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Film

September 6, 2015

★★★★ There’s a moment in The End of the Tour when David Lipsky is about to say goodbye to David Foster Wallace. Left alone briefly, Lipsky rushes from room to room, dictaphone in hand, attempting to absorb every detail of the house. “Dogs, Alanis Morissette poster, a draped Barney towel in the bedroom. In the […]

September 6, 2015

★★★★½ While the official trailer, movie descriptions and posters may present the film in a modest light, the Pixar-Disney film Inside Out proves to be such a worthy and significant animated film to its audience. The film is handed to us from the perspective of 11-year-old Riley, a devoted ice hockey fan and player, quirky, […]

September 6, 2015

1) As Scarlett Johansson rightly stated, Black Widow’s history is rich, and steeped with great stories to tell. As a spy, she has been involved in so many organisations and this has been touched on by the MCU, which uses her as a bridge to connect HYDRA and the Red Programme, The Winter Soldier and […]

September 6, 2015

Films inspired by or based on true events are not reality, but another kind of fiction. Monetarily speaking, it’s another genre of film utilising people, dates and locations we are familiar with in order to generate greater interest in its performance. It sounds critical, and it is a bit, but it’s more observational because there […]

August 16, 2015

★★★★½ The Falling (Director, Carol Morley) is set in a strict all-girl’s school in the 1960s and begins by following the intense bond between Abbie (Florence Pugh) and Lydia (Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams). Abbie, with her long, blonde hair and angelic face, is uniquely compelling—she loves poetry, established the school’s Alternative Orchestra and generally […]

August 16, 2015

★★ I’ve learned from this film that nothing matters. Everything is inconsequential. From the beginning of the film to the end, nothing of real consequence happened. This isn’t a spoiler, as it made the mistake of revealing “crucial” plot points in its own marketing, some of which were bigger than others (*cough* Robo-John Connor *cough*). […]

August 9, 2015

Ant Timpson isn’t a household name; he should be, but that’s a consequence of working in underground cinema. Timpson is known in the film industry as Mr Filmhead for his extensive producing, writing, and sometimes directing work in NZ cinema, as well as his efforts to bring underrepresented filmmakers’ art to the people. He started the famous film […]

August 2, 2015

★★★★ The NZIFF, on now, is consistently excellent and I highly recommend seeing as many of the films as you can. The films are often fresh from the European festival circuit, while others go on to become extremely popular, such as last year’s It Follows and The Babadook. The Diary of a Teenage Girl had […]

August 2, 2015

★★★★½ Life finds a way. And so it was with the third Jurassic Park sequel after a decade of development hell. Jurassic World’s big spectacle is the new, fully operational park, and we get to see it right at the beginning. This is the reason to see the direct sequel set 22 years after the original. […]

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