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I'm smiling

Fahrenheit 11/9

Before going to watch the pre-screening of left-winger documentarian Michael Moore’s latest doco I decided to have a wee look on IMDB to see what people were saying about the film. With a surprisingly low user rating of 5.8 I was intrigued to see the breakdown of votes. In classic political documentar...

8

Great

The Breaker Uppers

NZ comedy films have such a specific style about them, a tone, a feel, that is so intrinsically Kiwi. Just like the films of Taika Waititi or an episode of Flight of the Conchords, The Breaker Upperers (written and directed by Madeleine Sami & Jackie van Beek) is no different. From the moment I saw the ...

8

Great

Ant-Man and The Wasp – Get it for the Marvel geek in your life

I didn’t actually get to see Ant-Man and the Wasp at the cinema, so I was very excited to get my hands on a 4K copy to review! For a run-down of what we thought of the movie itself, head here! I (like our reviewer Ben) absolutely loved the movie and Ant-Man is also my favourite Marvel super-hero…...

8

Great

An Interview With Gina Hara

Meet Gina Hara. She’s never had a crab stick before, loves Carcassonne the board game, and has directed a documentary called Geek Girls. Saskia and Jaz sat down with her, fed her a crab stick, told her Carcassonne was a real place, and asked her why she made a movie about girls and geekdom. Here is th...

5

Meh

The Grinch

After an 18 year absence the Grinch and his hatred of merriment is returning to the big screen this Christmas. Benedict Cumberbatch voices the nasty green scrooge, who plans to steal Christmas away from those annoying Whos. The Grinch and his trusty dog Max will ensure the residence of Whoville will be with...

9

Flippin' great

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

I enjoyed the first Fantastic Beasts movie. So if you and I are already at odds about that, then you might not want to trust my thoughts on the second one. You can check out my review of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them here. I’m also aware that Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald is gettin...

9

Flippin' great

Kusama: Infinity

The choice to watch a movie can often be a lazy one. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, we all need to veg-out every once in a while. But if I’m being honest I wouldn’t usually choose to spend my free time watching a documentary. Like most others I presume, my choices will usually fall in...

10

Experience this

Suspiria

I am very rarely lost for words. Regardless of my thoughts or feelings about a film, being able to express my obnoxious opinion is usually something that comes quite easily. This review is going to be quite the opposite. So please forgive me if this review feels to lack a clear through line. I am honestly j...

8

Great

The Girl in the Spider’s Web

“After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels…”. A fitting quote to open my review of Fede Alvarez’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web. In one of the opening scenes of this action/thriller/drama from the director of the brilliantly violent Evil Dead r...

8

Great

Bohemian Rhapsody

It is no small feat portraying an icon and there is none more iconic than Freddy Mercury. Star Rami Malek (Mr Robot) does not disappoint. Bohemian Rhapsody opens at Live Aid 1985 and the camera tracks Freddy from his trailer to the stage. We don’t see his face but the outfit and physicality are instantly re...

1

Give me my life back

The Amityville Murders

The Amityville Murders is one of the many horror movies that claim to be “based on a true story”, a comment that is usually a marketing ploy to make the story seem more frightening and draw audiences into watching it. Films like The Conjuring, Texas Chainsaw etc also claim to be based on true events but for...

6.5

Good

Solo: A Blu-ray Review

People hated this movie, but I didn’t, I didn’t hate it. I think the hate was partially a spill over from the previous Star Wars movie. I think if you view this movie just on its own merits, it’s a good movie. It’s an okay movie. Just an okay slash good movie. But with your own Blu-ray copy you get some ext...

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