Masterpiece Memo: Maya Deren’s Meshes Of The Afternoon

If I were female, Maya Deren would be my heroine for all time. Scratch that, the pioneer’s legacy in the film world is a landmark of inspiration and adoration for all, regardless of gender, of occupation, of time. Deren’s imprint on the history of cinema is likely too vast and layered to do it justice […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival 2017: Roll Of Honor

To close this magnificent #FemmeFilmFest I have assembled a small jury of film-lovers to honor a select few of these outstanding new short films. There are 5 of us in the jury, who will contest on the official selection and come to a (very difficult) decision as the top merit in each of the 10 […]

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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic #33

Agnès Varda. A name synonymous with a film revolution still, astonishingly, under-recognized. A name that reminds us of rich, fluent, and oh-so varied cinema. Stayed tuned for the remainder of the Femme Filmmakers Festival, Vagabond closes the the whole affair Sunday. Anyway, I’m only rippling the surface with the following links, but click away all […]

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Watch: Margaret Tait’s 4 Minutes Of ‘A Portrait of Ga’

This four-minute portrait of the filmmaker’s mother combines the texture of 1970s-color-saturated found footage with an oddly avant-garde structure. The editing rhythms are distinctly recognizable for anyone who has watched 70s home movies; the Kodak would often linger and jerk-pan for about twenty seconds, then (because the film ran out, because only so much could […]

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Welcome to The Bling Ring Generation

Originally published over at On The Screen Reviews Before Hollywood discovered the benefit of locking their doors when leaving town, a group of gutsy, celebrity-obsessed high schoolers ransacked the homes of Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson, Orlando Bloom, and Lindsey Lohan…to name a few. And they posted their  designer booty on Facebook feeling the temporary fulfillment […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival 2017 – Line-Up Announced

Here we are once again. I literally salivate at the mouth at the prospect of spending hours and hours in a darkened room with all these women. Women directors, and their marvelous work, as we fast approach the Directed By Women Worldwide Film Viewing Party. Following the success of last year’s online viewing event, Femme […]

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NZIFF: Lady Macbeth

The New Zealand International Film Festival reaches its final Friday in Auckland (don’t worry, the fest itself is by no means done), and with it another chance to catch British period drama Lady Macbeth. Directed by William Oldroyd, and penned by Alice Birch (from Nikolai Leskov’s text), the little gem tells the story of a […]

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NZIFF: The Love Witch

As the Auckland leg of the New Zealand International Film Festival nears its close, the magic continues with The Love Witch, a vivid, retro horror-drama – tongue firmly in cheek. Written and directed by Anna Biller, there’s a hefty 1960s vibe, paying homage to the technicolor horror flicks of that era of cinema. Samantha Robinson […]

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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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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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NZIFF: My Year With Helen

Producer and director Gaylene Preston’s My Year With Helen premieres at the New Zealand International Film Festival on Sunday July 23rd July at Auckland’s Civic Theatre. The film’s first Wellington session on July 30th at the Embassy Theatre sold out on the first day of ticket sales. Preston will venture to each venue across the festival […]

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NZIFF: The Square

Following the astonishing Animation NOW! programmes that opened the New Zealand International Film Festival, over in Auckland the first feature film to screen is the Palme d’Or winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, The Square. Ruben Östlund’s intriguing, slick, somewhat disturbing drama also boasts a satirical reflection on the art world, our cultural and social […]

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NZIFF: Animation NOW! Dark Hearts

Already three days into the New Zealand International Film Festival, with animated shorts galore. The Animation NOW! section of the festival rounds itself off with Dark Hearts, a series of films described as bleak, sexual, creepy, macabre. Check the website for scheduling details, but here is the run-down for the Dark Hearts programme. The Inverted […]

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NZIFF: New Chinese Animation

How much of your daily thoughts are dedicated to independent Chinese animation? I thought so. Film is an education, of course, and the New Zealand International Film Festival continues its Animation NOW! programme with what might be referred to as a new wave of Chinese Animation. Take note of the following shorts screening at the […]

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