Category Archives: Film

Under the Silver Lake [2018]

By far the most interesting film I saw at NZIFF 2019 was this one. It’s impossible to really get to grips with why that’s the case without spoilers but this is a special case, where the people who’ll like this … Continue reading

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The Realm [2018]

This is a slow-building thriller about a corrupt politician whose schemes unravel amidst his abandonment by his friends. This film brought to mind strongly Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat. Like most formalist studies, Save the Cat is very reductive, choosing … Continue reading

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Non-Fiction [2018]

I book tickets to films like this one because, well, you’re kind of supposed to as a cineaste. It’s all well and good loving silly genre films, but real cinema enthusiasts love Béla Tar and are familiar with the latest … Continue reading

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Capital in the Twenty-First Century [2019]

Capital, and concomitantly “capitalism” and the whole democratic concept that’s intertwined with it, is a huge topic. I haven’t traversed the entirety of Capital by Marx, but I have slogged my way through The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, … Continue reading

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The Whistlers [2019]

I always say that criticism, however well intentioned, begins with an emotional response. Critics respond in a strange way to their favourite genres – sometimes they’re just happy to see the favourite on the screen, sometimes they feel disproportionately displeased … Continue reading

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Where’s my Roy Cohn? [2019]

I picked this film because it’s blurb pandered to my obvious lefty-pinko sensibilities – a take-down piece of an American back-room trader about whom I knew very little, but was fully ready to hate. In that regard, this documentary dished … Continue reading

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The paradox of political correctness

I’m on Twitter, and I follow a number of fairly radical left-wing agitators, who I really only realised were agitators fairly recently. I blame Anita Sarkeesian in a way, because I found a few of them through her Feminist Frequency platform, but … Continue reading

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