Tag Archives: NZFF

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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A Field In England [2013]

I have never walked out of a film in my adult life. There were several times during this film where I almost did. Having slogged through until the end, I can’t say I’m glad I did. I found it incoherent … Continue reading

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Terms and Conditions May Apply [2013]

Dirty Wars was enlightening, but unsettling, in a rather distant way. After all, whatever views I might or might not hold about the USA, my country is extremely unlikely to be directly affected by JSOC, or Drone Strikes, or anything … Continue reading

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