Category: Film

Samsara

Samsara

by / March 25, 2013 / No Comments

Directed by Ron Fricke Samsara, literally meaning “continuous flow”, is the repeating cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth within Hinduism, Buddhism, Bön, Jainism, Yoga and Taoism. For its filmic namesake, director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson (of Baraka fame) reunite to “search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives”. [...]

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Great Expectations

Great Expectations

by / March 25, 2013 / No Comments

Directed by Mike Newell Adaptations of the works of Charles Dickens seem to come thick and fast these days, and it’s often hard to see what the latest version contributes to our understanding of these classic tales. Like so many others, the latest version to hit cinema screens, Mike Newell’s great expectations, fails to tread [...]

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Wellington Underground Film Festival

Wellington Underground Film Festival

by / March 18, 2013 / No Comments

March 21-23 New Zealand Film Archive, 84 Taranaki St Low-budget filmmaking is something mainstream audiences have very little contact with. This is a pity, given the breadth of talent in local filmmaking circles, and the fact that having limited resources usually fosters some of the greatest examples of innovation. Thankfully, the Wellington Underground Film Festival [...]

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Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook

by / March 18, 2013 / No Comments

  Is anyone else surprised by how successful this film has become? True, it features two very bankable stars in Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, but faux-indie films about mental illness with names as clunky and unmarketable as Silver Linings Playbook are rarely predicted to become blockbuster hits. Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised, though. Silver [...]

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Oz the Great and Powerful

Oz the Great and Powerful

by / March 18, 2013 / No Comments

 — 40 —  FILM Director Sam Raimi takes us back to the magical world of Oz with this fantasy prequel, which tells the story of a magician coming to terms with the greatness he finds unceremoniously thrust upon his shoulders. Inspired by the L. Frank Baum novels, this is a family-friendly adventure that [...]

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Film – Escapism Done Right and Escapism Done Wrong

Film – Escapism Done Right and Escapism Done Wrong

by / March 11, 2013 / No Comments

It’s time to reclaim the word ‘escapism’. Let’s stop taking it to mean a juvenile fantasy that has no intellectual heft.

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Film

Film

by / March 6, 2013 / No Comments

“if you’re playing the movie on a telephone, you will never, in a trillion years, have experienced the film.” Many of you will be thinking that these are the words of a crotchety luddite, but the renowned David Lynch may have a point. The prevalence of torrenting and iTunes has certainly allowed us access to [...]

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Film Review – Hitchcock

Film Review – Hitchcock

by / March 4, 2013 / No Comments

Directed by Sacha Gervasi Few directors have left as definitive a mark on the story of cinema as Alfred Hitchcock. It is disappointing then that Hitchcock leaves little to be remembered. The premise of the film is promising, centred on the off-camera love story between Hitchcock and his wife and right-hand lady Alma Reville. Unfortunately [...]

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Film Review – Zero Dark Thirty

Film Review – Zero Dark Thirty

by / March 4, 2013 / No Comments

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow 9/11 has shaped the world in ways that many filmmakers have yet to come to terms with. Films like United 93 aside, many engage in simplistic platitudes that fail to illuminate the realities of a post 9/11 world. In contrast, Zero Dark Thirty is a thrilling, complex piece of entertainment that [...]

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2012 In Technicolour

2012 In Technicolour

by / October 15, 2012 / 1 Comment

Even with a few months left to run, 2012 has treated to a slew of quality films, and even more diabolically awful ones. Hollywood did its best to churn out the brashest, noisiest blockbusters possible, with films such as The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises peppering the big screen. However, not all the multiplex [...]

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