Thor (2011)

Director Kenneth Branagh brings gravitas to the mythical aspect of the Cinematic Universe with Thor, wielder of the star-forged hammer Mjolnir and heir to the realm of Asgard. When his coronation is interrupted by the return of the Frost Giants, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) defies his father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins), by breaking peace with their realm.…

Werner Herzog and the burden of dreams

This weekend, the Australian Cinémathèque’s program ‘The Wrath and Reveries of Werner Herzog’ returns with a celebration of one of Herzog’s most monumental cinematic achievements. On Friday night 30 June, the filmmaker’s masterpiece Fitzcarraldo 1982 will screen at 6.00pm from an archival 35mm print shipped in from Berlin. Then, on Saturday 1 July at 2.45pm,…

Iron Man 2 (2010)

Tony Stark’s bombastic entry to his own technology expo conceals the damaged human beneath the surface: the very science keeping him alive is leeching toxic substances into his blood. Hiding his ailing health and handing his company over to Pepper Potts, Tony’s mortality gets the better of him when he subs in as a driver…

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Gamma-radiated Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) lays low in Brazil, avoiding the elevated heart rate that transforms him into the mighty green Hulk. With designs on the radiation’s military potential, US General Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt) dispatches Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth), an ageing British Marine hopped up on a small dose of Super Solider serum, to…

Werner Herzog’s forgotten dreams and antarctic encounters

On Saturday 17 June, enjoy free screenings of two of Werner Herzog’s most jubilant explorations of the extremes of the world: his documentaries Encounters at the End of the World 2007 at 1.00pm and Cave of Forgotten Dreams 2010 at 3.00pm. These two documentaries are triumphs of modern documentary filmmaking. In both circumstances, Herzog travelled…