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Film

September 22, 2008

A discussion with Vincent Ward Thirty years ago, young art student Vincent Ward spent 18 months in the Ureweras filming 80-year-old woman Puhi care for schizophrenic adult son Niki for the film In Spring One Plants Alone. Although historian Judith Binney managed to dig up information linking Puhi to the prophet Rua Kenana, whose community […]

September 15, 2008

While it may seem too great an ambition and too harsh a criticism to compare Mad Men to anything produced in this country — its single series budget would be equal to the entire TVNZ local content budget — it does illustrate the quality difference between the best of us (umm I guess Outrageous Fortune […]

September 15, 2008

There is an undeniable theatre to the 1960s: the flowing suburban dresses, the sharp pinstriped lines of the suits, even the typewriter has its own overcoat. This kind of idiosyncratic design is shown in full bloom in Mad Men, former Sopranos writer Matthew Weiner’s take on the cutthroat world of advertising. Its aesthetic beauty is […]

September 9, 2008

Season two of Skins opens with a hip hop dance routine, followed by a dramatic musical performance of a jingoistic US take on 9/11. Later in the season we get a climactic bonding moment across a crowded room to the jarring bleeps of Crystal Castles; a trip to the beach to the sound of the […]

September 8, 2008

Directed by Phyllida Lloyd Take a 70s pop ‘band’ (if you can call them that), an unspoiled Greek island, and an actress whom in previous films has played a chick with boobs that tell the weather, and what do you end up seeing one sad Thursday morning? Mamma Mia! of course! My my, how could […]

September 8, 2008

Directed by Deepa Mehta On the night of 2 December 1998, two hundred followers of the Hindu nationalist party Shiv Sena stormed a cinema in suburban Mumbai and smashed equipment in protest at Deepa Mehta’s Fire. The film, which had been running to full houses for almost a month, offended them not so much because […]

September 8, 2008

Directed by Ole Christian Madsen Christoffer (Mads Mikkelsen, last seen in the compelling family drama After the Wedding, and, more notoriously, scratching Daniel Craig where the sun don’t shine in Casino Royale) and Maja travel from Denmark to Prague to retrieve Cristoffer’s father’s body. The father inexplicably left when Christoffer was 12, and had barely […]

September 5, 2008

Bryan Bertino’s The Strangers is the perfect date movie. It’s the kind of film you watch with that significant someone, hold each other, get shit scared then go home and make hot passionate love. THIS IS NOT HOW I WATCHED THIS FILM! Like a fool I went with my equally wussy flatmate and got so […]

September 1, 2008

Directed by Fritz Lang It is said that Joseph Goebbels was so impressed by Metropolis that he offered Fritz Lang the position as head of Universum Film AG (the powerful German film studio, which became synonymous with propaganda following the ascension of the Nazi party), however not being a fan of the fascists he chose […]