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Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

I have been reviewing for the crew at Pretty Much Geeks for over a year now and this is the most nervous I have felt about reviewing a film in all that time. As a member of the performing arts industry myself, offering feedback on such a prolific writer and filmmaker such as Quentin Tarantino is super intimidating. He is such an assured artist, with such a specific style and everything he does, re...

Late Night

It’s no secret that I am a long time fan of everything Mindy Kaling. It’s also no secret that everyone with a brain is a fan of Emma Thompson. So I’ve basically been amped for Late Night from the moment it was first announced and it did not disappoint.  Emma Thompson plays Katherine Newbury, a late night talk show host of over 20 years who finds out she is going to be pushed out of the show she cr...

The Mindy Project – Season 6

If you’re a fan of The Mindy Project you’ll know that the first three seasons were by far the best, with four and five becoming more lackluster (with the exception of a few highlights). By the series finale at the end of season 6 though, Mindy Kaling brings the show back to its roots and gives her long standing fan base the perfect emotional pay off. While billed as a romantic comedy show, The Min...

An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn

An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn is an odd little film indeed. Assembling an amazing comedic cast of Aubrey Plaza, Emile Hirsch, Jemaine Clement, Craig Robinson and Matt Berry, writer/director Jim Hosking (The Greasy Strangler) presents a strange, hilarious, awkward and just plain weird love story that is as eccentric as it is meaningful. Aubrey Plaza plays Lulu Danger, a woman in a marriage that...

Us

In 2017, writer/director Jordan Peele blew audiences away with his cleverly written social commentary horror movie, Get Out. I was late to the viewing party on this one and although I loved it I had sadly gotten caught up in the hype around it so it was never going to exceed my ridiculous expectations. However, Peele certainly made it clear that he is one of the most exciting new voices in modern ...

Stan & Ollie

Laurel & Hardy are one of the iconic comedy duos that despite passing away well before my time is still a comedy duo I have always understood to have shaped the way comedy is today. Like The Two Ronnies, Monty Python and more recently Key & Peele and SNL, they are an iconic sketch comedy team. Rising to popularity around the same time as Charlie Chaplin, many of the older generation no dou...

Office Uprising

The zombie film industry has certainly had its fair share of horror/comedy offerings. When done correctly, this mix of black comedy soars and we find ourselves crying with laughter and horror as ordinary people deal with the extraordinary situation of the living dead. Shaun of the Dead is arguably the Godfather of this genre but Peter Jackson’s very own Braindead certainly set the bar in the...

Second Act

Do you hate cheesy chick flicks? Well I can save you some time right now and tell you that this is NOT the movie for you. If you don’t absolutely love the awesome terribleness of your stock-standard chick flick, then there is nothing redeemable I can tell you about Second Act. However, if Maid in Manhatten-esque movies are your bread and butter, then please stay tuned! The rom-com queen hers...

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 very first teaser trailer for this Kiwi (un)rom-com it immediately scratched that spot of sl...

Hail, Caesar! Review

The one thing I didn’t like about the latest from Cohen Brothers is that I hadn’t been to see it sooner. While a glitzy cast including George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum might put some film buffs off, Hail Caesar! instead reminds you why these actors are the big names. Because boy, can they put on a show. Set in the golden era of 1950’s Hollywood film-making, Hail Caesar follows...

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Based on the Barry Crump novel Wild Pork and Watercress, Hunt for the Wilderpeople is the most delightful movie I have seen in a long time! Both wild and safe, adult and childish, director Taika Waititi has spun together this story with the perfect humour for such a Kiwi adventure. He takes us through some heavy stuff while managing to keep a spring in our step. Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison), a de...

Aloha

Aloha follows the story of a celebrated military contractor (Bradley Cooper) as he returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and re-connects with a long-ago love (Rachel McAdams) while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog (Emma Stone) assigned to him. My first issue with Aloha was that I couldn’t figure out what story director Cameron Crowe was actually trying to...

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