Jun 302013

Mood Indigo

June was big. June was very big. Sydney Film Festival loomed large during the month, and as a result I saw 42 films, over 30 of those at the cinema. The number would have been higher, but the festival flu caused me to miss The Past, Stories We Tell and Much Ado About Nothing. Oh well, these things happen. June finally saw me award five stars for the first time to a 2013 film! This year has been great thus far, but it has taken some time for that film to come along. Check out my June 2013 film round-up after the jump.

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Jun 282013

man of steel

Superhero films have ceased being colourful and joyful fun-fests. They’ve evolved into morose descents into the human psyche that question the lengths men will go to save lives, even if it means giving up their own. We see a new entry into this dark criteria with Man Of Steel, the new attempt at a Superman film with Zack Snyder directing and David S Goyer on screenplay and Christopher Nolan producing and co-writing the story. Do we get the same ugly yet truthful and complex portrayal of a man transformed into a hero all in the name of preventing evil from reaching humanity? Find out after the jump.

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Jun 272013


Broken families, hidden secrets and the repercussion of lies. Why yes it is a new Asghar Farhadi film. Farhadi’s latest effort explores a deeply complex and convoluted family situation that proves devastating and affects more people and more people as truths and lies alike continue to surface. My review of The Past after the jump.

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Jun 252013

the turning

The first teaser trailer for Tim Winton’s The Turning has been released, and it is intriguing.

Tim Winton’s The Turning, a film adaptation of Tim Winton’s best-selling novel ‘The Turning’, consists of 17 chapters that each features a different director and cast. Under the guidance of curator Robert Connolly (Balibo), first time filmmakers Mia Wasikowska and David Wenham make their directorial début amongst acclaimed directors such as Warwick Thornton and Justin Kurzel.

There is a lot of talent among those working on this film and I’m always interested to see how films with multiple directors are woven together. Producer Robert Connolly comments, “We came upon this idea of extending a personal invitation to seventeen great creative minds to interpret one chapter each and asking them if any of the stories particularly spoke to them, affected or resonated with them.”

The film will première at the upcoming Melbourne International Film Festival.

Check out the teaser below.

Jun 252013


New Zealand film lovers, now is your time to get excited. The Auckland programme for this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival is now online and it is good. It is very good. The Auckland leg of the festival will kick off with the New Zealand première of Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra, and will close with Jim Jarmusch’s newest film, Only Lovers Left Alive. The festival is rich with Cannes titles, including Asghar Farhadi’s The Past, Kore-eda Hirokazu’s Jury Award winner, Like Father, Like Son, and Singaporean kid-vs-nanny tale Ilo Ilo,  which was awarded the Caméra d’Or for best first film in all of Cannes.

The full Auckland programme can be viewed here: http://www.nziff.co.nz/auckland

Later this week Wellington audiences will get their turn to get busy with highlighters, when the Wellington programme is launched on Thursday. Check back on the site later this week for our in-depth look at the programme, including recommendations and links to films which we have already reviewed.

For everything New Zealand International Film Festival related, drop by the festival website, or follow the fest on Twitter.


By Sam McCosh

Jun 232013

Despicable Me 2

The minions and their not-so-fearless leader are back for another adventure. The safety of the world is at stake and it’s up to them, along with some new friends, to save the day. Review of Despicable Me 2 after the jump. [Please don’t read ahead if you haven’t seen the first Despicable Me film(which you should, because it’s great fun)]

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Jun 202013


Mike and Sulley, the two most lovable monsters from Monsters Inc once went to university and weren’t necessarily friends at first. So how did it all lead to their eventual friendship and place at Monsters Inc? It’s my review of Pixar’s Monsters University after the jump.

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