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I'm smiling

Booksmart

Good morning, winner. Take a deep breath. Visualize the mountain of your success and look down at everyone who’s ever doubted you. Fuck those losers. Fuck them in their stupid fucking faces.“ And that is how teenagers think. Booksmart is a coming-of-age teenage film which actually feels like it is abo...

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Great

Rocketman

Tis the season for musical biopics! After Bohemian Rhapsody’s huge splash, picking up Academy Awards and becoming one of the most talked-about movies of 2018, I was interested to see what direction Rocketman would take. The answer? Rocketman took ALL of the directions. A total hurricane of glamour and a rol...

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Good

The Price of Everything

Sometimes, tucked into the news, you’ll hear a report of an Andy Warhol ‘selfie’ going for 7 million dollars. You might have muttered to yourself about the ridiculousness of it all. For me, the thought has always ended there. For Director Nathaniel Kahn, it’s a question that deserves an answer. How did it a...

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I'm smiling

Beautiful Boy

Meth addiction is a disease. It ravages families and communities, and in parts of Aotearoa meth is cheaper and more freely available than marijuana. Meth addiction is something we hear about in formal contexts, like police reports and documentaries. The human toll, the emotional destruction, and the real co...

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I'm smiling

Whitney

Whitney is one of those documentaries that’s equal parts beautiful and sad. It’s beautiful to see this woman, unparalleled in vocal ability, catapulted to the heights of super-stardom and adoration. It’s hard to see cocaine addiction ravage her, and those closest to her take advantage of her wealth an...

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Flippin' great

Lady Bird

Lady Bird is the most positively reviewed film of all time. That is to say it holds the record for the longest unspoiled streak of positive reviews as determined by Rotten Tomatoes, overtaking the last record holder, Toy Story 2. Greta Gerwig’s debut film (she is credited as the sole writer and director) is...

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Great

I, Tonya

“I was loved for a minute, then I was hated, then I was just a punchline,” the scrappy Tonya Harding, portrayed by Margot Robbie, puts it bluntly in this movie that that looks at the life of a figure skater the world has loved to hate since the 90s. Even Barack Obama used her name as the punchline to a joke...

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Good

The Lego Ninjago Movie

I’m going to come right out and say it: I’m 23 years old and I LOVED The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie. The former, I watched 4 times by choice. So my hopes were high for The Lego Ninjago Movie. Lego Ninjago stars the voice talent of Jackie Chan (Master Wu), Dave Franco (Master Builder Ll...

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Great

Atomic Blonde

I never thought I would enjoy a movie that’s essentially about a woman beating a whole bunch of men to death quite so much. Set in Berlin in 1989, Atomic Blonde is an action thriller that proves a woman can quite deftly step into James Bond’s shoes. There’s big 80’s hits from Queen, Depeche Mode and Goldfin...

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Great

War for the Planet of the Apes

I’m going to call it early: the Planet of the Apes reboot has left the best until last. War for the Planet of the Apes is the best instalment perhaps since the 1968 original, and you don’t need to have seen any of the other films to catch it in the cinema and love it. In the original, it’s obvious the audie...

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Regret

Baywatch

Maybe I’m showing my age here, but the first time I encountered Baywatch was in the context of the Spongebob Squarepants Movie. David Hasselhoff runs across the beach in slow motion in red togs, before transforming into a bobblehead-type powered lifeboat and getting Spongebob’s mission back on track through...

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I'm smiling

I, Daniel Blake

I, Daniel Blake, directed by Ken Loach, has been a total smash at film festivals around the world. It won the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival 2016, much to some people’s annoyance. While I didn’t find it the most thrilling watch, I’m glad it won. I’m glad it’s getting attentio...

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