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Film

March 16, 2009

JCVD stands for—yes—Jean-Claude Van Damme. Let me state first and foremost this is the best film I have seen starring Van Damme, although my last points of reference are Double Team with Dennis Rodman, and the abominable Knock Off, which boasted the worst theme song I have ever heard. Yet, for as long as I […]

March 16, 2009

Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts is a documentary which celebrates the complex life of aging composer Philip Glass; an artist so dedicated to his craft and so full of humanity that he is a fascinating subject to watch and holds the audience’s interest for the near two hour running time. Glass portrays […]

March 9, 2009

Man on Wire is the incredible story of Philippe Petit’s lifelong dream to erect a high-wire between the twin towers and walk across. At multiple times through the film Petit declares he believes the towers were made for him to fulfil this dream. If anything, this story was made for a documentary, it is without […]

March 9, 2009

If you had told me five years ago that I would be able to watch a mainstream film in a cinema not filled with dirty old men muttering to themselves, about a man and his unrequited and repressed love for a dog, I would have told you to “cut-it-out”. Marley & Me is the film […]

March 9, 2009

There will always be a place in American cinema for a small story that is well told. In 2003 Tom McCarthy gave us this with the exceptional The Station Agent. After a five-year hiatus from directing, and a stint acting in The Wire its great to see McCarthy return with a sophomore film that in […]

March 9, 2009

I’ve been a big fan of Moore’s Watchmen ever since I read the graphic novel last month, and have been eagerly anticipating the film adaptation. Perhaps like a lot of the other fans of the comic ([intlink id=”7795″ type=”post”]read the review[/intlink]), I was interested to see if the film offered the same great storytelling, immersion, […]

March 2, 2009

Zack and Miri Director Kevin Smith has recently become addicted to the chronicling of his life. He updates his blog (My Boring-Ass Life) every day, detailing almost every move, including awkwardly detailed rundowns of his masturbatory routine and technique. Every week he records a podcast with his producer Scott Mosier. These consist of them talking […]

March 2, 2009

Tuesday 10 February, Penthouse Cinema. Directed by Darren Aronofsky. Starring Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood. The Wrestler follows Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson, a famous professional wrestler whose 80’s golden days are well behind him. Inside the ring, he still holds on to the glory of his past, though his audiences have dwindled. […]

March 2, 2009

Sandwiched between gigs and other activities in the Orientation programme is a VUWSA Special General Meeting, called to seek a mandate from students to contribute up to $12 million in funding over a 15 year period toward a major redevelopment of the Kelburn campus. The project is proposed to be jointly funded by the University […]