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We Have So Much Creativity Our Production Company Is Named After The Working Title of Star Wars

We Have So Much Creativity Our Production Company Is Named After The Working Title of Star Wars

by / 08/10/12 / [ 14 Comments ]

If the film industry were a playground and the Hollywood studios were the popular kids, Blue Harvest would be the kids dressing like them in a desperate attempt to be ‘accepted’. Nobody likes those kids.

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Extended Review- Cabin in the Woods

Extended Review- Cabin in the Woods

by / 22/08/12 / No Comments

Ed’s note: This review is an extended version of that which appeared in the print version of Issue 18. In 1994, John Carpenter released In the Mouth of Madness. Starring Sam Neill, the film told the story of a claims investigator sent by a publishing company to retrieve a popular Stephen King-like author who has [...]

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Review – The Cabin In The Woods

Review – The Cabin In The Woods

by / 20/08/12 / 1 Comment

Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s canny horror-comedy will feel familiar to anyone with a passing interest in contemporary horror cinema—Cabin’s narrative games and thematic concerns recall Madness, Quentin Dupieux’s Rubber and Wes Craven’s Scream, among others.

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Meeting Bully Boy, Lee Hirsch

Meeting Bully Boy, Lee Hirsch

by / 13/08/12 / No Comments

Earlier this year, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney was revealed to have bullied fellow students during his time at the elite Cranbrook School, allegedly targeting one student because of his “nonconformity and presumed homosexuality”.

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The Salient International Film Festival Diary Part 4

The Salient International Film Festival Diary Part 4

by / 08/08/12 / No Comments

FROM UP ON POPPY HILL Dir: Miyazaki Reviewed by Adam Goodall Goro Miyazaki’s second chance to win our hearts, Poppy Hill is a nice slice-of-life drama set in post-war Japan, and I use ‘nice’ in both the complimentary and pejorative sense. It’s a harmless, slight story with perfectly likable characters and some attractive landscape paintings, but [...]

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Review – Bully

Review – Bully

by / 06/08/12 / No Comments

That said, for a film that gives a lot of screen time to people seeking wide-sweeping solutions, Bully’s scope feels awfully limited. Hirsch confronts us with the significant impact of this cruelty, but he, like the parents of his subjects, is quick to put responsibility at the feet of the school system.

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The Salient International Film Festival Diary Part 3

The Salient International Film Festival Diary Part 3

by / 05/08/12 / No Comments

ROOM 237 Dir: Rodney Ascher Reviewed by Callum McDougal A film about The Shining, and also a film about films that celebrates the enthralling power of great movies (especially Stanley Kubrick’s). This oddity takes (amongst others) themes, cues, motifs and production history from The Shining as starting points for discussions as diverse as the Overlook [...]

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NZFF Review – The Law In These Parts

NZFF Review – The Law In These Parts

by / 31/07/12 / No Comments

As a precis of the problems with the legal system governing occupied Palestine, Ra’anan Alexandrowicz’s documentary is effective; as a call to arms against an unjust system, it’s emotive and persuasive.

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That’s When Good Neighbours Become Good Friends: An Interview With Kleber Mendonca Filho

That’s When Good Neighbours Become Good Friends: An Interview With Kleber Mendonca Filho

by / 23/07/12 / No Comments

I meet Kleber Mendonça Filho, a Brazilian filmmaker currently receiving plaudits at festivals across the world for his debut feature-length film, Neighbouring Sounds, on a windy, rainy, downright terrible Wellington day. Finding shelter in a cafe, Filho replies to a question about the weather with what is quickly identified as a characteristic thoughtfulness. “I’m familiarised with different [...]

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Review – The Grey

Review – The Grey

by / 28/05/12 / No Comments

Liam Neeson’s inexplicable renaissance as a hard-bitten action hero is by far one of the most interesting developments in Hollywood cinema in the last five years. Following the success of the xenophobic, troublingly amoral Taken in 2008, Neeson’s been in demand as a scowling Irish giant gifted the particular set of skills necessary to fuck [...]

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