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French FF 2012: Un amour de jeunesse

Hansen-Løve’s third feature authentically examines its central relationship (and its aftermath) with bracing honesty, and, at times, a touching warmth. As Olivia, Lola Créton is remarkable: her skilful portrayal conveys the full weight of Olivia’s past. Continue reading

Alliance Française French Film Festival

This lineup is larger in scope and more ambitious than previous years: of the fifteen films in the main programme, more than half are Official Selections of the 2011 Cannes, Toronto, London, and New York Film Festivals—an impressive feat for such a small, localised venture. Continue reading

Best Worst Podcast, Episode Five

A few days out from the marathon, Doug & Jacob attempt to make sense of the mayhem within. B-grade awesomeness and cinegeek mouth-frothing abounds! Continue reading

Best Worst Podcast, Episode Four

They’re back! Doug discusses his Fantastic Fest & NYFF experiences; Jacob talks This is England ’86 and the interplay and future of film & TV, and the duo unpacks their feelings toward Drive. Continue reading

NZIFF ’11: Incendies

Even if you predict its ending long before it comes to pass, the new film from Québécois director Denis Villeneuve is a deeply moving but harrowing—even at times gruelling—cinematic experience that absolutely lives up to its title. Continue reading

NZIFF ’11: Love Story & Medianeras

Habicht’s film blurs the line between real docu-drama and cinephilic fantasy, while Taretto’s blends a novel take on the city symphony with a fresh perspective on the rom-com. Continue reading

Best Worst Podcast, Episode Three

From deep in the bowels of the Civic, Doug and Jacob bring a near-the-end nzff 2011 report. As well as impromptu toilet-traffic directing, we race the bell to reach a bwp middle-ground of 14 films in 13 minutes. Continue reading

NZIFF ’11: Pina

Wim Wenders’ new 3-D documentary is more than just an acknowledgement of the late modern-dance choreographer’s work; it’s a full-blown resurrection, a vibrant, gloriously colourful celebration of the artist expressed in her own words. Continue reading

NZIFF ’11: Medianeras

Taretto’s film deals with how people use technology to socialise, and how this ultimately comes to define their lives. To its credit, the film never judges its protagonists, preferring to simply observe their struggles to connect with other like-minded individuals. Continue reading

NZIFF ’11: Martha Marcy May Marlene

Sean Durkin’s is one of the festival’s more impressive débuts; Elizabeth Olsen carries the film with a simultaneously watchful and brilliantly distracted performance. “Cults and brainwashing are obviously dangerous,” it says, “but the upper middle-class milieu may be no better.” Continue reading


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