoid taking pointers from 'The Wicker Man', Ari Aster made the closest thing to it, 'Midsommar', and how both films use the same wisdom to terrify all of us. Article by Louis B Scheuer.
Requiem for an American Dream - Requiem for an American Dream - how Darren Aronofsky's 'Requiem for a Dream' (2000) is about more than just drugs, it's about commodification, capitalism and modernity. Article by Kristina Murkett.