Film

15/04/13

Despite featuring a well-honed sense of visual flair, Trance is an appalling pile of drivel, assailing the audience with a chaotic story that never once makes you care about what’s going on.

08/04/13

Rust and Bone: The effervescent Marion Cotillard received considerable praise for her performance in this tale of a killer whale trainer who suffers a horrific accident, with Time pointing out that she “demonstrates again her eerie ability to write complex feelings on her face without grandstanding her emotions”. Trance: Danny Boyle returns to the silver [...]

08/04/13

Directed by Josh Radnor I was really looking forward to Liberal Arts, Josh Radnor’s second directorial feature, after a glowing round of reviews that promised a clever indie rom-com that would make me lust after my own oedipal trajectory for more than four seconds. Unfortunately, it’s just a Garden State for the Peter Pan generation—that [...]

08/04/13

Directed by Pablo Larrain Given enough time, most events will offer themselves as perfect analogies for contemporary reflection. Filmmakers are as acutely aware as historians of the resources of the past, but the wisdom in claiming them is not without conditions. Director Oliver Stone spectacularly misjudged the worth of revisiting 9/11 after only five years. [...]

25/03/13

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”. [...]

25/03/13

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 [...]

18/03/13

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 [...]

18/03/13

  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 [...]

18/03/13

 — 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 [...]