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Film

August 7, 2016

★★★★ Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky   The documentary Beware: The Slenderman is an evocative entry to this year’s ‘incredibly strange’ section of the New Zealand International Film Festival, it offers a telling journey of the danger of the web, mental illness, and murder. Using a style similar to that of The Blair Witch Project, director […]

August 7, 2016

★★★★½ Director: Jeremy Saulnier   It’s hard to tell if the horror genre is finally setting into its renaissance period. Sure, there are still dozens of terrible horror films pumped out every year on what seems like an assembly line of recycled ideas and terrible clichés, but the resurgence of critically acclaimed horror films is […]

August 7, 2016

★★★★ Director: Thorsten Schütte   Frank Zappa was a prolific musician and composer from the early 1960s until he died of prostate cancer in 1993. Unlike the more “traditional” music documentary style where the filmmaker interviews distant friends and family who often barely knew them (see every Kurt Cobain, Elliot Smith, and Nick Drake documentary […]

July 31, 2016

★★½ Director: Jake Szymanski   While mostly watchable, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates neglects basic elements of plot in favour of inconsistent jokes and familiar ‘comedic’ routines, resulting in a flat, un-progressive, and un-funny story. The set-up is that Zac Efron and Adam DeVine play brothers (and partners in finance) who become the embarrassment […]

July 31, 2016

★★★ Director: James DeMonaco   The Purge series owes its success to one central and abused concept: one night a year all crime, including murder, is legal, making viewers consider what they might do in a similar situation. The first film, the cinematic equivalent of untapped potential, did little to explore this concept, opting for […]

July 31, 2016

★★½ Director: Paul Feig   The last sentence in my previous article about Ghostbusters (2016) is haunting my ass. Ghostbusters, directed by Paul Feig, stars SNL comedy actresses Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, comedian Melissa McCarthy, as well as Chris Hemsworth in the re-incarnation of the 1984 cult classic Ghostbusters. The characters take the […]

July 24, 2016

The Ghostbusters remake, premiering in New Zealand on July 14, has been accused of being a money-grab for making the female-led cast the selling point of the film. With a star studded cast including Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, who’s to deny that these female comedy heavy-weights won’t pull a big audience? But for me, […]

July 24, 2016

This is not a bandwagon. I don’t think that men shouldn’t direct films. I don’t think they direct ‘bad’ films. I do think they direct most films—and I do question why. Last year, a blogger I follow semi-obsessively (she works for Rotten Tomatoes, okay—it’s the dream) undertook a challenge in which she watched and reviewed […]

July 17, 2016

The film Carol, a portrayal of two women in a relationship in the 1950s, starred Cate Blanchett as the lead and was nominated for Best Motion Picture Drama at the 2016 Golden Globes. Yet it had no LGBTIQA+ (queer) actors. Queer representation in film is an issue that spans more than just casting, it includes […]