Mysteries of Cinefex 140

by Joe Fordham

Just wanted to say ‘thanks’ to our loyal reader, Douglas Hryniuk, for his kind note in our Facebook comments about our upcoming editorial selections for December 2014. We do have an interesting lineup for Cinefex 140, and attentive readers might have noticed a bit of a revolving door in our ‘next issue’ page at

As Douglas observed, we had originally planned to cover The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in December, closer to the movie’s theatrical release date. However, Peter Jackson requested that we wait, for similar reasons that I described in a Cinefex Blog, regarding The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, last year:

One of the other movies that I researched was Fox-Searchlight’s upcoming Birdman, which Douglas also spotted at our next issue page. Alejandro Iñárritu’s film is extraordinary, with spectacular performances and highly imaginative filmmaking from all departments. Unfortunately, for reasons too complex to explain here, that one, too, has flown the coop. We’re leaving some birdseed to see if he’ll return.

We do have another story that I’m working on right now, which I believe our readers will find intriguing. Plus, the other stories as advertised are all in various stages of completion — namely, Christopher Nolan’s outer space adventure Interstellar, Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings and Terry Gilliam’s mad The Zero Theorem. Those, with our other little cracker, should make an entertaining Christmas stocking stuffer.

We’ve not decided yet what movies will follow those in Cinefex 141, in March, so you’ll have to watch this space.

— Joe Fordham

Nolan Interstellar

Filmmaker Christopher Nolan ponders the mysteries of “Interstellar” — scheduled for theatrical release November 5, and in-depth analysis in Jody Duncan’s upcoming story in Cinefex 140. Image © Paramount Pictures / Warner Bros. Pictures / Legendary Pictures / Syncopy.