• Special Delivery

    Special Delivery

    ★★★★

    I was in a difficult mood last night and this managed to shake me out of it.

    Even though parts of it made me feel sad and stressed, it was ultimately fun and the action was mint.

  • Whina

    Whina

    ★★★★½

    Ngā mihi nui ki a koe i tō mahi whaea Whina.

    Maybe Rena is going to get that acting award she was robbed of all those years ago. Hopefully Miriama & Tioreore are going to go on to have illustrious careers.

    Maybe more New Zealanders will want to learn more of our history and accept all the wrongs that have been done against its indigenous people.

    Dana Lund's score was spectacular.

    My heart was in my puku by the films end.

    He wahine toa. He wahine kaha.

    Revised to 4.5

  • Confirmation

    Confirmation

    ★★★½

    Solid film. Infuriating topic. Kerry Washington was fantastic casting.

  • The Lion King

    The Lion King

    ★★★★½

    On June 24th 2022 Aotearoa, New Zealand got to celebrate its first Matariki as an officially recognised public holiday - it's a pretty big deal for te ao Māori.

    We were lucky enough to be able to get to see a re-release of The Lion King in te reo on that day. Me and 33 others booked out a cinema and watched and wept and laughed and smiled from ear to ear, hearing our beautiful reo in a film we all know so well.

    It was wonderful.

  • Nine to Five

    Nine to Five

    ★★★★½

    All I can say is that I'm ashamed this didn't come into my life sooner than yesterday.

    I cannot remember the last time I laughed so loud at a film.

    An absolute RIOT!

  • The Man with One Red Shoe

    The Man with One Red Shoe

    ★★★

    About as silly as I expected it to be, but it was mostly entertaining and obvs T.Hanks is my fave and I love a bit of Ms Fisher anywhere. Belushi was also great.

    Annoyed at the LB picture, coz it kinda gives away what will happen, still fun enough though.

  • Sleeping Dogs

    Sleeping Dogs

    ★★★½

    I recently watched Smash Palace and I really didn't vibe with it, so I went into Sleeping Dogs with relatively low expectations and thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised.

    It felt like a REAL action movie and it was made, right here in NZ. Wild.

    Great premise, some of the cast were a bit naff, but Sam Neill was great and I can see why this kicked off his career.

    Definitely didn't love it, but I could watch it again, somewhere down the line - I think it has a lot to say politically and yeah, definitely a NZ classic.

  • Ngati

    Ngati

    ★★★★

    I think the thing I liked most about Ngati is that it showed such a varied spread of the Māori experience - those who were colonised, those who were fighting to keep their traditions, those trying to find a middle ground between the traditional and the modern and those who were trying to reestablish a connection to Te Ao Māori.

    Despite some of the heavy topics, it flowed really well and it was pretty enjoyable.

    Not what I was expecting…

  • Oddball

    Oddball

    ★★★½

    This was really cute and totally predictable, but so cute that my nana and I (and T, kind of) all enjoyed it.

    A family pleaser.

  • The Birth of a Nation

    The Birth of a Nation

    Some cool battle scenes, but otherwise 3.5 hours I will never get back.

    FML.

  • A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

    A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

    ★★½

    The first 45 minutes of this film was glorious in its weirdness, its black humour, its melancholic chaos.

    Somewhere along the way, it lost its momentum and became too dark for there to be any return.

    I just...yeah...

  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    ★★★★

    This was everything I'd hoped it would be and more.

    I just wish I'd never seen the trailer. Fuck 21st century trailers, man. They're too fucking long and they give away way too much shit. I hate it.

    I haven't enjoyed a buddy-duo like this since Nice Guys. They were great.

    Silliness really, but bloody enjoyable silliness.