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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 […]

July 10, 2016

It is a wintery Monday afternoon in Tolaga Bay (Nastyville) when Akuhata Keefe strolls in telling us that he has just finished chopping up the rest of the deer he caught last weekend; he went hunting to celebrate his 16th birthday. One word that comes to mind when talking to Akuhata Keefe, otherwise known as […]

May 29, 2016

Tickled is a documentary on the surreal practice of professional tickling uncovered by David Farrier and Dylan Reeve. Imagine receiving an unsolicited email inviting you to participate in competitive, endurance tickling with the promise of free flights, five-star accommodation, and thousands of dollars. In that same email, this disclosure appears: “Presently, I’ve been shooting all-male casts. It is […]

May 22, 2016

★★★★½ Director: Drew Goddard   Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: a group of college kids decide to go on a fun getaway to a cabin in the woods except horrific, violent, and fatal events ensue. Of course the answer is yes, because it’s a premise that has been done a million times […]

May 22, 2016

★★★★★ Director: David Lynch   If Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Interstellar, and The Shining all went to a pre-school together, Mulholland Dr. would steal all their crayons and send the lot home in tears. Some may label it as crazy, while others regard it as one of Lynch’s finest works, but it is […]

May 22, 2016

Don’t get me wrong, the film is funny. But it is incredibly hard to make a film that goes nowhere feel satisfying.