Film

Back to the big screen in May

Back to the big screen in May

I sup­pose every month of cinema releases can boast being ‘some­thing for every­one’, but this month it really does appear to be jus­ti­fied. First up, on Sunday 3 May, is a single screen­ing at the Embassy of the won­der­ful and utterly influ­en­tial first Beatles fea­ture, A Hard Day’s Night, screen­ing as part of the New […]

To end all wars

To end all wars

Vera Brittain’s mem­oir Test­a­ment of Youth is a heart-rend­ing les­son about the First World War and its effects. As you read, gobsmacked by the forces that swoop in and pluck off everything and every­one Brit­tain loved, her out­rage — at injustice and pre­vent­able death — informs every step of her story. Aged 21 in 1914, […]

Allez la France!

Allez la France!

In 2003’s Swim­ming Pool, François Ozon seduct­ively blurred real­ism with psy­cho­lo­gic­al arche­types, the film’s com­pos­i­tion, col­ours and land­scape put­ting an exquis­ite pres­sure on Char­lotte Rampling’s blocked Eng­lish author to let loose, con­nect with her anima and get her mojo back. His new film, The New Girlfriend/Une Nou­velle Amie, has even more fun with divided selves […]

Join the club

Join the club

Late last year, the enter­tain­ment giant Net­flix announced that they would be bring­ing their video-stream­ing ser­vice to New Zea­l­and and Aus­tralia. From March they will be com­pet­ing with Quick­flix, Light­box (from Spark) and Neon (from Sky) to see who can keep Kiwis on their couches for longer. The video store (apart from rare spe­cial­ist institutions […]

Crowe does not disappoint

Crowe does not disappoint

Strathmore’s finest son, Rus­sell ‘Rusty’ Crowe, has been around film sets and worked along­side good, aver­age and bad dir­ect­ors now for nearly 25 years, so it comes as no sur­prise to find that good, aver­age and bad habits have rubbed off on him when it comes to his turn in the director’s chair. As an […]

November highlights

November highlights

INTERSTELLAR (Chris­toph­er Nolan) Opens 6 Novem­ber: The latest in Nolan’s non-Dark Knight, ‘I’ films (Insom­nia and Incep­tion count towards the super­sti­tion), this one is a full-blown sci-fi adven­ture with a stel­lar cast of astro­nauts explor­ing a newly dis­covered worm­hole in space to see if there’s some­where on the oth­er side man­kind can go and live. […]

Bella

Bella

The parade of film fest­ivals goes on, con­tinu­ing to bring Wel­ling­ton film fans a selec­tion of the hun­dreds of films made and released all over the world every year. The relent­less tide of fea­tures and doc­u­ment­ar­ies gets filtered in vari­ous ways — through the lens of sexu­al­ity and gender, for example. Or gen­er­ic con­ven­tion. In […]

Two kinds of heroine

Two kinds of heroine

In Ger­ard Johnstone’s tightly put togeth­er com­edy-chiller House­bound, Mor­gana O’Reilly plays rebel-without-a-cause Kylie, forced by a judge to spend nine months of home deten­tion with a moth­er she detests in a house with a hid­den his­tory. It’s a star-mak­ing per­form­ance from O’Reilly in a film that’s full of them. In addi­tion to our surly heroine, […]

New dogs, old tricks

New dogs, old tricks

The south­ern Cali­for­nia of Gia Coppola’s debut fea­ture Palo Alto seems idyll­ic on the sur­face. Long hot sum­mer days, teen­age free­dom and lim­it­less pos­sib­il­ity, but it soon becomes appar­ent that this world of sex, drugs, parties and (occa­sion­ally) high school is more night­mare than dream. Teen­age Teddy (Jack Kilmer) crashes his car while drunk and […]

Cold Climate

Cold Climate

Al Barry has been the con­science of New Zea­l­and doc­u­­ment­ary-mak­ing for over 40 years. In 1973, he sailed to Mur­uroa with his cam­era to record the protests over French nuc­le­ar test­ing and in 1979 he formed — along with Rod Pross­er and Rus­sell Camp­bell — the Van­guard Films col­lect­ive of pro­gress­ive film­makers who pro­duced a […]