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Tuesday
Apr152014

FEATURES / MEDICINE MAN: THE DAVID GOULD INTERVIEW

Wellington-based expat David Gould observed first-hand the slick, sublime cinematic storytelling of his boss, Peter Jackson, and has parlayed that knowledge into his first feature, The Cure (Click pic).

Monday
Apr142014

FEATURES / WONG KAR-WAI BACK IN FAVOUR WITH HONG KONG AWARDS BODY

Best Actress honouree Zhang Ziyi took home one of the 12 trophies snared by Wong Kar-Wai's The Grandmaster in its domination of the 33rd annual Hong Kong Film Awards (Click pic).

Friday
Apr112014

MEDIA / TRAILERS, SHORTS AND FIRST-LOOKS

A surreal omnibus short from 42 of international cinema's wildest visionaries; festivals celebrating political radicalism and human rights issues; a first look at Jon Favreau's Chef, Opening Night pic at SXSW 2014; and, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of John McTiernan's action classic, Die Hard (Click pic)  

Monday
Apr072014

REVIEWS / SUNSHINE ON LEITH

Scottish audiences walked 500 miles to see this toe-tapper, but will international audiences warm to the journey (and accents) of an Edinburgh clan and their romantic highs and lows (Click pic)

Monday
Apr072014

REVIEWS / NURSE 3D

The Amazonian dimensions of Paz de la Huerta acutely capture the menace and sensuality of a psychopathic nurse in Doug Aarniokoski's grindhouse ode, Nurse 3D (Click pic).

Wednesday
Apr022014

INDUSTRY / R.I.P. DAVID HANNAY

The Australian film sector struggles to come to terms with the passing of David Hannay, one of the great producers and true gentlemen of our close-knit cinema family (Click pic)

Wednesday
Mar262014

REVIEWS / HIGHWAY

Indian ingenue Alia Bhatt gives a profound performance filled with a wisdom far beyond her years in Imtiaz Ali's road movie/hostage drama, Highway (Click pic). 

Tuesday
Mar252014

BLOG / LITTLE WOMEN: IS SHAILENE WOODLEY TOO YOUNG FOR STARDOM?

Shailene Woodley was carrying the weight of a blockbuster franchise on her shoulders when she began shooting Divergent at the tender age of 21. Would the great actresses of past generations have been ready for the pressure at that age? (Click pic)

Monday
Mar242014

HORROR / FESTIVAL PREVIEW: HOLLYWOOD HORRORFEST 2014

Kicking off with the long-overdue honouring of the great Joe Dante, the 2014 Hollywood Horrorfest promises two full days of cutting-edge modern chills and retro-themed celebrations of the genre's great past (Click pic) 

Saturday
Mar222014

FEATURES / IN TOO DEEP: JEMIMA ROBINSON AND THE OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL

After a month of touring with her start-up Ocean Film Festival Australia, Jemima Robinson reflects upon the profound impact the collection of undersea shorts has had on audiences (Click pic). 

Friday
Mar212014

REVIEWS / CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

America's ultra-soldier goes at it again, fighting an old foe in a new millenium, all for the glory of the Marvel film factory (Click pic).

Wednesday
Mar192014

REVIEWS / VERONICA MARS

Rob Thomas' teen-queen PI is all grown up in the highly-anticipated big-screen rendering of his new millenium Nancy Drew character (Click pic) 

Wednesday
Mar122014

MEDIA / TRAILERS, SHORTS AND FIRST-LOOKS

The short film that launched the career of Wes Anderson; a breathtaking glimpse at the underwater imagery on show at the Ocean Film Festival; Oscar-nominated actress Shailene Woodley fronts the LA press ahead of her tentpole debut, Divergent; and, the extended trailer for Nicole Kidman's Grace of Monaco (Click pic).

Tuesday
Mar112014

BLOG / NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD: INTERNATIONAL STARDOM AND ITS CLOSE CALL WITH WENDY HUGHES

The late Wendy Hughes' foray into Hollywood in the mid 1980s proves a potent case study in the highs and lows of a Los Angeles industry adventure (Click pic)

Monday
Mar102014

REVIEWS / NYMPHOMANIAC VOLUME 1 and VOLUME 2

Danish bad-boy Lars von Trier brings a surprising and deceptive lightness of touch to much of his new work Nymphomaniac, a study of one woman's life-long sexual addiction (Click pic).