Features

The Road to Thor: A Beginner’s Guide to New Zealand Director Taika Waititi

February 8, 2018

Under Taika Waititi’s imaginative direction and influence, Thor: Ragnarok single-handedly innovated Marvel’s Thor franchise forever. Waititi’s refreshing exploration with the established Thor-lore while expanding Thor: Ragnarok’s artistic palette by mixing New Zealand humour, unique scene-stealing characters and eye-catching visuals earned him acclaim from critics and fans alike.... Continue Reading

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Feature: With The Last Jedi, has Rian Johnson shown he can helm a full Star Wars trilogy?

December 19, 2017

This piece contains spoilers regarding Star Wars: The Last Jedi.... Continue Reading

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The Disaster Artist: Three things you have to know if you’ve never seen The Room

November 27, 2017

A disaster in its own right, Tommy Wiseau’s The Room is a cinematic masterpiece of the worst (and best) kind.... Continue Reading

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Did Netflix just release their first Oscar winning feature film with Mudbound?

November 22, 2017

Over recent years, we have seen a wide range of films tackle racism across a number of genres, from 12 Years a Slave to The Birth of a Nation, I Am Not Your Negro to Get Out, among many others. While all gained some level of critical acclaim, the former two films came under criticism due to the severity of the violence, which took some of the audience out of the film.... Continue Reading

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5 MARVEL-ous Things We Learnt From Stan Lee’s Supanova Adelaide Q&A Panels

November 22, 2017

He’s considered a legend in the realm of pop culture, and in the late 1950’s he revolutionised comics and created some of the world’s most popular characters. Stan Lee is a comic-book writer, editor, film executive, producer, and publisher and he lead the charge for taking Marvel Comics from a small division within a publishing house to its expansion into a multimedia corporation. Without him there would be no Spiderman, no Fantastic Four, no Iron Man, no Hulk, no Avengers. ... Continue Reading

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Will anything in Hollywood actually change after Harvey Weinstein?

October 20, 2017

Over the last two weeks, since The New Yorker published a damning article exposing Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein as a sexual deviant (which puts it mildly), the fairly swift response from the entertainment community has been nothing short of overwhelming. Even surprising. Though certainly deserved. But if this is really endemic of a larger issue, as many claim (including the great Jane Fonda), then will the revelations of Weinstein’s indiscretions lead to any actual change in the film industry?... Continue Reading

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Is a Bob’s Burgers movie such a good idea?

October 10, 2017

At a time when most animated programmes are crass, cruel or just plain depressing, it’s heartening to know that a show like Bob’s Burgers appears on our screens. The colourful hand-drawn sitcom follows the inane adventures of Bob Belcher (voice of H. Jon Benjamin) as he and his family try to operate their fast-food restaurant whilst simultaneously navigating the complexities of the modern world.... Continue Reading

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Feature: Blade Runner 2049‘s prophetic nature and win for neo-noir film

October 5, 2017

Blade Runner 2049 has arrived at an odd time. Back when the original was released, 2019 seemed eons away, and the ravaged, rain-soaked cyberpunk Los Angeles seemed entirely within reach. The Cold War was at its height, and the Three Mile Island incident had highlighted just how easy it would be for America to succumb to environmental devastation. And what’s more, Ronald Reagan, a goddamned actor, had stepped up as president. Absurdity and impending disaster made Blade Runner damn near plausible.... Continue Reading

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Five films to look out for at the 2017 Jewish International Film Festival

September 26, 2017

The Jewish International Film Festival is fast approaching, kicking off on 25 October at Classic Cinema located in Elsternwick, Melbourne. JIFF celebrates various Israeli and Jewish themed films in both Australia and New-Zealand. The massive program was unveiled yesterday, and we went through it to bring you back five films you should look out for:... Continue Reading

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Opinion: Yes, Wonder Woman is a creation of “male Hollywood”, but her film is anything but “the same old thing”

September 6, 2017

It was only recently that I was walking into my local cinema, almost shaking with excitement, as I sat down to witness the feature film debut of one of the most iconic characters in modern history – something I had been anticipating for the better half of two years.... Continue Reading

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