At the Documentary Edge Festival: an uneasy blend of personal ambition and failure, a thoughtful true crime community portrait, and a poetic essay of a woman’s conflicting identity of mother versus performer.
Previously at the Wellington Film Society: a tale of creative and romantic liberation from Bengali master Satyajit Ray.
Previously at the Wellington Film Society: Satyajit Ray’s powerful working-class family drama set in his native Calcutta.
A conversation about tackling rugby, male identity, and rural stoicism with filmmakers Christopher Pryor and Miriam Smith.
Previously at the Wellington Film Society: encapsulating Erich Maria Remarque’s resonant anti-war message.
A self-taught sociopath becomes an upwardly mobile monster in Dan Gilroy’s gripping character study.
At this year’s Autumn Events, Damon Gameau puts his body to the sugar test.
Reading Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, one mystery at a time.
Mia Hansen-Løve’s new film charts the flight and fall of a struggling musician across two decades of the French electronic scene.
By focusing on pivotal segments of their subjects’ lives, two recent biopics capture an historical imprint rather than a personal saga.
Previously at the Wellington Film Society: the desperate living of Douglas Sirk’s bleak Faulkner adaptation.
Previously at the Wellington Film Society: love doesn’t conquer all in Douglas Sirk’s superlative Hollywood melodrama.
A closer reading of the passage—and pausing—of time in Boyhood
The Daily Show host on condescending to young people, leather, absurd comedy, and directing Rosewater.
The film of the year, plus other standouts, home-viewing highlights, and disappointments in 2014.
The cinematic year as remembered by our editors and contributors.
Thoughts on how (and how not) to be a cinephile in New Zealand. Also, the year in unknown pleasures.
An encounter with Keira Knightley at the Toronto International Film Festival.
On the aesthetic asceticism of Pawel Pawlikowski’s formally brilliant film.
Celebrating the late, great German media artist, critic, editor, and curator; plus, notes on East Timor’s first ever feature film.