Category Archives: Features

Will anything in Hollywood actually change after Harvey Weinstein?

Over the last two weeks, since The New Yorker published a damning article exposing Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein as a sexual deviant (which puts it mildly), the fairly swift response from the entertainment community has been nothing short of overwhelming. Even surprising. Though certainly deserved. But if this is really endemic of a larger issue, as many claim (including the great Jane Fonda), then will the revelations of Weinstein’s indiscretions lead to any actual change in the film industry?... Continue Reading

Is a Bob’s Burgers movie such a good idea?

At a time when most animated programmes are crass, cruel or just plain depressing, it’s heartening to know that a show like Bob’s Burgers appears on our screens. The colourful hand-drawn sitcom follows the inane adventures of Bob Belcher (voice of H. Jon Benjamin) as he and his family try to operate their fast-food restaurant whilst simultaneously navigating the complexities of the modern world.... Continue Reading

Feature: Blade Runner 2049‘s prophetic nature and win for neo-noir film

Blade Runner 2049 has arrived at an odd time. Back when the original was released, 2019 seemed eons away, and the ravaged, rain-soaked cyberpunk Los Angeles seemed entirely within reach. The Cold War was at its height, and the Three Mile Island incident had highlighted just how easy it would be for America to succumb to environmental devastation. And what’s more, Ronald Reagan, a goddamned actor, had stepped up as president. Absurdity and impending disaster made Blade Runner damn near plausible.... Continue Reading

Five films to look out for at the 2017 Jewish International Film Festival

The Jewish International Film Festival is fast approaching, kicking off on 25 October at Classic Cinema located in Elsternwick, Melbourne. JIFF celebrates various Israeli and Jewish themed films in both Australia and New-Zealand. The massive program was unveiled yesterday, and we went through it to bring you back five films you should look out for:... Continue Reading

The Poster Art Renaissance: Modern and retro collide in a flurry of designs

Anybody who has stepped foot in a cinema or video retailer will be familiar with the concept of movie posters – they act as advertisements for upcoming, or newly released, films and help consumers to understand if its content is suitable for them. Some consider these posters an artform in themselves, but it is only recently that this medium has been able to flourish.... Continue Reading

The five biggest and best trailer reveals from San Diego Comic-Con

Another Comic-Con, another year of rumours, superstars and a whole lot of trailers. Over the last handful of years, Comic-Con has summated itself as the prestige event when it comes to inviting us to unchartered blockbuster worlds. This year has proved no different, with a plethora of trailers to salivate over with a slew of upcoming releases. And with over seventeen trailers released covering both film and television, here at The Iris we are going to run down the five best trailer reveals in the domain of film, beginning with number five.... Continue Reading

Seven films not to miss at the 2017 Melbourne International Film Festival

One of the oldest film festivals in the world, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) returns next Thursday, and with it are hundreds of screenings across more than three weeks. We went through the full list (so you didn’t have to) and bring you our seven picks of the festival. And in no particular order, they are…... Continue Reading

A complete shot-by-shot breakdown of the Star Wars The Last Jedi D23 Behind-The-Scenes Reel

At Disney’s D23 Expo over the weekend, Lucasfilm unveiled a behind-the-scenes reel for this year’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The Last Jedi is the 8th “Episode” in the Star Wars franchise and is directed Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick). The behind-the-scenes video delivered a greater insight to how powerful Star Wars is on and off screen, showing off not only action form the film, but also the actor’s raw chemistry off screen.... Continue Reading