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Film

August 7, 2017

Now, I know what you’re thinking. 10 Things I Hate About You, that ’90s movie where the angry feminist gives up her whole identity to win lush-locked young Heath Ledger — how can that be a nuanced exploration of the struggles of modern day female freedom-fighters? Well. Let’s think about Kat Stratford (remember Julia Stiles […]

July 17, 2017

All I have to say about the film tonight is that I’ll be astounded if you don’t all love it. When I got an email from the New Zealand International Film Festival organisers, I was saddened that the first sentence of their message did not contain the words “free tickets.” My spirits were however lifted […]

June 7, 2017

It’s almost soul affirming to report that the DC Cinematic Universe has produced a film that is actually fantastically enjoyable, which is no mean feat considering they’ve been getting progressively worse over the last few years. As a superhero film it’s not what one would call groundbreaking (it being an origin story, as well as […]

June 6, 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) Dadda dum dum dadda dum dum dadda dum dum dada dada. Easily the greatest high seas adventure movie ever made, the first Pirates film exploded in 2003 like a well timed gun powder cask. It combined real world heroics with supernatural antics, and seamlessly […]

May 29, 2017

Die Welle (The Wave) (2008) Set in a German high school, students in a class on autocracy unknowingly become a case in point for how easy it is for a group powered by toxic ideologies to take over the ruling class. “Could a dictatorship possibly take charge of Germany again?” The question garnered a number […]

May 22, 2017

The two editors of this section agree on many things, film related and otherwise. The Alien Films, however, do not fall into this category. We agree the first two are great, and the third and fourth are terrible, but things get tricky after that. If anything, the following exchange will illuminate how subjective film can […]

May 15, 2017

The first moving pictures ever produced were of a documentary nature. In 1895, the Lumière Brothers filmed trains in stations and factory workers heading home from work. It seems somewhat pedestrian now, but at the time these were great feats of science and were incredible to watch. Through the decades, documentaries have advanced to such […]

May 8, 2017

After reports of people passing out at the Toronto Film Festival, it was pretty hard to resist seeking this film out when it was finally rated and released in New Zealand. As it turns out, it may have been a case of much ado about nothing, because Raw’s violence isn’t exacting anything jaw dropping; at […]

May 8, 2017

I have a personal theory (call it a qualm, potentially) that in ten years people will look back on all the Marvel films with far less fondness than they do now, and in 20 years the majority of them will be forgotten completely. None of the films are by any means awful — even Thor: […]