Author Archives: Don Gomez

Hollywood’s gender agenda: not just for humans

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Despite women making up more than half of the population of the United States, recent studies indicate that male characters outnumber females three to one in G-rated family movies. It also appears that things aren’t improving both on film and behind the camera in regards … Read More

Film review: Another Earth (2011)

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What if one day another planet appeared in the sky? How would you feel and what would you do? In 2011, two films were released that tackled the issue of the Earth coming face to face with another planet: Lars von Trier’s Melancholia and Mike … Read More

Film Review: Melancholia (2011)

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In 2011 I was invited by ABC Local Radio to provide a web review of Lars von Trier’s Melancholia (2011) when it was screened as part of the 2011 Canberra International Film Festival. I’ve reposted it here as a backdrop to my review of Another Earth … Read More

Film review: Prometheus (2012)

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Prometheus is a beautiful and thrilling mess. It marks Sir Ridley Scott’s return to science fiction since Blade Runner (1982) and serves as a distant prequel to the Alien franchise he created in 1979. But unlike Alien, which had a simple but effective storyline and … Read More

Matango – Fungus of Terror

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When Matango was released in Japanese cinemas in 1963, the Atomic Age seemed to offer so much promise for a booming post-war Japan. However, it was also a paradox because the nation was still coming to grips with the science and technologies that caused so much devastation and loss less … Read More

The scientific method: pathogens, superheroes and dragons

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Michael Crichton once argued that the portrayal of the scientific method in films is mutually incompatible with storytelling – that the best you will ever get is a caricature. While this last point may be true, Crichton does not elaborate further on the importance of … Read More