DIRECTORS: Jim Henson and Frank Oz RATING: 4.5/5 The 1980’s were something of a Golden Age for fantasy films. Although constrained by the technological limitations of the day, the makers of these films swung for the fences. Nothing encapsulates this better than The Dark Crystal. The film takes place in a world thrown out of balance … Continue reading The Dark Crystal (1982) “Henson’s Dark Masterpiece”
DIRECTOR: Roger Donaldson RATING: 3/5 I watched this film and had high expectations. In 2005 the film came out and New Zealand the country where Burt Munro originates, the media and critics hyped this film as a masterpiece of NZ ingenuity and kiwiana. The film begins in Invercargill, New Zealand where Burt Munro (Hopkins) is … Continue reading The World’s Fastest Indian (2005) – How an Indian can help a Kiwi –
DIRECTOR: John Frankenheimer GUEST BLOGGER: Vaughan Tales of chaotic productions and catastrophic flops remain irresistible to film buffs, arguably more so than famous successes, and few films have illustrated this better than “The Island Of Dr. Moreau”. More than twenty years after its release the film continues to be a fixture of “Worst films of … Continue reading The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)
DIRECTOR: Ryan Coogler RATING: 3.5/5 You sit in the theatre and wait for the film that has been hyped as a breakthrough for superhero films under Marvel Universe's banner. The film begins in 1992 on a basketball court in California as we see stunning visual imagery of illuminating lights drift into the night sky. The country … Continue reading Black Panther (2018) Guns, so uncivilised!
DIRECTOR: Craig Gillespsie RATING: 3/5 Some people in the millennial age bracket won't have one clue who Tonya Harding is and her notoriety. If you fall in that age bracket then buy the ticket and come back to this blog as there's a couple of spoilers below. This film takes you on a thrill ride of … Continue reading I, Tonya (2018) A look at how the story is told.
DIRECTOR: Tony Kaye RATING: 3/5 Adrien Brody needs more acknowledgement for his acting. I don't mean more accolades or Academy Awards, he needs more scripts that service his talent. Detachment is such a film that shows him in his own and services all he has to offer. Detachment is directed by the confrontational Tony Kaye … Continue reading Detachment (2011) Don’t expect “Dead Poet’s Society” from Tony Kaye
DIRECTOR: Rob Reiner RATING: 5/5 Stand By Me is a film that has been cast well, it strikes all the right notes comically, emotionally, and understands the story it wants to tell. The film builds on nostalgic reflection as an adult writer thinks to his teenage years. The four stars at the beginning of their young … Continue reading Stand By Me (1986) “Truth From Twelve Year Old Minds.”
DIRECTOR: Steven Spielberg RATING: 3/5 Oscar season is upon you and with that comes films that scream Oscar bait. Pick me. Pick me Mr. Oscar. The Post says it all. It has the director in Steven Spielberg, the regular Oscar go - to's Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. The best of all three categories directing, best … Continue reading The Post (2018) “The Search For True News Amongst Fake News”
DIRECTOR: Richard Linklater RATING: 5/5 Film can be more than moving, it can give you an experience where you contemplate your own experiences and perspective of the world. It can shift your thinking and way of life. In Linklater's film you watch a drama that is relevant to any 21st century family whether it be … Continue reading Boyhood (2014) “A Divorced Parents Reference Guide”
DIRECTOR: Ben Affleck RATING: 3.5/5 Casey Affleck has won acclaim by winning the Best Actor Oscar for Manchester By The Sea (2016), and critical acclaim in other roles like I'm Not There and Ain't Them Bodies Saints. Casey Affleck, the younger brother of Ben Affleck has a quiet pathos and genuinity in his acting that … Continue reading Gone Baby Gone (2007) “Right Versus Wrong?”