Apr 032012
 

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The first quarter of 2012 has seen me (Sam) see 96 films – 10 of those were re-watches (excluding the opening sequence of Drive, which I watched a dozen times), and 86 were new to me (either viewed in cinema or on dvd). Check out my 10 favourite picks after the jump!

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Feb 282012
 

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Back in December when the ‘Best Films of 2011’ list was compiled, there was a whole lot of 2011 films which hadn’t come out in New Zealand or Australia yet. The Artist, Shame, The Descendants, and Tinker Tailor Solider Spy to name just a few. Now that these 2011 films have been released, the final version of our ‘Best Films of 2011’ list can be revealed. Check out the list after the jump.

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Jan 212012
 

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Addiction is a subject which has been the topic of many films before. Some films take the comedic route, while others play it out in a more dramatic fashion. Usually the protagonist realises they have an addiction after hitting “bottom”, and then we follow them as they seek help. Shame is not either of these films. Shame is not about redemption or seeking help. It’s about how addiction guts the lives of those trapped in its embrace, leaving them a cold and hollow existence.

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