Movies

5

Meh

Made in Italy

I’d always wanted to see what Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie would be like in a non-comedic romantic role. Well, this wasn’t it, just in case you’re wondering. But it’s close. Bret’s body double -also known as Micheál Richardson- plays Jack, an art gallery owner. ...

7

I'm smiling

Nobody

I’ve had a rough ride of late; a choppy and bumpy journey with the recently released movies. I just figured, ok, we are in a bit of a dry spell here. You just gotta wait it out, just gotta push through. It makes sense with this frek’n pandemic. They’re holding and delaying the good movies and sl...

3

Waste of time

The Little Things

Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto! An interesting line up to be sure! So when asked who wants to review The Little Things my choose-me arm shot up. I watched about ten seconds of trailer and stopped. I could see it was a crime drama and I did not want to take the risk of a badly edited trailer ru...

5

Meh

Wrong Turn

The year is 2003. I am 16 years old. Eliza Dushku is at the height of her popularity and trashy horrors about red-neck, inbred hillbillies are making a resurgence in the new millennium with plenty of gore and very few teeth. The original Wrong Turn was a fairly predictable but enjoyable brainless horror fea...

7.5

I'm smiling

Shadow in the Cloud

My mum asked me if I wanted to see Shadow in the Cloud with her. “I don’t think Dad would be interested.” At the time, I had just lost my fifth match of competitive Overwatch in a row, and I thought the distraction would be nice. So I said, “Sure.” “Have you seen the trailer?” she asked. “No,” I replied, “b...

8

Great

Music – a film by Sia

You might be forgiven for thinking this is a musical, or at least one giant music video. I mean, with Sia at the director’s helm, you already know what to expect. Dancing? Check. Surrealist sets? Check. Maddie Ziegler? MOST DEFINITELY. What I didn’t expect is how this film takes on some pretty difficu...

8

Great

Dune 1984

Guest review by Tim Baker Dune.Now there is a juggernaut of science fiction. A glorious triumph of literature and an embarrassing mistake of cinema. Dune, written by Frank Herbert, was first published in 1965. The novel is a dense, complicated, brilliant story set around the year 10,190 on the eponymous pla...

6.5

Good

Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles

At first, the premise of this was so confusing to me. Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing I don’t love about all three concepts: Yotam Ottolenghi. His reverent approach to food is something that has always stood out to me. When this master of middle-eastern food steps into any kitchen, his zen-...

8

Great

Freaky *spoiler free* Review

It’s been way too long since I’ve sat down to write a review. I genuinely am struggling to remember where to start. I think I usually start with some personal little tidbit about my prior knowledge of the film or what I had for breakfast that day, so let’s start there. On Wednesday the 11t...

5

Meh

Tenet

Or perhaps it’s teneT, the newest movie from Mr. Original Christopher Nolan. A movie that mixes 007 with Doctor Who. Is this the ultimate time travel/bending movie? Wooo! I finally got to the movies, when was the last time..? I can’t remember. Nor what I saw, but I’m back in it! And from all app...

7

I'm smiling

Older

The Kiwi film Older has been popping in and out of my industry periphery over the past few years. Given the size of the NZ film and TV industry, the film’s progress has often popped up on my Facebook feed and a few people I either know or know of have been involved in it in some capacity. So I was del...

6.5

Good

Endings, Beginnings

One night, one party, can change your life forever. In Endings, Beginnings, Daphne (Shailene Woodley) discovers this when she meets not one, but two, handsome men at her sister’s New Years Eve party. Conflicted, she’s drawn into a tumultuous love triangle which propels her into an exploration of her values ...

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