Genre Blast: Gangs & Gangsters – If You Can’t Join ‘Em, Beat ‘Em

Sometimes the trigger is poverty, other times ethnic alienation. Even boredom can play a factor is causing the coagulation of a gang. If a group of people find they cant fit into society, human nature takes over and they create a societal structure for themselves. The Italians, the Irish, and most non-white ethnic groups have […]

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Vote: The 10 Best From Tim Burton

  The thing with enigmatic film director Tim Burton, for me anyway, is that his appeal has been diluted over the years largely due to the mediocre, sometimes plain bad, movies he has churned out of late. I know times and tastes in the film world have changed since the late eighties and early nineties, […]

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NZIFF: Wellington Opening Weekend

So the second venue of the New Zealand International Film Festival is underway, and the uncompromising selection of films on offer at Wellington is mouth-watering. Kicking off yesterday (28th July New Zealand time zone) the venue holds festival films through to 13th August. Here are just some of the highlights screening this very weekend. Citizen […]

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NZIFF: 20th Century Women

The New Zealand International Film Festival welcomes Mike MIlls’ latest movie 20th Century Women late today in Auckland. The American film from the director of Beginners is another bittersweet drama, this time set in the late 1970s Southern, and somewhat autobiographical. The screenplay by Mills was nominated for an Academy Award this year, following two […]

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NZIFF: A Date for Mad Mary

A bit of Irish spice lands in Auckland for the New Zealand International Film Festival with the quirky, but relevant, drama A Date for Mad Mary directed by Darren Thornton, adapted (with his brother Colin) from the Yasmine Akram play 10 Dates with Mad Mary – which he also directed. Seána Kerslake plays the title role, […]

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NZIFF: Una

Una, the new film with Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn, has been talked about for months now, and arrives on the shores of the New Zealand International Film Festival. Touchy subject matter to say the least, Una delves into the personal past of a troubled young woman grown up to confront the man who succumbed […]

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Film Honors: 1961

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the […]

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100 More Films Made By Women – Part 20 of 20

Let’s put this second 100 films made by women series to bed. We close with short films of intrigue and features of love. Find the whole lot and more under the female filmmakers section. Volta (2015) – Stella Kyriakopoulos Born in New Jersey, Greek film-maker-and-editor Stella Kyriakopoulos was raised in Athens, and these days resides […]

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NZIFF: A Monster Calls

The audiences at the New Zealand International Film Festival may have their heart strings tugged a little more here as surprise crowd favorite A Monster Calls pays a visit. Directed by J. A. Bayona with a screenplay adapted from his own novel by by Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls is a dark, sentimental tale of […]

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NZIFF: Frantz

A gorgeous shade of gloom starts its run at the New Zealand International Film Festival, nominated eleven times at the 42nd César Awards, Frantz is a drama that sees renowned French director François Ozon step away from his perhaps more outlandish, frisky film affairs. Drama being the operative word here, the story is a sullen […]

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100 More Films Made By Women – Part 19 of 20

As we just about draw the curtains on the 100 More Films Made By Women, there sure is a certain sadness, I’m not going to lie. After all the hard-work, the brain power, the anticipation, the digging, the discoveries, the watching, the writing – it comes down to this. With the final 10 movies with […]

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100 More Films Made By Women – Part 18 of 20

Young siblings pop up again, but with more than just rivalry on their plates. There’s 2 more fascinating documentaries, as well as 2 ‘based on real events’ fiction features. Let’s start with a pop star: W.E. (2011) – Madonna A seven-time Grammy Award winner, Madonna is known for her pop hits and superstar tours, but […]

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Review: Dunkirk

USA Theatrical Release – July 21, 2017 Director – Christopher Nolan Screenplay – Christopher Nolan Synopsis – A retelling of the event in Dunkirk, France during World War II where 330,000 British soldiers were trapped on the beach and left (mostly) defenseless against the German army. STORY – I found the story to be extremely interesting. […]

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Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk And Where To Experience IMAX In The UK

Shortly before I embarked on the screening of Christopher Nolanʼs latest motion picture Dunkirk I filled my face with a gourmet hot dog. Now, it is said that hot dogs such as those are meant to be huge, enjoyed in their full capacity. What we don’t want is to have either end cut off, or […]

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100 More Films Made By Women – Part 17 of 20

Well, here we have 5 more films made by women. As always you are implored to seek them out and watch them at your next convenience. Here we bring back our childhood, explore immediate family ties, as well as developing new romantic bonds. Sierra (2013) – Chelsea Christer A project extremely close to the heart […]

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Film Honors: 1989

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the […]

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100 More Films Made By Women – Part 16 of 20

Simple pleasures likes music cause a stir in one remarkable movie in the next 5 films made by women. And you think Pop Idol is controversial. Continue your education here: The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) – Lotte Reiniger The oldest surviving animated film in the history is a breathtaking, truly adventurous and sensuous feast […]

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Genre Blast: The Road Narrows; Aging in Cinema

[Author’s Note: I’ll preface with a half-hearted apology for my absence for the past couple of weeks: catching me indoors, typing away in a stuffy corner during high summer, is as unlikely than trying to talk sense to a climate-change denier. So as I write this, sprawled on a sandy log, I invite you to […]

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100 More Films Made By Women – Part 15 of 20

The despairs or romances of film-making are explored in this selection, the doubtful calm before the polarized storm. There’s a wedge of unrequited love and heart-led temptation thrown into the mix. Here are 5 more marvelous women and examples of their strong work. My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (2014) – Liv Corfixen Danish […]

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100 More Films Made By Women – Part 14 of 20

Depths of motherhood, psychological romance, lustful vampires, and there’s a clay animation thrown in for good measure. Here are 5 more lady-helmed motion pictures for your viewing pleasure. Tallulah (2016) – Sian Heder Following a couple of short films and writing credits for Orange Is the New Black (Uzo Aduba has a cunning cameo here), Sian Heder […]

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