Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! Proves To Polarize With Its Ambiguity

So many things to say about Darren Aronofsky’s new film, Mother!. First, I want to express that I really liked it. It’s scary, intense, emotional, frenetic, and ambiguous, which I think might be its greatest strength. For most of the film, it has rising and falling tension, but never becomes more than what the average […]

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‘I’m Not Ashamed’ Review: Pandering For Jesus (And Columbine)

On April 20, 1999, two high school seniors, Eric Harris and Dyland Klebold, opened fire on the grounds of Columbine High School, killing twelve students and one teacher, in addition to injuring twenty-one students as a few tried to escape the chaos happening in real-time, before they turned the gun on themselves. The attack is […]

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Maren Ade’s Latest Film Toni Erdmann Is Both Long And Alluring

When the movie Toni Erdmann entered our lives last May we assumed without agenda this was about a father’s relationship with his (grown-up) daughter. Which it kind of is, but more than that it turns out to be about a daughter, and her relationship with her (juvenile) father. This is not exactly a devastating plot […]

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Watch: Saranne Bensusan’s 12 Minute Short Film Mano a Mono

Roughly twenty years is probably enough time for most audience members, if not this particular critic, to forget one of the most famous twists in movie history, especially when they only have to forget it for roughly ten minutes of a new film’s 12-minute running time. It is also true that Saranne Bensusan’s short film […]

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NZIFF: Christchurch Closes Its Film Festival Curtain

The curtain has fallen on NZIFF’s Christchurch leg for 2017, and it has been a remarkable Festival. Every year, NZIFF goes above and beyond to provide cinephiles with the best New Zealand and the world has to offer cinematically. Better yet, the Festival is not just in a single location, but across New Zealand, with […]

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NZIFF Review: The Square

After a satisfyingly diverse NZIFF for 2017, all eyes were on the Closing Night film, Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or winning satire The Square. Not only is the film wholly deserving of its Cannes win, it was also a perfect finale for the Film Festival. The Square takes a tongue-firmly-in-cheek look at a modern art gallery […]

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NZIFF Review: The Lost City of Z

The Christchurch leg of the New Zealand International Film Festival is creeping ever closer to the final few days; but there are still magnificent films on offer until the curtain falls this coming weekend. While my chosen films have ranged from the cerebral (Stalker, The Killing of a Sacred Deer) to the heart-warming (Spookers), there […]

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NZIFF Review: 6 Days

In April 1980, armed gunmen infiltrate the Iranian Embassy in London. What followed would not only set the template for the British response to terrorist threats, but saw unprecedented live news coverage never before seen in Britain. On a Bank Holiday weekend where the most anticipated viewing on television was the snooker finals, a heart-stopping, […]

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NZIFF Review: The Killing of a Sacred Deer

  One of the benefits of film festivals like NZIFF is that cinephiles have the opportunity to sample some very different fare from what is offered on a regular basis, and if you’re looking for something to challenge you cinematically, Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Killing of a Sacred Deer absolutely fits the bill. The Killing of a Sacred Deer is […]

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Review: Julieta

Watching the world through Almodovar’s eyes through the years has always been a unfaltering honor and immeasurable pleasure; for that alone, I feel privileged. But even so, even with all the love and unashamed, favorable predisposition towards his movies, I had no clue as to how much Julieta would impress me. With the superb framing and […]

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NZIFF Review: Spookers

Confession: I didn’t expect to come out of Florian Habicht’s Spookers feeling as buoyant as I did. While the trailer for the film had utterly charmed me into making Spookers part of my NZIFF viewing this year, trailers can be deceiving. Thankfully, Spookers turned out to be a funny, engaging and life-affirming documentary experience. Spookers […]

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Indie Feature ‘She Rises’ Echoes Lynchian Nightmares

She Rises, which had its world premier at the Ireland Horrorthon Film Festival, is a mystery-comedy-horror hybrid of sorts, pulling some impressive, if ridiculously oddball, strings towards potential indie cult status. The opening shots of She Rises, with some disorientating, swaying camera movements, allows director Larry Wade Carrell, editor Vance Crofoot, and director of photography Steve […]

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NZIFF Review: Stalker

The New Zealand International Film Festival has a history of providing cinephiles not only with brilliant new films but also bringing classics back to the big screen, and this year is no different. The Christchurch leg sees the screening of the restored version of Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 dystopian classic, Stalker. Stalker is less of a […]

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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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Review: The Big Sick

USA Theatrical Release – June 23, 2017 (Limited), July 14, 2017 (Wide) Director – Michael Showalter Screenplay – Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani Cast – Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano Synopsis – Kumail Nanjiani deals with the ups and downs of his relationship with his girlfriend, when an unknown illness occurs and threatens […]

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Baby Driver Review & Edgar Wright Interview

Baby is not slow. He might seem slow, but he moves at speed to the beat of his own drum. Edgar Wright’s passion project is a mix of high-revolution, gear shredding getaways so sweetly and precisely intertwined with a fantastic soundtrack backbeat that completely captivates. The LACMA’s appreciative audience began by applauding as soon as […]

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Want To Write About Film?

Okay, listen up. I just quickly wanted to update everyone with the upcoming events at the site in the coming months. The year in film has pockets of varying sizes at a hand’s reach when you make it your mission to provide motion picture covfefe. And I am constantly thinking / dreaming / antagonizing about […]

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Review: Wonder Woman

“Be careful with mankind, Diana. They don’t deserve you.” Finally joining the prominent ranks of Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, The Flash, comes the live action feature film about the one and only Wonder Woman. Given that she didn’t appear in the DC Comics mainstream world until 1941, it has only taken 75 years for this […]

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Review: Dancing Quietly

Sinfully as of yet not distributed outside of its native Germany, Luca tanzt leise (going by the English-language title Dancing Quietly) is a diamond-in-the-rough search for anything decent to watch. A small gem though at less than 90 minutes, it is by no means diminished in value by its running time, potential lack of viewing […]

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