• You Won't Be Alone

    You Won't Be Alone


    NZIFF #8

    The 2nd film at the festival this year in which a child’s tongue gets cut out. Can’t say I’m a fan of this new trend in international cinema.

  • Both Sides of the Blade

    Both Sides of the Blade


    NZIFF #7

  • Smoking Causes Coughing

    Smoking Causes Coughing


    NZIFF #6

    Definitely my favourite of the three new Quentin DuPieux this year. Feels more like a loose collection of sketches and ideas for shorts than a full film, but that works well with the casual feel of his work. 

    What starts as a Power Rangers parody with a group of besuited heroes using the various chemicals in cigarettes to give monsters cancer turns into a “let’s tell stories around the campfire” excuse to let anything happen. The stories that…

  • Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

    Marcel the Shell with Shoes On


    NZIFF #5

    The 2nd best movie about someone dealing with the moral implications of doing a 60 Minutes interview

  • Speak No Evil

    Speak No Evil


    NZIFF #4

    The only properly bad film I saw during the festival. A reverse home invasion thriller steeped in the tensions of Dutch-Danish relations, Speak No Evil is the sort of thriller that completely falls apart after revealing its twist.

    It's one of those movies where polite people hang out with some people who are initially nice and then become more erratic and demanding, imposing more and more of themselves on their timid counterparts. In the hands of someone like…

  • Watcher



    NZIFF #3

    The problem with putting Maika Monroe in a movie about a woman being watched and followed is that she already made It Follows.

  • The Ghost That Never Returns

    The Ghost That Never Returns


    Love a good panopticon.

    The editing and political stuff is top notch, the more character based scenes are less interesting.

  • Crimes of the Future

    Crimes of the Future


    NZIFF #2

    "They still have the old power", Martin Scorsese said of Cronenberg's films in a 1984 Fangoria essay. For almost 50 years now, his films' mix of dark comedy, mental and bodily dissolution, kinky sex, and incisive social commentary have made him the undisputed master of body horror. Right from its opening scene of a child happily taking bites out of a plastic bin, white goo frothing from his mouth, and then being smothered with a pillow by his…

  • Follow the Fleet

    Follow the Fleet


    I'd known about this movie for years only for the Let's Face the Music and Dance sequence, which Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters are watching in Pennies From Heaven (1981) where they begin mirroring Fred and Ginger's movements, before entering the film itself.

    Because of this, Follow the Fleet had always lived in my mind as a less frivolous, more emotional Astaire and Rogers' musical. It is not. Follow the Fleet is the most gossamer of musicals, a bunch of…

  • Incredible But True

    Incredible But True


    NZIFF #1

    Like all of Quentin Dupieux's films, Incredible But True is a short dose of high concept absurdism delivered as deadpan as possible.

    A middle-aged middle-class couple (Alain Chabat and Léa Drucker) buy their first ever house, a nice two storey place in the suburbs with a secret in the basement: A hatch in the floor with a ladder leading straight down into darkness and which ends up in the master bedroom on the top floor. The real estate…

  • The Night House

    The Night House


    Love some spooky architecture

  • A Day's Pleasure

    A Day's Pleasure


    I love how these early Chaplin shorts are almost entirely about him petulantly beating the shit out of people who’ve mildly wronged him.