The Comeback Trail Director: George Gallo Cloudburst Entertainment / March On Productions One of the worst things about this Pandemic Year is that shite films arrive with hype and fanfare since it’s hard work getting people to the cinemas, and/or there hasn’t been anything new for ages, and/or marketing hacks gotta live. (Apparently).
The Lion King Director: Jon Favreau Walt Disney Pictures/Fairview Entertainment This version of The Lion King is so technically dazzling, so bereft of heart, so wide-missing of any emotional mark, so utterly digital and soulless that even though I knew Jon Favreau was the director going in I was still stunned to not see Peter Jackson’s […]
Beauty & The Beast Director: Bill Condon Mandeville Films/Walt Disney Pictures Reviewed by Oscar Sweetman (age 6) Hi, it’s Oscar again with my Beauty & The Beast review. This is my favourite movie because it’s got my favourite actor in it – Emma Watson. She plays Belle, a young girl woman who gets taken prisoner by The Beast – he […]
Philip Matthews is a senior reporter with Fairfax Media in Christchurch and is a former film reviewer with the NZ Listener. He blogs about films at Second Sight and is on Twitter as @secondzeit. Here are Five Films That Have Stayed With Him… 1 – Solaris: This is such an intensely sorrowful film. If I was […]
Andrew Paul Wood is a Christchurch-based writer, cultural critic and freelance curator. He writes for The Press, the Listener, Urbis, Architecture New Zealand, and a host of others. Recent work includes a translation into English of the New Zealand poems of German-Jewish poet Karl Wolfskehl, Under New Stars: Poems from the New Zealand Exile (Holloway, 2012, edited by Friedrich Voit), and a […]