New Zealand International Film Festival: Picks of the 2018 Festival

It’s the most magical time of year in the New Zealand cinephile’s calendar – the New Zealand International Film Festival. In the deep, dark heart of winter lovers of cinema brave the chill and come together some of the best films from New Zealand and beyond. In a time when it’s so easy to plonk […]

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Coppola’s Dream Familial Noir: Rumble Fish Review

Rusty James (Matt Dillon) longs for the days of gang warfare and the loyalties borne out of life in the gritty streets of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Rumble Fish is the tale of a local street tough trying to live up to the perceived reputation of his older brother Motorcycle Boy (Mickey Rourke). We’re taken by Director […]

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A Clockwork Orange: Kubrick’s 1971 Controversial Masterpiece

Alex DeLarge (Malcom McDowell) is the leader of a street gang in a slightly futuristic London who inflicts ultra violence with his mates on the unsuspecting residents about town. After committing a series of beatings and rapes, Alex is betrayed by his three other gang members and is arrested by the police. Alex is sentenced […]

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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 29 – They’re Remaking Which Movie?

The new edition of the podcast this week features just the two participants. But it is no less engaging I can tell you. Host Bianca Garner is accompanied by Rob Motto, and they dig into the age-old notion of the movie remake. Which ones out-shined their originals? Which shouldn’t have even bothered? Why would they […]

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Love is… When Real Life Would Make A Great Movie

In real life, 10 years is a long time. On film, 10 years can drift by like the dawn of autumn breeze. It can be told in chapters, montage, even a non-linear narrative. Time is perhaps, then, immeasurable to us. Whether in the lives we lead or the movies we make or watch. Our comprehension […]

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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 28: All Hail The B Movie

This week’s podcast takes a swift turn off the usual road, as the discussion heads for the elusive B movie. No, not bee, B. That gobby broad Bianca is the host, and joined by wise-guy Steve and double-crossing Rob. They dig the dirt on the movies they class as B movies, using a shovel so […]

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Vote: Ranking The Films of Joel and Ethan Coen

At Filmotomy the next directors we are eager to cross paths with are the Coen Brothers, Ethan and Joel. The 10 Days of the Coen Brothers run from Sunday 20th May (straight after the Cannes Film Festival closes) through to Tuesday 29th May. Reviews, insights, technical analysis, basically some thrilling coverage. And of course we’re […]

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100 Explorations of World Cinema – Siedem

“You make films to give people something, to transport them somewhere else, and it doesn’t matter if you transport them to a world of intuition or a world of intellect…The realm of superstitions, fortune-telling, presentiments, intuition, dreams, all this is the inner life of a human being, and all this is the hardest thing to […]

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100 Explorations of World Cinema – Sechs

“I hope to build a house with my films. Some of them are the cellar, some are the walls, and some are the windows. But I hope in time there will be a house.” – – – – – Rainer Werner Fassbinder Victoria Sebastian Schipper – Germany, 2015 Motion pictures are crafted from so many […]

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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 27: Yes, Oui, Cannes

Podcast 27 has us in the mood for sunny Cannes. The film festival is upon us, and while none of us here at Filmotomy are sadly attending this year, we are extremely excited all the same. Our host Bianca is joined by Robin, Jonathan, and Rob as we dig around some of the most anticipated […]

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100 Explorations of World Cinema – Besh

“If I had the body and the voice of an alpha male, it would be easier. It took nine years from leaving film school until Mustang was screened at Cannes, and those years were demoralising. It’s difficult not to be affected.” – – – – – Deniz Gamze Ergüven Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da / Once Upon […]

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100 Explorations of World Cinema – Si

“When I was on The View, Barbara Walters was asking me about the blood and stuff, and I said, ‘Well, you know, that’s a staple of Japanese cinema.’ And then she came back, ‘But this is America.’ And I go, ‘I don’t make movies for America. I make movies for planet Earth.’” – – – […]

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100 Explorations of World Cinema – Tria

“The heart-wrenching musical drama unfolds as (Costas) Ferris – a respected songwriter – uses the rembetiko as a source of pride amid the chaos. The music serves as a vessel for  (Greek) cultural memory and political commentary.” – – – – – Christina Newland Ifigeneia / Iphigenia Michael Cacoyannis – Greece, 1977 On first seeing the […]

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100 Explorations of World Cinema – Deux

“Abdellatif Kechiche is one of the greatest, most famous directors in France, and I love the trance-like feeling that you get with his cinema. I love how he starts from a simple story and builds something powerful, and I love the way he does justice to women in his movies.‘It’s always intimidating meeting someone when […]

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The Visual Virtuosity of Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs

The controversy surrounding Sam Peckinpah’s 1971 thriller Straw Dogs comes from a moment in the film that depicts one of the most harrowing rape scenes in cinematic history. Straw Dogs is also one of the most visually inventive, well edited, and stylistically fresh films I’ve ever seen. Peckinpah has an incredible ability to piece a […]

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100 Explorations of World Cinema – Uno

“I also wanted to express the strength of cinema to hide reality, while being entertaining. Cinema can fill in the empty spaces of your life and your loneliness.” – – – – – Pedro Almodóvar Time to explore the wondrous world of cinema. A bunch of us manic movie writers have taken great pleasure in […]

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100 Must See Documentary Films – File Ten

“When I left university I was working for a documentary film company for six or seven years to the great relief of my father whose greatest waking fear was that I would become an actor.” – – – Sam Neill Koyaanisqatsi (1982) Godfrey Reggio The unbalanced life forms in so many words the sub-title and translation […]

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Midnight Special: How Midnight Cowboy Changed Cinema Forever

Whatever you hear about Midnight Cowboy is true. Official tagline for Midnight Cowboy Writers’ Note: This article does feature some language which some may find offensive, this language is taken from quotations from interviews with the director and should be placed within historical and social context. This is not language that I am comfortable using […]

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Last Tango in Paris and the Context of Memory

What started with I am Curious Yellow in the late 60s begat 1971’s challenging jamborees such as A Clockwork Orange, WR: Mysteries of the Organism, Ken Russell’s The Devils. 70s auteurs pushed the envelope without remorse – or fear. To experience Last Tango in Paris in the same context in which it first appeared is simply impossible now, but we were ready back then.

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100 Must See Documentary Films – File Nine

“It’s a funny thing with documentary films – you want them to feel as entertaining and as gripping as a fictional film. With a fictional film you want it to feel as realistic as a documentary film.” – – – Jonathan Demme Dior and I (2015) Frédéric Tcheng A large chunk of audiences had already made […]

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